(click on the photos for a larger, clearer view....takes me right back to that little island where ducks rule)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
(Which was a far cry from our trip to the beach earlier this month when traffic got blocked for a few minutes because people were transferring a disabled person into a van and all sorts of cars behind started honking like crazy!)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The other day, K pulled out her spa science kit and decided to put together a little something special for her bath.
She gathered the necessary ingredients. It was a rather simple recipe.
One cup of oatmeal and one half cup rose petals.
Mix it up and put some in the little muslin bag. The rest goes in a ziploc bag for future baths.
Now, take the muslin bag and put it in your tub filled with hot water....
Monday, August 24, 2009
Nothing went right with this cake and everything I did made it messier! Perhaps one shouldn't wait until the hour before a BIG family celebration dinner to start working on the cake. Ya think?
Friday, August 21, 2009
This flyer was posted in our hallway so everyone would take notice. What a perfect thing for a summer night. I usually think of s'mores for camping...but since we haven't gone camping in eleventy hundred years, I thought "Why Not??"
So, S'more night was officially declared. It didn't start at 7:30, because Mike had to work late.
However, it did happen...
but I was too busy licking my fingers and lips to take pictures.
I would like to share this with you, though....
While the foxes were out playing....
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The boys are all ours and the youngest girl. Our oldest son is in the middle next to his beautiful wife. They are expecting our first grandbaby next month!!
So, what are we using this year. I have fallen in LOVE with My Father's World curriculum and this will be our third year using it. I have never used a set curriculum this long before...but it works with K and we both enjoy it!! We are now studying Creation to the Greeks. We use Apologia for science and AGAIN I cannot not say enough good stuff about their books. It's also been three years for this series and each year has been an incredible learning experience for K AND me! This year we are tackling Zoology 2. For math we use Singapore and Calculadder. Other things that we are using this year are Explode the Code, Wordly Wise, several items from The Critical Thinking Company, Spelling Power, and The American Girl Body Book. Click on any of those links to read more about them.
Here's a glimpe into our school room. This was last year, but not much has changed...except for some new books and a little rearranging on the shelves...oh and my computer is now sitting where you see that basket on the table.
I'm hoping to win either:
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
2 cloves of Garlic(or less if you don't like it real garlicy)
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
A healthy recipe for a quick snack or appetizer.
and too much of that...
I've decided it's about time to start eating healthier!!
I brought this in earlier this week from our garden. The green beans were delicious steamed. They didn't need any butter or salt....they were perfect. I took the basil and made a pesto dip and cut up raw zucchini to dip into it. YUM! Then I used a cucumber and the large tomato to make a bowl of tabbouleh and a small bowl of cucumber salad for K. These were all the side dishes to compliment my roasted chicken. A healthy dinner, but one that didn't lack taste. I plan to share some recipes and keep myself on track here as we strive to eat less processed junk and more whole foods.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
On a recent trip, K got to spend some time in the ocean with her boogie board. It was low tide, but there was still plenty of fun. She patiently waited for waves to come....
Last week, I spent extra attention on the house and all the little fine details...like laundry! I wanted the week to start off on the right foot. No need for me to be trying to juggle back to school routine and piles of stinky laundry.
I labored on a new system...a schedule of sorts. I'll report back at the end of the week on that...but I have high hopes. I also decided that since we have some important things coming up in the next few weeks that will interrupt our daily schedule, that we would start with an abbreviated schedule. That and the fact that not everything is here, yet!! We are covering most subjects, but leaving out history, science and art until mid-September.
Yesterday, we spent some time with family swimming and visiting and eating dinner together. It was a beautiful day, but I was a bit eager to get home and finish up some of those fine details. I love the first day of school and even though K was trying her best to be very cool about the whole thing, I knew DEEP DOWN she was excited, too.
So, I got home and started the last load of laundry and made myself clean the kitchen before bed. It was rough...but I knew that starting the day with a clean kitchen was an important step to a great first day.
The plan was to get moving early, have breakfast together, take some pictures and to get started. That was the plan....you know how PLANS go, right?
We got up 30 minutes later then I was hoping. Then we found out the dog had gotten out of the back yard and was walking down the street....so we had to chase him down. It really wasn't difficult...he is old and seriously wanted to come in and have water and his morning treat. In fact, looking back I actually heard him barking on the front porch while I was still laying in bed. ;) I heard him and thought..."WOW, that bark sounds really close." So really all along he was wanting to come in...but somehow saying "we chased him down" sounds more productive. So, let's stick to that version! We chased the dog down and then started breakfast. This was around the time that I found out K was running a temperature. Yea, way to throw a curve ball into our PLANS!
However, like I suspected....DEEP DOWN she REALLY was excited about the first day, meaning we were moving ahead like planned. I'm so glad I stayed up last night cleaning the kitchen, because DEEP DOWN I know that's the only reason why she felt like starting school today.
Here's a look at our table in our school room. Doesn't it just scream, "I'm ready for the first day of school?"
See...I knew she was excited about school.