2 years ago

Business as youzhe. (+ my shop logo reveal)

How is that even spelled? Yooj? Usue? I can’t accept “ushe” because then I want to finish with an r.  I could avoid typing it entirely but the abbreviation is what I would say if I were talking and that’s how I try to type so. Back to business. as youzhe.

Collin turned 3 last week. Not a day has gone by where he has not asked “Am I still 3?”

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He is past the learning curve on the potty training bell, in spite of my half-hearted urgings.  The one thing I do not do well is transitions. Transitioning to using the toilet, I decided, would not be approached with military zeal.  I don’t have the energy to force my kid to have accidents so that he can learn he doesn’t like having them.  The thought of allowing accidents to happen on purpose kind of blows my mind.  I’m all for natural consequences to serve as lesson learning, as long as they don’t result in me being the one on damage control (plus, we have Emmett, and he’s another story which I don’t plan on sharing here). The carpets and furniture are in danger enough with 4 boys in this house, why chortle in fate’s snarling little face by taking a diaper off a child who isn’t yet ready for potty training? no.
I’m also not okay with letting them soil themselves playing outdoors. no.
I am not good at transitions, and I am even worse at laundry.

Despite all of that, we’ve had a few minor accidents, and one mad dash to the bathroom at Chick-Fil-A, having to bolt out of the drive-thru line, but overall, it’s been drama-free and that’s how I like it.

First day: studying math, science, and the Holy Trinity all in one.
First day: studying math, science, and the Holy Trinity all in one.

So, how’s homeschooling?
Thanks for asking. It’s good. Really good.

We are 3 whole weeks into it and I have to say, although it’s only kindergarten and therefore a cakewalk, I love it.  LOVE IT.

The part I love most?  Watching knowledge spread across Lexington’s face in the form of an enlightened grin is -just ah! It’s wonderful.

Our first day, Lexington sat down at 10am, wearing his new uniform, sipping from a juicebox, and eating an apple.  It feels good. So far, that is.  I know things can change.  But so far, homeschooling is way more wonderful than the burden I dreaded it would be.

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Collin is homeschooling it too.  Not because I am making him, no, no, no. I figured he’d just play trains or at least whine about every nitpicky thing he could think of, but instead he sits with us and scribbles on index cards with a purple glue stick and says the letter sounds out loud with Lexington.

Emmett participates some days. More often, though, he prefers watching educational TV (not my choice, his. Autism super power, remember?) on the ROKU. Currently he’s working on memorizing the names of the U.S. Presidents.  All of them. In order.
We spent our time shushing him last week during mass as he kept blurting out presidential names:


echo. echo. echo.

Jude usually naps while we do school, or sits with me drooling all over creation, or jumping in his bouncy thing while also drooling all over creation. I don’t have enough bibs.

Me? I drink my coffee and follow the teacher’s manual.

Yesterday was one of the days I’ve been waiting for on the homeschool front. We used current events to talk about what we’re learning. We watched the live feed of Pope Francis addressing congress.

Did Lexington stand around and watch Pope Francis through the whole speech with rapt attention? No.
He hung around long enough to watch the members of congress process in (“those guys help make rules to keep our country safe”), followed by the Holy Father, and long enough to notice Holy Father’s voice sounded different.
“Is he speaking Spanish?”

Our discussion turned into learning about the existence of different cultures and nationalities, different languages, and how it ties into creation. We’ve discussed this stuff before, but using it as a real life example is exciting to Lexington as he realizes the reason he’s being educated, the reasons why people are created to be unique, and the reasons why we value those differences in the human person.

Snifffff…. I smell a separate blog post coming riiight up.

Etsy Shop reveal? I know I’m doing this so wrong and should dedicate a separate post for it. But that’s just silly.  Here’s my shop name + logo.

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Is the shop up yet? No. Still working!

Story behind the name:

I know. I know the name is…-well, I’ve never been good at creating unique names for things. What I end up doing is grabbing two things and mashing up.
My blog: Cinderella + Svellinger.
My Etsy shop: The color mint + brass kitchen hardware. (merely a Pinterest dream and not a reality of my own kitchen)
Brass & Mint co. There you go. Sorry to underwhelm you with that tale, but honestly, I’m excited and pumped to get this thing running asap. I’ll let you be the firsts to know!
Have a beautiful, fallish weekend.


  1. Haha, I’ve never stopped to think about how to spell “youzhe”! Your guess is as good as mine. :)

    Glad to hear that the schooling is going well so far. And we are getting close to treading the waters of potty training with little girl. Eek!

    And love the name & logo already. So pretty!

  2. ” why chortle in fate’s snarling little face by taking a diaper off a child who isn’t yet ready for potty training? no.” <— best line of a blog post ever!

    Love the logo and cannot wait for the shop to open!

  3. lol I’m the same way with potty training. We waited till N was ready and he pretty much did it himself, no forceful accidents or anything like that. Drama free is the best.

    LOVE the name and your logo for your etsy shop! So cute. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got lined up :-)

  4. Tell me all about this homeschool journey: how much time do you spend schooling each day? The uniform? Likey or no likey so far? You’re using a curriculum? Which one?

    Aaaaaand, if you wrote a post about all of this that I missed, then just link me there and smack me upside the digital head.

    Also, first in line for Etsy shop dibs.


  5. I love the name of your shop! What will you be selling? Looks like you’ve got yourself an awesome school going ? sending prayers for lots of years of fun and excitement in your school???

  6. I think I usually go with “usj” because it conveys the “jjjjj” sound more than other spellings. But it’s a difficult one! I second guess myself a lot about it. And so exciting about the shop name! Can’t wait to see it open. :)

  7. I love your Etsy shop title! That’s very cute and original, and the logo is adorable! Did you read or hear the pope’s comments at the UN? He gave a great little shout-out to the importance of families being the primary educators, which made my homeschooler’s heart sing (I was homeschooled for about half of my education, and I am a total home schooler at heart)


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