Category: happiness

March Wrap-Up

March was a really beautiful month here in GA!  And the beautiful weather was accompanied by allergies, sunburns, and pollen-covered cars.  But it was still beautiful. 🙂

March was also full of soccer.  (Go, Team Mexico!)  Autumn is loving every minute of every game and practice.  She looks forward to it all week and practices with her Daddy in every spare moment he can get.  We are loving this soccer league and, I have to admit, debating over whether or not to return to Upward in the fall.  She is learning a lot more about the game here and gets more playing time with the smaller teams, but we love the Upward program.  Thoughts?

We wrapped up our Owl Moon unit (I’m so far behind on blogging these – ACK!) and made cupcakes to celebrate. Autumn’s favorite part was dissecting an owl pellet. We also finished the semester of co-op.  We enjoyed our time at Family Night, watching performances put on by various classes.  We had a couple display tables set up to show off the work the kids did in my Great Artists class.  This class was  so much fun to teach.  Really looking forward to doing it again next semester!


The garden is going again.  I got started very late this year, but finally built one (of several) raised beds from reclaimed wood.  Also, put together a couple simple compost bins, and did lots of work clearing the garden area of weeds and laying down cardboard and mulch.  This is just one of those jobs that never seems to get finished.  We’re really enjoying our botany curriculum and Autumn built a light hut this month to grow herbs.


We had a great family outing to visit the Ocmulgee National Monument for a Lantern Light tour this month.  We have visited the Indian mounds several times, but this visit was magical.  We had a ranger give a guided tour teaching about the history of the area all by lantern light.  The path was lit with flickering luminarias and everyone carried a small lantern with a candle inside.  The night was gorgeous and our visit couldn’t have been more perfect.


Oh, and the toothfairy made some visits, too! Autumn is now toothless in front and finding eating very difficult. But she sure is cute!  Well, maybe not with this face. 😉




February Wrap-Up

February has been a really busy and fun month! We started a new family hobby, took several day trips, had a lot of fun in school, and did a lot of reading. 🙂

At the beginning of the month, we tried geocaching for the first time and all of us (especially Matt!) are hooked!  It’s such a fun, inexpensive, and active way to spend an afternoon outside.  It’s also fun to find out just how popular it is around here.  When we ran a search we found that there were 126 caches hidden within 5 miles of our house!

We took field trips to Dauset Trails nature center to see the owls (for our current homeschool unit) as well as to the Atlanta Zoo.  Dauset Trails is one of our favorite places to visit on a day trip.   It is a privately-owned nature center that houses many wild animals that have been injured or cannot be released into the wild.  Lots of birds, local wildlife, even a cougar and black bear.  There are also beautiful gardens and trails, a reptile/amphibian center, a farm, and duck and fish ponds.  And it’s all free!


Our trip to the Zoo also turned out to be free, thanks to the pass program at our local library.  I’ve been checking for about a year, but the pass is always unavailable.  Finally, they had it in, so we had a somewhat spontaneous trip to plan.  The Atlanta Zoo was a lot smaller than the ones I visited growing up, but we still had a great time.  And the smaller scale meant we got to do a little geocaching in historic Grant Park, too.


Autumn and I took this last week off of school and I really enjoyed the little break, though I think Autumn will be happy to get back to routine tomorrow.  She’s getting started in her second grade math book and we’re enjoying a unit study based off of Owl Moon right now.  We’ve been busy with homeschool co-op as well; learning about lots of artists in the class I’m teaching and making lots of messes with paint, pastels, and crayons.  Autumn is also really enjoying P.E. and the science class she is taking.

We’re wrapping up the end of the month by getting started with soccer again.  Autumn just had her first practice with the local soccer association (first time we have done anything other than Upward) and she loved it.  First game is Saturday!

First Geocache


1st Day

These are pictures from our first day back to school.

Autumn is five.

And we had breakfast out at Waffle House.

AND we got to sit at the counter.

Because that’s what she wanted.

Let’s take a walk to the garden. The sugar snap peas are finally on!  Above they are climbing out of the top of a 5.5ft tomato cage.

DD is picking strawberries.

The first of the bush beans are coming on too.

Carrots. 🙂

Cinder block bed of tomatillos and tomatoes.  This bed is really happy!

Mainly kale and parsley and onions and peppers here.  I’ll be pulling up the kale soon to make more space.  It’s getting too buggy as we head into summer.

YUMMY.  I planted this bucket of beets and have been loving the greens.  We’ll be planting again…even if we don’t get actual beets.  We love the peppery greens.

Look mom!

Blueberries.  These really need to be netted soon, so the birds don’t get them all. Dont’cha love my berry-stained nails?

Baby tomatoes!  🙂

A couple days before Easter I decided we needed a day off from school and we headed outside in the morning.  Autumn played in the sprinkler (which was also watering the garden)…

…while I played around with some vintage sheet music…

But then she saw all the gluey mess and had to get in on the fun too!

So we made nests and eggs out of vintage sheet music and bits of paper lunch sacks.  And, of course, lots of messy glue.

And the nests made the perfect candy and egg bowls for our Easter celebration!

Started out with a picnic…

…and a look at the water…

…the path was interesting…

…and there were lots of shells on the river’s edge…

…and the water was beautiful.

There were little lizards all over the place.

And the rocks were lots of fun.

We had a wonderful time and will definitely go back again!


After a play date today, Autumn and I hung around the playground a few minutes longer and I finally got some sweet pictures.  It is getting harder and harder to get pictures of Autumn.  She likes to pose and she has a definite “camera smile” which can be cute, but just isn’t the real thing.  With lots of playing (and a little tickling) I got some shots I just love because they look like the real smile I see every day.

We had a really wonderful Thanksgiving at our house this year.  Lots of company and beautiful weather!  We ate outside and it was perfect for hanging out and spending time with family, even after it got dark.

I was so happy with how all the mis-matched plates and linens came together in the end.  And I didn’t have to buy much at all.  I did use a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby to buy 10 yards of natural colored muslin.  Rolled it right off the bolt to cover the tables!  Less than $20 for enough “table cloths” to cover six tables!

There really wasn’t enough space on the tables for candles or place cards or any decorating, but I put candles all along the wall instead.  I actually had all of these in various places around the house and pulled them out.  Loved how cozy it made things feel after dark.

The beaded pumpkins came from garland I got at over 90% off and then de-constructed.  Packed up now to pull out again next year. 🙂