The beginning of March feels like a lifetime ago. – I wrote that sentence a week ago, and it is still March.

It was a good month, but the last week of it we took a somewhat break from formal schooling. Not a ‘spring break,’ more of a ‘Mum is tired’ week where they played, read their books, built things, had conversations with me, started re-watching Full House, and whatever they did while I read my own books, deep cleaned parts of the house that helped me clear my mind, worked on this blog, planned outings, etc. I feel refreshed and have no idea what April holds for us, but I do know we plan on having an actual spring break next month.

Below are some of the things we did do that I happened to take photos of.

Making a phone (numbers on an index card) to begin working on memorizing a new phone number.

Rae’s – Mum reading Anne of Green Gables aloud at the park / Mae’s tree from where she sat as Mum read aloud

Being a good girl, enjoying the beautiful day from the comfort of Mum’s view. I don’t trust her as far as I can throw her, but here she is proving my distrust wrong.

Working on writing German sentences (Mae ended up writing a paragraph!). No proper form was necessary and English mixed in was a-okay with me.

Rae’s King Richard. After learning about Richard and his brother John, and Robin Hood we watched Disney’s “Robin Hood with the foxes.”

My lap dog, working toward a nap while I read.

The first spring-like day, I sent the girls outside to be free. They decided to play pioneers for hours. That theme has continued on through the month.

Mae’s independent reading books have been Little House books, and during many of the too-cold, rainy days, they have been playing pioneers in the larger schoolroom. They set up a store inspired by the Oleson’s store in the television version of Little House on the Prairie. Nearly everything is a penny and no more than a nickel.

Zack bought some seeds while shopping with the girls. The following day, the girls began getting a plan together and browsed our seed catalog to look for some giant sunflowers to order. We narrowed it down to two kinds, but need Dad to decide which one to get.

Rae and the only flowers we started on the last day of March. None of the vegetables have sprouted yet.

With the pioneer shop being an ongoing pastime, we have moved all of our daily work upstairs. It has been incredibly cozy!

Rae has pretty well-mastered ponytail tying. She now ties her own and ties small portions of my hair while we watch documentaries during school or Little House. Mae is mastering braids, on herself and others (me).

On Saint Patrick’s Day, we ate the barmbrack bread (this recipe, minus the whiskey and ring, and raisins soaked in tea were our only fruit) we made the day before alongside some Irish breakfast tea. We read some Anne of Green Gables and enjoyed the sound of the rain.

Mae’s / Rae’s
Mae’s / Rae’s

During that week we read some Irish stories, learned about some famous places in Ireland, listened to some of our favorite Irish songs – over and over and over, painted shamrocks to put upstairs, read, and wrote a portion of Saint Patrick’s prayer (not written by him, just favored by him I guess).

Can you tell which one of the girls enjoys writing and which one enjoys drawing?

The girls began working on little stop motion films. Within a couple of hours (there were breaks in that time), they had a Barbie taking off a ponytail seamlessly and I am impressed!

The girls have been enjoying Anne of Green Gables (She talks SO MUCH!!!) and we are loving reading outside once more!

Mae learned to ride a full sized bike and she just barely fits it.

They have also played in the mud for hours, read books, worked through math and sentences as well as much more but this is where I will leave it. Happy April!


March brought such lovely sunshine, rain, flowers, the smell of cut grass, clear night skies/more moon sightings, ducklings around the neighborhood, and mama robins (and its usual wind, wind, and more wind). It was lovely and seemed to last two months’ worth of time.

We, like most, held our breaths to see if there was going to be more snow and spent the month scoping out good sledding hills, which I supposed will be used next year.

The girls also, finally. became friends with the neighbor girl and have played with her nearly every day! I am so so happy about this!!!

I believe this was probably Maybe’s favorite month so far this year. Her diet is now solely table scraps, she has received a record number of pets and spent more time in my lap than ever before.

She also went a’wanderin’ around the fields behind our house and is now on a literal tight leash for the rest of her days…but now that the initial scolding has worn off, she seems oblivious to the more strict lifestyle she now lives.

Grandpa (Papa) has really been spoiling the girls with treats! They really adore that man.

George may have become even more beautiful this month. He adores Papa, too.

