Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... The sun is shinning and I even hear a few birds. A beautiful day!

I am thinking... of everything I need to do today and all that has happened over the past few days.

I am thankful for... All the blessings God has bestowed upon my life! I'm grateful for so much this morning.

From the learning rooms... It will be a full school day today! We are in our Government chapter of Weaver. I'm beefing it up for Sis as it will be high school credit. Still plugging away at Julius Caesar, the girls are trying to comprehend the different speech used in the play. Sis has new Hebrew assignments to work on this week. We have a few spruce trees to plant today given to us for Earth day last week. Hope to get to some goat material for Bug as she is going to be getting a wether for fair! (Yippee!) :)

From the kitchen... Not much happening there yet. Coffee. On the counter is beautiful bouquet of a dozen white roses given to me last night at our homeschool meeting. Last night was my last meeting as vice president, actually it was the last meeting for the whole board! Katie presented us each with a flower bouquet along with a few words for each. She said I was pure of heart and that is why the white rose was chosen for me.

I am wearing... Blue jeans, sweatshirt & tennis shoes.

I am creating... a list of goat contacts for future years, it has been quite a chore to locate breeders and I want to make sure we don't have quite as difficult of a time in the future.

I am going... to make bread later on - hopefully!

I am reading... Well, still haven't finished Pride & Prejudice. Set it aside for the moment. Enjoying "Here burns my candle" by Liz Curtis Higgs - LOVE IT!!

I am hoping... for a very productive day. It would be wonderful to accomplish everything on my mental list.

I am hearing... The pump is running as I have wash going. The dogs are licking, and the computer is humming.

Around the house... Kids are getting ready for the day.

One of my favorite things... Being home with my family! I love being with them and homeschooling. I wouldn't change that for the world.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Softball with Bug. School. Getting Bugs goat. Preparing my garden (we'll see if that happens!)

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
From our bird walk at Chippewa Nature Center


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... It is quite chilly but a clear morning

I am thinking... Of all the things I need to do today, it will be a busy one!

I am thankful for... My husband and children

From the learning rooms... Today will only be individual work (because of my own crazy day)

From the kitchen... I smell coffee! :)

I am wearing... Still in my jammies plus my snuggie as I am cold

I am creating... This blog. Brand new to blogging. Lots to learn!

I am going... To work later. Missed yesterday so need to make it up. Also have to go to town and later there is Girl Scouts.

I am reading... Pride & Prejudice. I'm struggling getting into it.

I am hoping... For warmer weather! I am so tired of being cold and really ready for nice spring days.

I am hearing... The Little House on the Prairie theme song as Hunny & Bug just got up and popped in a dvd.

Around the house... It is very quiet.

One of my favorite things... My morning coffee! :) This morning flavored with chocolate creamer. yummm......

A few plans for the rest of the week: School work tomorrow plus a meeting and Sis has youth group. Work, Bug has softball practice and Sis has leather class.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...


Monday, April 19, 2010

Gone to the Birds

Took the girls to Chippewa Nature Center today for a bird hike. Of course they were split up into three different age groups, so I of course went with Hunny.
Where did my shy little girl go?! I mean, she has never been really quiet, but in groups she usually is - I mean was. She chattered through most of it and Miss Jackie the educator for our group learned her named rather quickly!
It was a pretty day here, kinda cool, but I thankfully made the right choice by leaving our coats in the van. :) We started out in a classroom, where Miss Jackie told the kids a poem using flannelgraph to illustrate it. She read them a book about what a bird is......which prompted a very LLLOOONNNGGG discussion with Hunny about peacocks - really flamingo's, but Hunny was very adamant that they were called peacocks. sigh. She finally settled for calling them peacock flamingo's, what do you do? So they played some fun games (well, for little ones) about bird activities and how feathers grow. Then they were able to roam the stations set up. Hunny really liked the stuffed birds that chirped. The nests were neat and she learned how to use a microscope for looking at a feather - but was really more interested at that station in helping little Amy see. Amy is...oh, maybe 2? Hunny loves Amy. So she was quite concerned that Amy just was not tall enough to look into the microscope. Funny girl.
Finally we got to go on the hike. Miss Jackie had put bird pictures throughout the trails and gave all the kids tp tube "binoculars" so they could look for the birds. They did spot some red-winged blackbirds, but mostly it was the paper variety. I do wonder if it was do to the noise of our group....? Anyways, they did locate some real live turtles and frogs so that was neat. It was of course, a big race from bird picture to bird picture, and usually Hunny was in the lead. sigh. God must think I have lots of energy since not a one of my blessings are the calm and relaxed type. (Or maybe He thinks I need to move more?) At the end of the hike they got to make a 'nest' using paperclips as their beaks and then they 'migrated' from MI to FL and back.
Since of course, this group finished early (hmmm...?) Miss Jackie was kind enough to take us down a different trail. This hike was more just a nature study and was slightly more laid back. Not sure if it was because the littles were getting tuckered or just because they didn't have the paper birds to find. But they saw some animal holes in the ground and had talks about what kind of critters made and/or lived in them. Got to see a pond up close, checked out some insects, flowers and trees. Miss Jackie was great and very patient, but I am pretty sure she sighed when we left! :D