This was a crazy week, but they all seem to be in some way. I have been suffering majorly from brain fog and severe back and head aches. It's been a long week. It started out with me barely able to walk. I was afraid to try and drive to our first Scout meeting of the year because I was limping so much. Plus there was a hike scheduled, so I was duly freaked out. So we had to miss that. I even skipped gymnastics that night, it was a much closer drive, but still didn't want to chance my legs having more problems while driving. We made it through and did schoolwork. We enjoyed a few activities from the International Homeschool Spirit Week
Monday was crazy hair day.
Tuesday was International Day. Since we have been learning about Vikings, we made a Scandinavian meals of Swedish meatballs and Lydia followed a recipe all by herself to make oven pancake.
After that we got a little lazy with the events on the site. We did do a PJ day, which we do every week. But since I wasn't feeling well at all, I didn't add any extra stress than I was already having.
This week Caty finished up another short unit study on birds. Our last experiment was on bird bones. The challenge was to see how strong bird bones are since they are hollow. She thought she could collapse the paper tubes with the whole bin of change. She didn't!! Bird bones are extremely strong, even though they are hollow.
She also did a bird painting.
She is loving art all over again. She also watched this fun video on birds.
We love this series.
Joey started his US Government course this week. He's starting a few high school level classes that he can handle. He was excited about this.
I caught Brayden reading. It's an illusive sight at times....lol. I am trying to push Brayden a little harder, he started an independent Ohio History program that I am working around for him this week. It's something that is part of a typical middle school program in Ohio.
This is not an illusive sight....Caty sleeping in again.
Lydia worked on Fractions this week. We played our pizza fraction game.
Lydia worked on some word scramble games to see how many words she could find in "Scarecrow". She really enjoyed this, so we played Boggle a few times too.
She also played the Code Spark app to learn more about coding. She didn't want to put this game down.
One afternoon without warning, we lost power for a couple hours. The kids didn't know how to act. Fortunately lunch was almost done and in the oven, so didn't have to worry about that. The kids got out board games and played them.
In science, we continued studying the parts of atoms. We are using Christian Science Kids. One of the projects was to make Carbon Atom cookies. So they made sugar cookies.
And used M&Ms and Starburst minis to make atom cookies. (Joey is allergic to M&Ms so he used Starburst. They turned out nice.
The kids enjoyed this yummy treat. And they all cooked, which they love also.
This week in Geography we learned about Rhode Island. Our project for Rhode Island was learning about the carousel. The Carousel is the State Folk Art symbol for Rhode Island. They took turns building a carousel with Tinker Toys.
Brayden said it spun, so it counted.
State food was Johnny Cakes. Lydia made these, and did a wonderful job.
They ate them with their homemade blueberry jam from Cooking Club.
Caty had a cooking project on Wednesday. The first day of fall and she made pumpkin custard.
I made myself sweet potato custard and ate it with goat cheese. It was yummy.
For Art this week, we worked on using simple lines to create faces. They did silly faces this week. I managed to get the boys to participate even.
We were using the Usborne Art book from last week, but I also pulled out these wonderful cards. They had fun using them.
Grandpa was on vacation this week, so we had a couple unplanned cookouts with them over the campfire. One night was smores and he showed them the proper way to roast marshmallows and chocolate over the flame.
The next night was a chili and cornbread cookout. The kids thought this was great!
On Thursday I declared it...Field trip day. We road tripped up to Sandusky, Ohio. We visited the Carousel Museum.
The Birthplace of Thomas Edison in Milan, Ohio.
And finished the day off at the Lighthouse on Lake Erie in Marblehead, Ohio.
I was exhausted, but we had a lot of fun. Going to try and do this again soon. Found our next destinations. Just need to schedule it now.
In Cooking Club this week, the kids made Pumpkin Rolls. I think they all loved learning how to make these. They smelled amazing and Joe said they tasted wonderful!!
Lydia had archery of course, and then after archery we headed to pick apples. We have been doing this fall tradition since Joey was 3 years old. We all look forward to it every year. Last year Brayden refused to get out of the van, but this year I thought I may have to get him out of the tree. He loved it.
He even got into see the giant pumpkin.
And the petting zoo. He was telling the sheep to look at me so I could take his picture.
On Saturday, the girls had a riding competition at the horse stable they attend. This is their 2nd Fall Show and it was fun as always.
Caty didn't ride immediately, so she played with kittens.
Caty earned two 1st place in Pleasure Assist and Trail Assist. She was all smiles!
But we did find the original Duck Tales volume 1 and got it. I had homemade chicken soup in the crockpot all day, so it was Duck Tales and soup that night together. I think they all enjoyed it.
It was a busy week. And we keep chugging along. We are looking forward to some downtime this upcoming week and probably next weekend.
Hope everyone had a great week!!
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