A gloomy, rainy-looking Friday is still a happy Friday, right? I think so. It’s funny to me that, as blessed as we are to live and school in a much more relaxed manner than if we’d gone the traditional school route, I still look forward to the freedom of the weekend.
Doesn’t that look heavenly? It was.
Last weekend, I was blessed to spend some time with some of my favorite blogging buddies at Petticoat Junction Retreat House. We laughed, we cried, we learned…and we ate. The food was catered by the sweetest little couple who served us some of the tastiest food ever while we relaxed and enjoyed being pampered for a bit.
I was the last to leave on Sunday, so I settled myself on the gorgeous sun porch with my laptop, my to-do list, the last of my Chick-Fil-A sweet tea and the leftover blueberry crisp. Yes, it was absolutely as wonderful as it sounds.
Thanks to Trail Guide to Learning, I was able to come home and enjoy my Sunday evening relaxing with my family (and running out for a few groceries so we could have lunch on Monday). There were no lesson plans to worry about. I just printed off the student pages on Monday morning and we were good to go. Is it any wonder that I love that curriculum?
Clearly, based on the photo of Lily, the calico, I’m not the only one who wasn’t stressing about lesson plans.
I was finally able to snag a picture of my house finch on Monday. I would have sworn he was a purple finch, but after getting a good look at him and the white bands on his wings, I’m going with house. Either way, he’s just beautiful and it makes me smile every time he shows up at the feeder.
Monday evening, Brian and the girls went to see a movie, so Josh and I enjoyed the original “Words with Friends.” (Also known as Scrabble.)
Seriously, those cats think they own my chair. There is almost always at least one of them on the back of it. They waste no time jumping in the seat if I dare to get up for any reason, too. Oh, and they like bird-watching as much as I do. For entirely different reasons, I’m guessing.
Wednesday was Megan’s first day of Teaching Textbooks Math 7. Josh will be starting pre-algebra soon. I think he’s a little disappointed that he reminded me that he was almost finished with Math 7. I had forgotten to order pre-algebra, but thanks to his reminder, it will be here next week. Yeah, he’s wishing he’d kept his mouth shut.
This morning, I was able to get a few decent shots of my birds through the window. Of course, I didn’t have my camera ready when the cardinal, the house finch, and the goldfinch were all on the feeder at the same time. I also spotted an Eastern Towhee in the bushes yesterday and today, but I haven’t gotten a photo of him yet…or the titmouse.
It was a very brave sparrow that had the cats fascinated. It’s a good thing there is a window between them and the birds. I agree with Brianna, though – we’re just waiting for one of them to forget about the window and smack themselves silly on the glass one of these days. Yes, we will laugh hysterically when that happens. We’re very sympathetic like that.
With all this bird-watching we’ve been doing, I was so excited to download the Beautiful Birds e-Book from Shining Dawn Books. No self-respecting homeschooling mom would let such an interest pass without learning as much as possible, right? The boy isn’t terrible interested in bird-watching, but the girls and I have really been enjoying it.
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