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Amy F
Gardening, sewing, canning, budgeting, co-sleeping, ecological breastfeeding, cloth diapering, suburban chicken-owning, knitting WAHM Catholic mama
Interests: knitting, cloth diapering, scrapbooking, catholicism, attachment parenting, homebirth, natural family planning, mass transit, ecological breastfeeding, gardening, sewing, canning, biking
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I spent the days after my 41 week, 2 day prenatal doing internet searches on induction by AROM. Since my midwife seemed to think it would go well, I figured I could hear opposition on, where indeed, people warned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Against the Grain
Despite everyone's telling me I should put away the scale and use other means of checking on my baby's well-being, I weighed him again 3 days after he was 7 lbs 15 oz and got 7 lbs 12 oz. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Against the Grain
Just because Linus is baby boy #4 for me doesn't mean I actually feel confident that I'm doing anything right. Maybe that's putting it too strongly. For his first four days, he barely hit the one-pee-per-day-of-age minimums, but he pooped... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Against the Grain
June has been a very long month. I've always been grateful that Leo was born sooner than Peter and Tim sooner than Leo. I expected Peter to be late and only got antsy when I hit 41 weeks. My labor... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Against the Grain
Of all the goofy things to get stuck on, I appreciate your explanation of the Metal-Matic factory. The kids and I biked by Metal-Matic the other day and it was the only time it's ever been closed up in our memory (11am Sat). We've always wondered what happens there. The part that confused me was that our Metal-Matic is in north Mpls. I had to look it up and see that by golly, they have 2 locations, the other being downtown. Before I checked the locations, I thought perhaps I was mixing everything up because we also took a long walk around Nicollet Island that evening in an attempt to tire the kids out before celebrating my parents' 40th anniversary at Nicollet Island Inn. So I thought maybe I remembered wrong and had seen the factory near there.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2013 on Four months to go. at bearing blog
It's Sunday night and I managed to have the week's school plans ironed out before midnight! I'm ignoring the 30 lbs of ripe tomatoes on the counter in favor of getting enough sleep, but everything else necessary got done today.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2013 at Against the Grain
January: We tore out the ceiling and the terrible carpet of our basement on New Year's Eve and let the professionals do most of the rest. It was ready to paint by the end of the month. This is my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Against the Grain
Out of nowhere Tim has become a puzzle-solving machine. He still doesn't understand concepts such as edge pieces always going along the edge, but he makes up for it with tenacity. We have a handful of wooden puzzles with cutouts... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at Against the Grain
This site has outlined the chapters. Im not sure if it includes the whole book, but its a large chunk of it.
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2012 on Homeschooling Report - Week 8 at Against the Grain
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We’re on week 8 of school and it wasn’t until I read my last entry that I realized how much I’ve adjusted since we started. Math: Last week I ditched Saxon 5/4 and began a combination of Beast Academy 3A... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Against the Grain
Our two-short-week warm-up to the school year will be done tomorrow and it feels like we’re getting the hang of the new routine. Here are some highlights and lowlights. Earlier this summer, I bought Motiventure’s Summer Olympics program, then was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Against the Grain
In hindsight, I should have waited until after Labor Day to start school. This week has been a choppy bunch of craziness and our school days were the only part of that I had much control over. But when I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2012 at Against the Grain
Rather than be concerned that I'm skipping what would have been our third day of school (along with today's afternoon) because we have friends in town, I'll just say that my 8 and 6 year old boys will be playing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at Against the Grain
I vaguely recall Dan leaving the house at 6:35 this morning and being grateful that he could leave without the hassle of waking, feeding, and coaxing the boys into the car before the sun came up. I didn’t wake up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at Against the Grain
I think we’re ready. I hope we are. Dan has been at school full days for a week and a half and seen kids for orientations for the past two days. Leo got through 3 spelling lessons and 3 math... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Against the Grain
Peter is at sleep-away YMCA camp this week (for the first time! Sob!) and when Leo was a big whine-ball this weekend it occurred to me that I might be able to start some of his school subjects during Tim’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at Against the Grain
I keep better record of our cabin trips than anything else because the lack of internet frees up so much time. You’d think I’d learn from this and go offline at home sometimes, but no. At least the annual look... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2012 at Against the Grain
Tim is my adorable, smiley, meticulous little man. He gets streaks of typical two year old, running around clutching someone else’s toy shrieking “Mine!” but he spends more time amusing us with cute antics. He has a very strong sense... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Against the Grain
Thanks Adam -- your description of science for young kids is essentially the same as what others have told me. I want them to learn how to think and understand the scientific method well enough to do really interesting things when theyre old enough to fully grasp complicated subjects. At their ages, using the natural world around us to learn these concepts might be better than playing with test tube reactions.
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2012 on Evolving Homeschooling Plans at Against the Grain
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We officially withdrew the boys from their school two weeks ago, so we’re committed to homeschooling now! I’ve spent a lot of time over the past two months talking to homeschooling friends, signing up for online groups and local co-ops,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at Against the Grain
I spent the evening reading up on homeschooling in Minnesota. I haven't seriously considered homeschooling since Peter was about 3 but a tweet from Indigo Girls Linda asking if I'd ever thought about it struck a chord with me today.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at Against the Grain
We're down to a giant bag of Skittles, but sending it on sounds like at least a token way to say thanks for Veterans Day tomorrow -- thanks for the idea.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2011 on I broke it off. at //halu-halo dot net//
I havent ever canned anything like that -- Im sorry you lost the recipe!
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2011 on Canning 2011 at Against the Grain
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I plan to keep canning chicken broth as we eat chickens and I bought an extra canner rack so I'll be able to can 4 lbs of dry beans at once throughout the winter. The tomatoes are still coming now... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at Against the Grain