05 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
Everyone woke up earlier than they have in the past few days, which was good. We started school on time for once this week. Hannah aced her spelling test, did vocabulary, read Josefina’s Story Quilt (after reading the first page she said, ‘Oh, I’m liking this book!’), did some math, writing and grammar. Grace learned about deep ocean currents, did some probability experiments, did indefinite pronouns in grammar and read more of The Secret Garden. Bethany finished up To Kill a Mockingbird and cobbled together her English paper out of her atrocious outline (the given outline was so clunky, you couldn’t see everything you typed nor could you copy and paste into the document, so she printed it out and filled it out by hand.)
Hannah pulled our Advent thing to do today and it was take a thankful walk.
Yes, I knew the forecast when I wrote that, but the weatherman is hardly ever right anyway, so I left it.
It wasn’t too hard to be thankful walking around in 10 degree temps.
I heard a lot of ‘I’m thankful for snow boots and coats and gloves and snow pants..’
We walked by the Platte river trail at Carson nature center.
For some reason we were the only people there….might have something to do with the 10 degree mark.
We ate lunch at Cafe’ 180 (yes, it was kind of a bribe for doing the walk.) They had the butternut squash soup today and it (along with my Mediterranean salad and Mediterranean pita wrap) made a great meal to warm me up. Bethany and Grace had huge slices of Hawaiian pizza and Hannah had her usual (meatball sub, no peppers, and a side of goat cheese.) We went by the library to drop off books and pick up more. Hannah got 2 grab bags of books, I do like how they do that, it does make the kids want to check out more books to read.
Now we’re home, fireplace on, clothes in the dryer and pork chops marinating for dinner. What a great day. Advent reading for the day:
Luke 2:6-7 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
04 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
I think our high today was 9, it snowed all day, but most of that was very fine so we ended up with about 5″. We did school and I canceled the Ben Franklin lecture we were going to, I don’t think I could have handled driving one handed in the snow.
The girls got out to play in the snow, as you can see the driveway is not shoveled and the only way you know where the street is is because of Joel’s car.
The connecting road to our street is plowed, sometimes we get plowed on this street, sometimes not (I guess today was a not day.)
Thanks to the Internet, Christmas gifts are arriving left and right here. My Christmas cards are once again going to be late, but they are pretty cool, so it’s okay.
Tomorrow it’s just cold and school, those things go well together. Today’s Advent reading was from Luke 2:1-5 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. Did you ever think, why would Caesar make a ruling that required that all people go back to their hometown? Or why would God even put in the prophecy that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem? Caesar was doing the will of God, knowingly or not. Bethlehem was the place to be for a Messiah and Joseph took Mary and headed straight there, just in time! Our thing to do today was look at a hymn, we chose “I Need Thee Every Hour’ by Annie Hawks. She was doing the household chores back in the 1800′s when she suddenly felt God’s presence and wrote down the song. The song brought much comfort to people and many years later to Annie herself after she lost her husband. Here is a nice version by Selah.
26 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
Grace had another marine biology Skype call this morning all the way from Scotland with Professor Roberts who studies cold water corals.
(Wearing a whale shirt to a marine biology Skype session….why, yes.)
Grace had read through one of the posts on his site (lophelia.org) about the symbiotic relationship between cold water corals and worms. So she asked, what if an intruder tries to make a home in the coral and the coral doesn’t want it to be there? Can it chemically signal for a predator of that creature to come rescue it, like seaweed does when a snail is munching on it and it would rather not be eaten? Or does it have any defenses? Turns out cold water corals do have a defense, they have a harpoon like structure that they can jab into n’er-do-wells, nifty. Her next question was, if cold water corals live in the deep ocean, how do they make energy without the sun? Prof. Roberts said that the corals have tentacles and they feed on things like zooplankton….
no, not that plankton…Grace also found out that some cold water corals are over 4,000 years old! Since the slides wouldn’t work on Skype, Prof. Roberts e-mailed a powerpoint of them. Grace is going to do a post about all the Skype sessions, but today she added fun facts about Orcas to her site, go here to read it.
