Back to the Daily Grind
I am happy to report that we survived Snowpocalypse 2011 completely intact. I know some of you were worried about us (at least I hope that some of you were). With extreme temperatures reaching into the 20′s, a couple of icicles and a hint of a suggestion of snow for about five whole minutes, it was touch and go for about 2 days, but now, as temps climb back up into the 60′s we’re pretty much back to normal this week… so far.
We don’t have central heating (we’re in Texas… it just doesn’t get that cold here) and with little insulation in our school room, which is where my main computer is, blogging takes an extreme backseat. We spent most of last week chillaxin’ in the nice warn gas-heater-heated living room with hot cocoa and movies. We managed to watch all of NatGeo’s ‘Walking with Monsters‘ and ‘Walking with Prehistoric Beasts‘ and a couple of the documentaries – one was an IMAX film on Beavers (Netflix.com) and how they change the landscape of an area permanently with their dams. It was pretty nifty.
We also spent quite a bit of time baking last week. We made chocolate chip cookies that were crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, and Smitten Kitchen’s homemade pop tarts with plum preserves that my granny made last year. They first batch was oh-so-tasty… the second batch, I forgot about and left in the oven slightly too long – so lesson learned – watch the clock when you’re backing pastries! They were really very good though – much better than store-bought pop tarts, and not terribly hard to make either. The boys thought it was fun putting them together.
This week, we’re exploring more of Ancient Egypt with a lapbook from Handle on the Arts, Ancient Egyptian Architecture. It’s a free download and seems to be very well-put together, as well as adaptable to whatever you’re learning about. We’re reading Story of the World, which doesn’t spend much time on Ancient Egypt, so we’re supplementing quite a bit.
We’re also looking forward to a visit to the Houston Health Museum – this will be our first visit, so I’m sure we’ll have pictures to share later this week. Hope all of you are staying toasty warm!