Thursday, October 29, 2009

Country Presentations

This last month in our co-op we have been studying the Western Hemisphere. All of the children prepared oral presentations on a country they had chosen; the younger ones listing some facts while the older ones had to do some research on an area of that country (i.e. cuisine, geographical features, government...) Here are Mr. Lego and Bookworm's presentations:

Mr. Lego - US Government

There are three branches in our government. The first is the Legislative. In that branch is Congress which has both the House of Representatives and the Senate. They make our laws. The Executive branch holds the office of the president and vice president and they enforce the laws. Finally the judicial branch holds the Supreme Court. They listen to court cases and make decisions based on the laws. Our government is well organized.

Bookworm - Canada's Climate

I am doing a report on the climate in Canada. There are 7 different climate zones but I am only going to talk about three today. The first one is the arctic. The arctic is very cold and is unfrequented because most people live in the southern part of Canada where it is warmer. The next one is the mountains. This area has snow in the winter time and rain in the summer time. It does not get very hot there. The last area is the plains. The plains have snow during the winter months and humid rains and thunderstorms during the summer months. If I had to pick where to live in these three different zones, I would live in the mountains because it is pretty up there and you get snow.

Also yesterday, Dasher recited the first half of a poem we are all memorizing - 'The Sparrow' by Paul Laurence Dunbar.


They all did very well! Last week Nutsy did stand up and say her name, age and chosen country (what we are requiring of the preschoolers) but I didn't have my camera!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Monday Musings

We are visiting the grandparents right now; today was homeschooling day at the aquarium and they tagged along. (a post coming soon about those adventures) So here are my thoughts for today:

What I'm thinking: That my feet hurt from walking today.
What I'm reading: The last thing I read was a brochure on animal camoflauge.
What I'm listening to: Grandpa and Mr. Lego playing a game of Battleship.
What we're learning: All about marine life in the ocean, thanks to our aquarium field trip today.
What I'm watching: I loved watching the fog roll in this afternoon.

What's cooking: We're still at my dad's so I have a cooking break.
What I'm buying: The only thing we had to pay for today was parking. $15 for a day at the aquarium is not too bad.

What I'm wearing: Tan skirt and a blue V neck sweater
What I'm thankful for: The beauty God gives us, especially the scenes today at the beach.
What I'm creating: Still working on that blue dishcloth.
What I'm praying:
Safe travels for us as we head back home tomorrow.
What I'm planning:
Co-op lessons plans; I am teaching geography and art in November and December
What I'm looking forward to: Playing some games tonight with the grandparents
A picture to share:



I loved this sign at the petting zoo we saw last week...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Monday Musings

This is something new I am going to start doing; every Monday I will be sharing a snapshot of our family. I have seen variations of this on my friend's blogs and really enjoyed getting to know them better this way.

What I'm thinking: That I need to practice the piano because I am accompanying this Sunday.
What I'm reading: From the Earth to the Moon, one of my 12 Books. (see sidebar) I really love Jules Verne.
What I'm listening to:
Fernando Ortega
What we're learning: This week's history is of the Exodus, the ten commandments and the wilderness wanderings. Mr. Lego is working on a poem he will be reciting this week at Co-op and Bookworm is working on a report about the Canadian government.
What I'm watching:
Rain pattering softly in the street.
What's cooking:
Beans in the crock pot for bean burritos tonight for dinner.
What I'm buying:
I'm making lots of lists...monthly shopping happens this week.
What I'm wearing:
My long, warm denim skirt, and a tan scoop neck shirt.
What I'm thankful for:
My church family!
What I'm creating:
I'm working on knitting a blue dishcloth.
What I'm praying: for wisdom, with faith.
What I'm planning:
lessons for school.
What I'm looking forward to:
Homeschool Day at the Aquarium next week with an overnight stay at the grandparents.
A picture to share:


Silliness at the park

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pumpkin Farm Fun



This last weekend we decided to head to a nearby pumpkin farm. For being a small farm they had a lot...many different kinds of pumpkins (of course), farm animals, horse rides, hay rides, and a corn maze. The owner of the pony rides and petting zoo is a good friend of ours so we had a good time visiting with her and riding the ponies!


They kids also had a fun time with the animals. I just loved the fleece on this sheep.

Then we went over to the corn maze. It was a small corn field that had a couple easy paths through it where the corn had been removed, but our kids have never been to one of those huge corn mazes so they didn't know the difference. There they go!

Here is Nutsy trying to keep up.

They had some pigs there that were hilarious; we would throw corn cobs over to them and then they would squeal and have a fit if one didn't get any. Then there was this massive cow that we fed some corn.

