Monday, February 17, 2020

Goes To Nashville Once

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Snow Day Magic

Friday, February 07, 2020

This winter has not had near enough snow,
 and way too many gray rainy days, 
so when we wake up to snow, 
we marvel in its serenity.

DIY Chalkboard

Thursday, February 06, 2020

We built a giant DIY chalkboard for Kindred when we first started home educating. I could just see this nature-inspired, technology-free classroom with classic literature & illustrations...and then I saw the brightly colored classroom of The Moffatt Girls and I said 'Okay, that is definitely more Kindred." So, I hauled the big chalkboard into our kitchen hallway, apologized fifty times to my husband for changing my mind two days after the project was completed, and started over.

We grabbed a 5x6 board from Lowe's, 3x3s for the trim, and a miter box to cut the angles. 

We used a primer spray on the board.

Rust-oleum chalk board paint had the best reviews on the different DIY blog posts I consulted.

This is after the first coat. We did three coats and it still dried a little funky.
If I were going to attempt this again, I would use a different type of board than the one we used.

I would also have my dad cut the trim with his saw as the miter box either malfunctioned,
or my husband was just a little off in his measurements.
He says it was the miter box.

This board is very solid and quite heavy. The girls are using it to draw almost daily and they are so creative in their artwork!! I'm happy with how it turned out. 

Zoolumination: Chinese Festival of Lights

Monday, February 03, 2020

Last night, our family went to see Zoolumination at the Nashville Zoo. It was the largest lantern display in the country and it was absolutely magical!!

Most of the animals were put up, as the temperature was dropping quickly, and it was past their bedtime. But, the lantern animals were just as fascinating to Kindred.

We talked about the meaning behind the festival and Kindred was excited to learn more about Chinese culture.

We are so grateful to all who brought this festival to our lives and hope it returns next year!!

Frozen 2...again.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

How many times can two girls see Frozen 2 over holiday break?
No, really. How many more times can we possibly see this movie?

Grandpa David

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Kindred loves when her Grandpa David comes to visit!! This time around, she got to show him the camera she received for her birthday. It was so sweet to hear him teaching her the first of probably many photography lessons. She has no idea who her Grandpa David is in the photography world, as evidenced by her stating "That's how YOUR camera works, but I know my camera."

He explained how a camera sees light and Kindred took the lesson very seriously. 
She has taken her camera around everywhere searching for light. 

She definitely inherited two sets of the photography gene, 
so I'm excited to see how she grows in her love of making pictures!