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    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
    James Adams, from his essay "To 'Be' or to 'Do': A Note on American Education", 1929

    We're a Canadian family of five, farming, home schooling, and building our own house. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

    The kids are 18/Grade 12, 16/Grade 11, and 14/Grade 10.

    Contact me at becky(dot)farmschool(at)gmail(dot)com

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I’m wrapping presents for Laura’s birthday on Saturday:

The Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer (An Enola Holmes Mystery)

Beware, Princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer (Young Royals series)

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Mythology, edited by Dugald A. Steer, from Candlewick’s Ology series

Practical Quilling by Anne Redman, found on sale at BookCloseouts

Hello, Cupcake! by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson

And a new grownup Timex watch, a Sarah Harmer CD, and dolls for her American Girl dolls (both bought on sale the other year).

Still to wrap —  a Lego set because her brothers always seem to get all the Lego. Though I could have done without the bit where Toys R Us sent me the small 8″ square box with another woman’s order of baby bottle nipples instead of the rather larger Lego box, and the subsequent 45 minute phone call to sort things out and have the correct order sent out, and ASAP on Toys R Us’s dime, to arrive in time for Saturday.  I hope.


3 Responses

  1. Sounds like a great batch of birthday gifts. Hope the day goes well.

  2. Becky,

    Being the book lover that you are, you probably already know about the Rowan Hood series by Nancy Springer (the Enola Holmes Mysteries author), which O. (now 10.5) couldn’t get enough of last fall. The series follows Robin Hood’s daughter through several adventures. (O. also loves the Percy Jackson series (The Lightning Thief) and the Ology books.) I hope the Lego set arrives in time!

    ~Christina in MA

  3. Thanks, JoVE! So far, so good! The spareribs are slowly roasting in the bbq (it’s 30 and too hot inside, since we don’t have a/c, to turn on the oven) and the ice cream sandwich cake has been made. It’s a quiet relaxing day, recovering from all the adventures of camp and catching up with all the pets she missed, and a bit of Olympic fun…

    Christina, I’ve heard of the series but Laura hasn’t read any yet. Thanks for the reminder : ).

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