Brick by Brick

As many of you already know, at Casa de la Belle (as in ring my) this is the year of the brick. I'm putting in a massive brick walkway, a retaining wall, and extending another retaining wall. I thought y'all might like a little insight to my home improvement process.Step 1: See a picture that … Continue reading Brick by Brick

How Does Your Garden Grow?

My god this gardening thing is tricky. So far all I've really figured out is that I really don't know much. Sigh. Still, I've managed to complete a few things. We planted strawberries that will hopefully give us some fruit next year--providing the squirrels don't dig them all up before that can happen. Squirrels, for … Continue reading How Does Your Garden Grow?

Fun with Candle Wax

The cool thing about homeschooling is you can take a step back from a frustrating assignment, take a deep breath, and think about what you're trying to teach. Is the assignment as written the best possible way to do that? Or is there a better way to achieve the goal. Wyatt can be exceptionally challenging. … Continue reading Fun with Candle Wax

Project Fire Pit

Earlier this summer, we added a fire pit to the back yard. It's a project I've wanted to do for years, but just never had time. I have to say that I'm surprised by the location it ended up with. For years I've envisioned it on the opposite side of the yard. When it came … Continue reading Project Fire Pit

Project Strawberry

Considering we live in the suburbs, we have a decent amount of land. It's not like we're on a couple hundred acres in the sticks (I wish), but 1/4 acre in the middle of the city is a good place to start. The big obstacle we face is the number of trees in the neighborhood. … Continue reading Project Strawberry