Reconnecting Around the Summer Table

On hot summer afternoons, when my children aren’t running through the sprinkler in the lawn, they love to collect around the table for some quiet time with mama. These wooden pattern blocks have been one of the best “homeschooling” purchases I’ve ever made!

We do have the tangram-type pattern cards to use

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This Week

It is a busy time of year for our family, since we run a bed & breakfast, and it is the height of travel season. We scramble each day to make sure breakfasts are prepared, and rooms, linens, and dishes are completely cleaned.

We typically have 15-25 people come through our home

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ListPlanIt Giveaway & Freebie!

With life going in so many directions in our home right now, I love having calendars/lists for keeping everything organized, and ready for quick reference.

ListPlanIt is an online source for a wealth of planning tools. You can try it out for free, with a special offer for Frugal Granola readers!

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Summer Learning: Part 2

Summer is a great time for stacks of library books, to be browsed through on a twilight evening, a lazy afternoon, or on a road trip. (We school most of the year, for reasons similar to Jamie’s.)

Lately, we have enjoyed the following items:

This one is has been perfect for bedtime

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A Road Trip & Summer Fun

Our family just returned from a weekend excursion, where we attended a homeschooling conference and enjoyed some time camping at the beach.

Calvin and I took turns attending workshops at the conference, while the rest of us would explore the exhibit hall of vendors (the kids adored the Timberdoodle booth!). There was

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Our Summertime Learning

For the month of June, I’ve been intentional about establishing routines, family time, and summer learning opportunities.

As a homeschooling family, we choose to provide some “school” experiences for our children year-around, because it is something we enjoy. We strive to cultivate a love for life-long learning. Plus, I will be starting

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Continuing a Journey

Last week, I bundled up my morning early-bird baby into the stroller on a dark, blustery, rainy morning, and we strolled through the doors of the local community college to register for classes.

After about 11 years of rich life experiences, full with the depth of emotion, growth, and priceless memories, our family has decided

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They Change Me

I’m in the midst of the “little years,” with a 6-year-old, a 3 1/2-year-old, and a 1-year-old. It’s a time of minimal sleep, lots of messes, and much change.

I’m learning not to rush the seasons.

I can see the growth happening in each child, and it reminds me how quickly

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Simple Springtime Endeavors

Now that we are in the midst of spring, our family has been venturing out on adventures and tackling projects.

For us, living simply means we strive to fill our days with meaningful endeavors, balancing the nest of home with decluttering, and building relationships.

Outside, we have walked tulip fields, discovered

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Spring Planning

Living a very full life means a constant evaluation of what is necessary, what is adding richness and value, and what is excess.

Spring always seems to be a season of introspection and potential change for our family. We soak in the sun and relish the spring rains, as we till the

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