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From Our Family to Yours – March 2022

Our two youngest kids have been exercising their ingenuity quite a bit lately. They took our hammock and mounted it inside the climbing dome so they could relax in the sun while doing their math. Elena also built an impressive house out of magnetic tiles with several sets of bunk beds for their dolls. She was particularly proud of her strategy for reinforcing key joints to keep the layers from collapsing onto one another. On another day, they assembled a seesaw from some stuff in our backyard, and they’ve used the same materials to make some small ramps for scootering and skating on, too. We love their creativity!

What kid doesn’t want to create their own sword from raw metal? Our kids recently had the amazing opportunity to take a homeschool class in Bronze-Age sword casting. Casting is the method of making a mold, melting the metal, and then pouring it into the mold to make the object. It was so much fun! The girls got to each pick from among several different sword designs, and they learned all kinds of information about the ancient people who used the different swords and why they were designed the way they were. Here’s Caleb showing off his multiple-sword-handling capabilities after helping with the grinding and smoothing step of the process:

Caleb had the privilege of a daddy-daughter date with Carys at the Glendora Public Market. In a big family, one-on-one time is rare and such a special treat. Plus, they got to have a chocolate and peanut butter milkshake, which is super fun!

Caleb and the kids have been enjoying yet another new game: Smash Up. If you’re looking for a light-hearted, strategic-minded game for 2 to 4 players that’s easy to learn, easy to set up, easy to clean up, and usually takes less than an hour, we highly recommend it. Just click the picture below to check it out on Amazon.

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