Monthly Archives: September 2014

In Search of a Passion Fruit Vine…

fruitscapes12 fruitscapes2 fruitscapes4 fruitscapes14 fruitscapes15 fruitscapes12 fruitscapes10 fruitscapes9 fruitscapes11 fruitscapes9 fruitscapes13 fruitscapes13 This last summer, we vacationed in Texas Hill Country. The house we stayed in had hummingbirds zipping through the landscape everyday. They were so fun to watch! We have a few feeders that attract Doves, Blue Jays, Mockingbirds, and Cardinals. But, I’ve really been amping up my efforts to attract Hummingbirds. We put out a feeder, but I don’t think it’s enticing enough on it’s own. Also, you have to refill the sugar water every 2 days and that’s already proving to be something I can do without. I’ve been researching which plants will draw in the tiny little birds and passion fruit vine kept popping up.

So, we headed out to a favorite local fruit tree farm in search of a passion fruit vine. The kids love going, because there are endless pathways in which to get lost among the fruit trees. I love going to try some of the exotic fruits. I finally sampled a star fruit. It wasn’t as I had imagined it, but still good. After spending an hour meandering we finally found the purple passion fruit vines and bought 2 of them. I’ve never had passion fruit, except in juice. I hope it’s as good as all the reviews I’ve read. And I’m really hoping the Hummingbirds like it and come to visit often.

Back to School…

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A typical week for us looks like this:

Math
Copywork
French
Poetry
Artist Study
Composer Study
Nature Study
Folksong Study
Hymn Study
Bible
Recitation
Literature
History
Natural History
Timeline
Phonics/Reading
Geography
Handicrafts
Tea Time
Drawing

It seems like a lot, but our school day only lasts about 2.5 – 3 hours. Some subjects are only done once a week. We usually take Fridays off for field trips or whatever. Most of their day is spent in our backyard catching lizards, butterflies, and pretty much anything that moves. There’s also tennis lessons, horseback riding, and baseball is starting up soon. Music lessons are on the horizon, but I haven’t finalized anything yet. I think I’m scared of the noise. Also, I ventured out into new territory and enrolled Jacks and Savannah in a local 4-H chapter. Looks like they will be raising a rabbit to show in the county fair.

I’m looking forward to all the new adventures that await. Here’s to another great school year!

One Day I’ll Remember…

anniecolor3 anniecolor1 anniecolor7 anniecolor anniecolor6 There is definitely no shortage of Momma losing her cool around here. I have to consistently tell myself that she won’t always be this little. One day, I’ll look back on all these things that drive me crazy now and I’ll remember. On the days I was annoyed when her Lego creations were taking over the house, I’ll remember how she always demanded they be put way up high to keep them safe. On the days I was annoyed when she never picked up her craft supplies, I’ll remember how proudly she showed off her work.  On the days I was annoyed how she dropped pieces of coconut all over the house, I’ll remember how she kept her little bunny clips in the leftover coconut shell. On the days I was annoyed how she squirmed when I did her hair, I’ll remember how sweet she looked in our handmade pom pom ponytail holders. On the days I was annoyed that she always lost her fishy sunglasses, I’ll remember they were her favorites. On the days I was annoyed when she takes off all the book jackets, I’ll remember how she loved it when I read Tikki Tikki Tembo. One day, I’ll remember these things and it won’t drive me crazy.