Thursday, October 31, 2013

cookies, carving, and cool skirt

Two nights of Collecting Candy

This year Lola was in for a double dose of candy collecting. For the actual halloween we went out in the pouring rain and wind. While the town where Granny lives cancelled for that night and held it on Friday. So we went down to visit and Lola had a second chance at the adventure. She really just wanted to pass out the candy with Granny and see all the costumes. This year's blue Macaw worked out great to stay warm.

Monday, October 28, 2013


Science classes at the museum center are excellent for Homeschool families. The trouble is they fill up so fast. Luckily we were able to attend this bat one. It was soooo cool to hear the sound the bat made. Lola really enjoyed this session.
Lola's on the right
Flying fox demo

feeling bat replica wing

~live bat~

Bat skull

diagram of how 500 bats fit in a foot

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Swan Lake

Lunch after church
It's fun to take the Doll to live performances to see how the professional ballerina's put on their shows. Lola really looked forward to going to see Swan Lake. The Cincinnati Ballet did a wonderful job. And a bonus for those of us who attended the final showing on Sunday, we saw the prima ballerina get proposed to on stage after her bow. It was so darling!
Lola and ballerina

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Watching Uncle Brian Race

A unique way to celebrate a birthday is to send someone you love over to the Richard Petty racing adventure. We sure enjoyed watching Uncle Brian get his turn on the track!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Zoo Camp

Petting a snake 
learning about bird bones

beauty of the fall

Snow leopard

another Snow Leopard


Spring Grove Cemetery

We went with some homeschool buddies to check out the Johnny Appleseed memorial at the Cincinnati Spring Grove Cemetery. The weather was a bit on the chilly side. We also found this unique rock that was across the way from the memorial of John Chapman. We also learned that Spring Grove is the 2nd largest cemetery in the United States and is on the National Historic Registry for landmarks.

 This reads:
Johnny Appleseed figure of legend was a Swedenborgian missionary to the ohio and Indiana Frontier. Saintly in his daily life he loved life in all its forms and had a joyous will to help the earth yield its fruits. Bible in Hand and sack of seeds swinging from his shoulder. He planted many apple orchards that live today in this region. May he be remembered in fact as well as in legend for his godliness and goodness.

 This reads
This megalith is constructed from Ohio limestone of the early Paleozoic era, 400 million years ago much of its beauty lies in the number of fossil remains that it contains.
The use of the 'standing stone' is deep in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Samuel raised such a stone as a thank offering to the Lord for victory over the Philistines he called it Ebenezer. "Stone of Help" Jacob having talked with God in a dream, took the stone he had used for a pillow and set it up as a pillar. Joshua upended a great stone to serve as a witness unto the children of Israel, lest ye Deny God."
Since man first sensed Divinity, he has raised large stones on end as testimonials of his faith and memorials to this departed Jacob spoke for many when he said "This stone.. shall be God's House."

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What's new in school….

Learning about the Phoenicians
in History

learning about lines of symmetry
in Math

Learning a new hymn
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty

Monday, October 21, 2013

From Scratch Pumpkin Pie

I don't mean to brag, but this was the absolute best pumpkin pie I have ever made:) 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Rainy day at the salt festival

 We were really looking forward to seeing the Tomahawk being thrown. Oh well, maybe next year. We did like seeing the different artifacts that have been found locally.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Sewing a little orange fox

After Coop today we had some fun sewing up a little felt fox. Sewing is a nice life skill for us all to have. Also included….patience, time, scheduling, finishing what we start…. it's more than just crafting:)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

hanging out doing some Math patterning

Generally you will find us working on some math after lunch :)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mosaic Lesson

Learning something new all the time. Our friend had us over to learn about mosaic making. It was so nice to learn hands on and to see what lovely designs the children made. Lola's cross is now hanging in her bathroom.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall Candy Apples!

Let's just say YUM! The house smelled so cinnamon-y. Fall snacks are sure fun. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

homemade gift bag

How fun is it for little one's to create something for their friends. Our little doll had a birthday party to attend this weekend so she sewed up a sweet little flower for her friend. I sewed her a bag and then we added her embroidered flower to the front for a pocket. Inside were some art supplies to use for her friend.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Leaf Raking


The Doll was heard agreeing that 'we don't have this kind of fun at our house.' She was so proud of being able to help her granny with the leaf raking. She did really enjoy jumping into the piles, but she was so genuinely excited to help. I am so happy with this child of mine.

Good Morning Dad!

When Dad goes on his trips for work we like to take a good morning Dad photo to brighten his morning. This is her with her fox Samantha. Notice behind we have school lined out  on the table for the busy morning. xoxo

Evan's Orchard Coop Field Trip

Bella and Lola on a Jumbo Pumpkin

Tractor Ride through the Orchard

Lovely Flowers:)
This year's field trip was quite a bit warmer than the one from last year. We enjoyed our time at Evan's Orchard. The kids really love going to play on the farm playground, especially the mound of dirt with the climbing ropes. I just love their cider and of course the apple donuts.:)

Monday, October 7, 2013