England by Canal… Next Installment

I just have to share a few more pictures of our latest family adventure.

I wrote about the trip HERE and shared about the boat company we used.

For the week we were on the boat we could not have had better weather. It was amazing. In the Deep South our season of “sweatshirt weather” where we can wear shorts and a sweatshirt is about an hour. We had that for a WEEK in Englang. OK, one or two days it was jacket weather – but no rain, no misery. It was great.

One of my favorite things to do while we were underway was to chill and take pictures. I loved the bridges…

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…and the boats moored along the canal banks. They were each so unique and colorful.
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Each bridge is labeled with a number, so you can tell where you are along the canal. They’re so cool! The numbers are fun, and then each bridge is unique. They’re a blast to photograph.
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On about the third day on our journey I found my first milage sign. LOVE!! It’s like a canal Narnia marker!
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Seriously. Calm, reflective water. Beautiful scenery. Great shapes. LOVE!
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How can you go wrong with sipping tea, watching the scenery, spending time with family, and photographing the passing castles?
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Another cool Narnia milage sign…
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And, probably one of my final photos. This was taken on our final night as we exited the lock and got ready to pull unto Andersen Boats on the left. A perfect conclusion.
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Outdoor School

Today was so spectacular outside that I just couldn’t stay inside. The kids did science (online – BJU 7 with video) and then had their weekly Hess class online. While they were doing chess class packed a picnic, gathered all the books, and grabbed some ground covers. We piled into the car, bought some tea on the way, and headed to a wildlife refuge.

On the way I got diverted, LOL! A phone call from a friend I needed to take, and hunting season, inspired me to stay closer. So the kids, big dog, and I found a secluded spot on the local college campus and camped out for a few hours. Yes, school took longer – but we all agree the fresh air was totally worth it!



Weekly Wrap Up – May 10

It’s a good thing that our official school year is over, because we got a bucket of nothing done this week! LOL!!!
We’re on week 31 of 32 with the Veritas Press Self Paced modern course. We’re only doing this one because Big is a huge space buff and she wanted to do it. {I am, because I am a slacker, ready to be “done”.} They finished days 1-3 of the week and we’ll finish the rest up next week. We’re also going to add Apollo 13 and likely October Sky since the kids are old enough now and haven’t seen either.Math-
More of the same. Lesson a day, every day. LOL!! I am thinking about a whole blog post on schooling while traveling, as we did some of that this week. This trip I told the kids they had to do 3 lessons before we get home. We traveled out Thursday and get home next Tuesday. Little got right on it and on the first flight he ripped through 2.5 lessons. He’ll do the last half on the way home. Big did one on the first flight, then will do one on a mid-trip road trip, and one on the way home. This way we really only miss one math with the travel.

This is actually going really well. We did the Institute for Excellence in Writing Continuation A this year, but this summer we’re just writing. I require some of the dress ups with our general writing for practice. Monday the kids wrote GOOD thank you notes to their piano teacher (and decorated them), Tuesday they outlined a character analysis. Wednesday was piano, etc… Thursday field day… Friday was travel/field trip day…

I’ve decided the kids are going to write a monthly family newsletter, so they’re working on outlines for articles about recent events. I don’t want to give anything away – so stay tuned!

Field Day-
Thursday was our annual homeschool field day. It was awesome!! There were a million kids doing sack races, sprints, softball toss… It’s old school and a TON of fun. Both kids were thrilled because they won their age divisions in the 50 yard dash. As Little said, “That’s the whole year for me, Mom.” I was proud of their sportsmanship and kindness they showed to new kids and their competition. It was great.

Monday was the spring recital. The kids did really well. Little claimed he messed up his song but to totally didn’t hear any mistakes. They amaze me with their skills. I’m still working on linking up some audio files..

I’ll have more on this later, but we’re traveling…. Today we went to the Erie Canal museum in Syracuse, NY. It was great! We learned a lot to supplement our week on the Erie canal with VP. It was a very small place that we spent about an hour and a half exploring. We read all the plaques, played the interactive game, watched the movie… It was so much more than I expected.

They had a funny display of penny postcards, and these were some of the sentiments on the cards…

There are also some amazing Art Deco buildings throughout downtown Syracuse that I had never noticed, so we did a little tour of those, too.

We also saw our first yarn bomb…

It was an unexpectedly cool day.

It was a week full of fun end-of-the-year events. I’m loving the chance to sneak in a trip to see my family, and do a few fun side field trips. I can’t wait to see what we can manage to get done next week, LOL!!!!


Matthew 6:26

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?


The other day the fam and I were out working in the yard. We pruned… weeded… You know – the yard got cleaned up and I got poison ivy. What can you do?

While we were out working we cut down a privet, only to find a bird’s nest in it when we went to pull it out. We propped the tree back up and left it. Today (4 days later) the kids went out to check on the nest and found 3 of the 4 eggs hatched! THEY ARE AMAZING! I’ve never, ever seen little birds this young. I am absolutely awestruck. I want to go out and watch them but I know the Mama is nearby – and I don’t want to disturb them. One of them still hasn’t hatched but the kids are sure they saw the shell breaking and it’s little beak working to get out. I pray they’ll make it and not be discovered by the roaming cats nearby.