Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Autumnal Equinox

We have decided to try and celebrate some of the seasonal festivals as incorporated by the Waldorf method. I hadn't had a chance to post about our little Fall Equinox evening. We celebrated with a meal and bonfire.

We made Irish soda bread for the first time using a recipe from the wonderful blog - Weave a Thousand Flavors - Weave a Thousand Flavors - Irish Soda Bread . It was wonderful and the boys had a great time measuring out the ingredients and baking it. We will definitely make this bread again. It is a dense, heavier texture. My Grandmother never made this before, even with our Irish immigrant heritage.We roasted a chicken instead of the traditional duck, then enjoyed the bonfire.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Handwork of a different sort

We have been making our way through Oak Meadow and loving it. We have added in handwork of a different sort- do it yourself home improvement. Finishing the interior of our new backroom provided great opportunities.

Practicing with the drill.

You know... this might not be such a good idea after all...I can actually see those wheels turning.

Hangin' drywall

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Katydid visitor

We came across this katydid camped out at our place, munching on dog food. Of course I had to grab the camera. After a couple of pics it became agitated, gave me its best katydid threatening glare, and decided it does not care for paparazzi!

Monday, September 20, 2010

An Amazing Weekend

We are blessed to have amazing women in our family. This weekend we added a beautiful, great lady to the mix- my new sister-in-law Krista. We have been family for so long, now we just have the official paperwork.  :-P
What an amazing weekend.

Here she is- the gorgeous bride herself!

Beautiful ceremony, and so romantic.

LOL Had to catch her in this pose!

My way too cool brothers.

Pops looking smashing, indeed.

Two more of those amazing women, Mom and Tara.

A couple of the cutest boys ever.

My sweet boys and I at the rehearsal. 

The snazzy couple- Mom and John.

Check out this adorable couple- Justin and Tara.

My handsome brother and nephew and I.

Granny looking gorgeous.

Two Joe-Cools.

A great picture of D. and Pops

The whole gang.



The first dance.

Really cuttin' a rug!

And during all this, look out, a new teenager!

Dad and Bobbi lookin' great!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

First Form Drawing

Our quiet rural road was the canvas for our first form drawing lesson ever. Since it is new to all of us, our seventh grade son is starting along with the youngest. I stationed as lookout for cars while they had a blast using sidewalk chalk to try the first forms. Our local park has some areas of darker blacktop we will try using next.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A new Dark Blue

I have to brag on our oldest son and show him for the first time in his new dark blues. I am a mix of emotion at his chosen future profession. Mostly pride. Of course a mother's worry.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Oak Meadow First Grade, Week 1

We started off our first week with the holiday on Monday, a nice day at the railroad family day picnic. The families are invited to visit the 'carshop' and sit in an engine. Plenty of food and games for the kids. It was fun visiting Daddy at work. They are pictured here with my nephew.

We began our first week of Oak Meadow reviewing the capital and lowercase A, and the long and short A sounds. The fairy tale for this letter was 'The Magic Spindle', so I illustrated A on the board, using that story. He practiced writing the letters, next we will make a page for the Main Lesson Book (MLB).

We started the calendar making activity. I helped him use a T-square to draw the lines. It was a large one, but the only one we had handy. (A few blessings to a construction mess going on in the house!) We ended up using two pages of card stock. We have a few exciting events going on this month, so it will be fun to add to them the calendar.

Our first nature hike took us through our forest and around to Grandpa's yard.

The boys by an older Beech tree. As the tree matures and less and less sunlight filters through the canopy, the lower limbs eventually die off from that lack of sunlight.

We discussed deciduous trees and evergreen trees.

Here I illustrated the difference between two evergreen trees- Spruce (left) and Pine (right). A few differences noted by the boys were- shape and size of cones, and length of needles. I also pointed out the 'habit', that is, the overall growth shape of the tree, is different.

Most definitely the thorned variety. Did you know this tree is basically a large pea plant?

This guy was found warming himself in a sunny spot.

These Milkweed pods were covered in red insects. The boys were assigned the task to research what they are, and why they like the milkweed.

I believe this to be 'Horsetail' - considered a living fossil.

Our blustery, balmy day took a quick turn later on. We had decided to add a visit to the reservoir into our nature hike this week. Not long after arriving, the wind kicked up and we were drenched all the way down to shoes full of water! At least it made for a memorable hike. LOL
The boys observed many grasshoppers, which led to a discussion of the skeleton being on body's exterior, what they eat, and how they have the ability to jump so far.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Math Gnomes

Since we are starting Oak Meadow first grade, we found we were in need of some of those adorable math gnomes- Plus, Minus, Times, and Divide.

I looked at the prices and decided to try semi- making our own gnomes instead of buying them.

We started with little stuffed santa ornaments and pieces of felt purchased at the craft store. We were hoping that by the time we were finished they wouldn't turn out looking too santa-ish. We were in luck that we just finished the month of August, so that we have Christmas decorations to work with. ;-p

Santa guy waiting for his new outfit.

I cut out a paper pattern and sewed the two halves together to make the cloak.

Got his cloak on, and now ready for the hat.

Here is our guy- Gnome Minus. I used the leftover felt to make his little bag, using embroidery floss for the handle. Minus has a hole in his bag and so is always losing his jewels.

Next, we will work on making the other math gnomes- Plus has a green cloak, Times has a yellow cloak, and Divide has a red cloak. I amazed myself by remembering to get the right felt colors at the store!
I later sewed the 'minus' symbol on his hat and cloak.

I spent:
$1.40 for each santa
$ .15 for each felt piece

A total of about $7.00 for the four gnomes, not too bad.