Saturday, October 15, 2016

An outrageous cider mill visit

Went to our favorite cider mill.  Got super yummy cider - this year they had a bumper crop of apples so cider is buy one get one half off. We also got pictures of the kiddos.  This setting had such potential. 

In case you were wondering how many shots it takes to get a good picture of these yahoos. 

The answer is more than five. 

After the cider mill we went to one of our favorite resteraunts, Lyon Cantina - yes Liam hummed the Cantina music from Star Wars. Dan and I decided to split an entree called the Outrageous Chimichanga.  

 It is hard to understand perspective from this shot.  Seriously, it is the size of a meatloaf. It was super tasty too.  Next time we are just going to order this for the whole family. 


Saturday, October 1, 2016

I haven't taken a photo of the car yet

Lots of great stuff is happening but I put off blogging because I want to add a great photo of the new to us car we acquired recently. 

Here is a hodgepodge of our life: 

We are doing great with Classical Conversations.  I especially love that my kiddos have to do public speaking. 

Ivy is taking a science class for homeschoolers at a local university.  The little guy and I like to take a walk through the woods to pick her up. 

In order to have time for our walk we do school at the library, which is close by. 

I made bread. 

And I became an aunt, which is pretty awesome!! 


Sunday, September 4, 2016


Last week held a couple of big days. 

First Liam started at our new Classical Conversations campus, first day of school.  It is the same place Ivy does her Challenge program.  Even though it is an hour away it is lovely that we are all in the same place. 

The next big day is of course the big birthday.  Ivy got to spend time with her friend.  There was the opening of presents and the eating of cake. 





Saturday, August 13, 2016


The plan was set in stone at the beginning of summer, then it got reworked a couple times.  I can say now (with total uncertainty) this is the plan for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Ivy - 11th Grade 
Classical Conversations Challenge I program.  
Subjects include: 
Drama (Shakespeare)
Music Theory
Physical Science
American Literature

She is also taking a Field Biology class at a local university.  (It is a class specifically set up for homeschool, high school students.) She wants to take this because she is narrowing her career choices to library sciences or something forest ranger like.  She will also be continuing with her church youth group and American Heritage Girls.  

He is also participating in Classical Conversations, but at the elementary level, Foundations.  He will also be continuing the All About Reading program and starting Math-U-See.  Liam will also be continuing with Trail Life and violin lessons. 

I want to keep this year super simple and staightforward. 

The Bible verse that I've chosen for this school year: Philippeans 4:8 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

whew what a week

Last week was so crazy it took me two days to have the time to sit down to write about it.  

First was parent practicum. Three days of learning and fellowship with other great homeschool families. Ivy volunteered by helping out with the younger children. 

Of course life is never that simple is it?  As we were in the midst of practicum busyness, the Husband was in the midst of major car repair.  One car was planned because he took all three days off from work.  The other car was not. My brakes decided they did not want to work, scary. But to find the silver lining, the Husband took the time to teach Ivy how to change the brake pads. 

Then Saturday we got to see our youngest nephew in a fun, cool production put on by our local players guild just for kids. He played the Fantastic Flex, a super strong, super hero.  That mustache slays me. 

 And lastly but certainly least we got to witness Dan's Aunt and Uncle renew their vows.  It was nice that we got to catch up with family we haven't seen for a while....and eat onions with Liam. 



Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Care and Keeping of Cars

The sixteenth birthday is only a month away.  In anticipation of the drivers license we are teaching her a bit about the care and keeping of cars.  Her dad is tackling all the under-the-hood know-how and tire changing.  I am in charge of the research projects (what is involved in getting the license, how much does a car cost, and what is this going to do to my car insurance) and cleaning.  Last week we tackled the car's exterior. 

And by we I mean that she did an awesome job washing my car.  I supervised and took pictures. Having a teenager is awesome sometimes. 



Saturday, July 23, 2016

Catching Them All

Pokemon Go is the latest greatest craze sweeping the nation and our house.  

We are having a great time as a family, finding, catching, and photographing these imaginary animals.  It is a great excuse to take a drive or a walk together. Sometimes they even show up during a meal. 

The best thing though is that many pokestops - imaginary places to pick up pokeballs and other game related things- are in cemeteries.  We get to see where the husband works and we get to see interesting things we would not have seen otherwise.