WIP Wednesday

I’m making myself a chalkboard!

Well you can’t really see what I’m knitting in this picture, but rest assured that I am in fact knitting a wee bit more these days.  I found a sheepskin and little Miss 3 months old likes it long enough for me to have knitting sessions!  I’m working on a pair of longies for her that I hope to have done in time for Valentine’s Day.

And lastly, a sweet pillowcase dress for my special 2yo.  She wore it for her baptism this past weekend at this length, which probably wasn’t the wisest of ideas.  Given that the original pillowcase was 30+ years old and Izzy is 2, both sides ripped.  So now I need to repair both sides and shorten it to be more accommodating.

What are you working on?


Menu Plan


Last week:


breakfast: pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

lunch: Cheeseburgers, french fries

dinner: baked pasta, salad


breakfast: donuts

lunch: ham & cheese sandwiches, fruit, salad

dinner: Hamburger Helper


breakfast: cream of wheat, fruit

lunch: leftover soup

dinner: chili


breakfast: egg & cheese sandwiches on english muffins

lunch: PB&J, fruit

dinner: chicken apple meatloaf, baked mac-n-cheese, broccoli


breakfast: cereal

lunch: leftover chili

dinner: Turkey sausage, mashed potatoes, peas


breakfast: oatmeal, sliced oranges, bacon

lunch: PB&J, fruit

dinner: pizza & movie night


breakfast: berry, banana, spinach smoothie

lunch: leftover pizza

dinner: smoked chicken, leftover mashed potatoes, salad, leftover broccoli

And this week’s plan:


breakfast: scrambled eggs with cheese, toast, fruit

lunch: peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, fresh fruit

dinner: Chicken sandwiches, chips and salsa


breakfast: buttermilk waffles

lunch: pulled chicken sandwiches

dinner: grilled shrimp, sweet potato fries, green beans


breakfast: oatmeal

lunch: PB&J, fruit

dinner: black bean soup, chicken quesadillas


breakfast: apple cinnamon muffins, smoothie

lunch: leftover black bean soup, fruit

dinner: sloppy joes, rosemary roasted potatoes, mixed veggies


breakfast: breakfast burritos

lunch: PB&J

dinner: lasagna, garlic bread, salad


breakfast: crockpot steel-cut oatmeal

lunch: leftovers

dinner: pizza & movie night


breakfast: cereal

lunch: grilled cheese, tomato soup

dinner: unstuffed peppers

New Year’s Interview – 2010

I was looking back over 2009 on my blog and found this interview with the kids.  It’s cute to read their answers, so I thought that I’d do it again for this year to see how they’ve changed.

ALEX – age 8


•    cereal – I’d say Frosted Mini Wheats really.

•    vegetable – That’s really hard to say, but I think I’ll go with asparagus.

•    drink – Fruit punch, most definitely!

•    toy – Roboraptor – It’s the only robotic toy that functions.

•    TV Show – Tom & Jerry

•    game – The game of Life.

•    book – That’s a really hard question.  Out of all of my favorites, Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

•    restaurant – Pizza Hut

•    holiday – Christmas

•    animal – dragon

If you could change your name, what would you choose?

Whatever name that was adventurous.

What do you love about each person in our family?

Daddy makes cool stuff for me and he’s my father.  He’s taught me a lot of stuff, about as much as mom has.  Mom has taught me as much things as Dad did, and if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be standing here right now.  I like to wrestle with Jackson.  Izzy is really gentle and I try to play nice with her.  Autumn is the youngest kid in the family and the newest kid that I have to take care of once she gets older.  Nova is really the oldest kid in the family and he’s really fun to play with.  Sometimes he plays a bit roughly with me.

Where would you like to go on vacation this year?

Somewhere like Australia

What are some of your wishes for this year?

That I might discover something amazing and make the first known time machine.  I’d also like a pet penguin.

JACKSON – age 5


•    cereal – The one with the chewy things in it.  The cookie cereal.

•    vegetable – Carrots

•    drink – Soda – Dad has let me have drinks of soda before.

•    toy – The transformer that I got for Christmas.

•    TV Show – Batman, Spiderman, and Superman, the cartoon, on the computer.

•    game – Ghost in the Graveyard

•    book – Good Night Gorilla

•    restaurant – HOME!

•    holiday – Christmas

•    animal – Human

If you could change your name, what would you choose?

Jackson James (his middle name is Eugene)

What do you love about each person in our family?

