Total Lunar Eclipse Saturday!

28/02/2007 § 5 Comments

So, I was glancing through the HSB home page and found the link to an article entitled "Total Eclipse of the Moon". At first I thought this could be a clever little double entendre for something happening with the public school system-I wouldn’t be surprised these days. But, being a star gazer myself, I thought I’d check it out.

Sure enough they have a link to this blog: ClassicalAstronomy which has info about a true full lunar eclipse happening this very Saturday! Since you’re there, check out the other goodies this blog has to offer and support a fellow blogger!

Have fun this weekend celebrating the Creator of the Stars by watching the eclipse! Come back and tell us what you and your family observed!


traci  🙂


Homeschool Co-op Day-The Silk Road

27/02/2007 § 2 Comments

Sometimes I think I’m in a dream. Is it really legal to have this much fun homeschoolong?! I am a very blessed woman to be able to homeschool AND I get to co-op with my best friend in real life!!! Somebody pinch me! When I first started this adventure, you would’ve had a hard time convincing me it would be this fun and rewarding. I was such a deer in headlights. I’m surprised we’ve made it this long. And I even think Kayla’s learned a few things along the way!

Using the books The Silk Route:7,000 miles of History by John S Major and Marco Polo:A Journey through China by Fiona MacDonald, we had our own version of what it was like to be in a caravan travelling on The Silk Road. Our journey starts in the Taklamakan Desert.  The real starting point was Chang’an, a major city during the Tang Dynasty southwest of present day Beijing. Some other places we travelled through were the Gobi Desert, Lo-Yang-Shih and down the Yellow River to Peking(Beijing).

Check some of the fun pics we took on Ali’s Blog.

We also had fun with spices. We talked about their importance, where they came from and why people wanted them and were willing to go to such great lengths to get them. Then we blind folded eachother and tried to guess which spices we were smelling!

hey, where’s your blind fold? no cheating girls!

way to use that nose Ali! 6 out of 10!

and the winner, with 9 out of 10….traci! who knew?

(i’m not sure yet if that’s a cool thing or just plain weird!)

Another successful day of co-opping on the books! YAY!  


traci  🙂

Welcome To the New Look!

21/02/2007 § 3 Comments

Well, it’s mostly done! I have been working on this new blog template for a week or so now and I think it’s coming along swimmingly. I have most of my links up now and can sit back and work out the little things now. I will be starting to visit my friends again and hopefully finding new ones to share with on our adventures through homemaking, motherhood and of course, homeschooling. YAY!

I will be posting a lot more and hopefully, it will be a blessing to you. I am also adding new links to my sidebar, as I find them, so if you have any that you would like me to share on my blog that you just love and would fit into one of my categories, just let me know!

Also, I will be going through a few books and sharing my thoughts/ideas about them. I’ll probably have a few blurbs about the curricula we use too. The first one will be ‘Managers of Their Homes’ by Teri Maxwell and another will be ‘Raising Maidens of Virtue’ by Stacy McDonald. Stay tuned for those posts and please feel free to stop by and share your thoughts on these books too!


traci  🙂

A Little Template Tweaking

19/02/2007 § 1 Comment

So, as you may have noticed, I have been changing things on my blog. There are so many things I want to do to spruce it up a bit and clean it up that I am having a bit of trouble deciding what to chose! So, if you visit, please bear with me and feel free to give any feedback.



traci  🙂

Homeschooling in Real Life, Minnesota Style! Part 1

16/02/2007 § 3 Comments

Can I just say, I LOVE Homeschooling?!

We co-op with my IRL friend Ali 2 days out of the week. Our main source for most subjects is TOG’s Year 2: From Ancient to Modern. We are still in the Middle Ages. There are sooooo many great things to cover in this time frame and with this curriculum (not to mention our own plagues of weather and sickness!) that we are having to just keep going or we’ll never get to Colonial America!

