Friday, June 22, 2018

A Jedi Burial for a Fish...

Well, Kayley's little sucker fish, Dementor the First, died...  We only had him for a few days but apparently he wasn't a hearty little soul.  Because we are pretty creative we decided to bury him "Jedi" style with a proper funeral pyre and at sea, no less...

Poor fishy.

Our sea...
(which is technically a birdbath, which is kind of like the sea only different...)

Kayley mourned while Maggie thought the flaming barge was fantastic.

RIP Dementor the First.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Few Fun Things...

My iPhotos have been extremely messed up...  For some reason photos are not moving over automatically like they are supposed to.  And then, when I have time, I'll sit down and make it happen and I realize how much stuff we have done, and how much time has passed...  I realize that I missed things like Easter!  and Memorial Day!  and a couple of fun activities!

It is kind of relief to realize we are NOT as boring as I thought we were!  

In March (or was it April?)  we enjoyed a quick trip to Texas!  We enjoyed going to Homeschool Convention there this year,  visiting the zoo and seeing our cousin!  

We found an In-N-Out and, of course, stopped for lunch to see what the hub-bub was about...

Texas Visitor's Center...

We found a Five Below!  A favorite place to shop! 

The Zoo was great! 

In April (or was it May?) we went to St. Louis for Maggie's visit with her doctor and we were so disappointed when we discovered that The Magic House was closed!

So we ended up at the science museum instead and it was a fantastic visit! 
And admission was FREE!  Who doesn't love free?

The girls LOVED the planetarium! 

I have found a lot more pictures hiding in the Cloud so I will have to pots a few more updates when I have some time...  Thanks for reading! 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The End of The School Year is Finally Here!

We are pretty excited to have hit the end of our school year!   We are ready to move on into summer and do some lighter subjects and enjoy some summer camps, sleeping in, playing outside and just relaxing!  I tell myself every year that I am NOT going to take the summer off....yet, somehow, by the time summer rolls around we get to thinking that we just NEED a break.  The weather is too nice and pretty.  The turtles, butterflies and hummingbirds are just too distracting!  

So...  As of Monday, May 14th we are in full summer mode!   Bring it on!

Miss Wilton's Waltz {Book Review}

A new novel from Josi S. Kilpack!?  Yes Please!  

Miss Wilton's Waltz picks up where Josi Kilpack's previous novel, The Vicar's Daughter, left off and follows the story of Cassie's older sister Lenora.  At the end of The Vicar's Daughter, we were left wondering what would happen to poor Lenora after her sister Cassie and Evan fell in love!  
Would she find ever happiness?

Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls boarding school. She is different in Bath more comfortable with herself and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there. 
When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine, Lenora's newest and most troublesome student in the school, is Mr. Asher's niece. Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl. 
When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.  (from the book cover)
To give a bit of background... In the Vicar's Daughter, Lenora's younger sister Cassie is frustrated because she cannot have her "coming out" until older sister Lenora finds a suitable husband.  In the hopes of helping to hurry things along, Cassie begins writing to Evan, a gentleman in her fathers employ, in Lenora's name.  She was hoping that she could convince this fellow to fall in love with her sister.  But, they ended up falling in love with each other...  leaving Lenora still without a suitable husband.

Fast forward to the beginning of Miss Wilton's Waltz we find Cassie and Evan happily engaged.  But, now Lenora has plans of her own.  Plans that she has decided do NOT involve marriage.  Making arrangements with her Aunt Gwen she plans to live with her in Bath through part of the year and for the remainder of the year she will live and work at an all-girls school teaching music.  She is ecstatic for the opportunity to be herself and she loves how different she feels in Bath.  She feels confident and secure.

She loves teaching until the day that young Catherine arrives.  She is rude, belligerent, and troublesome, and apparently has been kicked out of several finishing schools.  Her shocking behavior leaves Lenora reeling and shaken.  When Catherine's guardian, Aiden Asher, finds Lenora in a less-than-favorablel situation, he promises to keep her secret IF she will help Catherine stay in school.   Feeling a bit blackmailed she agrees to help Catherine.  And as Lenora and Aiden begin to fall for each other, they share a kiss...  

Oh dear, what has Lenora gotten herself into?

I was thrilled with the opportunity to review another Proper Romance from Shadow Mountain!  You cannot go wrong with these wonderful, clean, reads!  I enjoyed this one just as much as I have enjoyed the ones before!  

You can purchase Miss Wilton's Waltz from your favorite retailer!
Thank you so much for Swinging By!

Disclaimer:  I received an advanced reader copy of Miss Wilton's Waltz free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my very own.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Homeschool Safety Week {Field Trip!}

We decided to take some time off last week to enjoy a Homeschool Safety Week!  We had a great time...  We used The Good & The Beautiful Safety Unit as a jumping off point and discussed the importance of everything from Internet Safety to Stranger Danger and Fire/Evacuation, etc. 
The Jenny Phillips units have been great for all ages and the .pdf download is only $10! 

Thanks to Papa for being instrumental in the Fire Safety day!  
(No children were harmed in these activities...LOL)
After intense lecture we went out "into the field" to test our skills.

Each girl needed to feel confident about getting their window open, screen removed, and escaping from their room.  Kayley is on a 2nd floor so this was a little tough, but once she was out the window, she kicked off successfully and landed quite comfortable on the ground.  We really felt that, in the event of a true emergency, she would know with certainty that she COULD do it. . 

Maggie's was a bit easier but still exciting to give it a try... 

They also had to escape the house blindfolded (smoke) and get to the front door.   

We also discussed propane and natural gas and had them give it a sticky whiff so they would know what they were smelling. 

We finished out our week with a trip to Springfield's Annual Safe Kids Day expo...

We learned about putting babies "back to sleep" with Mercy. 

Identifying chemicals and drugs from candy and juice.  
It was tougher than you would think!

We goofed off with the highway patrol... 

Learned about electrical line safety... 

And toured an ambulance.   

Learned basic CPR.

I didn't get nearly enough pictures, but we had a great time and enjoyed a week of learning about the importance of being safe!

Thanks for Swinging By!
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