Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Week 42 - Chaos..throw in some Anne Frank and Winter camping

What a week.  It started out with a pain attack that basically lasted for the whole week.  It was so frustrating and since it was a single parent week, it made it even worse.  I was super stressed all week just trying to get by.  There were autism issues daily with more than one kid.  I could not escape it.  There were days where I felt like my life was Groundhog Day and I was expecting to see Bill Murray in the kitchen each time I walked through.  I mean, how many times can I repeat the same information to multiple kids?!?!  They can remember Minecraft facts, but not that I have mentioned hourly that we were leaving the house at a specific time.  How could they have not heard my multiple warnings?!?!  Needless to say that did not help my stress levels at all.

My mom was able to come home from the hospital for a few days.  But we had two emergencies and she ended up back in the hospital.  They may have her on the healing track finally.

Lydia worked on several of her projects throughout the week.  She made veggie pizza with croissant crust one day for her lunch and shared it with Grandma.

She had to practice slicing and dicing for her project.

Here is her finished pizza.

The girls Mom and Me camp was this weekend.  We hadn't finished their SWAPS so we had to get those done.  Caty made little felt smores.

Lydia used golf tees to make flashlights.

Lydia working on her photography project.

Brayden worked on a few of his projects.  He made elephant toothpaste.  I was nervous because I couldn't find the higher percentage peroxide.  I didn't think it would work.  But bam...it worked awesome!

We also visited a local greenhouse and learned how they plant their tomatoes.  The kids each got to plant a tomato.

Caty and I worked on her blends and practiced sounds.

The girls playing tic-tac-toe at the hospital.

There was lots of reading.

Gluing on the pins and flashlight buttons.

In science we practiced the bones of our body.  We are ready to move onto joints.  In history, we started watching the PBS special Liberty.  Its a 6 hour mini-series, so it will take us a couple weeks.  We also have been matching up Liberty Kids episodes with our history book.  This week we covered the taking of Fort Ticonderoga, the Battle of Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill.  We are marking the battles we are learning about on a map.

Both girls started their own studies for a project for an upcoming Scouts meeting.  They are to study about a woman who made a difference in the world.  Caty is studying about Anne Frank.  We learned about her at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis and even watched a skit done by Otto Frank.  We started watching the 1950s Diary of Anne Frank movie.  Lydia is studying about Rachel Carson.  She loves all things to do with Nature, so I thought this would be a great fit!

By Friday though we spent the whole day at the hospital, and didn't get more than reading done.  But with the help of my brother and sister-in-law, the girls and I were still able to make it to one night of the Mom and Me camp with our troop.  The girls were so excited.  On Friday night they had a fire in our cabin and roasted marshmallows and made smores.

On Saturday morning we had a presentation by a local wildlife rescue.  We were able to see an opossum, Bardt owl, corn snake and a desert turtle.  It was a learning adventure.

They made craft with wood slices
 Held a salamander.
 We went on a nature scavenger hunt...
 Practiced tying knots...
 Learned new ways to start a campfire....

 And Caty even dissected an owl pellet (yet again)....
I was frozen because of the cold temperatures.  But very glad the girls had so much fun.

I was grateful for my space heater when we got home.  They can't wait until fall when they can go again.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week!!  See everyone next weekend for our Weekly Update!

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