The Week That Was Calm…

It was one of those weeks that I can’t really remember what we did day by day.  No commitments except for Co-op.  Just going with the ebb and flow of our lives.

It got very cold the beginning of the week.  Blackberry Winter my Mamaw always called it.  Every year as long as I can remember it has gotten very cold around mid to late April.  Just a day or two.

Keilee stayed really busy all week.  We did 2 Algebra 1 lessons.  I am not stressing that we aren’t finished the book because 1( We school year round and 2( She is only in the 8th grade.  Algebra 1 is not her favorite thing as I have mentioned about 1,253 times.

She built games for hours at GameStarMechanics and had me try to get through them.  I will get the link for her games and let some of your kids play them if they want. :)

We aren’t die hard fans of Dr. Who.  We like it but we don’t love it.  Not yet anyway. But I saw on a blog about an episode about Vincent Van Gogh and we watched it.  It was AMAZING.  Honestly Keilee and I both agreed we will forever think of Van Gogh differently.  Yes it was fiction, yes it was Dr. Who so it had the usual crazy, but we loved it.  I would totally recommend it.  It is in Season 5 called “Vincent and The Doctor”. It is on Netflix streaming.  It doesn’t matter if you have never seen Dr. Who, it stands alone.  Here is a list of Dr. Who episodes that feature famous characters.

The MOST EXCITING thing we have discovered this week is HogwartsisHere.  It is a brand, spanking new site.  It has some glitches because they are being swarmed with new users.  But it is AWESOME.  You register and sign up for ACTUAL classes.  All the classes that Harry, Ron and Hermione took is offered.  You pick your house and dorm.  You have an account at Gringotts.  And you TAKE CLASSES!!  Each class is 9 weeks.  Keilee and I have both signed up but it has been so slow that we haven’t actually started our classes.  We are both taking “Defense Against the Dark Arts”, “Herbology” and “History of Magic”.  So if you have any Potter fans check it out!!

We went to a little park in our town that we just discovered last year. I actually knew it existed but always thought it was a private park.  It isn’t!  It was a lovely day and we had so much fun.

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I haven’t said much about it here but I have been laid off since Jan. 1 and there is no start back date.  I have had a hard time this time for some reason.  I think it is because usually I have an ‘end’ date to when this is over.  But my boss has been very sick and had surgery in February.  He is about to have surgery again the end of April.  Please keep him in your prayers.

Wisteria….I love it.  And I am quite fond of her too. ;)

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1. Creative Writing with Jessica and her girls.  This has been such a blessing to us both.
2.  She made Augustus a ‘harness’.  Thank you all who supported Augustus.  He is doing so well.  Keilee is still documenting everything and he is growing like crazy.
3. Wildflower pictures.  Kei is doing a Wildflower Collection.  I remember we did this in 10th grade Biology.  She isn’t picking them, she is just taking photos and putting all the pictures and info in an App.
4.  Art Journaling.  This Co-op class has been awesome.  It has taught ME so much too!
5.  Nut Balls for Augustus.  You wouldn’t even believe the ingredients.  He LOVES them so much.

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Another week gone.  Next week the temperatures are supposed to be in the 80′s!!!  Wooo to the Hoo!!!

I hope everyone has a beautiful and blessed Easter,
Homeschool Rocks!

“A breeze ruffled the neat hedges of Privet Drive, which lay silent and tidy under the inky sky, the very last place you would expect astonishing things to happen. Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking up. One small hand closed on the letter beside him and he slept on, not knowing he was special, not knowing he was famous, not knowing he would be woken in a few hours’ time by Mrs. Dursley’s scream as she opened the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he would spend the next few weeks being prodded and pinched by his cousin Dudley…He couldn’t know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: “To Harry Potter – the boy who lived!” ~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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Let Your Freak Flag Fly…

“Shrek the Musical” is history.  The songs are still being sung in our house, lines from the play will forever be a part of our dialogue.  It is like that in theater.  You hear the same lines over and over and over and the funny ones or the poignant ones just become part of your lives.

This was the biggest show Keilee has been in since she was about 10.  Dreamweavers Theater Company that she did from age 6-10 decided to stop doing theater so she found another home at College Street Players and Curtain and Lights Theater.  Which we both loved but one was in another town and their shows were smaller productions, still amazing, but smaller.

This show was not small.  It was a huge cast, an amazing director, professional costumes, a makeup artist, an orchestra and mainly adults in the lead roles.  The show was amazing.  Seriously amazing.

