We made it through another birthday week here.
Jack turned 10, Victoria turned 15, and Alex turned 6.
I made a lot of cakes and cupcakes.
Here’s a quick round-up of ten fun ways we played and learned during birthday week….
- Victoria chose books for birthday presents, and picked out an awesome assortment at Barnes and Noble (see pic above). She also bought herself the Les Miserables soundtrack and we’ve been listening to a lot of French Revolutionary songs in the car.
- We’ve been doing a lot of bird watching. Daryl and the kids have spotted a white-faced ibis, an osprey, blue jays, red-winged blackbirds, lots of song birds, vultures, many kinds of migrating ducks, returning pelicans and a fantastic battle between two hawks in the road this morning, along with a very determined crow dive-bombing a red-tailed hawk on a pole this afternoon.
- Victoria taught her younger siblings about Nihilism. Of course.
- Anna has been writing poems and doing song rewrites. She has one about Corn and Snow (living in Minnesota) based on Carrie Underwood’s tornado song (I can’t remember the name now) and “I Knew You Were Homeschooled” instead of “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift.
- Jack graduated archery class and did an awesome job. We bought a family membership for the rest of the year so we can use the facility and the gear any time.
- Alex has been working on sight words. He knows about 30 now. We have a goal of 50 by the end of the summer and I keep track in my journal.
- Anna has headed up to Bemidji for the week with family friends. She stays with Guy and Val once or twice a year. They love getting to play parents and she loves getting to be an only child. They also teach her about legal stuff (Val is a lawyer), computers and all of the many subjects they are so knowledgeable about.
- Victoria and Daryl went to a writers/actors/artists workshop. They learned about everything from collage to Taiko drumming to writing to charcoal and paint. It was at a nearby college and Victoria made some cool new connections and they both had a great time.
- We have seedlings on all the windowsills and have started many gardens. We got a ton of snow on top of my freshly planted seeds, but they’re cold tolerant so hopefully they’ll fare okay. Inside, I have heirloom tomatoes everywhere, along with some exotic eggplants and interesting cabbage. I can’t wait for it to warm up enough to really get serious in the garden.
- Daryl, Anna and Jack auditioned for the Wilder Pageant. Victoria is sitting out this year (she has been in it every summer since she was 6), but Alex may join in as one of Daryl’s kids. Daryl will probably be Reverend Alden and Elias Bedal (Walnut Grove’s first mayor) again. We haven’t received official word about roles yet, but the cast photos are on Saturday so we’ll know this week.
We’ve also talked about… European travel, youth hostels, abortion, the Gosnell trial, townships, voting registration and more. The kids have also been doing… finger knitting, Big Wheel riding, ball playing, tree climbing, drawing, Lego building, Wii playing, video chatting, hiking, bike riding, sticky ball tossing, solitaire playing, Free Rice earning, dog walking, cooking, chores, talking on the phone with friends, reading, reading, reading and a whole lot of playing.
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