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The End of Week Wrap {crickets, maple syrup, & rising early}

It's that time again~where are these weeks going?!  This one was particularly busy.

In our homeschool this week...

We persevered!  Yea!  It was a good week--one of those weeks that when you look at the planner you feel a sense of accomplishment.

The Princess began her final Total Language Plus study for this year, The Cricket in Times Square.  Ironically, this is also the week that the kids have "adopted" some pet crickets.

This week has been filled with things like crickets and worms and mud and snow.  You never know what the weather will be around here these days!

We also finished up our science chapter on "eggs" by watching March of the Penguins.  I felt like such a mean mommy as my children cried throughout the movie.  It's such a great film, but those penguins definitely have a hard life.

Places we're going & people we're seeing...

Last weekend The Princess was so excited to attend a Purity Ball hosted by a local crisis pregnancy ministry, Alpha Alternative.  They have this father/daughter ball each year and this was our first time to participate.  Vince and his little date had a wonderful time dressing up, going out for dinner, and then "cutting a rug" at the ball!

Last weekend we also visited a local maple syrup festival~so much fun!  The kiddos spent most of their time catching sap drips from the taps by the sap buckets.  They thought the sugar "water" was yummy.  I thought the all-you-can-eat pancakes with fresh syrup was yummy!  We had fun sharing the experience with my mom and sister.  The tent of local artisans is always a great experience, too.  We got to watch craftsmen make Shaker-style brooms, carve wood and forge iron, and browse homemade soaps and jellies, hand-knitted accessories, and more.  

Vince and I also had the opportunity to see one of our best friends last night in Nashville.  Unfortunately he was there because of his mother being in the hospital, but she is much improved and we had a great time going out to dinner and catching up with him.  

This week I'm cooking...

Well, I had one really awful dinner night this week (which I blogged about here), but I made another new recipe that turned out great: sour cream chicken enchiladas (recipe coming soon!).   

I'm reading...

On a whim--because I really am trying to improve in this area--I jumped on the bandwagon for Money Saving Mom's Early-to-Rise challenge for the month of March.  I also picked up this great little eBook that inspired this challenge.  I have to say that I am very impressed with this read!  It's much more than a how-to-get-up-early book and it has a great inspiring short read for each day of the challenge.

And that about wraps up our week.  

Now I'm off to get busy preparing for my hubby's birthday tomorrow!  I have a big surprise I'm cooking up for him (don't worry, I'll tell you later!).  

Have a great weekend!

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