Over the weekend, my family and I took a little time off for a getaway at my mom’s cabin in the North Georgia mountains. It’s an adorable little cottage, but it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep there because the whole time we’re there we (well, at least my daughter and I) are worrying about spiders crawling on us. Thankfully, I only saw one, but it was on the screened-in porch…so that made it more tolerable!
On Saturday, we hiked up Anna Ruby Falls, a beautiful twin waterfall where we love to picnic and hike once or twice a year.
But before we hiked, the kids had to pose for their annual pictures down by the river where we usually picnic.
Anna Ruby Falls is a natural habitat for the copperhead snake…and guess what we saw on the hike up the mountain???
We decided to leave that guy alone and continue on our destination to the top, where once again, I had to snap the kids’ picture. (Hey, it’s a tradition!)
On the way back down, Alec & Liam posed at the entrance of a “cave.”
And we spotted this creepy crawly thing… (at least it wasn’t sleeping with us at the cottage!)
Why couldn’t we have just seen pretty birds or butterflies??? However, we did see some lovely late summer/early autumn flowers.
After getting back home, it was work and homeschool as usual. Olivia is hard at work practicing new piano pieces for her Senior Recital in March. Some of the pieces she is working on are: Praeludium In E Minor, by Felix Mendelssohn; O Polichinelo, by Heitor Villa-Lobos; and a Baroque piece entitled, Chaconne, by Jeanine Yeager.
Liam has been learning new pieces for his piano level: The Taj Mahal, Island Day Dream, and Polovetsian Dance. So, our house has been filled with a lot of beautiful music!
Olivia had to create a sundial (using polymer clay and a straw) and record her observations for her high school Astronomy class with Georgia Virtual. Here is a picture of her sundial:
Yesterday, we celebrated Alec’s 15th birthday by taking him out to dinner and shopping. Olivia baked him a cake. And tomorrow, we’ll probably take in a movie just to keep the celebration going.
I’ve been continuing my study of the book of First Peter with my Hello Mornings Twitter friends, and this week I began the 5-week Living and Active Challenge just to add in more accountability for my workouts. It’s been great to have the added support to get and stay physically active.
Next week, I’ll be starting the Good Morning Girls Bible Study of the book of Colossians (one of my *most* favorite books of the Bible) with some friends on Facebook and I’m really looking forward to that. But I’ll fill you in on the deets next week!
I hope your week has been blessed and filled with the goodness of God!
Linking today with:
– Homeschool Mother’s Journal at iHomeschool Network
– Collage Friday hostess Mary at Home Grown Learners
– Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
– No Fear Homeschool High School at The Daisy Head
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.