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

Monday, October 24, 2016

An Afternoon Walk

Seasons can be so fleeting, so when we get a break in the rain and in our schedule, I'm trying to be intentional about getting out and soaking up the beauty of fall. I wish the camera could fully captures what my eyes see, but sometimes the colors just don't transfer they same. 

I specifically wanted to find these particular mushrooms that I spotted in this same park last year. I was thrilled that there were several growing!

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Picture Study

New to our curriculum this year is picture study. I was listening to a podcast recently and the guest was Emily Kiser - creator of Picture Study Portfolios for Simply Charlotte Mason. I was so intrigued by her message and knew I wanted to give this a try (which is funny, because at first I almost skipped the podcast simply because I didn't think I wanted or needed to add anything else to what we were doing).

I texted a local friend who follows the Charlotte Mason method and asked if she did picture study with her kids. She does, and she had several artist portfolios that she offered for me to borrow. I randomly chose Vincent VanGogh, and introduced my girls to him and his art.

They are eating this up! The idea is to study one piece of art at a time, eventually covering 6 of the 8 pieces included in the portfolio. The first day I read the short bio about VanGogh, and displayed all 8 pieces for them to look at. A couple days later I chose one piece to have them study in detail. After several minutes, I asked them to narrate what they saw. Then we talked about the title, the dimensions of the original piece and I shared a few details about the piece.

It really doesn't take more than a few minutes and it's not something we do every day, but I know it will add a lot to our year. And I love the idea of focusing on one artist and studying several pieces of work by that artist before moving on to someone new.

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Colors of Autumn ~ Purples, Pinks and Blues

The real color prompt for this weeks Colors of Autumn is Indigo, but that's a tricky color to define. When I google it I come up with several shades ranging from purple to blue and everything in between. So that's exactly what I looked for this week ... purple, blue and everything in between.

I'm linking up with Wednesday Around the World and Image-in-ing 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Harvest Time

We took our annual trip to the pumpkin farm this past week. It's under new ownership and I'm thinking we need to find a new place to go next year. Or maybe go earlier in the year. It just seemed like we had missed the season or something. But we did manage to get our pumpkins, so that's good. 

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life by Jeff Wilser

I picked up this book because I'm slightly obsessed with all things Alexander Hamilton, thanks to the musical. What I love about this book is how easy it is to read. Not only are the chapters short, but they are fun to read. The book is divided into ten different categories (like romance, money, leadership, self-improvement, etc.) and then each category has little chapters that explain some of Hamilton's quotes. 

It's a mix of biography, humor and advice based on Hamilton's writings. As I read I found myself laughing, nodding and shaking my head in disagreement. I'm certainly glad I picked up this little gem, even if I intend to live a slower life than Alexander lived. 

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Birthday School

We celebrated a birthday in our house yesterday.  We've kept our birthday celebrations pretty simple over the years (no big parties with friends and family), and I absolutely love the traditions we've created. Yesterday the birthday girl was in charge of school, and although it wasn't our most academic day, it was fun to let her take the lead. 

Here she is trying to do her math drill while face timing a cousin. 

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Colors of Autumn ~ Pumpkin

There is just something so warm and cozy about the colors of autumn - the golds, oranges, reds, browns. This week I've specifically been looking for "pumpkin orange". So my first photo is obvious, but I was pleased to find glimpses of orange elsewhere as well. 

I'm linking up with Wednesday Around the World and Image-in-ing