Quote of the Day

“Up until about a hundred years ago, there was one question that burned in every Human – that made us study the stars and dream of traveling to them: ‘Are we alone?’ Our generation is privileged to know the answer to that question. We are all explorers, driven to know what’s over the horizon, what’s beyond our own shores. And yet… the more I’ve experienced, the more I’ve learned… that no matter how far we travel, or how fast we get there… the most profound discoveries are not necessarily beyond that next star. They’re within us – woven into the threads that bind us – all of us – to each other. The final frontier begins in this hall. Let’s explore it together.” Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Some years, I make something fancy for Valentine’s Day, and some years, I make something fun. Whatever I choose, though, I try to make something special. This year, I decided to go with a sandwich bar similar to the one we had on New Year’s Eve, because it was such a hit:

I also made a Piña Colada cheesecake for dessert:

Valentine’s Day may not be a big deal around here the way some holidays are, but I still like to do a little something for my family to show them I love them!

And, I will leave you with this…a Valentine’s Day poem, written by Bunny:

“Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Spock wore yellow,
In pilot number two.”

Quote of the Day

I think after this winter, I have a new appreciation for this quote!

“The Vulcans say that the desert teaches men the meaning of endurance. But it’s the ice that forges real strength.” Jeffrey Combs as Commander Shran on Star Trek: Enterprise

2018-19 School Year–Week Twenty-One

After our fun trip to Chicago, it was a little difficult to get back to work, but we pressed on. Turkey and Bunny made quite a bit of progress in The Scarlet Letter…and have already pretty much figured out how it’s going to end. They learned about medieval Japan in history. They worked on diagramming sentences with infinitive phrases in grammar. They also finished up the chapter on stoichiometry in chemistry. In math, they began to work on everyone’s favorite kind of distance problems…you know, the ones that begin “If a train left New York traveling 75 mph at the same time a train left Chicago traveling 50 mph…” This quote from Star Trek: Enterprise says it all…and I think made them feel a little better, knowing that even the ship’s chief engineer shared their feelings about these kinds of problems:

“A train leaves New York at three a.m. heading west, while another leaves Chicago at four thirty heading east. I never could figure those out.” Connor Trinneer as Commander Trip Tucker on Star Trek: Enterprise

Ladybug has made it about halfway through her study of King of the Wind. In science, she learned what kind of food is good for horses, what’s bad, and what is poisonous. In history, she read about Ivan the Great and Ivan the Terrible. Her math lessons focused on the metric system.

Chickadee learned how to read words beginning with “qu” last week. Her handwriting is really improving! In math, she learned the names of some shapes that, while familiar, she hadn’t identified by name before. She’s really enjoying reading about Mabel and Sarah Jane’s high school experience in Away from Home.

This is the time of year when the school year gets kind of long. Hopefully, I’ll come up with some fun activities to break up some of the monotony that always seems to accompany the arrival of February!