Friday, January 26, 2018

Finishing up History, Symmetry, Father-Daughter Dance, and Life

Is this not the cutest?!?!

It was the Me and My Guy Annual Dance.  I volunteered to do portraits, so I was able to go and watch them.  Lydia and Caty were from Descendents.  Joe was Captain Hook.

Caty had Spanish class.  A local homeschool mom is teaching a class in Beginner's spanish and Caty is loving it.  She knows her numbers and colors really well.  But learning to write them also.

Matching the words up with the numbers.

This is the look of our kitchen table all the time.  Some days it drives me over the edge.  Other days, I'm ok and too exhausted to even  It's scary though, this is more than one kids work mixed up here!!

We had a "sick" day.  We had made plans on Tuesday to letter write with a small group from our church.  But I was afraid we might expose someone, so I decided to stay home.  I hadn't really planned school that day.  So we had a Disney nature day and also watched lots of history videos and tripled up on History lessons so we can be done early with the book.

During the Disney movies she colored...and then she kept coloring!

We had a surprise visitor again.....our mouse hunting hawk!

For art this week, we worked on symmetry.  The girls mainly on facial symmetry.  This is a second project to go with Rembrandt.

Joey and Brayden worked on a symmetrical Mario picture.

Lydia is working on writing a book and illustrating it.  She worked on the cover page and has several of the pages started.  This is definitely a work in progress.

History this week we finished up Volume 1 of Notgrass From Adam to Us.  We are not going to start Volume 2 until next fall.  Instead I got a deal on an Ohio History program that all 4 will take together for the remainder of this "school year".  This week we learned more about Ghengis Khan, the Gobi Desert, the Aztecs and Incans, talked about the Crusades and Beowulf, and finished up the book with Marco Polo.  We'll probably cover the ancient wonders of the world this spring also.

Wednesday, Brayden had cooking night for his social skills activity.  He helped to make the brownies.  He really does love this program.  We have a Kitchenaid mixer that I received as a present a few years ago from my parents.  The kids love it and it's used regularly.  Since we have that, I do not use a hand mixer anymore.  This was the first time he used a hand mixer.  It actually freaked him out a bit.  But he got the hang of it quickly.

I spent Thursday miserable.  I was suddenly reminded of why I cannot ignore ingredient lists, since I had a massive reaction to an ingredient in a new sausage I bought.  I was miserable.  So didn't get anything much done on Thursday after lunch.  We did get to watch an episode of Drive Thru History Bible Adventures together as a family.  We are getting the opportunity to review this online resource, and so far I am loving it!!

Caty had Spanish on Friday.  She has a cough from her bronchitis.  This poor girl has weak lungs.  She can get a runny nose and it sounds like she is dying.  I'm so frustrated and feel so bad for her.

 Brayden (Breakfast 4H Project book) made pancakes for lunch on Thursday.

He got the pattern down quickly.  I think I may assign him this job at least once a month.

With all the bugs going around....I am upped all the supplements the kids take for their immune systems.  Caty is already weakened enough....ugh.  

We had such nice weather on Friday, that Joe and I went for a walk.  It started out great.  But ended badly.  I have to come to a new acceptance of my limitations, at least for the time being.  

 On Saturday, I spent the morning baking cookies that will last for a few weeks.  I froze a bunch for breakfast.

I also refilled the freezer with sunbutter and jelly sandwiches.  These are great for the kids for a quick snack.  They just grab and go.  Heat for about 30 seconds if they are eating immediately, or I just throw one in Joey's lunchbox for work with his crackers/chips.

Saturday the girls had their first 4H event of the 2018 year.  It was the Midnight Madness camp event.  This was Caty's first year.  I was very nervous, since she had a cough from her bronchitis.  But we didn't get any phone calls from Lydia or the counselors.  This was a photo that they posted on the Facebook page.

Joe and I took advantage of more nice weather and we washed and vacuumed out the van.  It was just totally messy inside.  The subzero temps had been keeping me from cleaning it out to deeply.  But now it looks decent inside.  The mats could use a good spray down, but that will have to wait a bit.

While watching Bible Drive Thru History together....  Brayden loves these dogs!

The boys finished their biography reports for Living History Day.  Lydia almost finished her reading for Helen Keller, but hasn't started an official report yet.  Next week the boys will start their posters.  Caty's books came in for her historical figure, so she'll start next week too.

This was one of those weeks where we got a lot finished.  I have to keep reminding myself of that.  We didn't finish all that I wanted to accomplish.  I really wanted Lydia to finish more of her book.  But that will come in February.  I wanted to declutter and clean a few more things.  Have the kids pick out their science fair projects.  So I guess all those things roll over into next week.

Hope everyone had a wonderful week and are staying healthy!!  See you all next week!

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  1. You certainly accomplished a lot more than we did! I love the variety of things you did all week even when you weren't feeling well.

  2. What a fun week, despite not feeling well, and love the symmetry projects!

  3. Thank you for the good news to us.