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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
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Snapshot Summary, April 26-May 2, Spring Break, week 1: Grandparent's Edition

Snapshot Summary, April 26-May 2, Spring Break, week 1: Grandparent's Edition
Warning: This post is very photo intensive.

Update on Our Garden

 One day while Steven and I were gone to a doctor's appointment, Katie invited the little boys to be creative...

  The turnip seeds have sprouted.

 Visiting Grandma Proctor

My brother, Phil and his wife, Brenda met us at my mother's house for a little family reunion.

 Katie entertained everyone with her origami creations...

and very tiny cranes.

Have you ever seen such a small origami crane?

and then she taught others how to make origami ladybugs.
 We played games.
 Uncle Phil had never played Mancala before.

My other brother, Bryan, who lives in an apartment at my mother's house, came by for a visit, too.

May Day Baskets

 The boys made May Day "Baskets"...
and put them on our neighbor's doors.

Grandparents From California Visiting 

 Grandpa and Grandma Bergenholtz are here from California to visit for a week.

 They brought Alex a football Jersey from their local college.

The Three Carls...Steven Carl, Carl Alexander and Carl David Bergenholtz

On The Menu 
Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken from Life as a Lofthouse
Nicole’s Corn Chowder
Crockpot Corn Chowder from The Crockin' Girls

Overnight Slow Cooker Grits from Hodgepodge
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Creole Shrimp and Cheese Grits with Andouille Sausage from Hammock Tracks

Djej Besla - Chicken and Onion Tagine
Djej Besla-Chicken and Onion Tagine from Saveur
Short Order Mini Egg Casseroles from Imagine Childhood

What we are Reading:

  • Prince Caspian, C. S. Lewis (Sam is reading this to the boys in the evening.)
  • Snow Treasure, Marie McSwigan
  • Day of the Dragon King,(MTH #14), Mary Pope Osborne
  • Tree Finder: a manual for the identification of trees by their Leaves, May Watts
  • The Sibley guide to Trees
  • Geometry for Every Kid, Janice VanCleaves
  • Jesse Owens, Tony Gentry
  • Jesse Owens, Running Into History, Time For Kids series
  • The Candy Bombers: the untold story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour, Andrei Cherny
  • Tell Them We Remember: the story of the Holocaust, Susan D. Bachrach
  • Mrs Katz and Tush, Patricia Polacco
  • Always Remember Me: How one Family Survived World War IIMarisabina Russo
  • Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children's Holocaust Museum,Peter W. Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand
  • H is for Honor: a military family alphabet, Devin Scillian and Victor Juhasz
  • The Sign Painter, Allen Say
  • Mythology of the WorldNeil Philip
  • Eyewitness: Mummy
  • Eyewitness: Mythology
  • Kingfisher Voyager: Wild Weather
  • Rabbit-cadabra (Bunnicula and Friends) by James Howe and Jeff Mack
  • World War II Days: Discover the past
  • Tea With Milk, Allen Say
  • World War II for Kids: a history with activities
  • The Cats in Krasinski Square
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  1. What a blessing to have all your family around! Katy's tiny origami crane is incerdible!

    1. Yes, we haven't seen my in-laws in about 7 years, so it is a real treat. It is really the first time of meeting them for Quentin.

  2. What a great time! We have grandparents coming next week...maybe I'll pull out the origami paper for some family projects, too - we can probably manage the ladybugs, but the tiny cranes look a "little" difficult for our skill set :) Very impressive.

    1. She has folded the cranes so many times, I think she can do it in her sleep. She now makes variations to keep the interest up, like variations in size and in materials. She has made them out of aluminum foil, duct tape, napkins...all kinds of things.

  3. I love all the family time!
    I think it's cool that the boys painted the sides of the garden beds with Katie :)

  4. Holy Moly! What a week Phyllis! I love all the family time. How lovely to get to spend so much time with your family. It seems like we flit in and out and never get any quality time.

    I LOVE the garden and the paintings on the blocks. Seriously what a great idea. I love it. Can we please come to your house and you homeschool BOTH of us! :) Happy weekend sweet friend.

  5. I'm with Susan, I love the pictures they painted on the sides of the garden beds.

    I also was amused by a few of your older boys shots that had the "Why am I getting my picture taken look."

    1. Yes, just wait until your boys get it. : )

  6. Ok, the warning about this post being very photo intensive made me want to read it even more!! Hooray for grandparents and visits and building memories. Love all the laughter! And of course the painting of the garden - what a wonderful, wonderful thing! How did you like the grits? always a favorite. So enjoyed my visit here!

    1. We loved the grits. You are welcome to visit anytime.

  7. Your little garden is filling out already, it's so beautiful! I also love the idea of painting the sides, so cute!

  8. Yum! The food is making me hungry. It looks like you all had a wonderful visit with family. Have a blessed weekend.
    Blessings, Dawn

  9. WOW what a week! I am loving the planting in the cinder blocks! What great origami! So important Phyllis to spend that family time. Enjoy your weekend! (thanks for stopping by the blog also) Mel

  10. What a great idea to decorate the cement blocks around the garden! Go, Katie! I was just thinking the other day that if we have to move that a cement block raised garden would be cheaper and quicker to pull together...and spray painting it some bright, fun colors might make for quite a "interest area".

    How in the world did she fold that TINY crane?!

    Looks like you had a fabulous visit with family!

    1. I don't know how she folds them so tiny, even though she does it right in front of me. She has made cranes out of so many materials. She is half-way to her One Thousand goal.

  11. What a fabulous week! Looks like a great time spent with family:)

  12. Oops! I think I commented as my husband a minute ago...lol

    What a fabulous week! Looks like some great times spent with family!

  13. Thanks for linking up to Friendship Friday. I love seeing all the creative projects you guys are doing each week! I hope you're feeling well this week, Phyllis.

  14. I think I could spend hours looking at your photos, Phyllis! What a lovely idea to paint the flower bed bricks before the real blooms come up.

  15. Photo intensive posts are my favorite kind. We' ve got peas and asparagus coming up!

  16. I really love these garden paintings! Such a nice idea.
    The mini-micro-paper-crane looks so amazing! Can't believe it's possible to make one!


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