Anna-Kate picked out quarter hats x3.
My girl, who loves a good historical costume, is exploring a new one now. She's been making all sorts of dyes and teas. Feathers everywhere. She's been draping cloths and pinning feathers to dress Anna-Kate up and she even got Adrian to dress up (inspired by this book). Adrian is someone who is shy about dressing up, but somehow he was wearing just a loin cloth, lots of feathers and some animal skins running around here. He did not want his picture taken, but I will enjoy that memory forever. Love my history lovers.
I am realizing that I document our homeschool journey so little, which is odd because it not only takes the most time out of all that I do, but I also spend a significant amount of brain power learning, planning, deciding and executing. I am not someone who follows a boxed curriculum, so my mental energy is often in homeschool mode figuring out the who, what, when, where, why and hows about things. For our family, I believe homeschooling is a lifestyle, so we homeschool year round, each season having a different pattern, rhythm, purpose and plan.
We've been enjoying our slow starts to these spring days with read alouds with simultaneous painting/drawing and then planting/gardening the rest of the day. Adrian said: "This is just the relaxing morning that I was hoping. I can't think of anything more perfect than listening to books while painting and then doing a little big of gardening."
I love his thoughts and I also love his truck paintings and drawings (drawing/painting trucks is his favorite hobby).these watercolors, which I highly recommend.
We just finished this book, which I highly recommend too. It's basically a nature journal/nature diary of an owl and the man who worked to rehabilitate him set between Maine and Vermont. It was written for 9-12 year olds, we read it as a family read aloud. I was as excited as the kids to get back to find out what happened.
We celebrated our last day of our homeschool co-op at Maine Wildlife Park.
Happy (what would have been) my mom's 70th birthday. We celebrated with ice cream. She'd pick a hot fudge sundae, with extra fudge, yes on the nuts, cherry unnecessary, with a side of iced water.
Kids asked if I was sad. I told them I'm more thankful than sad. I never felt unloved. I was always cared for. I had a great example of a good mother, a Christian woman, a person who sacrifices herself for others. I am thankful I had 15 years with her. She would have had a ball with her grandkids.
The kids are rounding out their 10 day quarantine tomorrow. We're all 100% healthy, thankfully. I worked hard to make the kids' stay at home time fun. Apparently I succeeded, as Adrian asked if we could do another 10 days of quarantine.
What did I do? Well, we set up a fire pit with a free standing chimney stove thingy from a friend (thank you Crystal!). I set it up between two maples that I have been fertilizing and caring for, hoping they'd grow enough for shade in our all sun backyard. One is a source of shade, finally (hallelujah) and the other is on its way. We ate outside for just about every meal these last 10 days. Plus I bought stuff for ice cream sundaes and stuff for s'mores. Lilacs are in full bloom and our secret garden (which was garden for decades and is so overgrown) is gradually having the layers peeled back (will I ever get it back to a non overgrown state?!). The kids pretty much spent a heck of a lot of time outside the last 10 days. I dare say we have an amazing place to quarantine.
Can you see the maple on the left of the picture below? That was a random seedling when we moved and I said, "Please grow and provide shade for us, have heaps of manure to help." Look at the picture above on the right. That's the next tree I'm giving growing pep talks to.
I've been remiss in mentioning our hiking adventures. Most often we do one or two hikes together on the weekends (I've been leading our outdoor learning hikes for our homeschool co-op this semester). My husband usually brings the kids for Friday hikes while I'm at work. I often will bring them on another hike throughout the week. We are all weather outsiders, all days of the week. Unfortunately, I rarely think to bring my real camera on hikes and I do not have a cell phone (gasp). My husband took a few with his phone recently. I'll try to remember my camera more often, we have been to some beautiful places.
Just a little plug for rescuing animals.
We have a problem with this man who walks the railroad tracks and thinks he can hunt in our backyard. When we try to confront him, he runs away. Adrian was and is livid about the situation. He fashioned a whole pile of "No Trespassing" signs and rode his bike to the property line with his hammer and nails. He came back with no signs left, confident his efforts will deter the fool.