This has been a week of many contrast. I took a short blog break, reorganized the blog, my homeschool files, did quarter grades and reevaluated what we will be doing next year. Still working on next years plans and oldest dd last two years of highschool plan. The weather has been cold one day and very warm the next. We had a huge pollen bloom, the highest pollen index in the area in 25 years. Everything is yellow! This may have been the reason dear daughter 2 could not get over her cold and went into walking pnemonia.
We had two wonderful birthday celebrations. Dear son two turned 19 and dear daughter one turned 16. We did a family celebration for both and dd had a surprise Sweet Sixteen with all her friends. ( pics of that in below post)
Dd 1 has been working more. We are really working hard to help her keep up with school and juggle a job. A necessary skill for college. She will be headed off to be a counselor at summer camp the first of June so all her school work needs to be done before that.
Dear son 2 has been increasing his band activity and is participating often in area bands. This weekend he is playing for Big Noise, and the City of Norfolk as well as church worship.
Dear Daughter 2 has spent most of the week trying to feel better. However on Monday we did make it to the park for a nature walk. She still loves poking around the pond and such. We found the merganzer duck in the hollow tree nest again this year, turtles covered in alge as they begin to come out of their holes, and many other signs of spring. The duck always lays her eggs in this tree. Each year we loose trees in the park. But this old hollow but living tree seems to stand.She builds a high nest. We are not sure how she keeps the snakes from her eggs. Sure wish we could put a camera in there!
I tried to spend as much time as I could in the garden. Its hard on the back and legs! But I did enjoy digging in the dirt, the solatude and finding seedlings from last years garden.
We went to the monthly library sale. Found a few great books. Headed to our favorite thrift store. More books! DD2 found a few chinese treasures.One of my favorite books that we found is Fieldbook of American Wildflowers. Its a reprint of a 1902 book.Not only does it have wildflowers but butterflies and bees. ( because butterflies and bees cross fertilize flowers)
Here are a few photos from our yard. Spring is really here!