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shawn ellars
I'm Shawn. I'm left-handed and right brained. I am passionate, but my passions change frequently. I dye my grey roots often. I had cancer when I was 14, but wouldn't change it. I homeschool my three kids, and they teach me so much. I love organization but I am messy. I strive to be like the Proverbs 31 woman, but I have a long, long way to go. Family means everything to me.
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I'm here in Truckee, California for the annual "Week With Cousins" event. So far we've had a mini photo-shoot, created wedding boards on Pinterest, drank Spark, and... that's it. There are crab cakes on the way, and we're all nestled in with heated blankets. It's going to be a good week. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2011 at daffodil lane
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Because our kids are all in school now, I had the whole day to be "fun mom" and gather up everything for a creepy dinner. I think my family was in shock! (Doesn't my husband look disgusted?) The menu consisted of melon brains, missing fingers, boiling blood tomato soup with creepy crawlers in the bowl... Earthworm jello...so gross nobody would even eat it! Vampire fangs, satsuma jacks, and blood-dripping glasses... Neon devilled eggs, and an assortment of eyeballs, severed fingers and bat wings... "Fun Mom" makes awesome costumes too... And we finished off the night meeting up with friends at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at daffodil lane
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Happy Autumn! A huge thank you to all of you who have supported me in my new business over the past couple of months, I truly appreciate it! (If you are brand new to hearing about this, leave a comment with your address and I'll send you a sample of Spark - a healthy vitamin energy drink. Life-changing, no more afternoon naps for me!) It has been a month filled with change as our family transitions from homeschool to traditional school... AdvoCare has allowed us to see that we can afford to send our kids to a smaller-class-size private school... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at daffodil lane
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How did the entire summer get away from me in the blogging department? Here's a quick run-down catch-up before I get back to my more typical (as in never predictable) blogging schedule. What we've been up to: I painted just about everything in sight: walls, furniture, canvases. Turns out I really love painting, so soothing! We had an amazing week in Maui, a trip my hard-working husband earned through work. Did I mention amazing? The resort was out of control! Mady turned 16. Wow. We're entering the stages of full time junior college, driving, and "friends that are guys". Just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at daffodil lane
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The biggest way dyslexia affects Jenson is through his writing. We are adding in a lot of opportunities for him to write, including a new pen pal. I picked up this utensil caddy (I think it was?) at a garage sale this weekend for 50 cents and quickly turned it into a pen pal center with notecards, envelopes, and stamps. I painted it with a bit of leftover grey paint. Next I printed out the word "write." in a large point font and cut it out. I flipped it over and traced the word with a pencil so it was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at daffodil lane
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Today I am savoring sharing a birthday morning with my 16 year old daughter. I know these are fleeting, the mornings where I will be the one to make her days special. I am reminding myself that all of these mornings with her are to be savored, not just the birthday ones. My dear friend shared a thought with me a few days ago that is still ruminating with me. She said she has set a vision for her girls' childhoods, and doesn't want to wake up when they are moments away from leaving the nest and wonder where it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at daffodil lane
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I am very excited to announce that I have become affiliated with AdvoCare! I'll let the company speak for itself, so please look around their website if you'd like to know more. Why did I decide to get involved? I love the energy drink they offer - Spark, the first energy drink I have ever tried. It's comprised of vitamins (and caffeine equivalent to one cup of coffee), no yucky high fructose corn syrup or anything like that. I didn't plan to like the Spark, but I sure did! I kept going back to get more from a close friend,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at daffodil lane
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1). Inspire me with your summer goals! Giveaway ends Friday night. You know you want me to buy you a Vanilla Bean Frap or an Iced Caramel Macchiato. :) 2). I have a little announcement to make tomorrow. (Nope, definitely no bun in my oven!) But still very exciting! 3). I am savoring summer with Renee at Fimby again today. I am savoring the ability to take ten steps off my back deck and pick our dinner salads! Those grubs put up a brawny fight, but I think I have finally conquered! Dill, lemon thyme, romaine, flat-leaf parsley, mesclun, radishes...... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at daffodil lane
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I'm joining up with Renee at Fimby (excellent blog and great inspiration for healthy living, by the way!) in taking a moment to savor the bits of summer. For us, having access to an outdoor pool, overlooking the ocean no less, has been a huge blessing! If you want to see other savory things or link up, check out this post at Fimby. Fimby is a happy little acronym for Fun In My Back Yard, and Renee is totally clever, and seems to have an awesomely fun backyard. :) Happy Summer! Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at daffodil lane
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{Keston planting red onions} 1. Become more organized in my home-making planning. Domestic engineer planning? For this I need a shiny new home management binder. 2. Prep and plan for our new homeschool year in a way that actually makes sense and isn't a waste of time! I think I may have this one in the bag for once. 3. Lose 10 lbs. at least. I think I have this one in the bag too! Finally. I am tired of buying clothes based on their ability to make me look not pregnant. That is kind of exhausting. 4. Improve my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at daffodil lane
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{Just this weekend, two different parents have asked me more about dyslexia. It is so common and so often misdaignosed or not diagnosed at all. I'm re-posting this in case it might be helpful to someone. Catching this can make such a big impact on your child's education, esteem, and future! It's still wordy, but there is a lot to it, so I left it in its entirety.} ...I had made this huge discovery... one of my kids has dyslexia. Never one to sit around when it comes to this kind of thing with my children, (speech, bullying, health, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2011 at daffodil lane
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1. I can request books I want any time of day, and they get delivered to my little neighborhood branch. For free! 2. They usually have most of the books I want. It's true, if you go to the actual library to find books, the good ones won't be on the shelves. That's why # 1 is so important. Sometimes when I am waiting at the airport, I make lists of all the books that I'd love to read, because the airport book shops only keep the best-sellers and new ones. Then I take my list home and request them... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at daffodil lane
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Elsie Bun Buns is a mama! She and her husband Beau were (are) the proud parents of three (two) sweet little kits. This little one was less than 24 hours old. I brought it in and warmed on my chest after it got out of its nest box. Those cute little wrinkles! Elsie has rocked being a mother - she's done all the instinctual things she should, and did not eat her babies, which we were especially happy about. Elsie did her part so well, but then I failed miserably... one little guy got tipped out of the nest and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at daffodil lane
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Jun 15, 2011
I tried this after I saw it on Renee's blog a while ago. Thanks for the reminder, it was delicious, I should make it more. And I just wanted to say. I don't comment here very often, but I have been loving your blog lately! Well, for quite a while, but especially lately! Thank you for the time you put it into, it truly inspires me to be just a little better each day in my homemaking-homeschooling endeavors. The gorgeous photos don't hurt either!
