Friday, September 17, 2010

Another Fun Week In the Kingdom

Our week began with a quick trip to my parents' town for a birthday party for the boy (Happy Birthday, boy!) This included yummy baseball cake made by my wonderful aunt and throwing bread crumbs to hungry ducks.

My parents were anxious to please when I mentioned to them about keeping the youngest for a few days, so we went home from the birthday party with only two children.
To make the most of this odd arrangement, I made the grand plan of running/hiking a roundabout way (5 miles) to pick up my children at school on foot on Tuesday. Then the newly 5yo boy and the 6yo girl and I hiked the 2.5 miles home. We stopped in the middle of a nearby college campus for some lunch (and the view!!) and then hiked past friends' houses, through a mile-long "forest" trail and then the last mile along sidewalks home. It was very very fun for me and I think the kids enjoyed it as well. They learned a lot about distance (It is amazing that we make that journey by car twice a day and don't think anything of it!) and much about perseverance as well. The boy was red cheeked and dragging by the time we got home, but he really didn't complain because he knew that the only way to get to cold water, air conditioning and a snack was to keep his own two feet moving.
Before rest time each day we've been reading in The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This fits right in with the idea of using our own two feet to get us somewhere.  I find it fascinating to think of trying to last a winter without being able to get supplies. Could our family do it? Could anyone do it in this day and age? I love the fact that my children are actually thinking about what it would be like to have so little, and I hope that reading and contemplating this wonderful story will make us much more thankful for all the amazing things we usually take for granted every day. (Like fruits and vegetables!)
Wednesday is the kiddo's "home school day" at their tutorial. There are no classes, so we're on our own for learning. We used this day to continue with our Human Body Unit. This week we focused on the digestive system. We made a stomach model using baggies, crackers, and orange juice. (See this idea and more here.) This was a big hit. When we finished the 6yo, who is very hard to impress, said, "Momma, this is really cool! Where did you learn how to do this?!" The boy made a body mini book by cutting and pasting and coloring, and the oldest cut and pasted and colored to create some organ cards with facts on the back. Then we all did these body organ rhymes and puzzles and listened to a few songs about the body from this site.
Wednesday night was the anniversary (insert large grin here) so the hubby and I went out for a really nice meal and a walk through our beautiful downtown area. It was the perfect date. (On the left is my chocolate lava cake with raspberry sorbet. AMAZING!!)
Thursday and Friday have passed by pretty quickly with the "new normal." Wake kids up just in time to either stuff breakfast in them and get them out the door, or just to hand them a bag of breakfasty stuff after I've made sure they're dressed. (NOTE: They woke up at 7 or 7:30 every single day of the summer. Now that our school starts at 8:45, I have to wake them up to get them up by 8. Why???) Then run errands, clean house, do laundry, etc with the youngest in tow. Pick the big kids up at 12, feed them lunch at some picnic location, then come home for naps, homework, and rest time. It's a really good life.
And as for Saturday, besides the boy's morning soccer and some major FOOTBALL watching, we have no plans, and that too is the good life.
Linked to Photo Story Friday, I'm Loving It, Friday Fun Finds, Weekly Wrap UpSaturday Spotlight, Saturday SoireeSix Word Saturday (This week I didn't even have to try; the title just came out with 6 words, really, I promise!), and  Sunday Scoop.


  1. What an awesome birthday cake! The ones I throw together for my daughters never look that good! It sounds like you've had a very busy (and productive!) week!

  2. Wow, sounds like you have been busy!

    I love that you are teaching the kids about how much we have and take for granted. It's so true and I think we could all use a dose of appreciation!

  3. I love how you are teaching your kids such important things. Good job...Kuddos to you!
    I love the Little House books and TV shows too and watch them with Grandkids.

    Beautiful scenery on your long trek...good pictures!

    Linda @ Truthful tidbits

  4. I remember The Long Winter being my favorite of the series...
    That hot lava cake looks soooooo yummy.

  5. Thank you for the links for your human body study. We are studying the human body this year as well and given the age of some of my kids, some of these things will be perfect.