Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Freezer is Filling Up!

My veggie freezer is filling up with vegetables from our garden, CSA share and also some corn that we got from some friends.

So far we have:
134 cups of frozen corn
44 cups of cream corn
24 cups of shredded carrots
52 cups of diced carrots
7 gallon bags of cauliflower
10 gallon bags of broccoli
12 quart bags of frozen green beans
9 quart bags of flat beans

I also have 48 pints of canned green beans in the cabinet and frozen blueberries and canned peaches from the health food store. I love shopping from my pantry and freezer all winter long!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Veggies Galore!

The warm weather is definitely helping the vegetables at Bluebird Gardens to grow. This afternoon we decided to make a quick trip out to the gardens and pick some produce.
 The kids helped us pick 10 dozen ears of corn, a 5 gallon bucket each of cauliflower and broccoli and one small ice cream bucket of carrots along with some flowers for our table.

 The kids got most of the corn shucked before dinner.

mmm....I love dinner in the summertime and the tomato is from our garden.
I know what I'll be doing all weekend.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Measuring the Ark

As I've mentioned before we are doing My Father's World, Creation to the Greeks this year. We are in week 2 and loving it! We've been reading through the creation Bible stories and learning all about dinosaurs from the Christian perspective. Today we measured how big the ark was that Noah built. We only had a few neighbors drive by while we were walking down the middle of the street, but luckily we live on a quiet cul-de-sac. Shawn had two measuring tapes so the kids took turns counting out the ark 25 feet at a time.

 The kids are standing down at the other end of the street where we started measuring at. Can't see them?? The ark was around 450 feet long.
 I zoomed in quite a bit so I could see them.

 Then we took a quick ride the tallest building in town so we could see how tall the ark was.

 The ark was as tall as a four story building. Amazing! Noah worked on the ark for 120 years.

Around lunch time we took our weekly trip to the prairie for a picnic lunch and a little hiking.
 The kids found some caterpillars munching on this plant.

 Lunch in the shade! It was hot and humid out!

 Since we were trying to stay cool in the shade we decided to draw leaves on this visit.

We also managed to do most of our book work too and I'm happy to report that I've been staying on track with all of our history and science so far this year!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Our Classroom

Look, we do use our homeschool classroom occasionally. The kids probably use the coffee table and kitchen table more often, but every once in a while I gather them all up and make it down to the classroom.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Garden and CSA Produce

 With all of the hot weather we've been having our garden is growing like crazy. Our banana and jalapeno peppers are producing like made and I've even picked some green peppers. The kids usually eat all my small tomatoes before I can get them in the house, but I managed to find some that they missed. Our giant tomatoes are starting to turn orange this week and I'm looking forward to making some more salsa.

Our CSA boxes have been coming faithfully each week on Tuesday. This is the pictures from this week's box. We ate corn, cucumber, cauliflower and some broccoli (from last week's box) for lunch today. The boxes have been a little bit on the light side this summer with all the cool weather we had this spring and throughout the summer, but they are packed tight now. I love the produce from Bluebird Gardens and I know we couldn't find a tomato or cucumber that would taste nearly as good any where else.

I love being able to slice up fresh veggies to leave on the table and know that as my kids wander through the kitchen they will all disappear. The cauliflower that I didn't steam for lunch is already gone and I'm sure the carrots won't last through the night. Kaylee even ate a corn raw yesterday. mmmm....veggies!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

One Busy Saturday

Did you know we have chickens? Well, not at our house, but we have some friends who have chickens and we are helping to raise them for meat. This weekend they were gone so the kids got to do all the chicken chores two times a day. I can't believe how much our cute little chickens have grown in 7 weeks. Next week we get to help butcher them. I'm sure that will be a learning experience for all of us.

This summer Shawn was Kolsen's baseball coach and he planned an extra experience for his team after the season. Our local minor league team the Fargo-Moorehead Redhawks allows one little league baseball team to go on the field and be announced each time they play at home. The boys and their families had a great time. The kids all got free backpacks and meals for attending the game and the team players also got to run out onto the field as their names was being announced and get a signature from a team player.

