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Friday, April 8, 2016

Forever and Forever {A Proper Romance}

I have really been enjoying the Proper Romance line from Shadow Mountain!  If you've followed my blog for very long you have probably read quite a few reviews I have done from this line, each one delightful!  I'm excited to share another great read called Forever and Forever: The Courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton by Josi S. Kilpack.  

It’s 1836, and nineteen-year-old Fanny Appleton, a privileged daughter of a wealthy, upper-class Boston industrialist, is touring Europe with her family. Like many girls of her day, she enjoys the fine clothes, food, and company of the elite social circles. But unlike her peers, Fanny is also drawn to education, literature, and more intellectual pursuits.  Published author and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also touring Europe, but under much different circumstances. Recently widowed, he is gathering research for a new publication that he hope will secure his professorship at Harvard College. Befriended by the Appleton family while visiting Switzerland, Henry is introduced to Fanny and sees in her a kindred spirit, a lover of language and literature and high ideals. He is in love. Fanny, however, is uncertain. He is from a much lower social class and is older than she is. How could such a relationship ever thrive? Could a book of Henry’s poetry, personally delivered, persuade Fanny to believe in a love that lasts forever and forever?

I found this book to be so fascinating!   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was recently widowed when he met Fanny Appleton.  Fanny found Henry to be somewhat dull (he didn't dance!) and he was 10 years her senior so she felt him much too old...Plus, she came from a wealthy family and their social classes didn't encourage anything more than friendship...  But, he was so kind and spent much time with her family.  Their courtship was not terribly romantic, extending over 7 long years, but Henry was patient, persistent, and many of his most famous poems came from a time when he was longing for Fanny's love.  Eventually Fanny comes around and returns Henry's affections.  :)

Josi S. Kilpack went to great lengths in researching the life of Longfellow and Appleton.  The final section of the book offers detailed chapter notes explaining what was fact and what was fiction and a timeline of published works and family happenings.   

I enjoyed Forever and Forever!  You really can't go wrong with any book in the Proper Romance line!

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Disclaimer:  I received Forever and Forever free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my very own.  Thank you so much to Shadow Mountain!  :)


Maggie's Bistro

Thanks to Papa, Maggie had such a fun time playing restaurant!  We invited over several family members to join us for an evening of delicious food, compliments of Maggie's Bistro.  With a little help from Papa, Maggie was able to make most of the dinner herself.  It was a delicious meal with tomato basil soup, caprese salad, spaghetti with meatballs, and gelato!  ;)

Menus and chef's jacket were a must.



It was great!  Thanks Papa for putting together such a fun evening!  




Friday, April 1, 2016

Ancient Egypt End of Unit Celebration {BiblioPlan Year 1}


Like I mentioned in our previous post, we decided to go all-out and have a fun end-of-unit celebration of our own.  Finishing up Ancient Egypt, we were excited to share with our friends many of the things we learned!  We decorated with our projects, history pockets, and pictures.  The girls prepared presentations, dressed up, and we made special food!




Thank you to Luci, James, Janet and Gary for being the "grandparents de jour."  The girls loved having a receptive audience to share with!


For dinner we made a relatively authentic "mess of pottage."  We also enjoyed dates, figs, olives and (thanks to Luci!) Kamut bread!

For dessert we made mummy cupcakes...

Maggie shared a presentation on Moses and the 10 Plagues.

Kayley demonstrated how to mummify a body!

Each presentation was followed by a Q&A.


Luci shared some great info with us too on ancient grains!  
We had a great time and we will definitely do an end-of-unit celebration again!  :)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Ancient Egypt - End of Unit Celebration - Preparations! {BiblioPlan Year 1}

We are not Tapestry of Grace users...but something that they offer with their curriculum is an "end of unit" celebration.  I thought they looked like a lot of fun so we decided to host our own celebration about the end of our Ancient Egypt unit!  A lot of preparations went into our celebrations and here are a few of the days of hard work leading up to our party!

We experimented with paper mache.
It was a MESS. 

We decided to make some canopic jars.  We used water bottles from the Dollar Tree, aluminum foil and masking tape to start the basic shape. 

We then covered them with paper mache and began shaping the heads.

It took a long time... 


Did I mention it was a GOOEY mess? 


Almost finished!  


Once they were dry we spray painted them gold (among other treasures we created)

We also worked on making our own herbal oils. 

Cuniform Tablets

We made them out of clay...

As well as Hieroglyphics on papayrus (ok, its actually a paper bag)

We painted a couple of cat statues. 

Posters were made... 

As well as history pockets! 


Presentations were prepared !
(Kayley spoke about mummification and Maggie about Pharaoh and the 10 Plagues) 
We sent out invitations to a few neighbors and had a great night!  
I'll get some pictures up of our party soon!  Thanks for stopping by!
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