Discovering Education – Fort Whipple Museum

We visiting a little known museum in Prescott, AZ the other day. The Fort Whipple Museum is on the VA grounds and filled with information on the fort and the hospital beginning from the times of the “Old West” of Prescott.

This museum takes less than an hour and I don’t recommend for super littles. Also, you do have to climb stairs to get in as well as to go upstairs. But otherwise, it is full of some AWESOME information on Prescott, AZ.

Fort Whipple Museum is located on the Veterans Affairs Medical Center grounds off AZ-Hwy 89 in Prescott, just north of the intersection with AZ-Hwy 69.  Hours are Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed federal holidays), and admission is free.  Donations are accepted.  Self-guided. Visit their website at: https://www.sharlot.org/fort-whipple-museum/

Local Area Activities Rock Wall Gym

Searching out and finding activities in our area can sometimes be daunting. I have such a diverse set of ages and abilities in my family. We ran into a church family member at a local museum (more on that later) and our family was invited to check out this new Rock Wall Gym! https://www.prescottrocksandrec.com/  

The crew was very excited to try something new… and these guys have won us over! We will see you soon! Homeschool groups, birthday parties! WOW! And you got an ALL THUMBS UP from my whole crew!

Follow them on instagram too: https://www.instagram.com/prescottrocksrec/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prescottrocksrec/

Teaching Online: All About Arizona (Lapbook)

https://outschool.com/classes/these-united-states-the-grand-canyon-state-arizona-lapbook-tWixv8OW#usCGc3YJOv

Learning is so very important to me. I have begun sharing my knowledge online through OutSchool. My own children take classes through OutSchool as well.

You can see my upcoming class schedule in the link on my menu above. 

Welcome to the Grand Canyon State, Arizona! Let's visit the history and the facts around Arizona, the 48th state of the United States. 

In this class, we will be creating and completing a lapbook that is all about Arizona to include a variety of state facts like the state bird and motto. We will also learn about some of the fun, interesting and even WEIRD parts of Arizona like the ghost towns of Jerome and the dinosaurs of Holbrook.  Did you know that the Flinstones live in Arizona?

A lapbook is simply a file folder that contains a variety of "mini books," foldables, and other material that cover detailed information about the lapbook's central topic. 

A multi-page handout will be available to the students before class to print and use.  Students will need a manilla folder, scissors, glue stick, the printed handout, construction paper and colored pencils or markers.

Setting Personal & Business Goals

I am not talking New Year’s Resolutions. I am talking about starting this any time of the year. I have always been one to put forth goals.

  • Last year I had a goal to be an ESL teacher whose schedule filled weekly.
  • I wanted to pay for Grayson’s adoption
  • I purchased a printer and laminator, as well as my new cricut
  • Purchase a barn

This year, I have different goals. And know that my goals are changing all of the time.

  • Add an item a day to my Etsy Shop (have 3 of the 4 days so far. :)) And to personally create all of the items that I load on there.
  • I want to take the kids to Disneyland in the fall.
  • Help Elwyn purchase a car… She turns 16 in December 2019
  • Add a shirt line to Griffen’s Gaming Website: www.CaptainSilverBear.com
  • Post 28 posts a month on our blog (6 of the 7 days a week)
  • Finish Haka’s 3 initial books and artwork.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/658593838/faith-family-freedom-clipart-vector?ref=shop_home_active_1

Take time for yourself

We celebrate every day as a new day at our home. Once every other week, we (someone with mom) in the house takes a trip down to Phoenix (2-1/2 hours each way) to visit with Trystan on his long journey or recovery. The big guy went down with me and we had a heart to heart with Trystan about how he is doing and expected behaviors.

After our visit, Larry and I headed to “Dave and Busters”. We had never been there before. The food was pretty good “Pub Style” food and we played some games and without kids. I had to take a photo of the Star Wars game to show Berlyn what he will be able to go on the next time that he goes with me. After, we walked around the little outdoor mall and visited a bookstore. I had forgotten how they smell. I love the smell of books.

