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Where have we been?

Oh, here…
Music Fair

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…there…
Corning Museum of Glass

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and everywhere!
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But after (another!) adventure this weekend, we should be back in full gear next week, when we plan on starting school! I’ll be back on Wednesday, hopefully, with info on our curriculum for the year, my insights on the last Harry Potter movie, cute twin pictures, and news about my latest book.

Catch you then!

We met the Duggar family!

A week or so ago, we discovered that the Duggars would be coming to a city about two hours away. When we finished school in April, the kids made “treasure maps” of things they would like to do or experiences they would like to have over the next year. One item on Katie Grace’s list was “meet the Duggars”.  And even before that, when the babies were first born and I was recovering, we would sit together on the bed and watch “19 Kids and Counting”. It was so nice to watch a reality show where people were actually being kind to one another! So of course, I decided that I needed to make this happen if at all possible. I secured a sitter for the boys, packed up Katie Grace and the twins, and off we went.

Our Trip to the Maryland Science Center















Trip to New York City!

We had the opportunity to visit New York City with a German exchange student our church was hosting. I’ve never really done the “touristy stuff” in NYC, so it was a unique experience for me! We also usually park in Hoboken and take the PATH over, but took the Staten Island Ferry for this trip. Here are the kids waiting patiently for the ferry:
And Nicholas pretending to be a race car driver:

At last, the ferry arrives!

And away we go!


Seeing the Statue of Liberty in the harbor was amazing:
One of Katie Grace’s co-op classes was a National Parks class, and she had to do a presentation. We were very excited to discover that the Statue of Liberty Island and Ellis Island are national parks!
As impressive as the statue was from the boat, it was even more amazing up close:

And we even got to eat lunch with Msr. Batholdhi, the designer!
Next we headed over to Ellis Island. Unfortunately at this point, Katie Grace was pretty sick with a nasty cough.
Also unfortunately, this is where our camera ran out of juice:

After Ellis Island, we took the subway to Time Square and checked it out. From there, we walked to Rockerfeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We also made a stop at American Girl Place. We took the subway to Chinatown for a most excellent dinner at the Excellent Dumpling, and then headed home.

Field Trip: Camp Susque Soapmaking

One rainy March day, we went to Camp Susque for a soapmaking workshop. The original plan was to make soap outside over an open fire, but since it was rainy and cold, we had to settle for melt-and-pour over the woodstove in the Lodge.
We’re always happy to run into old friends! For all the complaining people do about homeschoolers not being socialized, we certainly run into other unsocialized homeschoolers we know often. Here is Katie Grace and her buddy choosing their molds:
and pouring their soap:

And Michael, too!

Nicholas adding color to his soap:
And Daniel, just being cute:
The final activity of the day was to decorate sticks and rocks. I’m honestly not sure what it was all about. I think it was kind of a filler since they couldn’t go outside. Regardless, here they are with their creations:

Our Field Trip to the North Museum in Lancaster, PA

We haven’t had a field trip in a while, so when Daddy had to go to Lancaster for a pastor conference, we decided to tag along and spend the morning at the North Museum. I remembered the museum from grade school field trips, even though I hadn’t been there in probably twenty years!

Down in the mines…

As I wrote yesterday, today we drove to Scranton and visited the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour and Anthracite Heritage Museum. This was part of our WVIA member benefits. We decided I would take the older two and Chip would stay home with the younger boys. It was the longest I’ve ever been away from Daniel!

First stop was the museum. After watching a short film, we toured the displays.

A coal sculpture by an African-American artist titled “Black Is Indeed Beautiful”


A relief carving of a mother and her children. I loved this!

Heritage Days

We are so thankful that Donna reminded us of Heritage Days! We were originally going to the Great Insect Fair at State College, but bugs make me puke. Plus we’re learning about PA history (and not bugs. or vomit.) So this was perfect!

Our first stop was to learn about weaving tape. Apparently this stuff was widely used before elastic.

Then we watched a gentleman and his apprentice carving a bowl. Do you know that these bowls would take about 12 hours to make?

Nicholas was intrigued by the medicine man’s show.

Safety Day!

Today was Safety Day at Camp Susque! This is a free, once-a-year event put on by Camp Susque to help homeschooling families fulfill their fire safety requirements.

The kids played for a bit, and then we all met by the flagpole. I tried to get a picture to show how many homeschooling families were there, but I really didn’t do it justice. Suffice it to say, it was so nice to be with a group of people who didn’t think we were freaks because they were freaky themselves. Or, as sung in Rent, “To being an US for once, instead of a THEM!”

Our Cross Country Adventure

My little adventure buddy Daniel and I went on a great adventure a week or so ago. We flew to Santa Fe for a moderator retreat for Mothering.Com! The plane trip there went pretty well. The trip home was not quite so easy, but still, we made it! I worried and stressed about this for months and months. I’m pretty proud of myself and my little guy.

Daniel loved playing in Mothering’s library. There were tons and tons of toys and books for him to enjoy.

Here he is passed out behind the couch while we had our meetings.

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