Scout’s British Accent

I can’t pinpoint when this started, but over the last couple of months we’ve noticed that Scout will say certain words with an accent that sounds slightly, British.  It’s NOT a perfect British accent, however, you can tell something is there.  We are assuming that it is coming from a cartoon called, Peppa Pig.  He loves this show and watches it in the evening after dinner.  Sounds logical.  Don’t worry family, his southern twang is very much still intact. 

Anyway.  It’s definitely cute (I’m biased!) and I thought I would share a little video. 

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden | Charlotte, North Carolina

A few months ago, April I think, we drove to the very edge of Charlotte–basically South Carolina–to visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  It is the smallest botanical garden I’ve visited, but I am comparing it to the Ft. Worth botanical garden, which isn’t fair since everything seems to be bigger in Texas. 

Evidently, the owners must share the same thought as myself because they are already posting signs with new maps boasting a garden expansion.  In fact, they have already broken ground on it!  I’m excited to see what they add to the place.  

They also offer an amateur photo contest every year and I’ve thought about entering it this year.  The rules are simple: just a photo taken somewhere on the grounds.  The winner receives a year membership.  I’ve thought about making my way back up there in the fall to snap a few photos to submit.  We’ll see.

Anyway, if you’re a local, I definitely suggest putting this place on your list of places to visit with the kiddos or if you just want to take a stroll & have a picnic.

Converting to Catholicism

….that’s cussing words here in the south and it’s usually responded with an, “Are you out of your damn mind!?”  (Don’t forget to add the southern twang.)

I knew I was going to get it after I vaguely announced on Facebook that I have been thinking of joining the Catholic church.  I posted a picture of St. Peters in downtown Charlotte and wrote, “I’m probably getting ahead of myself but this could be our new church. We’ll see though, in the months to come.” 

I waited and expected nothing less than what was dished to me.  The first email I received was from my aunt who is Catholic (the only one in our family) and to be frank, I didn’t even realize she is a practicing Catholic.  We rarely speak, but on this night she sent me a supportive email with a few words of wisdom and told me not to let others discourage me.  Toward the end of her email she told me, People will question and try to steer you in another direction. Listen to your heart…”  I really appreciated the fact that her email was the first one I received.  It is as if God himself said, here, you’ll need that encouragement first. 

The barrage of emails that arrived a mere five minutes after my Aunt’s fell along the lines of what I said at the top of this post.  I was told to “CALL ME NOW!”  “Read this link…”  “WHY?”  “Are you really?”  Don’t do it because I know someone that this and that happened to….or this happened to this person when they were a kid…it’s evil!…it’s Pagan…they worship Mary…they pray to Saints…you’ll go hell if you do that… 

I have also been subjected to phone calls that didn’t want to hear my reasons.  I had one phone call last nearly two hours long.  I was proud of myself because I stayed calm and undeterred throughout the phone call.  I finally cut off any other talk to people.  I was tired of defending myself.

I quickly realized that people fear what they do not understand.  (Or maybe fear what they do understand in some cases.)  People are also going to hang onto the few bad things or rumors they hear and let it represent the entire faith.  My conversion is in its beginning stages at the moment and I’m still learning;  therefore, nothing has been set in stone yet. 

However, I feel it is time to come out with the news to the blog world that I may be converting to Catholicism!  

I’ll continue with more things about it, but for now, that’s it! 

Gardening

Every year of gardening brings failures, successes, and lessons to be remembered.  Last year, for example, we experienced an abundance of rain.  During the month of July, it rained every day.  Sometimes all day and other times it was just for a few hours.  The lesson I learned very quickly is that there is such a thing as over watering.  Over watering will either kill your plants or inhibit their growth.  That month of heavy rain rotted half my garden and the rest of it grew small & tasteless vegetables.

This year, I have learned that planting my seeds in a raised bed filled with good dirt really does make a h-u-g-e difference in the taste and growth of my vegetables.  Maybe that statement isn’t true and it’s just in my head, but I can’t argue with the results in comparison to everything else that I planted into the ground.  

