Friday, July 28, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up - Summer Break Week 8

It's been a full year since we joined the YMCA.  Tom had said early on that it would be fun to do a 5K once we got in better shape.  I filed this information away in a dark corner of my brain, and for his Father's Day gift I signed us both up for a 80's Throwback 5K...held in July.    Yeah, so the event was this past Saturday night at 9pm.  It was still in the high 80's and the humidity was at 95% when we got there for check in.   I was sweating just standing still.    Everyone got glow sticks,  glow glasses and flashing bracelets, there was 80's music and a laser show as well.   

Tom finished in 36 minutes, and was so pleased with himself.  He took 2nd place in his age bracket.  First place went to the man who won the 5K in just over 22 minutes. This was the first race I've done since I ran the London Marathon in 1999.    I finished in 56 minutes, and while it wasn't a great time, I was happy that I finished in under an hour, I wasn't in last place and my knee and ankle didn't give out...and I didn't have a heat stroke.    
The rest of our week has been more laid back than recent weeks.  We've hit the gym in the mornings, worked on algebra and housework in the afternoons and hit the last two regular season Valley League baseball games in the evenings.

The girls left Thursday to go spend a long weekend with my best friend and her husband.   I had to laugh when my friend emailed me on Wednesday and said "I haven't had kids in the house since forever, do I need to buy milk, and what about snacks?"   Her son is in his mid-30's, and she has no idea how much teen and preteen girls can eat in a few days.

Registration forms started coming in this week for the co-op we're trying to get going.  The science equipment I'd ordered for the group also came this week, so we should be in good shape come September when we start up.   I'm excited about teaching botany this year, I've never taught science in a group setting.

I'll be spending my day today scrap booking.   I'll get all of my scrap booking caught up (I call it a scrap-frenzy), and be up to date before Lindsey's birthday gets here, I hope.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up - Summer Break Week 7

This summer is just flying by.  There's always a flurry of activity.   Saturday Olivia traveled to Liberty University with her new volleyball team for a clinic with the coaches and players.   This meant I had to get her up by 5:30 in order to get her to the bus pick up.  They worked hard for 8 straight hours (with a lunch break thrown in).   They were an exhausted group when they got back.

Sunday the youth group took over adult service for praise and worship.  Our youth band is really amazing, and then the entire youth group did a dance to "Church Clap".   This was the first time in over a year I got to see both my girls dance and enjoy it....made my heart very happy!   After church the youth group had a cookout and played slip n slide kickball all afternoon.   They had so much fun (until the sunburn kicked in later in the evening).  
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When we got home from picking the kids up, I went to get something out of the freezer and realized it was a bit thawed.  After further investigation I realized most things were a bit thawed, so I moved everything to the big chest freezer, hoping it was just a glitch.   Unfortunately the repairman came Monday and no, it wasn't a glitch, the compressor in our three year old refrigerator burned out.  We need to replace it...again.  

Olivia was at another volleyball camp Monday - Friday from 9am to noon.   After dropping her off Tuesday, Lindsey and I went out to try and find a new fridge.  Unfortunately, nobody local carries the beige/bisque/biscuit appliances in stock, so I have to order one, which means a 14 day wait.  I picked up a dorm refrigerator in the meantime, just enough room to keep lunch meat, cheese and yogurt on hand.  

Wednesday the youth group met for dinner at a local pizza place, so Tom and I dropped the girls off and walked next door to have an impromptu date at the Chinese restaurant.   It's the little things ya'll.

Thursday evening was volleyball with the team.   Friday night was two hours of basketball for both girls.    Like I said, it's been a busy week, but good...other than the lack of cold food.

How was your week?   Did you have the horrible heat and humidity where you are?

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up - Summer Break Week 6

This past weekend, I took the girls on an epic field trip.   Well, epic is probably a stretch, but it was really cool and it involved a single engine airplane ride.   I've flown many times, in large planes so this was a first for me in a small plane, and a first for the girls in any type of aircraft.   There are lots of great photos in the field trip blog post, but here's a teaser, just to get you to pop over and take a peek.
Olivia has been plowing through some serious Algebra work this week.   She's really trying to get this program completed so she can move into Algebra II as soon as we start the new academic year.   Unfortunately technical issues with the site threw a monkey wrench in her progress today.  I now remember why I don't don online classes, too many things that can go wrong.

