03 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
Oh, I had a good sleep on the couch last night. I can lie down and my arm is just in the right position protected by the cushions, nice. We did school and had lunch, Bethany worked on an outline for her English paper and Grace started on her oceans unit in Science. Our advent reading was from Luke 1:68-71 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us…” Which led to a great discussion on patience (Zechariah waited for his baby to be born and is so confident in God’s plans that he uses the past tense – He has redeemed His people.) We talked about people who weren’t so patient…Abraham…. and people who could not have known Jesus was the Messiah but did know when they saw Him….Simeon. We also talked about how, even knowing the prophecies, it must have seemed strange to them at that time that after all the years God was finally bringing about His promise.
We had an afternoon craft, painting mixing bowls at the library. These bowls will be fired and glazed and then returned to us in a few weeks, yay, more free presents. The colors look dull here and they aren’t quite the color they will be when fired and glazed. My pot looks pretty good for left handed painting.
Grace’s pot is red and orange, I know it just looks pinky-orange, and she wrote Bazinga on the inside.
Hannah’s pot is red and green and I think Bethany’s is too.
It will be neat to see the difference when they are finished.
It’s supposed to snow overnight, so our lecture on Ben Franklin tomorrow afternoon might get canceled, we’ll see. It’s going to be a cold recital day on Sat. with a high of 15 or so and a low of 8.
17 Sep 2013 Leave a Comment
And a busy one. Today Bethany started on her poetry unit for writing after finishing her short story. I think it’s more of a short novel at 10 typed pages, hope the teacher is ready to read! Grace made a ‘B’ on her rocks and minerals test and looked over predicate adjectives for grammar. Hannah read her Rod and Staff reader to me, she is getting much more fluent while reading, and finished up the history unit on Rome and Caesar. I took my Ancient Greece test, Grace will take it tomorrow. The class is going well, most of it is over her head, but I’m supplementing with things meant for her grade – at any rate, it’s a good introduction to Greece.
Today was the first day of dance.
Ahhh, gotta love the smell of new ballet shoes (as opposed to old ones!) I am not dancing this session because at some point I am going to have my shoulder worked on. I was worried about rotator cuff surgery, but I am getting a second opinion and the person who just had it done by this other doctor is not in any pain and she was out and about just a few days after surgery, so that is promising. Before dance we went to Solid Grounds and did a devotional and looked over the Jesus Calling entry for today – “I designed you to live in union with Me…it actually makes you more fully yourself. When you try to live independently of Me, you experience emptiness and dissatisfaction… Find fulfillment through living close to Me, yielding to My purposes for you.” Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
The devotion also talked of sometimes not knowing what the path you are on is like or where it is leading, but staying on the path He has for you and finding out things about yourself that you might not have known if you had not traveled that path.
All good things. We also went over part of a Grapevine stick figure study. You use stick people symbols in the devotions to help remember the lesson, everyone can draw a stick figure.
After dinner the girls played while James and I went to the library for the 2nd film in their classic film series, The Third Man. It’s been awhile since we had seen this classic movie. It’s shot on location in Vienna after WWII, yes that rubble is real. The sewer scenes were not real (the scenes with Orson in them) he refused to work in the sewer, so they had to build a sewer set on stage….weenie. Joseph Cotten is the leading man in the movie and though he’s not my favorite actor, he’s good in this movie. Orson Welles was a great pick for Harry Lime, I love the scene when Lime is introduced in the movie, awesome. We saw Wilfrid Hyde-White in a bit part in the movie (I was like where do I know him from….ah! My Fair Lady.) The cinematography of this movie is amazing, it almost seems like Orson Welles shot parts of it as he was known for his strange camera shots, but no, he was just an actor. The camera angles, tilts, and shadows were the work of Robert Krasker. Our host for the evening said that if we saw that name listed on a movie we should stop what we were doing and watch it. I have to admit, the movie wouldn’t have been half as good if the scenes were shot as the viewer sees them. A bit of trivia – Cary Grant was looked at for the Harry Lime role (I could see that) and Jimmy Stewart was looked at for the Holly Martins role (oh, good grief, I’m glad Cotten was under contract at the time, I don’t really like Stewart.)