Yes, that’s Hannah wearing my camera bag on her head…
I managed to take a shower today, ahhhh, bliss. Add some pink dangly earrings and yay, almost normal. Still not used to one handed pics in the mirror.
Here are the surgery pics.
Let’s see, the upper left is the outside of the tendon, red from agitation and swelling. Next to that is the cutting of the tendon and so on for the ones on the bottom.
In this one the calcium deposit is the yellow piece in the upper left pic. The debridement thingy is working in the top right and bottom left, eating up calcium and tissue. Bottom left is the start of the sutures.
More suture pics, these are holding the rotator cuff in place while it heals.
So, that’s all. We did school today, I took a nap and now I’m off to watch missed Hawaii Five-0 episodes.
22 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
So, we started our day with some PE AKA sledding. It takes a lot of work to go up and down that hill (well, less to go down it, unless you are referring to the energy created, then going down would be more.)
Bethany stayed home and worked on her FYP class and English, she was thinking a warm chair was better than a cold sled.
The mountains looked nice against the gray/blue of the sky.
That’s Mt. Evans, we always say that but that’s not the only peak there, just the highest one (Mt. Bierstadt is on the left, 2,000 odd feet difference looks like..not that much from this far away.)
Here are the Twin sisters again, from a different viewing point.
This set of mountains is called Indian peaks.
Devil’s head looks way different from this far back
as opposed to this view from the top.
When I came back to the hill Hannah was making snow angels and Grace was trying to make a giant snowball, but the snow was too dry.
We went back home to finish up school and then to Cafe 180 to eat lunch. We all wanted to try the butternut squash soup, but they were out, so we had chicken enchilada soup instead (and a southwest chicken wrap, meatball sandwich, cheese pizza, artichoke pizza and spinach salad.) After that we went to the MOA to see the new exhibit.
One set is a series of graffiti like paintings made with encaustic and ink. This is ‘City sizzle’, ‘Texas in my rear view mirror’ and ‘Push and pull’ by Patricia Aaron.
The other set is a series of clay tiles and clay mountains by Chandler Romeo.
The tiles are the artist’s representation of landscapes altered by man with systems of geometry and patterns. We take land and fence it in, plat out cities and roads, change the landscape and redefine it. Another set he made was representative of Colorado’s mountains.
The sound room had some cool music and the other room had sculptures with colored lights behind them.
That was a good Friday. Tomorrow is the Castle Rock star lighting and then Sunday I need to clean so that I come home from surgery on Monday to a clean house (of course, it won’t stay that way, but at least I won’t have to worry about it for a bit.)
20 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
Don’t worry, it’s not 20 questions. This morning Grace glided through school so she would be ready for her Skype call with Alex. Alex found Grace through her Bob the Bag video and left a comment on Grace’s blog. Alex was supposed to be part of the Mission 31 crew, but the Mission got moved to April, so Alex is back at her grad work and experiments in San Diego. Grace left comments on Alex’s writings on Deep Sea News and the two have been commenting and e-mailing back and forth.
Grace was excited about being part of a Skype call that included 2 high school classes and a class from India. I know she doesn’t look excited, but she was listening when I took these pics.
Alex was talking about the impact of human chemicals on ecological interactions. It’s kind of like this:
(Source – Alex’s slide notes.)
In particular, she has a study in which she is noting the effects of chemicals, like copper, that are interfering with the predatory relationship between Ascophyllum nodosum (a seaweed) and Littorina obtusata (a snail), as shown in this awesome slide.
You can find her post here.
Then, the icing on the cake, the Skype call with Mr. Rothschild that was supposed to happen yesterday but didn’t, came through right after Alex’s call!
