Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Fun with pictures

I've seen this several places on the Unschooling Blogs ring and thought it looked fun.

You put your answers in Google Images and then choose a picture for your response.

1. Your age at your next birthday:

2. Place I would like to travel:

And I want to do my travelling like this:

3. Favorite place: The beach at sunrise. The perfect place to meditate and pray and walk or just sit and take in all the sights, sounds, and smells, and the feel of cool sand. Ahhhhhhh.

But woods are pretty amazing, too
And I still really love, love, love the river after having spent a good part of my childhood weekends on the KY River on our houseboat

4. Favorite objects: pictures-- I love pictures and have recorded so much of my life in photographs since I received my first camera for Christmas when I was 10 years old. Album after album, and these days folder after folder on my computer full of picture memories.

5. Favorite food:

6. Favorite animal:
And I also really like:

7. Favorite color (s): Earth tones

8. My nickname: Does "Mom" count?

9. Town I was born in: Frankfort, KY

10. Bad habit I have:

Monday, November 12, 2007

Maya's Days

Here is a link to the blog Maya decided to start today. It's called Maya's Days.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


"This is like finally getting to the chorus of a really great, really long song!"

--Riley, when we got to the part where the characters find out about the sorcerer's stone in the first Harry Potter book

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Friday fun

These pictures are from Jump Zone this Friday. We always have so much fun climbing and jumping and sliding and playing hide-and-seek there. Anytime someone organizes a homeschool get-together there, there is always a great turnout. I don't usually take my camera with me but did bring it in for a little while this time.

Afterward some of our friends came home with us to spend the night. Here are Maya, Seth (a.k.a. "Salt", but don't ask me why -- they nicknamed him that during their last sleepover a few weeks ago -- he likes the name, and it has stuck), and their friend, Titus, exploring the creek in our neighborhood.

Halloween pictures

We started Halloween morning watching The Nightmare before Christmas and baking pumpkin bread.
Since we were still on Daylight Savings Time for Halloween this year, trick-or-treating in our town started before dark, which was weird. The kids had thought about waiting til the second hour to go trick-or-treating. By the time 6:00 rolled around, though, they were quite anxious to get going and decided not to wait.

Maya was the first one to pick out a costume this fall. She said she had always been something cute before and wanted to be something scary this year. She knew this was the costume for her as soon as she laid eyes on it.

Riley decided to dress as one of his favorite pro skaters, Nyjah Houston.
And Seth decided on Diego, though he decided against carrying the backpack or dyeing his hair dark.
Hanging out, playing with the Halloween decorations, and skating before trick-or-treating
And, they're off....
After trick-or-treating, they came home to sort, trade, and eat candy and play Guitar Hero III.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

At Home

This has been such a busy month! While it's fun to have so many things going on, it was nice yesterday to have a quiet day at home, too. We finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the morning and spent the afternoon in the backyard. Inspired by some faerie toys in a catalog that had come in the mail, we made faerie houses around our little pond. We also played on the swings, hammock, and trampoline; and the kids flowed from one activity to the next, imagining:

  • Speaking and understanding "chirp" with the backyard crickets

  • Communing with pretend apes

  • Being and/or running from goblins

  • Being moms and dads and babies

  • Being and/or caring for unicorns

  • Voldemort vs. Unicorns

  • Sword and gun battles

  • Faeries

  • Monster truck shows

  • Amusement park

Earlier this week, we made melted crayon sun catchers:

Here's Riley's


And Maya's

Subjects, revisited

As I've been catching up on posting these last couple of days, I realized I really dislike reading back through a post to add the "subject" tags for each post. I initially added subject tags to make it easier for someone wondering "what about math(or history, or reading, or science, or whatever)? There are now some examples throughout the blog for any of the standard subjects, but I'm going to let go of labeling posts into those categories. I'll leave the school stuff to schools!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Salt Festival

Last Friday we went with some friends to the Salt Festival at Big Bone Lick state park. There were a variety of pioneer-themed activities and demonstrations. I love seeing what will attract the kids' interests at things like this. Riley loved the atlatl demonstration and the the various toys and games. Maya loved grinding corn into corn meal. Seth wasn't too thrilled with the whole event but did enjoy the kettle corn our friend, Sara, shared with him!
Jewelry making
Spinning wool.............................weapons
Checking out a deer skin.........grinding corn
Tin punch craft
Cutting wood

Evan's Orchard and Cider Mill

A couple of weeks ago we went to Georgetown, KY to Evans Orchard and Cider Mill with friends from the Lexington Homeschool Families group. We had so much fun there. It was well worth the drive. We learned how apple cider is made, shopped for fresh apples and fudge, went on a wagon ride, picked pumpkins, and played for hours at their awesome play area.

Learning about the orchard and the cider mill

Seth enjoying the tractors

All 4 of us enjoying the slides

Playing on the rolly tubes

Hay bale castle..........................Corn maze

Beanbag toss..................Sharing apples and fudge