Next week the film is Rear Window, we probably won’t watch that one (I like Hitchcock, I don’t like Stewart.)
26 Jul 2013 Leave a Comment
Nice day for a hike. We went to the arsenal (because we had a library program close to there) and looked around the nature center.
Then we hiked the locust trail.
A mule deer, it was odd to see just one.
A view of the plains.
We turned around and saw downtown in the distance.
We hiked the loop back and caught this mud swallow and baby near the nature center entrance.
At the library each girl got to make a necklace that has 3 magnetic pieces, so it’s like having 3 necklaces. It was called steampunk because of some of the designs you could use.
Here’s one of mine – moustached cat.
19 Jul 2013 Leave a Comment
We went to the CU marine biology presentation at the library today. We saw this same thing back in 2008. It’s never bad to review material though, so we went with the assumption that we might hear some things we’ve heard before, but we might still learn something new or have different questions. I remember when Grace was so excited to see whale baleen up close, this was at the beginning of her whale loving journey.
This humpback baleen is the same piece, but Grace has grown!
That piece of whale rib has also stayed the same, but Grace hasn’t.
Hannah thought it was interesting too.
We got to see and touch some cool things: sun sea star (since they are not true fish they are now being referred to as just sea stars and not star fish),
bat sea star,
egg case from a skate,
angry porcupine puffer fish,
egg case from a horn shark.
Questions we had: How do sea stars lay eggs? (Well, there is only one way in or out…here is a cool pic of a sea star laying eggs.)
Is that horn shark egg case wrapped up in a kelp leaf or is that the actual egg? (Nope, that’s the egg, cool!) Are all things called mermaid purses egg sacs from skates or is that name inclusive of other things that lay eggs in a sac like sharks? (Yes, sharks, skate and rays egg sacs are called mermaid purses.) How many legs can a starfish have? (It’s more than 5…some have 40!) Once again we learned something new.
The girls got their last prize (book or journal) from the library and we are done with library reading prizes (for Denver..)
Tomorrow it’s off to the Improv show.
03 Jul 2013 Leave a Comment
Grace finished up her compare and contrast essay, it’s here. We used this program to work through the steps in writing the essay after she had gathered her information. Bethany repainted part of her art and I wonder – how long does it take for oil paint to dry? Hopefully it will be dry by Friday so we can drop it off at the gallery (though she has until Sunday to drop it off.) We gathered our lunch and headed to the park.
We’re at a new park for July, deKovend, it’s big and shady and has a creek (and a really nice playground, but the kids only play on the tire swing.) For 4 hours the kids ran around, they caught crawdads and snakes, they got soaking wet and got dizzy swinging on the tire swing, they chased squirrels and played while the adults enjoyed the cool breeze under the trees. We left there and went to drop off art that had been in the SAME cafe’ art show. From there we went to the library to drop books, pick up prizes and (lucky for us) pick up the stained glass art that had come in. Here is Grace’s piece, I think it turned out great.
Back at home I made spinach salad with grilled avocados and peaches and fried chicken strips, it was good. Then I checked the bee block, 2 new leaf cutter bee nests in the holes.
I still haven’t seen any bees working on the block, I guess I need to check in the morning and mid-afternoon as well as the evening.
18 Jun 2013 Leave a Comment
Another great project brought to you by….the library.
We got the talk again about fused glass, tack glass, types of glass, how much glue to use, how high to stack the pieces and so on.
Then, we got creative. I think I missed Grace’s piece (which will be a key chain.) Here is mine – a brooch.
Hannah’s will be a necklace.
Bethany’s will also be a necklace.
It will take about 3 weeks to get back (he has a lot of them to do from different library days.) I chose full fuse this time, I didn’t like how the tack style looked on such a small piece last time. Grace also had full fuse and Bethany and Hannah had tack. After getting some books and library prizes we headed over to the Mercado to get some Mexican candies and drinks. Mmmmm….goat milk candy, it’s the closest place I know of to get it.
Terms we learned:
COE – coefficient of expansion is the amount the glass expands or contracts for every degree centigrade. If the expansion and contraction rates for different pieces of glass are not a very close match, internal stresses will cause the glass to fracture. In the engineering world COE is called CTE (coefficient of thermal eventually.)
