Friday, February 28, 2014

My Week In Images

These delicious Chicken Lettuce Wraps....

because I love all the veggies in this meal.

This pastel, a copy of The Scream by Munch.....

because when reading about his life I was reminded what a blessing Grace is.

These baby plants.....

who are getting their sun in an unusual way.

This girl......

because she is fearless.

My piano....

because it brings me joy to play it.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Monday Musings (Actually, Tuesday's Tidbits)

What I'm thinking: That I completely forgot to do my Monday Musings yesterday. Blogging was just way down low on the priority list....what things were more important on my schedule? Laundry, teaching a sweet girl how to multiply, listening to another precious someone read, training our goats, figuring out algebra problems, cleaning the kitchen, doing some IEW planning for co-op, cleaning out the goat pasture, writing a review on this, and correcting history questions.

What I'm listening to: Silence at this very moment. Not to last for long, though.

What we're learning: In history the kids are taking a detour and learning about Ancient China before we start in on Ancient Rome. I am also thinking up fun ways to teach a very visual child how to do multiplication. Yesterday we drew circles and put the same number of teeny rocks into each, to show how it all works.

What I'm watching: The Olympics are over. We all had a blast watching the different events, but I was not that impressed with the closing ceremonies. And Mr. P, head of Russia, seriously NEVER smiles.

What's cooking: This week I am making a roast chicken in the slow cooker, Japanese Curry, and Pineapple Chicken Quesadillas.

What I'm thankful for: I am thankful for my warm socks. I have found that having them is key, to keeping me warm on cold days.

What I'm planning: Co-op Planning....we don't follow a traditional school calendar year...we take off some time in May for our fair, and go all the way to Fourth of July in the summer. S we are just a couple weeks away from the older kids finishing Chemistry 101, and we are 2 weeks away from finishing IEW's level B. I do love IEW but I'm not made of money, so I am looking around at different programs that teach essay writing. And for our co-op science? We are thinking to do biology, complete with the fetal pig, earthworm, and all those other things you get to dissect.

What we did this last weekend: We had our county presentation day...and all three kids got gold! So they will all move on to the sectional competition next month at UC Davis. Sunday we went to church and heard a convicting sermon on the church, then home for a relaxing afternoon.

What I'm looking forward to: We have co-op this week, and we also have a few days of rain coming up. While the rain makes it very miserable to take care of and clean up after the goats, we desperately need it here in California.

A picture to share:

~County Presentation Day (Mr. Lego had already changed)

Presentations Given:
Mr. Lego: The Auction of All Auctions (Talking about the Junior Livestock Auction}
Bookworm: This Little Goat Went to Market (How to purchase, train, and care for your market goat)
Dasher: An Interpretive Reading from The Twits (Included a memorized introduction and conclusion.

Friday, February 21, 2014

My Week In Images

 This Saturday garden project.....

 because I love seeing their little green arms peek through the dirt.

These pints of homemade turkey broth.....

 because it will be so handy to just pull them out of my freezer the next time I need some stock.

This mocha brought to me by a friend.....

 because it made me smile on a hard day.

These strange looking ingredients that make Japanese Udon....

because a lovely hot noodle soup is perfect on a cold day.

The amazing smell of onions and garlic sauteing....

because for some reason it seems very comforting to me.

*Do you notice that four of the five images above have to do with food? After I am done with Beauty Captured, I am toying with the idea of starting a weekly food photo-diary.....

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: It is County Presentation Week! All three of the older ones are doing presentations. Mr. Lego is doing a power point on The Livestock Auction, Bookworm is also doing a power point and hers is on Raising Market Goats, and Dasher is doing an interpretive reading from Roald Dahl's The Twits.

What I'm reading: I am reading a fun book right now: Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl. She is a restaurant critic in New York and has some fun stories to tell.

What we're learning: This week all of the kids are learning about Newton's three laws of motion in science. The older ones are wrapping up their section in IEW Student Writing on research papers, and I am planning on doing some fun math games with the younger two.

What I'm watching: The Olympics have been on...we have especially enjoyed the downhill skiing, short track, and trying to figure out how sudden death works in hockey.

What's cooking: This week I am making Indian Curry in the crock pot, Chicken Sausage Stew, and Mozzarella Pesto Paninis.

What I'm thankful for: I am so thankful for the house we live in. Its size is perfect, and I love the large windows on the first floor.

What I'm planning: I need to start planning my March goat meeting...I am leading a combined Market/Nigerian/Dairy project meeting and will be relying on my trusty Teen Leader, Bookworm, to help me out.

What we did this last weekend: On Saturday we got out into the yard and did some work....the guys cleaned things up from winter and the girls and I planted some lettuce, beets, onions and tomatoes from seed. Right now they are all sitting on my kitchen counter where it is nice and warm. It felt so good to get outside and do some gardening!

What I'm looking forward to: We have co-op tomorrow, then afterwards we head right over to the goat farm to trim hooves and do our weekly weigh in. The goats did not gain much at all last week, so I am hoping we see some gain tomorrow.

A picture to share:

~The makings for Turkey Stock....

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Week In Images

 This dinner of Green Chicken Thai Curry....

because who knew that something so green could be so delicious?

These friends....

because it makes my heart happy, seeing them together.

Bookworm and her goat.....

because the hours and hours of training will pay off.

This 4H meeting.....

because even though it is just a club meeting, my children are learning important skills. Dasher is the Sergeant-at-Arms, Bookworm is the club secretary, and Mr. Lego leads the whole meeting as club president.

This trusty slow cooker....

because it was my grandma's, and is still going strong.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That we were very blessed to have rain this last weekend. It made for a serious mud hole at the goat farm, but it will turn things in our area green again.

