SIXTEEN!!!

Today is Turkey’s SIXTEENTH birthday…I can’t even believe it!

He wanted to get up early and open his presents before Moose went to school:

He got a car for his birthday…a Lego car. It’s a huge set, and he’s been working on it for a good portion of the day, and it still isn’t done. It has a lot of cool features!!!

In addition to the car and a Lego Movie 2 set from his siblings, he also received some Lego gift cards, so we went to the mall this morning, and he picked up a set he’s wanted for a long time. That one didn’t take so long to build:

He decided he wanted a trifle for his birthday, which included a homemade chocolate mocha custard…I think he enjoyed it!

I can’t believe we have a sixteen-year-old in the house. I know I say that about every new age, but 16 is getting awfully close to legal adult status, which makes me feel a tiny bit old!

Sartorial Saturday…On a Sunday–Green on Green

Happy Mary Blair Week!

I think my favorite thing about Mary Blair’s artwork is her unorthodox use of color. Not only did she illustrate normal objects in unusual colors, like emerald skies and pink horses, she also paired unexpected colors with great success. This year, I decided to pair two shades of green I normally wouldn’t wear together in her honor, and I’m very pleased with the result…it’s the perfect green overload for St. Patrick’s Day!

Of course I had to add in green accessories, too, including an all green stack of Splendette Duchess Bangles, and my “lucky” green frog brooch from Erstwilder:

How do you like to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Eve

Sometimes, you just have to celebrate a holiday on an alternate day. St. Patrick’s Day is one of those days for us this year, so today, we had a St. Patrick’s Eve celebration!

We started with our traditional breakfast of Lucky Charms…but this time, they were Lucky Charms with Frosted Flakes! They were very popular. We also checked our Leprechaun trap, and discovered that, as always, it was empty. There were some delicious mints for a consolation prize, though!

We had a couple of special treats with lunch…Irish cheddar, and St. Patrick’s Day Cakes:

And our traditional St. Paddy’s dinner…well, mostly traditional. Instead of the roasted potatoes I usually make to go with the corned beef and cabbage, carrots, and soda bread, I made mashed potatoes and colcannon:


And our favorite Guinness cake for dessert!

It was a little weird celebrating a day early, but any family feast is a fun occasion, no matter when it takes place!

2018-19 School Year–Week Twenty-Eight

We made it through the last week before spring break!

This was a week about wrapping stuff up. Turkey and Bunny completed chapters in math and science. They’re also very close to finishing The Scarlet Letter. In creative writing, they wrote in the style of surrealism, which was a lot of fun!

Ladybug learned how to think like a horse in science. She worked on probabilities in math. She wrote an essay about “The Bowman,” which is a fictionalized story about the Battle of Agincourt. In history, she read about Columbus, Vespucci, and Magellan.

Chickadee finished her last “I Can Read It” book this week! She practiced skip counting some more in math. We also finished reading A School of Her Own, which means we have to hope the library can find the rest of the books in the Grandma’s Attic series in their system, because that was the last book we have in our personal library.

I’m really looking forward to having next week off…hopefully, we’ll even get to enjoy some nice weather at some point!

New Dishes

Ryan and I will be celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary in May. And after 18 years, and a family of seven using the original set(s) of dishes we received as wedding gifts, our plates and bowls were looking a bit…worn. Chipped, scratched, pieces lost to breakage, leaving us short on bowls like you wouldn’t believe. I’ve been kind of half-heartedly looking for new place settings for a while. I thought maybe I’d like to go with Fiestaware, and let every family member pick their own color. Until I realized how heavy that many settings of Fiestaware would be, and how much space they would take up. So I abandoned that idea. I did know that I really wanted square plates if at all possible, because I’ve been admiring the way they look whenever I’ve encountered them for years. And then I discovered that Pfaltzgraff, the maker of our original, everyday dishes, had square plates. In our original pattern (Filigree).

In the end, I didn’t even have to wait too long for a sale that made them cheaper than the original place settings we bought such a long time ago. Being older and wiser, I realized that we didn’t need more mugs and saucers, so we just ordered dinner plates, salad/dessert plates, and bowls. Plus one new serving bowl, because I always seem to run short of those. I love that I found something so similar and familiar, yet with an update I really wanted!

We’re all really excited about using our new dishes, but I have to wonder…who will be the first to break one?