Currently I am:

Listening to: Pandora Madeleine Peyroux Radio

Creating: Working on Valentine Day decor, still stitching my little cacti, and working on planning out a few projects.

Planning: plans for our book club meeting next week, menu planning seems to be happening all the time,  starting to itch for a trip. 

Wishing: I could catch up on my sleep. I am dragging after a few nights with very little. 

Wearing: My Charlotte Mason Motto shirt from Charlotte Mason Living,  jeans, hair up as always. 

Feeling: sad, nostalgic, tired.

Watching: Jack and I started watching the series The West today for history. 

Eating: Chicken Parmy for dinner tonight. 

Wondering: If the sky will be clear enough tonight to pull out the telescope. 

Drinking: Coffee or tea depending on the time of day. 

Loving: That the weather has been a bit warmer and the sun has been out. It's been gorgeous! 






Currently I am:

Listening to: Pandora Christmas

Creating: I have a few stitching projects underway. Hopefully I actually finish them!

Planning: Book Club party this week, Thanksgiving next week, December plans- birthdays, Christmas parties, Nutcracker dates, etc.

Wishing: I wasn't so cold. I have not been able to warm up the past two days.

Wearing: Flannel, sweatshirts, sweats, wool socks, anything that will add warmth.

Feeling: Like I am not getting enough done.

Watching: Nothing. Not until Blacklist is on later this week.

Eating: Tonight we had breakfast for dinner. Eggs. Lots of eggs.

Wondering: When the dryer parts will arrive so the house can stop looking like a laundromat.

Reading: The Hobbit, Rising Strong, The Man With a Thousand Faces.

Drinking: Anything warm.

Loving: Time with my family and friends.


^^Warming up after nature study.^^

Week 14 wrap up


Some highlights of our last week.


  • memorized and recited The Man in the Arena excerpt by Teddy Roosevelt.


  • The Hobbit
  • Moby Dick (morning time)
  • Peter Pan (morning time)
  • Farmer Boy (morning time)


  • hiking with nature group
  • Barnes and Noble Maker Fair



  • Robert Louis Stevenson



  • basketball
  • pickleball
  • park time teaching the dog to go down the slide
  • riding bikes
  • fruit ninja on the kinect
  • origami



Weekly wrap up

Our homeschool this week:

Last week we added in the rest of our subjects for the year. We are still settling in with the new routine. Added to that one of my adult children moved back home this week, so our school room that we just got settled in is back to a bedroom. Late nights with the moving and friend issues also make the week a little rougher than usual. But we survived.



We had a wonderful hike with our nature group. The weather was just about perfect this week. We were able to find some cool things to include in our nature pal exchange package that we will be mailing out later this week.


Jack has started working in the Botany coloring book once each week. This week his page was on plant cells and I remembered this model kit that I had ordered. He enjoyed putting it together and putting it on display in his room.


He reviewed the land and water form pin it map that he had memorized last month.  This time working outside keeping his sister company while she put up some Halloween decorations.


All the botany has spurred a renewed interest in his microscope and making slides.  Some that he made: a peacock feather, an eyelash, a piece of the shed snake skin, water from a puddle outside in the chicken pen- eww,   a leaf and more.

Carving pumpkins.


At park day we played a few Halloween games and did some experiments with dry ice- boo bubbles and film canister rockets. 


Saturday morning we went to a car show and all abilities fair in our town square.  Jack loved seeing this tank up close.  He also made a paper and duct tape rocket and then launched it into the air. The rockets went really high. We were impressed with the set up.


We have been having fun getting ready for our big Halloween party tonight.


scenes from the weekend


Lots of rain.

Lots of rain means lots of happy plants.

Which also meant lots of projects done inside the house.

It also meant that Lego rock band was brought out once again.



We went to the Renaissance fair on Friday. No pictures- it was raining, but I did pick this wall hanging up at a local store.  We all love it.

One of our new chicks started to lay.  Here's hoping the rest follow suit and I can stop buying eggs once again.

Not pictured: dinner with family, shopping trips, thrifting, projects in progress, the more organized garage, the purge of clutter, the movie watching, the runny and stuffy noses.


On the list this week:

  • more homeschool planning.  A couple of items shoud be here this week. Trying to be patient for the online teachers manuals to go live for this year so that I can get science and history mapped out.
  • Lego robotics.
  • garden co-op- this week we are doing a compost learning day and making a worm composter. Wish me luck.
  • We are on countdown for the older kids school to start. Time to start gathering supplies for the coming year.
  • drop off at thrift store

What's on your list?




