Nature Study at the River

Old clothes + Boots + River = a great Nature Study

Rivers are a freshwater biome full of life and motion. They are a wonderful place for nature walks. A wonderful place to explore. Today, we grabbed a bucket and a net and off we went.... 

We had fun wading in the shallow parts of the river. Searching for treasures...

We brought along our Nature Study book to learn more about what we discovered. Aidan found a water penny while searching in the river. 

Here are a few of our other discoveries... 

While at the river we also talked about rocks, erosion, we studied the riparian zone (the land area along the river), river wildlife and habitats. 

Before leaving the boys drew and labeled everything they found in their nature journals. 

A day at the river... so peaceful... 

We had a wonderful time! There is nothing better than learning with my sons. 

Hard-Boiled Parenting

This month we have been learning all about the Virtue - Responsibility. For our end of the month project the boys were given a hard-boiled egg which they designed to look like a baby. The goal for the next four days... they would have all the responsibilities of parents. 

To make it fair they each drew a card (boy or girl) to see who their child would be. They were then given a Certificate of Birth where they chose their child's name. Aidan named his girl - Starlight and Noah named his boy - Jon. 

Note: Having two sons... my boys weren't very happy with this project at first. However, once they made it through day 1 they started to enjoy it more. 

After completing the birth certificates they were able to decorate their babies.. and to create a home (crib) for the baby to stay in. (We used Rubbermaid containers with paper towels inside).

Finally, they were ready to begin.... 

Welcome to our family Jon.... 

And Starlight... 

During the next four days anywhere the boys went their babies had to go also. They were required to keep a log of when the "babies" were feed (bringing them to the table each time the boys ate), given a bath (wiped off every night) and when they went to sleep (placed in the refrigerator each night at bedtime). They also had to keep a journal that explained how they cared for their egg. 

Night time for the "babies"..

Also, during the four days there were random events given to Aidan and Noah regarding their "babies". Such as: The baby is teething and slightly dehydrated. The boys had to explain how they would care for the child and then their child would either get better or worse. Aidan and Noah received 3 random events each (some harder than others).  

The "babies" playing during school.. 

Overall, this was a successful project. After many complaints.. Aidan and Noah finally started to take the project serious and did a great job at raising their children. However, there were a few "cracks" on the eggs by day 4. I guess that is to be expected with two silly boys. Apparently, they were "playing" with their babies and rolling them down the hall. That sounds about right, haha! 


The Drawing Lesson - Book Review

Book Description:

For the first time ever, drawing instructor and graphic novelist Mark Crilley brings his easy-to-follow artistic instruction to aspiring artists in the form of a comic book, providing you with a one-of-a-kind how-to experience. In The Drawing Lesson, you’ll meet David—a young boy who wants nothing more than to learn how to draw. Luckily for David, he’s just met Becky—his helpful drawing mentor. Page by page, Becky teaches David (and you!) about the essential fundamentals that artists need in order to master drawing, all in a unique visual format. In panel after panel, Crilley provides lessons on shading, negative space, creating compositions, and more, with accompanying exercises that you can try for yourself. Are you ready to start your drawing lesson today?

My Review:

This was a fun little book to read. As you read the comics (which are very entertaining) you will start to learn how to draw.... How fun is that! While reading you meet David, who wants nothing more than to learn how to draw. You go on his adventure with him as he meets Becky who helps him to learn. Each page you learn more about David, Becky and of course drawing. She teaches him .. and YOU.. how to begin with drawing. 

The story line was interesting and reading along has helped me to understand more about drawing. I will be happy to share this book with my sons and help them to learn. 

Next Door As It Is In Heaven - Book Review

Book Description:

There was a time when neighbors knew each other’s names, when small children and the old and infirm alike had more than their families looking out for them. There was a time when our neighborhoods were our closest communities.

No more. Neighborhoods have become the place where nobody knows your name. Into this neighborhood crisis the words of Jesus still ring true: Second only to the command to love God is the command to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

In Next Door as It Is in Heaven, Lance Ford and Brad Brisco offer first principles and best practices to make our neighborhoods into places where compassion and care are once again part of the culture, where good news is once again more than words, and where the love of God can be once again rooted and established.

My Review:

This book made me long for my childhood. I lived in a small town (still do) where everyone knew each others names and shared their time, food, help with those around them. Things have changed a lot since I was a child. Our children can't just run around the neighborhood like we once did. Our neighbors were always outside and everyone was watching the children and everyone was friends. It was a great time and place to grow up. 

This is a wonderful book to help you remember to love your neighbor. As they tell about their own personal journey, the Authors help you to see how we can stop living in our own bubble and get outside and know your neighbor better. This book will encourage you. It will inspire you. This is a wonderful must read. 


Wythe Raceway

Our family was given the opportunity to visit Wythe Raceway, Saturday, August 6th for $1,000 to win R&C Super Street (30 Lap feature). We had an amazing time! Our sons (ages 10 & 9) truly enjoyed the races. Their eyes were glued to the track the entire time. 

Wythe Raceway is located at 164 Race Track Road, Rural Retreat, Virginia. The track is located in the beautiful Appalachia Mountains. The Grandstands open at 5pm for most races. The pits open around 4pm. There are bleachers for seating or you can bring your lawn chair and sit in the terrace areas. Parking is always free! Wythe Raceway has several types of food for you to enjoy such as fried bologna, philly cheesesteak, hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, BBQ and much more! The prices are very reasonable for their food as well. We tried the pizza, hotdogs and nachos.. it was all delicious! 

Our sons enjoyed watching all of the races. There was the WCARS, KCARS, R&C Superstreets and more. However, if your bring your children and they need a little break from the racing... Wythe Raceway offers an arcade with numerous games and novelty items for children as well. They also have souvenirs, T-shirts and more for sale. 

Did I mention children 10 & Under are FREE to most races! Wonderful!  

Wythe Raceway is a family friendly atmosphere! Their employees were kind and willing to help you enjoy your visit. This was our first time taking both of our sons to a race and Wythe Raceway helped us to become true race fans! 

For more information about visiting Wythe Raceway visit their facebook page HERE... or their website HERE

If you have a chance be sure to visit Wythe Raceway. It was a great experience and I know you will enjoy your time there.