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Yarn Along!

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Here are our projects this week! I am about 1/2 way with the second sock for Maddie. She is anxiously waiting for it! I am hoping at this point that I can complete it and have them in her Easter basket. My other project once Maddie is in bed is a little hooded coat for Matilda Bunny that I made for Easter last year. Maddie and I love this little sweater because Matilda’s ears will stick through the hood. Who could resist, right?

Maddie and I are reading A Midsummer’s Night Dream as her first Shakespeare play. We read it in Charles and Mary Lamb’s book first and are now reading it in the Shakespeare Made Easy version. I am also reading through How to Teach your Children Shakespeare. Since he starts with A Midsummer’s Night Dream that was the one we did first too!

Joining Small Things for the Yarn Along!

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Spaghetti Dinner Time!

Yesterday we baked cakes and pies for the annual spaghetti dinner at church. The dinner helps raise money for scholarships for our kids to attend Camp Fowler. We always have a lot of fun! Maddie helped with the cake decorating at home. I made an “eating cake” and an auction cake. My auction cake was actually a chocolate bottom peanut butter pie. Yum!

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Then we headed off to church to see how Chef Brian was doing with the spaghetti, check out the other cakes and get busy ourselves. Maddie helped to serve and I helped with the auction cakes. We ended up bringing our dinner home to eat.

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As you can see some of the cakes were amazing! One was a replica of our church building. As always a good time was had by everyone and we will be sending lots of kids to camp!!


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First Day of School…well, sort of!

Today Maddie and I made a trip up to the local elementary school to read the book Weaving the Rainbow to 2 second grade classes for NY Agriculture Literacy week. Maddie was able to take on her own class and she did a great job. I dropped her off in that room and headed down the hall to my assigned class. We read the book and discussed it a bit with the kids then we made felt marbles. I wasn’t sure the marbles were going to come out but they actually worked very well! The kids had a great time and so did we! As we left the school Maddie confided to me that she was so glad to be homeschooling. She didn’t think she could sit in those seats all day long. So that was a nice confirmation that we made the right choice as far as she is concerned!  The teacher’s aid in Maddie’s class was kind enough to take some pictures for me.

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Adirondacks and Socks

IMG_0501Somehow it seems appropriate that I am knitting socks for Maddie while reading her the book Excuse Me Sir, Your Socks are on Fire. We are laughing our way through the book which is an account from a former ranger in the Adirondack Park in New York. Its been good for Maddie to hear some of the stories since her goal at the moment is to be a park ranger. Many of the stories are really humorous and all of them are taking place around the part of the park we know. I finished one sock and have started the other. As I have said before its my favorite pattern! I think maybe the snow is starting to melt then maybe we can get outside a bit. We are looking forward to that! What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Small Things for the yarn along.


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Robin Hood!!

Today was Schenectady County 4H Public Presentation Day. These are always fun. The kids do a great job and come up with a wide range of interesting topics. Today we had everything from how to make pin curls to learning about bees from kids with an age range just as large as the number of topics. Maddie decided to do a dramatic interpretation of Robin Hood Meets a Giant. She did a great job considering we had a late start on it all due to the flu, ear infections and sore throats! Normally we would’ve been practicing for at least a month but this got cut down to about 2 weeks. She dressed in her Lucy of Narnia Halloween costume and cape which doubled quite well as a middle age story teller’s costume.

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You can go here on youtube to see her presentation. Enjoy!!