Weekly Wrap-Up: The Delaware Edition

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Thank goodness it’s Friday! (Note to self: check to see how many Weekly Wrap-Ups have been started with that sentence.)

Is there a full moon or something? Sheesh, we’ve had some attitudes this week. I really appreciate new blog-friend, Sue’s reminder to look at bad attitudes and sibling squabbling as a chance to teach our kids grace, mercy and conflict resolution. It’s just hard to remember that in the heat of battle sometimes.

Monday, I got up at the crack of dawn — literally — to take my van and drop it off to have the body work done from the wreck last week. It was supposed to be finished yesterday, but their paint guy has been out sick, so now it’s supposed to be Monday. Now, I’m thankful that Brian’s truck didn’t sell right away so that we still have transportation for five. Crowded transportation, but transportation nonetheless.<

We’ve finally gotten to the part of history that the kids and I have been so excited about — the Middle Ages! We were going to build a castle this week, but I haven’t been able to get my hands on any large appliance boxes yet. As soon as I do, we’re going to get started and I’ll be sure to post pictures.

We’ve learned about oceans in science. I should have had the kids build dioramas of the different levels of the ocean, but I have to be honest: I haven’t had it that together lately. That’s okay, though. Homeschooling, like life, tends to be a series of ebbs and flows. I’m sure we’ll be feeling a bit more creative before too long.

Our state for Fifty State Fridays today was Delaware. We were very interested to learn that Caesar Rodney, who is featured on the back of the Delaware quarter (not, it’s really not Paul Revere *blushing*) was the delegate to the Continental Congress who arrived just in time to cast the deciding vote in favor of independence (The United States Mint).

We also found it interesting that the log cabin originated in Finland. When Finnish settlers arrived in Delaware in the mid-1600’s, they brought with them plans for the log cabin, which has become a symbol of the American pioneer. A preserved cabin is on display at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Delaware (50states.com).

In honor of the log cabin, we built our own, using pretzels and a little peanut butter for mortar. I think they turned out pretty cute, though not especially sturdy.

peanut butter and pretzel log cabin 1
peanut butter and pretzel log cabin 2

That’s about it for the highlights this week. What about you?

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  1. Can’t believe I’m first. 😉

    We have been struggling with bad attitudes here too. I am ready for summer break, isn’t that horrible?
    Because of that I haven’t had it all together lately either. I am just flying by the seat of my pants!

    I love the pretzel cabins!

  2. My family loves the Middle Ages. My son did trebuchets for the Science fair and I think it had something to do with his interest in the Middle Ages.

    I know that bad attitudes give us a great chance to teach grace, etc. that they would never get if they were in school, but it is so hard sometimes to get it together enough as parents to do it!

    Enjoy the Middle Ages!

  3. Your log cabin made my mouth water! I must get to the import shop for some pretzels.

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