Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fun at the Fair

What a fun day we spent at the fair today.  As I posted last, we had set up a display for the home and garden section at the fair and were looking forward to finding out how we did.  We were pleasantly surprised to find  out that we came in fourth place.  We really didn't expect to place at all.  So we were so excited when we saw the ribbon.  We also placed on our other entries in the sewing, crafting and canning departments.  Here are a few pictures of our entries.  What a wonderful way to spend a brisk, and wet, fall day.  The best part was spending the day with wonderful friends.  I hope you get a chance to visit and maybe even participate in a country fair like our family did.
~Happy homeschooling~

A small section of our display.

Jars full of delightful things

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's Fair Time

One of our local country fairs will be in full swing this week.  For many years we have enjoyed going to this fair and also entering items into it.  This year is no exception.  This is part of our homeschooling experience as well.  As I have posted in the past, we love homesteading in our family.  Animals, gardening and canning have been a big part of our homeschooling years.  This year our home garden has been the biggest focus for our exhibits.  We will be entering canned green beans, tomatoes, salsa, jams, and a variety of pickles.  We will also be building a garden display with squash, pumpkins, carrots, beans, tomatoes and more of our canned veggies.  This is the first time that we have done this much and it has been a great learning experience.   My son Matthew will be entering some craft items, a handmade toy raft and a candle.  My daughter Holly and I are also entering some sewing projects.   I am by no means an expert in any of these areas so it is always fun to see what the fair judges have to say.  It's actually a great way to lean to improve on skills.  Many experts judge the items and give great advice on how to do things better the next time around.  I have heeded their advice in the past and it worked out great.  It is a time off from school books, but the weather is beautiful and it's too nice to be in anyway.  This is a great way to learn about God's creation by  participating in an agricultural fair.  I'll let you know how we make out at the fair in my next post.
Happy Homeschooling!

Matthew making the pickles he's entering into the fair.

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Little Desk

I love to look back at pictures from our homeschooling years.  They are pictures of the children doing school work or projects or field trips or family vacations.  I came across this picture of my youngest son when he was six years old.  He was sitting in the little blue desk that had been fixed up by my husband when we first started our homeschooling journey.  Prior to Matthew using the desk it was used by his older sister Holly when she started first grade at home.  We kept that desk in the corner of our dining room for ten years.  Even after it was well out grown.  I have to admit it was hard to put it away when the time came.  But I really had to have the space back in the dining room because we purchased a large computer desk at a yard sale and it took up so much space that the little desk needed to be retired.   I had a yard sale this summer and eyed the little desk.  It is sitting in our cellar with a few boxes piled on top of it.  However, I just couldn't part with it.  Somehow I'm too attached to the little blue desk.

It started out in our family long before we began homeschooling.  My husband's parents bought it for our oldest son, when he was seven, at a yard sale.  It was full of coloring books and crayons and it was in pretty bad shape.  Chris loved it though.  He had it in his room and soon filled it with his own treasures.  Once we decided to homeschool we knew it would make a nice little desk for our daughter.  It was just the right size for her, and Chris at that time was too big for it.  Bryan carried it down to the cellar, where we first planned our school room would be.  No, it was too cold and dark in the winter to be in the cellar so we moved our classroom to our sunny warm dining room.  I wasn't too thrilled that this little beat up desk would have to be a part of our dining room's decor so my loving husband said he would fix it up and make it more attractive.  He sanded and refinished the top and painted the ugly brown metal part a bright, pretty blue.  It looked much nicer in our dining room after it's make over.  Over the years it was filled with wonderful little books and journals, coloring pages, stories and illustrations by enthusiastic little authors.  It also held playmobiles, matchbox cars, paper dolls, rocks, leaves and anything that little student had as a treasure.

Time flew by and now, as I said, the little blue desk is no longer needed and is no longer part of the dining room decor.  The large computer desk sits there, being used by the little boy in the picture, now my high schooler, for his Algebra, Physical Science, World History, Grammar, French and all the supplies a ninth grader needs to succeed in school.  Where did the time go?

I miss the little blue desk.  And I think I might find a special spot for it sometime soon.  It holds many precious memories.   Maybe it could hold a pretty plant on my porch.

Happy Homeschooling!

Matthew and  his little blue desk.  2003