Another subject we are doing together is Botany. We are using Apologia’s ‘Exploring Creation with Botany’ book. Of course if you get to know us at all, you’ll discover we are not bound to only using one book (get the pun?) we use MANY resources for our teaching times and are always on the lookout for new stuff!

In conjunction with this we are also making our own Science/Nature notebooks. So, what a better place to start than at the beginning with a cover sheet? Here’s Love’s freehand drawing of a sunflower and the definition of the word botany:

We are also doing a type of Oral Communications/Speech class. This brought us to TOG’s Literature section. The highlight is the Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tales.  (listen online here-very cool site)  The older kids are going to take notes and study the text of a tale. Next week they will present their version to the younger kids by standing up and being animated in voice and gesture–classic storytelling. It will be a good exercise for them to get more acquainted with giving speeches.

Now for a little disclaimer: Let me just say that we aren’t delving into this blindly and we have explained that these are made up stories and contain things that we do not partake in as Christians such as magic and monsters. The real tales are actually more graphic than any ‘cute’ rendition/movie/book they may have seen or heard about. Have you ever read the original ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ or ‘Hansel and Gretel’? They are very gory, creepy and scary. So, we are touching briefly upon this in a literary sense and moving on.  

Now onto the FUN STUFF!!!!

After our long endeavors inside we decided we all could use a little break. The sun was out (a rarity) and it was at least 6 degrees above. We should take advantage of the ‘heatwave’. (yes, we really think like that here! If yer nostrils ain’t a freezin’ together…it ain’t cold out yet!) 

So the kids decided to do some sledding and not wanting to be left out in the cold…

the mommies got in on the action:

Ready? (ok, I can do this…) Set…?

Here I go! What was I thinking you may ask…AAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and I think I was yelling a prayer to the Lord here…something with the word HELP I’m sure…

look out for that HILL!!!!

TOO LATE!!!  Mom down…I repeat…there’s a mom down!

And finally, the piece de resistance…my beautiful, sweet, gentle, loving, daughter…

looking like she just stepped off the set of The Red Green Show!!!! Where’s my duct tape?!

Don’tcha wish you were here with us? What fun we had doing school! That counts as Phy Ed don’tcha know! Oh ya fer sure, you betcha!


traci  🙂


A Different Thought For This Musical Monday…

12/02/2007 § Leave a comment

Well, I have to admit, I was hoping there would be more to share. The truth is, the average day of doing things, when all goes well, isn’t very exciting. We got up, got our things together, went to orchestra, had a whole day of practice and visiting, left and came home. That’s about it!

It’s funny how the day after day, week after week of mostly the same things happening somehow down the road produces something! Like when we teach our children. Day after day of the 3 R’s turns into week after week and so on. Then, somewhere down the road we see fruit. Whether good or bad there is fruit. At that point we are so elated about the pay off OR…we are reduced to a heap and cry out to God for help and mercy! (I personally aim for the former!)

So, there’s not much to tell today other than we are plugging away at the day to day and before you know it, we’ll see our fruit. I am personally hoping to see some next week at the next recital. Love has been working so hard and practicing so much I hope that she sees the fruit she is producing through her efforts. At least enough to keep her encouraged and going for awhile longer!

Well, back to tending the crops!


traci  🙂

P.S.Thanks for all of your prayers! Ali and family are doing much better this week!

*Please Pray!*

08/02/2007 § Leave a comment

I am soliciting prayers for my bestest Darling Friend Ali and her family. Her poor little ones have been sick for a few weeks now and she’s been holed up in her home with them, not able to really go anywhere due to the frigid temps here in the arctic north. They were just starting to get better, or so it seemed, when just yesterday it came back for round 2! UGH!! And it’s probably bad enough that we can’t go over to help yet!! Double UGH!!

This is very stressful for her and on the family so if you could remember them in your prayers I know it would be greatly appreciated. You can also stop by her blog and let her know you’re thinking about and praying for them.

Thanks so much!


traci  🙂

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