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.  




Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fourth of July

Last week we celebrated the 240th anniversary of America's independence with the usual fireworks and barbecue.

It has been so dry lately that many towns around here have placed a temporary ban on fireworks.  We watched the fireworks from the top of a parking structure.

We had a yummy dinner with one of my favorite foods, grilled corn on the cob, yummy!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A week without the girl

Ivy left for a week long mission trip in Chicago with some pretty stupendous people.

  She spent the week helping to fix houses, she specifically spent most of her time helping to build a fence.

Meanwhile little Liam had to spend all week without big sister.  I cannot express how much he missed her.  We daily went over how many days were in a week, how many days she had been gone and how many days until she got back.  Not that he spent the time twiddling his thumbs. 

We worked on school, we went lots of places including Grandma's house, the grocery, even Jungle Java, a fun indoor play area. He started summer speech, which he loves.  I got a box of curriculum books, thus a super fun box and paper to play with.  He even looked through the microscope, a totally self-directed activity.  He wanted to look at a dollar bill, then a flower petal, then a leaf, then he wanted to see what crayon on paper looked like under the scope.  Seriously, he spend more than an hour looking at all kinds of things.

Well Ivy finally came home.
We had a lovely reunion over spaghetti where she told us all about her time in Chicago.