Birthday Madness

We’re off in a couple of hours to the Mankato area to spend the night with the grandparents and buy a new (to us) van.  Tomorrow is Jack’s birthday, the next day is Victoria’s birthday and Monday is Alex’s birthday.

I’m baking cakes from scratch for all three.  There are at least 2 parties.  I still have to finish buying presents and party favors.

I’m tired.  🙂

I’ll try to check in occasionally in the tornado that will be the next 4 days.

In the meantime, this (not that first part) makes me grin…. A lot.  😉

Anna's New Novel

Anna has started writing a new book and she gave me permission to share the first paragraph here…

Lightning Strikes the Innocent

There I stood, only twelve, yet alone.  The storms happened what seemed like every day but this one had been different.  My family was having a family barbecue when the sky turned gray.  Before that it was calm.  After that, the lightning hit and started a fire in the grass.  I saw in blue flames, “Beware the magic inside you, Mary.”  I shrieked.

I’m curious to find out what happens next!  🙂

On the News!

We headed to Maud Hart Lovelace’s birthday party celebration in Mankato yesterday and the girls dressed up as Tacy and Tib to help out.  We had a lovely time but even better was the fact that a news crew was there and the kids were on the evening news!

Here’s a few samples…

The girls looked so sweet in their outfits (I even curled Victoria’s hair and put it back with a big white bow) and they each made new friends.

You can see lots of pics of the festivities here.

Off to the 1900's

We’re off to Mankato to take part in a Betsy-Tacy birthday party.  Victoria will be playing Tacy and Annalee will be Tib in this.  If you want to see more pictures from past Betsy-Tacy events, I put some here too.

By the way, if you haven’t read the Betsy-Tacy series and you like books like the Little House series, it may be one to check out.  It’s a sweet series based on the author’s childhood in Mankato and tends to be a favorite read-aloud for families.

Here’s hoping costumes fit, hair holds curls, the van holds out and fun is had by all….  🙂

Two Limericks by Victoria

There once was a young girl called Anna
She wanted to go to Montana
She whined and she groaned
She sobbed and she moaned
But next vacation, they went to see Nana!
We once had a cute dog called Spot.
And he loved when it got very hot
He could splash in the pond
(Of that he was fond)
But scuba dive, he could not.

Why I'm an Eclectic Homeschooler

I just finished a series of articles for the Examiner that really solidified for me why our homeschool style here is so eclectic.  I wrote about five great lessons to take from all different types of homeschooling, including Montessori, Waldorf, Charlotte Mason and Unschooling.  They are all parts of what we do here, and why I love the freedom we have as homeschool parents.  We truly can take the best of all worlds and adapt it all to perfectly suit each of our children.

If you want to check out the series, here it is so far…

Montessori Methods:

Five lessons to take from Montessori for your homeschool

Making your own Montessori materials

Waldorf Methods:

Five lessons to take from Waldorf for your homeschool

Making your own Waldorf Materials

Charlotte Mason Methods:

Five lessons to take from Charlotte Mason for your homeschool

Make your own nature journals

Make pocket-and-handle nature journals from paper bags!

Unschooling Methods:

Five lessons to take from unschooling for your homeschool

Five great blogs by unschoolers for inspiration, projects, games and more

And next in the series… Five lessons not to take from public school in your homeschool.  🙂

Anna's Egg & Chive Dish

Today’s post comes courtesy of Annalee!  She made up this dish and then blogged the recipe.  It’s delicious and oh-so-pretty too.  🙂

oeuf et ciboulette

“Oeuf et ciboulette”is french for egg & chive.
Oeuf et ciboulette is the name of my egg dish.
Here’s how to make it.
Fresh chives cut into small chunks,
Salt of any sort,
Eggs(local are best).
You’ll also need a pan.
Set your oven to medium.
Add butter to heated pan.
Once butter is mealted crack the egg on side of pan.
Wait until the egg white is pure and dark(if this is too hard try looking on the bottom of the Egg & if it’s a light brown in some parts it’s ready to flip.)
Once flipped add a small pinch of salt.
Let it cook until it’s light brown on both sides then add on to plate.
Cut off egg white until the yolk is in a small egg white pocket.
Pop the yolk over the rest of the egg white and then place it over the rest of the white.
Add the chives.
(Click the title above if you’d like to comment to the author!  I have no idea how she found out what to call it in French.  Gotta love self-directed learning.  🙂  She also added fresh mint leaves for this picture.  She picked the chives and mint right from the garden!)

The History of the Universe (in Cartoon and Rhyme)

Have you seen this site/book?

Book one in a three part series, “BANG!” explains the scientific theories regarding the origin of the universe using captivating illustrations and whimsical rhymes.

From the beginning of existence to the birth of stars and galaxies, you’ll learn how matter was created, why stars shine and where where we fit in this wild and crazy universe.

This book is intended for all ages. If you don’t understand everything, don’t worry, no one does! That’s why I made it rhyme and added lots of pictures.

Not only is it fun and informative, but it’s also free to read online or print out.  You can even email the author for a PDF file and reproduce it all you like for educational purposes (or purchase a paperback version for $10).

This is definitely on my list for this week!

GMA Doing a Follow-up Unschooling Story Tuesday Morning

Just saw this on

ABC TV did a segment about Radical Unschooling on its news show, Good Morning America, and it was pretty negative. However, since response was so strong the producers decided to do more on the topic tomorrow. They have invited the Biegler/Yablonski family featured in the story to be interviewed live in the studio and I’ll be chiming in from Boston via remote hookup. I’m told our segment will air around 8AM EST tomorrow.

I’m interested to see if it gets better.  🙂