Weekly Happenings

The girl has been working on her art this week. She went with my mom down to the studio several times which she enjoys. I appreciate that she has a place to go to be creative. Here is some of her latest work:

photo 2 (72)

photo 4 (25)

photo 5 (17)

photo 1 (67)


The younger boy has been up to his usual happenings. He wrote a Scooby Doo book this week, made several Scratch projects, and read several books including The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill.



If you are looking for a fictional book to go along with the study of the Red Scare and McCarthyism in America this is the book you want. We picked it up for the mystery aspect but it reads like a historical fiction book and covers a time period that is often overlooked in children’s books. The pacing is a little slow and Hazel, the main protagonist, was not my favorite character, but overall the boy has enjoyed it, and he is learning about this fascinating time period in American history.

Our pumpkins

Our pumpkins

He and I have also been working on our garden. Because we live in an apartment all of our gardening happens in pots and earlier this week we had this conversation:

Decca “Can plants be planted in grassy areas.”
Me (half listening) “I am not sure what you mean.”
Decca “Could we plant our plants in the ground?”
Me “Are you serious?”
Decca “Like all our pumpkins growing on the porch…could they be growing in the ground instead of in pots.”
Me (Thinking this kid has been living the apartment life for too long and perhaps it is time to move to the country.) “Of course…didn’t you know that.”
Decca “I wasn’t sure.”

Luckily we have many friends and family with actual gardens, and we are going to spend some time in them this summer. He needs to be set straight on this. 🙂


Sunday Morning Here at TAD Town or Why is it so Hard to Get the Kids Out the Door to Church?

Decca decided to lay down on the edge by the door instead of walking out said door.

I remember being little and having to get ready for Church on Sunday morning and not enjoying the ritual. I had three older brothers who really did not want to go to Church on a Sunday morning, and I joined in with their complaints mostly because they were much older than me, and I just did everything they did.

Now that I am older and have kids I have come to the conclusion that every kid (at least all the kids in my family)does not like having to get ready for church. They are really put out by it, and  I am not quite sure why. Maybe it is because it is Sunday morning, a weekend for goodness sake, and they do not want to have to get up and get dressed on Sunday. Maybe it is the clothes that must be worn to church. Maybe it is in the kid’s code book that they must make Sunday morning as difficult as possible for the adults or else they have failed at being a kid. Whatever it is, Sunday mornings are always an adventure around here.

For some reason in the midst of me trying to get them out the door they decided to pretend Tru was a king and bring him gifts. I am not sure why...

Of course Autry spent a good deal of the morning taking pictures of herself. This is a must for any 12-year-old girl.

Then Decca got in on the act.

And they goofed around for a while.

Tru spent the morning sitting down here. He literally didn't move from this spot for an hour. I thought he was glued there.

See, here he is ten minutes later

And ten minutes later.

Finally it was time to go. Tru got up and allowed me to take a picture of him with his Grandma. Aren’t they cute?

I got Decca out the door, but in one last-ditch effort to stall the progress I made he decided to grab the broom and act like Harry Potter.

Finally he was ready with his shoes on waiting for everyone else. Then my mom and the twins got out.

And what about me? Why do I look forward to Sunday morning so much? Because my mom takes the kids to church most Sundays, and I get two hours of complete peace and quiet. Two glorious hours all to myself, and I love it. It makes the crazy morning, the kids turning my home into complete chaos, worth it.

Weekly Update Through Pictures

I thought it would be fun to do a weekly update through pictures only. Right? Isn’t this fun?

Actually the truth is that I am feeling kind of lazy today, and I just don’t want to write out a long weekly update. So this is not only fun, but also very convenient for me. Yeah!

I can tell already that this is going to be a very random post with very random photos. The one above is of my daughter’s llama friend.  He has recently grown a mustache, and I for one like the new look.

Now to get down to business. What has been going on here lately? Well we had a wonderful storm a week or so ago. I loved it because it was truly a downpour, something that is very rare here in Southern California.