These pictures are from yesterdays quick storm, but  we have had more today and for a longer period. Only now the rain is mixed with smoke and ash.  Yuck. Here's hoping for more rain than lightning and wind.


And of course with the coming of the first real rain in months(I'm sure it has been months if not longer), the little people all went and ran out in it. 

January 22 2010


The Homeschool Chick


In my life this week... Lots of introspection,  I am really feeling the positive effects from taking the Soul Restoration class.   Some downtime, I have a huge knot in my back that I am having trouble with. Time for another chiropractor appointment.  Decluttering, I finally got through the bookcases!  We're down to just one big bookcase with a smallish one in every bedroom.

In our homeschool this week... Math is still the top subject here. Jack will go through 3 lessons a day if I let him. We've also been reading Good Morning Gorillas. Next week is the geography fair. Jack wants to do his project on the Congo river catfish (can you say River Monsters?).

Places we are going and people we are seeing... we had tennis this past week. Jack was also able to spend a good part of a day hiking with his dad and grandpa.  Homeschool park day as usual on Friday.

My favorite thing this week was... Seeing Jack really enjoying our learning time. He was so excited over his math page and asking to do more when he saw them in my folder. It feels good to know that even the subjects that seem the most tedious are fun adn exciting for him.

What's working/not working for us... Not working--fitting science in on a regular basis. Now that we are getting into a comfortable routine with everything else, my main goal this coming week is science.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have... Right now we are in a pretty good place with homeschooling, which never happens for us especially in January. It's nice!  I feel good that he is enjoying it. Even if he starts out the day with the "Oh no not learning again!" plea,  it only takes a few minutes and he is really, truly enjoying himself. 


A photo to share...


22/365 a backyard bonfire.

September 29 2010

What have I been doing?

  • Getting ready for my oldest daughters big birthday tomorrow. She will be turning 16!
  • Getting ready for the big party this Saturday! See above.
  • Decluttering the house.
  • Re-decorating the house.
  • Baking cookies. And trying to keep everyone from eating them before the party.
  • Playing the Clone Wars game with Jack. Ummm...yeah still trying to figure that out.
  • Planning Halloween costumes and getting pieces bought and put together.
  • Yard projects- tree house, deck.
  • Chasing a small falcon out of our back yard. We have a falcon that has been very persistent in trying to catch one of the small chickens. Today he almost got one. :( Bad falcon.
  • Running kids around. Did I mention lacrosse started today.
  • Keeping water out of my ear. My last(hopefully) appointment is tomorrow. Wish me luck. 
  • birthday present shopping. Did I mention Jack's birthday is next week also?
  • Avoiding all of the above by playing bejewled on facebook. ;)
And why a post with no pic? I'm tired and really should be getting in bed. :)

March 7 2010

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This week:

  • spring break= sleeping in!
  • lots of shuttling of the kids to various places
  • drs appointment
  • science fair
  • project making
  • moms night out
  • baking
  • staying up a little late
  • hikes
  • park day
  • hopefully working on the garden?!? Please? If it stops raining long enough. :(
  • An order from Amazon coming
 On one hand it's going to be a nice, relaxing, fun week. On the other the next 35 hours are looking a little tense. The closer I get to my doctors appointment, the more ups and downs and all around.  Hopefully by the end of the week we'll have some projects done, have tried some new recipes and laughed a whole lot. 


FOR TODAY June 24, 2009 ...
Outside my window...It’s going to be a warm one.  I think summer is making a comeback after all the weird weather we’ve had lately.

I am thinking...about plans for the coming year-homeschool, high school and uniforms.

I am thankful for... laughter.

From the learning rooms...I’m deep into planning for this coming year with Jack. Trying to see what we have, what can be used and what we need.  More on that in another post.

From the kitchen... Alex made homemade pizza  and apple pie this evening.

I am wearing... brown yoga pants and a comfy t shirt that wears nicely over my still peeling shoulders.  

I am creating... a set of red rods/number rods for Jack. I will post a picture later.

I am bed, soon.

I am reading... Sundays at Tiffany’s

I am hoping... the sore right cheek that Jack complained about tonight is all mental. Really the kid needs a break and he’s still on meds from last time.

I am hearing... peace and quiet with an occasional chirp from the baby quail.

Around the house... laundry is caught up, all the groceries didn’t get put away tonight I think some cupboard rearranging is in order for tomorrow.

One of my favorite things...our garden.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Orthodontist tomorrow and maybe a dr appointment for Jack, park day, Steven coming home from scout camp, and doing something fun this weekend which is yet to be decided.

Here is picture thought I am sharing

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