making incense

We had a significant hiatus in our “making stuff with herbs” theme, and, from looking at their little herb garden the back yard, we had a bit of a hiatus from “checking on our plants to see how alive they are” as well. (Although both kids made me fresh mint tea last week, having seen…

indoor skydiving

To celebrate the eighth anniversary of the night we picked Béla up at the airport after his very long flight from Korea… he and some of his fave people went Indoor Skydiving.   Béla’s close friend (from his former school days), Max, and his family, came along. Max demurred, but Max’s dad ended up getting…

building baba yaga’s hut

Our homeschool “unit” on architecture was a little different than we thought it would be (at least for last year it was.) We had planned some construction on the house, and then unplanned it. Even this late in the summer, the “easier” job of playing musical chairs with the use of certain rooms (Béla and…

mighty writers

I hope we get more opportunities to do Mighty Writers. The South Philly space is beautiful and Claudia, who took a workshop called “Picture This Girl”, writing about photos from the National Archives, really enjoyed it. She and Béla had also signed up for another session that was smooshed into a very busy week and…

the second annual south philly highland games!

Last year our friends the Mundies began a tradition in our neighborhood, of summer Highland Games. We loved it and Tucker has been throwing cabers here and there all year (not actual cabers but things that might pass for one). Last Sunday, just like for the inaugural South Philly Highland Games, Ben made scotch eggs,…

sewing camp at butcher’s sew shop!

For their last week of summer day camps, the kids went to sewing camp at Butcher’s Sew Shop. They had gone for a week last year and loved it, and really showed even more skill building this year! They were happy to see the VERY talented Olan (last year they thought his name was “Owling”,…

monsters, myths, and heroes of japan — a week at shofusu japanese house

Last week, Claudia and Béla spent their days cleaning the traditional Japanese house in Fairmount Park, feeding koi and turtles, and learning about (and obsessing about) yokai. We are sure they did other things too but this was the general takeaway.   Tucker and I made an attempt to terrify the children by creating yokai…

will we go to college?

Yesterday was the Medallion Ceremony for Tucker’s graduating class, and today he graduated in a class of eleven, from the Pennoni Honors College of Drexel University’s Custom-Designed Major Program. Even in that very elite group, he was the only student to receive both Honors with Distinction, and graduate Summa Cum Laude. It had gotten both…