Thursday, July 18, 2013

Work Week at Camp/Työviikko mökillä

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Cleaning our camp this week I found this picture Little Miss drew last year - of our camp. I find it incredibly ironic.

Can you see why?

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Yes, everyone has pitched in to help. Even guests. Even the three year old guests.

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We have allowed some breaks.

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And the breaks have made this work week a lot of fun!!

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Meillä on ollut mökin siivoamisviikko tällä viikolla (ja iso osa viime viikkoa myös). Jopa vieraat, ja vieraiden pikkuiset ovat laitettu töihin! Tulosta on tullut, ikkunoista näkee taas läpi, ja komeroiden ovat uskaltaa avata. Ja onneksi on tauot, joista on otettu kaikki ilo irti!

Löysin siivotessa Pikkuneidin piirtämän kuvan mökistämme, ironinen piirustus, kun ajattelee tätä viikkoa!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Looking Ahead (Year 2013 - 2014)

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It's that time again! Researching and planning has been done, and the new school year is just around the corner. This week we made our final choices, and the upcoming homeschool year is all mapped out. Some changes, but a lot of the same. The biggest change is HIGH SCHOOL! Yes, our four are entering 9th grade this fall (insert fear and trepidation here).

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We will start our fourth year of using Monarch (by Alpha Omega Publications - AOP) for our teens. Our fifth (!!) year of homeschooling. Monarch has worked for our family so well. We love the freedom and flexibility of being able to homeschool and roadschool, only needing an internet connection.

This fall we will be attending our local homeschool co-op, as well. The classes haven't posted yet, but as soon as they do, we hope to pick a mix of fun and educational classes to supplement our home curricula.

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Our core subjects will be ninth grade New Testament, English, Algebra, World Geography, Physics and Integrated Chemistry.

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We are planning to work on Finnish as our foreign language this year. Mr. T has his Finnish books from last year, and Missy is hoping to go to Finland at some point to take language classes there. And we found a free foreign language resource Mango through our library for online foreign language lessons (they offer other languages as well).

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We also have three electives for the year: AOP Monarch Small Business Entrepreneurship, An Introduction to Policy Debate (and workbook) by Christy Shipe (from HSLDA), and Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance.

Throughout the summer, and continuing into fall three of our students will be working on finishing their 8th grade language arts curriculum One Year Adventure Novel. It has been a good exercise in writing, but we weren't able to get through the entire material before summer.

So a full year coming up, for sure.

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We are super excited about Little Miss' new second grade curriculum. Have you heard of the brand new online curriculum Dew Learning? That is what we'll be using. Little Miss can't wait! Stay tuned for more updates as we get started, and for a discount code through Our Mothership Adventures!

Little Miss will also attend our homeschool co-op in Florida this September. First time for her! Even though she'll be working on second grade at home, at co-op she'll be attending the first grade class. This past year we worked on K-1st material, and I think it will be a good fit for her to work on 1st and 2nd grade classes this fall.

But before we start another year, we need a few more weeks of summer fun!!!

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Random ACK/Satunnaista saarelta

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For the first time this fourth of July some of our crew ran in the 5K Firecracker race. Maybe a new tradition?

The Captain took some pictures at the downtown festivities. In the middle of the collage is this year's family photo, but missing Uncle B, Aunt P and Cousin A.


Most (or some) of the family was able to attend the big Main Street water fight at high noon, races at the Children's beach in the evening, and fireworks the next night, but I don't have any photos of the events this year. The links will bring you to previous year's photos.

Cousins H, M, and M had a couple of concerts downtown - such a treat! (Collage top row)

And speaking of treats, check out this photo from 2001 (I believe)! Look who's driving!!?? Photo credit goes to Linda D - thanks so much!!

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So after the Captain, Mr. D, Little Miss and I left the island, Grandpa got busy! Mr. A, Mr. T, Missy, Cousin H and Cousin M had their first driving lessons with Grandpa's little Willy's Jeep! Wow, wow, wow! (You can click the video larger from the bottom right corner.) Well done, everyone!

We are definitely gearing up toward a whole new era at Our Mothership Adventures!

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Tämän vuoden Usan itsenäisyyspäivän kuvat ovat mitä ovat. Minä yleensä kuvaan, mutta tänä vuonna en pystynyt osallistumaan juhlintaan. Tässä kuvia, mitä Kapteeni sai otettua. Lapset olivat mukana myös Main Streetin vesisodassa, illan kisoissa, ja osa perheestä näki ilotulikset myös.

Postauksen lopussa on vanha kuva muistaakseni vuodelta 2001, Missy ajamassa! Osa teineistä jäi vielä saarelle isovanhempien kanssa, ja Grandpa oli antanut heille ensimmäisen ajo-oppitunnin! Oli kuulemma ollut kivaa, ja hyvin oli kaikilta mennyt. Isoja muutoksia edessä meillä:)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

At Tom Nevers/Rannalla

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One day on Nantucket we loaded the Grand Willys with cousins and beach gear, and headed out to Tom Nevers beach.

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What a perfect spot!

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Can't beat going to the beach AND having fun with cousins!

