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Fall Catchall

The past few months have been so good.

The kids have settled into their school routines, and I'm finding my days to be just as full as they were in my homeschooling days (someone tell me how that is possible!)

I've started doing hot yoga, and I have found that it has been great for my body and brain.

I finished my six-week CASA training course. My exit interview is this week; I will be sworn in in mid-January and assigned a case after that.

We put up our tree yesterday so things are in full Christmas-mode around here. The kids are more into Christmas this year than I remember them being. It's so fun! We're headed to NYC for the day in a couple weeks to do the whole Christmas in the City thing, which was actually the kids idea as well. Hopefully it is fun and full of good memories and not a total mob scene, haha.

We got a cat (re-homed from our family in MO) and she (named Hobbes) is doing great! We are also getting a puppy next weekend who will be named Calvin... becau…

June-Sept. 2017 Recap. (Yikes!)

1. Well apparently my Saturday 7 posting died a swift and painless death back in April and I never looked back. I do think aiming to post every week was a little overly ambitious, even for a wordy person like me. The real issue is that I don't get on the computer much anymore. I was looking back at my old blog (check out xanga.com/sarahellie for a real TBT ;))  I think I might try to print that whole blog into a book; it's pretty much the only record I have of that time. I've been printing my insta pics into yearly books since 2012 so I have that era down... and then I switched to here. I'm really just missing the years 2000-2003 (the three-ish years Dan and I were married without kids. I kinda wish I had some kind of record about those years. What did we even do all day!?) Also this blog has large holes in its timeline as well. What can I say, I'm just not that great at sitting down to record our days. However, I'm sure one day I will look back at these writin…

Catch Up Post

1. I can't believe I haven't written since the middle of February! Time really got away from me there. I need to get away from trying to blog on the weekends. It is never convenient since Dan is home and we are almost always busy going/doing stuff. Blogging midweek is probably more likely to succeed.... but "Saturday 7" has such a good ring to it. What am I going to call it now, the Thursday Three? Ugh.

2. We have done a fair but of traveling since mid-Feb. We were in FL for a long weekend which was SO nice. Sun, and sand and sea fixes most winter-y things (temporarily, anyway :)) The following weekend some dear friends from RI visited, and we went snow tubing and had a blast together. We also took the kids skiing in VT for a weekend in March... it's so much stinking FUN having kids who are all able to do things (like ski) and to be able to have family time all together like that... such a blessing.

3. Dan was gone in Pittsburgh for two weeks recently, the first …

Good Bones By Maggie Smith

Life is short, though I keep this from my children. Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways, a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative estimate, though I keep this from my children. For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird. For every loved child, a child broken, bagged, sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world is at least half terrible, and for every kind stranger, there is one who would break you, though I keep this from my children. I am trying to sell them the world. Any decent realtor, walking you through a real shithole, chirps on about good bones: This place could be beautiful, right? You could make this place beautiful.

Saturday 7

1. Our church cancelled services today due to the ice storm that blew through. It was nice to have a slow-paced Sunday morning... but it didn't stop us from getting out in it for a hike this afternoon! We met us with some friends and tramped through the icy snowy forest wonderland for a couple hours. Lovely to be out, but also lovely to come back to our warm home (with the wood fire that I'd loaded up right before we left bellowing out toasty warm air that we could all crowd around. :))

2. School is going well. I can't believe we are well into February already. The big kids are thriving at their charter school up the road from us and the little ones are mostly enjoying homeschool... I think all they actually really like is reading history aloud together, haha. We recently finished The Door in the Wall and The Light at Tern Rock and I have to say, I love the literature that Sonlight has in their curriculum. I think I love the books we read just as much as the kids do! ;)

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Saturday 7

1. Will went to "glow night" last night at Sky Zone (a trampoline park) with three friends from school from 8-10. This "teenagers out late doing their own thing" thing is a little weird! But he also worked 7.5 hours today washing dishes at our local cafe. He works hard and plays hard. :)

2. The younger two slept over at a friend's last night so Dan and I were home alone with Hallie for the evening. She and I watched Akeelah and the Bee-- which was really good!

3. This morning after Will left for work Hallie and I went to run errands ... and got manicures while we were at it! Seize the moment, right? We got Dunkin too... it's so much fun having a tween girl to do these things with!

4. Olivia's cheer squad happened to be cheering during Tristan's b-ball game today, which meant we could all be at Upwards for only one game! That doesn't happen often. :)

5. This afternoon after his game, Tristan and 5 neighborhood boys played hockey on the lake for a…

Saturday 7 x2

1. I didn't get a post up last weekend. I think part of my problem (with consistently posting late) is that the weekends around here are the most unscheduled of all our days. I never know what we are going to be doing on any given weekend and I don't usually spend much time on the computer on the weekends. (Although... that is actually true most days so maybe that's my problem lol.)

2. Last Sunday we took the kids skiing. Thanks to our awesome homeschool ski club that meets every Weds. during Jan. and Feb., the younger two kids are just as good (if not better!) than the older two on the slopes. (I took Tristan down a black diamond for the first time and he did great!) This definitely bodes well for future years of family fun. I decided this year that it would be in my best interest to take lessons while my kids are doing theirs... I'm a self-taught snowboarder and although I've been at it for close to 10 years, my technique is... well, self-taught. ;) It was actual…