Sunday, July 31, 2016

Heritage School

Lately, I have been going to Heritage School, a sort of summer camp held at the Headquarters House in Fayetteville, five hours a day, for five days. Heritage School is a fun experience to learn more about history, particularly 1850s-60s. This year, we are studying Matilda and Jonas Tebbetts, one of the families that have lived in the Headquarters House before it was sold to the Washington Historical Society.

We have learned a lot, including tatting (lace making), made a working telegraph machine, plein air painting, and all while dressing up in historical dresses, including hoops for the girls.

I am also looking forward to the quiz bowl, where we will review what we have learned, in a game show format, and the elegant ball, with lots of historical dances such as The Virginia Reel, Duck Soup, The Gay Gordon, Jefferson's Waterwheel, and others.  I love living history!

Friday, July 29, 2016

"I Will Always Write Back" Book Review

"I Will Always Write Back; How One Letter Changed Two Lives" is an amazing, true book about how an American girl, Caitlin Alifirenka, became pen pals with a Zimbabwean boy, Martin Ganda, and how their friendship changed their lives forever.  They have now grown up, and wrote the book themselves, nineteen years after they first started corresponding.

Martin and Caitlin became fast friends through their letters, but Martin never told Caitlin that his family barely had enough money to survive, and Martin did not even have the money to go to school, even though he loved to study and wanted to become a doctor. When Caitlin found out, she really wanted to help, so she sent twenty dollars.  Caitlin and her parents continued to send money, worth more than twenty times as much in Zimbabwe.

However, even with Caitlin's support, will Martin be able to find enough money to go to college in the states and become a doctor?  Read the book yourself to find out!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A book review: "7, an Experimental Mutiny Against Excess"

I am currently reading a life changing book called "7, an Experimental Mutiny Against Excess", by Jen Hatmaker that is very funny and enlightening. It is about the author's experiment to limit herself to seven things. Some of her friends tried the same concept, only with variations.
 For example, the first month, she chose only seven foods to eat, the whole month, while the rest of the group chose seven countries, and ate like their poorest.  The next month, clothes, she may only wear seven clothes items.
The purpose of this is to spiritually fast, while observing how our lives could be simpler, with less excess possessions. She does so in such a funny, witty fashion, which makes the book like talking to a friend.
I give this book the highest recommendation.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Outdoor Towns

My siblings and I invented a really fun game once that we called "Crosstown." Since we have had so much fun with it, I wanted to share it with you.

Crosstown is actually a game about a town that we created in our yard. Each of us has a "house" (otherwise known as a tree, trampoline, stump, or rock) that we "live in" for the game. We all have a "car" aka scooter, cozycoop or bike. Then, each of us has set up a small stand, a piece of wood, basket, or whatever we can find, to sell our merchandise on. Normally what we sell or trade with are along the lines of pretty rocks, mud pies, flowers, dyes made from crushed flowers, popsicle sticks, walnuts, leaves, shells and fruit. It is so much fun making deals and trading with each other, then coming to our trees with a small treasure of some kind, and probably will be for children of all ages.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Camo or Pink?

Here is a would-you-rather question I made up one time that I would like your opinions on:

Would you rather:
Drive a sparkly pink slugbug car with fake fairy wings and a pertend wind up key on the back.......Or..........A camo jeep with a plastic deer head attached to the front and Popeye the sailor man painted on the side?

Hint: You cannot change anything abouut the cars!!!!

Please give your opinions!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer Fun

Here are a few fun summer ideas to incorporate into your play outside, for maximum family fun.

1. Climb a tree. This may sound basic and/or obvious, but it is one of my favorite activities outside, and you can get such a thrill over the wonderful view.

2. Get wet. Break out the hose and have a water fight, or haul the kiddie pool out from the garage. Getting wet can be so much fun!

3. Teach each other new skills, such as hanging upside down, using the backstroke, how to do a flip in the air, or even how to building a treehouse! 

4. But most of all, have fun together!!!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Cooking Class in a Box

This is a great idea Home Chef and a couple other cooking companies had for a new product. It is an idea where Home Chef sends you a box with the ingredients in tiny packages and a recipe for a restraunt meal, with an ice pack, so that you can cook it yourself at home. I really like this idea because it is kind of like having a personal cooking class in your house, the recipe actually gives you a lot of detail on how to cook, and also gives you the measurements for the ingredients so you can make it again with your own food. And, for fancy meal ingredients for three meals for two people, with large portions (And a recipes), it is only 60 dollars! Plus, for your first time, you get half price! To learn more, visit my mom's cooking blog at: