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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Home Education: Finishing The School Year

We are in final countdown mode here - only 13 more days until we reach the 180 days required by the state.  It's been a really good year.

Kyle and Sarah have studied Math, Botany, World History during the time that Christopher Columbus and his sons were living, Geography, Language Arts, Reading, Art, Music, Physical Education, Health and Safety.  They have also done Bible and Home Economics.

Rachel is a freshman this year and has studied Pre-Algebra, World History, Anatomy and Physiology, English, Music, Physical Education, Health, Home Economics, and Bible.  She has earned 8 1/2 credits.

We are done with our history and geography, and science, are finishing up our health and safety.  The other subjects are on going ones that we continue year round, including math.  I have discovered for my kids do better if we don't take a break from math over the summer.  However, I love our summer break so I just have them do a math lesson a few days a week.  Easy peasy, and no wailing and gnashing of teeth (from all of us) when we resume our school work in August.

Reading is a big thing in our house and you can always find somebody curled up with a good book.  As I am writing this in the living room this is what I see from my vantage point.


This makes my heart so happy!  A person who can read can teach themselves about anything!  

Here is my current stack that I am working through.
Brambly Hedge is for Kamryn and Kyle but I like it too.  Such sweet illustrations as well.  

Do you know Brambly Hedge?




Education can be, should be, must be full of delights.  

Off to read

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Home Keeping: Master Bedroom Color


I posted here about us moving back into the Master Bedroom after nine years of the girls living in that space.  We are loving this space!  However we aren't loving the color, wanting a warmer color similar to what we had in our old bedroom.

Here are a few photos from several different room arrangements in the old bedroom.  Note the paint color.



I still have the same bedding, which is amazing to me the one who loves to change things around and repurpose spaces.  But we still love it so there you have it.

This color was called Glazed Tile, and was my husbands suggestion.  We had painted a green that we didn't really like but kept for a year (pre bedding).  I was folding kitchen towels one day while we were talking about paint colors and he picked up one that was similar to this yellowy gold color and said "I'd like something like this."  Done.  We loved it, and still do.

I love the Williamsburg paint colors and having used their Palace Chambers Yellow for my living room/kitchen space, I had seen a few colors that I thought would work, I decided to go with one that I already had a sample card for.

lindaholtinteriors.com


Here is my color choice

I believe it is an older color and I couldn't find an online source for this specific color so I took a photo of my color card.  It's called "Brush Damask Wallpaper Yellow."

Happily, a local hardware store had a buy one, get one free sale on paint last weekend!  I know have everything I need for painting my room.  I just have to figure out when I am going to do it.  But Oh, I can't wait to do it!

So what do you think?  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014


We love Easter.  It is a time for us to focus on what Jesus did for us on the cross, making atonement for our sin.  We also love to celebrate His Resurrection and the fact that we too can have New Life!

On Thursday, we met at the church building for a special project.  You can read about it here.  It really looks amazing!  It was really neat too, that we were able to have it done for our Breakfast at church on Sunday morning.  We meet pondside at a local park on Easter mornings, to sing and read some scripture then pray.  Afterward we go over to the church and eat breakfast together before Sunday School.  The room looked amazing and open and having it all one unified space is terrific!

The kids colored some eggs.  We've never taught our kids about the Easter bunny, (I've never figured out how a bunny brings eggs anyway) we talk about how in older times eggs were a simple of new life.  And we like to make our eggs beautiful colors!




After church we had my parents, my niece, Nate and Kay and Kamryn, Lindsay and Joseph, our friend Denny, and our friends the Bustis here for lunch.  We had ham, green beans, broccoli salad, cheesy potatoes, jello salad, sweet french bread rolls, Lemon Delight and Homemade Lemon cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting!  It was good!


Here is a link to the most amazing lemon cupcakes.  Very lemony, a tiny bit tart that is offset by the buttercream!  

We had an egg hunt for the kids in the late afternoon, little candies and my mom always does some eggs with money.  The kids have so much fun hunting them.  One of the kids told me that one of our hens was pecking at one of the plastic eggs!  I'm sure she was confused as to what this might be!


 My lovely niece Kaitlin.  She and my mom had front row seats to the egg hunt action!

 Our sweet friend Amy, and Emma pouring over the new James Avery catalog.

 The newlyweds in on a fun conversation.  They spent a good portion of the beautiful day on horseback.  It's fun to see them take the horses out for a ride.  The horses are out of shape after a long winter of eating and standing around, so it's good for them to get some exercise!

 Joshua and Kamryn.  She says "We are best friends."  They are eating their cute snack Rachel made them.

 Here it is.  I made the little signs so that the kids would know which one was theirs.

My beautiful Emma and Kamryn at church yesterday!

I hope that you all had a wonderful day focusing on the JOY that Jesus' death, burial and resurrection gives to us!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter





A friend shared this on Facebook and I don't know who to attribute this to.  I found it really helpful for understanding the timeline of the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ.

May we remember the great gift of Salvation that is offered to each one of us.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Note Card Party



Having fun with Vee's Note Card Party!  If you don't already participate or follow this monthly party, you should give it a try!

I am longing to see the beautiful flowers in my garden, so I decided to make cards with photos from the past few years.







Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed a taste of Spring and Summer!


Rainy Day!












Enjoying a day at home.  Rain, school, Chicken and Pasta for lunch, tea.  Auntie playing with Kamryn, legos, plastic bowls and blocks.  Lots of play.  Now it's resting time and Tim is reading The Two Towers.  

Now I need to look for Note Card Party photos.  I'm thinking of old Spring flower photos.  See you tomorrow!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scenes From A Week


 This past week flew by.  I'm beginning to feel too busy again, but I think with 20 days of school left, and my real foods class ending this week, things will settle down soon.

Our weather has been beautiful as well and we are all soaking up the sunshine and delightfully fresh air.  We also are holding our noses as we drive by the Amish farms - the manure is not making the air all that delightful.

I took the younger kids along this week when I took Rachel to her cello lesson.  The parking is an issue but there is this little community park just up the street!  The 30 minute lesson time went by so quickly as they played.  It was three o'clock in the afternoon and we had the whole place to ourselves.  



 The sky is gorgeous, isn't it?  I love late Spring!

I was able to clear out the front garden this week too.  Signs of Spring are everywhere.


 The poor garden is in need of mulch.  We didn't do any care of this area last year, because we thought my parents house was going to sell, and this spot was going to be torn up and a porch added.  So we have a bit of extra work to do in here!

 These are mini daffodils, that the previous owner planted.  They come up faithfully every year.  We've owned our cottage 13 years this Autumn.  

See those dark red shoots?  My favorite peony is coming up!

On Saturday, my parents requested the help of the younger kids to give them a hand with their yard work.  So we rounded up the chickens and put them in the dog run.
 This is Mariah and Charlotte Lucas.

 My Mom and Dad's house.

 Kamryn had spent the night with her Daddy, so she was there too! She loves to 'help.'

Tim and I ran some errands while the kids helped.  We went to one of the farms in a private growers group we've joined.  Organic produce, grass feed meats, and raw dairy is available.

We also were on the look out for a mower battery, and a local paint store had buy one, get one free on gallons of paint!  Yes, we did chose a color, but I'll show you in another post!

It was so delightful out I took photos while we were zipping along in Tim's truck.
 I love old farmhouses!


 This is a cool house.  You can see the original log cabin on the end and then the farmhouse attachment - both are old.

We hadn't had a day to be out and about together for a very long time!  It was so fun!

How was your week?