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Tiling the Bathroom Floor

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1: Tear up the old floor and prepare mortar to lay cement board.
2: Fill and smooth the gaps between cement boards with mortar.
3: After allowing cement board mortar to cure for 24 hours, you can tile! Prepare new batch of mortar and begin putting down the tile, cutting as you go. We used 1/4 inch spacers here.

Step 4: Wait another 24 hours before grouting! See this post for the finished look.

At the Shenandoah Park: Learning About Macroinvertebrates!

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We had a wonderful time at the Shenandoah River State Park on Tuesday, August 21st! 7 families came out and enjoyed the “Going In-Seine” program hosted by Park Staff. Students were introduced to the Seine Net, how to set it at a “riffle”, and how to kick up rocks to release macro-invertebrates (large invertebrates that can be seen without a microscope)! Then, everyone went down to the river to try their luck with the net. Once sufficient rocks had been turned over, the net was brought onto shore, where the children looked for macro-invertebrates of all kinds to sort and identify. Once all was said and done, we enjoyed a picnic and some chit-chat with new families.

Tuna Melts for a Friday Supper


Fridays are always tricky in our household. We do not eat meat any Friday, and when everything is in chaos, we can’t fall back on hot dogs that day. Admittedly, Mr. Rolling is a better cook, and he came up with these Tuna Melts! Atop a slice of sour dough bread, he placed cheddar cheese, the tuna mix, more cheddar cheese, and a tomato slice. He then grilled the melts in the outdoor grill until the bread was well-toasted and the cheese was well-melted.

What is in the Tuna mix? 2 cans of tuna, salt, pepper, diced pickles, and mayonnaise. The kids ate it right up!

Digging Up Potatoes

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When potato plants have turned yellow and faded away, it is time to dig potatoes here on Blue Mountain. Today was that time, so we finished digging up our last potatoes of the year. All the children helped dig through the loose soil to pull out red, white, and purple potatoes. Yes, we found an onion or two as well. As a reward, the children were then able to play in the dirt and to plant green bean seeds in the place of the potatoes.

Hiking Under the Ground: Skyline Cavern

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Each Sunday we try to go on a hike or do some other fun activity. This Sunday we hiked under the ground! This was the first time our children had been in a cave, and they were impressed! This is an image from the Skyline Cavern in Front Royal, VA. The hike is about 1 mile, and a tour guide takes you through, telling stories along the way. They will not remember anything about stalagmites or stalactites, but they will not forget the darkness of the cave. Now, when the children hear about a deep, dark cave in their stories, they actually know what it is! 

DIY Tiling a Wall for a Woodstove

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The grooves in the mortar help to ensure an even stick. The spacers hold the tiles the correct distance apart.
For extra fire protection, we chose to add cement board and tile to the wall behind our woodstove. Tiling was easily done by ourselves for this project, since there was minimal cutting involved. Thankfully, we were able to borrow a wet tile saw.

Hiking on Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park

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Today, we decided to do some sightseeing in Virginia. We entered the Shenandoah National Park via Skyline Drive at the Front Royal entrance. We stopped at every overlook! Around mile marker 30, the sun began to shine, and we had the urge to do some hiking with the children. Lo and behold, Jewel’s Hollow Overlook! Just off the corner of the overlook was a small, well-beaten path that led to the peak. We walked along, able to look down both sides of the mountain! We ran into two deer which looked at us from hand’s reach.  I would definitely recommend this spot for a short, yet memorable hike. Our littlest hikers could handle it, but be aware that there are some ledges. Mama and Papa should be close at hand and watchful.     A YOU TUBE Video of the overlook.