Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pet Sitting

In this case, not the girls' business, but the "sharing our love" type because Ahwahnee and Tenaya came to stay for ten days  We love having Ahwahnee because she is so very affectionate and we like Tenaya so much that we dug until we found earthworms, since that is apparently the only thing she will eat.  (Temperamental turtle; who knew!)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday

We all ended up with "ashes light," but it was a great Mass and - surprise! - the girls opted for a full Mass on this NOT-Holy-Day-of-Obligation over just getting ashes at another venue. Maybe it was K's basketball team in the choir, smiling and waving at her. :-)

As I geekily keep repeating, we couldn't have VaLENTine's Day this year without Lent!  Hee, hee, ho, ho, ha, ha!  We did a combo instead:  fasting in the morning until after Mass, then a slice of special Valentine's cheesecake with Grandpa in the evening.  (He came over to help with carpooling as they had to be in different locations at the same time while I had to get to work; thanks, Dad!)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


I'm more pleased with most of the girls' classes this term; they are finally getting into things that really challenge them academically.  Just a few photo examples of some of their classes:

Chemistry.  Not just making the crystals, but really
learning the elements, bonds, etc.  
Genetics.  Looks like toys and fruit, but the learning
is fairly complicated and challenging.

Geometry, taught by a teacher who really "gets" it
and is helping to apply hand-on understanding that is leading (I hope)
to a real deep grasp of the discipline's principles.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

History Through Innovations: 1950s

That one pink splash on the center right?  A bougainvillea petal; love it!
Part of a project was to create a propaganda-type design, so G used it as an opportunity to market "Three Cool Friends Cookies, Cakes, and Pies," a timely endeavor with baseball season approaching.  She created the design and then learned how to imprint it on a shirt, then made one for herself and one for her sister.  In the end, a bit crooked, but fabulous nonetheless.  Such a great class...

Friday, February 2, 2018

DNA - Self Extraction

An experiment in DNA extraction for K's genetics class homework.  Who knew this would work?  We followed the directions at the Live Science web site.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

History Through Innovations: 1940s

Manufacturing and Air Craft Carriers.  They learned how plastic products are made, which I had always vaguely wondered but never known and they experimented with the physics required for launching an airplane off of an aircraft carrier.  What a cool class!