Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fizzle Fizzle Crash Boom Boom

Where has the time gone? You'd think I ran off to my homeschool conference in the beginning of April and never returned! Boy life has been busy.  I'll try to sum up what has been shakin' , what's been going on in the past few weeks with our garden, our homeschool, places we've been, things we've learned, etc... (Linking this to this week's Homeschool Mother's Journal, Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap Up and the Homeschool Village's Garden Challenge.)

Homeschool Conference - Every year I go, there is so much to learn. Every year I'm surprised and something speaks to me. This year I was surprised to find the classes that spoke to my heart the most were the ones that talked about how we are called to homeschool, Convictional Faith, another on raising Godly children in a pagan world and one more on strong knit family units.  I was blown away by some of the ideas. I think my focus has always been the teaching or curriculum classes. This year I was blessed by others.

Cruise - I ran off on a cruise with my mother on April 15th. I dragged another homeschool mom with us and we traveled around the Caribbean for 8 days. Oh to be able to do that all the time! But I'm thankful for the free cruise as I could probably never afford it otherwise. The countries I visited took my breath away. You can see my posts with pics here: Caribbean Cruise on my other blog.While I was gone the little one was homeschooled by the other mom's husband. Surprisingly the little one completed everything!

Garden - The garden has had its problems. Seeds we potted, most wilted and died. Seeds in the garden, only half came up (you can see some blank spots in the pic). We've replanted and are seeing more growth. We need to buy tomato plants. I've learned that while going organic is a nice idea, keeping bugs and animals away is another story (still being organic though.) Hubby put up a rabbit fence because our rabbit neighbors thought the plants were their own breakfast buffet. All the rain we've been having has made it a very stress free garden so far with no watering. Time to weed today though. We've been eating lettuce, spinach and kale left and right because there is so much of it. In fact, the other morning I woke up thinking about the wilting bowl of the three in the fridge so I looked up a recipe for a smoothie I could make. Here is what I found: Lettuce Smoothie and it was good! I modified it and used strawberries, blueberries, 1/2 a banana, splenda and 2 big handfuls of the lettuce mix.

Road Trip - A couple weeks ago the child and I went on an impromptu road trip with mom to Atlanta. We spent 10 days in their house they still haven't sold. Fixed up several things and put it back on the market. We also took in the new Coca-Cola Museum and the Atlanta Aquarium. Since they don't live there, there was no TV or internet. We visited the library several times and read many books. I really liked that slow pace. I need to do that more. I've been reading my way through books that continue the Sherlock Holmes series: The Beekeeper's Apprentice. I recommend it highly. The child was interested in reading Sherlock Holmes but much of it is still older reading so the librarian found us a kid's Sherlock Holmes series that she is enjoying: Enola Holmes Mystery series

Forgot to mention we drove through the Memphis area and saw the devastating flooding. At one point in Alabama (near Birmingham I think?) we came over the hill and stumbled upon the path of where a tornado had ripped through. You know, you see it on TV and are stunned but it's even more shocking in real life. We took a few pictures. Just amazing the power of the wind. Praying for both those areas.

Chicken Update - Unfortunately we have not bought our chicks yet. It is still on our horizon but seeing as we've been out of town off and on for 2 months, it really wasn't the best time. We plan to be home all summer so we will get them soon. On our road trip we were driving down the highway in Arkansas and at a light saw chicken trailers! We immediately pulled into this little craft shop that also sold sheds. They had one trailer. While we were there ohhing and ahhing at the $600 house, the builder of the coop drove up dropping off another coop. It was fun to talk with the people about the construction. We reluctantly left them there. We couldn't see ourselves dragging it all across the country and back or paying that much. But it did give us ideas... Oh,and we've discovered that a sorta neighbor around the corner has chickens. So each Sunday on the way home from church we ask dad to 'slow down' so we can see 'our chickens'.

