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About throwingmarshmallows

I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!

Yup, it is official!

My new Throwing Marshmallows blog is officially ready! I am still straightening up a bit, but it is time to get blogging again! Please come join me!

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The Things You Say As a Mom

Sometimes I am amazed to hear the things that come out of my mouth as a mom. For example: Jason, please stop eating Kyle’s legos… What makes it even more wonderful is that this is the second night that I … Continue reading

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Changes are afoot…

I mentioned earlier that I had been good about not starting a new creative endeavor before finishing my photobook. So of course now while I am waiting for the book to be delivered (it has been shipped!) I have had … Continue reading

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Diplomacy or Appeasement?

I am not a fan of Chris Matthews by any stretch of the imagination, but even blowhards can get something right sometimes. Today, he had conservative radio host Kevin James on his show to talk about President Bush’s comment which … Continue reading

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Living Forever

OK, so I got a real kick out of this one… Write a wise saying and your name will live forever. – Anonymous

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Night Not Fit for Man Nor Beast

The rain started again, mid-afternoon and has been getting steadily stronger. It is so bad that Ellie is refusing to leave the garage. She keeps standing by the door, but when we open it, all she does is run around … Continue reading

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Cross One Thing Off

I finally get to cross one thing off my “big” to-do list (as opposed to my daily ongoing to-do list). I have finally finished my first Blurb photo book! One of my Christmas presents to our parents was an IOU … Continue reading

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More Rain

Whew. When it rains it pours! We have actually been having quite a nice spring, but today we were completely deluged with over 4 inches. A couple of weekends ago we got 5.5 inches in one day. Our new rain … Continue reading

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1.8 Earthquake in Annandale

And we missed it! Seems as if there was a 1.8 level earthquake this afternoon at 1:30 and its epicenter was just down the road from us. At 1:30 however we were miles away in Fairfax at the NoVaUnschoolers parkday … Continue reading

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Speaking of Faith

A friend (thanks Dena!) introduced me to American Public Radio’s Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett program awhile ago and I have been meaning to mention it here. From their website: Krista takes a narrative, or first-person, approach to religious … Continue reading

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Happy Dance Time!

What you are looking at is a picture of my car in our garage. Yes, you heard me right. At long last, my car can actually reside inside the garage. I had to include a photo because without photographic evidence, … Continue reading

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Really Stupid Things The Elms Boys Argue About #3

Hmmm…it has been a year since I have had anything to post in this category. This does not mean that the boys have not argued in that long of a time. Just that they had not argued over anything so … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday (a day late as usual)

- Stephanie

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I came across this quote in my morning reading and wanted to capture it here: Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any … Continue reading

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In Case You Were Wondering…

where I have been…I have been helping plan this: VaHomeschoolers Homeschool Enrichment Seminar Science Museum of Virginia 2500 West Broad Street Richmond, Virginia   April 26, 2008 There is still time to register online so if you are in the … Continue reading

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Hokie Spirit Defines Virginia Tech a Year Later

  I think that the message sent out by the Va Tech Alumni Association says it well so I will just post their message here: Hokie Spirit defines Virginia Tech a year later… Last April, the world’s attention focused on … Continue reading

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$5/month For My Peace of Mind

Back in November I found out about an online backup service called Mozy. For $5 a month, you get unlimited online backup. The software is easy to use. The intitial backup did take an extremely long time to run (I … Continue reading

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The Things You Hear as a Mom

When asked why he was sitting on the floor whining, Kyle responded: It is only because Jason dropped the dog on me… (and yes, he was talking about Ellie…)

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The Great Sunflower Project

A friend just forwarded information about The Great Sunflower Project which looks like a lot of fun. By watching and recording the bees at sunflowers in your garden, you can help us understand the challenges that bees are facing. It … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned

Note to Self: Buy jumper cables. 2nd Note to Self: It is perfectly ok to listen to your iPod for an hour through your car radio while the boys are in gymnastics. It is not a good idea to turn … Continue reading

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