Thursday, March 17, 2011


We think this baby is coming soon! This Saturday is called a "Super Moon", the moon is not only full, but the closest it's been to Earth in 18 years! If that doesn't have some serious gravitational pull on this child, I don't know what would.

The guys getting some tree work done! We're sad to cut down any trees, especially the hemlocks, which are already disappearing in our region. Ours are all infected with the wooly disease and were planted much too close together to start with... also we'll be glad for more sunlight!
No, we didn't really let him use it, but it was fun to pose with anyhow :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

~ Henna ~

Wow! I am so blessed - my dear mama friend Shonna gave me the gift of art to celebrate this new baby! An amazingly talented artist friend of ours (link to Julie Schantz Henna facebook page) came and henna painted my big belly. Here are the progress photos that Reed took:

Finished product:
Side view:

And this was an extra challenge for Julie to paint - the baby would NOT stop moving!

I am 37 weeks now, so let the countdown begin - so excited to meet the new family member!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Camp Greenville Homeschool Day

In an effort to squeeze in a few more homeschool activities before the new baby arrives, the kids and I went down to YMCA's Camp Greenville in South Carolina for their bi-annual Homeschool Adventure Day. It was pretty chilly in the woods all day, but still the sun was shining and we had a lot of fun! Clay did classes in using a compass, archery and riflery. Reed did a solar system class, nature crafts and reptiles, that I went to also. Then all three of us went to the Appalachian Heritage class.

Here is the Appalachian Heritage class making johnny cakes & fresh butter over the fire...

And then letting the kids check out some old tools and showing how they were used - Reed augering it out:
And Clay feeling out the maul that they used to make shingles:

Even though this was a reptile class, they brought out some other animals too like this super friendly rat:
Reed loved holding all the animals!

And now that that is over, we can take a break for a bit before baby comes. Homeschool co-op classes do start next week, but for the first time, I'm actually NOT signed up to teach or co-teach anything! So, we basically just have to show up :) This week I get to relax and even get henna painted on my ever-expanding belly as well as gather with friends for my blessingway. Hope everyone else gets some relaxation in their week as well!

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