08 March 2013

The End of Week Wrap {a birthday, an art museum & a new book}

In my life this week...

We kicked off our week by celebrating Vince's birthday.  We went to church, went out to eat, gave gifts, made gifts, made homemade Twinkies (& Twinkie Cake!), and wrapped up his day by watching the History channel's first episode of The Bible.  It was a very fun day!

Then the next day food poisoning hit.  It was not pretty.  Vince got really sick from some leftovers-gone-bad from the weekend.  And I was soooo tired.  I'm participating in the Early to Rise challenge and am trying so hard to get up extra early every morning to create new habits.  So far this challenge is kicking my tail.  

In our homeschool this week...

I felt a bit lethargic.  OK, a lot lethargic.  I kept thinking about taking an impromptu Spring Break-ha!  School stayed on track though.   

A couple of highlights: 

We finally wrapped up the Middle Ages in history.  We really enjoy the Story of the World books!  We are now beginning the 3rd one in the series: Early Modern Times--no break in history for us!  

We began our chapter on bats in science.  So interesting!  We're now on the look out for a bat house kit to build for our back yard.  

Helpful homeschool tips or advice to share...

Here are a couple of links that I enjoyed this week:
Places we're going...

We had an awesome field trip this week with our homeschool group to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.  If you have never been there, it's really worth a visit!  This was our second time there and we had so much fun.  

The Frist Center is in Nashville's old post office and the building is just a gorgeous piece of art deco work!  I love just looking at the architecture there.  The main floor is the art gallery.  The Frist doesn't own their exhibits, but brings in different ones every few months.  Right now their main exhibit is Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age.  I loved this exhibit!  The paintings were truly amazing!  I would really like to go back without kiddos and s-l-o-w-l-y observe the art;)  They also had a few rooms with interactive modern art by Camille Utterback that were so.much.fun, too!!  We all loved them!  My only regret at the Frist is that they don't allow photographs.  This makes me sad.  

However, upstairs in the Frist is this wonderful place called the Martin ArtQuest Center--and they DO allow photos!  One can play and play in here with ALL kinds of fun art techniques!  And play we did!  The kids in our homeschool group had such a good time.

Going to the Frist was definitely our favorite thing this week!

I'm reading...

I just finished up a great novel that I picked up for free for my Kindle, Wildflowers of Terezin.  It was such a good read!  It was the story of how the Danes helped the Jews during World War II and it included many actual events interwoven with fictional characters.  This was my first time to read a book by Robert Elmer and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

And that wraps up our week!

I'm off to enjoy the beginning of our weekend~I hope you have a wonderful one, too!

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Phyllis said...

That looks like a wonderful field trip! I am so sorry there was illness...food poisoning is so awful. I got it once at Disney Land.

OSOTM said...

Oh, yikes on the food poisoning! :( No doubt the school week was a little slower than usual! We're about 90 pages into SOTW 2: Middle Ages. I hope to finish it this year...and then do SOTW 3 and 4 next year. The kids are really enjoying it. While I read to them they color and label maps, adding notes from the reading. It works!

rebecca said...

Wildflowers of Trezen is a great book. My 12 year old and I read together after her intrest was sparked by reading Number The Stars.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about the food poisoning, I hope you are all recovered now?

Anonymous said...

Love a good Art Museum. Sorry about food poisoning. That is awful. I am going to put that book on my list. Sounds wonderful.


Savannah McQueen said...

I really enjoyed your post (except the food poisoning...sorry about that) and I am featuring you on HammockTracks today. Thanks for linking up and I hope you'll return tomorrow.