Monday, August 31, 2015

Another year is underway

We have eased ourselves back into the “school year” slowly.  This is what our year “should” look like:

Grace - 10th Grade.  Crazy.  10th Grade.
Math - finishing up algebra (we switched our curriculum from Teaching Textbooks to Key To mid year and we are on target to begin Geometry in January 2016).  We are using Key To Algebra by McGraw-Hill.
Science - Apologia Biology
History - Dave Raymond’s American History (available through Compass Classroom.) She will receive a full credit for American History and a 1/2 credit for Civil Rights studies as an elective.
Language Arts - full credit for One Year Adventure Novel.  
Piano - year 6
American Sign Language - year 3
Horse Back Riding - year 2
Possible 1/2 credit in photography if she completes a few more classes.  We are looking at an online class and walking photography tours of NYC.
Babysitting, book club, and Classroom Assistant for K/1 Religious Education at church which is a weekly commitment of 3 1/2 hours.   This month she received adult certification for First Aid/CPR.

12th Night in early August
Studying the Underground Railroad beginning with a house in our town.

Finding her next piano piece


Working on Biology while waiting for a foot x-ray.  She's fine.  Just a bruise.

Writing Group began!

Lilah - 8th grade.  My baby just turned 13 and is in 8th grade.  I am not one to fret over the process of growing up, in fact, I look forward to them becoming more independent and discovering more about themselves each year.
Math - TBD
Language Arts - she will receive a high school credit for OYAN.
Science - Apologia’s General Science
History - Dave Raymond’s American History (also a high school credit although her work load may be modified and she may have supplementary work to do in the future to complete her credit) and 1/2 credit of high school for Civil Rights studies.  
ASL - year 3
Horseback Riding - year 2
Other involvement with book club, resurrection of a baking club, babysitting.  She also received her adult certification in First Aid/CRP.

This is how we see Lilah lately.

Preparing for 12th Night by watching a BBC animated adaptation. 
Participating in a summer-long artist trading card challenge.


Late night working in her favorite workbook

Learning how to use PicMonkey

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cape Cod Traditions

Sometimes when you flip through Facebook or Instagram you see lots of family traditions from back to school to birthday to holidays.  More than once Greg has asked me if our family has enough traditions.  I’ll admit, we don’t turn everything into a celebration, but we do have certain things that are particicular to just us.  Like on Christmas morning the girls are not able to open one gift until I have made a cup of coffee!  That and my homemade cinnamon rolls.  Or Christmas Eve mass with Grace playing the piano.  Or decorated birthday tables.  Or Not Back to School Days.  And most certainly Cape Cod.

Bike Rides

Family Selfies
 Exploring fun little shops
Time spent with the youngest cousin (these are urchins) 
Handstands.  Always handstands. 
 This is our second year recreating this picture.  First year with the butt dance!
Seals in Chatham 
 Chatham Fish Market

Monday, August 24, 2015


This week away was a welcomed break.  It was slow.  It was simple.  One night Lilah and Greg went on a bike ride and Grace really wanted to take her GoPro to the beach and capture the stunning sunsets we were experiencing.

We went about 45 minutes before mother nature begin her evening matinee.  We staked out of perfect spot.  She was ready and then, just as the sun was dipping, about a dozen other people rushed to the exact same spot we were in.  I was flabbergasted.  Honestly people, with miles and miles of coastline, why would you block a photographer’s view?  It was beyond inconsiderate, but we adjusted and found our new most perfect spot.  

(These are unedited with my iPhone.)

When the sun made its decent past the horizon and left us with a cotton candy pink glow, the crowds cheered.  I guess that made up for their crowding us out of our spot.  It was a special moment that I will forever cherish.  

I love how Grace can capture still moments with a camera meant for capturing the most intense moments.  She takes pictures of sand and surf while others are using it to capture runs down a mountain or the intensity of skydiving.  She captures marine life while others are capturing life whizzing by at unimaginable speeds.  I am so glad we took this moment to just stop.  To just be. To marvel at nature and participate in the moment of glory that was given to us from the Almighty Creator.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Say Cheese!

As an anniversary gift, my sister booked a session with a local photographer on the beach for all 13 of us.  The kids looked simply perfect all dressed up and the light could not have been more perfect.  My iPhone captured images with the quality of a professional camera.  I cannot wait to see the photographer’s images when they are released to us.

Don't You Just Stay Home All Day?

It’s funny because last night at youth group some of the kids friends were discussing homeschooling and really truly felt that we stay home...