Friday, February 23, 2018

Spring in the Middle of February


It's been a beautiful spring-like week where we live.  Michael has enjoyed some time outside to play and search for crustaceans for science...aka pill bugs, roly-polys. 





February is one of the hardest months in school.  Right in the middle of Christmas break and a spring break.  We are pushing on through with lots of art projects and hands-on activities, in addition to our book work.  I think we've found a good balance to get us through the week.





Sparring week in karate


It has been a busy last two weeks.  After Sunday, things will settle down a bit for us as we head into the month of March.  Cold and rainy weather returns for a while, but this nice respite will help make the last few weeks of winter bearable! 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

1940's Victory Dinner

In American history we are studying the Great Depression and WWII.  Tera and Daniel chose to make a "Victory Dinner" for their weekly project.


Tera and Daniel used a British website called  "The 1940's Experiment" for their recipes.  I know, I know!  We are studying American history, but this was more in line with the type of recipes they were interesting in making.  So, we went with it! 





Sausage Rolls

Lord Woolton's Pie   (This is not the recipe the kids used, but I think it would have been better with a flaky crust on top.  And a wider variety of vegetables.)


"Victory" Salad   (We'll just pretend we picked these nice greens from our "Victory Garden".)


 Rock Cakes



Commentary:

1.  We probably (most likely) used our weekly allotment (cheese) on some ingredients for this one meal.
2.  War food is very filling!  It kinda sits heavy in your stomach.
3.  The rock cakes were delicious and I would eat those again as a treat! 
4.  I'm sure spices were a lifesaver back in the 1940's.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Happy Birthday to my Mini-Me

Third times the charm or so they say. 
 Life changed from 2 to 3 
 all in one day.

2009 
 


2016



The years pass by quickly.
Inch by inch
Moment by moment


2017




2018




#9 for the last time
Double digits 
on the way.
The only child of mine 
to grow up in the same doorway.



Happy 9th Birthday, my mini-me!


Monday, February 19, 2018

52 Hike Challenge: Hike #7

Hike #7:  Fort Loudoun State Park- Ridgetop Trail
Time: less than an hour
 Distance: 1.5 miles
Temperature:  over 60 degrees and not as sunny as I was hoping


Hike #7


Michael's birthday hike--his pick!  He picks the shortest trail...




My children are trying to be patient with all my picture taking.
















Grandma sent spy gear for Michael's birthday.  We tried out his new walkie-talkie set on the trail this morning.  Over...









Beauty is found in all seasons and all kinds of weather...





Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths; 
 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars; 
 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl; 
 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.

Psalm 148:  7-13

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Birthday #9



An early birthday party for my boy that's turning 9 on Tuesday!


He loved his "Adventures in Odyssey" themed party complete with Wooten's birthday song!



No one wanted to wear the hat!








Spy gear!

Goofy siblings






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