Full fuse – glass that has been heated to the point where individual pieces are no longer identifiable and the surface is flat (1500 degrees.)
Slumping – the process of shaping glass by heating the glass positioned on top of a mold. Slumping temperature is about 1280-1325 for Bullseye glass.
Tack fuse – Glass heated until it just begins to melt. Pieces of glass stick together, but are easily identifiable as individual pieces. Ground or sandblasted surfaces become glossy, with edges of the glass rounded and safe to touch.
15 Jun 2013 Leave a Comment
Saturday was pretty lazy, we cleaned house (ahem, I cleaned house), then we went to Anthony’s for lunch. While we were there, fire trucks zoomed past us and parked right by Union station. We went outside to look and black smoke was billowing out of the construction zone between the Station and the Ice house. Thankfully, the fire department had the fire out within minutes – more fires, ugh. (BTW The Black Forest fire is now 55% contained.)
After lunch we went to the library to see the Legendary Ladies of the West, it was a packed house. We’ve seen them as different women before. This time we saw them as:
Amelia Earhart – We heard about her need for speed as a child when she constructed her own roller coaster at her house. We were with her when she flew her canary plane, became a stunt pilot and flew across the Pacific.
We listened as she told us about her final trip that was to be her greatest achievement and ended in tragedy.
(Recently scientists have uncovered what they think might be her plane.)
Mother Cabrini – an Italian nun who came to America at the beckoning of the Pope.
She was sent to help out Italian immigrants and she did, she helped the poor, started an orphanage and made 25 trips back and forth from the US to Europe (and countless trips from the US to South America.)
Here in Colorado, Mother Cabrini started a mountain escape for the Denver orphans; a place on Lookout Mt. with fresh air, animals to care for and a hill to climb and reflect on the Sacred Heart of Jesus that she made there (and also, the well of water that sprang forth when she prayed for water at the site.) The Cabrini shrine is a place of quiet and reflection now, with a small chapel, gardens, and steps to the cross at the top of the hill.
Molly Brown – Everyone knows her: born the daughter of a ditch digger in Missouri, she once met Mark Twain there before she came West, ended up in Leadville working as a waitress, courted by and then married to John Brown who was 13 years older than she,
Denver socialite with a knack for impressing the papers and warding off her neighbors,
survivor of the Titanic, philanthropist and generous at the end – the Unsinkable Molly Brown.
Mother Jones – An activist for the common worker.
A person opposed to women’s suffrage, but an upholder of the unions and what they stood for – basic needs for the common men, women and children who were working in deplorable conditions.
The working class had her back, which was good because she pissed off a lot of people. When some miners asked her to come to Colorado, she did.
I have to wonder, if she had never come, would the Ludlow massacre have happened? Her involvement in the strike caused the militia to come out and tensions ran high, then the massacre happened. Eventually Federal troops came to restore order, but still, I wonder what would have happened if she had not riled up the workers (not that I don’t think the workers had a point, just that it could have been handled better.)
Mary Elitch – She and her husband created a magnificent garden and soon invited the people of Denver to come and bask in the beautiful surroundings (it was Denver’s first botanic gardens.)
They built a carousel (which now resides in Burlington) and a theater (which was the first theater in America to show a moving picture.)
The gardens were also the site of the first zoo West of Chicago. The theater showcased some great talent – Douglas Fairbanks (and Jr.), Cecil B. Demille, Lana Turner, Raymond Burr, William Shatner, Harold Lloyd, Patty Duke, John Astin….the list is huge. Mary said that everyone who came signed the theater door – they are in the process of restoring the theater, I hope the saved the door! Elitch gardens is now an amusement park, but just outside the gates is a garden. It doesn’t rival the original, but it’s a nod to the Elitch’s all the same.
Rosamond Underwood – Back in 1916, two highly educated society girls from the East stepped off the train in Colorado and traveled to Elkhead, a small town that was advertising for teachers.
Never mind that Rosamond and her friend Dorothy had never taught and lacked qualifications, they had the adventurous spirit and tenacity to come out here and teach the local children. They rode their horses through 6 feet of snow to teach at the one room schoolhouse, their pupils were poor children dressed in rags with shoes held on by threads.
