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Mom’s Journal – May 2017


Mom’s Journal

May 2017


Since last month’s journal post we have successfully moved our household to Oregon! This was a major undertaking but one that included help from three of our four children (and plenty of friends too)! We will be forever grateful for everyone’s help in packing and loading on the California end and unpacking and cleaning on the Oregon end. I’ve decided it was too much work to ever move again.

Arranging photos @harmonyartmom

I am enjoying the process of creating a new home as we arrange furniture and find homes for our belongings. I don’t know what I would have done without my daughter, who helped find things for me by sorting through boxes. She also was the chief photo and picture hanger. I never knew how much energy it takes to decide how to arrange things in a new space. At the end of a very long ten days, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

family at the river @harmonyartmom

While the children were here, we did take time to have some fun and relaxation as well. Living right on the river, we were able to take a few walks down to the water. It snowed on us a couple of times but nothing that really stuck to the ground. We had an amazing dinner out with our daughter that we will all dream about in the months to come…it was super delicious!

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My office is slowly getting put back together and for some reason it has been the room I have most procrastinated in unpacking. Maybe it is psychological….when the office is done, then I will be officially back to “work”. I normally enjoy sitting and writing or organizing Sketch Tuesday or picking music for Music Appreciation Monday. Right now, it seems like an intrusion. I think I am in a “honeymoon” period of sorts with life in Oregon because it still feels like I’m on vacation and not actually living here permanently.


Permanent vacation mode would be nice but not reality yet. I have plans to keep on working and supporting the Harmony Fine Arts plans until the year 2020. It does sound far off but it really isn’t all that long from now.

Projects I am Going to Work on in the Next Month

  • Make curtains for my dining room.
  • Frame a few more pieces of artwork for my office wall.
  • Purchase new bathroom rugs.
  • Start planning my new backyard garden!
  • Organize my office and the family room.
  • Unpack my books.

Next month I am hoping to be settled in enough to create a list of summer things I want to do like hikes, kayak trips, cooking, crafts, etc. Or, it may be a busy time again since I’m going to New York to visit my kids in July. I have a feeling this summer will speed by no matter how much I want it to last.

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Sketch Tuesday – Sports

Sketch Tuesday Drawing Assignments @harmonyfinearts small

Happy end of May! I can’t believe we are coming up on Memorial Day weekend already. This was always such a much anticipated weekend around our house since it usually marked the beginning of our summer break. I still feel like it should be the beginning of something even though I have long finished homeschooling. The start of a new life in a new place and a new season just makes my heart happy.

Thank you to all of the participating families this week. I enjoyed seeing all your interpretations of the theme. I know many of you will be ending your Sketch Tuesday sketching for the school year but feel free to join in when you have some free time. I plan on keeping the slideshows going over the summer and sketching the themes myself.

Current assignment: Sketch anything with a sports theme.

Due Date: Monday, May 29, 2017.

Here is this week’s slideshow: Sketch something to do with a castle.
Castle 15
Note: You may need to click over and view the slideshow on the Flickr website in order to see all the sketches.
All sketchers are welcome and there is no need to sign up. Send in your sketches in jpg format and mail them to: by Monday, May 29, 2017 and I will include them in Tuesday’s slideshow. Complete instructions are found by clicking the Sketch Tuesday tab at

Harmony Fine Arts Purchase Now buttonIf you are looking for a well thought out plan for art and music appreciation, you may want to take a look at my Harmony Fine Arts plans for your family. I am happy to assist you in any way that I can to pick just the right plan for your whole family. You can comment here or send me an email at




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Music Appreciation Monday – Beethoven

Music Monday on Harmony Fine Arts Join us every Monday for a new musical selection.

Music Appreciation Monday – Ludwig van Beethoven

This is such a melancholy piece of music. After listening with your children, ask their opinion. What emotions do they feel when they listen? Can they dance to this piece of music? I like to listen to this with my eyes closed and really feel the music.

Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata – Movement 1

This composer is featured in Harmony Fine Arts grade 1 plans, Harmony Fine Arts grade 2 plans and in Harmony Fine Arts grade 6 plans if you would like to listen to more Beethoven.

Harmony Fine Arts Cover grade 6Harmony Fine Arts Grade 2

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 Art and Music Plans


Harmony Fine Arts Composer Study Listening Log @harmonyfinearts

Older students may wish to start a composer listening log for each of the composers we listen to over the coming months. You can click and download a free log above. You can find some suggestions on how to use the listening log and some examples in this entry: Appreciating Great Music: For Children and Moms Too.


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