Monday, October 5, 2015

Nothing Planned

Last week we doubled up on lessons and did a lot of extra work Monday – Thursday so that on Friday we could take a half day field trip and then head to IEW.   The weather had other plans, everything was cancelled because of flooding and we had an unexpected free day with absolutely nothing planned.

We started out with a trip to the library to pick up a few movies for the cold, rainy weekend.  I failed to take photos, sorry.   From there, we grabbed a cheap pizza for lunch and Olivia baked us a few cookies.



Then we moved into art.   I had a few small canvases on hand, and had been wanting to try working with acrylics.  I set out the art supplies and let the girls have at it.   The only direction I gave them was on how acrylic paint differs from the watercolors they are used to working with.


Olivia chose to paint a water lily bud.



Lindsey isn’t as gifted at art, or as interested either.  Her projects tend to have lots of bold color and stripes.




Me? I just like adding color to the words that I have running through my head.   I especially loved that I can layer the acrylic paints.


We wrapped up our afternoon with a lovely cup of pumpkin spice tea.    It’s good to have a random free day here and there!


What does your free time look like?

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Rain, Rain and More Rain

We’ve had rain non-stop for the last week.  On Tuesday we had torrential rains that caused some pretty significant flooding in our area.  Today/tonight we are supposed to get another 3-10 INCHES of rain, GAH!!  We also have the potential for getting even more rain from hurricane Joaquim.  

Tuesday we cut our homeschooling day short so that we could attend a creative writing workshop.  We were very excited to get to attend the CHAIRS workshop presented by award winning author Jenny L. Cote!   I love Jenny’s personality and her writing style is engaging with just the right blend of history and fiction.


Wednesday was THE day.   Olivia’s braces came off!  We celebrated with  the one food she has missed ever so much over the last 18-months, POPCORN!



Lindsey’s science experiment has just about run it’s course.  We are at the place where the seeds need soil, and October is not when you plant cantaloupe in Virginia, grins.009

In other science news, we’ve been waiting for our last swallowtail butterfly to emerge from it’s chrysalis.  Imagine our disappointment when instead of a butterfly, a parasitic wasp emerged from the chrysalis.   Although it was a disappointment, it gave us a great new science lesson to explore.

Today (Friday) we were supposed to spend the day at the Frontier Culture Museum for homeschool days.   Unfortunately the museum flooded this week and is expected to flood even more during todays deluge.   Our IEW class was also cancelled because of the rains/flooding.   Now we’re spending the day reading and watching the water rise, and we may do some art and have a spot of tea too.

How are things in your part of the world?

Linking up with the Weekly Wrap Up.  (Collage Friday is on vacation this week).

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Deep Heavy Sigh

We’ve had a busy week (again).   I’m seeing a need for a change in the schedule.  With the girls being in ballet 4 days a week, for 90 minutes a day, it’s really tied us down and caused us to have to turn down other opportunities that the girls (and I) have really wanted to take advantage of. They are both talking about this being their last year in ballet.

Wednesday night we have 15 minutes from the time ballet ends until church starts, and church is across town.  Thankfully the class that my husband and I are taking is ending soon, because trying to get there on time is creating some major stress.  Family dinner is a must in our home, so some nights we’re not getting dinner until 8pm and the girls are supposed to be in bed at 8:30. We get the Nutcracker rehearsal schedule this weekend, and I’ll be interested to see how much worse that makes it…deep heavy sigh.

In more exciting news, Tuesday night our homeschool support group had a Mom’s Dinner Out.   Let me just say I SO needed this.   Granted I was the old lady in the group, but we laughed and had a good time and we had ice cream that no child had licked.  It was amazing!


Wednesday morning we went on a field trip to a a local church.   This particular church is rich in Revolutionary War history.   It’s also rich in the sense that is houses FOURTEEN priceless stained glass windows from Tiffany & Company.  Here are a few of my favorites, although my cheap little pocket camera does not do justice to these pieces of art.




The girls and I were also fortunate to get to see our last Monarch release from it’s chrysalis.   This was truly an amazing thing to behold, and gave me a great opportunity to expound on how when we accept Christ, it’s like coming out of the cocoon of sin and becoming a new beautiful creature in Christ.

Although it’s a bit hazy because of the netting, you can see the fully formed butterfly inside the now clear chrysalis just waiting to break free.



We’ve also got a praying mantis colony going on in the flower garden outside our sun room.   We watch them climb up and down the window screens and feast on bugs.   One of them is pretty big, see what I mean?


Pre-algebra has been a little more bumpy this week.   Although, it seems like we’ve had an off week all around, so maybe it’s not the pre-algebra as much as just the phase of the moon…or the upcoming eclipse?

Anyway, that’s my week in a nutshell.  How have things been in your neck of the woods?

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Breaks Over

Our academics are back on track after last weeks little hiatus.  Olivia has finally had the realization that it’s in her best interest to get up earlier (before 8am) and get started on her work instead of laying in bed until 10-ish and then frantically trying to get it all done.  That in and of itself was a great lesson.

In an effort to incorporate a bit more nature study into our lives, we went our to explore our local wetlands area…too bad it’s so gosh dang dry here, ahem.  None the less you can find some lovely photos in that post.   I am proud of the photo below, it reminds me of a National Geographic picture…and it also shows how low the water levels are.

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One or our monarch’s made it’s way out of the chrysalis over the weekend.  Sadly, I wasn’t home to see it.  Thankfully the husband thought quickly and got a couple of amazing photographs just before the butterfly emerged, and then a good one of it drying it’s wings.




Once I did return home,(much later in the day) we had a little release ceremony.  Our little butterfly was reluctant to leave, but it eventually took flight.


Lindsey is learning about plant life cycles in science.  I decided to do a project with her that I remember doing back in elementary school.   We placed a paper towel in a ziploc bag, stapled across the middle, added water and then added a row of cantaloupe seeds.   We’ve hung the seeds in the sunroom window so we can see how long it takes them to sprout.


The IEW Ancient History course was a big hit.   Both girls really enjoyed it, and were able to tell me a great deal about what they’d learned.  More importantly they were EAGER to do their homework.  SCORE!

If you’re looking for a fun (and yummy smelling) activity for the littles, try making some Pumpkin Spice Play-Doh for them to enjoy.

How has you week been?

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Play-Doh

Oh yes, the season of pumpkin spice is upon us!   While you sip your pumpkin spice latte (don’t even pretend it’s not true), the kidlets can have a little pumpkin spice fun of their own.

1cup flour
2 tsps. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or 1/4 tsp. cinnamon & 1/4 tsp. nutmeg)
1 tbs. cooking oil

Add all dry ingredients together in a medium sauce pan, mix well, then all the liquid ingredients.   Cook several minutes over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning.  Continue cooking until dough forms.   Cool thoroughly and knead.

Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag to reuse later.


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