2012 in Review
Homeschool Spring 2012
Among the many things we studied in 2012, was the artist Henri Matisse. This meant many field trips to our local museum of modern art. The glass elevator there is always entertaining for some reason. We learned the art of paper-cutting, which included decorating the schoolroom with our own papel picado creations. We also studied botany and made our own terrariums full of bryophytes (mosses).
Spring Break 2012
For spring break, we took our yearly trip to the beach to spend a week with Mimi and Pop. The boys rode bikes, swam in the pool, played on the beach, and collected wrist bands around the island on a nature scavenger hunt. I won a kazoo in a hermit crab race. Kazoos should be against the law, in my opinion.
King turned into a teenager over the summer [gulp], and Michael turned nine.
Fourth of July in the Mountains
As we do every year, we spent the fourth of july in the Blue Ridge Mountains with Nana, Grandpa Mike and Grandma Jessie. We took a hike to a swinging bridge, which the boys thought was awesome, but made Curtis and Nana uneasy and made me queasy Grandma Jessie ate the hugest hot dog in the world. What a gal!
Montana Summer Vacation
We traveled to Montana at the end of the summer to spend a week on the ranch with Mimi and Pop. Their cabin wasn't quite finished yet, but we found lots to do helping around the property. King dubbed it the "workation".
Curtis confirmed his affinity for the slow, smooth ride of a good mule. He is especially fond a particular percheron x mammoth jack named, Oprah. However, Oprah was out for the season due to injury, so he had to settle for her best friend, Gayle.
Goodbye Old House
We decided to move from the city to the country. At the end of the summer, we said goodbye to the old house, and our neighbors.
Hello, Farm Life
After a long search, we finally found the perfect property with a little old cracker farmhouse. While our yard grew exponentially, our interior square-footage is about a third of what it used to be. I'm still struggling to get everything to fit right.
Moving Jane Doe
We even moved our semi-feral city-kitty, Jane Doe, with us to the country. I had to betray ever ounce of trust I had worked so hard to gain with her just to get her into the crate. She was not happy with the arrangement and made sure I heard about it all the way to the farm. We had to quarentine her in the barn for a week, so that she wouldn't try to run back to her porch in the city. She is now a full fledged barn cat.
Farm Projects 2012
Curtis took to farm-life like a man to large machinery. Our pastures were beautiful, but in desperate need of mowing. Curtis spent several weekends and evenings after work mowing. It was hard, hot and sometimes nerve-racking work. But the results were satisfying.
I started to prepare a garden for the spring. When I added some chicken manure I found in the barn, Jethro was very excited, as he thought I had laid out an all you can eat buffet just for him. Needless to say, one of our next project was trying to come up with a fence around the garden area.
Itchy, Scratchy and Stuck
We were blessed with relatively good health in 2012.
Jethro came down with pneumonia twice. The first time it was from inhaling his food. The second time may or may not have been because we didn't give him the full course of antibiotics after the first time, and may or may not have failed to bring him in for a follow-up visit.
We also discovered that Jethro is allergic to the farm. Coincidentally, King is also allergic to the farm, or at least to the poison ivy that grows here. Neither one is excited about the resulting increase in baths and showers.
Michael is not allergic to the farm, but did manage to get his hand stuck in the ice maker.
Homeschool Fall 2012
Our new home provides many opportunities for learning all around us. The school year started a little late due to our move and the transition to a "regular" school day has been difficult. Some of our studies have included ancient Greece and dinosaurs. We even had room to plot out a brachiosaurus in the pasture. He surely would not have fit in our old back yard.
We have been blessed with an abundance of mature fruit and nut trees on the farm. We harvested pears, pecans and black walnuts from our very own trees. The black walnuts were messy and tedious to harvest. We now understand where the term "a hard nut to crack" comes from. We also made our own black walnut stain from the hulls.
Elk Hunt 2012
We travelled to my parents' newly finished cabin in Montana where Pop, Curtis, and my brother tried their hands at elk hunting. Unfortunately, no elk were harmed in the making of this vacation.
But the boys got to spend a week with their cousins and even got to enjoy some snow! Plus, we got to meet our newest nephew and cousin!
Back in our old neighborhood, we would get literally thousands of trick-or-treaters at our door. At the new farm, we expected to get very few, if any, visitors down our long, dark driveway. We chose instead to spend a relaxing evening at King's dad and stepmom's home. It was wonderful!
We did away with store bought costumes this year, which seemed to always be ruined by Halloween anyway, if they were worn at all. King made his own "This Is What Happens When You Play Too Many Video Games" costume. Mike's "Zomboy" was born from some ripped old clothes and an expert make-up job from Dad. Curtis pulled out his "Greatest Dad in the World" costume again, and I decided to dress up as "A Total Dork" for the evening.
We spent Thanksgiving in the mountains with Nana and Grandpa Mike. Mike was able to try ice skating for the first time. He spent a lot of time hugging the rail, on his butt and generally flailing about. He loved it, nonetheless.
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