Epiphany is when we have a special breakfast, open our stockings, and pack up all of our Christmas decorations. I'm still pulling pine needles out of my socks! Our tree went through 2 families and served its purpose well. We (almost) always get trees that would otherwise be thrown away so I don't feel too guilty using real trees :). I'm always so grateful for the gift of a tree each year in very unexpected circumstances. The living room looks so bare - but nice at the same time.
For breakfast I made this French Crown Cake. Let's just say that mine looked NOTHING like the one in the photo at this site! Thanks, D., for letting me bake it at your house the day before.
At dinner on Three Kings Day we always exchange love letters with each other and read them aloud. Earlier in the day dd asked me to please not cry this year :). I tried to explain that they are happy tears - I just have so much emotion that it pours out of my eyes! I always get so touched. Needless to say, I didn't make it through this year's love letter reading session without crying either. Dh had to go get the kleenex box, lol. It is probably my most treasured family tradition.
We ended it with organic Pure Fun candy canes and Rudolf. Sigh - closure.
At some point I guess we'll get back in full swing. This week we basically just did an hour of Math most days and an hour of catch-up work. Next week will be tough as we tighten up and follow the schedule. I'm sure it'll be tough for the kids, too! I sure wish we could take another week off and get some projects done around the house. No, better not! I actually planned to take this week off before the school year even started. I did teach my Spanish and Writing Workshop classes at the enrichment but we went easy at home.
The olders and I finished the unabridged version of Around the World in 80 Days by J. Verne. Next we'll read the Illustrated Classics version for fun and watch the old movie. I'm checking out the video tomorrow. We'll watch it without youngest so I can preview it.
Youngest dd has been zipping through the beginning lessons of Excel Math 3 with quick reviews and then taking the test for each week. Sometimes several weeks in a day. That's because of the overlap that I described in my glowing post here. Plus, some of the things are already covered through the montessori materials that she is using.
Oldest dd is starting her Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2 on Monday (ugh!).
Middle dd is plugging along with Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1.
January 2nd we ate pesto to commemorate St. Basil the Great. I didn't think the dc would like it much on noodles so I also made mini pesto pizzas using the yogurt dough in Nourishing Traditions with just pesto and shredded cheese on it (I only had cheddar!). That was much more successful than the pesto on noodles :). This is the first thing I made with the new food processor my mom gave me for Christmas. I really like my new toy!