Since the holidays and getting back on track, we returned to alternating dinner on Wednesday nights. One night my 14-year old made a lemon chicken and rice meal, with macarons for dessert.
I don't know what the fascination is with macarons, but they are not the easiest dessert to make. Very time consuming. I did not help her.
These were her favorites.
We've been having A LOT of rain. It NEVER rains in the High Desert. It is such a blessing, and we also enjoy the rainbows.
My ten-year old participates in a book club once a month. This month they had to memorize a poem and recite it on club day. She chose Emily Dickinson's Bee, I'm Expecting You, which she also used as her memory-copy work for four weeks.
The girls had to construct their own mailboxes and make Valentines to share.
In addition to making Valentines, she crocheted (that's such a weird word to spell), she crocheted one miniature ice cream cones for every one of her friends in the club, each one a different flavor. She watched a Youtube video on how to make them, and she taught herself. Amazing. I have nothing to do with her talent. I do not crotchet.
Last weekend we began our field trips. (We have one this weekend and one the following Saturday.) Here we went to Redlands to celebrate Lincoln's Birthday. Check out this Lincoln.
Here are General Robert E. Lee, General Grant, and President Lincoln answering questions. Of course, as with science, history is subjective, according to some people; for example, Grant said that the Civil War was about money. Stop already! The Civil War was about a lot of things. Can we just agree on that?
Again, check out this Lincoln.
On Lincoln's actual birthday, which Google totally ignored - my 11-year old pointed this out, I served Abraham Lincoln's favorite foods (according to the internet) for breakfast: johnny cakes, bacon, apples, coffee, and almond cake (minus the almond slices). Log Cabin syrup was optional. The kids were surprised.
My fourteen-year old has been working on this. Not sure if it is a blanket or a neck brace. Again, I have nothing to do with this. Grandma influenced these handicrafts, and I am grateful.
In addition, we have been watching North and South, the Civil War saga soap opera. This is my fourth time watching it, and I now think this is the most frustrating storyline ever. Of course, we fast forward through every scene with Ashton Main because she cannot keep her clothes on. There are so many things wrong with the characters, I don't know where to start. But at least we are enjoying the historical aspect of the saga.
This Saturday, if it does not continue to rain (it is pouring right now as I write), we are planning to attend Calico Ghost Town's Civil War Reenactment. The kids can't wait!