Living the Dream Life

Anne KimballLife on the Funny Farm...more
@Darcie  I would like to declare my region rat free.  Do you think the rats would take heed? more

I Lost It. Yes, "It."

Anne KimballLife on the Funny FarmI've lost my homesteader virginity.Some might think I lost it when I got goats.Nah, that was just makin' out.Some would say I lost it when I got chickens and started getting eggs.Uh-uh. That would be more like 2nd base.But raising chickens for meat? Taking them to slaughter and then eating them?Yep. Lost my virginity.And while I'll admit I had a first-timer's jitters, it went just fine....more
@Denise  Yeah, it is kind of creepy.  Workin' hard on getting past that, b/c I find it even ... more

I Lost It. Yes, "It."

Anne KimballLife on the Funny FarmI've lost my homesteader virginity.Some might think I lost it when I got goats.Nah, that was just makin' out.Some would say I lost it when I got chickens and started getting eggs.Uh-uh. That would be more like 2nd base.But raising chickens for meat? Taking them to slaughter and then eating them?Yep. Lost my virginity.And while I'll admit I had a first-timer's jitters, it went just fine....more
@SunbonnetSmart.com  Thanks for the support Robin! more

Another Family Advent Activity: Advent Stockings

A number of years ago I came across an idea somewhere of a fun way to count down the days till Christmas. We had done the advent chains, where you start with 24 paper chains and you rip one off each day so the kids (the little ones, especially) can see how many days are left until the big day. We also do advent calendars, as this is something I remember from my childhood. But my favorite Christmas countdown, and it seems to be my kids' favorite as well, is our advent stockings....more
@Denise  Thanks, Denise.  Hope you can give it a try! more

Another Family Advent Activity: Advent Stockings

A number of years ago I came across an idea somewhere of a fun way to count down the days till Christmas. We had done the advent chains, where you start with 24 paper chains and you rip one off each day so the kids (the little ones, especially) can see how many days are left until the big day. We also do advent calendars, as this is something I remember from my childhood. But my favorite Christmas countdown, and it seems to be my kids' favorite as well, is our advent stockings....more
@JennaHatfield  Thanks, Jenna.  I agree, I really like having the count down.  My kids can't WAIT! more

Are High Schools Sending Parents a Double Message?

When I attended the middle school back-to-school night last week, I felt like there was something bothering me, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Was it the 95 degree heat? Was it the 47,000 papers I was supposed to take with me now that our school is paper-free? Was it the mwa-mwah-mw-mwa-mwa-mwahhh quality of the PA system? No. It was none of those things. But on the drive home, I figured it out. It was the double message that we parents are subjected to when it comes to parental involvement in our children's education....more
@Bridget Magnus  I see we have some thoughts in common?  8-) Thanks for coming by! more

Are High Schools Sending Parents a Double Message?

When I attended the middle school back-to-school night last week, I felt like there was something bothering me, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Was it the 95 degree heat? Was it the 47,000 papers I was supposed to take with me now that our school is paper-free? Was it the mwa-mwah-mw-mwa-mwa-mwahhh quality of the PA system? No. It was none of those things. But on the drive home, I figured it out. It was the double message that we parents are subjected to when it comes to parental involvement in our children's education....more
@Miche Kat Like you, Miche, I'm not sure I know the soluton.  I just know parents looking to ... more

Are High Schools Sending Parents a Double Message?

When I attended the middle school back-to-school night last week, I felt like there was something bothering me, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Was it the 95 degree heat? Was it the 47,000 papers I was supposed to take with me now that our school is paper-free? Was it the mwa-mwah-mw-mwa-mwa-mwahhh quality of the PA system? No. It was none of those things. But on the drive home, I figured it out. It was the double message that we parents are subjected to when it comes to parental involvement in our children's education....more
@Amy CLS  Good thoughts Amy!  That's always been something that's been a little harder for me ... more

Are High Schools Sending Parents a Double Message?

When I attended the middle school back-to-school night last week, I felt like there was something bothering me, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Was it the 95 degree heat? Was it the 47,000 papers I was supposed to take with me now that our school is paper-free? Was it the mwa-mwah-mw-mwa-mwa-mwahhh quality of the PA system? No. It was none of those things. But on the drive home, I figured it out. It was the double message that we parents are subjected to when it comes to parental involvement in our children's education....more
 @Darcie  Definitely, Darcie.  I think parents have been taking on more and more of their ... more

Are High Schools Sending Parents a Double Message?

When I attended the middle school back-to-school night last week, I felt like there was something bothering me, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Was it the 95 degree heat? Was it the 47,000 papers I was supposed to take with me now that our school is paper-free? Was it the mwa-mwah-mw-mwa-mwa-mwahhh quality of the PA system? No. It was none of those things. But on the drive home, I figured it out. It was the double message that we parents are subjected to when it comes to parental involvement in our children's education....more
 @LauraSauer  Absolutely, Laura, and I tink that's kind of my point.  Parents look to teachers, ... more