Weekly Wrap-up x 2

I am not sure where the last two weeks went, but they went quickly.  Since Sawyer’s birthday on the 26th, we have been pretty busy.  Classes are trying to wrap up before the holidays, and I scheduled lots of doctor appointments during this time too.

As far as school stuff goes, we finished our latest book-“Bamboo People.”  Another great book that we read to go with many of our blocks this year, including Civics and Economics.  Now we are reading A Midsummer’s Night Dream before we go see the play next week.

We also managed to start decorating for the holidays.

We finished up the past two weeks with a climbing competition in Raleigh.


Another Year Older! Sawyer

We celebrate another birthday today-Sawyer’s 14th.  If I had to come up with a theme for her 13th year, it would be creativity.  She really found her creative side this year.  She has always been creative, but this past year she took it to a whole new level-singing, sewing, cake decorating, drawing, painting, and crafting.  She also hit some big goals this year.  She passed her lead climbing test, got her boater’s license, sang at several public venues and so much more.

Weekly Wrap Up with Gratitude

Thanksgiving week typically flies by in a hurried frenzy.  However this year, we took a different route.  We kept it small and quiet.  Monday, the kids and I hit Latta Plantation (one of our favorite places) for a nice walk in the woods.  Tuesday, we hit the books before a drive down to Charlotte for an early Christmas surprise for my parents.  Wednesday, everyone went in separate directions-Sims went climbing at Pilot Mountain with some friends; Sawyer went to help with Thanksgiving set up at one of her friend’s grandmother’s house; and Parks had an impromptu s’mores party at the house.  Thursday, we spent at the lake house with just our immediate family giving thanks for all.

We ended the week celebrating Sawyer’s birthday by heading up to Asheville, NC.  She and a friend took a glass class at the NC Glass Center.  Sawyer loved her glass class last year and wanted to do something similar.  This time, they used the blow torches (I know that is not the technical term, but it is what they looked like) to make pendants and ice cycles.  Then we went to see the new Fantastic Beasts movie!

Weekly Wrap Up

Sims came home Sunday from climbing in Kentucky.  He said it was fantastic climbing but it was cold!  It even snowed a bit!  Quite a change from climbing in Austin.  He is learning quite a but about the different types of rock as well as he visits new places.

The kids hosted their international fair this week at their co-op.  Sawyer’s group represented Australia.  Sims’s group represented Ethiopia. Parks’s group represented Peru.  Germany and Korea were also represented.  The program went over amazingly well!  Each visitor received a sheet of paper with an industry that they represented-ie. solar energy, software company, industrial company, etc.  The visitors asked the kids questions about how their country would be able to help the specified industry/if the industry would be a good fit.  I was very impressed with the knowledge that the kids had.

Thursday night, Sawyer’s band played at a local brewery.  They did amazing!  I promise that I am not just saying that.  This was by far, their best performance yet.  Sawyer was a nervous wreck, but she worked through her fears and sang her heart out.

Friday, the kids introduced a few of their friends to their favorite sport (well, two of them love it).

We have a bit more to wrap up before the holiday as far as school goes, but other than that we are looking forward to a short break.


Another Year Older

Parks celebrated his 12th birthday last week!  Only one more year until he is a teen (oh, my!).  What a year!  Over the past year, Parks learned how to snowboard, fell in love with sailing, learned many new tricks on his bike and scooter, learned how to skate board, became the poppy to a new puppy, played the drums for the town, entertained us for hours and hours, and really matured (I really don’t want to say grew up, but oh man has he.  He is no longer a little boy anymore).

Weekly Wrap Up-With a Birthday

We had a big week this week!  A very big week.  We started off a little quiet as Nick and Sims were out of town.  Sims met up with a friend in Austin, Texas to climb for a couple of days.  Sawyer, Parks and I hung out at home.  After a late return home Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Sims joined us for a co op field trip to the Urban Planning department in Charlotte, NC.  It was phenomenal!  Who knew that a field trip to an urban planning department would be fantastic?  They did an excellent job explaining how Charlotte developed from 1875 until now and provided the kids with an opportunity  to help with the 2040 vision planning for the city.  Wednesday, Sawyer completed her Boater’s Course and passed the test!  We have another certified boat operator! (Watch out Sims, she may actually want to take the boat out!) Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning, Sims busted a move on his work so that he could head back out to climb some more.  This time in Kentucky.  Hopefully, I will have a few pictures next week.  We ended the week celebrating Parks’s birthday at the local go kart course.  He had a blast with his friends and Sawyer!

Weekly Wrap Up-The Halloween Version

Dressing up, candy, more dressing up, more candy, beautiful fall weather…that sums up the week.  😉

We did get some school work done-actually, a lot more school work than I expected with a holiday in the middle of the week.  I found a new version of Striker Jones for business math.  It is SOO much better!  The kids all researched charities and how the donations are collected, how the money is used, and all types of interesting information on marketing.  In 4H, the kids worked on building a typical dwelling seen in the country that they are each representing, and they learned some Spanish dancing/conversational Spanish.  It was a really fun day.

Sawyer has been on a creative streak lately.  This week she finished up her wings for her costume, up cycled a very large t shirt she got and did some drawing.