Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March Meal Plan

I have spent the greater part of March sick with the flu and a sinus infection, so needless to say, I have not cooked. I think we ate out at least 10 meals last week simply because it was the beginning of the "food month" and I was too sick to get groceries. Alex was gone so we made do, but now I am ready to get back on track.

Friday night (after eating out) it was time to go get groceries, but I had not made my monthly menu let alone a grocery list.  So I did something I had never done before.  Lillie and I went to the store and just bought what we buy as staples.  Things like cheddar cheese, Colby jack cheese, Monterrey jack cheese, feta cheese (can you tell we love cheese?), sour cream, yogurt, tortillas, fresh fruits and veggies, some canned and frozen fruits and veggies, apple sauce (Alexander's favorite!), and butter.

With the meats we buy locally (beef and chicken) and the fish we buy each year at Publix when it is on sale, and the pork butts we have in the freezer, I figured we would have plenty to come up with some meals. So I sat down on Sunday and wrote out suppers. Breakfasts and lunches are still a make do, but the girls have been a big help with those since I am still a bit tired. I will have to make bread and buns throughout the month, but that is typical. So here is what we have planned.

Since one week has passed my menu is a lot shorter. Most meals are served with two veggies or potatoes and a veggie.  If I am too tired then it's just what is listed. For example, Italian wonderpot has tomatoes and spinach so I called it good!

March seems to always catch me by surprise. We have something going on almost every single day this month which is so contrary to what I want around here.  Add the beautiful spring-like weather (honestly it's been like summer!) and I am hard pressed to want to cook. But the budget calls for it, not to mention our health. Hopefully we will end up better than we started!

Classical Conversations Week 14

**I am attempting to keep up with what we do each week in Classical Conversations as a reminder for me later. We repeat cycles every there years so it's nice to be able to look back and see what we did. Please bear with me as I catch up on these posts.**

Week 14 was a slow one.

For history we learned about the tycoons.  There are FEW books on tycoons for kids. The ones for adults are lengthy and rare in our library, so we settled on a video we found about Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Ford. The other tycoon we had learned about in CC (Swift from the meat packing industry) was not mentioned. The video was a little much for Camille, but I think she got the idea that these men came from nowhere and worked hard to become who they were. And they were not always nice men.

We studied about various mountain ranges in the northwestern United States and continued on with learning our John 1:1-7 in Latin.  The best way to review for Latin seems to be simply laying our matching cards and matching up the English with the Latin. English was more irregular verb tenses so we simply continued to fill out our chart with these.  Math was linear equivalents which Camille knows rather well, so not much exciting about all that.

For art we studied Norman Rockwell.  There were a lot of neat things on Pinterest and Camille ended up watching a video and then creating her own magazine cover based.  We also checked out a couple of books from the library that she enjoyed.

For science we learned more about elements and different characteristics of matter. We use a curriculum for science that goes over what we learn in CC, but also covers a lot more information. We did an experiment to show what volume is by noting the difference in volume of a container of water when a rock is dropped in.

This science has proven to be very hands-on this year and more fun that I would have expected. I can say that since I am behind on blogging by about seven weeks and know what experiments we have done lately.

This was a pretty slow week as most are in the winter.  Alexander still likes to keep us on our toes while we attempt to do school. We typically give up and I let Camille work on her independent work until he goes down for a nap.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy Pi Day

We had a fun day celebrating Pi! Since it was Saturday and we had a LOT of things going on, we didn't actually do anything "educational" as in years past. I think we will do a few things on Monday with art and legos.

We did, however, indulge in one of my favorite forms of learning. We ate PIE!

We had a pizza pie and then a yummy ice cream pie.

Did you do anything to celebrate Pi?

I can also never post about Pi without including a link to this video of Lillie from several years back.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Let the Teenage Years Begin...

