1. I know Lent started last week, but this week felt like Lent was really underway. I am loving the conjunction of Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day! For me, this Lent is all about seeing how God loves me, and how I can better love Him. That started on Ash Wednesday when he sent me these beautiful little crocuses, springing up all over my yard!
We had our first Gospel Dessert on the first Sunday of Lent. The
Gospel was Mark's super short description of Jesus in the desert: he
went, he was hungry, he was tempted, the angels ministered to him.
then! We did an angel food cake with clouds of whipped cream and
rainbows as a nod to the first and second readings with the covenant of
The Zoomlians were remarkably enthusiastic since they hadn't had dessert in... 4 or 5 days.
3. My younger kids' science class, Kids' Astronomy started!
isn't exactly a picture of that, this is a picture of the same class I
did 4 years ago when I still remembered to get pictures.
kids just drew dots on an empty balloon and then inflated it to
simulate the expansion of the universe (everything is moving away from
everything else in at least three dimensions).
And then used their balloons to make funny noises because, why not?
We went straight from snow and ice on Sunday to 80 degrees and wading
on Wednesday. Fortunately, the class was on Tuesday when it was a
delightful 75 degrees and breezy.
This was super nice
since this is the one class (besides the rocket launch) that must be
done outside. We do a scale model of the solar system where the Earth
is a grape and the sun is my son (Zorg, about 6 feet tall) and a tenth
of a mile away.
If you're curious, Jupiter is a
grapefruit half a mile away, and Neptune, the last of the true planets
is 3 miles away. But on this scale, the entire solar system, Kuiper
belt, Oort cloud and all is 10,000 miles across! For us that stretches
from Hawaii to our west to Italy in the east. Space is big.
I also had my portfolio review last Wednesday, so we officially closed
the fall semester. This was delayed from the usual January because of my TIA. Unfortunately, the combination of the odd timing and the 80 degree day made it feel like the close of the spring semester, so now I feel like school is over. It's a problem.
Klenda trimmed quite a bit off her hair (don't worry, I didn't leave
her half done!), which made it all wavy again. Sort of a fresh start to
almost spring. Very pretty!
7. We also started up Awesome History again! We are on the third of three for Awesome American History and I just love it!
This week we read about the Itidarod and made these neat husky faces (among other things).
it's also become a fun social time for moms as well as kids, and a
great way to wrap up a week with a lot of fun, support, and laughter.
Here's hoping you have a great weekend, more fun with Kelly!