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.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Our Week With a Terrarium Project

I feel like all I ever do any more is talk about the library.  Sorry about that!  But I am so very excited about it.  I promise, I'll have something cool to share next week.  

Another box of new books for the library.  Jack promptly walked off with all the airplane ones.  

And Grumman attacked the shrink wrap.  

This is a Hannah project that I finally got around to photographing.  I think the craft book it came from has already gone back to the library.  I requested a couple new craft/project books this morning, though.  

Speaking of crafting!  I did some more paint pouring this week!  I have some smaller letters to do, too, but I need more white, red, and silver paints.  

Oh Grumman.

Such a weird cat.  

So, our first "theme" in the library is Wild About Books.  I got the letters as a freebie from Twinkl.  Hannah cut them out for me, and I rubber cemented them onto construction paper to use as shelf labels.  

I had several "bits" of leftover construction paper, so I turned them into a poster.  Remember those National Geographic magazines?  I set Hannah to work cutting out some "wild" animals, and voila!  I should have made Wild About Books a little larger, but it's not too bad for a quick scrap project.  

And there it is, on the wall.

For the Fiona fans.  

Miss Fifi continues to settle in well.  Although, she's in heat.  :sigh:  I've got her on the waiting list for 2 local clinics, but it may be a couple of months before they can get her in for surgery.  


This helps me see the progress.  It's so small on a day to day basis.  I'm starting to feel the clock ticking, since school starts in just a couple weeks.  






Miss Fiona is feeling comfortable enough to do more exploring.  

I mentioned enjoying letting the girls have a semi-feral summer.  *This* is the kind of experience I meant.  

They told me about the lizards, and I said, "Next time you catch one, bring it to me so I can see it."

They caught 3 baby ones.  (This is Hannah's hand.  Not sure who the other two lil urchins were, but it was such fun to have them all run in to show me.)  

Baby Kasen in the Nai Nai loves me sleeper I sent them when they announced the pregnancy.  

Baby Kasen pukes on Daddy.  

This week's ancient library find:  Benjie from 1952.  

Blarg.  Went to Kaiser for an actual physical, since the last visit was literally just "girlie stuff."  

The highlight of the visit was spotting a dime.  "Find a dime, your airman's fine."  

I knew I was due for my tetanus shot, since I had the last one in 2010, before we traveled to adopt Hannah.  Zach asked us to update our pertussis vaccines before they bring Kasen out, or I would have skipped it now.  (The DTAP combo is diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.)  My arm is sore.  

Hannah has been bringing books home from the school library, and Katie has been mostly playing with Legos during quiet time lately, but we did bring home one pile from the city library this week.  

It was time to purchase a second barcode scanner, so I can have one at home and one at school.  I like this one much better than the cue cat scanner I did surgery on.  This one beeps.  There's something satisfying about that.  

A carpet was found for a story time rug.  Oh, and the ottomans (ottomen??) are "new," too.  They were rescued from the upcoming school rummage sale.  One is holding duplicate books, and one is holding prizes.  

Hooray!  Last week I still had more books without barcodes.  Now I have more books with barcodes!  It's actually even a little higher than this, as I added a dozen or so barcodes this morning.  

Once I plow through the 800 scanned books at the school and give them barcodes, they can go on the shelves instead of in Piles and Buckets and Boxes, oh my.  I don't even have a picture of the mound this week, but it's still quite daunting:  3 tables covered, plus containers amok underneath and beside them.  

Our public library had a summer science at home program for kids.  I signed Katie up, and we got a box of supplies to make a terrarium.  

First the rocks go in.

Then comes the charcoal, which has to be sniffed.  Methinks they hang out with Grumman too much.  He's big on sniffing.  

Katie sniffs while Hannah tries to place that scent.  "Like something happy!"  Katie said it was like burnt wood.  I think Hannah associates it with summer camp.  

Dirt.  Lots of dirt.  Too much dirt, actually.  

The poor (slightly decaying from transit) plant barely fit with the amount of dirt used.  One of the most challenging parts of the project was identifying a sunny, Grumman proof location to put the finished terrarium.  

The bulletin boards in the library should be hung next week, so I thought it was time to give my animals some eyes so I can take them in and get them hung up.  

August is going to be so busy!  I have a dentist appointment, the girls have a visit to Shriners, and SCHOOL starts, among other things.  


  1. What an excellent week. The library is coming along so well. What a wonderful way to share your gift of organization and love of books.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. I don't consider myself all that organized, lol, but thank you. It does seem like perfect fit for me.

  2. I love reading about your library. I'm just so impressed with it all. And I agree about a beeping scanner. I'd find it satisfying, too. :)

    You're an awesome grandma to get immunizations in order to see your grandbaby. I guess I'd jump through hoops to see my grandbabies (when that day comes), too.

    I love the picture of Hannah trying to "place the scent." It's such a cute pose.

    August IS going to be busy! We have 11 dentist appointments and 5 psych appointments already on the calendar with more to come. I'm ready to put my head in the sand and wait for September, but I must get up and face it after all.

    1. Ooof. You've got me beat by a mile! Even with Hannah starting up piano lessons again, they're at the school, so we're already there anyway. We also have an out of state funeral this month, which, perversely, I find myself looking forward to, because I'll have 8 of my 9 kids in the same place for a wee bit of time.