Tag Archives: Family Traditions

Apples to Apples

‘Tis the season…of apples. During the 16 years we’ve lived in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where orchards cover hundreds of acres, apples have become a gala event in the Jones household. It started with an accidental tradition, albeit a delicious one. One year I discovered a dozen varieties of apples at a local farmers’ market. I […]

Patriotic And Proud

We may pay tribute to the Red, White, and Blue several times throughout the year—Memorial Day, Flag Day, Veteran’s Day—but the anniversary of our country’s founding is a prime opportunity to wax nostalgic about the things that made our country exceptional. Indeed, Independence Day is the holiday we Americans associate most strongly with our heritage […]

Lights … Camera … School!

  This year, February was the star of the show. For this gray, bleak month, the Jones Homeschool goes into what we call “February School.” We lighten the regular school load, and Darren teaches a unit study around an interesting topic. Pass the popcorn: February 2017 was all about the movies! There’s so much information […]

Making Merry Memories

I’ve noticed that my sense of adventure—possibly mirroring the seasons—tends to go in cycles. The pattern plays out something like this: *** We are bored. We have nothing on the calendar to look forward to, and our lives are dragging. We are afflicted with a rank case of cabin fever from being stuck with the […]