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The Longest School Year in the Entire History of the Universe


This year was simultaneously the hardest and the best year we’ve had yet with the kids. We had lots and lots of rough patches when it came to school but we figured it out and the day we did, the year turned into something wonderful. We had great times during those rough patches – family getaways and playing with friends. Fun school outings and lovely get-togethers. Each great period of time has hard times, too, but we have learned that sometimes hard changes are necessary to discover what’s really best for us.


Our school year is over today and here’s what’s happened:

  • Alice learned to read! She loves reading and the pride that washes over her face when she finishes a sentence and an entire book is the best.
  • Jamie has spent time with an aide at school and has been so busy with different projects. His creativity has been encouraged and he comes home with stories and hilarious crafts he’s made. His time in the classroom is good and we’ve seen great things happening for him.
  • Maria has made some really great friends at Asotin and that time of ‘mean girl’ stuff seems to be over thank goodness! She has pointe shoes and in her life, that’s the best thing that could ever happen – EVER.
  • Charlotte is gearing up for Kindergarten and is trying to keep up with Alice when it comes to reading and math. She’s pretty good at spelling “play-doh” on Youtube….Lord help us.
  • Ollie continues to be the happy sprite.
  • Franci has turned into the sassiest sass monster you could ever imagine.

So what have we learned? When things are really hard, that doesn’t mean they weren’t worth it. Our time at the old school was absolutely worth the time spent. We made friends there and so did the kids. They got to do fun activities and their education got a really great start. We learned, too, that change is necessary sometimes to keep kids on that path where they thrive. Jamie was finding it hard to keep his curiosity sparked and his brain busy.. It took lots of sleepless nights and tears until we discovered that maybe changing things up was what we needed to do. We left our comfortable bubble and did it and now we have a new comfortable bubble. Funny how that works sometimes, yeah?

This summer we have huge things planned.

Just kidding. It’ll probably just be full of lemonade stands and slip n slides and swimming and bike rides and escaping the heat with inside TV time. No shame in my game.

Happy Summer!



The Polar Express


I bet you were starting to wonder if I had given her away.  Nope, I didn’t.  We’re keeping her . Not sure we could find a girl as sweet and wonderful as Maria.  Thursday we dropped her off at school before taking the other kids to their own spots.


There she goes.  Like a big girl.  *sigh*


Then we dropped this silly thing off at her “school.”




And then it was time for Jamie to go to school.  On Thursday, Jamie and his friends took a ride on the Polar Express.


They read the book and then re-enacted it.  It might have been the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen in my children’s (very short) school careers.


The kids ate it up.


One by one, Ms. Megan woke them up with a sweet pat on the back and an outstretched hand…leading them each to the train.


Look at his face.


They rode across the snow, seeing polar bears and snowflakes and lots of fun things outside.  But then it was time to get off the train, so with a little help from the conductor, Jamie stepped over the gap.



At the North Pole, Jamie was Santa’s helper.  He very sweetly took the hand of each of his friends, “Would you like to tell Santa what you want for Christmas?”



(Charlotte just did some puzzles.)polarexpress-43

And after a visit with Santa, their snack of hot cocoa, an orange and a gingerbread cookie was waiting for them.


And outside?





This was a good lesson for me, this Polar Express re-enactment.

It took a while for Ms. Megan to wake each child up separately and lead them, on their own, to their spot on the train.


Know what would have been easier?  Saying, “Okay, everyone wake up and get in a line!  Follow me and find a spot on the train!”

But know what is more magical and fun?  Ms. Megan’s way.  The kids loved it.  They were all so good and so fun and so in the spirit of it all.  There are 3 year olds and there are 6 year olds in the class.  None of them thought it was silly or dumb.  Because it totally wasn’t.

It pays off to do things slowly.  To make time for things and make experiences a little more magical, even if it’s more work for you.  They will remember it.

Watching them all hold hands like it was no big thing was the best.  Watching Jamie lead his friends by hand to greet Santa and all of them taking his hand very willingly was the sweetest.  They all played along and I’m pretty sure it was Jamie’s favorite day yet.


I didn’t have time yesterday to do my Friday Favorites, but I will this week.  Right now I’m taking a break from creating a cityscape for Jamie’s birthday party that is in 4 short days.  Stay tuned.  There will be pictures.

Blue Water






Are you jealous of how blue our water is in the valley?


Don’t be.  We went to Charlie’s birthday party last night and one of his gifts was a bunch of bath toys.  Well before we left, Lydia must have slipped Maria a little blue “pill” (that’s what Maria called it!) that colors your bath water.  In the bath it flew, before I could stop it.  Thank goodness we got a blue pill and not a pink one.  That all sounds really dangerous, doesn’t it?  Pills?  Let me assure you, they weren’t really pills.  “Bath colors.”  That’s what they were.


Ah, I will miss these toddler days.  When all of my kids can take a bath together and it’s not weird.  When they play and play and laugh and squeal and smile and think everything is great and fun.  When the highlight of their day is making their bath water a magical blue.  Ah, yes, I will miss these days.