Homeschool - As the title of this post states, Fizzle. just once I'd like a definite END to our homeschool year. Have a party, celebrate packing away the books and the beginning of summer. It never happens that way. We get busy or tired and just... fizzle out. We plan to do reading and Latin this summer but I haven't scheduled it out yet so this week we've been reading and playing Monopoly on PS3. Yes, very educational.  Oh yes, and hiding out in the basement...We have been watching the tornado coverage extensively, discussing how and why they form, watching footage of them and being shocked over the devastation. The one that ripped across Joplin was only 2 1/2 hours away. Yesterday we spent almost 2 hours in our basement because of sirens going off and the teen watched one touch down near her work. I hate tornado season. For those in tornado alley. Stay safe!

I'll be back soon with more about our schooling, garden and chickens. Have you ended your school year yet?


Joy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Loved all of your pictures. You have definitely been busy over the past few weeks! Your garden looks great also! I look forward to reading more on your blog!

See Jamie blog said...

Love the Ga Aquarium! We live in the area, but we've still only been twice.

Your garden spot looks great, despite the problems you've been having.

And those tornadoes: so scary & sad. We drove thru Birmingham last weekend & it was shocking to see in real life.

And the fizzling -- I feel your pain there! We're fizzling our last week-ish or so of the school year hear. {sigh} I will do better next year!

learning table said...

Your garden looks great! We haven't had any critters mess w/ ours yet, but we have lots of deer visit our yard--someone told my husband that if you plant marigolds, the deer won't come around. We're going to try it and see. We are organic, too, so I don't want to spray anything around.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Michelle said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love the chicken coop and your garden looks great! Have fun!

April said...

Oh your garden is so organized and pretty! Oh and about fizzling out, I wouldn't worry about ending it that way. Look at it instead of "going with the flow" of learning. It waxes and wanes and I'm sure come August or September you'll ease back into it rather than having one big grand beginning day. That's life, that's homeschooling and this is a really long comment...

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Thanks for dropping by from the garden challenge! Your garden looks great to me~even with some bare spots:) Maybe one of these years I'll have multiple raised beds~that would be awesome!

And I know exactly what you mean about *fizzling* out at the end of the year. That's how all of our year-ends seem to go as well:)

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Wow! I'm glad that you're OK. We've been watching the tornadoes on TV. (We're in Maine.) What devastation!

Now that's a chicken coop! We incubated eggs, and our one little chick is now almost a week old! We're going to try it again though!

Our year ended last Sunday with our portfolio reviews. Onto summer vacation! LOL

Stopping by from The Homeschool Mother's Journal. Linking up for the first time this week!


ViolinMama said...

Fantastic ideas shared this week. I'm new to this link and LOVE all the great blogs I am finding, and the inspiration is fantastic too. Thank you!!

Ktribe said...

Ahhh a cruise and a nice planted garden.... :-) How did you get a free cruise?? Everything looks nice and green.


trisha too said...

Your garden boxes look fantastic; they'll be thriving as soon as things warm up. We're redoing our whole garden, so will have to rely on the farmer's market this year.

You can build your own chicken tractor, you know, but that is the fanciest one I've ever seen!!!

Blake is finished, but Faith still has Chemistry, Algebra, and Russian to wrap up.

amber @ classichousewife said...

Love the picture! We just got chickens about a month ago. I originally planned to build a mobile coop almost exactly like the one you're standing next to. But I may have decided to build a permanent coop. I'm still undecided. =p In the meantime, they're in a temporary 8X8 covered pen. And it works so I have a feeling it's going to delay the building of the actual coop because that's how things tend to go around here. ;)
I know what you mean about fizzling out. That's usually how we do it, too. But I think this year there should be a party-don't you? Yes, I do believe there should be. =)
(here from the weekly wrap up)

Zonnah said...

Those jelly fish are amazing!

jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa said...

I'm dreaming about your cruise! How wonderful!

We're doing a little homeschool throughout the summer. Just some daily reading, a little math and journaling. I've found my son does much better if we do a little reviewing here and there throughout the summer. But we also spend much time enjoying life and doing art during the summer! :)

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