OK, so I could have picked any day this week. Monday was full of school and Chinese class for Hannah. Tuesday was more school and a walk at Hudson gardens. Wednesday is always light because of Park day, so I chose today. Yeah, I knew that we had a concert at the library and I knew that we’d be picking crabapples, but this is a more representative day – school in the morning, fun stuff in the afternoon.
So, I woke up at my usual time 7:30 am. I know this isn’t early for most people, but the girls and I are not early risers (unless we’re camping), so just pretend that 7:30 is early. I strive to start school by 9 am, so this morning time is mine to read my devotional, check my e-mail and HS group board, walk outside (sometimes), and do laundry-dishes-clean up around the house. This is also time to check over school to-do’s and make a specific plan of attack for the day (in general the girls know what to do, but if things are due, or big items are coming up, I need to let them know how to accomplish those goals.)
By 9 am the girls were downstairs working on school. Bethany finished up a report for English and this brochure for Government. Grace finished her Math and then worked on a map for History.
Hannah wrote her Math problems out (rounding), worked on her cursive and spelling.
There wasn’t too much school because we had to be out the door by 11:15. Our read aloud is:
Right now we’re on Clara Brown – Angel of the Rockies. We usually read at lunch time, but today we did it early because we had a treat for lunch, music at the library. Today it was Songs Judica and snacks from Whole Foods.
This time I brought paper and colored pencils so the girls could draw while listening to the music…music+art+culture.
Have a listen…..
The library also had an exhibit about Steve Jobs; giant i-phones were filled with US patents for his technology.
We saw a patent for a giant 1983 bulky computer and a 2009 i-pod and everything in-between. Walking back to the car we had to stop and take a picture in the red phone booth, even though it’s not blue…and not a police call box (you’d think someone would have painted it Dr. Who blue by now.)
We ate lunch at Chick-fil-a and waited out the rain. Back at home we used the delay in rain showers to head over to a local crabapple tree to pick enough apples to make jelly.
We picked about 10 cups (sans the ones Hannah ate.)
They have enough pectin in them to make jelly without adding pectin, so that is good news for us – first time crabapple jelly makers. We cleaned the fruit, cut off the stems and ends and boiled the fruit after measuring out 8 cups of apples. We picked the red crabapples because I thought they would make a pretty color of jelly (as opposed to the green ones.)
Then we strained the fruit, reserved the juice and boiled it again, adding in the sugar.
Finally we poured the jelly into jars and did a hot water bath to seal them. I had Hannah measure the amount in the jars versus what we started with. Let’s see…cooking+math.
Dinner was BBQ courtesy James, so I had time to plan out some more of our California trip (we’re leaving on Sep. 2nd…yikes!) We ended the night with a some TV and reading (not at the same time.)
So that is a pretty typical day in the life, some days are more schoolish, some days are more fun, some days are crazy and some days are snowed-in-sit-by-the-fireplace days….but they’re all good days at home.
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