Monday, September 1

Another Evening at the Water...






September Sponsor News...


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Sunday, August 31

Beach Days...








Our favorite time to go to the beach is on Sunday in the late afternoon.  We left our house at about 5 tonight and headed straight for a national park beach that is only 25 minutes away.  This particular beach is quite a lot bigger than the ones that we normally frequent and both Father John and I really loved the smell of the bonfires people were enjoying on the beach...  maybe we'll do that someday soon!  I bought an annual pass for this beach last week on a whim ($30 for the whole year) and really think that we will be using it frequently!

Our Little Zoo...









Two years ago, we took a trip to our little local zoo every week during the spring.  It was a pretty wonderful time.  I had hoped that we'd be able to spend some time there this past spring, but it just never happened.  In our experience, the zoo is not somewhere we want to be when school's out (It's just too hot and too crowded!). 

We worked very hard this past week on our lessons and by the time Saturday rolled around, this mama just needed to get out!  We arrived at the zoo just as it opened and enjoyed walking around during the coolest part of the day.  Whenever we go early, we can watch the zoo keepers cleaning out the cages and feeding the animals.  They are also always ready to tell us little tidbits about the animals, too!  We learned that the jaguars like to eat apples dipped in blood (ugh) and that the new little bear that had been living at the zoo is getting trained to allow sonograms in case she gets pregnant!

My goal this school year is to make it a priority to wander through our zoo at least once a month.  We learn so much while we're there (both from our conversations with people and from our observations of the animals).  There are a lot of different things that we're trying to incorporate this year in our little homeschool and I will try to write a post or two about those things soon!


Wednesday, August 27

Yarn Along: Fiona's Lace...



I'm about halfway through my Black Walnut Riverbank Cowl.  I am not normally a green yarn kind of girl, but I really like this color!  

We are reading Fiona's Lace this week.  Patricia Pollaco is such a gifted storyteller and artist!

Monday, August 25

Back to School...





To celebrate the end of our first full day of school (we finally have all of our books!), we went to a little farm shop that serves their own homemade ice cream.  Everyone chose something different to enjoy and we sat under the trees watching two little calves that live there.  Once we finished our cones, we were able to give them handfuls of grass and gentle pats (we asked first!).  

This is the first year that we have started our school year before September 1st.  We have a big parish shindig happening the second weekend in September and I have a feeling that school will be disrupted with preparations.  I only have a few housekeeping goals to accomplish before this event and as long as we are good little homeschoolers this week and next, I plan to take a day off on either side of the weekend to keep things semi-sane.  

I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to the autumn! 
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