Friday, September 28, 2012

New look

I think I like it, although without the glasses I suddenly realized that I don't look twenty anymore. :)

LASIK recovery was not as easy for me as it apparently is for most people.  Also, the surgery itself reminded me very much of scary science fiction.  My husband may or may not have given me that idea ahead of time by mentioning a certain scene in Minority Report. 

Two weeks post-surgery I am happy with the results.  (Not enough to do it again, though!)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Illuminated Science Narration (only homeschooling, right?)

This morning I got to see an amazing synthesis of learning, and it was entirely self directed.  Jonathan asked if I would type while he dictated a narration.  Of course I said yes!  He proceeded to narrate a fabulous summary of the science we've been studying (and which, to be honest, I thought had been going in one ear and out the other!) He specified that the first letter needed to be very large, like an illuminated manuscript.  Then we printed it on cream colored card stock, and he drew pictures of flowers around the edges, and added gold "leaf" paint.

Here is the text, since it can't be easily read from the photo:

All About Plants

When a seed falls to the ground, it gets buried, and whatever the parent plant was, it turns into the same thing, only slightly different.  When seeds start growing, they are small.  When it starts growing and pops out of the ground, it is about 1/8 of an inch tall. 

After it pops out of the ground, you water it every day, and it grows.  It also needs good soil and sundlight.  As it grows, the stem grows up.  But for my plants, when it was big the leaves got too heavy, and now the stems are hanging out everywhere.  The roots grow down, because of gravity.

As the plant grows, it makes flowers.  At least, some plants do.  The flowers turn into the fruit. 

Bugs eat your plants a lot!  Which is why I want to plant some plants that when the flies or anything land in them, they’ll shut their mouths!

The fruit gets eaten.  Sometimes they get too old, and their seeds drop.  And a new plant grows!

Days like today make me so happy that we chose to homeschool!

Edited to add: of course right this moment he is quite sure that I, the world, and life in general is UTTERLY UNFAIR because he has to do a math page.  Just in case anyone was under the impression that it is all sunshine and roses around here. :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Birthday secrets!

My two older boys have independently chosen and paid for birthday gifts for Josiah's upcoming celebration day.  Jonathan found a lego detective minifigure on ebay, and Thomas (prompted by the "Frances" stories) chose a candy bar.  Both gifts are safely stashed on a very high shelf and there is much "shhhushing" and speaking of "secrets".  It is great fun to be in on such a secret!  I'm so proud of both of them.

Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Cake

This cake gets a big smiling stamp of approval from all three boys, and I definitely agree.  By far this is the most success I've had with grain free baking.

Recipe originally from detoxinista - thank you!

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup honey
2 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger (I left this out because I didn't have any)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8" x 8" pan generously with coconut oil.

Combine all the ingredients and mix well until a smooth batter forms.  (This takes longer than you might think - I let my kitchenaid do the work for a few minutes.)

Pour batter into the pan and bake for 20-35 minutes (original recipe says 20-25, but mine took 35 before being firm in the center.)

Allow to cool completely in the pan, then cut and enjoy!