Bringing back this post series! I’ve always liked it because, let’s face it– if I were really organized, I wouldn’t wait until Sunday to plan for the week. But something is always better than nothing, and it at least forces me to preplan a little bit. To review, I’ve been doing Feasts and Festivals as well as Plans and Projects for a while. It’s been so long, most of the old posts don’t even have functional pictures anymore! Not so sure about links. Anyway… This week.

It’s spring break week for all my kiddos. And luckily (???) I’ve been dealing with some fairly serious medical issues that mean I get to be here at home with them while they’re on break. And this little guy? He’s just the sweetest.


Nicholas is always there with a sweet hug and kind words. He goes through life with a pretty good sense of humor, and even when things do go wrong (like when I accidentally shaved him bald during the Great Lice Epidemic of 2015, he rallies nicely.


There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.
~ Hodding Carter

If the school year was a baseball game, we’d be rounding the corner to third base. We’ve left behind, for now anyway, those incredible Old Testament characters—the good, the bad, and the ugly. We’ve learned about how people throughout the ages have built structures so as to make homes for their families and we’ve built a few of our own. The idea of house and home has even made its way into our math blocks, as we place the numbers in their little houses while working out addition and multiplication with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing. We’ve explored Native American culture and their early homes as well. While making our first formal exploration of history we’ve been led to question our own family history, and I was amazed at how our findings delighted Nicholas.

Around here, we’re not big on grandiose fancy-schmancy birthday gifts. Sure, we might occasionally give a big gift like a bike, but generally speaking we like to focus our energy on experiences over things.

Thus, the Birthday Adventure was born.

Some adventures of the past have included tickets for shows (Michael has had both a trip to Pittsburgh to see The Lion King and a more local outing to see Stomp), day trips, trips to New York City, outings to the movies, and special lunches or dinners out, to name a few. Our Nicholas turned eight last week while Daddy was away on retreat, and we had a very special birthday adventure planned.

NICHOLAS, upon noticing my flash drive: What’s that flashing red thing?

ME: It’s my flash drive.

NICHOLAS: What’s a flash drive?

ME: That flashing red thing.

NICHOLAS: What flashing red thing?