Christmas in March!

March 30, 2011

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You’ve heard of Christmas in July. That’s when all the stores have huge, blow-out sales. Well, our family celebrated Christmas in March! This year for Christmas, instead of the traditional “stuff” under the tree, we gave Grandson’s #1, #2 and #3 a memory. It began with these 3 walking sticks that Grandpa made for each […]


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Let me start with a disclaimer. Heaven for me includes an art museum on the shores of a white sandy beach. So when we began our study on art, I couldn’t wait to take MacGyver on his first trip to an art museum. Since I know he loves expressing himself through art, I was hoping […]


Dinosaur Study Field Trip

January 18, 2011

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During our kindergarten dinosaur study, I began searching the web for dinosaur field trips and museums. When I planned our long-distance dinosaur exploration weekend, I was not prepared to be personally amazed! Although we made a number of dinosaur stops during our weekend, I’m only going to highlight the ones that were really a big […]


Taking Children on an

Occasionally, winter in South Texas looks like this. However, these days are brief and rare. This photo was taken about this time last year. The children are still dreaming of a real Snowy Day. Many winter days in South Texas are actually warm and sunny. Last week, we went on a homeschool winter nature walk. […]


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We are GIVING AWAY a piece of local art from one of our favorites: Buck Pottery! WIN a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted soap dispenser! Look for the rules at the end of the post. Join us as we take a FREE field trip to the 18th annual Texas Clay Festival, held in Gruene, Texas. October 23 & […]


Post image for A Boy and His Net: FREE printable book

It’s an honor to have something named after you. I’m proud to say I  have a river named after me. My grandsons affectionately call the river close to our home, “Grandma’s River.” And Jeannine’s children call it, “Aunt Joyce’s River.” Now I’m sure the Texas State Legislature is not going to officially change the true […]


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The best farmer’s market I have ever been to is on the square in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. While visiting my sister-in-law in Chicago, she suggested a trip to the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. My husband countered with a suggestion, “Why don’t I drop you two off at the grocery store. You can […]


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This is the arbor that greets and ushers you into my back yard. This is where I relax each morning with a good book and my coffee. This is our vegetable / herb garden. Phew! It’s a lot of work! I’m perspiring just thinking about it! I use the Square Foot Gardening method. Great for […]


Post image for Field Trip: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

We were greeted by a colossal size dragonfly. Next, we squealed at the sight of the giant ants. MacGyver surprised us all with his ease at navigating the center’s map. This is why getting out in the world is so important to us. You learn about the world. You learn how to navigate the world. […]


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We just can’t help ourselves! We have spring fever!!! When the hillsides are covered with flowers it’s hard to stay inside. So we’re out enjoying the world.  Here is another FREE printable book for you and your children to enjoy. This book is a song adaptation to I Love the Mountain.  Head over to our […]


Big Skies / Big World

April 11, 2010

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Between the ages of 5 to 10 years, lying on my back with my hands pillowing my head, I loved looking at the sky. My spot of choice for looking at the sky was to the right of a three foot wide sidewalk that stretched from the front door of our home out to the […]


WIN a Piece of Local Art

April 5, 2010

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When we get out in the world we love visiting and supporting our local artists! So we are giving away a piece of local art from one of our FAVORITES: Buck Pottery! WIN this one-of-a-kind, handcrafted soap dispenser! We became fans of Buck Pottery over twenty-years ago.  Jeannine received one of their trademark spoon rests […]