Friday, October 18, 2013

A Peek at Our Week: A Not-So-Off Week

In My Life This Week
Every Columbus Day weekend a friend of mine, R__, has a Women's Weekend, and for the first time I joined in. We ate meals at restaurants, window shopped for hours, people watched and chatted, played board games, and had lots of giggles. Over the years, I think I have forgotten how fun it can be to get out with girlfriends! How grateful I am that R__ treated me to every thing we did AND her husband graciously watched my kids so I could get out!

Things I Worked On
❦ Roasted and Pureed One Gallon of Pumpkin  Raked Leaves ❦ Began Winterizing Coop/Run ❦ Cleaned and Vacuumed Van 

What We're Cooking
Pumpkin! We harvested 8 pumpkins from our garden this year and a friend gave us a few more. After each of the kids chose one to carve or paint, I baked and pureed the rest, roasting the seeds.

High School Happenings
So, I asked Jake what he did this week and this is what he replied, "Same stuff." There you go! This week's summary from a teenager! LOL

Homeschool Happenings
We had an off week. No school on Monday. For ease, I follow Jake's charter school schedule. When he's not in school, we're not in homeschool. We took yesterday off (for the most part) to kayak. The mild fall weather continues and we're taking advantage of it! (Last year the kayaks were stored the 3rd week of September because it was too cold to go out...)  But some school DID happen!

I was beginning to wonder if Cati and Sam were going to move ahead again in Spelling Power. After WEEKS of playing the Spelling Game, struggling through the same 10-15 words, I'm happy to report that we are once again moving forward. Phew!

The Serpent's Shadow (C) & The Knight Before Dawn (S)
Easy Grammar - Preposition Test, Verb/Verb Phrases (C)
Daily Grams - Days 21-22 (C) & Days 26-31 (S)
Spelling Power - List 20 (C) & List 9 (S)
Poetry Unit - Diamante (C)
Greek Word Roots - pyro, photos, para, phone, graph
Saxon - Review 38/39, Test 8 (C) &  Math-U-See - 11C-F (S)
Life Science - Earth Changes, Bacteria and Viruses (C) & Plants, Reptiles and Amphibians (S)
Phys. Ed. - Bike Riding, Walking, Kayaking

People and Places
❦ Mom's Weekend Out (Mom) ❦ Library (C/S) ❦ Boy Scouts (J) ❦ Concert Band (C) ❦ Boy Scouts Camping (J) ❦ Kayaking ❦ 

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  1. What did you do with your pumpkin? We bought one and I pureed it to can it. I found out after research pureed pumpkin should not be canned. So, I had to put it in the freezer. I still want to can some more, but will put it in cubes. But, I have a ton of apples to make into applesauce and applebutter.

    1. Well, this weekend I'm making a couple of pumpkin pies with it, but after that I'm freezing it in 2 cup freezer baggies for more pies, muffins, pancakes, and breads later this winter.

  2. What a great idea to have a women's weekend. That sounds like a really fun idea.
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. Oh, your kayaking looks glorious. I am jealous! ;-) Thanks for linking with Collage Friday

  4. Oooh.. pumpkin seeds. Amber and I are not fond of anything to do with pumpkins (as a food) except the seeds. We LOVE the seeds. They look yummy. Glad to hear you had such a great weekend. I'm glad it all worked out for you to experience a change of pace and time with friends.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. I love your kayak photos! Yes, it has been so mild here in Maine - what a beautiful October week!

  6. My boys, who are looking over my shoulder now, like the kayaking. I think they want to go, too. :) I love all the pumpkin...I love everything pumpkin.

  7. I am so glad you have fun at your women's weekend. I wish I could gather some of my favorite bloggers and do that! :) I love your kayak pictures. Keilee and I have never been kayaking. Looks so fun and beautiful!!

  8. I enjoyed hearing about the breakthrough in spelling for the kids. We had the same experience recently with Rose and addition :-)

  9. Kayaking looks like fun! I go back and forth with myself on whether I'd enjoy it or not. LOL So glad you got to go to the women's weekend!

  10. What beautiful scenery in your area! Truly God's country! I'm glad you were able to enjoy your outing. Friends are such blessings! I am wondering though, I've heard of charter schools but know little about them. How do they work?

    1. Charter schools are public schools with a focus (usually). In my son's case, he attends a charter school that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math for high schoolers. All the rules and regs of a public school applies to a charter school.

    2. That sounds like terrific alternative for kids who really know what they want to study!


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