Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Gardening and Relaxing

The girls and I have spent the week planting our garden, and working in the flower beds.   We still have two more flower beds to tidy up, and I’m hoping to get to that this weekend.  

Our vegetable gardens look sparse at the moment, but give it a few weeks and they’ll be filling out nicely.   The first garden photo below has onions, big beef tomatoes, cabbage, collard greens, yellow crook neck squash, sunflowers and marigolds.

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The photo below is the other garden bed.  This one has carrots, beets, black krim tomatoes, lettuce, endive, spinach, butternut squash and marigolds.

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The photo below is looking from the top of the garden down towards the house.  On the right, in the middle of the photo is my overly productive horseradish.

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My flower beds are doing well, and if you’re feeling adventurous you can head over to my other blog and see what Spring In Virginia looks like.  (Or at least what my yard looks like in spring.)

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Olivia has worked several days at the Indian Village this week.   I’m going to have to be creative with our fall schedule to make sure she can get over there as often as can.  She has truly found something she loves.

Lindsey decided she needed some gadgets like a cell phone and laptop.  Since we don’t allow the kids to have such gadgets, she created her own with Legos.

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She also made her own Lego coffee mug, because if you’re going to pretend to have your own office, you need to drink coffee while you do it.

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This was our last week of ballet.  Well, it is, but the girls start back to intensives June 1, so in reality, we have a week off next week.   Exciting news, Olivia will be going en pointe next year!!  She’s thrilled at the thought of getting pointe shoes (she doesn’t realize how uncomfortable it is on the feet).   Daddy doesn’t realize how uncomfortable it will be on the wallet, ahem.

I hope you all have a good holiday weekend.  Remember that Memorial Day is to honor those who died in the military, not to thank those who are serving (that’s Veteran’s Day).

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 Curriculum Clean Out

It’s once again time to start purging the book shelves and looking for things that need a new home.   That’s right, it’s time for the 2015 Curriculum Clean Out!

The Clean Out is scheduled for May 26 – June 1, and is great way to bless other families and maybe even get something you’ve had your eye on.   To get all the details, check out this post.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Summer Plans

We’ve been finished with school for several weeks now.  We’ve spent the majority of this month working on projects around the house.   Now  it’s time to look at the summer.

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Ballet:   Both girls will be participating in a 4 week ballet intensive in June.    This will allow them to work on technique and skills as well as building their endurance level. 

In August they will both be participating in a week long, 4 hour a day performance camp.  The camp will end with a production of “Carnival of Animals” in conjunction with our city’s Performing Arts Center.

College:  Olivia will be taking an art class at the local community college.   Additionally, she’s been selected to attend a weeklong, all girl Mechatronics camp.  Mechatronics blends mechanical engineering, electronic control and  systems thinking in the design of products and manufacturing processes.

Basketball:   Lindsey will be attending basketball camp at the local college.   Despite her height (or lack thereof) she’s still got her heart set on being a basketball player.

History:   Olivia will continue to work several days a week with the John Lewis Society in the Indian Village.   Lindsey will be spending a week at day camp with the same program, but working and learning in the early American colonies.

Additionally, we’ll be doing lots of swimming, biking, fishing, playing and just having lots of family fun…because that’s what summer is all about!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up– The Not So Good Week

Spring Recital is done and things are winding down.  I’d promised backstage photos, but alas, I was too busy backstage to take any.   Monday the girls and I helped repack all the costumes and props and get the ballet studio back together.

I began having issues with breathing while at Olivia’s ballet class Monday evening.   I assumed I was sitting near a “cat lady” as it felt like the onset of an allergy attack.  (I’m dreadfully allergic to cats.)  Late Monday night into early Tuesday morning I was gasping for air and my chest began to hurt.  It was bad.

It wasn’t long until I found myself hooked up to an EKG machine and began a round of tests and a breathing treatment.   The breathing treatment took about 30 minutes to take hold, but then my airways opened up and I was able to breathe normally.   This also allowed my blood pressure to regulate, as it had gotten pretty darn high.  Once the BP regulated, the chest pain stopped.

The good news is the EKG was fine, there’s no sign of anything at all.   It appears that it really was an allergic reaction that went dreadfully too far.  I now have an emergency inhaler to carry with me.

The bad news is that I’ve been incredibly fatigued and just not myself this week.   I had to cancel a few commitments, and I’ve took a few naps, and had the girls help out a lot more than normal around the house.

Next week I hope to have some more homeschool things to share, but for now, this is where I am.

I hope you’ve all had a great week!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Stage Week

It’s Spring Recital week in our world.  That means 4 hours each evening have been spent at the stage.  The girls have been practicing and I’ve been working on costumes, and working the rehearsal hall.   Boy, when you add a bunch of preschoolers to the mix, things certainly get lively!!

The kids are performing the first act of Cinderella, and an abbreviated version of the Little Mermaid.  I’ll be working backstage this weekend and will have more photos to share next week.  In the meantime, here is Lindsey and one of the baby mice.  Isn’t that just too much cuteness?

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We were finally able to get in the garden and get some work done.  Beets, lettuce, spinach, endive, carrots and onions are in the ground.   We’ll wait a few more weeks and then add the tomatoes and squash.

Last fall, one of my dear friends gave me a couple of poppy plants from her perennial garden and I couldn’t wait to plant them.  Fast forward to spring and I almost pulled them up thinking it was a weed, but then thought I’d wait a bit.  Imagine my glee this morning when I spotted this beauty smiling up at me.

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