Their families back in NY often sent boxes full of clothes, blankets, books and food for the locals, which I’m sure was a great help. If you want to know more about Rosamond and Dorothy, check out the book written by Dorothy’s granddaughter – Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West, by Dorothy Wickenden.
Helen Hunt Jackson – Peer of Thoreau, friend of Emily Dickinson, author and Native American advocate, Hunt was a writer with a cause.
When she realized that people were more likely to get behind a cause because they cared about the subject (and that people liked to read novels) she created the book Ramona that dealt with an Indian heroine, a love story, a tragedy and it became vastly popular.
She met her husband in the Springs (she was here for the air to clear her lungs) and there is a waterfall named after her (and you can see her house at the Pioneer museum in the Springs.) After her death, the Dawes act that allocated tribal lands to Indians was drawn up, her writings and activism were attributed to that happening.
After the show we walked through the flower garden to the car.
Look – I can use macro on my camera now!
10 Jun 2013 Leave a Comment
This afternoon we went to the library to see Ann Lincoln, hard to believe, but we’ve seen her for 8 summers now!
She juggled clubs and bowling balls, did a bit of magic and brought out her bunny Timothy and dog Ronald. Ronald is so cute and so well trained, I wish Maisy was that good. Andrew got to go up and help out with egg in the bag trick, I should have turned my flash on, oh well.
After the show (and checking out some library books about magic and Pomeranians) we went to Grace’s patch of river to clean up.
It needed it, look at this mess.
We picked up an entire trash bag full off junk and then claimed the right to tube in the river.
We moved some sticks out of the way too, they were clogging up the river’s path. There are some bright plants growing on some of the rocks, they look neon green and feel like grass, I’m sure it’s some kind of algae, but it’s pretty.
Bethany said she would not be swimming, which of course meant that she ended up swimming with her clothes on.
Never say, ‘I’m just going to wade’, it always ends up with you in full clothing drenched.
From there we went to the pool and swam around for a bit. Then we came home and I made Chinese chicken, I don’t like the thigh meat from Walmart that I got this time, yuck. Tomorrow is a visit to SAME cafe’, tubing the chutes and celebrating Grace’s birthday at White fence farm.
10 May 2013 2 Comments
I have to say that the Castle Rock historical society has much better meetings than the Highlands Ranch society. We went to the CR library last night to hear “Gunny” Jeff Norman spin us the tale of the life of William F. Cody, AKA Buffalo Bill. In true Bill fashion, not all the tales were true (Bill did not invent the doughnut by pressing bread through his saddle-horn, but that’s a good story.)
Everyone knows that Bill had a Wild west show, that he was named Buffalo Bill after his time as an RR agent when he supplied the buffalo meat for the rail workers, that he rode for the pony express and that he was an Army scout (at least I assume you know that.) Did you know that his father was stabbed after spouting anti-slavery statements in Kansas? His father was never the same and when Bill was 11 he was the man of the house. He started work as a wagon boy, then as a scout, at age 15 he came to Cripple creek looking for gold but was turned onto the adventure of the life of a Pony express rider.
He was too young, 15, to be in the Army but worked as a scout until his mother died; then at age 18 he joined the Army in the cavalry unit until 1865 (he later worked as a scout for the Army again.) He got married, but just couldn’t settle down. He tried to make a town called Rome in Kansas with a partner. Another guy came along and asked to be a third partner, he said he had RR connections, but Bill and friend declined his offer. Too bad, Hays is still a city in Kansas, whereas Rome is not (however, he had better luck with his town in WY named Cody.) It was about this time that Buffalo Bill was becoming popular in dime novels and in a play New York.
Bill was asked to play himself, but he had stage fright, he eventually got over it by trashing the script and making it up as he went along. About this time he got the idea for a Wild west show with horses, cowboys, trick riders, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, a stagecoach robbery and more. It was a hit, he traveled all over the US and Europe. Bill was horrible with money though, in one year he made 11 million dollars (in our money), but he was a sucker for scammers and died with less than $100,000 to his name.
And that’s where Denver comes in. He died in his sister’s house in Denver and then the fighting started. The town of Cody, WY that he founded demanded the body, as did a town in Nebraska where he spent a lot of time, not to mention his home birth state and Kansas. His wife Louisa was said to have been bribed by the Denver newsman that scammed Bill of his Wild west show. Bill had to sit in Denver until the ground thawed enough (and a dirt road was built) to the top of Lookout Mt. in Golden. His funeral was attended by over 25,000 people who lined the roads up to Golden.
