Vive les vacances!

Vive les vacances!
February 21, 2011
For the soul

It’s important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don’t necessarily nurture the soul. The soul has different concerns, of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal’s rhythm of rest and activity. Thomas Moore (1779 – 1852) It is winter break time here…  we are taking today off but will do Science experiments, update the time line, enjoy crafting time and play time the rest of the week.  Mom does not really get time off of course but the fun activities are  joy for me as well!  It is time to put up spring decorations even though another inch softly dropped this morning.  I still have my Christmas decorations in the living room.  I needed more ornament boxes which are back ordered, a perfect excuse to enjoy Christmas …Read more

Back to work…

Back to work…
February 18, 2011
At school

Throughout the whole of life one must continue to learn to live and what will amaze you even more, throughout life you must learn to die. Seneca (Roman philosopher) Seneca (4 BC – 65 AD) After the celebration of Valentine’s Day where most subjects get a flavor of hearts and Valentine, had to get back to more traditional learning.  It is never easy or automatic to switch rhythm especially when it involves cutting down on artistic time for DD.  We started back slowly into our routine by learning about another celebration we missed due to the flu in the house: the Chinese New Year.  I use Edhelper for special occasion or to generate several days of writing prompts, review material, etc.  You can add your own prompts and tailor the work to your child’s level.  I printed out a week of worksheets joining English and History for a refresher on …Read more

Valentine’s crafts

Valentine’s crafts
February 15, 2011
Crafting

Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you. Marsha Norman I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday.  Ours was wonderful: lunch and dinner were delicious and fun to prepare.  The most difficult ingredient to find was canned tuna packed in olive oil, I guess I really do not use canned goods often enough and thought it would be readily available.  We found one brand with tuna packed in “vegetable oil” but no olive oil, we will have to venture out a little further and see what we can find.  A trip to the Old Port is long overdue anyway… I wanted to share some of our crafts: a card DD made for our friends and a picture I made for DD’s room.  For DS’s graduation, we could not find the graduation cards he had in mind and we decided to create them.  We lucked …Read more

It’s Monday… menu day…

It’s Monday… menu day…
February 14, 2011
Home management

“Thus we never actually live, but hope to live, and since we are always planning how to be happy, it is inevitable that we should never be so.” — Pascal DD and I have a fun day planned filled with crafts, cooking, and snuggling up on the couch with a good book!  We are planning our week with fun activities with our friends as well, enjoying this 43F weather which feels wonderful next to single digits we have had.  No snow in the forecast either until next week… the first normal schedule week this winter! We went through our cookbooks yesterday and planned our week: Monday: Tuna tapenade for lunch, on heart shaped toast. Dinner: Ina Garten’s Bangers and Mustard Mash, a side of maple roasted root vegetables.  A delicious berry mousse for dessert! Tuesday: Leftovers and quinoa salad Wednesday: Salmon with fresh herbs, a rice dish using what ever …Read more