I also purchased most of my seeds from Johnny Seeds  this year instead of at Wal-Mart.  That is probably my smartest move yet.  Every seed I planted from Johnny Seeds grew and developed into large vegetables.  Every seed packet I purchased from Lowes/Wal-Mart was a hit and miss.  My spinach didn’t sprout, my watermelon failed, my pumpkin plants failed, the cilantro failed, and parsley failed!  The only seed I struggled to grow from Johnny Seeds were the onions.  They sprouted fine enough, but they died before I could transplant them so I ended up purchasing bulbs instead.

I think I am going stop here for now.  If I tried to sum up this whole season of gardening in one post, it would be a monster to sit and read! So this is it for now. 🙂                                        (I can’t wait to show you how much my lemon tree has grown since the picture below was taken! I’m such a nerd.)

Mayberry

The Andy Griffith show is before my time, but like most people my age, we had parents that subjected us to reruns.  The show made a small town in North Carolina famous.  The fictional town of Mayberry is the actual town of, Mt. Airey.   “Mayberry” is often romanticized by people who daydream of living in that picturesque town where residents know your life story, everyone is friendly and traffic doesn’t exist.  The air is clean and the crime is low and people reside in cute farmhouses.  

Guess what?  Mt. Airey really is like that.  I didn’t think it would be, but it is.  

Visiting this little town that sits on the hills in NC has been resting on our bucket list since we came here.  In May, we decided to cross it off our list by making the 2 hour cruise heading north. 

Of course–in true Bubba and Liz fashion– we picked one of the hottest days in May (93*F) to walk around.  With two recovering sick kids to boot.  We were ready to leave after a couple of hours. 

What were we thinking?

I also had certain expectations of this town that were not met.  I assumed the museum would be large and fancy.  I thought the streets would be buzzing with vibrant shops reminiscent of the show and that the town would be large with a lot to do.

The town was pretty much opposite of that.  The museum was as big as the bottom floor of my house, and they didn’t allow any pictures to be taken inside.  They charged way too much money to see a couple of old uniforms, autographed pictures and a bunch of news articles.  That’s it.  Everyone there was complaining about the museum’s audacity to charge such a fee to view a bunch of nonsense.

Main street  was not filled with vibrant shops either.  Instead, it was filled with a bunch of junky gift stores.  We managed to find an okay pie shop to buy a few goodies for thirsty and hungry kids and took home a couple of souvenirs. And that my friends; sums it up.      

However, the town itself is very pretty and friendly; just like the show depicted.  It’s an isolated town in a very rural setting.  If you like that sort of thing, then this is probably a perfect town to call home.  Or visit.

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All photos were taken by me unless otherwise stated.

 

Free World History Curriculum for Middle Schoolers | Homeschooling

I have searched long and hard for an affordable history curriculum for a middle schooler that wasn’t focused around the bible.  Even though we are religious, I don’t necessarily believe that it has to be built into the history lessons.  After all, that is what Nathan’s bible lessons are for.  Basically, it’s a personal choice. 

You know what?  I’ll just skip to the happy ending because I highly doubt anyone wants to hear my sob–search-for-free-history-curriculum story. 

This history curriculum is by a site called, World History for Us All.  It is a collaboration by school teachers, college professors, and educational specialists from San Diego that put this little gem of a program together. 

Some of the things it includes are: power point, worksheets, lesson plans, readings, and plenty of graphics and stuff for the teacher.  I could not believe I stumbled upon this on the very same day I was about to click the submit button on a $300 program.  I think God was telling me to just wait a minute longer because just a mere one hour later I found this history program.

The only con is this:  The site is a bit hairy to sort through, but once you figure it out it is totally worth it.  You can’t beat a FREE curriculum that is this well put together.  AND there is NO registration. 

This is something I can’t keep to myself (obviously) and wanted to put their link out there for some other mother/father to stumble upon. 

Here is the link:  World History for Us All