His body was sought after by other towns and after a few attempts, they blasted the grave deep in the rock and covered it with cement.
And that, is the mostly true, story of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
I found this site that has some interesting pieces of Bill history, including a map of Rome, KS. If you’re in Denver you can go up to Bill’s grave and visit his museum on top of Lookout Mt. (The museum usually celebrates his birthday in Feb. with cake and a buffalo chip tossing contest, this year was snowed out and they just had the celebration last weekend.) Don’t bet on beating me at the buffalo chip tossing contest though….
07 May 2013 Leave a Comment
We got a late start to school then left for the cake decorating co-op. I left on time, but forgot the cakes, so we had to turn around and go back home. Thankfully I was only 5 minutes from the house.
We arrived at the co-op and got started with bags of icing and practice sheets.
We used a few different tips to make stars, stripes, circles and a basket weave.
Hannah was working very hard on the practicing part.
Once the kids were happy with how the practice turned out, they frosted their cakes and started adding decorations.
Hannah’s cake looked like the beach, purple and white shells were everywhere.
Grace had a red velvet cake with orange frosting and white and purple stars and purple stripes.
Bethany had a lemon cake with white icing, a blue rose and pink stars.
We took the cakes home and brought one to Grandma’s place (3 cakes to eat – what was I thinking.) We had dinner with Grandma and then took her to the library to watch a play with us.
It was Aesop’s fables with actors from Page to Stage. They told us a little about Aesop and then we heard 5 stories. The fox and the crow, the fox and the grapes, the tortoise and the hare, a wolf in sheep’s clothing and the sun and the wind.
The girls thought the turtle was funny and the wind was cool with his mohawk hair. We checked out some books and showed Grandma the check out system on the computer. It’s come a long way from pulling the card off the book and stamping it.
11 Apr 2013 Leave a Comment
We went to a new park today. It’s part of the STAR facility and it’s a sensory playground. They are opening it up to homeschoolers for this month and next on Thursdays. So, what is a sensory playground?
It’s see-saws with bouncing balls that hit chimes, a swing that sings as you swing, a slide with metal rollers, spinning chairs, climbing walls, bumpy slides, and for the feet – fake grass, real grass, sand, cement, mulch and spongy tiles.
It was chilly, then the sun came out for a bit, then it got cloudy again. The kids ran, threw snowballs, played, climbed and had a good time. We’ll be coming back in May (and hopefully it will be warmer.)
After the park, the girls and I went over to the library for a program on tortilla press printmaking with an instructor from the Museo de Las Américas. She introduced us to Jose Posada (Hannah said, like Pasados at Christmas?….No, not like that.) He basically started the Day of the Dead imagery with his skeleton calaveras. He believed that underneath our skin and our clothes, no matter if we are rich or poor – we are all the same. His skeletons are often dressed in fancy clothes or peasant clothing, but only to identify them, otherwise you would never know if the image was made to represent the poor or rich. He worked with zinc and tin, etching them to create prints and he worked in wood. You can find out more about him here. Grace was interested in this print when she heard Don Quixote.
(Source: http://ashleysherry.tripod.com/halloween/quixote.html and her source: Posada’s Popular Mexican Prints edited by Roberto Berdecio and Stanley Appelbaum)
Our host passed out thin sheets of foam and we got to work drawing whatever we wanted.
Then we rolled the ink on, pressed the picture to some paper and…ta-da!
(No, it’s not a tortilla press, it’s a wooden press – but you could use a tortilla press.)
Bethany’s turned out the best because she put the right amount of pressure on the foam. That was fun (and since we’ve seen the calaveras before during Day of the Dead, we now know where they came from.)
25 Mar 2013 Leave a Comment
This morning we had a DNA co-op at a friend’s house.
All the girls went, I expected the co-op to be a review for Bethany, some new stuff for Grace and lots of new stuff for Hannah. Christine told the kids that DNA is very small bits of information that is stored in our genes, that they are the building blocks (kind of like legos) of life.
