Sunday, January 6, 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our second week of winter break. Our New Year itself was a quiet affair at home, but my husband and Smarty modified their paper rockets to include LEDs with a small battery, and we launched them close to midnight. Because of the wind, we lost 2 out of 3 rockets as they landed on our roof and our neighbors' roof, but it was fun.
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On New Year Day, we headed out for a hike in one of our local state parks. The weather was gorgeous, and we enjoyed our moderate 4 miles hike - stopping to take pictures and talking about our plans for the year. We also had a chance to try out my Christmas gift from my husband - Foxelli trekking poles. They came especially handy on our second hike of the week when we had quite a steep 2 mile climb in Almaden hills.
My husband got very interested in bread baking after watching The Great British Baking Show. Our friend gifted us a sourdough starter, and my husband and Smarty attempted a sourdough bread. It did not taste like a sourdough, but the result was a nice, yummy loaf of bread (second attempt, the first one was somewhat underbaked) that we shared with our friends.
Smarty expressed the desire to be more organized this year. She spent a lot of time exploring various productivity apps this week. We had our neighbors over with their daughters who are 17 and almost 21, and the older girl mentioned that she is using a Rocketbook in college to take notes. Smarty was very intrigued and decided to spend an Amazon gift card that she received from our friends and get herself a Rocketbook. You can take a picture of Rocketbook pages and a Rocketbook app will automatically create a PDF in one of 7 categories that you will set up. So far Smarty is really enjoying her Rocketbook - we will see how all these productivity plans play out in real life.

What We Are Reading

Smarty read a lot this week - she really enjoyed Books 1 and 2 in The Alchemyst: The Secrets of Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott and was quite shaken by Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. My resolution for this year is to learn more about nutrition, so I read The Keto Reset Diet by Mark Sisson. I found the approach too extreme in terms of how much fat people are supposed to eat, but there were many good recipes in this book that I would like to try over the next few weeks.

Favorite Memory This Week

Enjoying a good weather and gorgeous views on our hike in Almaden Valley.

Your Turn

How was your week?


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Thomas has yet to find an organizer he can follow through with - but is determined to do better this next semester. I'll tell him about Rocket Books :) The bread looks delicious!

Ticia said...

As I sit here in weather that's not really that cold, but feels super cold, I'm jealous of your warm weather.

I'll be curious how she likes that journal longterm because those types have felt gimmicky to me.