Bringing Up Bébé Book Review

I went into reading Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman with high expectations. I’d read reviews, seen it on others’ book lists, and had friends suggest I read it. I actually wasn’t disappointed. Druckerman uses wit, good experience, and an honest approach – sharing struggles and shortcomings in her own parenting. The book explains the spoken and unspoken French parenting techniques she observed while living there with young children. She starts with pregnancy and goes through early elementary school. Druckerman bases her findings off 2 philosophers, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Francoise Dolto, both highly-acclaimed by the French parents and psychologists. They both
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Homeschool Summer Fun in Charlotte

Even though homeschool is out for summer, I still have E on some form of schedule for three reasons. Prevents boredom Keeps him brushed up on math & reading Gets us outdoors & doing more stuff Because Ethan’s only sibling is 4 months old, it’s pretty easy to understand why he could get bored easily. Baby Mah-tin is plenty of fun, but not the ideal playmate for an almost 10-year-old. I’ve tried to make the schedule work with Martin’s naps, which can be pretty difficult, but I find we can get out and about once a day. Some days we
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2014 Summer Reading List for Ethan

I chose some classic books, some mysteries, and some just plain fun books for Ethan to read this summer. The best thing is that some of them have movie versions, which we will be watching for Family Movie Night. Ethan is currently between 3rd and 4th grades. Ethan’s Summer Reading List The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle The Tower Treasure – Hardy Boys Book 1 – by Franklin W.
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Weekly Photos – Tyler’s Birthday Edition

We’ve just completed Tyler’s birthday week. We celebrated a few weeks ago with a brewery trip to Hickory, Asheville, and Brevard, NC. This week we celebrated with friends and family. We had a small dessert sampling, including Your Grandma’s Banana Pudding, breakfast from Fourth Ward Bread Co., and a celebration with both Tyler’s family and my family. Ethan and I had a flag pole put up in front of our house, which Tyler has been wanting for the longest time. Martin even got to visit the beach for the first time. More and more every day, I realize how thankful
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Back to the Blogosphere

Welcome to Four Grain Bread! It’s been over a year since I have been in the blogosphere. I had planned on starting back up again last summer with this whole new blog and look, but I got pregnant and lazy it just didn’t happen. So here we are, a whole year later, and a lot has changed. I just finished my first year as a homeschool-mom. I will have to post more on that later because I never dreamed, well maybe a nightmare here or there, that I would be a homeschooler. I love it, and E just finished 3rd
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On the road to a gluten-free, artificial-coloring free, dairy-free life

Goodbye, Wheat Bread!  I’ve known since E was 2-weeks-old that lactose was not a friend of his stomach. For the first year of his life I abstained from any lactose digestion for the sake of nursing and my desire for sleep at night without a screaming baby with a squalling stomach. But in the last year, it’s become apparent that E’s stomach not only doesn’t like lactose, it doesn’t seem to like processed, gluten-filled anything or artificial colors and preservatives. I think in the last month, we’ve had maybe 2 days where he hasn’t complained about his stomach. HOW DID
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Whining over the Little Things

I’m often surprised at how much E whines over the little things. But when it comes to big boo-boos or life issues, he’s amazingly silent. Those are the times when I really want him to tell me he’s in pain or upset. I wish I could flip a switch for him to complain about those things and not the broccoli, the smaller piece of cake, the unfairness of life. For instance, he recently visited a friend. After I picked him up from his play date, we ran three of four errands and then went home. About thirty minutes later, he came
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Just a little comedic extra for your day…

Thanks, Faith! I had to post this. I just love how tween girls are thwarted in trying to be cool. Don’t look at the comments — It’s the 21st century, people! How students feel about grades. Facebook Stress I would be absolutely terrified. This is so not funny, but kind of funny!
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A Photo Shoot with Family

This past weekend, Tyler, E, and I loaded up and headed to Winston-Salem to visit my sister and her beautiful family. I took many photos, which will not be featured today. I’m feeling a picture post coming on, which will surely exhibit some of the beauty of Old Salem and our time in Winston. One of the goals for this trip was to repay Jen and Darren back for paying for our tickets to Brewgrass. We did a little swap. Free tickets to Brewgrass in exchange for Tyler’s photography services for little Lee Bee. I think we got the better
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The iPod Mini That Could

The Infamous and Survivor iPod. Yesterday, I decided to go to Starbucks to grade papers for my English 111 class. I wanted to take some music so I could block out all the conversations I inevitably listen to when in a large crowd of people engaged in relationship and community. I really love going to Starbucks or a coffee shop for this reason. However, at this particular moment, I needed peace and music to grade. So I went on a search for E’s iPod mini for some help. But I couldn’t find it in his room. I couldn’t find it
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