Friday, July 7, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - Birthday Week

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A nod to Independence Day with my coffee cup choice!

Homeschool news  . . . Okay, well, I'm not going to pretend we did school this week. Not really. Maybe a little bit of reading and stuff, but with all the birthday celebrations and everything else, it was essentially a vacation week. I'm hoping she's working on some literature and history today, but we'll find out when I get home later.

Homeschool thoughts . . .  There are some rolling around in my head though. It's about time I get serious about lesson planning for the coming year, especially since I'll be teaching a High School Composition class at our co-op. On my to-do list for today or tomorrow is inquiring about an internship for Kennady with the Children's Chorus.

Other news . . . So I said it was birthday week, and it certainly was. We started with Canada Day on Saturday, July 1st. (See my post Canada Day 2016 for background.) Canada celebrated 150 years, in case you weren't aware, so it was a big deal! It was a big deal for us here too, and we planned a dinner that featured "Canadian" food and celebrated with friends. I've been joking that Canadian food isn't much different from "American" food, except it has more maple syrup, so coming up with a menu was fun. Poutine, obviously. Dessert was also easy - butter tarts and Nanaimo Bars (Recipes for the curious can be found on my blog: Eating the Americas: PoutineEating the Americas: Butter Tart Bars; and Eating the Americas: Nanaimo Bars. I'll plan on sharing an updated recipe for Butter Tarts soon!) We finally settled on smoked salmon and maple glazed carrots to round out the main course.

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butter tarts - made from scratch, let me point out!

Nanaimo Bars recipe

We didn't have a birthday to celebrate on Sunday, but the guys got home from Creation, and Kennady and I went to meet a friend of mine and her family for lunch, so it was a celebratory day anyway.

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I think we rock the silver hair, personally.
Monday was another birthday celebration, this one for Kennady's Sweet Sixteen. She wanted to go to a Frederick Keys game, which was a pretty easy request to grant.

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Birthday girl with Keyote, the mascot

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We had great seats for the game, but had to watch
the home team lose. There was a fireworks show
afterwards, which kind of made up for it.

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And she had a good time, which
is all that matters, of course.
Photo credit: KAT, used with permission 
Obviously, Tuesday was Independence Day so everyone had the day off. We had a family cookout before heading into town for fireworks in the evening.

The rest of the week has been more or less back to normal. Although this week's adventures included another vehicle breakdown, which was not that much fun. If anyone wants to gift us all new vehicles, I'll have no objection.

What I Loved This Week . . . fireworks!

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On my blogs last week . . .

Here on Homeschool Coffee Break:

Virtual Refrigerator - Jeep
A New Orleans PhotoJournal

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And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I finished and reviewed With You Always (Orphan Train) by Jody Hedlund, and I've been reading:

The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest by Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates
The Red Siren by MaryLu Tyndall

A parting shot . . . It's not easy to see in these pictures, but we noticed that a large number of vultures were taking advantage of a sunny day and the updrafts. We counted more than 20. At first we wondered what herd of animals was nearing its demise locally, but it appeared the birds were just enjoying a little soaring time. ;-)

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Kirsten West said...

Happy Birthday to your Kennady! 16 is a wonderful age to be - I hope hers is filled with adventure and fun!

Joanne said...

Sweet 16; how fun! We spent a good 4 days celebrating independence day and since we live on the lake we had fireworks going off just about every night to enjoy.

Annette said...

'twas a good week you had. :)

Unknown said...

What a wonderful week! And 16 is such an exciting age to turn ... happy birthday!!!

Dawn said...

Great week! Those butter tarts look so yummy.
Blessings, Dawn

Lori said...

Lots of birthdays! Happy birthday. Looks like lots of fun was had. -

Deann H said...

Happy birthday Kennady!
And really, the U.S. needs to adopt poutine. I first learned about it this spring, when one of my children was studying Canada. YUM!!

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