Monday, May 23, 2016

Week 51 - Humane Society, Life Lesson and Cooking

The week started with the worst pain attack I have experienced in a long time.  I literally spent the whole day sitting in front of a space heater barely able to move.  I felt like I was hit by a truck while suffering the worst case of flu that a we could suffer.  It was horrible.  I did manage to get the kids schoolwork typed up, but I lost a whole day for doing yard work.  I did catch up all 7 episodes of Nashville that I was behind on.  Of course they are not renewing it, so I'm just hoping they finish this season and tie it up.

Last week Caty fell in love with Chopped, Chopped Junior and any kids type of cooking show.  She has always enjoyed cooking, but her love shot through the roof.  Since I don't have a ton of cook books here at the house, I use Pinterest, we headed to the library to let her choose some to go through.  She was determined to make Grandpa and Grandma a dinner, and a healthy dinner on top of that.  So she found a huge stack.

Then we headed to the Bridging event.  Both girls are moving up a level in Scouts this year.  Lydia bridged to a Cadette and Caty to a Junior.  They both worked hard to get all their badges the last couple years.  Lydia is finishing up her Bronze Award for Junior level.  She is very excited to be earning that.

First they made clay fairy houses for a project.

Exploring a large clay exhibit at the Toledo Botanical Gardens.

 The girls finished houses.

These are just the girls fun patches.  Caty earned all but two of her skill patches.

Lydia earned all but two also.  She has almost earned the one of those two, so we are working on finishing those last couple skills.

When we got home, it was time to do some yard work.  Brayden shocked me totally.  I must not have been feeling great, because I agreed to let him us the weed whacker.  He had to stay in my sight, but he did really well after safety reminders.

Caty wanted to make supper, and after pulling weeds and putting down mulch in a flower bed area, I was all for that.  She made pancakes.

So we are working hard on learning how to potty train the puppies.  It has been a long poopy week for  It's a good thing they are cute and cuddly.

On Tuesday am, we did our volunteer shift at the Humane Society.  The girls and I cleaned cages and Brayden played with the cats in the socializing room.  They enjoy my allergies do not enjoy it at all, but it feels good to help out.

While at the Humane Society, our van battery died.  So I had to call AAA to jump us and then go to Auto Zone to have it lesson learned.

Caty and I read Mr. Popper's Penguins this week and we also read about the Arctic and Antarctica.  We also read about polar bears, penguins and reindeer.  She has been very difficult to work with this week.  But she at least enjoyed this story.  We were using the study guide from Progeny Press.  Watch for our upcoming review.

We tested why penguins can stay warm and dry because of the waxy type coating on their feathers.  She colored this penguin picture.

Then Sprayed it with water.

Could see the difference where the wax kept the paper dry.

She did do some major cooking this week.   She made a special supper for Grandpa and Grandma.....Thai shrimp salad.  She cut up the veggies and I helped by lighting the stove and showing her safety tips.

She did the rest.

It was a bad allergy week for all of us.  We were at our family garage sale for 3 days....and it about killed her.  She is very picky about her allergy meds.  She ended up taking a Benadryl and then a 3 hour nap.  Good thing we had made our way through her schoolwork already.

The girls both got roller blades and started learning how to blade.  They both love it!

Thursday night was the Special Olympics Sports Banquet.  Lydia earned a trophy in Competitive Cheer, Tennis and Horseback riding.

Brayden was surprised by his for tennis.  His new favorite sport!

On Friday we said goodbye to our cats.  My allergies are off the charts and I really cannot give them the full attention they deserve.  Too many animals.  We found a family that will love and take care of them.

Friday night we got to see Matt Groening and his lifetime writing buddy, Lynda Barry.  I was a little disappointed in the amount that she talked and how little he talked.  We really went to see him.  He is Joey's favorite screen writer.  This is who is writing about for our Living History event.

Joey and Brayden both enjoyed the show.

The tadpoles are growing.  They still haven't grown legs yet.  But they love green lettuce leaves.  They devour it like maggots eating a dead animal.  It's interesting and disturbing all at the same time.

On the last day of the garage sale, this is how I found Caty many times.  She has a new love for graphic novels.

Saturday afternoon, Joe prepped our garden area for us.  We are hoping all the cold snaps are gone and summer is finally here for us!

Saturday night, Caty made a special dinner for daddy.  She made fried shrimp with sauteed peppers and onions.  Do you see the pattern?  Caty LOVES shrimp.

Joey is about 3/4 way through his Exploring Careers curriculum.  He has expressed an interest in writing, so I have found some resources for him to start looking at.  He is working on his astronomy curriculum also.  He loves learning about the stars.  He is wrapping up some things and then we need to finish up his 4H projects.  My goal is to finish them all in the next 3 weeks.

Brayden missed tennis this week, but I played with him outside in the side street.  He loves playing.  He moved up a grade level in Math, and has expressed he would like to do textbook math instead of online math right now.  So I am adjusting to that with him.  He didn't do too bad this week.  Tried to get out of assignments, but I caught him.

Lydia is still chugging away at her dogs unit study.  She has not complained once about this type of work.  She is doing the one from Amanda Bennett.  We may have found a winning combination for Lydia.  She is working on math review right now.  She has been working independently and getting some great dictionary and research skills going!!

This week I added Summer Bridge books from Carson Dellosa to all the kids assignments.  I want to kind of review and check out where they are and what they remember.  The first week was a little rough getting used to it.  But so far, so good.  It keeps them on their toes.  But they all did fairly well in them.

I hope everyone had a great week!  I am struggling to keep up right now.  I always forget about all the outside work I need to keep up on as the weather warms up.  But I am determined to stay on top of things.  The extra work of the puppies hasn't helped, but they are too cute.

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