Friday, August 30, 2019

School begins

*blowing dust off blog*

Here's some of what's been happening:

  • The big kids got about 7 chapters into the 17 chapter Zybooks online Python programming course this summer. That was the big kids' main summer project. We'll hopefully have them work more on it over Christmas break, but this is roughly how much my husband wanted them to get done. D may do some courses at school, too.
  • T also did a lot of reading practice this summer and her reading is finally starting to gel.
  • D is taller than me and is gaining on C. 
  • We almost got our money's worth out of 4 season passes to the water park.
  • School has started. C is a 12th grader, D is a 9th grader and T is a 1st grader, so each of the children is starting a new era.
  • We've been telling T for months that 1st grade is hard. This has resulted in her being delighted by how easy it is, rather than experiencing post-kindergarten letdown. *fingers crossed* She's a bit bummed that they no longer have three recesses, but hopefully that is offset by my Lunchable purchases...
  • C is doing AP Calculus AB, AP Physics 1 and senior Latin readings, while D is doing algebra/trigonometry, chemistry and logic.
  • We are in the middle of the college admissions process for C. It's quite a bit different from what I remember of my college application days, because instead of a big marathon of application work, we're just having C chip away at it bit by bit on Saturdays. We're probably about 1/2 way into the process. She's applying to just Hometown U. right now, but we're still probably only 1/2 way into the process, as there are a lot of different applications and special events just for the one college. We're backburnering most other stuff.
  • I have created an envelope for putting D college application fodder in. There's nothing in it yet and the fall should be slow for that kind of thing, but I don't love the fact that theoretically, I need to be record keeping and filing for both C and D right now. We get a big break between D and T, though!
  • We just got the badminton set that husband got and have been having a little fun. Husband ordered a second set for doubles. Badminton apparently uses a volleyball type net, which is awesome, as there are several volleyball nets nearby. We don't really know the rules yet, though!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day weekend

Here are some of our Father's Day weekend doings:

  • Minecraft on Friday morning with our neighborhood friends (big kids supervised)
  • Water park Saturday--we met a couple of D's school friends and T was big and brave enough to ride a lot of slides
  • My husband decided that he wanted donuts for Father's Day. He wanted apple fritters but I was able to find apple mini-strudels and filled donuts.
  • Husband made mozzarella.
  • D baked bread in the bread machine. It's almost all gone now.
  • We had everything (plus watermelon) for Father's Day breakfast
  • C made a tiny Japanese toy food kit with T. 
  • Husband grilled sausages for dinner.
  • T and C also worked on repainting a pony with acrylic paints. T has a Littlest Pet Shop pony that she has been repainting to match the My Little Pony franchise. This is the 2nd or 3rd repainting. We can just keep going!

Friday, May 10, 2019

School is almost over

Here are some things that have been happening:

  • C took her AP Physics 2 exam.
  • D sold some of his dill and parsley to my friend in the neighborhood.
  • D burned his hated vocabulary workbook in the grill and then we enjoyed smores. My friend and two of her kids dropped by and she and her middle kid had smores and T and her middle kid enjoyed our zipline.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

D is growing

D is taller than me now.


We were walking outside and T found a good stick of cement for writing on sidewalks with.

After doing some drawings, she wrote I HEART MOM on the sidewalk. We suggested to her that I HEART DAD is just as easy, and she wrote that. She was starting to write I HEART C, but C told her not to.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Easter weekend

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We all have a 4-day weekend.
  • We all did stations of the cross at the Catholic student center on Good Friday.
  • We are having idyllic Easter weather--bright, cool, a little breezy.
  • This morning our friends/neighbors came over and we cracked open a new Crayola sidewalk paint kit, and my friend's older kids and T painted and chalked up the patio cement, did bubbles (the baby liked the bubbles!), pulled the baby around in a wagon and did a little bit of sand and water play. And then D played Minecraft with my friend's oldest and C supervised T and my friend's middle playing Skylanders.
  • It's still Holy Saturday and we have a bunch of this and that to do getting ready for Easter, plus normal household maintenance stuff. 

Sunday, April 14, 2019


Here's some of what's going on:

--C went to prom with a nice boy who also loves anime.
--Lots of travel arrangements.
--C and D went to Junior Classical League regionals in Austin.
--D finished up track. 8th grade has a lot more competitions than the earlier grades--it's suddenly a lot more serious.
--D is almost as tall as me now.
--T is almost 4 feet tall. She's probably about 47 inches right now.
--C did a choir competition yesterday.
--I finally pulled out T's nail polish and did her fingernails and toenails. She loved it.
--I'm talking to my siblings about a trip to Disneyland in 2021.
--Husband did Snap Circuits with T yesterday. She was really good. They did the activity where you get it to beep "Happy Birthday."
--D cleared ivy off a tree and vacuumed the car yesterday and was duly compensated.
--D is experimenting with growing snap peas.
--C has finished her Star Wars ukulele book and is starting to work with her teacher on converting her LOTR piano music book into sheet music for ukulele.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Red tailed hawks!

We now have a pair of red tailed hawks living in our neighborhood/the campus area.

Normally, when you see a majestic bird soaring in the distance, it almost invariably turns out to be a buzzard or similar, but we see hawks or falcons on occasion. This pair of red tailed hawks seems really comfy in our area and while I was walking to church yesterday, I saw them doing all kinds of Blue Angel stuff aerial maneuvers--all apparently recreational and mostly at a pretty low altitude (20-30 feet?). They didn't seem to be hunting, just goofing around.

This past year we had a huge hawk of some kind eating a squirrel on our front lawn. It was a long process (at least two days off and on) and we actually stopped using our front door during that time to give the hawk some space.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Mushrooms II!

After several days of looking progressively more mildewy and gross and starting to bulge weirdly, our mushroom kit has sprouted little pinhead mushrooms. We spritz the block periodically and it is (sorry!) mushrooming almost before our very eyes. We wish we'd done some photos to show how it has progressed.

The instructions say that it is possible to do a second harvest from the same kit, which is nice.

It's a very fun family activity, and I think it would be nice for homeschoolers. It's kind of like a pet that you eat.

The first people to eat mushrooms must have been REALLY hungry.

Monday, January 14, 2019


Here's some of what's going on.

  • I gave my husband a mushroom growing kit for his birthday and we are cultivating it on the kitchen counter. T has been tasked with misting it.
  • My husband has been reading The Silver Chair to T. (They've already read the previous three books in The Chronicles of Narnia.)
  • I got T a book about how to draw Pokemon, and she and C have both been drawing, and T's efforts have been very impressive, considering that she's 6.
  • I haven't been crazy about some of the how-to-draw-unicorns books I've seen. C counsels just using a good how-to-draw-horses book and going from there, which is sensible.

Doing things right

T has lost another tooth.

She informs me that she needs to get her $2 under her pillow. Previously, we'd had a business-like tooth-for-money exchange going, but apparently that's not good enough.

Somebody at school must have told her the "right" way to do this.