Friday, May 31, 2019

Goodbye 5th Month

I am completely shocked that May is already gone!   This month was very productive despite quite a few set backs, but still, I am sitting here and can't help but wonder if the earth is rotating faster and faster.  I cannot keep up and deep down inside, I really don't want to keep up.  I crave for things to move slowly.  At least these little monthly goals are helping me to see that I am accomplishing things among the chaos.

-:- go on a picnic - Yes!  We had a beautiful picnic that actually was spontaneously thrown together, but we had some lovely outdoor fun and it was restful.

-:- attend a conference with my mom & 2 older daughters - Yes!  My mom, two oldest daughters, and I attended a Gracelaced Conference.  It was encouraging and another day of rest to be surrounded with others striving to be followers of His plan.

-:- eat healthier and try to be more active as my back will let me - Ummm.... not really.  I did get more active, but as I type this out and battle an infection, my activity level has been near zero for two days.

-:- continue working on homeschool planning - Yes!  I think I've got everything officially purchased and planned.   Created a few free Printables:  Reading Records & Book Journals

-:- quiet crafting - make a fabric flag wall hanging - No, but I did buy one.  I started pricing out fabrics needed and it was going to be more than purchasing this already finished.

-:- washi tape a journaling Bible - a bit nervous on this one! - Yes!  I love it and have a post coming up with more pictures.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Lakeside Picnic - Mother's Day


husband and wife / daddy and mama

daughters, sisters, aunts - friends & family

Being a mama is a beautiful gift.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day - the pause to remember

Remember and Honor

Memorial Day. Solemn holiday. 
We remember and honor. 

The pause to embrace the ultimate cost of our freedom. 
 Humbled. Grateful.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Field Trip - Borax Factory

This was a spur of the moment - pull off the road type of field trip!  We were driving and driving and and came across a sign that said there was a Borax Visitor Center and we decided to make a quick stop and take a peek.  Unfortunately, it was really close to closing time, but we had about 15 minutes to quickly browse and snap some pictures.  It was a fun learning experience.

A sample of Borate Ore (Kernite) taken from the Borax Mine in September 1997

This was a huge rock of Borate Ore that was on display when you first walk into the visitor center.  It was really beautiful and crystal like and reminded of our many science experiments over the years that we've used Borax to form crystals.

I was quite amazed to see all the everyday products that are made using Borax.  

We also learned that this site only has about 30 years left of mining.  Kind of left me wondering what will happen when this natural resource is no longer available.

20 Mule Team Information

Cost $900
Weight 7,800 lbs each
Length of Wagon Bed 16'
Width of Wagon Bed 4'
Depth of Wagon Bed 6'

These wagons hauled Borax out of Death Valley from 1883 to 1889.  Two loaded wagons plus the water tank made a total load of 73,200 pounds or 36 1/2 tons.  During their years of operation, these wagons carried over 10,000 tons of Borax out of Death Valley, to Mojave.  Today, the U.S. Borax Operation in Boron, CA, mines over 12,000 tons a day.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Field Trip - Desert Art

The desert proved to be amazing.  In the middle of the flat, dry, and rocky ground was an oasis filled with art against a majestic mountain background.  Seven Magic Mountains is a tourist attraction that we pulled off to visit.  We met a lady from England who said she was told that this was the "Stonehenge" of America.   

We also took the opportunity to get up close to the Joshua Tree - Yucca brevifolia.  They were just starting to bloom.  The Joshua Tree grows only in the Mojave Desert and can live up to 150 years.

Besides looking at the tall pieces of stacked and colorful huge rocks, there was an area where others had started to build mini pieces of art using rocks from around the area.  We had fun engaging a few moments in this activity and building our own pieces of art.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Slow Moments - Birthday Edition

I'm very late posting this among so many other posts, but it kind of matches the fact that I was late to my own party!  My husband planned a surprise birthday dinner and bought flowers and I was delayed out of town and missed the party. ...but the overwhelming introverted part of me was actually totally fine since I really didn't want any party fuss.  I'd much rather plan the party for someone else.

My birthday started early with my oldest daughter taking me out for a manicure and pedicure, and extended through a vacation with my mom and extra unplanned field trips also. 

It was sweet to come home to special packages, presents, and beautiful bouquets - yes, three of them, and a shipment of chocolate dipped strawberries!  I really enjoyed the quiet, slow of each special moment.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Field Trip - Chocolate Factory


A must field trip when visiting the Las Vegas area in Nevada.  Ethel M Chocolate Factory did not disappoint for a free field trip and chocolate!  They had a short self guided tour but also offer a chocolate tasting class and a wine and chocolate tasting, too.  I never knew that there was a proper way to devour chocolate, but there is.  

I'm not big on chocolates, but dark chocolate and caramel and dark chocolate dipped strawberries are so good!  Many of their chocolates are made with a special recipe and no preservatives.  

We picked a really good time to visit as the temperatures were barely at the 70° mark.  Perfect weather for chocolate and for visiting their really beautiful Botanical Cactus Garden - personally I enjoyed the cactus garden (post coming) more than the chocolate, but it was a really special day.

Afterwards we met up with family to eat at a nearby restaurant called Hash House A Go Go - Famous Home of twisted farm food.

YUM!  I didn't even get pictures with family, but I did take pictures of the plates of food.  The portions are HUGE and made from better ingredients than found at most restaurants.  The display of the food or as cooking shows may say how they are "plated" were like that of fine dining.  Drizzled with sauce on the edges and amazingly garnished.  The fried noodle sticks were a fun little treat and new to my taste buds.

We might have gone at a slow time, but I was equally impressed that the noise level was quieter than expected.  I have very sensitive ears and I was comfortable.

We will be on the look out for this restaurant chain whenever we travel.

...and I'm still quite a bit behind in blogging, but I have to prioritize life and still embrace the beauty of slow.  Slow, but steady!  Life isn't a race but a beautiful adventure.

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