Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School Mantel

I know for many kids it is already back to school time, but in our neck of the woods school doesn't begin until after Labor Day. Even though we are savoring the last few days of summer, I thought a fun back to school mantel would help all of us get back in the mood for learning.

I'm not quite ready to break out the pumpkins for fall yet, but my summer mantel needed to go. Since this is our kitchen mantel and we homeschool at the kitchen table, it seemed only right to decorate our "classroom" with an education theme.

I had to include a copy of the homeschooling guide that has so influenced our curriculum-- "The Well-Trained Mind." 

 Is anyone else a pencil snob like me? I love these Ticonderoga pencils… all other pencils are dead to me.

The illustrations in "Dick and Jane" books are so sweet; I love the nostalgic depiction of childhood. Plus, Hunter learned to read with this book, so I get a bit misty-eyed too thinking of his lispy little voice sounding out the simple stories.

I've wanted a vintage kitchen scale forever, and I finally found this fun jadeite green one on a Facebook  group I belong to. It fits perfectly on the mantel, yay!

The chalkboard displays our lighthearted motto for the upcoming school year: it's Latin for "Learn or Leave." I thought it set an appropriately encouraging tone for the upcoming year. If that doesn't work, I can always grab that ruler and whack some knuckles. ;)

Happy "Back to School" time!
I'm linking up here:
My Romantic Home A Stroll Thru Life
French Country Cottage My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Savvy Southern Style DIY by Design
Between Naps on the Porch DIY Showoff
Jennifer Rizzo Under the Table and Dreaming

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Yoo-hoo! Anyone still here? I didn't mean to take such a long break from blogging, but somehow just never seemed to have enough to say. The blog has been on my mind though. I've known for a while that I wanted to make a few changes to my blog design and organization, but wasn't sure how to go about it. I hired a designer before because I was too intimidated to try myself, and while it was lovely and all, I've come to a better understanding of what I'd like to see on the blog going forward.You may have noticed the new header… well that's as far as I've gotten. It may be a slow process and it will look weird for the interim, but it's fun to try and figure out myself.

In the meantime, I've got lots of camping to do, lakes to play in, sunsets to enjoy, and lessons to plan for the upcoming school year. I will share our plan for 5th grade soon, I promise. Think lots of Latin, classics, drama, and art. In order to set an encouraging tone for the upcoming year I'm making our motto "Aut Disce, Aut Discede" (Either Learn or Leave). That ought to do the trick!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer So Far

It's hard to believe, but here we are, halfway through July already! The school supplies are back on the shelves and the countdown to September has begun. Before any more time flies by, here's a bit of what we've been up to this summer, so far… {as seen on Instagram}

My bid to inspire some creativity in the kids has been pretty successful. Having the art supplies out on display means they are much more likely to get used, which I love.
We've done castles, sunbursts, fruit, fish, and family crests. Now I just need to find a place to display all the works of art the kids are cranking out!
 June means strawberries and I put them to good use. Freezer jam, pies, cakes, and of course strawberries and cream… the tastes of summer.

We even found one that looks like a heart~ double the sweetness.
 The local gardens are in full bloom and people and ducks, alike are enjoying them.

Unfortunately, my own little garden is not as impressive as the one above. My hydrangea had only one bloom this year, but it was a lovely one.

 What's a post about summer without a little baseball? Hunter's new favorite position to play is catcher. It seems that between hockey and baseball, we are destined to be carrying a ton of protective gear year round. Such is the life of a sports mom!
I'm going to enjoy the remaining days of summer, savoring each afternoon and relishing each lingering evening. See you at the beach!