Tuesday was 7/11 and that meant free Slurpee's at 7-Eleven and it was also "Cow Appreciation Day" at Chick-fil-a, so we had free lunch and a nice cold treat too.  By the way, the cotton candy Slurpee is delish!
Sports are starting to gear up more heavily.  I had a volleyball coaches meeting on Wednesday night.  Olivia had a volleyball practice Thursday, and both girls have basketball practice today (Friday).  The basketball coach has persuaded Lindsey to come to the practices and see if she would like to play on their JV team this winter. 

Today we have chiropractor appointments first thing (thank goodness), then we'll be grocery shopping, skating with friends and of course heading out to basketball in the evening.  Not sure how much good the chiropractor will do for Olivia, since she tends to fall a great deal while skating.  But at least I'll get everything lined back up and in place, and hopefully get rid of some of my hip and knee pain.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Time Traveler American History - WWII (Review)

This has been an especially good review year for my history lover.  Today, I'm sharing our experience reviewing the Time Traveler America History - WWII set from Home School In the Woods.  Other titles in this series include:  New World Explorers, Colonial Life, The American Revolution, The Early 19th Century, The Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution through Great Depression.  We received the downloadable version of this, but you can also purchase it on CD as well. me

Let me warn you, you need to have a full laser jet ink cartridge (not an ink jet, you'll go broke) and a full pack of paper if you want to print everything off in one day.   You also need one full day, as it takes a great deal of time to print and arrange all the items.  Neither of those two points (ink and time) are meant negatively, just letting you know ahead of time so you don't have to stop mid stream. Besides paper and ink, you'll  need cardstock, a few transparency covers and 1/2 yard of felt (grey, brown or olive green) to complete the projects.   You will also need a 2-3 inch, 3 ring binder to keep all of the projects and papers in.

Below is an overall view of the projects included in this product.   I will tell you, we have not completed this entire thing as of yet, as each area has led to bunny trails and deeper study for my daughter, and that's exactly what I look for in a product.   I love seeing her get inspired and start doing further research outside of what is "required" learning.
Olivia really enjoys hands on learning.  Her favorite project from this product was the garrison cap.  She printed out the pattern, then  overlaid the pattern onto heavy felt, secured it with safety pins, then cut out the pieces.  She spent about 90 minutes total on her creation.  She was very pleased with the way her hat turned out.

While Olivia is adding to her timeline, newspaper and her notebook, (included in the printables) she's also adding vast amounts of knowledge to her understanding of the American soldier and the home front during World War II.  Both she and I were surprised to learn that cigarettes were included in with the daily meal rations for those on the battle field.  

For the student who loves hands on learning, this is definitely the way to go.  The Lap-Paks, Timeline and Activity Packs really help bring the subject matter to life for students.  We've also used the Project Passport, The Middle Ages this year, and my non-history lover loved it!     Also, exciting news is that A-La-Carte projects are now available!  So if you're wanting to do one or two things to go with what you're studying, you can buy individual projects and not have to buy entire units! There are currently 50 projects available, with more to come.  Additionally, use the code alacarte at checkout to get the Erie Canal project for free.  This will come in handy as the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the canal is this week.

To read other Crew members reviews of this and other Home School In the Woods products, click here.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Women Can Fly - Field Trip

I love finding free experiences for my girls!   This weekend, we took part in a program called Women Can Fly, and we had a blast.  Be sure to see if there's such a program near you. We got to check our all things aviation related (flight simulators, engines, flight  controls)...and THEN....We got to go on a free flight!!!   Prepare to be amazed by the beautiful area we live in!
 Now for the beauty of our area....

I've always loved where we lived, and thought it was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.  Seeing it from 2,000 feet is simply breath taking. 

I got to share this first flight with the girls (I've been on large airplanes many times, first time for me in a single engine).   I was really happy to see that Lindsey didn't toss her cookies, she's prone to motion sickness.  In full disclosure, as we were landing there was a "glitch" and it looked like the plane was going to roll over on its side, enough so that the pilot exclaimed "OH S%&$!" and had to work to get the left side back down.   She did apologize for the expletive later and said that it was the absolute worst landing of her career (thanks a LOT).     I told her "Your lucky we were on this flight, I'd already claimed no harm would come to us and we'd land safely without incident."

It was a great experience, although Lindsey said she's never going to fly again.

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