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Labour Day Weekend and Beyond

August 31-September 4

Labour Day Weekend was a rather sedate one for the Reinsch-Johnson Family. The lengthy time it has taken to try and import our van has meant some compromises on vehicle usage and travel time. So instead we spent our time at home enjoying each other… well for the most part… until the kids gave me the PLAGUE! Amazing how quickly a sinus cold can knock you out of commission.

Lots of time for the kids  to enjoy the pool on Saturday.101_4402

Then on Sunday home came Nana and Baba with a quick visit with the cousins, Aunty Faithe and Uncle Joe.101_4407

For Labour Day itself we went for a nice family walk to see a bit of the neighbourhood and (hopefully) wear out the kids.101_4408

101_4409Ending with a dinner of corn on the cob with Nana and Baba.101_4411

101_4412We had a rather special Tuesday… Shandai needed our assistance with her job at the Illusion Theatre. They are doing a multimedia presentation later this month about love and marriage and needed children to give their opinion… and who else has a whole crowd of?? Shandai had us and another friend’s son who was the same age as Trinity. They had a blast!

101_4415So our week started off strong but so did the countdown to when Nana and Baba are leaving for Costa Rica. With just one more full day left I let the kids go on school work and put them to work spending time with their grandparents and taking it easy. The boys ended the evening with their own boardgame time. They did a GREAT job following the rules and NOT fighting.101_4416

Ken drove them to the airport early Thursday morning and it was back to learning and all things quiet and boring for the most part. But more on that later… for now I have to say, our Labour Day Weekend was nothing especially amazing but it was a great time with our not so little family.101_4413

A Week in a Nutshell (well up to the weekend)

August 25-30

Well everyone has already experienced our amazing Renaissance Festival fun on the 25th. You can find that day HERE. But after so much fun in the hot hot sun it was back to normal on the Monday.

Zander finally finished his grade 2 mathbook so soon we will bring out the 3!101_4366

We even made time for a Wild Kratts.

Gila Monster

Gila Monster

On Tuesday we continued on with our Lion learning. I love using storybooks to supplement our finish products and these scratch paper pictures are terrific!101_4368

101_4369Amazingly enough Trinity and Echo had a “do everything together” day!!!101_4370

101_4371Middle of the week was Emanuel’s turn to shine with a completion…101_4373

And the whole gang worked on getting in the day’s harvest from the straw bale garden!101_4374

101_4376Thursday was back to work…101_4379




Look Esther!! They drew you!

Look Esther!! They drew you!

and back to the pool! Any time we can get some fun in the yard is always a bonus!101_4382

The kids really excelled in their schoolwork. So we drove over to McDonald’s and treated them all to ice cream. 59 cents a piece is always an amazing deal, especially when you need to buy 7!!!101_4388

101_4391We ended our week with Zachary over for the morning. He, Gabriella and their parents were going camping with Nana and Baba for most of the Labour Day long weekend. So he came over Thursday night to leave Friday morning. Though his asthma was acting up in the extreme humidity so they had to stay inside to play.101_4393

After the campers left we ran outside to check our beans… which apparently grew best if we ignored them completely!101_4395

Play on the playset…101_4396

And just generally mug for the camera.101_4399

101_4400And that is our week in a nutshell!!!101_4372

Long Weekend-ish

The brilliant part about homeschooling is the ability to take on or not take on a long weekend. In this case we decided to forego the Labour Day weekend and start our school year officially on the 3rd. But first… Sunday…

After the excitement of the Abundant Harvest and our exploration of the grounds in front of the Walker museum there was a lot to accomplish here at home. I am still attempting my homeschool organization with limited space for stuff to actually stay out. Our corner with Grandpa’s desk is completed, laptop and netbook and all. I am quite happy with the corner that we have set up. Now the boys can have their time there and do a little bit of fun time on the computer. After all, now that we are in the US we can actually properly use PBSkids.org.



We did take some time out to run errands. Target for school supplies (gotta replace those pens with the spirograph) and dental supplies (where does that toothpaste go?) and then to Home Depot to attempt to replace a broken wheel on Ken’s desk chair. Apparently Staples chairs are not a simple match and instead we got our non soil stuff for the herb garden AND some new duct tape for under 4.00… now to have TIME to work on it! 

That left the rest of the day for naps (Echo) and playing (the rest) and for yours truly to take the yarn in the house and take it from skeins to balls. I definitely do not want to have knots to deal with when I do eventually get good enough for more complicated projects. And there IS something lovely about a stack of tidy ball of yarn put away. 

Boys up a tree… can you see both?

I am so glad that the kids are starting to realize that doing school together full force is not only necessary but could be fun too. They are getting excited about working on their observation journals. I think our herb garden will help as well… and then there is the Wonder Box on its way and Emanuel’s surprise. I am getting excited about all of this as well. I have started my own journal, well sort of. At Target I picked up a cheap scribbler to record what I think we will get done each day, to plan a day or two ahead (after the first week’s trial go) and to have visible progression for myself. That way I can alter lists, carry on things that we don’t get to… make notes. There is something absolutely wonderful about writing stuff down to me. 

Waiting for their mail

Sunday night was prep night. So Ken and I assembled the banner the kids had previously coloured and cut out… you can find it HERE. And of course printed out our back to school booklet (sadly I cannot find an active link for the file I use). 

Our banner

So our first day of the “new” school year and our first school year down in Minnesota… how mean are we to skip the long weekend? The best way to start… colouring our interpretation of the signs I have seen all over the internet for the first day pictures. I made up one for each of the 3 little kids (I especially like Echo’s) and then one for the twins to share… handed the kids crayons and said GO NUTS! I love personalizing things! 

Colouring the signs!

Finished sheets!

With them all dressed and hair brushed it was time to go into the front yard and take some photos. Echo was determined to include the baby doll, stroller AND her paper! 

Our girls

1st Grade


After that, back inside for breakfast and then time with Daddy finishing the Mars book while I snuck in my bath. They discussed how massive the sun must be and the colours things are… lots of gluing and chatter and best of all – time with their Daddy! 

Gavin’s Mars Rover!

We had each of the kids draw a picture with something they would like to learn about this year… we have to add in cats, platypuses and of course Emanuel’s favourite… DINOSAURS! I think we can work on ALL of those over the year! And then, of course, there was the books for the 3 boys… I love this booklet, it includes a goal for the year, things about them… the family… I hope we can do these EACH year!


With lunch approaching and a beautiful day outside we put Echo down for her nap and took the rest outside to start our indoor herb garden! We all helped! I am REALLY hoping this thing grows!!!! We have to water it every second day so I had Ken print out a September calendar page and have marked it with a W for the days to water. 

Herb garden

Add in some extra pictures, a room to clean (and 5 min to lose each boy from their computer time for the day for not doing it nicely) and of course that much wished for computer time… I think we did rather well! And we ENDED our day with popcorn and watching the Labour Day Marathon on Animal Planet – Call of the Wildman.

Popcorn and tv

Yours truly has been busy winding yarn onto balls, working on her… crochet… thing… and hunting for further how to steps… Ok I think I may need a person to show me, (hint hint Shandai) but I have joined Ravelry (as Ayjah) and started doing some YouTube vid hunting (did you know that the UK has different names for stitches!!!)… progress and increased difficulty will be accomplished… eventually! 

All 5 in a row