We met wonderful people who are now friends.  We met homeschoolers we did not know.  3 families that live in our town but we had never met.  I think there were about 7 homeschool families in this play.  I talked to 2 more Moms who have since contacted me about homeschooling!!!  I love that!

Keilee had practice 3 times a week at first, then the last 3 weeks it was 4 times a week.  From Saturday to Saturday [which is "Show Week"] I counted up and we were at the theater 58 hours!!! No exaggeration!!!  But I didn’t mind any of it.  For some reason it all just flowed.

Keilee LOVED it.  LOVED IT!  She loved meeting adults who were passionate about acting.  She loved getting to know the director who is just wonderful.  She loved making new friends.  She loves the fact that this company does several things a year and a huge variety of things from musicals, to straight plays to Shakespeare.

Keilee also made a Shrek hat for Shrek, a crocheted tiara with Shrek ears for Fiona, a headband with donkey ears and a LONG braided tail for Donkey and 3 Shrek dolls!!!  A Mom asked her if she could do it and she told her she would try.  She looked online and found one and just made it!  She worked on them about 12 hours during Show Week.  Then she decided she wanted to make the director one so she worked another 6 hours on hers.  And she took care of Augustus who is one high maintenance squirrel.  All during the grueling week of tech rehearsal, sound rehearsal, dress rehearsal and more.  I am seriously so proud of her.  I wish I had her energy.

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She had a smaller role than she is used to but she started out with 1 line and ended up with about 6 and 2 one line solos.  She knew going in that the director didn’t know her and she would have to prove herself.  She said she liked being a small fish in a big pond better than a big fish in a small pond because she had somewhere to go.  UP. :)  She said she learned so much and it was wonderful to work with such dedicated actors and director.

So here are some of the 1200 pictures I took.  With my crappy camera but some turned out good.  Its a law of averages kinda thing. ;)

Backstage Fun:  Theater kids are so dang cool.  They are always singing and performing, even when they are not on stage!!

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Getting Ready:   A wonderful guy who does set design and costumes in New York is from here but lives in NYC and does Summer Stock at The Barn in Michigan.  He brought ALL the costumes from when they did “Shrek the Musical”.  He also told Keilee she could come with him and be his assistant.  Nomad can’t go but Augustus can he said.  I said, “Ha Ha, NO”.   Keilee was also asked to be in the picture for the paper which was so cool.  The really bad quality picture is from our paper. I scanned it.

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 On Stage:  It was simple magic!

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Here is “Let Your Freak Flag Fly”  Keilee has on the blue wig. ;)  This is crappy quality from my iPhone and I didn’t even get the entire stage.  The colors were MUCH more vivid as you can see from my pictures.


 On Stage Part Deux: 

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After Show:  So many people came to see Keilee.  I didn’t get pictures of a lot of them.  Her first director was there.  She did plays with him from age 6-10.  It was awesome to see him.  The lady with the Shrek ears is Carol, her director for this show.  She is wonderful.

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Cast Party:  Always the cast party has been between the 2 shows on Saturday.  Not this show.  They had a huge party at a little restaurant downtown after the show.  So it started around 10:00.  It was a blast.  And they were STILL singing all the songs from the play. We made ogre toes!!  Aren’t they cute?  We both had so much fun and got home around 12:00.

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It is such hard work to put on a performance of this caliber.  So many hours spent at rehearsal and at the theater.  Honestly it is like a non paying job.  But watching her on stage always makes it all worth it.

To my daughter, this play has so many wonderful lessons.  “Beautiful isn’t always pretty”, “Always be who you are”and “Let your freak flag fly”.  This last one is pretty easy for us both because we’ve always marched to our own beat.

Another show under her belt but these memories will last us both a lifetime.

Homeschool Rocks!

Live theater is just an incredibly powerful medium, and I think anyone who goes, whether they know about it or not, if they see something that sort of fits with them, it’s kind of hard to deny that they had a good time.  ~Harry Connick, Jr.

There’s nothing like the buzz of live theater. You put it out there and receive an instant reaction: laughing, crying, yelling, applauding.  ~Samantha Barks

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Augustus the Squirrel

Keilee loves animals.  She has loved them since a very early age.  Not just dogs and cats and horses [she was never really a ‘horses’ girl] but all animals.  She has wanted to be an Animal Rehabilitator for years and years.