Grace was surprised, but sat right down and asked some questions like – how much did it cost to build the Plastiki? (More than he thought, but not too much.) Did the trip raise awareness of pollution in the ocean (Yes, he believes that it did.) Did you see the Garbage patch, was the garbage on top or in small pieces? (No he didn’t sail through the patch, but he did see lots of trash along the way. The Garbage patch is mainly made up of small pieces of plastic that have been broken down by light and are floating in the light layer from 1-12 feet deep in the ocean.)
He asked Grace what she was working on and told her that she can do anything she wants. That if she thinks she can do something and people tell her, no you can’t you’re too (insert reason here) that she should be stubborn and follow her dream anyway. He said that people thought he was crazy for building a boat out of plastic bottles and traversing the ocean for 4 months, but he did it and he thinks it was worthwhile and made people think about what goes into the ocean.
So, after all of that we went to McD’s for the EK meeting. Two other families showed up and the kids had fun playing games, drawing, talking and playing on the playland. It was good to bounce ideas off each other and get to know the new people in our group. We ran by Grandma’s place to pick up more clothes for her and then dropped them off at the rehab place. I think she likes it there, she’s making no attempt to get out of the wheelchair so she can go back to Quincy place. She has three more weeks of insurance covering this place, so I guess we’ll see where we are then. I would hate to have to move her again, but I think she wants to stay at this place and be pushed around in a wheelchair and that is her call. We went by the library and all but one of the eggs have hatched! (We think that one might be a dud.)
Aren’t they cute? We are going to try raising quail babies (no, not chickens) this summer. A little boy was watching them and when his Mom said it was time to go he said, ‘Can we go eat at Chick-Fil-A?’ She said, ‘You want to eat chicken after looking at these cute chicks?’ He said, ‘Well, I’m not eating them!’ And Chick-Fil-A is so yummy…..
Tomorrow we’re doing school and I think Bethany will be finished with her History assignment (she used storify instead of a power point), the girls want to play tennis and as long as it doesn’t snow we’re good on that. Grace got an e-mail from COCO, seems they are having this months Blue drinks in Denver, so we might go to that. My surgery got moved to Monday and will take place in the hospital, though they assure me that I will go home the same day. I’ll be getting everything ship-shape around here before then and thank you Maura for taking the girls to dance that day!
19 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
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Bethany did a Storify for her end of math unit here. Instead of an end of unit test, the teacher has you write about math concepts that were covered in that unit. Grace was all set to Skype with Mr. Rothschild (who made and sailed the Plastiki through the Pacific garbage patch), but I don’t know what happened there. We were set on our end, they might have moved us to tomorrow, which would be bad because she was set up at the same time tomorrow with Alex for a talk about ‘The Impact of Human Chemicals on Ecological Interactions.’ So, bummer. We were going on a hike, but the weather didn’t look too good in that direction, so we stayed home and gathered sticks for a craft project. My ex-step-mom is coming over tonight for a visit, she’s in town for a day, so there probably wasn’t enough time for a hike anyway.
We went by the library and we got to see one of the baby chicks hatch out of its egg, two more had hatched earlier today. Yes, my library spent money on chickens, they have been in an incubator and were set to hatch this week, some of the chicks are earlier than others. They are cute, I didn’t have my camera with me, so when we go by there tomorrow I’ll take a picture of the chicks.
13 Nov 2013 1 Comment
Some people didn’t want their picture taken, but M thought it was funny.
We had a huge crowd at Hammond’s today and a lot of new people in our group showed up, so we got to meet some new faces. We had so many people that we ran out of stickers, but that’s okay.
They rearranged the lobby/theater area and repainted everywhere, adding cool new signs to the walls in the tour area (I like the timeline, it tells you a bit of their history and the main item they were known for at that time.)
One thing about Hammond’s, you will see something different being made every time you go.
Today we smelled peppermint from candy canes and cherry from lollipops, we saw some hand rolled canes, Valentine chocolate hearts and peanut butter cups rolling off the line.
