Tuesday, January 16, 2018

100th Day of School 2018

Today, we celebrated our 100th day of school!!!

When Tera and Daniel were in 5th and 6th grades, we had a 100th day of school celebration.  Michael got his turn today!

What can I do in 100 seconds?
Daniel joined Michael in these challenges.  

How many times can I?
  • Clap my hands?
  • Say the alphabet?
  • Count to ten?
  • Hop?
  • Stand/Sit?
  • Blink?
  • Write my name?
Who can get closest to holding their breath for 100 seconds?
Close your eyes and raise your hand when you think 100 seconds has passed!

Measure the height of a stack of 100 pennies in centimeters.

Snacks and 100 Day Lunch

Artwork using 100

100 FruitLoop necklace

See what you can build with 100 Legos

Roll a pair of dice 100 times.  Graph the frequency of each combination of numbers.

Additional ideas:

Try to do 100 Jumping Jacks or jump rope 100 times.

100 sit-ups or push-ups.

Write a story about how you would spend $100.

Find the date 100 days past your birthday.

We've had a wonderful day.  Snow is falling and we are finishing up with a 100 minute movie--one of our all-time favorites--The Apple Dumpling Gang!

The Apple Dumpling Gang (Special Edition)

Monday, January 15, 2018

1st Day Back

After a long holiday break, we started back to school today.  Things went fairly well.  A long day, but a productive one.

JP and I went out for our weekly date a little early and enjoyed this beautiful sunset on the way home.


Finally, a late Christmas present for me:

Now, we wait for snow...

Saturday, January 13, 2018

#52 Hike Challenge: Hike 3

Hike #3:  Fort Loudoun State Park
Trail:  Meadow Loop Trail approximately 3.25 miles
Time:  a hour and a half
Elevation:   almost 1000 feet
Temperature:  27 degrees!

Cool mushrooms!

Hike #3

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

#52 Hike Challenge Hike #2

 It was a beautiful day to be outdoors! 

Hike #2:  Fort Loudoun State Park
Trail:  Meadow Loop and Lost Shoe Trails approximately 3.75 miles
Time:  a hour and a half
Elevation:   almost 1000 feet

Hike #2

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Reading List--Books Completed

My goal is to read at least 50 books this year and I will be updating this list throughout the year as I complete a book. 


Echo by Pamela Munoz Ryan--On my top ten list of best YA fiction!  A must read!!!
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor
Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff

Sunday, January 7, 2018

A little bit of hygge...

hygge--(hue-gah) "a  Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special."

I've been intrigued with the concept of hygge for over a year now.  Creating spaces in our lives year- round that feel cozy and special.  

The cold weather has been dreadful, but we've been blessed with a little bit of hygge in the form of a 50's dance with friends...

Sitting in front of the wood stove for good conversation, warm banana bread straight out of the oven and re-purposing spaces to look and feel more cozy.

Thursday, January 4, 2018


Sometimes I don't listen to my inner self very well.  I don't know when to stop or when to say no.  This Christmas break, I've been listening. I have enjoyed this break more than any other I've had in a long time. 

Our Christmas break is usually the month of December, but due to my daughter taking a dual enrollment class we started break late.  The first day of school is usually January 2nd.  Not this year.  We start back the 16th.   Even though one of my children prefers to get back into the semester before activities start again, I needed some extra time this year.  

Extra time to just be.  To feel ready.  I'm not always afforded this luxury, but this year---it's been a late Christmas gift!  I've been listening.  

The Christmas decorations are gradually coming down over the weekend, but we've been basking in the glow of the lights longer than usual.  

Next week, we'll be getting back into a routine--regular eating/sleeping schedules, cleaning schedules and I'll be preparing for school to start again.   But until then....


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