Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Little Red is in the Hood


I snapped this picture of Miss Munchkin in the woods behind our house last Fall.

Friday, February 18, 2011

In Which MrsMama Plays Hooky

The weather was so beautiful today that I put Master Munchkin’s seatwork on hold and we hit the road for a Field Trip.  We’ve been studying local Kansas History and had recently learned about John Brown and his role in the anti-slavery movement.

One of his historical battles, the Battle of Black Jack, was fought just minutes from our house.  We set out to explore the site.BlackJack1 BlackJack2

The Master gazing at a grove of Sugar Maples, thinking about syrup.BlackJack3

Some historians consider the Battle of Black Jack to be the first true battle of the American Civil War.

The men on both sides of the fight took refuge in the creek beds that run along the property.  The Master was hoping to find a bullet or even a gun that somebody dropped during the five hour fight.  Hey, a boy can hope!

We didn’t find anything metal but we did find ruts from wagon wheels near the creek (I’ve marked them in red on the photo).BlackJack4

We found a neat stone bridge.BlackJack5

While not related to John Brown, this silo also demanded exploration.  Look closely - can you see the Master?  Wait!  Don’t go in there!  I think there’s something in the Homeschool Handbook about safety…BlackJack6

Past the silo we explored some native prairie and ambled down a nature trail.  We saw some deer tracks and a few very large dog-like prints.

After tromping around for a few hours, we were ready for a break so we headed into the little town for some Wheat State pizza.  Wheat is one of Kansas’s main crops.  So eating pizza on wheat crust is definitely educational.  That’s in the handbook too. :)


I love field trips!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Linky Love


Here are some goodies I’ve come across recently:

First, I found a recipe for my favorite Girl Scout cookie, Thin mints.  Yea!

We all probably know someone who is a little lost in the kitchen.  MrMama, this one’s for you :)  How to Boil Water

Lastly, Flickr is one of my favorite places to get photographic inspiration.  If you want to see what makes me gasp, check these out.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I have seen hell and it’s white

“I believe I have have seen hell and it’s white, snow-white.”

Not really, I just love that scene from the BBC miniseries “North and South” and have always wanted to say that.  Actually, we have enjoyed the snow that our brief blizzard has brought us.

Master Munchkin and I built a snow cave today.  It wasn’t a “proper” snow cave – more like a hole in a drift, but in my mind it looked like this:
From Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book
After all of our architectural efforts, we had worked up an appetite so we made one of my favorite Winter treats, snow cream.  I think the two activities cancel each other out calorically, don’t you?