She wanted a dog since she could talk but until we moved here she wasn’t able to get one.  She rescued Pippy the bird 4 years ago and some of you know how that ended.  She kept her for 3 weeks and she could put her in the yard and call her and she would come to Keilee.  Kei found her dead in her crate one day and it almost wrecked us both.

About 3 weeks ago a friend called and said she had a baby squirrel and would Keilee want it.  I said, “NO, no way, no how”.  She laughed and told me to think about it and call her back.  And then Keilee made her case, with beautiful logic like she always does.  So I called her back and told her we would take it.

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She immediately brought it to us and Keilee checked and found out it was a boy.  She named him Augustus after her favorite book character.  And then we became squirrel people.

After doing intensive research, and finding contradictions on   we went to Petco and got some puppy milk.  $5 a CAN!  When Keilee told the check out lady she had a squirrel she gave us a name of a woman who used to come in that rescued squirrels.

The next 2 weeks were a blur of feedings every 4 hours, setting the iPhone every 2 hours to restart his heating pad because it turned off after 2 hours and very little sleep.  During the first 2 weeks Gussy almost died twice!  The first time we think he just got cold.  They must have the temperature 99°.  We came back from play practice one Saturday morning and he was stiff in his cage.  Keilee was so upset and I took her to the den and told her to sit on the couch and I got paper towels and a bag to put him in to bury.  When I picked him up his little arm moved! I called Keilee and she immediately put him on the heating pad.  In 30 minutes he was fine.   This is the first time I called the squirrel woman.  She sent me what I ‘should’ be feeding him.  So after pouring $5 of puppy milk down the drain we were off to buy $25 worth of the things we should be feeding him.

Last week we got home from play practice and he was gasping for air.  This time we had become much more attached to him and Keilee was crying and telling me to do something.  But I didn’t know what to do.  So I called the squirrel woman and she told me to give him amoxicillin mixed with water every 3 hours.  So we did that.  That night Gussy was so bad, we honestly didn’t think he would make it through the night.  Keilee kept saying she wanted to hold him because she didn’t want him to die alone.  [I am in tears just typing this] but I wouldn’t let her.  I wanted him to stay warm.  She moved his aquarium to the floor and laid curled around it.  I called my brother to let him know just because she was so inconsolable.  About 30 minutes later Seth, my nephew, came over.  Keilee was NOT happy to see him at first.  She HATES to cry and HATES for anyone to see her cry.  But he laid down in the floor with her and just hugged her.  I had to leave the room.  I heard her say, “I know he is just a stupid squirrel but I love him”.

That night consisted of alarms set every 3 hours for antibiotic and every 2 hours for restarting the heating pad.  I kept getting up and checking on Keilee and Gussy.  She refused to come to bed and slept on the floor with him.  He survived the night.  Thank goodness my brother had an old heating pad that doesn’t shut off.  He brought us that the next day.

Augustus is a lot of work.  She changes his bedding 3 times a day.  She feeds him every 5 hours.  He is about to start eating real food in addition to the formula she mixes up daily.  We thought from the beginning that he could be released at 12 weeks but the squirrel woman said, “NO”!!!!  6 months.  6 months!!!!  I told Keilee we could not afford him for that long.  He is about to start eating fruits and vegetables every day plus formula.  There is also a “Nutball” recipe that looks more complicated than French cooking and with more ingredients.  And I am laid off until who knows when.  I told her maybe we should call the Rehab people and they could come get him.

She asked me if she could try to raise the money herself.  What could I say? Keilee never wants anything and she wants to raise this little squirrel that she has invested so much time and love into. After writing down everything he needs and estimating what it would cost to buy and make, she decided it would be around $2 a day to feed him.

After doing some research she set up a fund for Augustus.  She asked me to post it on my blog so I did, in the sidebar.  I have not shared it on Facebook because it makes me feel weird to be honest.  So many people need so much.  So many people have sick children or are sick themselves.  So many people struggling.  But Keilee said some people WOULD care about a squirrel.  And she is right.  A dear friend posted the link to HER Facebook and Gussy has raised $90.  So if any of you feel like posting it to your Facebook Keilee would so appreciate it.  Just click on the Augustus link and when it takes you to his page it has a “Share on Facebook” option.

