|More and more snow!|
|The remains of our snowman|
|Starting the week off right: coffee and Play Dough|
Monday we were super busy! All of our regular lessons for Monday (Language Arts, Arithmetic, History/Social Studies, Science, and Health) plus we added art and some of our items off of our Winter Bucket List. Daddy even organized my laundry area for me and then made the campers a pair of giant binoculars so that they could attempt to observe the deer in the fields while the deer were far off. Some of the campers started the week in better moods than others. Peanut found it interesting to be able to combine two of her favorite things, computer related learning and adding change to the "vacation fund". I know it looks really really dark outside while Peanut is looking through the binoculars, but it was just around dusk and they'd spotted a few deer far out by the tree line. That evening we made our "evil" twins and grew some crystals that made for wonderful sensory work. (You can read more about the "evil" twins and the crystals here. ) We also began our journey through green deserts for the week...
Tuesday found us having a pretty much "normal" school day here. If there's ever such a thing as normal. We did all of our normal lessons, yes every subject we'd done for Monday all over again just different lessons. There was a moment that was somewhat different, Peanut had her princess dolls exercising on her desk after her own lessons were finished... I'm not sure where she came up with the idea (nope, I don't do that exercise move lol) but it sure was cute! And I did manage to capture a few cute picture of cuddles during lesson breaks and while Daddy was singing a song (along with a video on YouTube) to Peanut.
Wednesday we had our "snow" day. Noni came out shortly before noon and everyone was able to visit for several hours before she had to leave. I could have knocked a few more items off of our bucket list this day but decided I'd rather just have the children have fun and relax. Peanut decided that I meant that her Sophia the First and friends dolls got to climb "Mount Fridge". If you look closely at the bottom there's even one peeking out from the bottom cover of the fridge. Wednesday night my coffee pot died after giving us a year of faithful and constant service. When I say constant I do mean it as from the time I wake up until moments before I fall asleep (the cup often stays on my bedside table at night) I drink coffee for the most part. I do drink juice, milk, tea, and some water but 95% of the time I'm drinking coffee. Daddy drinks coffee almost as much as I do. It was a sad (and because we don't get paid until Monday almost panicky) moment...
Thursday we were back to our regular lessons. Though the Cracker Jacks were attempting to do both Wednesdays and Thursdays lessons because they wanted to get the full week's worth of lessons finished and Peanut had done both days worth of work on Tuesday. I pouted and attempted to make do with instant Starbucks coffee (given to us a few months ago) but it was bitter and too strong and just not the same... One of our wonderful neighbors was such a blessing and gave us his spare coffee pot that afternoon. I think I drank a pot before an hour had past! Daddy had also been given a free desk the day before (when he'd run to a friend's house) that when we were originally told about it we'd thought would be the final student's desk we needed. Imagine his surprise when he picked it up, and my happiness when he brought it in for me this day! It's an antique so it's not really for children's use, but I'm more than happy to make use of it and get rid of the desk I'd used most of last year that was falling apart (it had been one of those you assemble type desks that had been given to us third hand).
|Enjoying a different green desert.|
|Peanut's KY State Flag...|
|Working on her morning binder.|
|Working on a story problem I'd read to her ...|
Notice the tongue sticking out to help her concentrate.
|Working on Module 5 of|
Apalogia General Science.
|Our snow piles from the plowing...|
Our hours outside this week amounted to 1.25 hours for myself and the girls, and 3 hours for ECJ who spent much of that time shoveling snow. I'm adding the 1.25 hours to our total for our hours for the 1000 Hours Outside Challenge . Making our grand total year to date: 154.75 hours. Not such a grand total but at least we're getting outside a bit again finally! Though, why I chose Monday for our walk I'll never know as it was in the single digits and the wind chill took it well below zero!!! As you can tell YCJ is forcing smiles and Peanut just wants to get home and warm back up!! As soon as we weren't frozen once we did get home I popped the girls in a warm bath and took a hot shower myself. I felt as if I were frozen from the inside out!!!
OK, before I wrap this up I do owe an answer to the "burning" questions of: "What in the world is green goop?" and "What book did we base the green deserts from?"
Well, the book was Green Eggs and Ham. I just couldn't bring myself to make, eat, or force the kids to eat green eggs or ham. But, I still wanted to make the experience a fun one. So I made a lot of different green deserts and introduced a few new flavors (at least to some of us) while doing it! The new flavors included pistachio, lime, and cheesecake!
"Green Goop" was the best name that the campers came up with for our fist desert, and trust me you don't want to know what the other ones were. As you can probably see from the picture the base of the "green goop" is plain old, regular, no frills instant vanilla pudding!! Then Daddy experimented with a few of our food dyes (we don't eat many but when we do might as well go full force) until he reached a green that he liked. This was made without the campers knowledge and so it was a real surprise for them to see such a dark green color and find it tasted like vanilla! And for those of you who are wondering, yes, ECJ did have a few days after this desert where he was easily distracted. However, the effects were minimal compared to the past. That being said, perhaps if you do not partake of dyes normally this would be better served on a Friday evening instead of a week night.
Random pictures and goofiness:
|"Finally" being allowed to eat their giant pixie sticks from Halloween! Thus finishes off the Halloween candy.|
It also probably added to ECJ's being distracted during lessons both Tuesday and while his Noni was here
|Moragon supervising all of us to make sure our lessons were done correctly.|
She loves this part of her day!
|Daddy got goofy Monday morning and drew a silly face on ECJ with dry erase marker!|
It came off pretty easily with some soap and water, much to ECJ's relief!
Mysterious Green Goop Menu Plan
Winter Bucket List Link Up
We Have Evil Twins!
15 Ways to Keep Busy in the Cold
Religious Education Plans
Our Homework Policy
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Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
Faithful Mom of 9
Great Peace Academy
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