Saturday, July 13, 2013

In which twice nineteen doesn't matter a bit.

"Christopher Robin came down from the Forest to the bridge, feeling all sunny and careless, and just as if twice nineteen didn't matter a bit, as it didn't on such a happy afternoon, and he thought that if he stood on the bottom rail of the bridge, and leant over, and watched the river slipping slowly away beneath him, then he would suddenly know everything that there was to be known, and he would be able to tell Pooh, who wasn't quite sure about some of it.  But when he got to the bridge and saw all the animals there, then he knew that it wasn't that kind of afternoon, but the other kind, when you wanted to do something."                                ~A.A. Milne in The House and Pooh Corner
 I had all these big plans for this summer in regards to continuing math and Latin and various other "schoolish" books, but when there are nests to discover, trees to climb, praying mantises to examine, magic shows to perform, experiments to do and babies to play with, "twice nineteen" just sort of gets in the way. 

Naomi saved up her chore money for a long time to buy this magic kit, and had a lot of fun putting on a magic show for us and the relatives on the 4th of July.  She had us in stitches as you may be able to guess by this wild outfit she came up with.

The kids also had fun performing an experiment that we read about in The Wonder Book of Chemistry.  I don't really enjoy gathering supplies for science experiments, but the kids were so eager to try this one after reading the book that I had to oblige.  Especially after they spent a good hour gathering iron shavings off the barn floor where Christian sharpens the chain saws.

The experiment didn't go exactly as expected, but it was still fun to try to separate sulfer from iron out of water with a large magnet.

Grace and Aiden also participated in Colonial Camp at the Peter Wentz Farmstead a couple weeks ago.  This program was highly recommended to us by several people, and they did have a fabulous time.  It was extremely well done and inspiring for them.  You know when your kids come home begging for a mortal and pestle so they can grind your spices that it was a success!

Since it was a drop off program (sniff sniff) I didn't get any pictures except from the vendue (pa dutch auction) on the last day.  The kids got to bid in a real auction with fake money that they had earned throughout the week.  The auctioneer was a riot.  Anyone who wears a Garfield shirt has got to be a character, right?!

And then of course there is the typical summer bug spottings.  We have been seeing a plethora of praying mantises around here.  I think it is because Christian is constantly bringing home egg cases whenever he finds them.

And lastly, the three oldest have been listening to a ton of audio books on their MP3 players.   I download the books from either Librivox or our library's website for free.  Summer reading is a little lighter around here, although we do still slip in a classic or two for evening readings.

So even though twice nineteen doesn't seem to matter a bit around here these days, learning is still going on and there is plenty of time for the kids if they find it is the kind of afternoon when they want to do something.


  1. The children are having a great time learning and enjoying their summer all at the same time. And little Clare?--O my word how darling she looked in her hiding place-I presume? And Naomi-her costumes were absolutely adorable! I really look forward to your posts!!

  2. WAIT! Did I see Cheerios in the background?? I'll just assume that was for the science experiment :) :)

    1. Yes you did. I considered editing it out, but I figured I should keep it real. :) The science experiment is, let's see if we eat cheerios every day for a year and still have all our hair at the end of the experiment. So far it's working.

  3. Nate's dad has eaten Cheerios every day for at least half his life and he still has some hair left :) So I'd say you're good to go!! (we won't talk about all his other health problems :))

  4. i'm laughing that your friend pointed out the cheerios, because i noticed them too! & thought:"hmmm, surprised they eat them." haha : )

    1. Ah well, my best kept secret is out. It may be cauliflower crust pizza and almond flour muffins at night, but it's Cheerios in the morning!


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