Thursday, March 22, 2018

Easter Open Tabs

To inspire our Easter gatherings and celebrations:

Make Beeswax candles inspired by an article in the most recent Magnolia magazine.

Colorful kids Easter table {candy free} - my favorite thing is the felt balls! What a fun idea to have these on the table and string garlands for a take-home treat!

Doily garland and circle Happy Easter sign!

DIY He Has Risen banner.

Succulents in jelly jars - so cute!

Beautiful spring-y printable with a meaningful Easter reminder.

Cactus Easter egg decor idea - cute!

Watercolor floral eggs and a second watercolor idea.

My Redeemer Lives free printable.

What are your Easter ideas/plans?

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Faces of History

As part of the Classical Conversations Essentials program - our children get to participate in a fantastic program called Faces of History.

They research a historical person and write a five-paragraph paper to be given in costume and written in first person ending with Who am I?! It is always a fun time that we look forward to each year.

This year, we've been in US History, so our historical faces were Alvin York and Betsy Ross.

Ladies first, so I'll begin by telling you about Betsy Ross! This was the first year that students were given input on who their character was - they submitted three names and then one of those was assigned to them taking into consideration duplicates, covering various time periods, etc.

This is the first time I've bought a ready-made costume, but we found this one used on Amazon and I think it had been purchased and returned but never worn. I paid less than $15 since it was used but I see it is quite a bit higher now. She wore the shoes from my wedding and we added an embroidery hoop to the flag - that was it for her!

I did not get a photo of her on stage as I was taking video - a friend took some of these photos including the one of Samuel on stage.

We found the virtual tour of the Betsy Ross home interesting and helpful and were astonished to consider that making the flag would have been counted as treason!

Each student also prepares a food that represents their person or could have been common in their time period. We came up with a fun flag cookie for Rachel!

Now for Alvin York - this was Samuel's first year and he did great!

We found his shirt and pants at a thrift store, Daddy supplied the belt and the folded hat was only $1 thrifted! I was so thrilled to find it! The medals belonged to David's Dad from Korea, Vietnam and WWII. And the leather leggings were actually worn in WWI by one of our ancestors - soooo neat!

Especially helpful in Samuel's presentation was the Adventures in Odyssey series about Alvin York

Figuring out a food for Samuel was a little harder initially. I was originally thinking hard tack and/or beef jerky - war rations! But I knew those snacks might not be very *fun* - then we learned something interesting! Every time I looked up ideas of WWI foods, we came upon information about the Salvation Army making donuts and coffee to serve to the troops in the trenches. It was so fascinating to learn.

We found the original recipe and made the donuts - our one batch made 63 donuts! A friend made me this donut display last year and I was happy to use it again. I printed out WWI era Salvation Army posters and photos and taped them onto toothpicks for some explanation of the connection between Alvin York and donuts!

So grateful for this experience which provided many learning opportunities for my students! If you could be a face in American history - who would you choose?

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Open Tabs

Hope for Withering Seasons

Creating Homes of Beauty

Loved this article on How to Make, Store and Care for a Sourdough Starter

Take a virtual tour of the Corrie ten Boom house and museum.

Keep thinking about the above quote from Ann Voskamp.

Listening to these songs:

Easter Open Tabs edition coming later this week! Have you read any great articles or books, listened to any great music or watched a good movie - please share!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Winner of Gratitude Journal

The winner of the Gratitude Journal is Jackie @ RMBASS! Sending you an email now! Thanks for sharing all of the things you are grateful for everyone!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Permission to not finish...

Finishing is one of the things I am determined to do. I'm a finisher. When I start something I'm focused on how to get it done and how to complete it and not leave it unfinished. Case in point: when I host a party and it is over, I immediately get to work picking up, putting the house back to order, doing the dishes, tidying, etc. After all that, I sit down and enjoy how clean our house is, the fun time we had, look at the pictures, etc.

This week, I'm giving myself permission to not finish two things and they are both essentially the same. Books.

Is this hard for you too? Here's the thing. I want to read two non-fiction books that I've already started from the library. But, it feels like work to read these books. I'm just not getting into them and I'm not energized or fed by them. I had to stop and ask myself why I was pushing so hard to make it happen when I'm really not even making a whole lot of progress on them or getting much out of them.

After a busy day, I love to read - look forward to it even. But then to slog through a book that may be a great book but just isn't for me for right now just feels like too much.

So, I'm setting them aside. I'll probably just go ahead and return them to the library. It is one of those things where I want to want to read and enjoy certain books but let's face it - it just doesn't always work out that way. There is a time and place for pushing through and just making it happen. I'm not sure it is books. At least not for me and not right now.

With so many great books to read, why add more stress and work to an already busy day? Ok, so now I've confessed something I'm not finishing - how about you? Is not finishing a book an easy thing for you to set aside or not? Or what is your thing that you can give yourself permission not to finish?

Since I'm sure you'll all be curious - the two books are: Beatrix Potter - A Life in Nature and Being Mortal - Medicine and What Matters in the End. Instead, I picked up A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge and it is just the kind of book I'll want to stay up late reading!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Slow Day

Homemade Granola for breakfast.
Morning Bible reading and Hymn singing!
Awana Grand Prix cars: aircraft carrier and pineapple! Samuel won third place in design for his!
Muffin helper.
Essentials - learning to pull out everything we can from each word of a sentence.
Reading and drawing Peter Rabbit. Recently Rachel and I were talking about Beatrix Potter and her little characters and she didn't know who they were! #momfail SO! We had to fix that with a tea party and art lesson!
Do not underestimate breakfast at any time of the day. Cream Scones, Blueberry Muffins, cooked cinnamon apples, scrambled eggs and bacon plus a pot of hot tea.
Also. Apparently pinecones are delicious - just ask Scout.
Emily found a few blooms around the yard and took these photos.
Rachel appointed herself the laundress - she ironed, folded and then tied with twine each person's stack of laundry. I mean, really. #adorbs
Sunset, pretty sky and menu planning during ballet.