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Week’s Worth April 16-22

We are all two shades tanner and ten levels frecklier since spring has begun.
We planted our two vegetable beds at the end of March, and although we tend beds every spring, this was the first year we felt so passionate about the fine details.

I attribute this to children old enough and interested enough to help. This is the first year in nine that I’m not pregnant and/or carrying around a baby, so there has been much more freedom in yard tending for me. Plus it’s been really rad having kids old enough to help!

This spring has been so fun! We’re annoyingly obsessed with our little plant babies and check on them numerous times a day which feels like it makes the growing slower, I think.

It’s amazing how much beauty and diversity are packed in to the infinite amount of variations of things that grow. We’ve spent the week studying soil in our Kinderfarmhomeschool Gardening Curriculum, and what I really want to know is at what point in my life did things turn to where I am so fascinated by dirt and such things?

I do not know, but at least it has been a family affair. We’ve all been learning so much about minerals and temperatures and shades and ph levels and propagating and sunlight and blah blah yadda yadaa. All the good and boring things.

My friend was on vacation this week, and we even got the privilege of tending to her garden while she was away. We never grow cucumbers because none of us eat them, but when we had permission to pick one of hers, we ate them and flavored our water with them, and basically we have a bed going up this weekend for cucumbers since there is just no stopping us now.

We had a tough week this week in math, so while we battled the sorrows of subtraction with both of our math students, we pretty much nixed everything else other than our gardening. Hello summer, we are reaching for you ole pal.

These are the resources we’ve gone back to with the kids. How to be a Wildflower isn’t as educational as it is beautiful, but since I have a love for both, we’ve carried it around outside a few times this week for inspiration. My girls adore it! Dirt is definitely geared toward older children, but it is jam packed with good info. Compost Stew has been much enjoyed by my youngers, and we even let my little four year old do a glue and dirt project with the letter D:

It’s the brown page, which is kind of hard to see with this Hipstamatic shot, but I can’t help that because I’ve re-downloaded that early 2000s app and pretty much am obsessed with it.

We haven’t added a lot of new guys to the flower beds this spring, but we did add a pot of these pretties. Pictured is Sally, Susan, Sable, Juan, Hector, and Poe. We do not know who stuck Poe there to guard, but we leave him because he’s charming.

So far we have vegetable beds with lettuce, kale, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, peas, and melons. We’ve added olive trees, a mulberry tree, fig tree, and a pomegranate tree to our little Kebby orchid of citrus trees. We’ve got some basil, rosemary, peppermint, and lavender. We’re trying our hand at some coffee and blueberry plants this year too!

What are you planting? What should we add in besides cucumbers (because who knew everyone loves them when we all thought we hated them?) What’s your favorite thing to grow? Talk planty to me.


A Mid-April’s Week’s Worth

Hello little space on the internet how are you?
I am well. This is good because I had been pretty sick lately, but thankfully I am feeling much better and more writey lately.
Spellcheck is annoyed with my use of the word writey, so I think I made that up.

Before I share some of my week’s worth of highlights more school geared, I’m just going to take a little minute and show off my newest hair color, because when you’re hair is the perfect shade of cool toned denim, ya girl gotta throw that all over the internet. It blends really nicely into my existing silver sprinkled roots, so I’m pretty in love.

Speaking of in love. This. My girl Chana makes the most luxurious tasting caramel, shortbread, and marshmallows, and if you came over to visit I’d share it with you, only my entire order is completely gone. So get yours here, and thank me later.

We have been loving our April read aloud. I chose Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland largely because this illustrated version makes my heart entranced in the illustrations. I’ll have to do a post when we finished with some activity suggestions, because we have had an absolute blast coming up with things to do to make the chapters come alive for us. Irrelevantly, how sweet is that cross stitch by my 8 year old? She loves sewing and embroidery and she usually keeps her hands busy with that while I read Alice.

I did find this lovely art work to print out and have the kids color while reading too. They usually do a pretty good job paying attention while I’m reading, but sometimes it’s nice to have everyone’s hands occupied so they don’t find them in trouble.

My sweet Selah girl has been asking me to teach her to read since last summer, but she has had some struggles with letter recognition, so we have spent this school year with her really engaging in sensory letter related projects so that the letters really stick with her. There are far less messy options out there, but shaving cream on a cookie sheet has been her favorite. She’s gained so much confidence with it!

These pretty little things were our baking project on Friday, and they made me happy. All of the kids helped from beginning to end, and I love a project that produces cupcake and encourages following directions merged with creativity.

This little guy even surprised me by appropriately sorting jelly beans by color.

-We are starting to look forward to summer break. Actually I am looking forward to summer break. I told the kids we would take all of June and July off, but they asked if we could do a summer study on animals, so I think that we may just do some child led unit studies on specific animals of interest along with maybe continuing our gardening curriculum.
-Both Adeline and Gideon are almost finished with their math for the school year, and finished math books always equal one on one ice cream dates, so they’re extra motivated.
-We battle really acidic soil on our property, but our spring garden has been coming along. This year I laid some news paper before I resoiled the beds, and it has been such an amazing hack since I’m not pulling weeds in it all the time like  I usually am.
-I am on a spending freeze to try and save for some dental work for both myself and Gideon, and spending freezes are absolutely torturous for me when Amazon is just over there existing like normal.
-We’re thinking about getting a few baby chicks through the mail so that they can start laying when our current chicken friends slow down which will probably be this fall. I’m hoping for some like this and this and this. Why do I love chickens so much?
-I know Pete’s Dragon wasn’t the most loved movie made recently, but I just love it so much. We just watched it this evening, and I wish I could have a dragon.

We’re so excited to celebrate our risen Savior tomorrow. We’ve been observing Lent for the last few weeks, and the anticipation for tomorrow is in waves all over the place here.
Happy Easter my friends.




Week’s Worth: March 12-18

I love favorites’ posts. I love to read them, and I love to write them!
I blogged here for 9 years, and a for few of them I’d do a “Thursday Favorites” series where I posted highlights of my week.
I think I’ve decided to post a version of this on Saturdays with our week in review-a little grab bag of memorable moments filed away here, if you will.

So here’s my very first one:

-I was on my way to the pencil isle at Target, when this beauty stopped me to jump in my cart. It was too special to be stocked among others in the store when I could rescue it and give it a place to thrive. Plus it was on sale.

-My guy turned 30 on Monday, and we had so much fun celebrating him. Ryder got him those rad glasses, Selah got him chocolates that she accidentally ate before she was able to give to him, Gideon got him a promised fishing trip, Adeline gave him a Polaroid collage of our family, and I got him a pillow. He got silly-stringed, red velvet cake, and Twizzlers too which made a mysterious disappearance shortly after being opened.

-I got to put these pretties on the wall in the school room this week. I have 6 more on the other wall in the room, but these are my favorites. $3.50 for a set of 15 here.

-How sweet are these St. Patty’s leggings my sister made for Adeline?

-We are all into these kid’s matching cards from SRT! They’re Isaiah’s prophecies fulfilled in Jesus, and we have been loving learning through them.

-As I was studying Isaiah, God revealed much of my own heart, and Philip and I were greatly encouraged adoption could be in His plans for our family.
-Wrapped up and enjoyed a bible study on Ruth this week with 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit.
-Loved this article on peaceful parenting.
This pin gave me real floor envy.
-Adeline met her Girls on the Run goal of 20 laps.
-We’ve been deeply enjoying Rich+Rooted Passover.

I think that’s it? This week was nonstop and jam-packed, and we’re all hoping to regain a smoother pace next week.
If you blog and keep a similar favorites series, let me know so I can creep on it! I love them!!