She was huge! Her back was as tall as me. They had all sorts of pumpkins, Indian corn, gourds and Fall wreaths.


We went in the morning because it just isn't right to go to a pumpkin farm when it is hot and it was going to be 85 degrees that afternoon. Here is our group of kiddos with a couple friends that came with us.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Very First Tag!

My friend Stef tagged me! I love these silly type of questionnaires, both filling them out and also reading my friends' answers. So humor me, and if you feel so inclined, fill one out for me; I would love to hear more about you and your sweetheart!

What are your middle names?
Manabu & Louise

♥How long have you been together?
We've known each other for 17 years
Dated for 2 1/2 years
Engaged for 8 months
Married for 13 1/2 years

♥ How long did you know each other before you started dating?
6 months

♥ Who asked who out?
He asked. First he asked my dad though. :)

♥ Who made the first move?
He did. We kissed when were engaged.

♥ How old are each of you?
me-35
him- 38

♥ Did you go to the same school?
we went to the same junior college for 1 semester

♥ Are you from the same home town?
No, but close.

♥ Who is the smartest?
I say he is, he says I am :)

♥ Who majored in what?
me- Liberal Arts
him- Business Marketing

♥ Who is the most sensitive?
Definitely me!

♥ Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Dos Coyotes or Panda Express

♥ Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
Hawaii and Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

♥ Who has the worst temper?
Probably he does, but I do lose mine with the kids.


♥ How many children do you want?
However many God chooses to bless us with.

♥ Who does the cooking?
I do, but he loves to help.

♥ Who is more social?
Both of us, we have times when we love to be with
others, then times when we want just our family.


♥ Who is the neat-freak?
He is! I was a slob until I met him.
Now I like clean, but I am not a neat-freak.


♥ Who is the most stubborn?
He is. I am a people-pleaser so I like giving up.

♥ Who wakes up earlier?
He does, usually.

♥ Where was your first date?
At the Plumed Horse in Saratoga, December 17, 1992.

♥ Who has the bigger family?
Me.

♥ Do you get flowers often?
Sometimes - tulips and lilies.

♥ How do you spend the holidays?
With my extended family or just with our kids, which is
really fun.

♥ Who is more jealous?
Neither. I love being married. I never have to wonder if I will have
a dance partner. :)

♥ How long did it take to get serious?
We knew we would marry 6 months after we started dating.
We waited until he finished school to marry.

♥ Who eats more?
He does.

♥ What do you do for a living?
Him - Marketing manager for a sign company in the new home industry
Me- Keeper of the House

♥ Who does the laundry?
I do, but the kids put it all away.

♥ Who’s better with the computer?
He is. I am still getting used to all this technology.

♥ Who drives when you are together?
He does. I have never gotten car sick so I read to him. :)

♥ What is "your" song?
Show Yourselves To Be
by Steven Curtis Chapman


I'm tagging: Lisa, Dawn, Leslie
and Melissa

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Double Digit Girl

Today my sweet Bookworm turns 10. She is becoming such a young lady! Here are some memories:



5 weeks old, almost ready to come home from the hospital.



23 months old and loves spaghetti.




5 years old at the park.




7 years old and loves to ride her bike.





Today, her 10th birthday, at the park playing with her brother and sisters. Tonight we are having lasagna, (her choice) birthday cake and playing some games.

Thank you Lord for this precious blessing! May You continue to lead her in grace as You draw her nearer to Yourself.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Teacup Tales

My friend Lisa on her blog, is asking her friends to post a tale about a favorite teacup. So here is my Teacup Tale.


I love all things tea and teacups have a very special place in my heart. From the time I was very little I remember my mom's teacup collection. She was always adding to it, when she would travel, from garage sales, gifts from friends...one cup at a time. She displayed them in a large hutch and had so many that some had to be stored in boxes. Once in a while, we would have a tea party. I would feel so grown up with a dainty china teacup in my hand.

Sadly, the Lord took my mom home to Him over 11 years ago. She was blind and had many health problems but it seemed they only made her faith stronger. She would have bad days, days when she was down, but she would cling to the promises found in the scriptures. She was a very real person, who hated her sin and loved her Savior more. When she passed away, my sister and I split up the collection. I don't have many teacups displayed because I don't have room for a hutch in my dining room, but I have a few in my kitchen and in my room. And when the urge hits me, I have a tea party for my three little girls using her teacups. We might talk about girl things, funny things or serious things and sometimes I tell them stories about their grandmother. Here is a picture of one of my favorites:


So when I see a teacup I think of her, of my childhood with her; but more importantly where she is now, and the hope that is heaven.