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A few weeks ago (actually it was April, I'm such a slow blogger lately!)* Keston and I found ourselves with some nice bonding time while Jenson was away for three days at Mountain School with our homescool group. I had found Action Pack just a few days before, and fell in love with it! For those three days, Keston and I kept busy with the many awesome activities! Oh my goodness - we love, love, loved it! For homeschoolers it is amazing, and even includes science and some quick history too, drawing lessons, and recipes. I think it would be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at daffodil lane
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I've been a little bogged down with life's activities lately (aka: being a taxi driver), thus blogging has been severely neglected. And that makes me sad, because when I look back at my old blog and posts from this blog, so much of it is the little details of life I'd otherwise have forgotten. So... coming soon, a little blogging! Back to homeschool, dyslexia, gardening, cooking, crafts and family! See you soon. Pinky swear. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at daffodil lane
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Frank earned us a trip through his job for reaching certain criteria, and we had a whole catalog of destinations to choose from. We quickly chose a London/Paris trip, and my auntie flew up to stay with the kids. I am told they had a great time that week too! Getting to London was... interesting. We sat in our tiny local airport for more than 5 hours, while the entire airline we were travelling had a computer glitch. Not a single plane from Alaska or Horizon Air could depart, anywhere in the country. It was actually fun, and we met... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2011 at daffodil lane
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I really should have seen this coming... Keston is a gifted artist. Her drawings are extremely detailed for a kid her age. Lately though, the fairies and pick-your-own-outfit drawings have been replaced by all horses - all the time. Maybe it was destined to be, since we named her after a sweet horse-girl! All I know is I better get some warmer layers ready, I foresee some time spent in that chilly arena coming my way soon! She was able to turn fully around in her saddle after less than 2 hours on that gentle horse! Thanks, friends, for an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at daffodil lane
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We attended church services and worked in the nursery on Saturday (we attend a "mega church" which offers 5 weekend services), freeing up Sunday for things like the annual beer and spending time with our adopted family. Previous egg/beer hunt posts here, here, and here. Wow, my kids have grown! Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at daffodil lane
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If you are visiting from Crafty Crow, Hello! I hope you have a blessed Easter! Every Easter for the last decade (at least!), the youngest kid in our family makes Nut Cups for the Easter dinner table. I have no idea where the tradition started, but I remember doing it myself as a kid. It is a sweet little nibble while you are waiting to pass the ham, and adds a fun touch to the table. This year, Keston was in charge, and they turned out beautifully! So simple, and your child will be proud to contributer to the Easter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2011 at daffodil lane
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{Caidee (stepdaughter) and I, at the London Eye} I know, I have barely blogged lately. Life is just too busy to justify and hour here and there right now. But I came across this post today from Karen Russell (um, because I have no problem wasting an hour reading blogs?) and thought it was too good not to share. Enjoy it here. :) Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at daffodil lane
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{Source: marleyandme via tumblr} The gist of what's been happening for the last month... Project Birthday was a huge success! I delivered 26 bags of groceries and two heaping boxes for their freezer. Best birthday ever, thank you so much to everyone that made that happen. Thank you cards are in the works, I'm just slow. Obviously. Project Minimize is still moving along. Though I must say, it is a really messy process. Closets and drawers unpacked and sifted through everywhere. Save for a couple of closet spaces, I am nearly finished. It's St. Paddy's Day, and I have a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at daffodil lane
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This book is inspiring so many of my thoughts right now. The author challenges himself to keep only 100 personal possessions in order to have a better quality of life - more time, more freedom. I stopped dead in my tracks when I came across it, because it so perfectly decribes my struggle. I spend my precious time devoted to my stuff, and the stuff of my household. It frustrates me every single day. I clean the stuff, pick up the stuff, find homes for the stuff, trip on the stuff, fix the stuff, organize the stuff and then buy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at daffodil lane