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Little Miss thinks Nantucket waters are a bit too cold after Florida. No swimming here!

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But all the big kids had a blast in the freezing ocean.

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Riding in the back of the Grand Willys is pretty fun, too:)

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Yksi päivä Nantucketin saarella suuntasimme rannalle. Mikäs sen kivempaa, varsinkin kun menee serkkujen kanssa! Pikkuneidin mielestä vesi oli liian kylmää, mutta isot lapset uivat ja leikkivät innoissaan meressä. Automatkat olivat aika hauskoja myös:)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Praise You in This Storm

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This week the song Praise You in This Storm by Casting Crowns has been so healing and so comforting. I will praise my God and my Savior, for He is good! All the time. And one day in heaven we will get to meet the little one who grew under my heart for two short months.

You can listen to the song here.

Praise You in This Storm
Written by Mark Hall / Music by Mark Hall and Bernie Herms

I was sure by now
God, You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with You"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with You"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth
(repeat)

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

Though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

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Tämä kaunis Casting Crowns laulu on koskettanut tällä viikolla. Minä kiitän ja ylistän Jumalaani Hänen hyvyydestään, surunkin keskellä. Ja tulee vielä päivä, kun näemme pikkuisemme, joka kasvoi sydämeni alla kaksi lyhyttä kuukautta.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Watermelon Eating Contest/Vesimelonin syöntikisat

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You can click the video larger from bottom right corner. Videon voi klikata suuremmaksi oikeasta alakulmasta.

Missy continued her tradition of bringing home a watermelon from Nantucket Fourth of July festivities! And this year Mr. T brought one, also! Way to go, Missy and Mr. T!! All the siblings and cousins did well, I was told, and I have some pictures to post later, too.

This video was sent to us by one of the judges - thank you so much!! The judges' view is so much better than us family in the sidelines.

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Lisää kuvia tulossa itsenäisyyspäivän juhlinnasta, mutta tässä video vesimelonin syöntikisoista. Missy toi jälleen vesimelonin kotiin pääsemällä jatkoihin, ja tänä vuonna Mr. T seurasi siskonsa jalanjäljillä, ja toi kotiin toisen vesimelonin! Videon otti yksi tuomareista, he ovat oppineet tuntemaan meidän suvun, kun olemme siellä joka vuosi, vielä samat paidat päällä:)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum

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Taking a crew of cousins to any place requires a special vehicle. We are so lucky to get a ride on Grandpa's Grand Willy's, Nantucket Edition. Today our destination was Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum, which is located on Polpis Road, about 3.5 miles outside of Nantucket Town, toward Polpis and Wauwinet.

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On our way to the museum we passed another cool old truck!

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The Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum is open from May 23 through Columbus Day, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth 5 – 17, and free to children under 5. Free admission to active duty military and their families.

Our crew of cousins ranged in age of 5 through 14, plus adults. This was a second time for most of visiting the museum, but when our family went last year, we didn't happen to go during a guided tour. This time a tour was starting just as we stepped in, and we got a lot more out of our visit. Our guide, Mr. Dick, was knowledgeable, and did a wonderful job explaining the artifacts, and the rich history of shipwrecks and lifesaving efforts here around Nantucket Island.

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When you first walk into the museum you see this magnificent painting of beach patrol using breeches buoy, which is a rope-based rescue device used to extract people from shipwrecked vessels.

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All the red dots on this map show the shipwrecks Nantucket Island has witnessed. Over 700 shipwrecks have occurred off the coast of Nantucket during the maritime period. The Massachusetts Humane Society established huts and outfitted them with firewood and provisions to sustain survivors until local townspeople came to their rescue. By 1806, there were 18 huts along the coast and on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

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It was fascinating to hear about the breeches buoy. It was used when the seas were too rough to launch a surfboat to rescue lives. The beach patrol would use a harpoon to shoot a line over to the ship in distress. Sometimes it took several tries for the crew on the ship to get the line and breeches buoy established.

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The passengers and crew would be hauled to shore one by one using the breeches buoy. Check it out hanging from the ceiling.

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Here is a miniature replica depicting a lifesaving scene.

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The Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving museum isn't huge, but it sure is packed with a lot of history and artifacts.

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We spent about an hour and a half there, but could have easily doubled our time, if we had thought to bring sandwiches with us. The museum grounds actually had picnic areas set up for that. (It was also kind of sprinkly, so we wanted to make sure we got home before our crew got too wet.)

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One room had a small exhibit on lighthouses and lighthouse keepers, and their families.

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This room also had a little bit of a play area for the younger guests, and some wooden ships kids could play with (which I didn't get in the photo).

We definitely recommend a visit - or a homeschool field trip to Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum. You can start by reading about five of the shipwrecks right here.

Nantucket also has a fantastic whaling museum, but we probably won't review it this summer.

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Kävimme tänään Nantucketin haaksirikko-ja hengenpelastusmuseossa. Todella mielenkiintoinen vierailu, vaikka olimmekin käyneet siellä viime vuonna. Tällä kertaa saimme oppaan, joka osasi kertoa paljon lisää historiasta. Suosittelemme!