Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Stonehenge - in Washington

Last week I gave you a glimpse into our homeschooling, and today I'm doing something similar. We were studying Stonehenge in our ancient history unit and I suddenly remembered that there is a life-size replica not too far from where we live. It's been years since we took the time to visit it, and when I mentioned taking a spontaneous trip there, the girls were on board!

We grabbed our coats, cameras and coffee and 45 minutes were were there. You can read more about this replica HERE.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Another Teen in the House

It's official - our baby has turned 13 and we now have two teenagers in the house! I am loving the teen years so far. 

We have always kept birthdays simple. So far each of girls has had two friend parties - one at age 10 and one at age 13. This girl wanted an orange and pink color scheme and I had so much fun decorating for her. One of my favorite traditions is that we decorate for the birthday person and it's a surprise when they wake up. 

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

School Things

School has been back in session at our house for over a month now, and we are finding our groove. The girls are in 8th and 9th grades this year... our 11th year of educating at home! Here's a little peek into what we are doing this year. 

My favorite thing about home education is the shared experience of learning. We still do almost everything together, and instead of using textbooks we read living books.

Some times I get distracted....and when I do I often find the girls doing strange and silly things. Like dressing up in an Egyptian costume while listening to history or eating ice cream during Spanish (while learning to say "I need ice cream" and "I like ice cream". 

And other times we get experiences we never would have dreamed of. My youngest daughter is a bird enthusiast. This past week a little bird flew right into our window and then promptly fell to the ground. We went outside and were able to hold it for a few minutes before it flew away.

Then a couple days later another bird flew into another window. Sadly, this one didn't survive, but my daughter still got to look at it up close.

And then yesterday, yet another bird was trapped in our greenhouse. My daughter was able to catch it and release it outside!

My girls also take art lessons from a local friend. Their most recent lesson was on creating tessellations and I think they both did an excellent job.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019


We saw quite a bit of wildlife when we were in Central Oregon. 

There is a nature center in Sunriver and they have some injured birds caged there. It's fun to see these birds up close.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fort Rock

Out in the middle of nowhere central Oregon, there is an amazing rock formation. It's called Fort Rock State Park and this was our second visit there.  I didn't get a good photo of the whole thing, but you can see more photos here. It's a fun place to walk and climb around. Some parts are so easy to climb and the girls had fun exploring. It's also home to many birds - we found a lot of owl pellets and saw several large birds on the hunt. 

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Family Getaway

We just came back from four days in our family's favorite vacation spot. For this trip we did something we've never done before....we left all our devices (phones, ipods and computers) at home. It was fabulous. I do love technology and the way it keeps me connected to loved ones who live far away, but it often gets in the way of the ones I love that live right here with me. So a break every once in a while is good.

The first full day we were there we went for a hike in the Broken Top wilderness area.

I love the reflection of the mountain in my husband's sunglasses...

There were so many different types of fungi growing along the trail....

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun and Seasons