They hand make, roll, cut and package most of their candy (the candy canes are individually put into a piece of plastic and then closed up down the line.)
We were waiting on this machine to get loaded with wrapping plastic and start popping out peanut butter cups.
You always get a piece of candy on the way out (broken ones, but hey..) we snagged candy canes today – pomegranate and apple pie (and 2 that were not made with corn syrup, I think they used tapioca instead.)
We wandered the shop after the tour and here is our booty –
2 bags of vanilla caramel (50 cents each, we just eat it, but you could drop it into apple cider or make a caramel apple with it), messed up Mitchell sweets (they don’t have enough caramel on them, but for $2 a bag they taste good enough for us), peanut squares ($1 a bag, I got chocolate dipped and chipotle flavor), Grace got a red velvet cake chocolate bar and I got a pig and tater chocolate bar (bacon and potato chips, it’s good!)
We were pretty hungry after that, so we ate lunch at Steuben’s. I have been wanting to go there. Bethany’s fried chicken with potatoes and biscuit looked amazing, I had a burger with raspberry onions and goat cheese (great combo) and the girls had a cheeseburger with fried corn, french fries and fruit, cucumbers and carrots. I saw that they do chicken and waffles on Sunday….might have to come back. We ran by RAFT to get some co-op supplies and then headed home.
Bethany missed about 30 min. of a class connect, but she managed to do the work with what was given. She has all A’s (this block is English, History, Algebra and FYP, last block was Creative writing and Life skills, those both ended in A’s.) Grace has 3 Skype classes coming up soon, most of the ocean related ones got moved to April (because they were connected to the Mission 31 and that got moved to April.) We’re still reading Forge, it’s been getting bogged down and it’s really graphic (Revolutionary war) and we haven’t been reading it every day, but I hope to start reading it every day and finish it within a few weeks.
I am bummed because we were going to go on a hike in Aspen on Monday (no dance), but while looking into it I found out that the road is closed for the Winter and you have to ski in. So, now I’m looking at a hike in Ft. Collins instead. Guess the Aspen one will have to wait until Spring.
31 Oct 2013 Leave a Comment
We don’t do halloween here, never have, so today is just Thursday the last day of October and the day before the first day of November (and also Reformation day.) Through the years we have done various things on this day to have fun (and not be at home, because even with the porch light off kids still come to the door and ring the doorbell and they don’t understand why we have no candy to give them), we stayed at a hotel one year, we’ve been to the mall, library and other places that weren’t overrun with people dressed up as scary things. This year we are going to eat dinner at Chick-Fil-A and then go see Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2. The girls got to pick out candy from the store to eat (for themselves), which works out great for Hannah (with her allergies if anyone gave her candy she’d probably be allergic to half of it and not be able to see what was in the other half.)
We did school and after lunch we took Maisy to the Platte river trail with us.
She was excited. We hadn’t gone far on the trail before Maisy rushed over to a clump of grass and started attacking it, we pulled her back and found a mouse that was scared silly sitting in the grass. Other than having the crap scared out of it, it looked fine.
I love the smell of the cottonwood leaves when they’ve been on the ground for awhile and have gotten wet, it’s a sweet smell like cinnamon.
As we walked on the path we saw a ton of millipedes, and by a ton I mean like 14. We also saw a ton (about 5) caterpillars.
We think they were on the cement warming up, but really it could have been a mass exodus for all we knew (we’ve really never noticed that many of either bug on the trail.) We stopped at one of my favorite picture spots….hmmmm….
now that there are fewer leaves to block the sun this should be a morning or late afternoon picture place. The view from the trail overlooking the Platte river and some colored plants.
We walked down to the dog park because we were so close to it.
Maisy was super excited now (off leash access to water!) But, every time she got close to the water we yelled at her and she came running. Happy dog (look close, none of her feet are on the pavement in this picture, she’s flying!)
Some cool looking berries.
They look like a bunch of pumpkins up close.
Even though it’s Fall there are still some flowers around.
