The Money Conundrum

My oldest is pining after a marble track he saw at a local toy store.  It’s infinitely better than any marble track he already owns, which is a considerable amount after the last few years of Christmas and birthday gifts.  I refused to buy it.  It’s a $60 toy that he doesn’t need, and I’m not even considering it for holiday wish lists.



The Many Faces of Anxiety in Our House


A new semester rolled around at our house: the start of the new school year and our co-op.  You’re probably thinking “what!? School already?”  Yup, for whatever strange reason, our school district started on the first week of August.  Since co-op loosely follows the school calendar, off we went.

The anxieties roared up into massive flames threatening to derail our day.  Week, even, because the Engineer and I both battled it for a while before the actual day.


The Social Thing

my kids, when I explain the Code of Conduct contract to them


I cringed the moment the words came out of my mouth: “we’re not going to co-op to learn.”  Oops.  Mom fail.

Still, it’s technically true.  We go to co-op for all sorts of reasons, but a standard education isn’t the top one.