I'm back!!!
With the closing of the royal u-pick strawberry patch, life has been getting back to our version of "normal." The Queen has been working on housework, laundry, bookkeeping, re-stocking the freezers with beef for our 100% Grass-fed Beef sales, and planning.

The housework, laundry, and bookkeeping are on-going adventures. The beef re-stocking was the better part of Wednesday, with a comedy of errors along the way. Ever had "one of those days"?

The "planning" is the fun part. I love to plan. (Follow-through is sometimes a problem.)

Back in April, I received the curriculum that the prince will use for homeschool next year. He will be in second grade and using My Father's World (MFW). MFW is an all-in-one curriculum that combines Charlotte Mason's ideas with classical education. It provides international focus and a Biblical worldview.

We started using MFW when the prince entered Kindergarten. The gentle approach and hands-on activities were perfect for a squirmy boy who liked to see how things work. As a new homeschool mom, I didn't feel comfortable putting together my own curriculum. The folks at MFW had already done that, and I didn't want to re-invent the wheel. (Another bonus is that as we progress through the years, the program is set up to include multiple-aged children in the same learning experience. You don't have to have a lot of separate curriculum if you have more than one child.) We continued with MFW-1st and now, we are moving on to Adventures in My Father's World for second grade. We will explore U.S. History and patriotic symbols from a Christian perspective. They also include U.S. Geography, Bible, Science, Art, Music, Math, Languauge Arts and who knows what else? Well, I guess the people who designed the program and those who have used it, but the royal family will be in for surprises.

I have also been planning a cruise. No, not that kind of cruise. I'd be too afraid of sea-sickness, pirates, falling overboard, shipwrecks, and ending up on Gilligan's Island to do that!

I have been planning how to do my reviews for the The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. Remember when I wrote the review for the Firefighter and Australia unit studies? Those were my audition articles. Our crew captain contacted me last week with the news that I had been chosen. Actually, she contacted a lot of other people too. Anyway, for the next year, I'll be reviewing educational products and writing about them here. (There will probably be other tasks that I'll find out about soon.) I'll be sure to give my honest opinion so that you can make sound choices about the products. There will be other people writing reviews too, and I'll let you know how to find their thoughts. Won't you join me for the cruise?

Now, don't think I'll be going all serious from now on. I still plan to bring you yummy recipes, interesting photos, and stories about the prince and princess. Here's one about the princess:
Last Sunday afternoon, the prince went on a playdate with a friend. The princess was upset that she didn't get to go. I told her we were going to do "girl stuff." Little did she know that it meant "defrosting the freezers." Anyway, she was playing in the discarded frost from the freezers when this little gem popped out of her mouth, "Mom, Daddy's in love with Bubba's teacher." Now, to the average mother, this may cause some concern. To a homeschooling mom, it was sweet music to my ears.

I'm linking to I'm Lovin' It and Feature Yourself Friday.

The grass is green. It is good to be The Cow Queen.

date Friday, June 4, 2010

4 comments to “What I've Been Up To”

  1. Ebuck
    June 4, 2010 at 6:35 AM

    Oh, how I hope this has never been uttered by one of my students' siblings. =)

  1. Berry Patch
    June 10, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Welcome to the Crew! I LOVE what your princess said. That's why I like blogging to much - writing those little gems down to remember always. Well, somewhere in cyberspace anyway. ;-)

  1. Lisa
    June 20, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    How sweet! I love your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine. Looking forward to being crewmates this year!( I am on the younger crew)

  1. Beth in NC
    June 27, 2010 at 6:12 AM

    Ha, you sound like us. We don't grow strawberries (only because our neighbors DO), but we sell pumpkins, have a corn maze (it is like a fair here in the fall), and sell Christmas trees. Busy ...

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