Thursday, December 6, 2012

November Snapshot


A snapshot of the past month: our projects, books read and other things we love.

In the yard:
  • Planted 600 bulbs and a dozen shade-loving plants in the front yard.  
  • Remember Doug who digs? He came back and prepared an area of our backyard for garden boxes.  Jason is working on a retaining wall and will build the boxes for the spring.
  • Waiting for snow.  We're ready any day now...
In the house:
  • Painted the main bathroom (it's the same color as the master in my last snapshot.  Love, love, love!
In the schoolroom:
  • Studying ancient Mesopotamia and India (not done yet)
  • finished the semester at Star Academy (our homeschool co-op).  I taught a science class this term and currently I'm putting plans together for my Great Artists class and a literature/ writing class for next term.  I also get to plan the preschool stations.  Ethan is so excited that I'm going to be his preschool teacher, He talks about it all the time.  He're's hoping he's not disappointed!
  • Plugging along in other subjects, but found ourselves disappointed with science curriculum.  Next term Ellie is going to be taking a physics class at co-op, so I don't think we'll continue with what we've been doing. (R.E.A.L. Science Odyessy Chemistry)
  • Began a study of volcanoes.  You'd better believe there will be some fake-lava explosions happening at our house soon.
On the bookshelf :
  • The Magician's Elephant by Kate Dicamillo.  We listened to this and loved the reader.  Adoption plays a role in the story, and we always love to talk about happy adoption stories.  I didn't love the book, but the kids did.
  • Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielsen.  Inspiring and honest story.  I cried several times while I read this (I'm talking the sobbing "ugly cry"), it left me feeling so incredibly grateful for my family and happy life.  Read it.
  • The Lightning Thief  by Rick Riordan. I really liked it.  I'm not rushing out to read the others in the series, though.  I think I'm more likely to read them with the kiddos than by myself.
  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Vonkamp.  Update: I thoroguly enjoyed the first 2/3 of this book.  Gratitude is a huge deal for me, it helps me dwell on the countless blessings God has given me and helps me to be happy much more than I am sad.  I got really bogged down in the last 1/3 of the book. I'm not sure what it was.  I still loved it, but it sure seemed like she was having the same revelations over and over again.  
  • Little Princes by Connor Grennan.  Lovely nonfiction book about child trafficking in Nepal.  Eye-opening for me; left me wanting to join the peace corp with my family.  (I checked into it, and we can't...bummer!)
In the kitchen:
  • Began a cooking class similar to this one.  So far Ellie has baked delicious crescent rolls entirely on her own.  The regular batch went well. Something happened to the doubled batch, though. On to granola this week! 
In our prayers:
  •  Two of our grandmas had surgery this week.  We are praying for their swift recovery.
  •  Our adoption profile is active (much earlier than anticipated)!  Check it out and feel free to pass along the link. Join us in praying, won't you please?






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