The nice thing about homeschooling, is that you do not have to stay at home to learn new things. You can play with your cousin and talk with your friends while writing your journal. You can listen to live band music while working on math if you want to also. You can  dress up and help put on a mini show for your grandparents’ friends.

But usually, it is more fun just to play with your cousin while listening to your Grandfather play his french horn during a band concert. And count it as child development with music appreciation.

What’s Up at the Symphony?

Today, my dad’s band played at a nearby elementary school. A few months ago, the conductor asked if Mark would help with the piece, “What’s Up at the Symphony.” Mark recruited Megan to help him.

Mark was dressed up as an oversized rabbit. The costume he wore was hard to see through, so Megan became his “seeing eye carrot”, making sure he did not trip. She also got to dance and skip around with Mark.

They did a great job and the students enjoyed them very much. I wonder how many little ones wished they could be Megan and dance with the super tall rabbit!


After watching Adrian make a potholder, Megan decided she wanted to learn how to make them also. With just a little bit of help, she can create an entire potholder by herself now.

They love weaving a potholder one day and then taking it apart to use the elastics in another potholder later. It is fun to see all the unique designs they come up with.

Essie and Jonathan

Yesterday, Jonathan came over to visit. The kids had fun rolling a ball for him to chase and playing silly little games with him. He moved a lot and played hard!

We knew he was tired, but he would not stop until his Momma came to get him.  She left the room for a minute and he burst into tears.  Before too long he was snuggled up to Essie and sound asleep!

Of course, I enjoyed the chance to photograph an adorable little boy!

Sweet Surprise

With the crazy weather this year, we were not sure if we would get enough sap from our trees to boil down for this year’s syrup.  However, a friend offered us what he did not need. We were able to make enough syrup from our trees and, with what he shared, we had enough to make a little maple sugar also!