Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

On Vacation


Continuing with gratitude during a week away from home. . .


521. time in the car

522. my mom sharing stories about camping by the lake


523. a nice hotel room

524. Middle Sister and Youngest Sister creating a makeshift Barbie area in between the beds


525. tea from home (courtesy of my mom)


526. my dad telling us about when he went on vacation as a kid

527. refreshing dips in the pool


528. watching Tangled with my sisters

  Youngest Sister added the blue ribbon, as (for the moment :) this is her favorite movie 


529. slower days

530. time with my family






May your week include a break, whether or not you go on vacation~ Megan

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Painting the Week of Learning

This week has been full of
learning
from books,
about books,
about how to use books.
Still little bits
of whimsy
snuck into my journal,
a place I love
to go and
a time
I am
learning
to treasure.
So while I
painted this
week, full
of school,
I added
pictures from
my journal.
After all,
learning
can be bilateral.


May learning pleasantly cross your path this week~ Megan

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Blurry Beginnings

The beginning of school has always been blurry to me. Homeschooling has allowed us to ease into subjects and routine. It's a process similiar to getting in cold water at the swimming pool-- it takes time to get used to, but eventually becomes refreshing. 

This school year something changed. I wasn't able to wade into subjects. The stakes grew higher, the work harder, and the time I had went quicker. Curricula filled with books, questions, and answers pushed me into the murky waters of high school.  

Slowly the waters are becoming clearer. I'm getting more and more comfortable with the change, but I am still trying to work out some kinks. Until then I am glad that my Multitude Monday can blur into Thursday. 


Again counting my gratitude after a few good, but blurry weeks of activity. . . . .


493. homemade granola bars

494. a new lunchbox, needed a lot this past month

495. running outside, barefoot

496. two pitchers of water with lemon in the refrigerator-- one for my mom, and one for me!



497. a hard teacher who made me grow

498. security in God

499. dance. I have always really enjoyed it, but this dance intensive made me see how much I love it.


500. time at home

501. warm walnut bread with dinner

502. my very own laptop


503. friends moving here from "across the pond"

504. swimming in a lake for the first time

505. watermelon

506. watching The Next Food Network Star via Hulu 


507. swimming with good friends

508. this cream helping to heal my first (and last) sunburn of the summer

509. school starting

510. routine back in place

511. reading about the Gospels (this book gives fascinating insight!)


512. dinner at Dean & Deluca last Friday night-- a nice ending to a long week

513. taking a peek at the dessert display there

Definitely worth seeing. . . 



514. eating the "globes" Middle Sister and Youngest Sister baked using vanilla cake mix, food coloring, and white frosting when we got home

515. the way geography and baking can work together deliciously

516. cucumber plant curly cues



517. rain watering for us

518. Youngest Sister baptized!

519. being on track with school

and, most of all,

520. renewed focus


~Megan

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Painting the Week of School




With as many books as I've been holding lately, holding a paintbrush this week was an especially nice contrast! Happy painting~ Megan

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

On My Toes

Hello again! Time has gone by rather quickly since I last posted. I didn't mean to take a blogging break, but these past few weeks have kept me on my toes. . .

-- Dance intensive. I was very literally on my toes in a two-week dance intensive where I took ballet, modern, jazz, and an assortment of other classes every day. It was both an amazing and exhausting experience!  




-- Opera camp. As soon as the dance intensive ended, opera camp began. While there I enjoyed learning about the opera Turandot, singing a variety of songs, and getting to do it with Middle Sister and a couple of good friends. I thought these two weeks would be calmer, but opera camp kept me on my toes in a whole other way. 




-- Cold. This week I didn't have any kind of camp, instead I had a full-blown head cold which kept me at my favorite place—home. In the midst of recuperating, I began several school subjects, did a lot of reading, and eased back into a more familiar routine.                                                                                
       

I have very much enjoyed living on my toes, but am now looking forward to a more paced schedule with time to sit down and capture bits of life right here in the blogging world. See you soon! ~Megan

Painting the Week of Summer

Painting a week filled with sun, celebrations, and preparations--




Happy painting (even though this is belated)! ~Megan