Thursday, April 23, 2015

Science experiments

Today we used the Magic School Bus space kit to learn about stars, constellations, and the sun. 
This experiment was on how the sun changes the color of things & how sunscreen works. 
We used solar beads and SPF 70 sunscreen. 
The first picture is of the beads with no sun exposure
The second picture is of a bead with no SPF and the second bead has an SPF of 70. 
The bead with SPF did not get as dark as the bead with no SPF

Monday, April 6, 2015

Strawberry picking

We went to a local strawberry farm and got to pick our own strawberries 

Monday, March 23, 2015

James Island, SC

James Island, SC

Charleston, SC
We were able to go to the City Market, Ft Sumter, and Rainbow Road. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Building a garage

The kids were able to help tear down our old shed and build a garage for our motorhome.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Flamingo Lake

We spent the week camping at Flamingo Lake

We made clove apples after reading Little House In the Big Woods

A bird got tangled in Walker's fishing line 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Our adventure back in time

We went to a garage sale this morning
Came home & Clayton found 4 old
 *** envelopes & letters***
inside of the box of the camping stove he bought.
The envelopes had Navy stamps on them & were dated 1944

The letters were written by a young man in WWII
He sent them to the love of his life. She lived in Fernadina, FL.
He was assuming she was writing to him but the soldiers weren't receiving any mail.
He kept telling her that he was just holding out hope for a letter
He wrote a lot about his love for her & what it means to have someone back home waiting for him.
His mom was sending him Fernandina News and he hoped to get that soon.

I Googled their names and guess what!
It seems that after he returned from the war they were married and they are now buried in the cemetery a few miles from our home.
We went out and visited their graves.

After some research here is what we have found out:
Turns out the stove had been donated to the garage sale from someone (the person that donated it today is a long time family friend of ours)
She was given the stove 6yrs ago!A family member happened to see my post on Facebook and we were out in contact with 1 of the 3 daughters of Mel & Lil.

The next day we met Mrs Janis to return the letters to the family. She brought pictures of Mel & Lil.

As a homeschooling family this was such an amazing living history experience.  We were able to discuss WWII, genealogy, & so much more. I'm so thankful to get to spend this time with my kids.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Nature study

One of many days spent drawing and observing nature

On our way home we were able to watch Tex demo a house. :-)