He has his own Instagram.  You can see it here or follow on Instagram at AugustusTheSquirrel.  Keilee has made Augustus her Science Project for a Science Fair.  She updates every day in a notebook.  She measures and weighs him once a week.  She has listed his formula and his sicknesses and his ‘firsts’.  She is learning so much about the profession she has wanted forever.  I think she has chosen something with a lot of heartbreak.  Yes there will be successes but the failures would just kill me.  I have been so incredibly proud of her during this.  She has taken almost 100% care of Augustus while doing a very intense theater production.

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Here is Augustus drinking his formula.  He is just the sweetest thing.

Augustus is just a part of our family now.  He is so little and he needs us so much.  He truly would not survive alone.  He makes the cutest noises and ‘fusses’ when he topples over. He always turns his head when he hears Keilee’s voice.

Thank you all for your prayers for Augustus.  My favorite was from Chris at Tales of a House Husband . He said this is the first time he had ever prayed for a squirrel! Us too Chris!

Homeschool Rocks,

“To the world, you may be one squirrel, but to one squirrel, you may be the world…”  ~ Twitter Feed “Squirrel Quotes”

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Short and Sweet

It’s been a rough week.  For more than one reason.  But I want to post so this is going to our week in mostly pictures.  MOST of our week.

Keilee got to reprise her role in Little Women.  They did a couple of scenes for a Theater workshop.  She loved being “Amy” again.

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Shrek the Musical practice 4 times a week now.  This show is going to ROCK. Seriously.  This is the most talented group Keilee has ever worked with.  Especially Shrek and Donkey.  Awesome!!  The main roles are adults except for one guy and they are immensely talented.  She has had a blast so far.

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Writing group went so well this week.  They act like they like it, I hope they do.

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60′s week at Co-op.  Fun.

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One of the reasons for our week has been Augustus.  It is very stressful caring for a squirrel who keeps trying to die on you.  More on that later but I will leave you with his cute self.

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We have done schoolish things; a few times.  Mainly we have just been trying to keep our head above water.

Homeschool Rocks,Karen

“This too shall pass”.  My Mother

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Drama, Squirrel Pets, Creative Writing and more Drama…

It always amazes me how the days fly by.  Has it always been like this?  When I was younger time passed so slowly.  Now it a month begins and ends in a BOOM!  Keilee thinks it goes by fast too so I don’t know if it is an age thing or not.

We had a great day at Co-op.  My Drama kids performed a white glove routine to “Who Am I”?  It was beautiful.  Several Moms were crying including me, even though I had seen them practice a hundred times.  Several of the kids had never performed before and they were just BEAMING!! 

It was beautiful here Monday and Tuesday so Tuesday I took my writing group to the park.  They did Mapping the World Through Art and worked on their stop animation film here and then we headed off.  It was so awesome seeing kids writing on blankets in the warm sun. 

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Afterwards they played hide and seek.  I LOVE that this group of teenagers did not sit around with their smart phones not interacting with each other at all.  I do so think this is another example of the difference in homeschool kids!

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In other big news Keilee got a squirrel to raise!  A friend of mine called and asked if Keilee would like it and my first response was NO!  Does anyone remember Pippy the Bird?  I didn’t want something else that would end like that.  But she made her points, very successfully I suppose since as I type  this the squirrel is in his box in our house.

She named him Augustus after her favorite book character.  She researched and made feeding charts.  He is the sweetest thing.  One of his eyes actually opened this morning.  Keilee knew they were about to.  She estimates that he is 5 weeks old.  It is so funny because Nomad HATES squirrels.  He barks at them in our yard ALL.DAY.LONG.  He either has no clue Augustus is here or he just excepts him as part of our family.  Keilee does close the door to the extra bedroom where he is at night so Nomad won’t eat him!!  Her plan is to reintroduce him to the wild when he is old enough.  Jenn at Little Homeschool on the Prairie said that she has friends that have a SQUIRREL DOOR in their house!!  That is just unbelievable to me.  We have hundreds of squirrels around here.  Of course Keilee thought that would be a great idea. :)

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Keilee had an assignment in her Photography class to take pictures of green and yellow things.  Here are a few of her pictures. 

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1. Drama kids performing “Who Am I”  2.  Making cupcakes for the neighbor ladies.  3. & 5.  They are doing a Theater workshop where she reprises her role as Amy in “Little Women”.  I cannot believe she was 12 when she did this and now she is 14.  Although she was ALMOST 13.  4.  Spring is COMING!!!

