Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March Winds

March winds are blowing hard in my town, and we are taking to the outdoors in large chunks.  The downtown local farmer's market has been a favorite Saturday morning activity the last two weekends.  Perfect outdoor time.

We love this North American Wildlife Memory Game that we've had for years. 
Chalk Bark:  We ran out of chalk last week.  So what do you do when you don't want to run to the store and have a huge tub of Plaster of Paris rotting on the shelf?  Naturally you make your own chalk bark.  The key to perfect color is to mix the powdered paint with the Plaster of Paris before adding water.  Mix together in a shallow pan or container, and spread it thinly so that it will be less than an inch thick.  When it hardens, break it into large pieces.  This works so much better than molds, and the kids love experimenting with the larger, abnormal shapes. 
I started a DVD Bible study, Chase.  Review to come soon.
The little kids and I have enjoyed reading How Groundhog's Garden Grew.  It's great inspiration to get them outside soon for planting.  The illustrations are exquisite.
My twelve year old and I absolutely fell in love with Two Little Confederates (the Kindle version is free).   It's a lovely glimpse into the adventures of two young southern brothers during a time of great turmoil when the Civil War touches their lives in a real way and challenges them to exhibit character over taking sides.  I was sad to turn the last page.  Truly a must read.


  1. I love these little glimpses into your life! :)

  2. Thanks for reminding me about that book! We will be studying the Civil war soon!

    1. Crystal, you are welcome to borrow it anytime. I think your whole brood would enjoy it.