If Mae were an animal, she would be a cat. I know this summer he will hangout with us less. We have been extra grateful for his presence this month. However, I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is the summer he prefers home to neighboring fields.

George kneading his claws into her leg as she held her breath, giggled, and cried through laughter – while watching Little House.

We began watching an episode a night of Little House on the Prairie as a family. Most of the time one episode does not seem like enough.

We celebrated Saint Patrick’s day like we always do. This year, however, instead of studying all about Ireland from March first through the seventeenth, we only focused on it the week of…so four days worth (We talk a lot about Ireland throughout the year). This year did involve more baking/cooking Irish food though!

The girls still (mostly for the past year) play with Barbies for a couple hours a day. They’re storylines are elaborate – to say the very least. I have never known girls (any children, really) to play with as much detail, imagination, and consistency as they do. I was not this way as a child. Thinking back, I feel I had zero imagination. Becoming a mother has been a huge help to me when it comes to imagination…but I still don’t believe I am very good contribution in the area of Barbie dolls.

Rae got her braces adjusted this month. She is really taking the whole situation well and we are enjoying the incredibly quick appointments!

holding pinkies.

We finally re-visited the girls’ favorite playground! We brought lunch each time and walked around as well as play.

Zack and his mom both celebrated birthdays this month. Zack turned 33 and Shari turned 63! (My dad and I are also 33 and 63 right now!)

Wild onion bouquet from Rae. Our schoolroom has a faint smell of them and I rather like it.

We are enjoying seeing so many spring animals out and about and are patiently waiting for this robin to come back to her nest.

We have plans to visit more rivers, go camping, and spend as much time learning and being outside in April. March was a lovely preview of what waits for us in the coming weeks.


We got a taste of spring just as all of that snow melted away. The year we got married, Missouri had a snowstorm in April, and we experience multiple types of weather on a single day very often here, so I can’t rule out snow, but as of now, it looks like spring may sneak in quickly.

But the girls found the perfect little sledding hill on our first park day, so the three of us would not dread a snow day. It rains enough in spring here, maybe it can be a mud-sledding hill?

(I love that they both do the “Rogers’ scrunch” when they give a big posed smile.)

We peaked in the same little windows of the homes at this park – it is so cute in there! They are patiently waiting for the day they can take an official tour.

On the first day, we brought two bikes and a scooter – only to find once we had arrived, that Rae’s tire was flat, so she and I walked while Mae enjoyed her scooter.

In the second photo, she is trying to spot frogs which were so loud they made my ears ring and we couldn’t talk over them. All that noise and we couldn’t find a single one!!

We settled ourselves into being okay without more snow for the sake of the frogs, spiders, millipedes, and bees we saw on our walk.

Sweaty hand holding / fresh branches…or rather, limbs / limbs.

I still get to hold their hands everyday! Even at home, they hold my hand just because they want to. What a lovely life.

I should mention, while we did go to parks more than one day, most of these photos are from our first day, in which we went to two parks. We spent four hours or so at the first one (even doing some reading aloud and nature drawings while there), and two hours at the second playing waiting for the sun to tell us when to go home.

The day she couldn’t go with us vs. the day she went with us. Haha. Really, She was happier with us, I promise.

Poor Maybe had to be home alone all of those hours that first day. She is b e s i d e herself when I am gone – and more so when everyone is gone and Mum hid the cat food on her way out the door.

We went out the second day just to give her a thrill. She made it all the way to the car in point five seconds. She always sits precious and perfect – on her best behavior – in the car.

She graciously walked my dad around the park. She also enjoyed two of our three bottles of water and a peanut butter sandwich for lunch.

“Mum look! The bricks are fire and the wood is wood.” – Rae
Refilling their water bottle with water they pumped themselves. Tasted like mud and they loved it.

They enjoy the nature classroom so much! More than any other kids I see there. On the second day, we stayed from 10:30 until suppertime. They took a walk around a path, ate lunch, and played the rest of the time.

We’re not ones to wish away a season before the current season is over, but it was a lovely week to get a glimpse of what is to come…and now for a week of rain, which is a truer representation of springtime in Missouri. We have candles, tea, and books ready to go! I am so grateful for girls who make the best of every situation.


