I still have birthday posts to wrap up, and am slowing working my way through photos. Meanwhile, Keianna is now braces free! YAY! (Kaira’s come off tomorrow–I feel a popcorn party coming on!)
Finally, the second (of what will be three, posts, I think) chronicling Keianna’s 10th Birthday party, which we celebrated in Middle-Earth style!
I shared the party invitation and a few introductory remarks in this post, and will share action shots of the games and frolics sometime this next week. Meanwhile, here is the “cast” of attendees, the party schedule, and a few notes about the edibles!
I didn’t get pictures of the many courses of food–not even a single photo of the seed cakes, but we feasted like Hobbits, and you can see the menu in the “Party Business” image at the top of this post. Part of Keianna’s gift from us was a set of Tolkien teas, and for each meal she chose two, and I made up two separate pots for everyone to sample!
Stay tuned for action shots of the games and festivities! I’ll share more about the games and activities in Part III as well!
Oh, how I love teens! Every age is fun, but there’s something exciting about the energy, potential, insight, spark, and the free-thinking creativity of the teenage years. I’m enjoying this young lady–although it hardly seems possible this wee one I held in my arms stands taller than me (as of about one week ago!)
She’ll have a lobster meal (with a huge salad and brownies) per her request this evening. I have lots of birthday blogging to catch up on (I still haven’t finished posts about Kiffanie’s and Keianna’s birthdays), so it will likely be blogged eventually. Meanwhile, here’s a glimpse of my girlie!
Happy Birthday, Kaira! You are an amazing young lady!
We continue with Early Ancient Greece (Classical Greece is still up the road a bit), as well as visiting lots of “Ite” cultures from the same era. We rejoin the Israelites about the time of their entering the Promised land, and get acquainted with their neighbors, the Canaanites, Hittites, Moabites, Amorites, and Ammonites. We throw in the Philistine and Lydian cultures–even though they don’t fit the “ite” theme. In addition to the books shown in the widgets below, we draw from the Bible, Mystery of History, and Story of the World.
If you are reading via a feed reader and you can’t see the book widgets, click on through! I hope to get the rest of Keianna’s tenth birthday party up on the blog later this week–meanwhile, school and life rhythms keep a steady beat going here!
I’ve been in a slump on getting photos and posts off my hard-drive (or in some cases even to the hard-drive) and onto the blog. In addition to schoolish busyness, we’ve had a major celebration this month! Keianna’s birthday is a week before Christmas, and she’ll be ten! Tenth birthdays are big events for our PrairieFrogs–big themed events with cousins and grandparents getting in on the fun. A huge celebration one week before Christmas just seemed cramped, and so we time-shifted Keianna’s party to October in the hopes of good weather for outdoor events. Surely the first weekend in October would bring beautiful, autumn weather, right? Bwaaahhaaa haa! Wyoming doesn’t do predictable. Two days before her party we were hit with a bitter snow storm. By party-day, roads improved enough for guests to travel, but our yard remained a chilly, soggy, Northern Waste, requiring a few modifications to the activities. It all worked beautifully though! I’ll share photos over the next week as time allows.)
I needed a new shot of my Keegan-boy for a photo arrangement. This little fellow makes me smile. (Sorry I didn’t get your red, Converse sneakers in the pictures, Keegan; Yes, they are definitely cool.)
I’m glad I could pair these two together for Apologia’s High School Biology; experiments are more fun as a team!
Rain drops on the skylights, and children practicing piano provide background music as I type this post. I’m sipping my homemade pumpkin spice latte, and living the dream! (Yeah, I dream small, but then, I’ve always been a simple-pleasure-sort.) Drizzly autumn days are perfect for lighting candles, baking, curling up with a book, and enjoying the homey glow indoors! I’ve often wondered what sort of melancholy person I must be to prefer overcast dampness to bright sunshine.
Our book-basket is stocked with treasures, new and old, and the crock-pot is bubbling. Rain and snow on the forecast will interfere little with our busy-at-home plans for this week. Maybe I’ll even catch up on blog posts and share glimpses of recent prairiefrog fun! (Photos from Kiffanie’s birthday, the zoo, schooling snapshots, and Keianna’s early birthday party wait on my hard-drive.)
We continue our journey through time by stopping off in ancient Greece, where we’ll enjoy the flavor of Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean and Trojan cultures. (We’ll return to classical Greece again next quarter, as this visit touches on only the earliest Greek civilization.)
Greek mythology, fascinates me–and the earliest Greek fables charm me more than the more complex, classical era’s pantheon.
Kaira’s digging deeper into the Illiad and the Odyssey as Tapestry guides her through Words of Delight by Leland Ryken, a rich Biblical Literary Analysis resource she’s using over several units. Although some have reviewed Words of Delight as dull, Tapestry’s interweaving of the book’s concepts through many other works of literature over the scope of History has made it one of Kaira’s favorites. It’s not pictured in the book basket because it’s an ongoing text/reference rather than being specific to emerging Greek cultures.
If you are reading through a feed reader and can’t see the book widgets, click on through to the blog! Two widgets, one of book covers, the other text with titles and authors, share our smorgasbord for the next two weeks.
(More of Kiffanie’s 6th birthday coming “soon”–it’s been crazy-busy and I’m waaaay behind on uploading photos to the blog!)
“Soon” in my present blog timing is a very open-ended term.