They talked about the history of DNA – it was discovered in 1868, but wasn’t recognized as genetic material until almost 100 years later. They learned that the Y chromosome rarely changes, whereas the X carries lots of change. DNA contains a special alphabet that goes together like puzzle pieces to create a unique genetic code. A, T, C, G like to hang out in pairs, but they are choosy about their friends – A and T are best friends and always hang out together, G and C are best friends and always hang out together. The letters for codons are three letters long, they make up sentences (genes) that the cell understands. The kids made DNA strands where A was green, T was red, C was blue and G was yellow (pony beads.)
They used their initials and followed the code to make the gene, for instance – BRC would be GCA CGT TGC. Then they switched strands and tried to translate the code back into initials. You can find some flash DNA lessons here. Extract DNA from your cheek cells by following this guide. Extract plant DNA by looking here. Or do a virtual lab here.
We came home for a bit and then headed to the library for Sumi-e painting.
The girls learned about this form of Japanese painting and tried their hand at painting on rice paper and watercolor paper.
You can learn more about the technique and history here.
Then we went to dance, it was observation day. Hannah’s class was doing a great job.
Grace is amazing in her dance.
Bethany’s class is having a hard time because people are missing days, but it’s looking good.
James got to come and see the girls dance, that was a treat for both of them. We’re halfway there, sad but true. Today our devotional was about God’s redeeming love, there is no life so broken that God can’t take it from the ashes and make it beautiful. We need to trust in God, who is working through us, to produce fruit in our lives. Though we fail again and again, God will take us and raise us up, after all He is the one who raises the dead to life!
2 Corinthians 1:9
We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing.
After dance we had dinner with James and then headed over to the Salvation Army shelter. We helped the kids make their Easter baskets and then we made paper bag puppets.
The kids were so funny, we had everything from Spiderman to Frankenstein, to a zombie puppet (see his brain poking out on the right?) and everything in between.
It was fun and the kids wanted to know if we were coming back next Monday, I told them yes and that since it’s April fool’s day we’d have to bring them a trick. I’m thinking fake deviled eggs and funny books like Amelia Bedelia and trickster stories. Sounds like a plan!
12 Feb 2013 Leave a Comment
Today, after we did school, we had pancakes for lunch. That sounds weird, but it’s Mardi Gras today (or Fat Tuesday or Pancake day or Carnivale or…you get the picture.) We read through a couple of Powerpoint presentations about Shrove Tuesday (I found a new resource, you have to sign up…but it’s free. It’s at Sharemylesson.com. I’m bummed that I can’t sign up for the UK version with the same e-mail though…) and ate our pancakes. Shrove is the past tense of shrive, which just means to hear confession and absolve from sin. It’s a reminder that we are starting Lent tomorrow, 40 days before Easter and a time to reflect and meditate on what Jesus has done and is doing for us. Nowhere in the Bible does it say to eat pancakes and to practice Lent, it’s just a symbol. The Bible does talk about ashes and repentance in many places (Daniel 9:3 So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.) The 40 days before Lent reminds us of the 40 days that Jesus was fasting and praying, getting closer to the Father. The 40 days is a countdown to the day of Easter, when a risen Christ is celebrated. Instead of giving up something for Lent, we are adding something. We are adding random acts of kindness (or does that mean that we are giving up being unkind?) I hope that our family will seek out ways to be kind to each other and to others during this time.
This afternoon we went to the library to celebrate Mardi Gras with beads and masks.
We had our own masks from last year, but the girls made some new ones too. We listened to Carnivale music and the teacher taught us how to do the Samba.
Of course, everyone got beads too. It was not as fun as Mardi Gras in Manitou, but it was a nice diversion for the afternoon.
And now for the 3 hard Eucharisteo’s. That word, Eucharisteo, means thanks, to be grateful, to feel thankful for. So, 3 things that are hard to give thanks for. Well, my Grandma just passed away last week and though I am hard pressed to give thanks for it, I should. She is not only in a place where there is no more pain, she wanted to go there. To be at peace and in the Father’s presence, that is something to be thankful for. Another hard thing is the Bible study I am doing right now at church. It’s great to be thinking and feasting on the Word of God, but it is hard. There is reading to do and studying and learning words and taking notes and taking all of that information and putting it to use. The last….being quiet and being in a place to give thanks. I have a pretty busy life and though I have started to implement things like the joy dare every day (to make me more aware of gifts through the day and stopping to count them), I am still on the go pretty much all day and it is hard to take some time to slow down and properly give thanks. But, I know I should (and knowing is half the battle!)