February went quick, but thankfully (for us) we had some snow before the month was up! We started and ended the month with snow. I really could leave it there because that was the most important part of our month.

We had a few days of good snowfall (like most of the country)- but we were expecting and hoping for it (The girls and I, not the grandparents). The girls got their fill of playing in the snow, and thankfully, Zack got to be there to enjoy some sledding himself, and help lay good sledding tracks for us to enjoy. Miss Maybe was very happy in the snow as well! She was not thrilled when Mum got in the sled with Dad, but she got her exercise trying to save me, haha.

George was not thrilled with the cold weather. He tried to only spend two minutes out at a time. The in and out was delightful (it wasn’t). He still hasn’t learned to use his cat door.

Maybe still lives by me feet, but has been getting more snuggles and treats than normal. She really loved February.

The girls and I have been spending a lot more time than usual on the couch, piled together, snuggling up, and, while that seems like a small thing, it is my favorite thing!

Zack decided to only eat what I can eat this year – with the exception of the nights the other adults cook. With that, the girls and I got back to cooking daily big meals with each other. We haven’t done that in a year! It is hard to juggle kitchen time between so many people, but February really brought back a groove. AND! Each meal we made this month was a new-to-us recipe – and delicious!

The girls and I (and Shari this year!) continued our ‘heart attacks’ Valentine tradition! We covered the upstairs living area with hearts. We wrote things we love about each person -as well as Maybe and George. The girls and I tried to write one a day, and Shari wrote one for everyone in the house.

Rae finished the Millennium Falcon!! The way she uses it for play is just the greatest. The girls are so incredibly creative! PapaDeedee were so impressed, too.

Also, in sadder news, the braces have already closed her front gap. When I told her, her gap was gone, she said, “Nooooo, that was my best thing!” She is doing incredible with the braces though! This is new territory to all of us, and I was a bit nervous she would be uncomfortable but so far she hasn’t had any issues.

I’ll leave it here with this photo of Zack drawing portraits, sporting a fresh hair cut. I nearly cried as I cut it but I really do love it on him.

The girls were not supportive of his decision to lose the long locks, and are still not encouraging…but it’s not like he shaved his beard – I really would cry then, haha.

HE’S SO PRETTY!! Ahh, we love that man. I should end every post with his gorgeous face…mmm…


February felt somewhat like a holiday month. Maybe because Dad was home so much? Maybe because we were home for the majority of it?

While it felt like a vacation of sorts, we did get a lot of formal schooling ( I hate that term, but I’m going to keep it there…) completed.

Mae draws like Mum (bottom).

Rae is very happy with the sword she drew, and her handwriting/mixing marker in makes me so happy.

Rae and I did a lot of crafts on her days with me. So many good conversations happen on their individual days with me.

Mae is beginning to memorize the globe by drawing it. She is starting with England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. I imagine it will take her the rest of the semester. She has begun by tracing them – and has now started focusing on just Ireland, until that is committed to memory.

I was going to wait until her early teens to begin this project, but she asked to try it out now, and maybe in a couple of years or less, she will have the world committed to memory.

This counts, for us, as geography, art, and a good brain exercise.

(We got the light board, here)

Mae learned how to braid this month (the string clipped in her hair was one of her first braids) and Rae learned how to do her own pony tail – and gets it perfect more times than not.

“Send this to Dad.”

She bandaged her wooden sword that cracked. It was made by someone in shop class at Zack’s old school.

We cleaned up a spot in the woods for the girls to use as a secret club/fort/hang out spot. We trimmed limbs, raked leaves, and will properly decorate it this spring.

Rae began making a book of homophones and it is adorable.

It is cold in this school space. Some days they learned from the comfort of sleeping bags.

…and coats. Mae has been working on roots and suffixes…as well as elaborating on basic sentences, working on her chapter book, kindly considering working on her handwriting (hahaha), and working through typing lessons – still through

Rae began doing independent canvas paintings while I painted. We watched Adam Savage build things and movies she likes, like Trolls World Tour.

We have been working hard on our German lessons. Part of that includes a matching game Mae and I put together. Daddy even joins in – Rae is smiling at him in the photo up there. We still use Duolingo, library videos, a workbook we do together, and in conversations between the three of us throughout the day.

We got back into watching Youtube during snack breaks.

