Gardening · Homeschooling · Nature · Nature study

Rediscovering the Value of Nature Study

Nature study took a back seat in our homeschool this year.  It wasn’t intentional, and I offer no clever excuse. I just didn’t make the effort to find the time, I guess.  I could tell my nature-observing senses were growing dull, because I’d give a quick glance and an indifferent, “Huh,” whenever the kids presented me… Continue reading Rediscovering the Value of Nature Study

Charlotte Mason · Family & Fun · Homeschooling · Nature · Nature Journals · Nature study · Nature Walks

We’re Still Here…..and We’re Still Happily Occupied!

That’s right.  Even if this blog has been quiet lately, we’ve been keeping ourselves busily occupied as always.  I somehow have just not found the time to let you all know about it!  So I’ll do a little catch up post.  Here goes: We came home from our summer vacation to find half of our garden… Continue reading We’re Still Here…..and We’re Still Happily Occupied!

Crafts · Gardening · Gardening and Canning · Nature

Create Your Own Miniature Garden

My girls have recently discovered the joy of creating miniature landscapes.  A new store opened up in our Farmer’s Market called “Landscapes in Miniature,” and when we first stopped by a couple of weeks ago, the girls couldn’t stop exclaiming and squealing with delight over all the charming garden scenes spread before us.  Pretty glazed flowerpots,… Continue reading Create Your Own Miniature Garden

Family & Fun · Nature · Trips and Vacations

Spectacular Sights of the Southwest

Hoover Dam We made the drive from southern CA to Las Vegas/Boulder City area Friday morning, August 2nd to see the Hoover Dam.  It was a bit tricky finding a parking space with our 36’ motorhome; we had to park a good distance away from the visitor’s center where the observation deck was.  We deliberated a… Continue reading Spectacular Sights of the Southwest

Family & Fun · Nature · Trips and Vacations

Sequoia National Park & Southern California

We stayed south of San Francisco in a town called Half Moon Bay Tuesday night after driving through the Golden Gate Bridge.  We drove south for a little while along U.S. 1.  The coast south of San Francisco looked a lot different than the northern coast.   Brown scrubby hills, then irrigated patches of produce, then the… Continue reading Sequoia National Park & Southern California

Family & Fun · Nature · Trips and Vacations

California Coast

We drove into California along Route 101 on Monday, July 29th.  Our views of the coast soon became obscured with fog.  We were so glad we had seen the OR coast in beautiful sunshine. Soon after entering CA we were in the Redwoods National Park.  I LOVED walking in among those huge, ancient, majestic trees.  It was like a… Continue reading California Coast