Grace found this bent over cottonwood tree.
Leaves are everywhere.
This duck was happy that Maisy was staying on dry land.
On the way back we found lots of camo looking leaves like this one.
And I asked for one last picture.
Amount hiked – 3 miles.
Good news! Joel got hired as an EMT (his course of study this past year) and it sounds like a great gig. If you get hurt in the Denver area, he might be your ambulance driver, your EMT or be the dispatch caller that puts the call through (they are going to have him rotate around the jobs.) He’s a pro at putting in an IV, so don’t worry about that. He is very excited about the job (he was working as a security guard on the night shift and not at a museum were things come to life at night.) We are happy and excited for him too.
Tomorrow is Friday! We’ll be going to Chatfield botanic gardens to play around and then drop off Bethany’s art at CORE.
30 Oct 2013 Leave a Comment
Since our Fox theater outing got rescheduled to next Wed. and since it was a beautiful day this morning, we decided (read ‘I’) to go on a hike first and then come back home and do school. The girls were all over this, probably because they thought that if we were doing school in the afternoon, then we must not have much to do.
So, we headed over to Waterton canyon. The first thing we spotted was this lizard, but I couldn’t get close enough for a great picture, I think it’s either a prairie lizard or a side-blotched lizard.
We saw a baby one too. We didn’t get very far before we came upon some big horn sheep climbing the hill.
When we passed by the cottonwood trees and the wind blew, we tried to catch the falling leaves, which is harder than it looks.
Here are some canyon shots and the Platte river tumbling over the rocks.
We walked on and found a tiger moth caterpillar ambling over the leaves. I would have never thought this, but caterpillars can run – at least this one could. When the girls tried to pick it up, it ran down the path toppling over its legs. We stopped for our snack and watched the fish flop in the river.
I saw a brook trout, so we assume that the other ones we saw were brookies too.
When we walked back to the path, Grace screamed. At first I thought she had spotted the bear that was in the canyon, but no, it was a whole herd of sheep (they just scared her.)
They were about 15 feet away from us and we watched them for awhile. Then the big ram started walking the herd toward us, we backed up and he kept walking until he was right in front of us.
Now they were only a few feet away, but they seemed more interested in eating than chasing us. I like this guys look, it’s like he’s saying, ‘S’up?’
The babies were soooo cute.
On the walk back we stopped to climb a few rocks, pick up leaves and look at the river.
We came upon another herd of sheep and watched the boys fight.
This was right before they rammed, the two on the left are getting ready.
The crack of their horns when they reared and rammed each other echoed off the canyon walls; it was loud (and sounded really painful.) But, they seemed no worse for the wear. Hannah spotted a bunny and that was about it, no bears (it’s a big canyon, who knows where the bear was?) In total, the girls and I hiked 6 miles, not bad.
I’m glad we went in the morning, by the afternoon the sky had changed to gray and rainy.
Back at home we did school and put the carrots and cabbage into the beef stew that was cooking in the crockpot. Bethany worked hard and got caught up and now has 2 days to get ahead of the game in her classes, which will be good. We have nothing planned for tomorrow (we don’t do halloween), but maybe we’ll go on another hike if the weather is good.
29 Oct 2013 Leave a Comment
the deal is, but lately people in our HS group have been flaking on things. They sign up, cancel or just don’t show up (especially for co-ops, which drives me crazy.) I get that people get sick or get busy or plans change, I know, I am busy too. Today I had 13 people signed up for Presentation club, but only 1 other family was going to show up today and they only had 1 kid presenting. I canceled the meeting, which I don’t think I’ve ever done (well, maybe once.) So, here are what my kids were speaking about.
