Thursday, January 2, 2020

Gingerbread STEM, Crocheting, Colonial America, and Fun

We slacked off during the last two weeks of December.  Final basketball games before the holidays were scheduled.  I decided they needed to keep up with a few subjects including math, geography, and just some crafting.

I did finally finish a scarf for their other coach.  This was a ribbed scarf design.  It took me way longer than I thought it would.  I had to pull it apart a couple times before I finally finished it.

In Science Club, I pulled out an old favorite.  Gingerbread house STEM.  The kids had fun with this on their sugar high.

The kids helped me create the menu for the next couple weeks.  Everyone is going to take turns cooking meals.  Caty though had been begging to make homemade egg nog.  So I found some time to help her, since she is still learning how to temper.  She made plain vanilla and rum flavored (using flavor extract).  The favorite was the rum extract flavored.

I finished a hat for Lydia.

A scarf for a friend.

The girls and I went with friends to see Little Women on the day it came out.  We knew Doctor Dolittle was getting close to being released.  So we started reading this book so we can go and see Doctor Dolittle on opening Day!!

A friend and I bought a lot of yarn off of a Facebook group.  So we split two garbage bags full of yarn.  This should keep Lydia and I busy for a while.  Caty is asking to learn how to crochet now.

In State Geography we visited Kansas.

And I made bierocks for dinner one night this week.  Some loved them, others did not.

We did have cheer practice.

A hat I finished for Lydia.

And she still had PT two days this past week.  She has an evaluation next week to see how we will be proceeding.

Brayden was super excited to go and purchase his Playstation 3 the other day.  He asked and asked, and I finally caved to take him to the store.  I honestly didn't feel like going out, but did anyway.  He got a good deal.

Instead of "reading" from our history textbook, I decided to watch documentaries and videos all week.  So this week we watched the Sons of Liberty done by the History Channel.  I thought it was well done.  I pre-watched it before I let the girls watch it.  Warning there are a couple of adult themes, and obvious war brutality scenes.  But well-written.

They also watched American Girl Felicity.  This was more as a reminder of what that time period was like.

Liberty's Kids has been a favorite here for years.

The girls worked on a little bit of winter poetry, which they  We all know they hate poetry.  But I still include it occasionally with their work.

We had basketball game and board games with friends one night this past week.  It was a fun couple of hours.

I tried hard to cook more and make sure we stick to our meal plan, and limit the use of prepacked meals.  I made deep dish pizza.  This was a hit.

The kids had bloodwork and EKGs early one morning.  This is quite an undertaking with 4 kids.  They cannot have their meds before the bloodwork, and it's fasting.....yep.  Lots of fun.  So we took them out to breakfast at Bob Evans for a treat when all was finally done.

When we got home, we went through the colonial America trunk I had borrowed from a local museum.  This was fun to see.

It has a block of tea!!

Lydia inspired herself to make a quill pen and write with ink.

Joey fingerknitting a scarf for a gift.  But he was also cuddling with Chewie.

In the effort to have the kids cook more, Caty wanted to make something Japanese.  I found a fried noodle recipe that was quick and easy.

It was a hit.

I'm using this book with all the kids right now to work on their fraction skills.

Played a states game with Caty.  She was not a fan of this Carmen Sandiego game.

On New Years Eve we got about an inch of snow by noon.  The roads were yucky because they did not pre-treat any of them.  It took some extra time to get around that morning.

But that night we were able to make the HARC party to help out.  It was fun.  Lots of glowing..




Charades and an indoor snowball fight.

On New Years I made buffalo wings.  This is a family favorite.  Some like them plain.  So I make them both ways.

Joey and I finally finished the stack of scarves that he wanted to make for his staff at work.  He got to deliver them today when he went back to work.  This was a lot of work to finish 8 scarves.

Hope everyone had a wonderful week!!!  I'm working on getting our lives back on schedule after a two week break from the normal activities.  Get a handle on the chaos!

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