Monday, December 22, 2008
Blizzards, Winter Storms and Cold Fronts, Oh My!
I'm sorry it's been awhile since my last post. Apparently the weather has frozen up my creativity. Living about a mile east of Lake Michigan means we always get plenty of lake effect snow, but this year has been over the top. We've had one winter storm after another, since before Thanksgiving! The photo is from that first snow. Yesterday was the worst one yet, with the winter storm notched up into an official blizzard, and temperatures into the negatives and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour! And now there's another storm watch for tomorrow and Wednesday -- this time freezing rain and snow. I'm just glad the heat is working again.
On the homeschool front, we've been taking the month of December off, and have spent lots of time making Christmas art and craft projects, baking cookies, wrapping presents, etc. Though we're not officially "doing school," Lucy certainly hasn't stopped learning. She's reading a lot of books, continuing to learn Latin, which we just started recently, and has decided she wants to memorize the periodic table. (Thanks to A Wrinkle in Time on tape for this one. There's a scene where Meg, the main character, starts rattling off the elements, and this has inspired Lucy to memorize them.) The periodic table started a conversation about atoms and molecules, and morphed into some research on the Hadron Collider, which Lucy has enjoyed drawing pictures of. Lucy has also spent a lot of time entertaining her little brother, which he loves.