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Monday, November 20, 2017

Weekly Recap: Casts and broken things

We had a fun week last week, despite being busy and having more things break!

Monday's history lesson was about the Industrial Revolution, especially the child labor during that time period. J and E made Cornish Pasties for dinner. Our kitchen faucet broke! Completely came off the part that holds it to the sink! So we rushed to Lowe's for family night, picked out a new one, and J and M got to help and observe the installation with Dad.

Tuesday we had a literature lesson on short stories from General Conference. It was a really good lesson.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bones and Growing and Trouble

It's gotten easier to talk about this as time has passed, but it's still difficult to think about how life has completely changed.

October 16th. A little cold bug was going around and M was feeling a bit congested. She asked me to rub essential oils on her back before she went to bed. Usually my husband handles this, but he's been going to bed earlier to get up for his second job, so I did it. I immediately noticed that her spine curved to the right. Because of her age and because of respect for our children's privacy, I wondered how long it had been like this. I'm grateful to other mothers I've "met" online who have reassured me that it's easy to miss, even for people who have experience with scoliosis.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Weekly Recap: The two week update

I've got to get caught up, so here's a big post!

The last weekend in October was busy but a bit of a relief from the week before. M and I went to our church for a Days for Girls service project. We had a great time helping, and if you haven't heard of Days for Girls, look it up and see how you can help! I needed some quiet inspiration time, so I went to the temple and did 16 initiatories. That was wonderful.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Book Review: A Dangerous Legacy

When my kids ask me who my favorite authors are, Elizabeth Camden is at the top of my list. She has a way with historical fiction that draws me in and inspires me to learn more about the time period she wrote about. Recently I was given the opportunity to review her latest book, A Dangerous Legacy.

Lucy Drake and her brother Nick are the grandchildren of a man who invented a plumbing valve to send water up, enabling apartment tenants in New York City to have running water. This was a big deal in 1903, and it is their goal to ensure even lower income residents don't have to lug buckets up the stairs daily. Unfortunately, their grandfather had a misunderstanding with his brother, and Lucy and Nick's Uncle Thomas owns the company that manufactures and sells the valves. He does not have the same vision, rather his vision is of extravagant living and high prices. This leaves Lucy and Nick no choice but to illegally install handmade versions of the valves and hope they don't bring more of their uncle's wrath upon the building owners. By day Nick works for the city's Municipal Water Authority and Lucy is a telegraph operator for the Associated Press. They are the third generation in this family feud, and are determined to win a lawsuit that their uncle is just as persistent about.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Thin Stix Creativity Pack Review

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Recently, we were given the opportunity to review the Thin Stix Creativity Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc. We love Kwik Stix, and have reviewed them before. They have become a staple item in our home! My kids were really excited about this new pack.

Thin Stix Creativity Pack

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Weekly Recap: Hangin' in there

Picking up where I last left off...

Saturday we worked some more on the coat closet we're refinishing. We added in new shelf supports and painted. We found our first white egg from one of our leghorn hens!

Sunday we went to our sacrament meeting and listened to M speak. She did a great job, I am always so proud of my children when I hear what they have been working on. We left early to listen to my cousin speak in his sacrament meeting... he's leaving for a mission to Mexico very soon! After a family lunch, we went to Temple Square and toured the Conference Center. What a great Sunday activity, it was also a nice reprise from the previous week.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Apply for the 2018 Homeschool Review Crew now!

It's time! Applications are open for the 2018 Homeschool Review Crew. If you homeschool and have an active blog, you should check out the post at the Crew's website. It's a great way to find homeschool curriculum (and other fun things... there have been personal care items, toys, books, even meal prep stuff!). Plus, the women (and man) on the crew are awesome, I love being part of this community.

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