Biltmore ~ A dear friend gave us tickets to the Biltmore. We were very excited to go spend the day there. We haven't been in several years and it certainly isn't in our current budget. It was a perfect Sunday with the highs in the low 60's! We sure are having crazy weather around here this winter. We toured the house which was very crowded. We saw the Downton Abbey costumes that were on display. We enjoyed ice cream and rolled down the hill in "America's front yard". We then went to the petting zoo and played in the ice cold river and lake. The estate is huge and we only touched the tip of things to do there. Not surprisingly, the gardens were all dead. I really would like to get season passes someday and do a horticultural year-round study with the children.
|The top of the hill. This is a serious hill to roll down.|
|The water was so cold ~ it turned their toes blue.|
Epic Nightly Board Games ~ We spent three evenings playing the same Monopoly game. I thought for sure I had the right strategy this time, but alas I was the first one out of the game again! Tom Sawyer won for the eighth time in a row.
I also managed to read two books this week and start a third!! I hope I can keep this ball rolling. I also managed to scrapbook six pages for our 2014 book.
Projects Around the House ~ One thing I have really noticed about the more intensive educational schedule we are doing this year is how the house gets put on the back burner. I get done the laundry, meal prep, dishes, floors, etc., but not much more. The week off is a great time to get some of those more occasional chores done. This week I got the refrigerator cleaned, the curtains in most of the house washed and rehung, my desk organized, two bedrooms cleaned and organized, and all the hairbrushes washed.
All the Rest ~ We did all of our normal out of the home classes this week ~ dance, drama, math and writing. We also made it to all of our therapies. The last big thing on our schedule this week is to attend Culture Club today. The kids made their first PowerPoint presentation and sent it to the tech lady. I am looking forward to seeing it put in action.
Next Week ~ Next week is full of great stuff. There is a holiday almost every day. We have Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and the Chinese New Year. What an exciting week filled with fun possibilities. With all that fun on the horizon, I am going to have to really concentrate to get our school week off on the right foot. I will leave you with one more picture.
Happy Valentine's Day!