At 6:01 this morning, this young lady turned 13! Yikes! Where have these years flown away to? In the blink of an eye she has gone from a precious little bundle the nurses placed in my arms to a beautiful young woman on the verge of amazing things!

Happy Birthday, Lillian!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Classical Conversations Week 13

I have meant to post updates each week for what we do for Classical Conversations, but that has proven to be harder than you can imagine.

So I start again this semester and we will see how far we get.

We missed our community day for week 13 due to illness--a lot of illness in the form of a stomach bug.  I had it Monday/Tuesday, Alexander had it Wednesday (luckily his was minor!), Camille had it Thursday/Friday, and Alex and Lillie had it Saturday/Sunday and were still in the bed for part of Monday.  My in-laws even caught it too. It was horrible and I pray it is gone!

Camille and I tried to do some things before it hit her and after she was better while cleaning up messes and caring for sick people.  I did discover the one thing that seems to require more time than anything around here--feeding people! Needless to say we did not feel like eating much last week and I don't think I cooked at all.  I cannot tell you how much time I had even after cleaning up throw-up, fixing people Gatorade and crackers, and playing outside with Alexander so we could escape the germs.
Anyway, for history we simply memorized our sentence.  I had hoped to do more, but simply knowing the 14th Amendment made all former slaves U.S. citizens was enough for me.  I did check out a book that Camille is supposed to read and we started on Bud, Not Buddy as a read aloud.

For science this semester we have started studying about atoms, molecules, elements, and the periodic table.  This week we learned what atoms and molecules are.  Camille read a book on atoms, we thumbed through another book to see how molecules are formed, and she watched a video.  Then we got to the fun stuff.

She made different molecules out of toothpicks and gumdrops.  Science with candy is always fun.  She also used an orange, toothpicks, and gumdrops to make positive or negative atoms.  We pretended the seeds of the orange were the protons/neutrons and I would tell her how many there were and whether I wanted a positive or negative atom.  She would have to put the correct number of electrons on the outside.

We also did an experiment that they had done in class that illustrated there are pockets of space between water molecules.  We filled up a measuring cup with one cup of water and added blue food coloring.  We then measured a cup of rubbing alcohol in another cup and poured it into our blue water.  Instead of having 2 cups total, the liquid measured slightly less than 2 cups due to the pockets of space.

We played our Latin matching game to help pound in the vocabulary we have been learning all year.  The end product will be Camille reciting John 1:1-7 in English and Latin.  This is a fun way to practice.

For art over the next six weeks we will be talking about American artists.  This week was Grandma Moses.  We read a short biography and discussed a few things about her before Camille tried her hand at painting like Moses. She painted from the "top to bottom" so the sky first, then mountains or hills, then houses, etc. 

We were lucky to get to these projects, and did little else other than review our information.  We started working on a paper about Thomas Jefferson for our Essentials class, but only got through part of it.  I am not too worried since it really is more about her learning the process of doing a multi-source paper than on the finished product.  We will try to finish that over the next break we have since this week we add another step in the process with a different topic.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2014


Well I keep finding drafts in my posts section and realize that I forgot to finish up a few things from the fall.

We typically go to the Grand Ole Pumpkin Patch each year.  We drive several hours both ways just to enjoy something we have been doing since Camille was tiny.  This year they were closed for some reason so we had to do something different.  October was a crazy month so we ended up just visiting a local church that has a big patch to raise money for missions.

It was not nearly as fun as what we are used to, but it worked.  Hopefully next year we will be able to head back to our favorite one!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Callaway Gardens

I didn't post this in Thanksgiving for some reason, but on our way to Asheville we stopped for the night at Callaway Gardens.  It had been several years since our last Christmas visit and so we felt it was a good way to split up a very long drive with a small toddler!

It was VERY cold, but as beautiful as ever.

The pictures of the girls did not turn out.

The next day we went to the butterfly center before getting back on the road.

 For all you How to Train Your Dragon fans, this one reminded us of Toothless.

Farewell!  See you again soon!