Some of the ones from this month include – JURASSIC WORLD: Building the Apatosaurus, ISLE OF DOGS | “Making of: Puppets” Featurette, Saigas are Straight Out of Star Wars, The 500-year history of the pocket, Bananas As We Know Them Are Doomed, Generosity, and all of THE HOBBIT, Production Diaries.

Some of their all-time favorites include: My Mom is an Airplane, The history of the world according to cats, Virsky – Hopak solos (Russian dancers), and How Netflix’s ‘Klaus’ Made 2D Animation Look 3D.

We are going to continue focusing on German and the Middle Ages. Also human health in more ways. The conversations have always been on-going, but I think they would enjoy projects. OH! We are also hoping to spend full days outside again in March!!



We started the month with ice, more ice, and a dusting of snow and, as Zack observed, it was maybe more lovely than a blanket of snow. The sun made the ice on the trees sparkle and glow. The girls fully enjoyed the cold on their last trip to our other house – and I took their last portraits by these bushed.

Look at those beauties! They love each other so much and I am constantly filled with gratitude that Miss Mae was able to have a sister.

Zack and I FINISHED OUR HOUSE the following weekend!!!!!!

We are renting it out and are just so relieved to be able to solely snuggle and stare at each other’s faces on weekends if we want to now!

We received our favorite piece of mail at the start of the new year! Now, if I can just find time to make an order before they’re sold out of what we want…

We took Grandma to Ikea, where we purchased some organizing biz for the schoolroom/”workspace.”

Rae bought herself this Velociraptor (her favorite dinosaur/ in her top 5 animals of all time) and she bought her sister a giant boa puppet.

She looks old and I love her impossibly pale skin and redhead freckles and deep brown hair and her wearing my shirts more than her own.

Walking in on this scene was just the. best. Miss Maybe using a pillow properly, is definitely the cherry on top of the magical moment.

As well as some new shelving from Ikea, we also painted the lights and the table. It is so nice have a spot to put our school books and creating materials!

One one of those newly free Saturday nights, Zack and I made teeny watercolor books!

Rae and I have been enjoying them.

Davey boy is still kickin’! I wish he would choose a new shell already, but he seems happy enough.

As a reward for living so dadgum long, we got him two friends. Wyatt and Harry (from Disney’s Descendants and Zombies 2 musicals. the name Dave is from Kipo). One switched shells on the first day! They are teeny tiny and so far, a week into having roommates, Dave is completely unaware of their existence…

We waited for Dad to get home and then we watched a condensed version of the inauguration with the girls! After studying our government, taking them to vote, and getting them as involved in this election as possible since September, it was so nice letting them see it go full circle! (We are still discussing things with them, not just leaving it at the inauguration.)

Last weekend, we took the girls back to our old house/town to get Dave his new friends and we enjoyed an evening with our cousin, Beef and her husband, Ty. It turned into such a perfect day!

Miss Rae got braces this morning!

I have never heard of an eight year old getting braces, but her top teeth perfectly lined up with her bottom (and on occasion, she would protrude her bottom jaw out as an underbite), so they had to get it fixed before she got any older. She probably could’ve waited until she was a little older – her aunt didn’t get this same issue fixed until she was a senior in high school – but the moment her front teeth were all adult teeth is the best time.

Also today, we got our first substantial snowfall!

It took us an hour to drive the normally 20-minute drive to the orthodontist, and it was a rough hour!

When we made it home, the girls played out in that lovely snow for half an hour or so and after a break are now back out in it.

We still have a couple more things left to do before the month is over, but the snow feels like a great way to end the month and this post! Hope the rest of your month is wonderful!


I had planned on scheduling more nature drawings for the month, but this life cycle was the only one we got around to. They did, however, study plenty of animals this month – one of which is further down in this post.

Rae chose to practice ‘hands’ on our first day of second semester, and they both did great. Mae did several variations. I’m not sure why I didn’t document them.

We started a few snack breaks with facials and manicures!

Being a Timber Cat!

We tried to go to the park one afternoon for a picnic and a bit of running around.

It was too too cold! We ate half our food and they ran around the little playground for five minutes.

BUT! We saw a dog walking itself with its leash in its mouth and it made the entire fun fail worth it.