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In between the busy there has been a lot of Algebra.  In fact one day Keilee got it and I didn’t.  That has NEVER happened!!  I was so freaked but she was very happy. ;)   I actually did finally get it.  She has a HUGE notebook filled with Algebra problems.  I asked her if it didn’t make her proud of herself and she said yes but she didn’t think she would remember how to do every problem.  I told her that is what review is for.  :)   We are also doing Chemistry 1 from CK-12.  It is a free textbook and teacher’s textbook.  She is also doing Hank Green’s Crash Course Chemistry along with it.  And John Green’s Psychology too.  Can you tell we are HUGE Green brother’s fans???  We are working our way through “Grammar Girls Presents The Ultimate Writing Guide for Students” and loving it.  We are both huge fans of geek girls. 

Speaking of geek girls, we also continue to play World of Warcraft.   I have always loved online games but playing with Keilee is definitely a new experience.  She is much more fearless than I am.  We play on a PVP server which means “Player versus Player”.  That means any person [meaning a real life player like we are] from the opposing side can attack and ‘kill’ you at any time.  I’ve always played PVP because that is what my online friends have always played but I have never been that good at it.  But Keilee and I are a 2 girl wrecking machine. :)   We never have attacked anyone first but if they attack us, well we show no mercy.  No really we scream and run around like chickens with their heads cut off. We die a lot but we also laugh so much at times we can hardly play.  I am using my brother’s extra accounts so it is a FREE way for us to have some fun.  The game is very little killing players and mostly going on quests.  So there is a lot of reading and figuring things out.  

So there you have it, our second week of March.  The next 3 weeks are going to be crazy busy.  Keilee has “Shrek the Musical” practice 4 times a week.  Our Drama group at Co-op is performing a play.  We start practice Monday.  Keilee is MUCH better at directing than I am.  We found a short script and she rewrote it so everyone would have lines.  She also did all the blocking and wrote it down for me.  She is helping me create the program too.  Lots of hands on learning going on there. 

Thank you all for the lovely prayers. The situation hasn’t changed yet but my attitude has greatly.

I hope everyone is having a great March so far and that it is warming up where you are.  I am ready for sunshine beaming down on my face, walks , sitting on the patio and just not freezing all  the time!

Happy weekend,
Homeschool Rocks!

“No matter how long the winter is, spring is sure to follow.”  Proverb

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It’s March!!!

It is finally March.  Even though it has been pretty chilly and we even had some sleet on the first day of March, it is here.

We have had such a good week.  We didn’t do a lot.  We stayed home and did lots of learning.

We did go to the Mardi Gras parade on Saturday.  It is a parade for dogs and we always love it.

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Monday was a great day at Co-op.  We finished practicing for our “White Gloves” song we are performing next week at Co-op.  The kids are all so excited. 

Tuesday was my 2nd class with my writing group.  We actually went on a field trip when everyone first got here.  There is a really cool museum near us that is FREE.  It is a Natural Science Museum and it isn’t very big but they have lots of neat things there. 

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Then we came back here and did some writing.  They loved the first activity they did.  You write the first line of a story then pass it to the next person.  Then that person covers the first line and passes it to the next person.  So you can always only see the line right before yours.  When it gets back to the original owner they read the entire story and write a line to ‘finish it up’.  They all wanted to do it again so we did.  Then after snacks we did Mapping the World Through Art.  This is such a fun curriculum.  Afterwards they worked on their project, a stop motion video.  They are almost ready to start taking pictures. 

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We did lots of Algebra this week and Chemistry.  She also is going through Crash Course Psychology.  I swear I love John and Hank Green.  They are awesome!!  She has written some on the story she is writing and it is so good. Well I think it is so good and a couple of people who have heard it think it is too.  :)   Keilee finished reading “Divergent” and she loved it, which I knew she would!  She has already started on “Insurgent”.  She is reading MORE and MORE lately.  And simply loving it.  I was listening to her and a friend at play practice talking about books and they were both so excited and talking so fast about a few books they had both read.  It makes me giddy!!  

Did you hear about the SAT?  They are radically changing it.  I have read several articles about the changes and I think they sound so much better!!

Keilee is crocheting all the time too.  1.  She saw a cupcake hat that she loved so she made herself one; in ONE day, with no pattern.   2.  We also did some cool Zentangles at Co-op and watched 3.  “The Oscars”.  We both LOVE Jennifer Lawrence and Keilee really wanted to see Idina Menzel who played Elphaba in “Wicked” on Broadway and also was the voice of Elsa in “Frozen”.  4. She has made also made about 7 hats in 10 or so days.

