My parents are celebrating their 40th anniversary at the beginning of next month. We decided to do an updated picture of all the grandkids for them! At the end of July we gathered all 14 of the kids together and snapped some pictures. The kids had to keep it a secret for a whole month ... and they did a great job!
The view of the Lake during the Anniversary Party.
The last two weeks have been a little crazy! Last weekend we celebrated my parents 40th wedding anniversary with a surprise party. We took Friday off to decorate. Then, we celebrated my step mother-in-law's 70th birthday with a surprise party on Sunday. We had to drive down to Ohio, and made it literally moments before the birthday girl arrived. We had a fun evening with family and friends, then went to my sister-in-law's to spend the night. While there, Alex followed their dog into his crate and got himself bit on the arm. Most of the night Alex just cried, keeping us all up. When we returned home we noticed that he had some redness around the wounds, so we made a trip to the doctor and got him on antibiotics. Joe had his second round of poison ivy in as many weeks. He is covered from head to toe and has huge blisters on his hand. He's been unable to write, so he pretty much took this whole week off. On top of that my washer was broken for a week!
Alex giving Sarah a push at Bonnie's birthday party.
Sitting around the campfire.
Alex and Sarah sliding while everyone else went on a bike ride.
We kept things pretty basic. Math, grammar, phonics for Jada, reading, handwriting. Caleb completed another chapter in Physical Science and finished 2 more weeks of Writing with Skill. We spent last week studying ancient egypt, but didn't do any history this week. Caleb finished both Kidnapped and Babe: The Gallant Pig. Joe and Rachel read Babe: the Gallant Pig. Jada had a little trouble with Babe, so she read some Magic Treehouse books, instead. We started The Golden Goblet as our Read Aloud.
Sarah, Rachel and cousin Reuben "riding" on the horse while we set up for the party.
The candlelit pathway.
We attempted to mummify a chicken last week. We did the initial preparations and covered it in salts. We pulled it out the next day to rid the bag of any moisture and resalt ... and it smelled pretty bad. When we returned home after this weekend, I couldn't get either of the boys to resalt it, and I certainly didn't want to! We decided that we wouldn't see it through to the end, and threw an apple in the salt mixture instead. So ... we are chicken mummy failures! The part that makes it hardest is knowing that I could have made 3 meals out of that chicken, and instead it just ended up in the trash. I think they learned a lot about the mummification process, though, just from the initial work with it.
Joe having fun drying the chicken.
Rachel mixing up the salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
I always have a hard time with that first major hair cut for my little boy. I've seen enough little, long haired boys to know that I'm not alone! But, Alex was way overdue. Now he looks like the big boy he is!! Now we can see his big, blue eyes!
Weeks 2 and 3 are complete! We've been fighting sickness (Alex, Aaron and Rachel have all been sick ... of course none of them at the same time!) and we are all very tired from a very busy summer. Josiah has had a really bad case of poison ivy this past week, keeping him from being able to concentrate (according to him, at least, LOL). Caleb is using several text books this year (we've always used living books and workbooks for math) and he's had a bit of trouble adjusting to the new format. Plus, I'm beginning to see that when people say that kids' brains turn to mush when they go through puberty is in fact true. We're hoping he gets through this stage quickly!
We finished reading aloud The House at Pooh Corner. The kids liked it, but didn't derive as much enjoyment from it as I did. We read "The Little Mermaid" and watched the Disney version at the end of this week We were all surprised at the differences between the original and the Disney Movie. We also read one story from the Tales of Egypt. We were supposed to read more this week, but the boys and I felt uncomfortable with them, so we decided to not read any further.
After looking at some cave paintings in an art book, the kids try to replicate them with their own 'cave' paintings.
Alex and Sarah join in the fun.
We also learned about the Fertile Crescent and how early man went from being nomads to settling down and becoming farmers. We made our own cave paintings after looking at pictures of some originals. We also learned about the two kingdoms of Egypt and how the two of them were united. We learned about the importance of the Nile to the Egyptians and made our own model of the Nile.
Josiah lining our Nile River with aluminum foil.
The girls adding pebbles and planting grass seed along the river.
Rachel flooding the Nile. I think she overflooded it ... we'll see what happens in the next week and whether we have anything grow!
The girls learned about light and colors. They made a color wheel, then spun it in a circle and got to see how the colors became white. They learned about how shadows are made and made their own shadow puppets.
Sarah and Alex playing with sponge blocks.
The girls finished Charlotte's Web. Rachel read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Jada read The King's Equal and started Babe:The Gallant Pig. Caleb read Kidnapped. Josiah keeps losing his books before he finishes them. Definitely something we are going to work on! So he read all but the last few chapters of both The View from Saturday and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (yes, Rachel finished it in the morning, but by afternoon it was missing!). He also read Jumanji, and watched the movie. He then compared the differences between the two, but said they were pretty close.
Sarah completing a maze.
Caleb completing a physical science lab.
They all also completed 9 more lessons in math and each took their first tests (all getting A's!). The three older kids completed 8 more lessons of grammar. We didn't keep up on spelling and writing very well these two weeks, but we'll pick those back up this next week.