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

Snapshot Summary, June 29-July 5

Snapshot Summary, June 29-July 5

This week was a slow week for us as we all came down with bad head colds and just didn't feel like doing much. We did have some fun this week, however.
The boys learned how they fired rifles and cannons at the
18th Century Independence Celebration and Muster 
Sycamore Shoals, Elizabethton, TN
We had a beautiful Independence Day. We grilled all sorts of things for lunch and made Italian Cream Sodas in the afternoon. We picked up a bucket of KFC fried chicken and the fixin's and had a picnic dinner in Kingsport, where we watched the fireworks display. Kingsport closes off its main street for the festivities. The boys played with bubble guns while we waited for it to get dark and once twilight came, Steven blew up light-up balloons that Katie had bought for them. The evening ended with a lovely fireworks display.

We explored the concepts of tints and shades this week.
Quentin's, age 8
They mixed white with the blue and painted inside the circle, each ring gets progressively lighter until they got to the center. Next they added black to the blue and painted rings on the outside of the circle, each ring getting darker until they hit the outside.

Alex's, age 17
We will be turning these into deep blue ocean scenes. I will show you in our Jellyfish post, which is coming soon.

And, as a snack we tinted banana pudding in varying degrees.
We also tried some new recipes this week: Fish Tacos and Slow Cooker Pepper Steak.


  1. So sorry about your cat. Our dog, also almost 20, passed a few weeks ago. I know what you mean- if though you expect it, it is hard to believe they're gone.

    It sounds like you had an awesome 4th!

    Hope you're all feeling better soon.

  2. I'm sorry about the colds and Emilio - so sad, but your 4th sounds like it was very nice, and I LOVE the exploration of tints!

  3. Sorry about your kitty.

    Fabulous lessons though!

    Popping in from the WWU

  4. So sorry about your kitty, and your week of pesky head colds. Hope you are all feeling better.

  5. I am sorry about the cat. :-(

    The banana pudding is very clever - well, your whole post is!! Enjoy the weekend!

  6. My boys would have loved to be learning firing rifles and sorry to hear about Emilio.


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