Adventures in sort-of unschooling

So far this week

on September 11, 2012

Sunday we went to the Peach Stand (it’s a restaurant/ice cream shop/farmers market/butcher/bakery/gas station – gotta love South Carolina!) We had ice cream, went to the butcher for pork chops, and got some produce. The kids were most excited about the roasted peanuts still in the shell. Trying to get to their food kept them busy for a while 🙂 Sunday night DH cleaned off all the pots and stuff off the deck.

Monday we went to Pike Nurseries (aka the garden store) and we spent nearly 2 hours poking around, looking at all the plants, pots, gardening tools, and such. We saw orange, lemon, grapefruit, and lime trees, all bearing fruit. The kids picked out three mums, 2 ivy plants for the hanging baskets, and a Japanese Ardisia. We came home and put all the plants on the deck and it looks really nice out there now. We also got a hummingbird feeder but haven’t seen the hummingbirds yet (they are around but may be mad that we took up the tomato plants they were attracted to).

I can’t even keep up with all the kids do when we’re home. TBO has been really into magnets. TGO plays with her babies. Sometimes they both get into a pretend game with the babies and stuffed animals. This morning they were building a castle with wooden blocks. I do paperbackswap.com and we get new books in once a week or so. Right now TBO has a whistle and is directing traffic, which consists of TGO pushing her baby in a stroller around the living room. They can be playing individually and the next thing I know their games have merged. For instance, TGO loves to read and that can turn into both kids playing library.

Today we went to the consignment store to take in some old toys. We got some letter blocks, a couple of books, and TGO got a new baby. On the way there we saw a firetruck flying a flag on the ladder so on our way back, we stopped to get a closer look. We spent some of the morning talking about 9/11. Then we went back to the garden store to get praying mantis egg cases, but they were out and now I have several hundred ladybugs in a container in the living room.

Ladybugs. Yes, that’s a knee-high on the lid.

In about 30 minutes we’ve got to leave again to go to the farmers market to see the “beef guy” and get our meats and maybe some veggies.

Tomorrow the Mosquito Squad is coming to hopefully kill off these mosquitos. TBO also has a dentist appointment to get a tiny cavity filled so we’ve talked about what’s going to happen there. Thursday we may be going to drop off some blankets for donation to the shelter (yay!).


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