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Monday, March 29, 2010


We took our camper to the lake last weekend. We also took our boat to do some fishing this time. The weather was so perfect on Saturday. It was so great to be outside with the kids running around playing. I love this new park. It was full of families with so many kids for our kids to meet and play with. We didn't catch a lot of fish but had so much fun just fishing again.The most amazing thing about the weekend was waking up to snow on Sunday morning!! It was so strange to enjoy beautiful weather on Saturday then wake up with it snowing the next day.
I'm so ready to take our camper somewhere for more than two nights. Hopefully we will this summer!!

Giving it to God

We did a fun activity in Awanas last night. Everyone picked a sin that he really wants to stop but hasn't been able to and wrote it on a helium balloon. Then, we went outside and let all the balloons go at the same time....gave the sins to God. I don't know how many of the kids really got it and how many just liked playing with the balloons, but I think either way they will remember the concept one day.

Friday, March 19, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

The kids enjoyed our green eggs last year on St. Patrick's Day so much that we decided to do it again this year. Patrick is the only one who didn't want to eat them, which I understood since he was fighting an upset stomach anyway!Madison found a cute craft online and printed it out to do with Carter and his friend. They enjoyed doing them, and I thought they turned out really cute :).

Recipes From Around The World

During the kids' projects on researching a particular country, they cooked meals that would be found from each country. Patrick loves cooking soup, so we found an Italian potato soup. It wasn't the best soup we have ever had, but it was good. Madison researched Brazil and found a fun fried banana recipe. I have to say that it was not for me!! I don't think any of us enjoyed this one very much. I really thought it was going to be good, but I just couldn't get past the texture of it!!
Carter loves China, so it was easy for him to decide which country he would research. He wanted me to make some "sticky" rice for him to eat with his chopsticks. He tries to eat everything with them anyway, but since I usually use Minute Rice, it's hard for him to use chopsticks with it. He wanted me to use real rice so it would be sticky.
The only thing they have left to do in the study are their oral reports. This has been a fun study for all of us. I think we will do another one before the school year is over...probably some next year as well!

Art Supplies!!!

A few weeks ago Madison and I met a lady who wanted to get rid of a load of art stuff from her art store that had shut down. When Madison got her birthday money, she decided that she wanted to us it on that. We went a couple of weekends ago and could not believe how much stuff Madison got. This lady just told us to back our car up, and she loaded it down. There are 43 canvases along with paint and all sorts of other things. Madison has had so much fun with this stuff..what a great find!!!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

WWII Vintage Airplanes

We went on a fieldtrip Friday to our local airport to see some vintage WWII planes. Not only was it amazing just to see them, but we also got to go inside of them!! They had a B17 and a B24. They also had a few fighter planes, including a B57 Mustang. We stayed there for four hours....Madison was so excited about watching them fly off. It was worth staying for! We had such an amazing time. We are about to start studying World War II, so the timing was perfect!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Museum of Natural History

Yesterday we joined some other homeschool families at our local college for a tour of their natural history museum. I didn't even know that our college had a Museum of Natural History. I was very impressed with it as well as the two hour presentation that they did for our children. They were divided into three groups and spent time at three different stations. The first one discussed plants, plant parts, and pollination. The second station showed slides and samples of life cycles and metamorphosis. The last station was a tour of the entire museum. We found out that we can go back at any time as long as we call ahead of time. It's so great knowing that we have such a great place to go for hands on learning. I'm excited to go back and spend more time as we continue to study the subject matter that is available there. We are looking forward to another field trip on Friday....a tour of WWII planes at our local airport! Since Jeff loves WWII history, he is going to join us at that one!!