Another Year Older

I have a difficult time believing it, but my little boy turned 15 last week.  He took driver’s education over spring break and will hopefully have his permit by summer.  During his 14th year, he has become quite the rock climber and sailor.  He loves his animals and the water and pretty much any adventure that you dare to put in front of him.  I look forward to seeing what this next year brings!

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Charcoal Making

We recently began a 4H group in our area which has opened up some new opportunities for us.  One new opportunity is primitive studies. Charcoal making initiated the series.  One of the fathers of the group taught the class.  Everyone had a can filled with a various type of wood-MDF, plywood, pine, oak, black maple, cedar, cherry and cotton (not a wood, but we did make charcoal with it).  We placed them in the fire and waited…and waited…and waited.  Initially, we only saw the steam come out of the containers.

Next, the wood went through pyrolysis.

Finally, the wood turned into charcoal.

The class was absolutely fascinating.  We saw how tar is a byproduct of burning (and had a lesson on how tar can coat your lungs from a burning cigaret).  We are looking forward to using the coal to smith some iron next!!

Day in the Life- Friday 2018

I find it hard to believe that it is that time of year, but it is!  This week I will join many other homeschooling bloggers in sharing our days.  I love reading about other people’s days over at Simple Homeschool.  2018 is the fourth year that I have documented our week.  You can check out 2015, 2016, and 2017 if you would like to see how our weeks have changed.

Last day!  There was still snow on the ground this morning, so it still was not a typical Friday.  However, I think this week goes to show that there is never a typical week.  Things happen.

Today, Nick and Parks got up and went sledding at 7:00.  Yep, that boy is serious about his sledding.  I got up around 730 when I heard Sims get up.  Parks was back by 7:45. By 830, everyone was up and moving.

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Parks making pancakes for breakfast

9:15- We did our 15 minute clean up and then headed to the sunroom for some reading.

By 1030, Parks was back out sledding.

12:30 we all headed out to a local park for a walk and to look for any snow left for sledding.

 

We came home by 345.  Parks headed back outside.  The rest of us folded laundry,

515: I headed to work out.  Sims headed out to go climb.  Sawyer and Parks hung out at home.

645 I came home.  We ate dinner and snuggled in for the evening (everyone other than Sims who was still at climbing).

Week over!  Not our normal week but that is ok.  Typically, we ride horses on Thursdays and hike on Fridays.  But what a fun week!

Day in the Life- Thursday 2018

I find it hard to believe that it is that time of year, but it is!  This week I will join many other homeschooling bloggers in sharing our days.  I love reading about other people’s days over at Simple Homeschool.  2018 is the fourth year that I have documented our week.  You can check out 2015, 2016, and 2017 if you would like to see how our weeks have changed.

Sooo…we still have snow, which is unusual around here.  Thus, we still didn’t have a typical day.  I didn’t go work out.  Nick worked from home.  Our activities were cancelled.  And-There was SNOW!

Sims, Parks and I awoke at 730.  Sawyer got up a little later at 8.  Everyone got up, ate breakfast and did what they do in the mornings.

At 8:45, we did our 15 minute clean up and then headed to the sunroom to read and do history.

At 10:20, everyone headed to work on their independent work and math.  By 1130, Parks was done and ready to sledding.  While he went out, Sims and Sawyer finished up their school work.

At 1:00, Sims made pancakes for everyone and we ate lunch.

At 2:00, Parks called a friend to go sledding with, and we went to pick him up (our road is awful, but the rest of the town was fine-so crazy).  When we got back, Parks went sledding.  Sims, his friend and I went for a walk up to the store to get some munchies.

By 3:30 everyone was back at home hanging out.  I made dinner and got it in the oven.

At 4:15, Parks and his buddy headed back out to find more hills.  Sims, Sawyer and I headed to the climbing gym.  Climbing practice was cancelled, but the gym had a member party going on.

8:45 We got home.  While we were gone, Parks and Nick ate dinner and Parks headed back out sledding.  When we got home, Parks was very excited because someone gave he and his friend sleds.   He told us all about the day while we devoured some dinner.

By 10:00, we all headed to bed.

Day in the Life- Wednesday 2018

I find it hard to believe that it is that time of year, but it is!  This week I will join many other homeschooling bloggers in sharing our days.  I love reading about other people’s days over at Simple Homeschool.  2018 is the fourth year that I have documented our week.  You can check out 2015, 2016, and 2017 if you would like to see how our weeks have changed.

As usual, we didn’t have a typical day.  Last night the weather man predicted that we were going to get some snow.  In the south, that is code for “everything is about to shut down.”  I typically would have awoken and gone to work out but since the snow was coming, I slept in.  At 715, Sims and Parks were up.  By 740, Parks was dressed and ready to play in the snow.

 

While Parks played outside, we all ate breakfast and putzed around.  By 9:00, Parks was ready for a break so we decided to snuggle up in the sun room and read.  We read from our book and did some history together.

 

By 1030, Parks was ready to get back out to the snow.  He headed off to a friend’s house for a bit while.  Sawyer and I sat and read from her book for a bit, and Sims rode his bike to the lake to see what it looked like in the snow.