Bethany – Maine coon cats. My cat Zoe is a great example of a Maine coon cat. She is 30 inches long (from nose to tip of tail), has an ‘M’ on her face, weighs in at 16 lbs and has a bushy tail, tufted ears and mottled brown and black color. All of these are features of a Maine coon. A long time ago people thought that these cats came from feral cats and raccoons mating together, but that is genetically impossible. Other sources claim that the cat came from a Captain Charles Coon, an English seafarer who kept long-haired cats aboard his ships. Whenever Coon’s ship would anchor in New England ports, the felines would exit the ship and mate with the local feral cat population. When long-haired kittens began appearing in the litters of the local cat population, they were referred to as one of “Coon’s cats.” It’s more likely that they came from Europe. As the name indicates, the coon is from Maine and is the official state cat. Maine coons come in all colors, white, orange, gray, but the brownish black is popular. Here is a picture of a very large Maine coon cat.
Here is Zoe (for the record if Bethany were holding her, she’d look big, but not as big as the cat above!)
(She was pretty pissed by the time I took this pic, we had weighed her and measured her and she had had enough.)
Grace – Fennec foxes (shocking I know, not a whale.) The Fennec fox lives in the Sahara desert in Africa, they make their homes in stable sand dunes. The fox is 1.5 to 3.5 pounds and only 9-16 inches long. The ears of a Fennec fox are usually 1/3 the size of its body. Its ears are used for staying cool and are so sensitive that it can hear its prey underground. It eats birds, small mammals and insects. It is crepuscular meaning that it hunts during the morning and afternoon hours. It can live up to 14 years in the wild and its main predator is the eagle owl. They are the smallest of the canid in the world (this includes dogs, foxes, coyotes and wolves. ) The Fennec fox is the national animal of Algeria.
Hannah – Hedgehogs! Did you know that hedgehogs can eat poisonous snakes? Hedgehogs are nocturnal and eat insects and plants, snakes, birds, eggs and berries. They can live for 4-7 years in the wild. Hedgehogs sometimes spit on their spines, maybe for camouflage. Babies are born blind and with their spine inside, they grow out after birth. Here is a baby hedgehog.
Today we had no Internet issues, so school plugged along as usual. Bethany is about to add the last coat of glaze onto her sculpture, which we’ll drop off on Friday. I didn’t get a picture of it as it went along, but it’s been changing week by week as it sits on the table.
The gallery’s theme is ‘Square’ so Bethany is calling this Cube^2.
28 Oct 2013 Leave a Comment
I had a good TNO/lesson planning session on Saturday while James took the kids out for lunch, for a walk to the dog park and to Whole Foods for dinner. There are still things I need to do, but I did get a lot done. Sunday I took Grace and Hannah to Fun City for a birthday party, they had fun. We went swimming before dinner and tried a cafe that is close to us that we’d never been to before – NoNo’s cafe. It was very good (cajun and cafe type food.) They had honest-to-goodness pecan pralines like we used to have in Houston, so we bought three huge praline patties (but only ate one of them – they are pretty much pure sugar.)
This morning our Internet went out, which wouldn’t be a huge deal except that Bethany somehow missed a whole unit in English and half a unit in History that was due on Friday, that is a lot of work, so we went to our library to do school….and their Internet was out, so we tried Mcd’s…they were out too. I assumed that some of the current roadwork must have cut some cables somewhere – so we went to another library further away and….they had Internet. But, for some reason, James’s laptop wouldn’t connect, so Bethany used mine and I checkout out one from the library (that is cool) to use with Grace and Hannah. It’s a nice library, cool study booths with computers in them, a huge whiteboard (that Hannah used to write her spelling words.) Grace read her book, did Math, grammar and writing and took a nap. We wrapped up about 1:30 and went to Saj for lunch. I love their beef shawarma! Hannah had the chicken and rice and tried some pickled beets (yuck, she said), some lettuce with spices on it (again, yuck), some hummus (yum) and a radish (yuck.) Bethany had beef ka-bobs and they looked very tasty, Grace had pizza-keesh, which must have been good because she ate all of it.
