Monday, February 13, 2017

February Homeschool Happenings

As I look back over the past few weeks, I'm not exactly sure what happened to my blogging. It took me a long while (longer than I anticipated) to get back into the groove of homeschooling, housework, etc, after the holiday break.

At the beginning of February, Lauren got sick with what seemed to be a GI bug. She spent a few nights in the hospital so that she could get rehydrated, and she's been resting on the couch ever since. I've been able to catch up on some cleaning, read some books, and even do some crocheting.

What I've been reading:

I finished reading Loves God, Likes Girls by Sally Gary and Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine. I'm in the middle of Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach. I also read The Secret Keepers, a children's book by Trenton Lee Stewart. Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society and sequels have long been favorites in our house, and The Secret Keepers is almost as good.

For read-alouds, Lauren and I are still making our way through Anne of Green Gables. We're only a chapter or two away from the end, but she hasn't felt up to listening for quite some time. This book turned out to be a bit too advanced for her to understand, but she hasn't wanted to quit in the middle. We'll pick something with less big words and flowery descriptions for our next read-aloud.

What we've been playing:

Pandemic continues to be a huge hit at our house. Even while Lauren has been sick, she's sometimes begged me to set up the game board on the floor near the couch so that we can play without her having to actually get up. She also talked me into buying the iPad version so that she can play while we're at appointments. One morning we ended up playing a game during her blood draw and it kept her distracted the whole time.

What we've been studying:

It's less than three weeks away from the regional Science Olympiad tournament so we're studying lots of science. Unfortunately, Lauren hasn't felt like studying much and I'm starting to feel like she's slipping behind. Brennan's still perfecting his robot arm and hovercraft for the competition. His team stands an excellent chance of going to the state competition in April so it looks like he'll be studying for quite a while longer.

What I've been cleaning:

I'm following with Michele's 34 Weeks of Clean series on Family, Faith and Fridays. So far, the majority of the assignments have been in the kitchen. My kitchen has never looked better. In some of my free time (while Lauren rests and watches YouTube videos), I've also organized the huge stack medical paperwork from last year, decluttered some unloved clothing in my closet, and just generally tidied up the rest of the house.

Other excitement:

Brennan found a private school baseball team that he can play with this spring, and he's eagerly gone to a few pre-season practices already.

Lauren was selected to be an Ambassador for the Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation, and we had a fun morning at the Children's Museum in Denver for a kick-off celebration with interviews, a photo shoot, and more. They've already shared her story on the website, and she'll have the opportunity to participate in several publicity activities this year. Here's one of my favorite pictures from that day:

This long overdue update is going to be shared with the weekly Homeschool Highlights linky at Homeschool Coffee Break. Come join the fun!

Homeschool Coffee Break

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Birthday memories

Today we are thanking God for eleven years of ladybug miracles.
Happy Birthday Lauren!

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Year Happenings . . .

It's hard to believe that it's only been a week since New Year's Eve. We spent the first part of our week still enjoying our holiday break. Addison's boyfriend Jon was here visiting, and they graciously let Tim and Brennan tag along with them on a ski outing Tuesday. Towards the end of the week, Lauren and I tried to get back into our regular routines of schoolwork and appointments. To finish off the week, we made a rather last minute decision to have Lauren's birthday sleepover party this weekend.

What we've been playing:

The two most popular games at our house this week have been Betrayal at House on the Hill and Pandemic. Lauren and I added games to our daily school schedule, and Skip Bo was a hit several days.

What we watched recently:

We watched Matilda recently, and Lauren and I rented The BFG to watch while everyone else was skiing. It was a fun follow-up to our read-aloud series of Roald Dahl books last fall.

What I've been reading:

This week I finished Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. The second book was for an online book club hosted by Ladybug Daydreams and At Home: where life happens. I hope to join the fun and answer their discussion questions next week.

Lauren and I are still working through Anne of Green Gables. Though we finished several days of school this week, we didn't get quite as much time for read-alouds as I would've hoped.

What we've been studying:

Lauren and I started working on a Germs lapbook so that she can get some basic concepts down before we study specific pathogens for her Microbes Science Olympiad event. We also spent time nearly every day reviewing the minerals that she's been working on for the past several months.