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Thank you all for the prayers last week.  Things haven’t changed much but I am trusting in God to provide and open doors.  I am trusting in him having a perfect plan for our lives. Please continue to pray for us because I believe so strongly in the power of prayer!

I hope the weather is warming up where you are!

Homeschool Rocks!

“March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine.”   L.M. Montgomery

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”  ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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The Week That Was…

This week has been a week of beautiful and of not so beautiful.

It was filled with Co-op and a brand spanking new class I am holding at my house and Shrek the Musical practice and a funeral for a dear friend’s father and lots of laughter.  And lots of learning; Algebra I [the first lesson of the week gave us fits!!], Chemistry; Grammar Girl, History, reading about the brain, experiments, lots and lots of writing and more.

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1.  Nomad sleeping with his baby.
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3.  Chemistry lesson about thermometers.  You were supposed to experiment and learn the reason why a thermometer rises in hot water and lowers in cold.  The only thermometer I had was a meat thermometer and Keilee kept yelling, “Come on you can make it to the rare lamb!!  Ok now come on baby, make it to the rare beef.”  I was cracking up.
4.  Her Mythological Zentangle creature
5.  Art Journal class – Mardi Gras masks!  These turned out beautifully.
6.  Shrek the Musical practice.  This show is going to be wonderful. It has a great script! Keilee was asked to be in the Ensemble.  There are only 3 teenagers and the other 2 are in high school.  The rest are all adults.  She was so excited!  This show has AWESOME music!  Shrek and Donkey are hysterical.
7.  My first Co-op class at my house! I have wanted to do this forever.  I am so thankful for Jessica for giving me so much inspiration with this!!  We had a great first day doing Creative Writing, Mapping the World with Art and they are doing a project together; making a stop animation film.  I love projects that involve kids working together especially since Keilee is an only child.
8.  Sunday it was 70° here!  We stayed outside all afternoon reading in the sunshine.

We had a field trip planned to Space and Rocket Center to see the Da Vinci exhibit.  Keilee loves Da Vinci.  However one of my best friend’s father died and we went to his funeral that day.  It was a beautiful celebration of a life well lived.  He was 84 and founded the church the funeral was held at.  My favorite part was when the minister sang “Zippity Do Dah”.  It was lovely.

I am not ready to share the ‘not so beautiful’ but please keep Keilee and I in your prayers.  I know God has a perfect plan for us.  I try to remember that through all the tough times.  He gave me this child and I know he will provide.  I would just really appreciate your prayers for us.

Happy weekend all!
Homeschool Rocks!
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

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Crocheted Purse, Art Journal, Chemistry and Shrek the Musical..

Keilee spent the last week doing what she does best; crocheting, art jounaling, singing and practicing for her new play. 

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1.  Valentine’s Lunch at Panera.
2.  We played a great game at Co-op that Keilee first played virtually with Jessica’s girls.  It involves a HUGE taped roll of candy and dice.  They loved it!
3.  Practice for Shrek the Musical
4.  Famous person dress up day at Co-op.  Keilee said she was “Amelia Earhart with style”
5.  Writing class via FaceTime with Jessica
6.  Great game making site we found that she has spent a lot of time on.  It is Game Star Mechanics.  We both played on this site making mazes for each other to maneuver. 
7.  The purse she made with bottle tabs and yarn.  This turned out AWESOME.  I seriously loved it.

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I found a new FREE Chemistry site for Keilee.  She likes it a lot so far although she thought it was too easy.  She seems to think the first few lessons of anything are too easy and she loses interest.  I try to explain that no matter how many times she has taken a course the first few lessons are always review.  You can find it here at Middle School Chemistry.

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And as always she did tons of Art Journaling.  She spends hours and hours a week doing this.

The weather was GORGEOUS this week and we spent a lot of time outside.  We actually sat in the sun on Tuesday.  We took walks and played with Nomad.  It made us both want Spring and Summer so badly. 

Prayer Request:
My boss Stan has been in the hospital for over a week.  He had his appendix out and then they removed 3′ of his colon because of infection.  Please keep him in your prayers.  I am also laid off again.  I have been since the end of December and I haven’t mentioned it but we would love your prayers. 

