Wednesday, August 2, 2017


This year we took our spring break and took the girls for their first trip to the Atlantic coast (normally we are on the Gulf coast).

 We enjoyed hanging out with some special friends!

After leaving the beach - we headed down the coast to Charleston....

 And then to Savannah!  When in Savannah.. you have to get some Taffy!

 The old cobblestone streets are fun - and exhausting to walk on!

 After our visit to The Pirate's House, we all came home ready to read Treasure Island!  The novel is supposedly born after a trip to the Pirate's house and hearing the tales of buried treasure.

 After vacation we picked back up with homeschool field trips (or hands-on learning).
This month, our city's homeschool day was on habitats.  Our teacher led us on a walk on a local trail to look for animal habitats.

Then we used natural materials to make a "fairy" home.
While that may sound a little strange - it was so interesting because the teacher also wove some local history into the trip.  The Native Americans that used to live in this area had many legends of the fairies that guarded the woodlands.

Back at home, we dove into an art project.  Did you know that roller coaster designers begin creating those mind boggling rides on paper?????  Well, we learned all about it - then the girls worked on creating their own roller coaster model.

Megan has joined a soccer team!  She's learning and working hard - I have to say, she's not afraid to try any position.  She's already looking forward to the next season!

And then.... it was Easter!

We  girls also had the opportunity to meet up with a local homeschool group to go see Disney on Ice.

This month, Nicole's American Heritage Girls troop held a derby car race.  Megan was excited to get to join in on this one.  We both made cars for the "outlaw" race.  Let's just say that both girls beat the socks off of me!
And Nicole's Smurf car brought home a trophy for it's design!

Finally, the zoo.... you know how we love the zoo!

And believe it or not.... even with all that going on - Tom and I got a weekend away!!!!!!


March started with a bang!
We kicked off the month with a historical visit to the The Greatest Show on Earth!  And it was truly historical since this will be last visit of the circus EVER.  I guess it was a good first and last for the girls.

Of course, March is also a month of celebrating.  Our first born turned 10!  wow!
 To celebrate the big double digits - we treated the birthday girl to her first hibachi experience.

And of course - the learned continues....  One of the events that both girls love is to go read to cats at a local shelter.  Good Mews is a no cage shelter with hundreds of cats.  They work hard at socializing the cats so that they'll be used to hearing people's voices.  The girls love the fun reading practice!

Nicole has enjoyed her 1st grade homeschool science class.  One of her favorite classes was learning about how insects eat. 
 And then there are normal days - where we end up having school in our pajamas. :)

 We are so fortunate to live in a area with LOTS of homeschoolers.  Our city actually has a homeschool class every month! In March we got to tour the city water plant and learn how our local rivers and streams feed into our water source.

 The month ended with some time with my youngest.... Nicole had a camping trip with her American Heritage Girl Troop. 

The months are full and flying by!