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Spring Bucket List-- How We Did

I can't believe it's almost summertime already! Before we share our summer bucket list I thought we should look back at our spring bucket list and see how we did.  We have had so much fun this spring.

Here are just a few of the things we hope to accomplish this season:

1. Go check out Garden in the Woods-- Check! We went one sunny day and spent an hour wandering all the paths, checking out all the flowers.

2.  Go back and see the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in bloom- Nope, the boys didn't want and with new admission rates that would have cost us over $30 it didn't seem worth it to force them to go. 
3.  Explore Fort Trumbull State park-- Check! We went with some friends of ours and then spent the afternoon at the beach.

4.  Tour the Freedom Trail in Boston-- Check! We spent a wonderful day in Boston as a family walking the trail and touring many of the museums and sights.

5.  Plant a small herb garden (or container garden)-- Check! We planted parsley, chives, and basil …

June Pinterest Challenge-- Homemade Croissants

My middle son has been spending one week a day for the past few months taking on new baking challenges.  He finds all of his recipes on Pinterest and I thought it would be perfect to document one of his baking attempts for the Pinterest Challenge. Let's meet this month's Pinterest Challenge hosts!
My Pinterventures •  Cookies Coffee and CraftsSew Crafty CrochetSum of their Stories•  Eye Love KnotsThis Autoimmune Life  •  Love My Little CottageAcross the Boulevard •  SuzerspaceMy Sweet ThingsOnce Upon a Time & Happily Ever After Purple Hues and Me • Decorate and More with TipMom Home Guide •  Our Unschooling JourneyOur Good LifeIntelligent Domestications•  Craftify My LoveLife Beyond the Kitchen•  K's Olympic NestTeadoddlesOur Crafty Mom  •  My Family Thyme •  Farm Girl Reformed To join next month's #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ July Pinterest Challenge He chose to make homemade croissants using this pin.  He even made his own board on my Pinterest …

Our 10th Grade Curriculum

One of the things I have always loved best about homeschooling is that we get to choose what we want to learn about.  With my oldest entering 10th grade in the fall we talked about going the traditional school route and learning about geometry and biology but that's not really what we wanted.  My son truly wanted to take on chemistry and since we just finished up algebra 1 this year it made more sense to dive right into algebra 2 and save geometry for another year.

While I am trying to mostly meet the state requirements for graduation I realized in my post about 9th grade and high school planning that I never once mentioned we don't have to meet these requirements at all.  In our state a homeschool falls under the category of a private school and my husband and I can set our own graduation requirements.  I just figured keeping those state guidelines in our minds helps keep his options open for beyond high school in case his goals change in the next few years.  So once again …

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves-- Loon Mountain Trip Part #2

As soon as we checked into our hotel and grabbed a delicious sandwich from the White Mountain Bagel company we decided to head over and check out the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves.

Never having been there we weren't sure what to expect.

We bought our passes and started right onto the trail. Much of it is wooden stairs and walkways suspended over the river and wet ground surrounding the lost river gorge.

Periodically along the trail there are caves to explore.  Two of the caves were shut down while we were there because the water table was high and they were flooded.  Even the ones we did go inside often were cold and wet.  Spaces were tight and I'm not ashamed to admit I chickened out on going through a few of them after almost getting stuck on my hands and knees.  I was not about to lie down on my stomach and pull myself through like my husband and a few other brave souls did.

Everywhere we went we heard the sounds of running water and saw some really amazing looking r…