September 01, 2012

The Homestead Journal~ Week 38 ~ The Scout Advancements

Homestead Happenings
We had a blessed Sabbath. I love my calling, but I really miss being in the adult classes. Luckily the children are so sweet. 
Our garden has been taking hits all summer. See our newest "friend" in the photos below. I am still getting some tomatoes, so I still consider it successful. We have learned all the what not to do's. Another plus. We are prepping the big garden for next year and going to build some green houses and cold frames. 
Its also getting to the end of the summer and our off grid experiment is almost to a close. We still plan to live off grid, but we have to make a few adjustments, I will say this had been greatly beneficial. I will do a separate post this week or next on our experiment. 
Also, I have started a new blog series for the month of Sept. Each day I will prepare a simple, low cost healthy stove top or no cook meal. Stay tuned! If you haven't already hit subscribe on the side bar and enter your email to be notified of each new post. 

What We Are Learning About 

We are still working on out bug unit.. We didn't do much by way of formal lessons this week.. It IS still summer ;) They have been outside playing or have their noses stuck in books. Usually at the same time.. Jacob is doing great in Seminary and has 17 of 25 scripture mastery's memorized.

Our Adventures
We went and visited the cows, as we do twice a week. We also had scouts this week. They did a well overdue court of honor for Jacob where he finally received his First Class and Star badge. He will have his Life badge in December. It was also our turn to clean the church so Thursday the family went while I was at work. Friday they hit the park with some friends from out of town, then took them on a tour of the area.  Sadly, I had to work, but I was able to visit with them afterwards. We had a great taco dinner and s'mores afterwards. Then the dads and children played a game of apples to apples. 

Saturday we went to our Ward Activity at the YMCA. Then we hit the road to go to our friends house for the night. Joe got to hang out with his BFF ;) 

On Our Bookshelf
We borrow alot of books from the library. I list the ones worth noting here. 

The Little's Books 
Zachary is reading some early readers such as The Magic Tree House 

The Older's Books

Jacob is reading some books on Discovering America, State Parks
Abigail is reading Sarah, Plain and Tall and other books by Patricia MacLachlan
Isaac is read 20,000 Leagues under the Sea   
Quinten is reading some books on woodworking

The Schooling Books

The Ancient Egyptian World
The Ancient  Greek World 
The Ancient Roman World  
Everyday life in Bible Times
Illustrated dictionary of Bible life & times
The Israelites / by the editors of Time-Life Books.
Sign Language for Kids
Drawing Creepy Crawlies
Incredible Bugs
Question and Answer Encyclopedia: The USA
Several books on types of animals and bugs 
A book on making paper airplanes and paper birds 

Mom's Books 

Daddy's Books 
Lucky Man: A Memoir 

What We Are Watching 
Little House on the Prairie Season 2    ★      
The Amish   ★ ★★

Challenges/Accomplishments This Week
I have a sweet tooth. I have done well to cut out processed foods and such. I try not to keep candy and cookies and such on hand, with exception of the treats I keep for the children. ( I use candy as a reward on occasion.) I have had a rough week.. We have bought ice cream twice already!

We are also working on the children's chores. For example, the correct way to hang laundry. 

Link/Quote/Photo to share

"Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself." 2 Nephi 2:27

Additional Photos of Our Week

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  1. That particular tomato worm won't be a bother much longer. Those white things are a parasite (wasp, i think) that uses them as a living incubator/food source... good idea to relocate it away from the tomatoes in the meantime, though... they can eat a lot in a short time!

    1. We were going to look up what that was, we suspected eggs. thanks for the info... We cut the stem and put the whole thing into a observatory jar.

  2. Oh, my goodness - sleeping with the kitty! How cute! And a very tolerate cat. (We don't have one of those here. ::sigh::)

    I'm interested in your off-the-grid experience. No, I don't plan on going off-the-grid, but to get ideas on living more frugally and simply.

    1. Almost every cat we have ever owned has been like this. This one especially loves to cuddle tho. He initiates it most of the time.

  3. I was very interested in your caterpillar image. I found it was a tobacco hornworm with cocoons of braconid wasp larvae. I was thrilled to find a picture of your picture (not quite) in our guide. Interesting find!

    Love the clothes line picture...that's probably what ours would look like if the kids hung the laundry. :-)

    We are going to be up in Kentucky this next week. Maybe we can get together for a few hours.

    1. Cool.. we are doing an insect study unit and was going to add it to our list next week. Please do let me know when you will be here. I saw you had a FB page again, my addy is on there with my phone number. I look forward to seeing you again! Hopefully under far better circumstances this time!

  4. LOL!! LOVE the comment about hanging the laundry!
    AWESOME job with Scouting, Jacob!
    TJ will be STAR in December too!

  5. Ha! I taught them how to hang when I was there! Of course, they weren"t paying attention. Jacob, I am proud of you for your scouting accomplishments! Love to all!


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