I love Daddy because he works a lot and makes money.  I love mommy because she make babies.  I love Alex because he reads a lot.  I love Izzy because she’s pretty.  I love Autumn because she talks.  I love Nova because he keeps strangers out.

Where would you like to go on vacation this year?

Sleep over at a hotel for three days.

What are some of your wishes for this year?

Mom, I can’t tell my wishes or they won’t come true.

IZZY – age 2


•    cereal – Captain Crunch

•    vegetable – tomatoes (? – she spits them out after one bite)

•    drink – lemonade

•    toy – my new toys: my baby, fairy dress-up

•    TV Show – Tom & Jerry

•    game – Hide & Seek

•    book – The Big Red Barn

•    restaurant – Applebee’s

•    holiday – Don’t know

•    animal – Pigs!

If you could change your name, what would you choose?

Isabella is my name!

What do you love about each person in our family?

I love both of you guys.  I love Daddy because he lets me watch kitty movies sometimes.  I love about nursing mama when I was a little girl.  I think I don’t know – about Alex.  I love that he (Jackson) kisses and hugs me.  I love kissing baby Autumn.  I don’t want to talk anymore.

Where would you like to go on vacation this year?


What are some of your wishes for this year?

I just want to nurse.

Modeling Beeswax Mishap

I had read on one of my Waldorf groups awhile back about sticking the modeling beeswax into a warm oven to shape it.  This sounded great, so I laid out our beeswax on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, preheated the oven to 200-degrees, and stuck them in for 10 minutes.

I checked on them and there were a couple of drips.  This would have been perfect and I should have pulled it out of the oven at this point.

But no.  I wanted better than perfect and left them in the oven for just another 3 minutes.

Most of it was salvageable and it sure did make a pretty design!  Lesson learned!


There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak.

Time is our main lesson this week and next, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  We heard this reading from the bible, a couple times last weekend at my grandfather’s funeral, and when we transitioned back into lessons on Tuesday, it felt right to start our new block by discussing Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

My initial plan was to follow ALGF’s A Journey Through Waldorf Math lessons (which I finally found in the homeschooling basket – go figure!) but then I saw Our Little Nature Nest’s Measuring Time (part II) post and was so incredibly inspired that I decided to use her lessons.

I’ve been good about meditating on the lessons before presenting them, and the lessons morphed into something more tailored to for Alex – this inner work stuff is really cool like that!  Here’s what we did:

On Tuesday, we discussed Ecclesiastes and used it for copy work.  Like Jenn, we talked about the fourth day of creation (the stars, moon, and sun) and the history of different cultures using a solar based calendar versus others using a lunar system.

On Wednesday, we focused on the lunar calendar.  We talked about the phases on the moon and how it takes 29-1/2 days to travel around the earth.

We decided to look into the various names of full moons and how they correspond to the workings of that month.  We used the Farmer’s Almanacs for our picture, but I found several others listed when I googled it.

For Thursday, we focused on the solar calendar, discussing the months and seasons of the year.

And for Friday, we’ll be making a sun dial, discuss the days of the week and introduce measuring time with a clock.  I found these videos to help me understand sundials a bit more:

Next week, we’ll make a water clock from a soda bottle, practice telling time, and working time problems.  We might have to squeeze in a trip to the Children’s Museum to visit the world’s largest water clock too.

It feels good to get back to our old rhythm after the holidays.  And I guess that I had Alex stumped by having him do his main lessons in his math book because today he had an “ah-ha” moment and got so very excited when he realized that we had actually been working on math all this time because we were talking about MEASURING time!

P.S.  Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers, and kind words about my grandpa!  He passed peacefully last week at 82 years of age.

No School

I declared yesterday evening that instead of starting back with lessons for school like planned today that we would take another week off.  Between my grandpa being taken off the ventilator today and not knowing what will come of that, James going on a business trip to New Orleans for the majority of the week, and my lack of finalizing plans for lessons, I thought it would do all of us good to have a little extra “vacation” time.  But the funny thing is that since I announced the time off to the family, we’ve done all kinds of learning!

James and Alex have been in the garage wood working:

They put together two more raised beds for the garden and made these for our nature table and for playing of course:

The boys put a couple of puzzles together.  We’ve read a ton of favorite books.  Alex is trying to hatch some brine shrimp while doing every aspect of laundry on his own!  Izzy has been learning all about sewing and farm life:

And the boys spent all afternoon with microscopes  that they received as Christmas presents.

Yep, just another day off from school!