What I'm reading: The last thing I read was the 4H Presentation Manual, looking for a complete description of an Interpretive Reading. That is what Dasher is going to do in 10 days, at our county Presentation Day, and we are putting the final touches on her presentation.

What I'm listening to: The tea water coming to a boil in the kitchen. I am planning to make a lovely cup of Jasmine tea for this evening. With all this rain and cool weather I have been drinking more tea lately...

What we're learning: This week the older kids are finishing up their research papers on Ancient Greece. Nutsy is loving Reading Kingdom, and the three older ones are enjoying learning Spanish and German with Mango Languages.

What I'm watching: The Olympics have been on our TV...the snowboarding was fun to watch and the downhill skiing is incredible.

What's cooking: This week I am making Salsa Chicken in the crock pot, Falafels, and Split Pea Soup with Ham.

What I'm buying: Goat feed by 250 pound increments. When this is all done, our goat project, with its seven goats, will have gone through almost 2000 pounds of goat feed. We have candy bar sales coming next week and a car wash next month to raise money.

What I'm praying: That the Lord would continue to give us wisdom as My Sweetie and I parent and advise our older children.

What I'm planning: I have my monthly shopping trips to plan and the menu to come up takes a lot of brain power to do it this way, but then I tell myself that I only have to do it twelve times a year.

What we did this last weekend: We swapped kids with some friends this last Friday night...Mr. Lego went to their house and two of their younger girls came here. We had pizza and watched the Opening Ceremonies. Saturday was a rainy day so we stayed home, then Sunday to church and Sunday school.

What I'm looking forward to: We have a 4H meeting tomorrow, then co-op on Wednesday. I am also looking forward to planning out my garden....

A picture to share:

My photo editing program isn't working and I can't upload, so I found this heading when I first started my blog in 2009....

Saturday, February 8, 2014

My Week In Images

These hand-crocheted saddlebags for a play horse....

because it is sweet to see one sister make something for another.

This tulip....

pushing its way up, because Spring is almost here.

This dual, climate-control feature of our car.....

because when it comes to temperature preferences, God made my husband and I opposites.

This plate of beautiful cookies....

because I love it that my girls can bake.

This 17 year old young man.....

because he was the first one ever to call me Momma.

Friday, February 7, 2014

{Co-op} Battles of Ancient Greece

We are smack in the middle of Greek history and this week, we studied some very important battles.

First off my dear friend Kate, who is teaching history in co-op, talked about each for the battles and showed where the lines of war were on a map.

We are using Biblioplan, but are supplementing with other sources...the idea for today's lesson, mapwork, and craft came from Home School In the Woods Great Empires.

Then she showed some appropriate You Tube videos...

The Battle of Marathon:

The Battle of Salamis:

And one of my favorite battles in ancient history, the Battle of Thermopylae

This battle is amazing, one of discipline and sacrifice. If you haven't heard of it, you definitely need to read more about it.

After that we all headed to the table to make our very own Greek pottery.

First, they traced their designs with a pencil on terra cotta pots.

Kate had lots of examples of Greek pottery that they could look at to inspire them.

Then it was time to paint....we only offered black and white, since there is not much color in the pots we have from that time period.

Creative juices were flowing...

The older kids also did some map work that day and labeled cities and battle lines.

We try to incorporate our study of history into other subjects....I am teaching IEW writing to both our older and younger kids. The younger ones are re-writing paragraphs on Sparta, and the older ones are doing research papers on a topic of their choice from Ancient Greece. (These are their choices: Weaponry, Greek gods and goddesses, Life in Sparta, and Greek Medicine.) 

Sometimes you might think that ancient history is too dry to teach to young children; I think the opposite and have enjoyed all of our years of studying chronological history.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That our goats have settled in nicely and are starting to gain weight. We go a couple times a week to work with them and clean out their pasture. And today I did some math and we have 115 days until fair...

What I'm reading: I started reading The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir. My friend let me borrow it this week and so far I am enjoying it. History is fascinating.

What I'm listening to: Landry still going, even at this hour. We had a couple of places to be this afternoon so my last load (of 5 today) is in the washer.

What we're learning: This week we are moving on in history to learn about Athens and Sparta. I am reading Apologia's Elementary Chemistry and Physics to the younger two and this week we are starting a chapter on Newton's Laws of Motion.

What's cooking: This week I am making a roasted chicken for dinner one night, Green Thai Curry another, and Indian Makhani Chicken in the crock pot on our co-op day.

What I'm thankful for: I am very thankful for my husband's job. God has been very merciful and faithful in sustaining us through it.

What I'm creating: I am helping the kids with their 4H presentations...Mr. Lego is doing his on the Junior Livestock Auction and Bookworm is doing one on choosing a market goat. Both of them are doing PowerPoint Presentations which has been fun to do. And for the first time, Dasher is a Presenter. She'll be doing an Interpretive Reading of one of The Littles books.

What I'm praying: For my older children, that God would make it clear what their paths should be.

What we did this last weekend: We did some major organizing in the girl's room and cleaned out 3 bags of trash, 2 bags of hand me downs, and lots of old toys. Sunday we were at church, Sunday school, and then the service at the assisted living center. Then we headed over to a friends to watch the first half of the Super Bowl, and then to give up and play cards.

What I'm looking forward to: We have a 4H Officer Meeting this week, and co-op is meeting this week as well. And this Saturday we are all headed to visit the goats and do some hoof trimming. AND...a certain someone has his 17th birthday this week....

A picture to share:

~A lively game of Phase 10...