Remember to take time out for yourself, even when you don’t think that you needed it. It can do wonders for yourself and for your relationships. 🙂

New Year, New Opportunities

NOt only am I offering classes for kids through Outschool, but, I have also opened up an Etsy shop for my digital art. Every file in store will not only be cut, but will also be tested and created into something.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KrisandLarry

Here is the first of many files to come in our Etsy store. This downloadable file is usable with your design space for the Cricut and the Silhouette

Family Traditions for New Years

With New Years fast approaching, what are some of your family traditions that you have in your house? What are some that your parents or grandparents did with you?

Here are a few of ours:

New Year’s Eve: We make and “graze” on finger foods all day. On the menu, this year is mozzarella cheese sticks, flauntas, jalapeno poppers, spanikopita/filled pastries, meatballs, nachos, etc. We play board games and stay in comfy clothes all day long. When the ball drops, we head outside with pots and pans and spoons and ring in the new year. The inside for some “kid” champagne (sparkling apple cider).

Yea, real party animals in my house. But, I have to say, my kids love it and know that we always do this. My oldest daughter was disappointed that she had to work overnight tonight and miss some of the game time.

We have been doing ours for year after year

French Butter Cakes – Madeleines

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter and flour 12 (3 inch) madeleine molds; set aside.
  2. Melt butter and let cool to room temperature.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, beat eggs, vanilla and salt at high speed until light.
  4. Beating constantly, gradually add sugar; and continue beating at high speed until mixture is thick and pale and ribbons form in bowl when beaters are lifted, 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Sift flour into egg mixture 1/3 at a time, gently folding after each addition.
  6. Add lemon zest and pour melted butter around edge of batter. Quickly but gently fold butter into batter. Spoon batter into molds; it will mound slightly above tops.
  7. Bake 14 to 17 minutes, or until cakes are golden and the tops spring back when gently pressed with your fingertip.
  8. Use the tip of the knife to loosen madeleines from pan; invert onto rack. Immediately sprinkle warm cookies with granulated sugar. Madeleines are best eaten the day they’re baked. Leftover madeleines are wonderful when dunked into coffee or tea.
  9. Variation: Chocolate Madeleines: Omit lemon zest. Increase sugar to 1/2 cup. Substitute 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder for 2 tablespoons of the flour; sift into batter with flour.

I love Staycations!

The best part about after Christmas in our house is that my husband, Larry, always takes off 2 weeks from work (He works for a local school district and is a 12-month employee which means that he works summers and breaks.) Not all people who work for the schools get summers off. 🙂 We try not to make any real plans. (We are visiting Trystan down at his facility in Scottsdale for a day – For those that didn’t know, we enrolled Trystan in a psychiatric facility for kids to help him with some of his ongoing issues to help him heal. Trauma in foster/adopted kids who were previously abused is a difficult thing to overcome and heal from with many of these kids. )

We always do a staycation during this time. And get caught up on everything around the house. Today, I am painting my living room. I want to redecorate. I am hoping to find a buffet or other cabinet to refinish and put in the living room. I saw some really great ones at hobby lobby yesterday, but I have a much smaller budget than those were.

Berlyn took an online class to learn the basics for the Ukulele. This was one of Breckin’s favorite things in the entire world. I am so thrilled that Berlyn wanted to take a class on it. And used Breckin’s Ukulele too. 

My teaching schedule hasn’t changed any and I did teach 6 ESL online classes this morning before the kids even got out of bed. (Although, I did take off Dec 24th and Dec 25th) . I also took off the 31st and the 1st so that my family could celebrate the holiday with our family traditions. 

So, my goals for this week are to get the living room painted and make a few more farm signs to put up around the fireplace/stove. I want to get the backsplash for the kitchen ordered. (Some old barn wood that is already cut thin.) And I want to start figuring out what I want to update in the kids’ bathroom. 

I hope that all of you had a GREAT Christmas holiday.  God bless each of you.