We have big plans for this weekend and next week.  I would love for the weather to stay lovely but it isn’t supposed to.  It’s ok, I will close my eyes and imagine hot Summer days.  They will be here soon enough!

Homeschool Rocks!

“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”    Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Linking with
Mary at “Collage Friday”
Sylvia at “Friendship Friday”
Kris at “Weekly Wrap-Up
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Snowapocalypse 2014

This week was all about SNOW.  I don’t remember it snowing twice in one week in forever.  It was a week of us being so excited about snow.  We have gotten none all winter.  I see Instagram pictures all the time with beautiful snow and have wanted some so badly.  And I got it!

It started snowing Monday on the way home from Co-op.  Just a few flakes and by the time we were home, nada.  But the forecast was for snow during the night.  When we woke up Tuesday morning we had about 2″.  Keilee and I bundled up and took Nomad out.  We all had a blast playing in the snow.  Trey, one of Keilee’s really great friends, came over and spent about 7 hours with Keilee.  They played outside and took a walk and watched movies and talked and talked.  Then she introduced him to World of Warcraft and he played my character for about 2 hours.  They had a blast!

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By afternoon Tuesday it was all gone.  But another system was headed our way!  All Tuesday night and Wednesday morning I kept getting “Winter Storm Warning” updates on my phone.  We waited impatiently all day Wednesday and finally about 3:00 PM it started snowing.  HUGE flakes and it was like a blizzard.  I was so excited!!!  By 8:00 it was a winter wonderland.  I know to so many of you this is not a big deal but to us it was HUGE!!!  It rarely snows more than a dusting around here.  Keilee and I went outside at night and it was magical.  It was quiet and still and so incredibly beautiful.  Some of these are from our house and some are from my Brothers.

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There is something about being outside at night when it is snowing that is just unbelievable.

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After we got up Thursday we measured and we had 5″.  My brother had 7″ and some areas around us had 8″.

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It was a lovely, snow filled week.  And now we are ready for spring!

One of my favorite pictures!  She was throwing it at ME!

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Homeschool Rocks!


“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?”  ~J. B. Priestley

Linking with
Mary at “Collage Friday
Sylvia at “Friendship Friday

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The QUICK week update…

I am late to the Friday Collage party but I wanted to post something!  We had a great week this past week.

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Here is a quick collage.

* The pencil sharpener is something that has seriously always been a part of my life.  We moved here when I was little and Daddy put it on the wall.  When he put it there he and my Mother were young parents. I was a small child. Over the years I sharpened my pencils hundreds, if not thousands, of times. It heard the laughter and love that flowed through our house. Now, nearly 40 years later, it is a different time, my Mother and older brother have died, my Dad has remarried, my younger brother has his own family. Kei and I live in my childhood home and she sharpens HER pencils, turning the same handle I used so many, many years ago. But still it is a house full of laughter and love. The circle of life.
* Keilee got her pink guitar and decided to do a semi photo shoot for her edits.  She was wearing a headband she made!!  She saw it on Etsy for $25 and decided she could make it.  It is so cool and HIPPY, with yarn and beads and feathers.  She has already sold 2 and if anyone would like one they are $11 shipped.
*  I have restarted keeping a list of 1000 Gifts inspired by Jessica at Teachable Moments.  Every morning I list things I am thankful for and then I thumb through the bible until I find something I like.  I am using my Mom’s Bible and it has been amazing. Every day I find pieces of her; underlined passages, notes in the margins, old photos, little love notes from my Daddy, dried flowers and more.  It HAS been a HUGE 1000 Gift!
*  Seth introduced Keilee to Flappy Bird and she has been playing.  I hate that game.  It makes me crazy!!!  If you haven’t grabbed it for your iPhone you are out of luck.  It was announced yesterday that the developer demanded it be removed from the iTunes store.  He is from Vietnam and was reportedly making $50,000 a day from it!!!  But I read he was an introvert and could not handle the notoriety from it.
*  And we continue to play World of Warcraft.  Since Keilee is sharing an account of my brothers she has access to all his ‘modes of transportation’.  One is this motorcycle that 2 people can fit into.  I have cried laughing at her zooming us all over the place, paying no regard to little things like MOUNTAINS and LAKES!!!  Fun times.

Today we have SNOW with MORE expected tonight.  I am off to enjoy it.  Stay warm wherever you are!

Homeschool Rocks!

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  ~Abraham Lincoln

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