Hi dear friends! I’ve got something wonderful to share with you today.   Do you not love advent calendars?  I have the fondest memories of those little pop-open-doors-and-windows advent calendars from when I was a kid.  They are so special and exciting for children, and they are also a great way to build anticipation for the great Christmas story.  This year, I made an advent calendar for my children, and it’s nothing short of magical. We are so excited to begin… Read more »

Time to look ahead to Christmas crafts…Here is a re-post from the archives that you could start on now with your kiddos and finish it in plenty of time! ————– One of our most favorite things to do together each December is to make (and give away) a homemade nativity set. First, I thought I’d share the one we made two years ago when my oldest was just 3. Each of the main characters are made from a plastic dixie… Read more »

We had a Thanksgiving Feast today with some dear friends of ours (and fellow homeschoolers). We had been getting ready for it all week.Two days ago I busted out the hot glue and some felt, and made myself a simple Pilgrim costume.  We began gathering things for the kids’ costumes.I made a batch of soup yesterday to re-heat in the crock pot today.I burned the midnight oil last night to grocery shop (at 11pm), and make a vegetable casserole before hitting the sack.  I… Read more »

Our semester-long planet project~we made all the paper-mache planets the first week of school, and now we paint and hang a new one each week as we study it. Hi Friends! We’re having a great time adventuring through space this semester with Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy curriculum. I cannot recommend this curriculum highly enough.  We have been enjoying it so, so much, supplementing our text with tons of “living books” right from the library, and doing many additional hands-on activities at… Read more »

If you visit my blog regularly, you have probably realized by now that much of my art inspiration comes from Gail Bartel, aka That Artist Woman.  We do many of her projects, all of which are amazing and wonderful, in my opinion (I only wish we had time to try more).  Anyway, she has several posts featuring what she calls “inchies” (or “twinchies”) which are these itty bitty pieces of artwork which are grouped together when finished to form a… Read more »