I was ready to collapse this evening.
Do you run yourself ragged for your children?
They are only young for a short time.
Make every day count.
I limited my classes to 6 girls for the summer. We are studying Kirsten. She is an immigrant from Sweden and a pioneer. You know, if I lived back then I would have just stayed in Sweden. I would not have made it to America on the boat ride. People would have tired of my whining and thrown me overboard. If by some miracle I did make it off the boat I would never have survived the wagon ride. No hotels, no restaurants? No bathrooms?? Uh, no.
We took a field trip to a nearby museum for our first class. The girls were able to explore a log cabin that pioneers actually lived in once upon a time, view arrow heads, try on clothes, work quilt square puzzles, etc. It was a fun trip back in time with indoor plumbing close by!:)
We also made yarn dolls like Kirsten gave to her Indian friend, Singing Bird and played Jackstraws (also known as Pick Up Sticks).
For a snack I served Gingersnaps. This is a cookie that Kirsten may have possibly eaten and enjoyed! The girls also brought items that they crafted themselves (doll blankets/pillows, headbands, cross stitching, bracelets, etc.) for a time of bartering! I think this was their favorite part.
I remember a time when I was participating in 4/5 swaps at a time. Way too much but they are *such* fun and I have made some wonderful friends this way. Below are pics of items that I put together for a Color Swap. My partner loves the color pink so pink is what she received!
A pink button bracelet...
a pink banner,
a set of pink Cynthia Rowley pencils...
and pink Raspberry Lemonade soap purchased
Oh, here is a picture of History Camp!
I used to hate history until I started home schooling. Now I love it.
Here is the package I received from my partner in the Color Swap... I am currently crushing on turquoise and yellow.
Daily swim team practice is cramping my style. I do love to watch Mandy swim, though. She is my little mermaid. Don't tell her I said that! She is so comfortable in the water. Wish that would rub off on her little sister. That's another story. It all started when she hated getting water on her face as a toddler. sigh...
I was clicking away today.
Yes, I am *that* Mom.
First swim meet tonight.
I will have butterflies.
Veggies are coming along in the garden. God, sunshine and water are taking care of this and yet I feel like the super star.
I bartered with a friend for weeks and weeks of farm fresh eggs in exchange for a bike. Bartering is awesome. Each person wins.:)
I am reading this.
No matter how you feel about this family (I *LOVE* them) you will be touched by their faith in the Lord. It is bringing me closer to Him, too. A true blessing.
They have a new book out!! I am going to purchase it at a book signing. I am giddy, I tell you! A fellow blogger bought a copy and everyone in the Duggar family signed it. That is cooler than cool.
I am BIG into coupons and freebies right now. Would you like a free Benjamin Moore pint of paint?:)