Thursday, January 10, 2019

It Came From The Mine

Josh spent all of November and part of December working at a gold mine south of us in Alaska.  He would be bused down there and work for a couple weeks, come home and then do it again.  We are all thankful that this isn't his full time job but it was quite the experience for him for short term.
And while there he asked a lot of questions, took pictures of what he could and brought home a few select core samples to share with the kids.
Best science lessons ever come right from the source.  Through Josh's short-term job the kids have gotten the chance to learn all the working order of a gold mine.  It is a big deal to go from rock in the ground to gold bars in the bank!
Sharing our love of Geology, Chemistry and watching our kid's minds grow and learn.  Great parenting and homeschool times.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Greetings From Nigeria

We are having so much fun in geography this year.  Each month we study something else and can go as shallow or in depth as we have time for.  Last month we dove into Nigeria. 
We learned so much.  Just a glimpse of some of our fun.  Making our own Nigerian celebration masks.
We also made homemade Shuku Shuku and they were declared a huge hit by my crew.  

We have since also studied Italy.  While there we made bruschetta, learned about opera, pizza, how the famous artists invented gears and we made our own sculptures out of soap like Michelangelo's David.  Somehow in the middle of all that learning, and Christmas season, no pictures were taken.  But oh the fun memories remain.  Especially the fact that I used too much garlic on the bruschetta.  Many requests have been made that I make it again with a little less garlic "kick" next time. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


I love that each day this little boy falls more and more in love with books.
I have been away for awhile.  I went to Texas to help my mom after the passing of my grandma.  When I got home all of the kids stayed very, very close.  But this boy - he wouldn't let me get out of touching distance.  And what did we do most of the day being attached at all times, we read.  Book after book after book.  He would pick one, back himself up, plop into my lap from start to finish.  The love of books is hard to escape at this house as we read all the time and are surrounded by books (never enough bookshelves) but to see that love grow and blossom, I love it!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Seeing Myself In Lego Form

Josh and the kids are creating a Lego city. They were sure to build a rock quarry at the edge of town and put in mama as the geologist/natural resource specialist. I feel so very loved.

Friday, December 28, 2018

My Sized Corners

Right now this little boy loves to destroy thing.  Oh the joy of throwing, running, crashing and banging things.  Those expressions of who he is fills our days.  
So this moment, the time when he will sit in a little kitchen cabinet just his size, is a peaceful moment in our lives.  He gives us a grin, then hops up, bangs the door shut and is off and running once more.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Day After

The day after:
Girls are wearing new dresses, even though it is a home day
Lego sets are out and slowly being built
New paints are being enjoyed
A Christmas puzzle is out and being worked on. 

Meanwhile in the kitchen the counter is covered with pinecones, moss, leaves and sea shells.  We are working on a project for the library.  
This middle of life look.  I love and yet can only take for so long.  Proud of myself today that I see the mess and see joy.  I know later today I might run around cleaning but for now there is this and this is my husband and kids enjoying life.  The day after - I am loving it.