Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Walnut Acre Weekly - Easter Celebrations, Working Outside and More

Words to Live By

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
John 11:25-26

Homeschool Wrap Up

This week with the younger kids we focused on Easter. We watched videos of the Easter story, and did a variety of worksheets and crafts. I somehow didn't get any pictures of our work but we did a lot of it. The kids were really interested in and amazed by the story of Jesus death and resurrection. It was so neat to watch them take it all in and ask questions and have discussions about why Jesus died for us and how wonderful it is that He rose again and is alive today. 

Austin and Amanda continued their study of Acts as well as their study of the human skeletal system. The focus in math this week was once again on decimals. 


Although we made sure we understood the true meaning of Easter we also had fun with an Easter egg hunt with the kids on Friday.

Austin and Amanda filled the eggs upstairs in the hallway and then took them out and hid them while I did our morning learning activities with the younger kids. 

And then the hunt was on!

And of course they had to sit awhile and enjoy the candy!

Saturday there was an Easter egg hunt at church that we took to the kids to. First there was face painting. Then there was the hunt that I was so busy helping the kids with that I didn't get a single picture. After all the eggs were found and everything settled down we had a simple lunch of hotdogs, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, cookies and chips. After lunch there was a story time with kids telling the Easter story from the Bible.

Outdoor Fun

Our week started out looking like this! I was not really happy about more snow but I did have to admit it was pretty.

By the end of the week though, it had warmed up outside and the kids spent hours out playing. 

Furry, Feathered and Four Footed Friends

Our neighbor farmer friend told Doug we could get the loose hay from the hay barn to use in our chicken coop. The kids loved taking the wheelbarrow and wagons to load up with hay and then bringing it back for the chickens. And the chickens are loving their new bedding.

There was one exciting moment when Damien, trying to help, ran ahead and opened the gate to the chicken pen. A rooster took the opportunity to make a dash for freedom and came running out. This scared CJ who took off screaming one direction, which in turn scared Damien who took off crying in the other direction. All the noise scared the rooster who puffed himself all up to protect the hens from impending calamity. Mykalin and I got the rooster back in quickly though and everyone else soon calmed down. 

Growing Green Things

Both Friday and Saturday Doug did some tilling. Friday he tilled up and expanded the old garden space and also tilled up a new garden space on another part of our acre. Then on Saturday he tilled around the old grape arbor. There just a couple, somewhat scraggly grapevines there when we moved in but they, except for one, have died out. This year I want to plant pole beans there, training the vines up over the arbor to give the kids a fun playspace and me some beans. Eventually I would like to put more grapevines there but I don't think that's going to happen this year. 

Out and About

Amanda at the SPCA. 

Other Notes and News

Much of Austin's spare time this week has been occupied working on and riding this moped he bought from Grandpa Tuesday. 

Just Having Fun Together

Here's a peek into some of the other fun things we did together this week. 

Weekly Quote

Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push. ~  Joann Thomas

Weekly Deals

1 comment:

  1. Roosters are pretty funny to watch. Our hens and rooster love to push out of their pasture to free range. We let them under supervision.

    Where did you find the time to put together all those collages? :)

    You are right about the snow, it is beautiful.