Work and Play 3/14

Monday
Tim is on spring break this week and the weather decided to cooperate at least a little bit in those efforts.  It was 53 according to our weather station and you would have thought it was 85 the way the kids were running around outside in their short sleeves!  I cleaned off the front porch from all the winter dirt and grime while they were playing and even sat and read a book outside for a bit.  We also bought a new truck (something we have been talking about for several months as the list of broken things kept mounting) and Caleb started working with a  private ST and OT.  I will not question why I could not find such a beast prior to enrolling him in school (despite extensive efforts), I will just be glad we found it now.  I've gotten so I really like people who start conversations with, "It's not mainstream, but I think ***** might really help." 

We aren't doing much school this week, but I'm sure there will be a little.  Aidan is working on another history chart- Land Transportation in America.  He worked on this using the Child size Masterpieces Card Set, Transportation in America.  This is one of my favorite sets because it uses artwork to depict the history and is designed to be organized into a timeline.

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Tuesday
No new truck today, but we got a new attic window.  The old windows were broken and even boarded over were sucking a serious amount of heat out of the house.  This is also step one in eventually finishing the attic into another bedroom area which we plan to finish this spring and summer.  Actually, Tim has already started framing and we have an electrician hired, but Tim's been dissertation busy so it's not going particularly quickly.  I think having the window done will probably speed up the rest of the process since it will be both warmer and easier to see!

Sent the kids out in the afternoon to find the parts of a biome in the messy, sloppy snow.  They came back very wet.  Apparently our creek is starting to run and they found the puddles....

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Wednesday
Daddy had to work today.  Spring break is more of a theory than a fact, I think?

Lucie has been really into rugs lately, rolling them out everywhere she goes.  She picked some art cards and Kylee was nice enough to help her out.

Kylee was also nice enough to take yet another unflattering picture of me presenting a lesson to Logan.  She dug out our solar system impressionistic chart after we reviewed the planets with the 3 part cards and worked on the South America puzzle.   Aidan is doing the passage from the arithmetic to the algebraic decanomial.  I don't really know what Lucie is doing in the last picture...climbing on the chair we tipped over so she can't climb on the table, I guess.

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Skipping Thursday for lack of anything interesting to share

Friday
Kylee is super into maps right now.  It doesn't matter what kind of map she wants to work on it.  I think when my Waseca stencils arrive she will be very excited about them.  I find again that my only complaint about my favorite atlas is it's use of all capitals in country names.  Not so wonderful for copying from.

Aidan worked on spelling  and then helped Logan with some sound drawers.  As spring break winds down, Tim is almost finished framing the attic and ready to have the electrician come, which will someday make for either a gorgeous school and/or play room or bedroom for boys.  We are starting as a bedroom for boys but in the back of my mind....

Our backyard is also completely flooded from all the snow melting off the bluffs.  Our creek/drainage culvert drifted completely over during this winter and now the melt off is choosing to take the path of least resistance and run straight across the backyard (worn down by playing children feet) and down across the neighbor's back drive instead.  So far it is staying away from the house and Tim thinks it will but is considering some sandbagging just to be sure and has been slowly working on digging out the drainage ditch, but he has to stand in a foot of ice cold water and shovel out two feet of wet, heavy snow so it's a slow process.   I wish the pictures showed just how fast it's running.

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