Sunday, May 18, 2014

Lifestyle of Learning 2014 Edition: Volume Nine

We began the week in New Mexico and ended it back home and back to our routines.
With Sunday being Mother's Day we all went to breakfast together.
Joseph read scripture for us.

And we enjoyed each others company.
Thanks for the treat, Mama!

After breakfast we went for a walk around the souvenir yard.
The souvenir yard is my Grandaddy's collection of tractors and cars and miscellaneous items that have always been a playground for us kids.

 Then got on the road again, enduring dust storms through Texas.
If you look real hard you just may see a bunch of wind turbines.
We stopped for the evening in Texas and
Bishop and I had a Mother's Day steak.  Yum!
It was a great steak and even better company!
Thanks for the wonderful dinner, sweet Bishop!

On Monday we completed our journey home braving thunderstorms through a good portion of it.  It was harrowing - visibility was poor and lightening was striking not far from the interstate but we made it!  We made it in time to feed the boys dinner and then drive to a neighboring town for Maceo's three hour musical rehearsal.  No rest for the weary I tell you!

Tuesday was spent largely just taking care of business (cleaning out the vehicle, returning the rental, getting my bearings) until it was time to get Maceo to another three hour rehearsal.  Bishop and I read a couple more chapters in our history book.  We also finished our book on Archimedes and Christian shared information with us on the Punic Wars.

Wednesday found Bishop and I returning to our history group.  After completing our narration and map work we talked about the origin of what we consider to be the traditional crown,

colored stained-glass style Celtic knots,

 and made Constantine's shields.

 Ok, so the making of the shields really involved using icing to write the Chi Ro (Greek for Christ) on the top of chocolate cupcakes.  Of course the kiddos loved this activity as it involved eating the shields upon completion.

Thursday was a day packed with cool crazy learning fun.  Bishop spent five hours at a science event.  The morning hours were spent learning about fish.

He then was afforded the opportunity to tour the holding facility for the fish that will be in the Wonders of Wildlife Museum.

He dissected a fish

 and then painted with one in the Japanese style, Gyotaku.

Maceo went to the final meeting of his middle school level acting troupe and then went to a three hour rehearsal of Into the Woods.
Bishop and I finished out the evening reading Charles and Mary Lambs retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Friday found us trying to get caught up on some house and yard work until it was time for Maceo to go to his private vocal instruction.  And afterwards we all gorged on all-you-can-eat ribs and Bishop and I read some of Our Little Athenian

We finished the week with more fun.
Bishop attended a friends birthday sleepover and apparently had a lot of fun and very little sleep.

And Maceo and I attended a homeschool performance of Music Man Jr.
and then closed down Braums with all of our friends!

We had an absolutely full week - full of family and friends, travel and exploration, learning and adventure!
I am tired but satisfied!

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