Author Archives: Erin

The Start of School

Katherine (9th grade) and Nathaniel (8th grade) are one week into the new year at their new school.  So far, so good: they are enjoying swapping Chromebooks and phone-use issues for much smaller classes and textbooks.  And they’re getting pretty … Continue reading

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Novelty

Our kids’ school year hasn’t formally started; the new school they’ll be attending doesn’t start up until after Labor Day.  But they’ve had a few summer Latin lessons and orchestra rehearsals, and this coming week they’ll go on an outdoor … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Thanks to Lisa Weaver Swartz, we have family pictures to share this year as we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  After nearly three years of minimal travel, we hosted the Birdsong clan for Thanksgiving, and … Continue reading

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Gratuitous pictures of children and cats

We’re still here! This past year has been a busy one, but we’ve taken plenty of pictures.  Sydney got a fancy new Nikon . . . but he’s mostly using a lens that allows him to take close-ups of tiny, … Continue reading

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First Day of School

Seventeen months after last getting off a school bus, our kids climbed back on one again.  The last time they were in public school, Katherine was in fifth grade and Nathaniel in third.  Now ages 12 and 10, respectively, she’s … Continue reading

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Farm Play

The kids just spent a week at Choral Camp in Ohio at Sydney’s alma mater, Rosedale.  Outdoor singing sessions under the tent, shaving cream fights, slippery water slides, and beginner solfege training: it’s a really fun combination of music and … Continue reading

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Our New Farm

We bought a farm!  Let the jokes begin. After a lovely two-week visit to my parents, the kids and I returned to Kentucky, where Sydney and I signed the papers on a 17-acre farm near Harrodsburg.  It is 25 minutes … Continue reading

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End of the School Year

Since we didn’t have a clear start to the school year (will they go to school?  will they stay home?  what would either of those look like?), we thought we would mark the end of the school year with some … Continue reading

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Strawberries

Last spring, Sydney filled our backyard garden with strawberries.  He has since thinned, weeded, mulched, and watered them.  Since he used to pick strawberries commercially, and since he prefers blueberries anyway, this is very much something he does just because … Continue reading

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Spring in the Yard

The joke in our house is that Sydney is slowly reclaiming our yard from lawn, one garden square at a time.  Sydney has sown carrots in the holes in the concrete blocks he’s put down as edging (wood, we’ve discovered, … Continue reading

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