What I'm doing to keep my hands busy:

The green shawl I started a few weeks ago about is on temporary hold because I broke one of the needles when it got caught in the door of the car. I have a purple mobius scarf I started last weekend, and I'm also working on more lego blocks.

A few more pictures to share:

I'm linking this post to the weekly Homeschool Highlights linky at Homeschool Coffee Break. Come join the fun!

Homeschool Coffee Break

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

End of December Update

Seems like I've been spending more time doing and less time blogging lately. It's been a fun few weeks since my last update.

December Field Trips:

Electic Safari at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: The best part was getting so close to the giraffes. Someone shared a leaf of lettuce so that Lauren could feed one. There's nothing like looking up and seeing a huge giraffe tongue just inches from your face.

Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station: This ranks as the all-time coolest field trip ever. Tim got to bring all of us into the mountain to see the NORAD watch floor as part of their family celebration for Christmas. Opportunities to go into the mountain are very rare, and it was cool to see all the things that we've just heard about. (No pictures for obvious security reasons.)

Books in progress:

Anne of Green Gables (read-aloud with Lauren)
Boundaries by Henry Cloud (for a class at church)
Loves God, Likes Girls by Sally Gary
Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

I also just got a notice that it's my turn to check out a digital copy of The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee (author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series). I need to hurry and finish some of the others so that I can read it.


Tim and Lauren recently finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and then watched the corresponding movie. We all watched Matilda last night and this afternoon. The beginning closely matched the book, but they started changing details in the last half of the movie.

Tim and I had a date night last week to see Rogue One in the theaters. Very well done! All our kids have New Year's plans for tonight, so we're planning to stay home and watch movies -- a Finding Nemo and Finding Dory double header.


Favorite game under the Christmas Tree: Pandemic
Favorite game from Santa (for Addison): Betrayal at House on the Hill
Favorite game resurrected: Spades (thankfully Brennan played as Tim's partner yesterday-- I'm not good enough at keeping up with the details to play as his partner)
Favorites chosen for game day with Lauren last week: Monopoly Jr., Sequence, Expanders, Skip Bo, and Life

Other exciting news:

Brennan got his driver's license yesterday, and he's already enjoying the freedom of getting to meet up with friends without arranging for a parent to drive him. (He still has to make arrangements to use a car, but that's usually easier.)

I finished up my year with 550 miles of running. I didn't quite make my goal, but I'm proud of what I did accomplish.

A few pictures from the past few weeks:

I'm linking this post to the weekly Homeschool Highlights linky at Homeschool Coffee Break. Come join the fun!

Homeschool Coffee Break

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

December Virtual Refrigerator -- My Little Knitter

I've often seen the Virtual Refrigerator link-up, but never participated. I don't think of myself (or our homeschool days) as very artistic. I think we have paints, but I rarely pull them out. For a while, all of the kids colored while we did read-alouds, but our most recent read-alouds have just been Lauren and me snuggled up on the couch in front of the fireplace.

When I saw Kym sharing pictures of her homeschool group's Christmas craft breakfast on Homeschool Coffee Break, I decided to share a few pictures of the crafting going on around our house.

Like me, Lauren loves to knit and crochet. Lately, she's been carrying around yarn so that she can make stockings for all of her American Girl dolls. I snapped a picture of her while she was waiting for her Occupational Therapy appointment yesterday. (And yes, I realize the irony of a proficient knitter needing occupational therapy.)

Here is the growing collection. Some of them have already had the seam down the back sewn and others are still unfinished. Unfortunately, I'm not sure where she got the pattern. She often spends her free time watching knitting videos on YouTube and/or searching for free patterns online.

Most of her other recent projects have been baby hats. She's making red hats to send to the American Heart Association as part of the Little Hats, Big Heart Project. The hats will go to babies born in Denver hospitals during February (American Heart Month).

Lauren also made a hat and an adorable pair of teeny-tiny baby socks for her transplant coordinator. I'm sad that I didn't get a picture of them before she gave them away.

As long as I'm showing off Lauren's knitting skills on my blog, I might as well make sure lots of people see it. I'm linking up this post with the Virtual Refrigerator Blog Hop hosted by several of my favorite bloggers.

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