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Showing posts from August, 2015

Another year is underway

We have eased ourselves back into the “school year” slowly.  This is what our year “should” look like:
Grace - 10th Grade.  Crazy.  10th Grade. Math - finishing up algebra (we switched our curriculum from Teaching Textbooks to Key To mid year and we are on target to begin Geometry in January 2016).  We are using Key To Algebra by McGraw-Hill. Science - Apologia Biology History - Dave Raymond’s American History (available through Compass Classroom.) She will receive a full credit for American History and a 1/2 credit for Civil Rights studies as an elective. Language Arts - full credit for One Year Adventure Novel.   Piano - year 6 American Sign Language - year 3 Horse Back Riding - year 2 Possible 1/2 credit in photography if she completes a few more classes.  We are looking at an online class and walking photography tours of NYC. Babysitting, book club, and Classroom Assistant for K/1 Religious Education at church which is a weekly commitment of 3 1/2 hours.   This month she received adult cert…

Cape Cod Traditions

Sometimes when you flip through Facebook or Instagram you see lots of family traditions from back to school to birthday to holidays.  More than once Greg has asked me if our family has enough traditions.  I’ll admit, we don’t turn everything into a celebration, but we do have certain things that are particicular to just us.  Like on Christmas morning the girls are not able to open one gift until I have made a cup of coffee!  That and my homemade cinnamon rolls.  Or Christmas Eve mass with Grace playing the piano.  Or decorated birthday tables.  Or Not Back to School Days.  And most certainly Cape Cod.
Bike Rides
Family Selfies  Exploring fun little shops  Games  Dinner  Dessert Time spent with the youngest cousin (these are urchins)  Handstands.  Always handstands.   This is our second year recreating this picture.  First year with the butt dance! Seals in Chatham   Chatham Fish Market  Provincetown


This week away was a welcomed break.  It was slow.  It was simple.  One night Lilah and Greg went on a bike ride and Grace really wanted to take her GoPro to the beach and capture the stunning sunsets we were experiencing.

We went about 45 minutes before mother nature begin her evening matinee.  We staked out of perfect spot.  She was ready and then, just as the sun was dipping, about a dozen other people rushed to the exact same spot we were in.  I was flabbergasted.  Honestly people, with miles and miles of coastline, why would you block a photographer’s view?  It was beyond inconsiderate, but we adjusted and found our new most perfect spot.  
(These are unedited with my iPhone.)

When the sun made its decent past the horizon and left us with a cotton candy pink glow, the crowds cheered.  I gues

Say Cheese!

As an anniversary gift, my sister booked a session with a local photographer on the beach for all 13 of us.  The kids looked simply perfect all dressed up and the light could not have been more perfect.  My iPhone captured images with the quality of a professional camera.  I cannot wait to see the photographer’s images when they are released to us.