A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Our Week In Which We Jogged More

The weekend got away from me without me getting this posted.  I'm not even sure what I did over the weekend, but posting Our Week wasn't it.  

Last week we learned the difference between turtles (they live mainly in the water) and tortoises (they live mainly on land).  

Again with the trying to use up art supplies.  The girls drew self-portrait astronauts on black art paper in acrylic marker.  Basic idea from Art Projects For Kids site.

Library books.  We're still working on getting down to a more reasonable number of books checked out.  We're at 70 right now.  But we only have 24 books on hold, instead of our usual 60.  When all the books for Hannah's report go back, that should help.  Also, we're about to start our Last Week Of School, so I'm sure our interest-led, summer acquisitions will go back in a more timely manner.  

Attended the zoom baby shower for Zach & Heather's little boy.  Shower by zoom is a little weird, but it's exciting that his birthday is getting closer.  My plan is to go visit in September, but I'm trying to hold lightly to that plan.  

More books.  

I'm grateful for the push to get us exercising more.  The girls jog while I ride my bike.  

And we do some exercise in the garage, too, using Hannah's new equipment.

In fact, we've decided to participate in this year's virtual Walk For Love event.  We'll really be pushing ourselves, as it's 20 miles in 8 days.  We have until June to work our way up to the 3 miles a day goal.  The first time we went a whole mile, Hannah was really sore the next day.  

Sea creature drawings

This was a good book.  It was a quick read, which is good, because I didn't get to it until 3 days before it was due.  It's faith based, which is helpful, as it talked about how to handle a situation where an adult child is making choices you oppose for religious reasons.  It helped affirm my "nod and smile" (or "smile and wave" if you're a Madagascar fan) policy, and reinforced some things that I knew but struggle with putting into practice.  Perfect timing, since I facilitated one of the boys adulting at Urgent Care this week.  

Annaliese scored big sister points by sending the girls a package of goodies.  

Shamrock drawings to go with our study of IRELAND this week.  We learned why there's Ireland and Northern Ireland.  This year has really been eye opening, in terms of understanding the effects of colonialism.  How very weird that Europeans felt entitled to claim bits of land all over our globe.  

Bird drawings

Instead of our usual route around the block, we started varying our route a bit and ended up at the park a couple of times.  

Feels good to get out in the sunshine!  We got spoiled with weather in the 80*s and when it dipped down for a couple days, I went back to sitting in front of the space heater.  Fortunately, it's looking like 80* again tomorrow, and for the foreseeable future.  Whew!  

Strong girls!  

Oh Grumman.  He has a thing for freshly washed ankles, as Sam discovered after his shower recently.  

Since the girls have finished their English curricula, we've been doing Mad Libs to review parts of speech.  

Books, books, books

Katie's St. Brigid's Cross craft.  Grumman is so thrilled to have pipe cleaners all over the house again.  Sigh.  

He's probably exhausted from destroying pipe cleaner crafts.  

We're getting to the time of year where there are a lot of, "Choose any..." assignments.  The "make any origami animal from this book" is a good example.  Also, today's "Pick any Robert Frost poem for copywork."  Hannah's gotten into writing poetry lately, which makes me smile.  

Our beloved mascot won't be happy when we're not hanging out in the school room every morning any more.  

"Hey Mom?  Can you Crikey me a jet mask?"  Yes.  Yes, I can.  I pulled up Design Space, searched "plane," and handed him the iPad to select the image he wanted.  We made it together.  

We've finished Ireland and are moving on to our very last country for the school year:  Puerto Rico!  The girls are taking their final exam in Swimming Creatures science today.  We're really starting to wrap things up.  Very exciting.  


  1. I am a little bit jealous that you all are ready to wrap things up, whereas we will be working steadily through the summer . . . but that was the choice I made when I pared down our work days so we could survive.

    The girls' drawings are cool! I'm thinking back to the beginning of the school year when you set the goal for them to be able to do independent projects. They've come so very far!

    And Amen! to keeping our mouths shut and the welcome mat out! I struggle, too. We're in this together, my friend. :)

    1. Thank you for pointing out their progress with projects. It helps to be reminded. I'm hoping we can work on some cooking this summer. I have some Eat2Explore boxes we need to finish up that they should be able to help with.