Monday, January 22, 2018


It's definitely Monday!  

I've had that running around but not getting everything done feeling today.  I made a dentist appointment 6 months ago for a MONDAY--a MONDAY afternoon to boot!  Finished school and prepped dinner for the kids to eat while I was gone.  Luckily, my dentist appointment didn't take long and I was able to gulp down some tacos before heading out to the library.  Tera had an honor society meeting and JP was working late.  So, we took the opportunity for the boys and I to check out books.  

Tera and Daniel are both learning how to write a research paper this semester.  Tera's topic has to do with the development of the airplane and it's effect on life in America.  Daniel is researching code talkers in WWII.  Tera is my history lover, so I wasn't worried about her finding a topic she would enjoy.  I was a bit more worried about Daniel.  When he started talking about the Enigma machine today, I knew he had found a topic perfect for him.  

Now that our semester is in full swing  (almost everything will have started back in the next two weeks), Michael and I finding ourselves waiting again.  We  make good use of our time, whether it's looking at art exhibits or taking pictures with lions.   

I've been so encouraged by the Scripture memory group I've joined.  We are on week 4 and I was pleased to be able to use my new letter board to display this week's Scripture.  With the way this week has started, I definitely need to be reminded where my help comes from!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Yesterday, it started snowing this perfect snowflakes that we were able to see with the naked eye.  It was amazing!  I learned today that they are called "stellar dendrites"--stellar indeed!

I have this love-hate relationship with snow!  It's pretty when it's falling and on the ground--that's the extent of my love of snow.   Michael, on the other hand, LOVES it without condition!  

Tera decided it was a bit cold for her today.

The boys tried to sled, but it was a bit too dry for any excitement.  Daniel didn't stay out long and Michael came in after about 20 minutes.  He didn't ask to go back out, which was perfectly okay with my frozen toes!  The temperature was less than 20 degrees when we were outside. 

Michael did manage a perfect snow angel!

Supposedly the totals were around 1.5-2 inches.  Definitely not a snowcalypse, but I'm okay with that.    

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


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