We worked a bit more on the doll house!

Some day, I’m going to spend hours finishing the renovations…hopefully in the near future…

We are beginning the European Middle Ages, which should last through 2021 – or at least this semester.

Well, I had a few kings and queens of Britain on the wall and Rae took Mary I off the wall and whipped this drawing up in two minutes while I got the day’s lessons out.

Rae practicing her water-coloring (she tends to use it as you would acrylic) and Mae wrote chapter one of her book she is writing as they watched Disney’s Elephants.

Mae mapping out Chapters 4-6 of “Seabird” for geography.

Using up extra paint. (and enjoying a Moon Pie Grandpa got her at the store)

Trying to see how her braid looks.

One evening, Rae came to me and asked if I would like to go draw with her.

Of course I would.

We spent just over an hour drawing together. Sometimes she would come up with something we would both draw and the rest of the time we came up with our own and oohed and awed over what the other had thought of.

A couple nights later, Mae chose for us to all (Daddy included) to play her favorite game – Settlers of Catan. Rae spent the first twenty minutes painting on the side, while Mae took after her mama in trying to collect all the sheep. We had to pause the game many times for our laugher and competition and she has asked for us to bring back regular game nights.

Oh, and Mum won, in case you’re wondering! Woot!

The girls chose a couple of the biographies for this month and also studied Martin Luther King, Jr. about a week before his birthday.

(The next biographies will be C.S. Lewis and Gina Carano.)

A comfy reading spot.

I heard this author (M.E. Bell) on a podcast last month. She is a twenty-something Irish “Mae” who wrote this short story, The Glass Country – a Narnia-type metaphor full of lovely characters and gorgeous descriptions. We read it in two sittings (because they have questions and I answer each and everyone, always), but it could be read in an hour.

Speaking of Narnia, read the final book in the series this month!! It begins with two characters, a donkey and a chimpanzee. My girls began a discussion about the difference between a monkey and an ape, letting me know they had never learned the difference. That pretty well decided our afternoon.

We watched some documentaries on Disney plus – which specifically cover apes. We also studied the differences between the two and studied the above apes and monkeys.

We may continue talking about the book/series and possibly complete a project on it in February to give the series a proper send off.

This semester we are bringing back Monday/Friday group days and individual days with mom in the middle of the week. One on one is so much fun!

I’m not a fan of stick figures, but Rae’s illustration of Eric the Red’s second journey to Greenland makes me very happy and seems to be a great note to end the post on.

The rest of the week will be spent reviewing the month, reading, playing games, and creating for fun.

We also went on a field trip to the St. Louis Art Museum. We will *hopefully* be going on more field trips next month.


We didn’t go on any field trips last semester – or the one before. We are still only going out to grocery shop, pick up books from the library, and for our weekly visit to Vovó…oh and the occasional trip to the park. But this semester, we are going to get out and visit more places on unpopular days – like last Friday, it was snowy/rainy and uninviting to most folks, which made it the perfect day to visit the art museum!

photo by Mae
photo by Mae

This is the ceiling in the room where they house Egyptian artifacts. The girls loved it just as much as the mummies.

photo by Mae

Rae brought her sketch book, and would on occasion sit down and draw something she saw that she wanted to remember – or just thought it would be fun to draw.

We are beginning lessons on the Middle Ages, and we are nearly to knights and such, so I was excited to brows that area of historical artifacts and paintings.

They also liked seeing stuff from the Byzantine Empire, ancient Greece, Monet paintings, as well as, finally seeing some Picassos in person. Oh, and as always, Mae enjoyed viewing furniture and room displays from the 17 and 1800s. She is in her element when immersed in history.

We took a lunch break with Chipotle in the back of the van and watched a bit of Anastasia on my phone before heading back in to continue oohing and awing at everything.


December this year was our first in this house! It was nice spending so much of the month celebrating with the girls and getting festive and excited with my mother-in-law. And! We got an entire week with Zack!

We spent every weekend from Thanksgiving week to the last weekend before Christmas (about 12 days) at our old house, and on one of those trips, Miss Maybe was blessed with a visit to the vet to get her nails clipped! Yes, blessed is the appropriate term for her visit.

The lady was giddy and b e s i d e herself waiting for someone to come out and get her.