Kassidy before stitches.

 The girls watching Kolsen on the field.

 The Pirates waiting to be introduced! Kolsen is 3rd from the right.

 Kolsen standing by 2nd base.

The little girls like watching the game, but about halfway through we usually wander over to the playground behind first base to play for a while. We were there for about 15 minutes when Kassidy slipped off a monkey bar and landed flat on the ground with her head banging into the gravel. She hit really hard and when she lifted her face I could see lots of blood. I ran over and pressed my hand on her head to stop the bleeding while another mom ran to get help and a different mom used her phone to call Shawn and let him know what happened. After getting the bleeding stopped we decided a trip to the local hospital was in order and she ended up with three stitches in three separate cuts in her forehead. Poor girl! She was brave and didn't cry at all when they gave her the stitches (I'm sure the ipad she was playing with helped).
Our family is no stranger to stitches as we've had Shawn and Kolsen getting stitches in KS, Kolsen in WI, Karolyn in IA, Carrie and Kassidy in MN and Kaylee had glue on her foot in MN. Hopefully we're done with stitches for a long time!

We still managed to have fun, but next time I think we'll be a little more careful on the playground.

Kolsen on the Redhawk's field waiting for his player to sign his certificate.
The boys had a blast!

Friday, August 23, 2013

First Week of Homeschool

A glimpse into our first week of school.
 The kids usually start doing school up in the living room on the floor while I'm finishing breakfast stuff and waiting for Lincoln.
These two girls were so excited to get their "new" math books! Kassidy is already on the 5th lesson and managed to do 15 pages one day.

 Karolyn's favorite subject is grammar.

 Of course we couldn't just be doing "normal" school work. We have to add in harvest events from our CSA farm into the mix. This week we processed two 5 gallon buckets of green beans, 1 bucket of large, flat beans and another 5 gallon bucket of carrots. Lucky for me I'm blessed with four helpers who love to do any chore that involves a sharp knife.

 I froze all the flat beans and canned 44 pints of green beans. After Shawn got home and I told him I was all done and he asked me what was in the big bowl on top of the fridge? Of course I had put a full bowl up there to get it out of the way and forgot about it. We decided to freeze the beans in that bowl.

 Counting to 20 using our math blocks.

 On Wednesday we took a field trip to the prairie to work on our nature journals.

 Each one of my kiddos has their own nature journal and Kolsen also has another journal that he likes to keep with weather information and soil/air/water temperatures.

 Everyone found a flower that they drew in their journals.

 Checking out the aquatic life during our hike. The kids like touching the duck weed and next time we are hoping to catch a water boatman. We'll have to pack a net in our nature backpack.

 Some people got piggy back rides. Next time I'll try and remember to bring my backpack to carry LT. The kids also want to eat a picnic lunch next week if the weather cooperates.

 Kaylee was impressed that the grass was so tall.

 This year we are studying creation through the Greeks so we'll be celebrating some of the Old Testament feasts along with our history. Karolyn and Kolsen have been busy working on our challah Covering for our Sabbath Celebration tonight. It will be a cover for our special braided bread.

 The little girls doing a craft. I was pressure canning beans on this day. My new hot plate holding my pressure canner is in the background. It worked a lot better than using the side burner on my grill like last year.

 Kolsen found a quite place in his room to do his reading one day.

We're adding on an extra science program called Apologia Zoology and we are studying flying creatures. This science experiment was to test our different wing designs on gliders.

 The little girls found another small spot to do some fun school. When I'm not making them do school you can usually find them playing school.

 A 5 gallon bucket of carrots all washed, peeled, slice and shredded. We ended up with 70 cups which should last us all year long.

 The kids have been busy climbing on the trees in our backyard and they said I had to take pictures of the locusts they found. We'll have to stop by the library for a book on locusts next week.
Kolsen and Kaylee's special challah bread we are serving at our Sabbath feast tonight.
We did manage to do a bunch of school work in the classroom this week, but I didn't get my camera downstairs.