Monday, March 27, 2017

Nature

I mentioned lately on Instagram, that I may be turning into an old lady... because my love of nature has grown by leaps and bounds. I think it may be because of my age, but I think more overly it has to do with my desire to express that love to my children and have them love and appreciate this world that the Lord has made for us. 

Lately, during lessons we have spent more time outside reading and nature exploring. Birds being on of our favorite topics, we have started sketching and identifying. I am impressed with my children's ability to draw, especially Carlie who puts the most effort into the creative aspect of her lessons. That's an area in which she shines.

We've been adding more feeders at our bird watching station and I've added a new houseplant.

On our nature jaunts we look for unusual items and if they are really beautiful and can be saved, we take them home and add them to our nature shelf.

Eli found this beautifully smooth river rock! It came home with us! 
I recently joined a group called "Nature Pal Exchange". We just finished with a swap for moms. This was the gift I received and I am thrilled with the contents! That at the bottom in the ziplock bag is an owl pellet! Once spring break is over, we will dissect that! I'm tickled!!! 


Goldfinches at our feeder!
My dear, dear friend who knows me so well gave me this shelf to help display some of our nature finds. I'm so excited to fill it up! 


Red winged blackbird in the tree. 

My feeble attempt at bird sketching! 

Our friend "Woody" the Red-Bellied Woodpecker.
Flowers from our yard before the frost.





I hope you have a wonderful day, take a few minutes to enjoy this beautiful world the Lord has made for yourself. 



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

*Pi* Day

Yesterday being March 14th or *Pi* day, I decided to make a fun supper for the family. 

A hearty supper pie and a dessert pie.


I got some sausage from a local market and browned it with onions, garlic, mushrooms and spinach. I made a double pie crust to decorate the tops of the pies. The bottoms got a wee bit too done, but no matter, because they were really delicious. 
After all the meat and veggies were cooked and tender, I added some cream cheese, and some stock to make it into a nice, hearty, thick filling for our supper pies.
I'm looking forward to leftovers for supper tonight!

I also decorated the pie with pi. 
Snort.
It was fun. 
I cut them out of some mozzarella cheese, but I did it a bit too thick and they melted too much. 
On the bottom pie, I cut the pi symbol out of my crust. 


For dessert, we had strawberry pie, Shannon's favorite!

I hope y'all had a fun day yesterday as well!



Monday, February 27, 2017

Adventuring

Last week the weather was exceptionally warm and beautiful... it made me eager to get outside and get into the sunshine. So I gathered my brood and Saturday we ventured out. 
Sadly Saturday was no where near as warm, but we had a grand time anyways. 
I love taking pictures and trying to notice the beauty that surrounds us that sometimes goes unnoticed. We stayed fairly close to home, but just went on a little exploring expedition to enjoy the outdoors.









 We are drawn to water like a moth to a flame... we love water.

 I haven't pinpointed what type of seed this is. It was very unusual. Kinda gave me the willies, but at the same time, it was really cool looking too.



 My kids... If I said it once, I said it a hundred times... "It is TOO cold to get in that water!!"
haha
 They found other avenues of dare-devilry.










I hope you enjoyed your weekend as well! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

A Welcoming Home

When I came home from the women's retreat, I had a surprise waiting on me. My sweet family put together a little surprise for Cameo and I. 
Supper was ready.
The house was clean.
And arms were waiting for hugs!
They made my favorite....
Mexican Food!
And then they made a "Welcome Home" cake for dessert. 
I was so touched by their thoughtfulness... 
Thank you Lord for blessing me so abundantly.