Week "7" -- or whatever number it really is, considering the fact that I have lost track -- was very, very busy. Mostly because we were cleaning, But also because I had to go back to the doctor for my asthma (hopefully coming back under control now!), and there was vision therapy, and a family Scouting project (helping clean up a park), and Andy had a late Friday night meeting, and Saturday we hosted our Little Flowers and Blue Knights group so we could finish putting in the garden we're growing for the Little Sisters of the Poor. (Andy and I joke that the Sisters' garden will probably do a lot better than ours because they have St. Joseph on their side. We are having a really bad year in the garden this year, so the Sisters might need that help from St. Joseph! Hardly anythng we planted from seed has come up.)
I also had to finish up our quarterly reports for the school district, which I did, and write letters of intent to homeschool for three students this year, which I also did, yesterday afternoon. I keep feeling like there ought to be time to take a breath here. Well, maybe tomorrow.
In lieu of extensive commentary, I'm going to post some photos:
The remains of dinosaur building. We're making dinosaur sculptures using newspaper and masking tape armatures, as demonstrated in Make-a-saurus: My Life With Raptors & Other Dinosaurs. We checked this book out back when Gareth was obsessed with dinosaurs in 2nd grade. We were living in St. Louis then, and were happily surprised when we found the book recently in our local library here in New York. I really should own this book and I don't know why I don't. It's about how an artist goes about recreating dinosaurs. The second half of the book gives directions on how kids can make their own. The armature making is a bit too complicated for the younger kids because you have to roll tight tubes for arms, jaws, legs, etc. But they should be able to do papier mache and paint without much help.
We're keeping the pieces of skeleton in bags at the moment. Hopefully we'll get to the papier mache part in the next day or so.
The other "big" thing around here lately...
Eastern Tent Caterpillars. Of which Pip is king.
One of his has even made a coccoon.
The thing about Pip and caterpillars is that sometimes he wants to sleep with them. And sometimes he sleeps with them inadvertently because they crawl out of their container and end up in bed with him.
The boys "helped" Andy build a turkey roost:
And, as I mentioned, we hosted our Little Flowers group:
This week should be a little quieter... but I think it's going to take me a few days to adjust!