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Home School Life Journal ........... painting by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

This Beautiful Moment (Outside in the Sandpile) & Snapshot Summary August 9-14, {week 46}

This is the photo I have picked out to be my special beautiful moment of the week.
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments at Soule Mama for all to find and see. And this is my week in photos. This week has been a little hectic because we are getting ready for our annual Family Camp/Staycation (which begins on the 20th.) The entire house needs to be thoroughly cleaned and meals prepared in advance as well as the activities for Camp planned for (and materials for them gathered.) Needless to say, it has been hectic. Here is some of the things other than that we have done this week:

Monday: We had a sushi bar for lunch.
Quentin watched Katie make her sushi
and then made some for himself.
James then joined in.
Open-faced sushi for those not good at rolling (me).
Or sushi balls, no Norri (seaweed wrappers) for some (Steven),
with the goodies inside.
Quentin's clothespins arrived in the mail
and so they spent some time making them into Medieval characters
Kings and Queens and Knights and Peasants
and then they took them out to the sand pile to play with them with their sandcastles. We received another postcard from Australia.
Tuesday: Steven took the little boys to the dentist for their check-ups. Katie made a clothespin people for the little boy's sandcastles. Alex worked on his salt lapbook by making colored sand. Katie helped Sam with perspective drawing.
We took the opportunty while the little boys were out to thoroughly clean the family room. All-and-all a productive day.
Wednesday: Outside in the garden and on trampoline.
Learning about Restomel Castle in the sand and hearaldry.

Thursday: It rained this morning so they did not meet friends at the park this week. The little boys labeled parts of the armor. Katie made knights pieces for their ever-growing chess set and so they learned how that piece moved and added that to their set to play. Quentin and James found an unusual looking beetle.
We had Mexican Beans and Rice and Taquitos for dinner.
Friday: After playing in the mud all morning, the afternoon was filled with lots of experimenting with chemical reactions.
Two postcards in the mail today, both from Finland.
Saturday: Steven and the boys went to a local Pirate Fest celebration and of course, had a wonderful time.


  1. Beautiful picture! Every child should have a sandbox :)

  2. Love the photos :) What an exciting week!

  3. Looks like such a fun week. I love the pics too. BTW thanks for stopping by.

  4. Looks like you had a busy week too. I love the photos and the photo collage- how do you add that?

  5. Wonderful photos. Those clothespin people are the best! An absolutely full week of fun - and a pirate festival? :) I am so looking forward to everything about your family camp.

  6. Tonya,
    The collages are made with Picasa, which is a free photo editing program that makes collages easy. Just go here: http://picasa.google.com/

  7. Pirate festival? How fun! We attended a Medieval Festival the past two years. The first time was when we were studying the Middle Ages. We had so much fun. Then, we had to attend again last year because, well just because. My daughter wanted to attend again this year but I told her we would wait until we study the Middle Ages again.

    It looks like you guys had a wonderful week. I love all of your pictures, particularly the collage.


  8. Looks like a fun week!


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