She nearly dragged the poor man up to the door when he finally arrived and she was proud as punch as she strutted back to the car three minutes later with her fresh manicure.

Here she is, afterward, snoring through the girls’ lessons. She wore herself out…or I was boring her, ha.

The girls had some -as it turned out- very important dental visits. More on that in the January posts. The dental assistant we always get was a homeschool mom to five kids and is now the grandma to nine homeschooled grandkids! We always have so much to talk about.

^ First thing on the first day of his winter break! We got less than a week with him, before he headed off for a week alone at the old house, but boy what a week. He’s the best.

We spent every Friday watching the Mandolorian, Season 2 and he was there to enjoy the final holiday family stuff, like –

baking cookies, and –

Making homemade gingerbread houses (his is on the right, with the weatherproofed shingles)

We used this recipe, and the soft version you’ll want to eat is here.

A photo to add to Vovo’s gift. (Rae isn’t taller yet, she is standing on a rock)

Grogu (not “Baby Yoda”) joined us for school on occasion as did some fresh Lego characters.

You can find the school post here.

We just missed the planet alignment on the 21st, but we got to enjoy a few nights of lovely sunsets while watching the planets’ movement.

This was our first Christmas season without a fireplace going, which may have swayed the not-so-cozy vibe of this year. Our girls also couldn’t choose an activity as a gift, since there was nothing to choose from, so this year I got them gifts. It was more fun than I thought it would be, but I am looking forward to getting out with my little family in December 2021!

We tried to incorporate as many new traditions into the month as we could and make it as kid-friendly as our last home was. I think we accomplished that? Above is a string to find a gift Grandma got them to do on Christmas Eve with her after she got home from work. I think I may find a way to make the experience more special next year. (they liked it, it just felt more scripted than full of wonder, which is what they thought it would be)

The string led them to this cute Lego set Grandma got them to work on with her while watching a Christmas movie. Turns out, Rae would rather sit by herself without direction and complete it in silence (very like her mama) and she went downstairs to build her own Lego thing alone. So, Mae and I had a lot of fun putting these together, and they played Christmas Bingo with the entire family while we waited for supper to get out of the oven.

We kept our family’s tradition of personal homemade pizzas for Christmas Eve supper – and this year PapaDeedee got to join in!

We got a late start to Christmas morning (It’s hard to wrangle 7 people), so the girls and I cooked breakfast and watched A Christmas Story for the fourteenth time while waiting.

^ Opening the gifts from each other. Rae got a dog-care set (a leash, food bowl, bed, the tiniest Kong toy, etc.) for Meg‘s dog. Mae got a Lego ice cream truck!

They also got the coats they’re wearing (theirs were ripped and a couple of years old -Rae’s was my coat from college), and the scrunchies ’round their ankles…among other things.

They also got science, craft, and hands-on gifts, which they wasted no time enjoying!

Mama Bunny unloading her Costco-size Old Bay seasoning and then taking a breather after putting away the groceries and cleaning the kitchen.

They also got, in their stocking, some Mini Brands. What a hit. They are a surprise ball (which Zack and I normally despise), that is filled with mini versions of things you could find around your house. Cleaner, cereal, seasonings, paper shopping bags, shopping baskets, boxes of pasta, a bag of shredded cheese, etc. It was their one request. They wanted it for the dollhouse and it worked wonderfully.

Mae also got a car for her Calico Critter family and a kitchen set (the blender, toaster, waffle maker, and so on)

After some playing and lunch, Grandma came down to our part of the house and watched Soul with us. Such a pretty movie.

The grandparents at one point brought up the New York ball drop and the girls wanted to watch it this year, since there is cable in the house. Well, every song was inappropriate for kids, so between leaving on account of the songs and the commercials (we don’t like the girls to watch commercials), it became an hour of waiting and not watching anything.

We weren’t hungry for treats and Rae just really wanted to be in bed (as we usually are). Mae, however stayed up the extra hour to greet our midnight, said a prayer, and blew out a candle in her Greatest Showman style candle holder.

New Year 2021, Daddy has assured us he will be home with us, and we may take the girls on a trip, just the four of us. Somewhere with snow!

Hope everyone had a lovely December and is fully enjoying their new year (chaos of the country aside, of course)!