2) Dd4 is ready to learn to read in earnest. We do one or two lessons from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons each day, and it's been perfect for her. Since she's only four years old, we skip the letter writing exercises. Her motor skills are behind her verbal skills, and I see no reason to push her on writing while reading instruction is going so beautifully. After all, she's quite young, and I wasn't doing formal schoolwork with our oldest at this age.
3) Dh is learning all sorts of new things: he helped put up a wall on our porch last week, he's installing our water heater now with help from a more-experienced friend, and today is the first official day of his first term as a student of Western Governor's University. He is working towards a Masters in Instructional Technology.
4) Dd1 has a little over 8 months left of being the "baby of the family". Those digital E.P.T. early tests are impressive. Of course, there could easily be a miscarriage at this point, but I'm glad that there was a happy reason I threw up Saturday night...at first, I thought it was food poisoning.... :/