This is a bit of a photo dump, as it includes highlights from the last three weeks. We were thrilled to have daughter G home from college for fall break, and she brought her room-mate with her! We had a fun and delightful weekend together. While she was home we did our annual family tradition of painting little pumpkins for Halloween.
Daughter G is in the house!!
Her room-mate (in red shirt) is a sweet heart.
The finished pumpkins! Don't we have a great variety?
Little Man did an impromptu science experiment when he found a caterpillar in the folds of some corn leaves, when shucking corn on the cob for supper one night. He asked if he could create a habitat for the caterpillar and watch it turn into a chrysalis and then a butterfly. We weren't sure if it was a butterfly caterpillar or some other type, but we were excited for Little Man to try. In fact, in the pumpkin photo above you can see his caterpillar habitat in the jar behind the pumpkins. He put fresh leaves in the jar each day for the caterpillar to eat, and we tried a variety of other food scraps as well. We put water on a cotton ball for it to drink. Not sure it ever used that, but we wanted to cover all our bases!
I wasn't sure what was going to happen to this little caterpillar, but lo and behold, after about three weeks it turned into a chrysalis! And then one day about a week later we suddenly realized there was a little moth in the jar! It successfully "hatched in captivity!"
Little Man watched it for another day and then let it free in our back yard.
Sons G and L, with another friend, have formed a band, and they practice in our music room every week. So here it is, getting used!! I love that our music room gets used so much.
We have been having such lovely fall weather.....this has been a common sight the last couple of weeks!
On November 11 we went to our local Veterans Day Memorial Service. We were the only school aged kids there, since it was during the day. I am so glad for the flexibility of homeschooling!
And last but not least, we packed an Operation Christmas Child shoe box this week. Other years we have been able to pack more, but I'm thankful that we could do ONE this year! One box is all it takes to make one child somewhere in the world supremely happy. (our main gift was a deflated soccer ball and a ball pump).
We finished reading The Sign of the Beaver and started The Witch of Blackbird Pond this week. The usual math and science and grammar and composition happened. In history we are wrapping up our study of the origins of the original thirteen colonies and about to begin the lead up to the Revolutionary War.