A Museum and a Garden

In my life this week…
The week seemed to fly by. We spent last Saturday at the SC State Museum. It was Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day and all across the country participating museum’s had free admission. It was a lot of fun to see the history of SC. Here are a few favorite shots from the museum.
 
sc museum
 
Our week rolled along with activity and school work. My sweet mom came to visit on Friday so we took another “field trip” of sorts. We went to the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville, SC.  It was really cool.  The garden is Mr. Fryar’s yard and an adjacent lot with lots and lots of topiary trees. Here are a few shots that my hubby took of the garden.
 
topiary
 
If you’re interested there is a documentary about him and the garden called A Man Named Pearl . If you have Netflix, you can watch it there.
 
Biggest news of the week is that Papa John’s Pizza is now in our little town. We are VERY excited about this. We came to love Papa John’s when we lived in Louisville and were sad when we moved to SC and found out that there was not one close by. Opening day was Thursday. Any guesses on what we had for dinner?
 
papa johns
 
 
 
In our homeschool this week…
Just when I think we have the hang of our schedule and work load, we have a really difficult week. That was this week pretty much from day one. I am really not sure why or how we got off track but we didn’t really recover from it.  
 
Leah is continuing to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She loves it. She is also working on an animal notebook for her biology class at our co-op. This week, Wyatt studied hard for an algebra test and an upcoming science test. He is also reading and annotating for English. He’s learning to find balance and how to manage his time as a 9th grader.
 
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
Just because we were off this week, doesn’t mean that next week can not be better.
 
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
A museum, a garden, and Nana!
 
My favorite thing this week was…
 Seeing my mom!
 
My kiddos favorite thing this week was…
Having Papa John’s for dinner.
 
What’s working/not working for us…
I think that spreading out all over the house to do their school work is not really working. I am not sure how to solve this but I really need to think about it and figure out what to do.  Maybe it’s selfish that I say that as this is how my kitchen table looked for days…..
 
kitchen table
 
 
 Questions/thoughts I have…
Should I enforce school in the “school room”?  Or should I let them work/study where they feel the most productive?
 
I’m grateful for…
The little things.
 
I’m continuing to pray for…
Friends and family with health concerns. Friends who are dealing with difficulties in their marriage.
 
I rewarded my kids this week by…
Ordering pizza on Thursday night.
 
Something I am ogling or have my eye on…
 
A photo, video, link, or a quote to share….
You cannot cultivate affection for the Savior without reading and studying the Word of God. . ~ C. J. Mahaney
 
 Thanks again for joining me on my homeschool journey. I’m linked up with The Homeschool Mother’s Journal.
 
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Joy to You!
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Catching Up! (March 16, 2013)

In my life this the past 2 weeks…
I missed last week’s journal so I’m catching up.  Last week marked the end of Upward Basketball at church.  While I didn’t have a child playing, Wyatt helped coach and the Upward ministry is my husband’s responsibility so we were there a lot.  Last weekend Wyatt went on a youth retreat, I went on a ladies retreat, and Leah and Kevin had a Daddy/Daughter weekend.  Oh, and Leah and I went on a field trip with her SC History class at our co-op.  This week has been a little less hectic and for that I am grateful.
 
In our homeschool this the past 2 weeks…
As mentioned above, Leah and I went on a field trip with the SC History class that she takes at our co-op.  I grew up in SC so I am really enjoying having a refresher in the history of my home state.  The field trips have been the best.  This trip included the SC State Museum and the SC State House.  The current State House was being built during the Civil War.  Sherman’s army shot 6 canons right into the walls.  Those places are now marked by bronze stars.  The statue of George Washington that Leah and I are standing in front of was also already in place during the Civil War and a Union soldier knocked part of Washington’s cane off of the statue — SC decided not to fix it because it’s part of our history.  I think it’s really cool!  Here’s a collage of a few highlights of the trip:
 
SC History Collage
  
  
   1. Excelsior Cotton Gin
   2. Leah’s class outside the museum
   3. Leah and friends enjoying a treat        
   4. Leah and I in front of a statue of George Washington
   5. A beautiful monument that depicts the end of slavery in the  south
   6. The SC State House              
   7. The plaque that tells about the history of the State House
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We’re working hard in all of our subjects and beginning to see some of them wrapping up.  Then again, some will carry over a bit into the summer.  I can’t believe that another year of school is almost behind us.  It goes by so fast!
 
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
Field trips are the best!!!  (Just my opinion)
 
My favorite thing this week was…
Spending time just talking to my hubby about everything and nothing.  **Remember Upward season just ended so conversations over the past few months have been in passing or as we fell asleep after long days**
 
What’s working/not working for us…
Springing forward!  It is just not my favorite activity.  Love the longer days but our energy is lacking.
 
Questions/thoughts I have…
Does everyone finish all their curriculum every year?  This is just our 2nd year homeschooling and there are a few subjects that needed extra time so we took it.  Now, we are feeling a little behind.
 
Things I’m working on…
Yard work.  There are weeds to pull and bushes to trim.  AND I’d love to plant some flowers to add a little color to the yard.
 
I’m cooking…
Grilled chicken, Baked chicken, Parmesan Orzo, Chicken and Dumplings
  
I’m grateful for…
Grace.  The kind I receive daily from my Heavenly Father and the kind I receive from friends and family.
 
I’m praying for…
Our country.
 
A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…
I mentioned that I went on a ladies retreat last weekend.  We went to Edisto Island in SC.  It was a lot of fun.  Below is a shot of an alligator in the pond across the street from the house we stayed in.  I clicked the camera a little late and only got his tail and his eyes, which are kind of hard to see.  He was at least 6’ long.  The other photo is the sunset as we drove off the island.  Just a beautiful reminder of the handiwork of God.
 
alligator sunset
 
 Thanks again for joining me on my homeschool journey.  I’m linked up with The Homeschool Mother’s Journal over at iHomeschool Network and Homeschool Review over at Hammock Tracks. 
 
Joy to You!
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