12:00 Everyone was back together.  We watched an episode of Gilmore Girls and ate some lunch.

At 1:30, we all bundled up and hit the hills.

 

Around 4:00, we headed back in and watched another episode of Gilmore Girls (yes, we know that we have an addiction to this show.).  Everyone also worked on their independent work and I checked their work from yesterday.

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At 5:30, Nick (yep, even the big companies shut down for snow in the south.  He was sent home by 430) and Parks headed back out to sled.

By 7 they were back in and we had a quick dinner.  One of Sims’s friends came over for the night-a meat eater, so Nick and the friend made a meat eaters dinner.

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A game of scrabble while dinner is cooking

It’s now 8:30 and the boys decided to go back out to do some night sledding.  Meanwhile, Sawyer and I are in watching some TV. This is a very rare day.  Usually, the tv doesn’t come on during the week, but snow changed our entire day.  🙂

Day in the Life- Tuesday 2018

I find it hard to believe that it is that time of year, but it is!  This week I will join many other homeschooling bloggers in sharing our days.  I love reading about other people’s days over at Simple Homeschool.  2018 is the fourth year that I have documented our week.  You can check out 2015, 2016, and 2017 if you would like to see how our weeks have changed.

Similar to yesterday, I awoke, ate and went to work out at 630 am.  I returned home at 815 to find Parks and Sawyer awake and eating breakfast.  Sims was still asleep, but he woke up soon after I came home.  Once I came home, I showered due to a busy schedule today.

At 9:00, we did a quick pick up around the house.  Then we met in the sunroom to read together.

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Listening to Sawyer read.  One bundled up and one in a fort.

 

9:45 Sims and Sawyer got ready for tutoring, and Parks got started on his independent work.  Typically, I take Sims (or he rides his bike) to the local coffee shop to meet with his writing tutor.  However today, the tutor texted and said that there weren’t any open tables!  Thus, she met at our house.  Sims went first from 10-1045, and Sawyer worked with her from 1045-1130.

At 1130, Sims and I headed out for an appointment and to go to an information session on dual enrollment at our local community college.  While we were out, Sawyer and Parks hung out at home.  Parks also met up with a friend around 130.

On our way home, Sims and I hit the grocery store for milk and eggs.  When we came home, Parks and his friend were playing, and Sawyer was singing.  Sims headed upstairs and completed his work for the day.  I ate lunch and did some laundry.

At 415 Sims and Sawyer headed out for climbing practice-yah for carpool!!  Parks and his friend went out for a bike ride.  I had the house to myself, so I decided to work on a house project!  I painted my foyer (a project on my list).

530: I made a quick casserole for dinner and went back to painting.  Nick came home early-a nice surprise. :). Parks and his friend headed to the trampoline.

630: I finished up painting and Parks made a salad for dinner.  Nick, Parks and I sat down for dinner.

845: I am finishing up this post now.  Parks just went to bed.  Nick is at a scout meeting.  Sims and Sawyer should be on their way home from climbing.  I am headed to my bed to read my book.  🙂

Day in the Life-Monday 2018

I find it hard to believe that it is that time of year, but it is!  This week I will join many other homeschooling bloggers in sharing our days.  I love reading about other people’s days over at Simple Homeschool.  2018 is the fourth year that I have documented our week.  You can check out 2015, 2016, and 2017 if you would like to see how our weeks have changed.

Today happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day;thus, Nick is home as well as several friends.  My day started off at 6:30 am, but the kids’ day started a bit later.  I awoke at 6:30, ate breakfast, and headed to work out.  I came back home at 825, and the house was silent!

I walked through the house and gently woke everyone.  We were out of town this past weekend, so everyone was pretty tired.  Over the next hour, everyone ate breakfast and did whatever they needed to.  At 930 we met for our fifteen minute clean up (during this time, we each have an area that we are responsible for each week-vacuuming, dusting, picking up, etc.).  Next we moved to the sunroom for our group work.  Right now, we are reading a book together.  We also discussed the importance of Martin Luther King Jr’s work and how it relates today.

 

At 1030, everyone heads to the kitchen to work on independent work.  I hang out at the table during this time and help as needed.  Everyone worked until around 1215 at which time we ate lunch, and Parks started baking some cookies.

 

At 1:00, Parks worked with a local college student on making paper.  (He is studying Ancient China), and Sawyer and I read her book aloud and worked on her history-China in the Middle Ages.

 

At 230, Sims worked in his room on projects and the other two kids met up with some kids from the neighborhood who were off from school today.

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At 4:00, we hit the road for afternoon activities.  Sawyer and Parks went to music lessons.  Then Sawyer and Sims went to climbing practice.  I got a nice surprise tonight at the climbing gym-Nick came up to climb with me for a bit while the older two were at practice.  Parks just hung out at the gym until we went to get some dinner.  Then I headed back tot the gym to pick up Sims and Sawyer.

 

9:00. Home at last.  Now we are settling down for the night.  Sawyer is feeding the animals, and everyone is heading to their rooms for the evening.