So, it’s been another week of normalcy. I could get used to this. It’s probably not very exciting to read about, but living it is pretty nice.Wednesday, we went to Costco for the very first time ever. The whole experience reminded me of the Veggie Tales Madame Blueberry episode where she goes to “Stuff Mart” for the first time. I searched and searched YouTube to find the part I was looking for, to no avail. If you’ve never seen it, suffice it to say that eyes were glossed over and shining at the sight of all the stuff and Josh said he felt like he’d never been to a store before.
School-wise, we’ve been plugging along. Again, the most fun we had this week was probably with science. We’re getting into the classification system now, so we read one of the best kid books I’ve ever read on classification, Benny’s Animals by Millicent Selsam. The last couple of pages do get into “millions of years old” and such. I don’t mind using that as a teachable moment, but I always like to mention it for those who wish to avoid evolution altogether.
Benny’s Animals does a great job of explaining taxonomy in a simple-to-understand way. After reading it, we did a classification experiment from our science book that was a lot of fun – pairing the male and female creatures of a variety of species from the planet “Blobonia.” Yeah, we’re loving Science Odyssey.
We’ve also been reading about the history of Russia, focusing on Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. Catherine’s story was very interesting. Last night at dinner, Brian asked the kids what they’d been learning. It’s been awhile since he’d done that and I’m always curious how they’re going to answer.
It took a little coaxing, but Josh started telling Brian all about what I’d read about Catherine the Great that day. He couldn’t remember the names (not unusual for him even with “real life” people that he sees every day), but he really got the gist of the story. Always a pat on the back for a homeschooling mama.
Thursday night, while I was at Walmart, I picked up a copy of a Jodi Picoult book that I’ve been wanting to read for awhile, House Rules. I have a weird relationship with Jodi Picoult books. It’s not exactly a love-hate thing, but something along those lines.
With the exception of Change of Heart, which I just couldn’t get into, her books are complete and total page turners for me. I hate that she uses profanity so liberally, but the research that goes into her books is incredible and I find that, for the most part, I can’t put them down. However, more than once I’ve been just like, “No! Really?” about the ending.
So, now, I always go into reading one of her books with the knowledge that I’m going to get totally into the characters and learn something about the subject matter that I may not have known before, but also that I may not be impressed with the ending, which is kind of weird for this “happily ever after” preferring reader. The last couple of Picoult books that I’ve read have had a decent ending, so I’m starting to get a little less gun-shy.
Anyway, so I bought House Rules and it was at the end of the conveyor after all of my groceries. The cashier picked it up last and scanned it, then, she started reading the back of it while I put my bags in the cart and scanned my card. She glanced up long enough to click a button on her register, then, went back to reading while I signed the little box-thing. When she finished, she put the book in the last back before turning to me and commenting that the book sounded good. It was just funny to me. I could totally see me doing the same thing.
So, it’s basically just been a quiet week at home for us. Last Saturday, Brian made a campfire in the front yard (yes, we do that fairly often) and we roasted marshmallows and made s’mores. I love making those great family memories.
I’ve been trying to do soup in the crockpot and homemade bread at least once a week since the weather is getting cooler (well, this week it’s been pretty warm, but anyway…). I don’t have big soup fans here, but even Brian admitted that my all-time favorite soup, loaded potato, was really good. I made a broccoli cheese soup last week that was not especially good. Do you have a good broccoli cheese soup recipe? If so, I’d love for you to share it with me. I want to try again.
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