Monday, January 22, 2018

Book Club Trivia Challenge

Our local library hosts a really fun book club for elementary aged children.  Every month, they all read the same book, and then they gather for a game of book-related trivia.

This month, the book was James and the Giant Peach.

Library Book Club Trivia Challenge

The librarians provided snacks and treats during the competition, including cookies, which the boys were very pleased about.

Library Book Club Trivia Challenge

Connor dominated the trivia, getting a perfect score.  He won a new book:

Library Book Club Trivia Challenge

Because it's the library.

Next month's book is A Week in the Woods.

Library Book Club Trivia Challenge

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sun & Moon Ultra Prism

Connor has now decided to come out of his short-lived self-imposed retirement from the Pokemon Trading Card Game.

In fact, he is busy constructing a new deck in order to challenge all the Pokemon players of Atlanta.

Since a new set of cards is being released in early February, he asked me to take him to a Prerelease Event this morning.  I am a sucker, so we went.

Pokémon Sun & Moon Ultra Prism Prerelease

He had a wonderful time.  He loves the new cards and he left the competition undefeated.

This will be the last season that he plays in the Junior division.  Next year, he will be playing at the Senior level.

Pokémon Sun & Moon Ultra Prism Prerelease

Three cheers for new Pokemon cards and new Pokemon friends.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Winter is Here

It snowed after the kids went to bed on Tuesday night, so they woke up to see snow on Wednesday morning, fulfilling all the wishes they had made late Tuesday afternoon when they saw the forecast on my phone and proceeded to do a "snow dance" in the kitchen.

And so, they went out to play.  Lex got out there first, and he proclaimed the snow to be "just like frozen powdered sugar."

Snow

Snow

Connor eventually made it out there to play, too, but by that time they had moved to the front yard and I didn't go out there to take any photos of that.  It still happened, though.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Atlanta History Center

On Monday, when we all had the day off for MLK Day, we went to the Atlanta History Center.  They had some special programming for the holiday, and we were able to watch a film with the complete "I Have a Dream" speech.  It was a wonderful presentation.

We also explored some other areas of the History Center.  Of course, Lex was most interested in this Civil War Siege Cannon:

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center

Next to the Atlanta History Center is the Swan House, which is now operated by the History Center, and which is decorated in a style true to 1930s Atlanta.  You can tour the home, and I suspect that a good number of brides have their photos taken there on their wedding day. 

Swan House

Swan House

Swan House

Swan House

The house reminds me of the house at the beginning of Resident Evil where Alice first wakes up...at least from the outside.

Swan House

Swan House

Swan House

Swan House

Swan House

Swan House

Swan House

Swan House

Swan House

Swan House

When we saw this china hutch, and this is only a small fraction of the china on display, Connor said that I needed more china because I didn't have nearly enough in comparison.  I can't disagree with the kid.  In any event, this china pattern is beautiful.

Swan House

Swan House

Swan House


That's all, y'all!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Koreatown

We went to Koreatown for something new and different for dinner on Sunday night.

Koreatown

We ate dinner at a restaurant that was advertised as a ramen place, but there didn't seem to be any ramen on the menu.  Not that it made a difference, because they didn't really seem to have the food that was actually on their menu.  Not that that was a problem, because they did have tons of yummy food and no one went hungry and we all found stuff that we liked to eat.  We got some chicken and noodles and some crispy fried chicken and some other sort of boiled spicy chicken and a couple of different types of pork dumplings and hot tea aplenty. 

Then, we went to Kremo for dessert, and it turns out that it is a place that makes your ice cream from scratch in front of you while you watch.  It was amazing!

Koreatown


The ice cream is served in little rolls with the toppings that you choose.

Koreatown

This one was mine.  

I had coffee-flavored ice cream rolled inside chocolate ice cream and served in a waffle cone and topped with chocolate chips and graham crackers and a marshmallow that they toasted with a blow torch just before serving it.

It was amazing, and I'm pretty sure that we all ate too much, and we have to go back again to try all the other amazing restaurants.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and to celebrate, we went to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site yesterday.

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

You see, MLK was born and raised in Atlanta, and there is a beautiful center near his childhood home and church that is operated by the National Parks Service.

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

We walked through the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.


Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site


There is a rose garden that is decorated with poems about peace written by Atlanta school children.  We will need to go back in the spring when the roses are in bloom to admire them properly.

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site


We also walked from the church up the street to his home.  We weren't able to tour his home because all the tickets were sold out.  So, when we go back to see the roses, we can tour the home then.

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

His house was the tan house with the dark brown trim.  We visited the book store in the house next door, though.

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

We also explored the visitor center which houses exhibits and movies about MLK and the Civil Rights Movement.  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Have You Ever Wondered What Homeschooling a 10 Year-Old Boy Looks Like?


This.  I assume this is probably not a thing in most schools, but it happens here everyday pretty regularly throughout the day.  Need a quick break from math?  Have a little Jedi training break. Waiting for your brother to get done with his thing so Mom can help you?  More light saber training time.

May the Force Be With You

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Nerf Wars are My Past, Present and Future



Nerf Wars are my past, present, and future.

This is how Lex got dressed for school this morning.

And then we got a delivery that came in a nice box that the boys immediately claimed and transformed for their own Nerf purposes.

Nerf wars are my past, present, and future.

It must be a Nerf day.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Books

We went to Barnes & Noble this afternoon, and because I am sucker for books, this is what we came away with for the boys to enjoy:

We went to Barnes & Noble

A Wrinkle in Time
The Bad Beginning from A Series of Unfortunate Events
I Survived the American Revolution, 1776
Guinness World Records 2018

And now we light a fire and curl up to read books.  Catch y'all later.