surgery day

Thank goodness it’s not for anyone we know, not even a real person actually.

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Siena came home the other day with her friend’s doll, because he had both legs broken in his knee sockets.  I’ve never  seen these dolls, but her friend has them.  She came home and said “I have to do some surgery.” 

She came out of the art studio and said “OK, I’m done.”  And this is what she did.

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First of all, she made him a gown.  He was naked before that.

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She hot glue gun his knee sockets in place, and put splints and crutches, for the mean time.

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She sent him home with extra splints, tape, and directions to lay low for a while.  Keep the splints for a week.  Walk with crutches for 3 weeks.  Change gauze if bleeding.

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Not sure how or where she comes up with these ideas, but her creativity and the way she can make 3D things, amazes me.  Every.  Single.  Time.  She’s always been like this, since she was little.  Making boxes of any shape out of paper or card stock for something special, with no dimensions, no patterns, just out of her head.  Sculptures, houses.  Crutches with pink soft parts, splints? I love all of her creativity.


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And this time?  Let’s see how quickly he heels.  I’m sure he’ll be ready to play soon.

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in the kitchen

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Pesto.  Yes, regular basil pesto.  We love pesto.

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With these beautiful veggies from the garden, it took me to make salsa.

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I got the basic idea for the salsa, from Deb from Smitten Kitchen, but added the veggies we had available and ready to pick from the garden.  This time, I blended it, and I think the kids liked it more this way, since they are not big fans of tomatoes.

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It turned out really good I think.  I wonder how I can make it so I can can it.

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The cooler weather has called me to make some chai.  I’ve been making a concentrate so I can have it in the fridge ready to make, when I don’t have time to prepare it from scratch.  I use for the most part, Heather’s recipe. It is so good.

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I made this sandwich bread from Deb at Smitten Kitchen.  It is so good!  Another bread recipe in rotation.  Good!

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I think I’ll be making more loaves.  And I love it that it makes two. It is perfect.  I am so grateful for the amazing folks that share their cooking skills with wonderfully delicious recipes free for all of us to use and cook and share with our families and friends.  It makes me happy.  There are great proper in this world.  Yes indeed.

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Post – Impressionists : Vincent Van Gogh

Last spring we studied one more Impressionist / Post-Impressionist painter to add to our Painter’s Book we started last year.  The Dutch, Vincent van Gogh.

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After seeing this video again, the kids picked the painter again this time, and agreed to start with Van Gogh, but didn’t have time to do another one last year.  They want to mix the units a little bit, so maybe later this school year we’ll add another painter. We are really enjoying learning more about them, and focusing in one at a time, learning about their life and culture at that time.

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Vincent Van Gogh was someone we got to see lots of his paintings while in London and Paris last year.

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We did a Shades of Grey study, and it turned out good, I thought.  It gave us lots to talk about.

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Another project we did was to copy one of Van Gogh’s painting.

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I took my old acrylic paints from when I took painting classes… way before I had kids.  I think it must be 20 years ago.  Yes, that is a long time…. I am glad we can still use those paints!

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I think they both liked working with that but I think Lucas really enjoyed himself this time.

These are the books and videos we used for this unit:

We also looked online for pictures of the paintings and some ideas for projects to do.  One of the websites I read was from Practical Pages : Practical Homeschool Tips, Plans and Projects.

Hope you can use some of these resources and if you had other ones, please do add them in the comments section for everyone to use. Thanks for coming to visit.

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As I look back in our days I can agree and fall in love all over again with our days as they come each one.


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”                           –L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.

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last few weeks…

Haven’t done this in a long while, but wanted to remember these past weeks at least, because it was a fun and full September.  The past few days we’ve been having fun for sure…

… we saw the Super Moon Lunar Eclipse.  I am so glad we had clear skies to witness it.  One of the 6 lunar eclipses on Super Moon since 1900? Thank you Mother Nature for letting us enjoy it.  ‘Til 2033!

… we picked our first pumpkin from the garden.  The rest we’ll do together with our neighbors because we planted a little garden in their backyard after we weeded a whole bunch of blackberries this spring.  And we planted beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and pumpkins.  They’ve said they’ve enjoyed the veggies this summer (the best tasting ones they’ve ever had!) but I think they are more excited to see the pumpkins turning orange.  We’ll do a little picking celebration together with them I think.  There are 9 pumpkins in that plant I think.  It will be fun.

… I enjoyed my day at the fiber festival.  All surrounded by colors and textures I was craving.  I think it marks the cooler, autumn season in me.  I guess what it really says autumn to me, is when we go see the salmon run. We are going in few weeks, after there is more rain for them to start their trip back up.  Can’t wait.

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… went swimming to the lake…. one more time.  Don’t know if it will be the last visit this year, to swim, but we played and swam as if it was.  It certainly feels the sun not as warm, cooler waters, a whole lot more quiet, and we still had a beautiful, fun day.

… watched Boyhood and really enjoyed it.  And from there I went to these two kids singing the main song, I really liked their version.  But also this one.  And this one is too.

… saw Mark grade papers and homework outside, still catching the last days of warmth and sunshine.  It has been a beautiful fall start for sure.

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… made jam, bread, cookies, and few new meals that can be placed in the rotation schedule (that I add when everyone enjoys it.)  Glad for that.

… was gifted a handful of beautiful acorn caps by the youngest one, from a day in the woods without me.  I love acorns, and my kids know it.  They come from trips on their own or with friends these days, with little presents like these.  Thank you.   They are a wonderful gift to bring indoors.

… we watched another movie outside in our backyard with our friends.  We were talking on how fun it’s been this year.  Our first “Walk-In” movie night was back on March 26th, our spring break.  It was cold but nice, and I really wish I’d remember what movies we’ve seen this year.  But the list goes something like this: The Sandlot (twice, once with friends and once with the whole baseball team.) The Sound of Music.  The new Annie.  The Wizard of Oz.  Princess Bride.  Mr. Bean’s Holiday.  And lastly, the new Cinderella.  (I might need to add to the list as I remember.)  For the most part in the summer we watched at least one movie a week with friends and we’ve had all enjoyed these nights so much.  So much fun!  Something we will all remember forever.

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The kids playing before the movie starts, it is as much part of movie night as it is, popcorn, snacks brought by everyone, and the movie itself.

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Catching up a little with our friends.  Always a must.  Though maybe a little too brief.

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… really enjoyed making and watching a slide show of our kids from when they were little.  All of our friends coming to these movies, have sent me photos of them since they were born, and incredibly we are able to see our kids grow up together.  There’s pictures of them  with each other since they were born!  It is such a treat and I feel so lucky and blessed to have them as friends.

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Friends arriving by bike.  Walking. Running.  Meeting them at the park.  At a class. Playing basketball. Baseball.  Soccer.  Board games.  Frisbee.  Hula hooping.  Legos.  Scooting around.  Going to the community center.  Lake Swimming, anywhere anytime goes.  Pool swimming.  Anything goes.  DSC_0050 copyAnd movie nights outside.  Walk-In style.  I think we can still have few more.  We’ll see what the weather brings us.

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my job is to be the change

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“If the dark night is indeed a rite of passage, your job is to let the transformation take place.  Be sculpted, renewed, changed. You are the caterpillar becoming the butterfly.  Your task is to let the change happen.  Do what you can to participate in and cautiously and artfully further the process.  Discover the very point of personhood: the process of constant renewal.”

— Thomas Moore

We have to be the change.  We have to make it happen.

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