Friday, March 15, 2019

Congo, Chemical Reactions, Soup Challenge and Zoo Interview

Caty and Brayden have been wanting to cook more and more.  Joey is also slowly joining in and wanting to make food also.  He volunteers once a week at least.  Caty asked to make her favorite meal from Panda Express, Teriyaki Chicken and Chow Mein noodles.  The only one who didn't like the chicken was Brayden.  Joey didn't like the carrots, but I reminded him that he could pick them out.

I made and froze some keto peppers for Joe.

Enjoying Caty's dinner and watching From Acts to Revelation from Drive Thru History.

Working on our Bible reading.  I love this feature of our Apple TV.  I can project my screens on the TV so the kids can all see it around the room.  I LOVE THIS!!  We use it daily.

This week we spent time learning about the Congo region of Africa.  We watched the Geography Now series on why the Congo is actually two separate countries.  I made Chicken Moambe Stew for lunch.  Brayden is the only one who did not care for it.

The girls last basketball practice of this season.  We have two more mini-games next week they will be playing in.

While they were practicing, I hid in the gym for 30 minutes.  I took a phone call and did some casual work on the elliptical.  3 miles done in no time.  I need to find time to train more.

In Science this week, they worked on how chemicals react to heat/flame.  They used our gas stove instead of a bunsen burner.  It was very cool to see the various colors change depending on the chemical.

I let Brayden start this for American Government.  I really like this book.  It does a great job explaining things to him, and it includes comprehension questions.  It's actually quite perfect for him.  I have the Abeka American Government curriculum, but he was struggling so bad.  This works out.

Caty had to look in our cabinet/freezer and make a soup for dinner.  So she made a tortellini soup with turkey sausage.  It was a hit.

Lydia was found to have some folate acid deficiencies in a gene test we had done.  So we went to have an iris scan done to check for her vitamin deficiencies and what supplements would be best for her.  We left a bit overwhelmed...and loaded up.  Here's hoping that this helps...

In History this week, we started our study of World War 1.  We are using the World War 1 study from Classroom Complete Press.  I used this book the last time we studied World War 1 with the boys.  I think it does a great job of explaining several areas of the war.  But I also supplement with other materials, including the Simple History series that I found on Youtube.

The Month of March is Developmental Disabilities month.  In our county, a few years ago the Henry County Board of DD started a Soup Challenge.  Various services from the county take turns to have a soup making competition.  We helped out Special Olympics this year.  We made 200 mini-corn muffins.  And 200 - 1/2 cup servings of Cincinnati Chili.  It was the first time I have ever done something like that.  It was fun that night.

My van is going to smell like soup for a year!

Friday I spent trying to recover from the spices int he chili.  I'm actually allergic to cinnamon/clove and guess what is a massive ingredient in cincinnati chili is??!?!  Making it in small batches for our family is one thing, but on such a massive scale....yeah.  It took two days for my histamine levels to balance out.  If we are asked to help next year, I am going to suggest my Great-grandma's chicken rival soup or something much safer to make.

We had a last minute change in our schedule this week....Lydia had her interview for Zooteens at Toledo Zoo.  Now we wait to hear from them.

It was another busy week....hoping for a little downtime next week, but it's not looking good.  I need to get a spring break in our schedule, but need to figure that out.

Hope you all had a great week!!  See you next week!

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