Food for thought – Blessings are planted throughout our day, we just need to stop and pick them up. We should gather them like a fragrant bouquet and then at the end of the day, give them back to God – thanking Him for each gift He has given.
31 Jan 2013 Leave a Comment
By just a bit. My Aunt called me Tuesday night to tell me that my Grandma (on my Dad’s side) was in the hospital once again and that it didn’t look good. I have a whole other post for that; things she saw and reasons why I’m happy that she is getting to go home.
So, Wednesday we did NIA class, did some school and gathered curriculum to take to the library for a show/swap/sale. I had hoped that more newbies would show up, instead we got mostly old, crusty homeschoolers (that includes me) who only wanted to get rid of their stuff, not buy (sorry Page, I couldn’t resist dumping some of my free stuff on your kids, they looked so happy about it!) But, we had a Teacher’s Day Out so it was all good. I dropped off Joel at CU and picked up Bethany from a friend’s house. I called James and he was already over on that end of town at Chick-Fil-A, so we stopped in and had dinner with him.
Thursday I let Joel drive the van around in the morning in preparation for his driving test on Friday. He did fine and will do fine as long as he watches his turns and blinker usage. And for the record, we did not make him wait till he was 18. He had a permit, but in CO you have to hold the permit for 1 year, that year was up at the beginning of January and then he started talking about getting his license. After school and lunch we went to the library for Presentation club. The topic was speaker’s choice, so we had a variety of speeches.
So, we learned that the Titanic cost 7.5 million to build and that a 1st class berth cost $4,350 ($50K in today’s money!)
We learned how to make a paper drum and listened to the difference in sound between that and a drum made with a balloon.
We explored the difference between 3 popular diets and what makes a good diet (sustainability, exercise and balance of food.)
We learned about an Orca named Lolita who has been in a small tank in FL for 40 years and what you can do to help set her free. (http://savelolita.org)
We learned what Taran does and doesn’t want to be when he grows up (dirty jobs?…No.)
We heard a didgeridoo and saw boomerangs from Australia.
We learned about ski gear, how to put on and take off ski boot from skis and why you should always wear a helmet.
We learned that Innsbruck in Austria has seven museums, that Munich was 80% destroyed in WWII and that Emma really wants to visit certain castles on her trip to Europe.
And we learned about improv presentations and why they make awkward silences.
Bethany had an art class at the library right after the club, so we sat in the library playing games and talking while Bethany made stained glass candle holders. Tomorrow is Joel’s driving test, Hannah has a co-op at a friend’s house and I am going to the Passionate Heart Ministries Winter gathering for food, song, teaching and fellowship.
24 Jan 2013 Leave a Comment
You can never trust the weatherman here. Yesterday was supposed to be like today and today was supposed to be like yesterday, we’re glad he was wrong.
It was sunny and warm and beautiful.
We had a horde of kids at the park, swinging, playing, walking on the ice in the creek. Don’t worry about the train tracks, the train is put away for the season. ‘A’ got a new puppy, a pug.
I think most pugs are ugly, but this one is pretty cute.
Everyone at the park wanted to hold her and a lot of kids asked for a new puppy….no. Annalivia posed for pictures, this is her thoughtful pose.
This one is cute.
This one is…I won the lottery?
This one is thoughtful with a hint of faraway glance.
And this one is just happy, jumpy fun.
Baby E tried to keep up with Anna, but she just isn’t as coordinated yet.
The train tracks make good balance beams.
It was a shame to leave the park, but we had a library program to go to. We learned about crystals and geodes. The girls got to crack a geode and take one home to crack and we got the recipe for making egg geodes.
These crystals in an egg are a lot sturdier than the ones we did on sponges, those were very fragile.
We rounded out the day by going to the pool for a swim, well the girls swam, James and I sat in the spa. Joel is off skiing with friends and we have a tRUNks show this weekend, then it’s the last week of the month!