t h e m a y f i l e s is foremost a family blog, chronicling everyday life. Life including natural, healthy eating (with recipes thrown in at random), home educating (with ideas popping up sporadically), an attempt to homestead on .2 acres (with very meager yields), raising 3 of 4 children with a rare genetic disorder, and lots of highly personal family triumphs and failures. You may also find an eclectic array of musings on politics, exercise, sewing, emergency preparedness, backyard chickens, and religion. This blog isn't a campaign to glorify anyone or anything. Just simply a record.



Our little fearless athlete Emmett has taken off on his new bike.  Weighing in at a whopping 30 lbs, he is quite a little site riding around on his 2 wheeler.

He still doesn't have quite "the moves" as he pulls out on his balance bike, it is a milestone nonetheless.

The Summer has proved amazingly busy!  I didnt anticipate it to be so.   On paper it didn't seem complicated.  Now that Callista takes piano, I spend a solid two hours on music each morning.  It is by far our most consistent skill practice.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are full of gymnastics from 8 am until 1 pm.  In the afternoons we squeeze in reading, and either Math, Writing, History, Science, or Spelling.  I have tried to be flexible to allow the children plenty of freeplay with so many children around.

This week the girls are attending a Camp in the afternoons each day.  It is a local Montessori Charter School.  With their cousins as tag-a-longs they are having a wonderful time.  This week the focus is art.  In two weeks they attend another week on Science.

Life is crazy but good right now.  We have ear drainage issues but everyone's lungs seem to be in good shape.  Hooray for the Summer weather!

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