Instead of going back to the library, we moved over to Solid Grounds after lunch. Bethany finished up her English and started on the History right before she left for dance. I hope that everything is fixed and we don’t have issues tomorrow, I don’t mind doing school somewhere besides the house, but I don’t like to do it because I am in rush or out of Internet. Tonight it’s sandwich night at home, but I think I may add some tomato soup too – it’s cold outside. Tomorrow is Presentation club, then a Day of the Dead event at the Fox theater and hopefully the weather will be a bit warmer on Friday for either 4 mile house or Chatfield botanic gardens.
23 Oct 2013 Leave a Comment
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*That’s French for Wednesday.
Grace must be getting sick, she whined about math, grammar, vocabulary and reading. The bright spot in her day was taping her plastic bag video (which is currently under construction in Movie maker.) Bethany worked on two essays and we went to RAFT after lunch to pick up some art supplies and random junk. Hannah and Grace went to a France activity at the library. They painted a picture of the Eiffel tower and Notre Dame, made a toilet paper tube French guy wearing a black and white shirt, a beret and holding a baguette, they made a Napoleon hat, learned some French and ate crepes. Grace wore her beret and said, “Au revoir et merci” on the way out.
Tomorrow we have a co-op on Mondrian and I found some cool videos to go along with the bio, but I’ll save that for tomorrow. Here are a few Platte river in the dusk shots.
18 Oct 2013 Leave a Comment
In which we did school, some math (subtraction and volume of prisms), some reading (Echo and Sherlock Holmes), grammar (commas and adjectives), history (Constantine and Greece), spelling, vocabulary and writing. Grace is working on her WAVES notes and on a funny video about plastic bags. Bethany is still working on her sculpture for the gallery show and Hannah found a new app for her i-pod that lets her read little stories.
After lunch we went to Daniel’s park to hike around and eat s’mores.
It snowed this morning and there was a bit of snow left on the golf course. It took 20 matches to get the fire starter started because of the wind, Bethany was attired like she’s traveling up Mt. Everest.
My peeps were there…..literally.
We always keep some peeps in the pantry for roasting over a fire, the fire makes the sugar all glazed and crispy, mmmmm…..We roasted vanilla chocolate marshmallows with Hershey’s chocolate and chocolate crackers, I had a thing for chocolate today I guess.
To end with, here are some Fall scrub-oak leaves (except for that tiny one I’m holding, that one I found on the ground.)
04 Oct 2013 2 Comments
This morning it snowed. Not a lot, just enough to cover the rocks in the front yard and fluff on the grass for a bit.
Small flakes buried themselves in tree crevices and tried to pile onto the leaves. When the wind swirls the flakes, it’s magical. They float softly, then fly this way and that, then swirl back down. I love watching the snow, especially when the puffs are huge and drape over the grass like a blanket. By the time the girls woke up, the shower of snow was over and the clouds only puffed out a few here and there. We did school and everyone put on a jacket instead of turning the heater on, just because we were lazy. We read about Androcles and the Lion, about the Earth, we did vocabulary, grammar and spelling and math. Bethany worked on a paper for Life skills and went to an on-line class.
For lunch we went to Cafe’ 180 and had pizzas, broccoli cheese soup, a southwest chicken wrap, spinach and goat cheese salad and a meatball sandwich. Hannah had a side of goat cheese, since she only picks out the cheese when she gets a salad there. Then we walked around Broadway and went in some shops, an antique store, thrift store, book store, and Native American bead shop. We found some cool stuff, Grace found these whales and a dolphin chime.
Bethany found a cute brown tea pot and some yerba mate tea.
I found this star, lantern and block of wood covered with stamps.
Here is my newly decorated mantle.
Hannah got a stuffed penguin and a necklace that has either a raccoon or a red panda on it, it could be either one, we’re not sure. We went by the MOA, but they had closed early.
It’s been snowing off and on and raining at points too so I don’t know if we’ll go to the First Friday Artwalk, we were going to the Golden one for the first time too…..we’ll have to see how the weather is in a bit.