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"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

This Moment, Baseball Edition and Snapshot Summary, August 18-23, summer week 4

{this moment}
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 SouleMama.
Snapshot Summary, August 18-23
On Saturday, we went to Davy Crockett Days at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park. They had period craftsmen there who showed the kids how they made their crafts. We went to the museum there, and then to the encampment, which was on the Limestone River; a beautiful site. They enjoyed dancing to the fiddle music.
On Sunday night Steven took Katie, James and Quentin to their first baseball game.
Greenville Astros

We finished up our study of mollusks this week.
Alex's (18 years old, special needs) notebook
A hermit crab doesn't make the shell in which it lives. The shell is made by a snail that has died.
Alex wanted to draw a hermit crab, even though it is not a mollusk, but a crustacean, so we were able to discuss this and he wrote about the fact that the hermit crab uses an abandoned sea snail shell for its shell.
Alex's (18 years old, special needs) notebook
Named after the Dutch word for "spiral staircase." They eat anemones or coral.
The most common predator of bivalves.
We had noticed that many of our bivalve shells had little holes in them. The boys thought they would be useful in making a necklace with them. We learned that they had been made from predators such as the Whelk which drill the hole into the clam shell in order to suck out the clam.
From Alex's Tennessee notebook. He noted that the Capitol building  has  Ionic columns...
 We have been studying Tennessee history and geography; this week particularly looking at the architectural styles of the important buildings in Tennessee.
and the L and N Union Station was built in the Romanesque style.
Katie went to a yard sale and bought the little boys the Narnia movie, and she thought that Turkish Delight would be a wonderful movie-time treat. I decided that making it ourselves with the tiny kitchen we have now wouldn't be much fun, so I ordered some online. We were delighted when it came (imported from Istanbul) and opened up the box to see this delightful packaging. The candy was delicious, too, with an assortment of "plain" (somewhat citrus flavored), rosewater, pistachio and hazelnut flavors.
Katie has been enjoying embroidery again recently. It is a joy to watch her creating something so beautiful.

  • Exploring Creation with Zoology: Swimming Creatures, Jeannie Fulbright
  • Seashore Life, Herbert Zim (Golden Field Guide)
  • How to Draw Tenessee's Sights and Symbols by Melody Mis
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  1. I have never had Turkish delight myself - what fun! Another memory making week at your house. I sure have enjoyed following your science studies, sketches. And your history learning is always so rich. Wonderful week!

  2. Checking in on y'all on my google reader - haven't been online much this summer. I agree - Turkish Delight ! How fun! Their drawings are coming along really well! (giggling that they are fully clothed in August, but just shorts in January) Ha!

    1. Yes, that is my kids all over!

  3. The Davy Crockett Days look like SUCH fun. Love the picture of Katy dancing with brother. So sweet. Baseball game looks fun too! You always have the BEST weeks Phyllis! Love reading about them.

  4. GREAT photos! We are using Zoology II also. So far, the kids just lOVE it!

  5. You have been out and about doing such neat things lately! I love all the field trips :)
    The shell notebook pages are great!
    Yay for Katie doing the beautiful embroidery :)

  6. I love your blog title . . . so encouraging just to see those words as I visit here. Turkish Delight is yummy! I haven't had it in years. Beautiful notebook pages and lots of fun learning in all that you do :)

    Have a blessed weekend!

  7. Notebooking pages create such great memories. It looks like a terrific week for your family.

  8. I have always wanted to have Turkish Delight along with the Narnia story (every since I first read it as a child) - I hadn't thought to order it - how much fun! And, Davy Crockett Days - how great is that!


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