My brother Jesse came out to visit us for a few days. We all had fun spending time with him, but I think Decca and Kingsley enjoyed the visit the most.

I caught Decca working on a new composition on the piano. I love when he sits down at the piano for an hour or so and experiments with sound and rhythm.

And just because I know everyone is dying to hear another song that Decca has been working on here is Worlds are Dying Stars are Crying.

Speaking of music Autry has a concert and a competition next weekend. She has been working hard preparing for both. I hope I am able to get a recording of her songs to post on here next week. In the meantime here is a clip of her and her fellow classmates working on Swing Low Sweet Chariot.

Autry has also been on a Harry Potter kick ever since she signed up for Pottermore, so she created a paper version of getting into Hogwarts. Here is a page where you get to pick your animal. The choices are so cute.

I would have to choose the awkward owl for no reason other than to see the awkwardness.

Now that I have read back through this post I am worried about the possibility of any grandparents and/or other relatives reading this and wondering whether or not the kids have done any real schooling this week. To alleviate those fears I feel the need to state that yes they have done some school this week.

Tru began reading and studying Romeo and Juliet.

And Decca read two books of Scooby-Doo.

We started back up on our study of film history. I put this on hold for a long time because I lost the book we are using as a spine, but I am happy to report that it has been located and our study is going forward. Hopefully by the end of summer the whole study will be completed and uploaded onto my blog.

Also this week I was lucky enough to spend some one-on-one time with a great kid. I snapped this picture of him while we were driving around on errands.

I also snapped this picture of Kingsley in the car with me. The kids and I took him to In-N-Out, which he loved.

And that is our (very strange) week in review.

Fezzes are Cool

So my kids are on a Doctor Who kick right now. They love everything about the Doctor, even his fez. For Halloween Tru is dressing up as the Doctor, so I ordered him a bow-tie, suspenders, a sonic screwdriver, and a fez.

Necessary accessories for the Doctor

We have all been having fun wearing the fez, trying to make it look cool. I think I am with Amy and River on this one. I just don’t see the coolness in a fez, but it was fun trying to make it look fashionable.

Yeah... I am not feeling this.

Decca trying to make a fez and a blanket cool.

A goldendoodle is actually cute in a fez.

Autry channeling River.

Truffaut thought a fez only looked good on top of three fedoras.

Weekly Update

Decca modeling his lower metal. He also has metal on the roof of his mouth and on the inside of his cheeks. It is not fun!

We had a light week this week. There was not much done in the way of tangible work, but that does not matter, as we needed some days off. Decca got an expander and an herbst appliance placed in his mouth on Tuesday, and it caused so much discomfort. Although the pain is subsiding today, he still cannot eat. I am hoping he figures that out soon, or he will be drinking smoothies and shakes for the next 6 months to a year.

Since Decca was in so much pain this week, I kept the school light and fun. We played a few games in math from Kitchen Table Math. He had fun playing them, although they were a little easy.

In this game he would build up numbers and write them down.

In this game he and I would take turns drawing numbers to try and create the larger number.

He also completed a few Mom-made worksheets based on the lessons of Kitchen Table Math.

He still reverses many of his numbers. We are working on this, and it seems to be getting a little better.

We also finished Little House in the Big Woods, and Grandma helped him make a cabin for a final project. This was a time-consuming project, but it was worth it. He took so much pride in making it, and he has been playing with it everyday since. Although it started out as a cabin from Little House in the Big Woods, it quickly morphed into a playset for his Scooby Doo games.

Making his cabin with Grandma's help.

A monster hiding in the trees.

Scooby and Shaggy trying to solve the case.

Tru worked on all his normal studies: French, Pre Algebra, History, and Writing with Skill. We also got in another chemistry lesson. This week the kids studied thermometers and how temperature and molecules work in the thermometer. It was another great lesson from Middle School Chemistry.

Reading the temperature on the thermometer.

Filling out his lab worksheet.

We also played a fun game this week called I’ve Got a New Business. This turned out to be the best game. The kids, my mom, and I played it all day. I decided to make a little video of it, as it was so much fun.

And that is our week in review.