Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Spring Frenzy.

There is still time to sign up for the Bible Bee. http://www.biblebee.org/nationalawards.php
We've printed of the first couple of memory sections and it's going to be a challenge. Fun, but work. Feche-boy and Cub are both signed up and are already at it. I have a feeling I'll be learning lots as well!

Sunday we spent the day out in the garden. We have far more plants than beds so we've gotten creative. Snap peas are going in next to the rhubarb and we're putting melons by one of the cisterns on the north side of the house. We're also expanding 2 of our 3 long beds by about 4 feet. We're putting in 3 more berry bushes, all but 1 made it from last year and the strawberries are looking good. We are slowly weeding the flower beds. The front fence needs repainted and repaired so we'll be pulling off lots of vine and hopefully painting soon. I'd love it if Viking Man got to the arbor this year but he is deep into grading papers for the end of the semester so I'm not holding my breath. Our trusty mower is repaired and we are claiming the fields back from wormword and thistles. Much of the grasses, clover and hairy vetch that we sowed a couple of years ago is established and we've found to our delight that underneath the mess are lovely green and lush fields.

We have a regional homeschool conference coming up in 2 weeks and we're are responsible for 3 booths; IEW, Bethlehem Books and TeenPact. IEW has lots of new products this spring and I can't wait to get my hands on some of it! Bethlehem books, of course, has an amazing selection of historical fiction. We'll be focusing on Ancient and Modern Studies next year and we are making our reading list with their catalog in mind. TeenPact, goes without saying, is the best hands on government course you'll find. Sign-up.

We still have KB's grad announcements to get out, Bible Study tonight and lots of errands. I've had lots of creative ideas going lately but I'm drowning in details. College Woman will be home soon between college and Romania and that will add disruption and fun to the weeks ahead, and hopefully, lots of gardening help! KB and Feche-boy are churning out Latin, Logic and IEW in order to be done by the 23 and a spring goal is to sort and purge. The boys have done a great job this year of outgrowing most of their clothing as has Flower. The porch is still not summerfied; putting the plants back out, arranging the furniture and creating our summer living area- think enclosed porch on an old farmhouse-quaint and lovely and you've got it.

I found a great iced tea recipe and between it and the iced coffee KB makes we've had probably too much caffeine of late. Here's another copycat, yummy but VERY sweet:
McDonald's Vanilla Iced Coffee

6 1/2 cups very strong brewed coffee, cooled
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons vanilla extract - make your own, like we do = ) and it's even better!

Thoroughly mix ingredients and pour over ice cubes in a glass or refrigerate in a container until ready to use. Makes approximately 2 quarts.

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