Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Flowers, flowers, flowers

We've got some beautiful flowers in bloom and I've rediscovered I'm allergic to an awful lot of them. Especially Lilies and Daffodils.

My 41st birthday came and went with little fanfare but I had a wonderful day with my family.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Our next project . . .

Spring is almost here. The flowers and trees are blooming, my allergies are wreaking havoc, and the bugs are coming out of hibernation. It is also time to embark on our next learning project. What is it going to be? Not sure yet. We'll do a short Easter project then move into another unit study. I think the girls would enjoy the American Girls unit I just purchased. Maybe a science study. Maybe birds. Maybe bees. Maybe veterinary science. One thing's for sure, we best hop to it if we're going to get this school year finished!!!

Have a good one!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Iditarod, again

We've been watching the Iditarod for 11 days (9 officially) and we now have several finishers. Lance Mackey was the first into Nome, again. We've been keeping an eye on the webcam and have caught glimpses of teams coming in, as the webcam takes still pictures that refresh every minute. It would be great to have live-action streaming video but we didn't want to spring for the insider membership.

We've learned more than we set out to learn through these past 6 weeks. The girls have put together a 'lapbook' on Sled Dogs, the Iditarod and our musher, Rachael Scdoris and her dog team. They are plugging along, staying healthy and having a great time.

We've got a couple more days until the last team comes in. They are awarded a "Red Lantern". (A red lantern is awarded to the last musher to finish. The longest time for a Red Lantern was 32 days, 15 hours, nine minutes and one second by John Schultz in 1973. The quickest Red Lantern musher was David Straub with a time of 14 days, 5 hours, 38 minutes and 12 seconds.)

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


We've been preparing to follow the race for about a month. The girls decided to make their own 'dog sled team' out of their webkinz. They have a bear from Hawaii in the 'sled'. I bet he's cold.

The musher we are following is from Bend, OR and is legally blind and has a past winner as her 'visual interpreter'. She's plugging along and doing great. Go, Rachel, go!

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