This week has been a total blast! We did school as usual the beginning of the week.Things are going along really well.Some changes are in the works already.We have been doing unit studies the last few years for things like history and science.This year I decided to abandon the unit study approach for history and instead bought “Story of The World”.I thought it would be nice to have a basic,read through for Ancient history.Don’t get me wrong I enjoy the book and its a great jumping off point with LOTS of good information.Over the past month of schooling however its become apparent that that's just not going to do for us!We want to take our time.We want to dig deep into each ancient civilization.SO I sat down last evening to start working on our Ancient Greece unit study :0) If it ain’t broke don't fix it,eh?!
The major “to do” though this week was our “Not back to school” camping trip with all the kiddos!The boys had camped with dad a couple of times and enjoyed every minute.We had never gone as a whole family with the little girls who are 3 and 9 months. We decided to drive out to the coast and camp there since none of us had as of yet seen the Pacific ocean.This would indeed be my first time seeing any ocean!
So it was that we packed up our brood and headed out for what I was sure would be the most perfect and delightful camping trip ever! Boy does reality hit fast!LoL! We got to our camp site and it took us quiet a while to find a spot.Having a family of six we have a rather large tent.I guess when they plan out the camp sites they don't expect such large groups!We Finally found a spot to accommodate us and unloaded the kids and started to set up camp.
While the hubby and I set up camp the kiddos took to exploring.They all had a ball!
Now it was time for lunch. I don't know if our brains had deserted us during the planning of this trip but somehow we thought it was completely reasonable to find firewood at our campsite perfect for a fire.Did I mention we live in the Pacific Northwest?Arguably the WETTEST place in the continental US??Yeah…after about an hour of trying to coax a fire out of the sopping wet bits of wood we admitted defeat.Amidst the whines of hungry children I drove to the lodge down the way and bought us some nice dry pre-cut wood!
Aside from that little hold up and the lack of a spatula which resulted in a ruined pancake breakfast everything really was so much fun! The ocean is AMAZING and we camped literally a few hundred yards from the beach.We were lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean waves.
The time spent in the woods,away from TV,Xbox and iPods was really wonderful.Sitting around the fire eating smores and watching the kids revel in Gods creation was exactly what we were hoping for this trip.Even if we had a few snafus along the way.
Our second day was filled with a morning at the beach to play and see the tide pools.All I can really say is how amazing God is. To see the crashing waves,seemingly boundless ocean waters.The tide pools teeming with life.It really was a wonder to behold.
We may not have gotten much “official” school done this week.But we sure did learn a lot!