Both our hebe and our vinca bloomed this past week. I love how our garden times itself with the liturgical seasons--how very convenient. ;)
Have you seen Brandy's series on homeshool burnout? She didn't include my personal method for burnout: starting the school year in July so that you're halfway through Term 3 when February rolls around! But I know that's not ideal for most people, besides the fact that it might be a little hard to actually apply that immediately. ;)
So if you're in need of some freshness to get you through now until springtime, head over there and take her simple but effective suggestions!
And speaking of Brandy's third suggestion for avoiding burnout...
Saturdays are my long-run mornings, which I usually do solo around town. But for the past couple months, I have been meeting up with a local running group for a weekly run up into the hills surrounding our town instead. And I have to say: are you looking to kick-start your exercise routine or get some inspiration for the week ahead? Head up some hills!
Grueling climbs rewarded with great sunrise views make this one of the most spirit-satisfying activities I do all week! Best of all, it doesn't matter if you walk or run--as long as you get to the top. :)
Clicking around the web...
Because you know you've been dying to know: Why pigeons bob their heads.
Have you read Anthony Esolen's How to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child? A follow-up from Circe.
Audobon's Birds of America, free as high-resolution downloadable images. I'm not even sure what to do with this yet, but wow.
A hymn to Our Lady from Edgar Allen Poe. I'm saving this to read with the children in May.
Looking for math drill printables? We use the free, super-easy, and fully-customizable Math Aids all the time alongside our Wrap-Ups.
Baby Drew is nine months old now!
Don't let these picture fool you: although he does indeed spend much of his day toted around by one person or another, he has somehow still managed to learn to climb, cruise, and stand on his own. He's very eager to keep up with the big kids and I have no doubt he'll be walking soon!
Lest you think my kids spend all their drawing time working diligently in their nature journals...
Yes, they're designing their racing silks. This is what happens when Daddy is home on the weekends!
After our bud-forcing of the last couple weeks, I've been itching to do some more growing indoors. Have I mentioned I have a black thumb? I'm terrible at gardening--it's one of my (many) weaknesses. But I've always seen these indoor "gardens" and I think they might be something even I could manage. I've done green onions (successfully) and avocados (unsuccessfully) before, but this list is pretty comprehensive--lots of fun roots, seeds, and cuttings to try. Anyone have recommendations for this kind of project?
I'll be back soon to share how I organize my commonplace books and to round up our exams from Term 2 (finally!). Until then, have a great Monday!