Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Mostly pictures for the Christmas post.

For Christmas, we went to McKay's parents'. His dad is a mall Santa, so we showed up in line and surprised him.

We had packed everything in the back of a van that we are borrowing from a friend because we spent Christmas Eve there and opened up all the presents there.

We had chocolate.

Christmas morning we opened presents.


And a few cool presents: Linda got an alphabet board book.

 I got Elly Blue's Bikenomics!

Margaret got a new bike, with a bell!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Regular Life

I haven't blogged much because I think we've been doing regular life things and they don't need a lot of note.

This month:

I spent a week with nipple pain because the baby's molars are trying to come in. She's not biting, it's just that teething makes saliva more caustic (to help teeth erupt) and that has an adverse effect on my skin. The whole week I kept chanting to myself, "This will pass; this will pass." It did. I haven't blogged much about breastfeeding. I'm also pumping for some friends who have adopted a baby. That's a new experience, too. My pumping experience was mostly me relieving engorgement in Margaret's early weeks, now I have a little more.

We went to Fairyland. Also parks. I turned 28 and saw the Improvibles do a show on my birthday. Yay free birthday date.

Santa at Winter Fairyland
The baby has taken to standing on her own for a few seconds at a time. Walking may happen in the next month or so.

We finished the "toy room" and this weekend did some sorting of stuff from the office. We bought new dining room chairs yesterday. They are used and could use reupholstering. Margaret wants Pikachu fabric on one chair for her and Isaac wants dinosaur fabric. At first I wanted to say, "No! These are nice! We should have at least one set of things that match in this house!" but now as I think about it, why not? When the kids grow up and leave I can have them my way.

As I type this, the neighbors upstairs are watching a movie and the ceiling is rumbling from the bass. I keep having mini-panicks that it's an earthquake.

Christmas also happened. Any bikey presents will be featured in future blog posts. I haven't oploaded my Christmas pictures yet, so we'll wait on that

New Years is about to happen. I didn't make any resolutions last year because a baby was expected, but I am making resolutions this year.

Also, a cherpumple will happen this week. Yes.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Homeschool December

So our "ES" (Educational Supervisor) just left and so I guess it's time for another "what we did to meet our homeschooling requirements" post this month.

Once again, we had to give 4 samples: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies.

Language Arts: worksheet on opposites from a dollar store workbook.
Math: worksheet on the number "4" from a dollar store workbook.
Science: We cut off the bottom of our Christmas tree and counted the rings to find out how old the tree was (12 years). She glued the piece to a paper and wrote on it "12 rings, 12 years."
Social Studies: Drew a more accurate map of how we walk to the library. She included houses we pass by and streets we cross, but don't go down.

Margaret also read a short book to our ES to show she's been learning to read.

So that's it for our bare minimum. We've been doing other things that aren't required to be turned in as well as Christmas-readying. Trips this month have included Fairyland, the library, getting the Christmas tree, and lots of park days and clay classes. I think next semester we'll enroll her in a woodworking class, too.

Library: made snow globes!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Christmas Tree Day

We got our Christmas tree today! It was fun and adventurous! We got it from the Cal Forestry Club Christmas sale. They go up to the Sierras and cut down trees that are too close to others and won't make it to full maturity anyway, then bring them back and sell them as Christmas trees. It's eco-friendly Christmas for only $6/foot. The trees aren't the "prettiest" but they have "charm."

Ready to embark on our tree hunt. Trailer for the tree, kids in the Madsen.

Tree found!

Tree bungeed in (put a Finch on it).

McKay and the tree.

In the house. Looks a little sad, but hey, it cost only $36.



Wednesday, December 04, 2013



It's December. Bet you hadn't noticed. What happened to November? Well, I had pink eye for 2 weeks (yay contacts), went to Disneyland, did some programming (taking Python), journaled a bit, gave a talk at church (it was fabulous!), made 8 pies (also fabulous), had Thanksgiving dinner, and finally did turn the office into a toy room, though we are still working on redecorating the rest of the house (plus Christmas!).

That, in a nutshell is it all. There were some up times, there were some down times. Park days happened, LLL meetings happened, conference calls happened, podcasts were published, and installing the BionX happened. It's all happening. And I have almost no time to blog. That's life for you.

I'll chime in when I can. I have Linda's stocking to knit, Christmas cards to get out, programming to finish (I'm currently programming an Asteroids-type game), Christmas presents to figure out, and piles of things to sell on Craigslist. It's a party here!

Oh right, I shaved my head last weekend. No more helmet hair!