We had beautiful weather this week! We spent one morning at the park and lots of time in our own backyard. Z-man handed Doodlebug a big magnifying glass and said, “You use this if you want to study things.” Now if I can just get Little Man to look in the correct end of the binoculars, we’ll be set. 🙂

Sassafras (2nd Grade):

Sassafras learned about Benjamin Franklin and the clockmaker John Harrison in history this week. She also finished up Gulliver’s Travels. She started reading Ann McGovern’s If You Lived in Colonial Times and learned about cooking in the colonial period. It was my plan for us to make homemade bread this week. It didn’t happen. 😦 In science she learned about clouds and precipitation. It was a great week for identifying clouds!


As part of our Michelangelo study, Sassafras and the Z-man carved a head out of an apple. The plan is to let the apples dry out for a few weeks, and then they’re going to dress them up. I think it’s a little freaky, but they think it’s pretty cool. For music, we listened to Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Sassafras also continued to work on Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring on the pianoShe wants to play it next weekend when Grandma comes to visit.


Z-man (Kindergarten):

The Z-man read Put Me in the Zoo and The Cat in the Hat this week. He also received a huge lot of Curious George books from a friend, so he’s been somewhat engrossed in those.  One afternoon he and Sassafras sat on the back doorstep and read their books together. I love it!

In other news, at 5:30 Tuesday morning, I heard some disturbance in the kitchen and noticed that the light was on. Daddy found the Z-man playing in the kitchen. He promptly deposited him on the couch and told him to go to sleep. Well, he did go back to sleep, but I, on the other hand, laid in the bed staring at the ceiling for the next hour. So, I decided just to get up and start my day. That’s when I noticed the markers and paper on the kitchen table. Apparently, the Z-man had been designing his own color-by-number picture sometime in the wee hours of the morning. Sigh. I included a pic below. If you need an interpreter, it says “1. Red 2. Brown 3. (written backwards) whatever.” I was informed later in the day that the picture is an apple with wings on a boat.  (Please note the jumping fish on the left.) So, there you have it. I think spelling is going to be a fun subject next year!


Little Man (3 years old):

“Another one bites the dusta.” That was Little Man’s motto this week. All of the time outdoors this week inevitably led to bumps, bruises, and scrapes. If it wasn’t him, it was Doodlebug hitting the pavement! Meanwhile, he also spent some time on the back steps eating crackers with his baby sister. Awwww!


Doodlebug (2 years old):

I still haven’t seen that cursed penny Doodlebug supposedly swallowed. Maybe I dreamed the whole thing. She has a checkup next week, so we’ll see what the doctor says. Meanwhile, she spent the week walking around in the North Carolina red dirt with her bare feet and sitting on sidewalk chalk drawings on the back patio. I also learned this week that while she may be fearless in many things, don’t let a little fly land on her. She was extremely upset!


We  bought a new bookcase this week. Don’t ask me how it fits, but we managed to to put it in the dining room with everything else. The other shorter bookcase in the room was just too chaotic, so something had to be done. I was getting grumpy. Now I feel much more organized, although somewhat cramped. 🙂

I’ve made it up to the 38% mark in Don Quixote. Only the equivalent of 623 pages to go! I think I can! I think I can!