Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Little Town on the Prairie - Prairie Primer 2016

 The Prairie Primer really focuses on 1700s and 1800s US history in "Little Town on the Prairie". The Declaration of Independence as well as learning the Presidents of the United states of that time period are the real focus in this book. I read part of a copy of the Declaration of Independence I had of it in Thomas Jefferson's hand-writing. I love studying this document! We interpreted a portion for the kids, so they could understand it better.
Lots of interesting presentations this month! Josiah made a telegraph out of legos.

Then he made a simple one using an electrical circuit as described in the book. Josiah and his dad used a very large battery so there would be lots of sparks. Always fun for a boy!

"Ma Jeni" holding Rina for me.

Naomi taught us about "Sheep Sorrel".

 Hailey recited the presidential review for George Washington.
Alli told us all about different breeds of chickens. She and her mom are backyard chicken experts!

Rina Babbina is always in the mix and being cute as usual.

 Josiah explained the significance of the Louisiana Purchase.
 I tried my hand at making a chicken pie like they suggest in the Little House cookbook. I guess in the old days, they always put boiled eggs inside the chicken pie - probably to make it stretch further. We tried it, but we all thought it tasted better without the eggs.  
 Yummy chicken pie!
Lunch that day consisted of  chicken pie, with lettuce and vinegar and sugar, cottage cheese and corn- all spring/summer foods mentioned after the Long Winter.
 The girls continued to sew on their bonnets and are so close to getting them done.
 Gracia is the first one to complete her bonnet! So proud of her. 
 Hailey taught us about "Spanish Needlegrass", a noxious weed that was brought to the prairies and was a real problem for sheep in particular as it would "needle" itself into their wool and lips.
 Josiah educated us on the life and times of Andrew Jackson.
 Gracia presented her report on Mexico.
 We made Valentine's Day cards for the residents at a nearby nursing home. Loving my new homeschool room! So great for crafting.

 The residents were thrilled to receive the beautiful cards the kids made. They made 17 to distribute and we visited a little with the residents who were awake and active.
 Of course, they all loved Rina! She always brings a smile to the faces of the residents.
 This was a nice display that the staff made for the residents. The staff were so friendly to us and appreciative. How blessed WE were when we left as we saw the smiles on their faces.
The next week we decided to do a Mexican themed Prairie Primer day as it suggested we have a fiesta. We learned about the war between Mexico and the US as well as the Mexican culture. I did an impromptu flamenco dance for the kids. They loved it! 

What fun to have an excuse to do the Flamenco again!!!

 The kids watched a funny video of the song "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton.
Gracia made this adorable frog pinata!
Josiah, never to do anything conventional, had to hit the pinata "Indiana Jones" style!

The kids learned how to translate some sentences in Braille as that was what Mary was learning at the college for the blind. 

 Hailey gave us the "History of Bathing" and the health benefits of bathing as well.
Alli made her own beautiful name cards and told us how they became popular and why they are still popular today. 

Homemade churros!

Taco bar

Whew, after all that, Rina needed a siesta. So did I for that matter!

What a fun month, jam packed full of more things to learn. The kids are getting better and better at presenting and doing their own reports with very little (if any guidance from the "Mas"). They are learning to look things up on their own and what it takes to make an interesting report. 

On to "These Happy Golden Years"! 

God Bless,
Ma Jackie

Friday, March 25, 2016

Homestead Happenings - Feb 2016

 All us girls dressed up for Rina's first Valentine's Day. I filled Hailey's "love tank" by making frosted sugar cookies with her. I made them with cream cheese and lemon zest. Yum! Best sugar cookies I've ever made. I ate way too many of them, I must confess.
We invited Grandma and Larry Pop over for a special Valentine's dinner cooked by Chef Josiah. He made teriyaki kabobs. They were spectacular!
 A couple days before Valentine's Day, our Prairie Primer co-op got together and made Valentine's cards to distribute among the residents at a near-by nursing home. The staff was probably blessed more than the residents. It was a precious thing to see. So glad we took the time to do this! Of course we were blessed the most out of everyone because giving is truly better than receiving.

 Here is one resident that saw Rina and dropped to her knees so she could be at Rina's level to play with her. It was simply precious.

 We suddenly got chickens as some friends of ours where culling their herd. So out went the bee stuff we were storing in the chicken coop and in went chickens.
 I should say mostly roosters. They all lived about a week until Michael and the kids had time to butcher them. We all debated on who the lucky rooster should be.
In the end, I got my wish and "Blondie" was spared. I wanted him because I've always liked "tall, cool blondes" and he reminds me of my husband ;) Within a week, Michael added 5 more laying pullets to the flock. So now we have one rooster, two old hens and 5 young pullets. We have seen one egg in the two weeks we've had them. Waiting, waiting....
Just after rebuilding the whole back end of the camper, Michael went to replace/rewire the marker lights on the front of the camper and unfortunately found that the whole bed over the cab was rotten all throughout the front. It is wonder it didn't break when we were sleeping on it. So the rebuild of this camper continues...

It is a lot of work to rebuild this thing, but thankfully Michael has the know-how and it is definitely cheaper than getting a new camper!
A blissful afternoon of hot beverages, chocolate and visiting was spent with some of my besties from La Grande. Thanks for the awesome visit Dorene and Cora! I miss you all so much, but grateful we can pick up right where we left off.
Michael got another fun sign for his shop and a bunch of bee/honey/wax supplies for his birthday. He had a very happy birthday! Thanks to all those who sent birthday wishes his way. A big thank you to his folks for coming up to help us celebrate even though he had to work both days.

Rina and Cuddles are contemplating "The Great Escape". Cuddles chickened out...

Don't let that angelic smile fool you, she is into everything!
Rina decided she wanted to improve her skin with an avocado mask at lunch.
So blessed to have doubled the size of our swing set when some friends of ours friend gave us theirs since their kids have out-grown it. We have a lot of kids visit and now it feels like we have our own park on the homestead.We plan on staining it all one color when the weather gets nicer so it really will look like it all belongs together. This will get many more years of use on Mission Rd Homestead.
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The plague hit our house at the end of Feb. Michael managed to escape to Europe for three weeks for a special mission with the National Guard while I took care of sick kids for two weeks. One day the kids were feeling well enough to have a quick picnic outside. The sunshine felt great after being cooped up in the house for days and days. Michel is now home and we are so thankful!

As I write this, we are coming up on Easter. As usual, I'm a month behind, but I keep plugging along. Life is so busy with a baby! She is now walking and 10 1/2 months old. Spring is a busy time on the homestead anyway. Glad she is walking so she can come outside with us more. What a joy and delight she is to us all!

As we move into Resurrection Weekend, let us all take time to ponder just what the Lord has done for us. "For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life" John 3:16 (HCSB). Let those words of life truly sink in. May we never take them for granted! 

God Bless,


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