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.

May

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

March/April

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.