A Markel Family St. Patrick’s Day

It’s time for another Markel Family holiday recap! Like all good holidays, the fun really started last night, when we set our leprechaun trap:

We watched every episode of Rick Steves’ Europe featuring Ireland that we could find (I think there were four on Hulu), and then watched Riverdance. And I had a Shamrock Shake, because I have to have one every year!

Early this morning, we went downstairs to discover that as is the case every year, even though it looked like we had caught something in our trap, all we found was a small treat (leprechaun-sized “cobblestones” that were actually Dove mint chocolates):

This year’s breakfast of Lucky Charms was extra special, because we found a limited edition green marshmallows variety!

In between preparing dinner and working on Turkey’s birthday cake for tomorrow, I found some time to bring my St. Patrick’s Day spirit to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp:

This really was the children’s “lucky” day, because they also got a special treat with lunch…St. Patrick’s Day cakes!

Of course I took a picture of them all in their wildly varying shades of green:

We had our usual dinner of corned beef and cabbage, roast carrots and potatoes, and soda bread with Irish butter. But this year, we had something extra special to go with it…Green River soda, a Chicago favorite that I remember from my childhood. I managed to pick up a few bottles when we were in Chicago in January, and we used every ounce of self-control we have not to open them until today!

And for dessert, Guinness cake, which I think may be our family’s favorite cake!

It was another fun St. Patrick’s Day, and there’s even more fun to come tomorrow on Turkey’s 15th birthday!

2017-18 School Year–Weeks Twenty-Four and Twenty-Five

It’s been a busy two weeks!

Turkey and Bunny have finally reached the point in geometry that I have been dreading…proofs. I did not enjoy doing proofs when I was in high school. They, however, have taken to them very well so far, so maybe it won’t be as bad as I was expecting! Ladybug has been working with ratios, and determining if two different ratios are equivalent. Chickadee started subtracting this week!

In science, Ladybug has learned all about crocodilians. She started on amphibians, too, and charted the life cycle of a frog. Turkey and Bunny finished a chapter on ecology, where they learned about the water, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen cycles, among other things.

My students have been all over the place in history. In the last two weeks, we’ve learned about the Corinthian, Pan-Hellenic, and Latin Leagues. We’ve read about Alexander the Great and Asoka. We’ve studied wars, stalemates, and treaties. And our travels have taken us to China, India, Macedonia, Northern Africa, and Italy, in addition to other locations. Of course, that’s including both Turkey’s and Bunny’s study of the History of the Ancient World and Ladybug’s of the Story of the World, but it’s interesting to see how their lessons keep overlapping!

We started the Canterbury Tales this week, and so far, we’re all enjoying it. I will admit to never having read this piece of literature before, and it’s nothing like I was expecting. It’s a true testament to Chaucer’s wit and wisdom that his stories are still so funny and relevant hundreds of years later!

Our schedule for the next few weeks will be a bit erratic with family birthdays and Holy Week coming up, so I’ll be back with another wrap-up in about two weeks!

Tasty Tuesday–The Best of Beast!

I’m still super excited that Beast Craft BBQ made the top 20 of Ian Froeb’s “STL 100” restaurant list, and was named the “best barbecue restaurant in the St. Louis area” on that list! I thought today, it would be fun to take a look back at all of the amazing meals I’ve had at Beast over the last three-plus years:

Some of the items pictured are from when Beast was just starting out, and don’t really appear on the menu anymore. Some are rather new addition’s to Beast’s menu, and are available regularly. And a few have been there from the beginning, and are such favorites that they’re menu staples. They all have one thing in common, though, and that’s how delicious they are!

Thinking Spring

After yesterday’s unexpected snow, I’m thinking spring more than ever. Fortunately, the beautiful early flowers at the Missouri Botanical Garden are proof that despite the wild weather swings, spring really isn’t that far away!


Quote of the Day

I think we all – I think all of us – want to feel something that we’ve forgotten or turned our backs on because maybe we didn’t realize how much we were leaving behind. We need to remember what used to be good. If we don’t, we won’t recognize it even if it hits us between the eyes. Jennifer Garner as Jenna Rink in 13 Going on 30