Well, another busy week has come and gone. The fence work has been going along (slower than I thought it would be, they have completed one of the four sides). Two of the sides are going to be chain link and they say those will go up in about a day. But the vinyl part of the fence is very complex. They spent all week this week working on it and setting up the posts for the chain link fence. I am ready for the puppies to go outside. Our house just isn’t big enough for the two of them and I am very tired of cleaning up puppy messes.
But we have had a little fun this week. Yesterday, I took the kids to FunQuest for a homeschool skate. I really appreciated the fact that they are reaching out to homeschoolers and are trying to set up a reasonably priced fun time for the children. Jack and Katrina had fun skating, playing laser tag, and Katrina spent some time in the big playplace.
Before we went trick or treating on Friday, we had a photo session Friday morning. A gentleman in our church has a photography business and I thought it would be fun for the kids to have their pictures taken in a photo shoot:) We had tried to get together before the leaves had all fallen from the trees, but between inclement weather and busy schedules, we missed some of the prettier days. But in the end, we got some great shots. You can check them out at my flickr account
Friday night, we got home about 9 from trick or treating and went to bed around 10:30. We were up at 7:30 to head to my mom’s church for the Holiday Bazaar. It was amazing!
One of the things I love most about the church we attend is that the members there really have a heart for children and family. We are a small church, but we have Awanas and during the year do a lot of things with our youngsters in mind. Our Pastor started a father/son campout and the boys and dads love it. They go camp near a creek in tents and fish and swim and spend time together.
Well, of course us moms and daughters didn’t want to be left out, so we started the Mother/Daughter sleepover. We didn’t want to go camping, so we spent the night at the church. We had so much fun.
We ate pizza for dinner.
We made scarecrows and turkeys from little flower pots…well, we tried to. The project called for tacky glue. Either we had bad tacky glue or it needed hot glue.
We painted pumpkin picture frames (and yes, the moms joined in all the fun!)
We carved pumpkins.
We made cookies, played bingo,and put on make-up.
Even the youngest daughters joined in.
And one mom went above and beyond the call of being a good sport by letting the girls paint her face.
We all got snuggled in and watched The Great Pumpkin before going to sleep.
In the morning we woke up and had coffee, milk, and cinnamon rolls before packing up, cleaning up and heading home about 9 a.m. It was a wonderful time!
I got Mario Party for the DS. I have always enjoyed playing the Mario Party games for the Nintendo 64, Game Cube and Wii. And this version of Mario Party is no different. But I want to tell you something I discovered the hard way. After you win the story version, you have to sit and wait for all of the credits…every last name must scroll through, then you will have some more buttons to click in order to actually getting credit for winning the story mode. I beat the story mode 3 times with Daisy, but then realized, that when I went and looked at my awards and badges, it was as if I hadn’t done it, plus Triangle Twisters was no where to be found. Well, life is good now and maybe there was something in the book that would have cued me in if I had read it…but since I didn’t, I figure maybe some others didn’t and I thought I would share what I learned.
A couple of days ago, Jack found the Lego website. He has actually been there before and ever since we bought our first Legos about 11 years ago, he has been getting Lego magazine in the mail. But for whatever reason, he got to really exploring the website this week.
And there is a lot to explore. There are games. There are movies. You can sign up for the newsletter. There is a gallery where you can see other fantastic creations and submit your own for others to see.
The thing that I think is the coolest is the Lego Factory. Go to main page, click on ‘play’ button, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on ‘factory’ button. In the Lego Factory, you can download a program onto your computer. Then you can go in and make your own Lego creations on the screen. And you can save them. And the really, really cool part is after your child designs something, it is possible to buy the Lego bricks to make their creation at home. I just think that is sooooo cool.
And being able to make creations on the computer has other added advantages. No more trying to pull the bricks apart with your teeth (not advised if you wear braces). No more stepping on stray legos on the floor. And if you are in the middle of a project, no more having your mom tell you that it has to be put away because there is simply no room for it in the house!
I just went and played one of the games…let me tell you, it was fun! So if you and your children haven’t been there to check out the website, I suggest you go check it out. I think you will have fun (you might want to check it out first and you know….test it some…before telling the kids about it… after all you want to make sure that it’s a good site for them, you shouldn’t just take my word for it!) Happy Legoing!
Momanna98 at Homeschooling in Illinois sent me an email with this song in it today. I love it! And think you will get a kick out of it two…whether you homeschool or not.
Sing to the tune of â€œI Will Survive-Made famous by Gloria Gaynor
First I was afraid
I was petrified.
Kept thinking I could never teach
Â´Cause IÂ´m not certified.
But we spent so many nights
Reteaching homework that was wrong.
I grew strong,
so now I teach my kids at home!
We study math
and outer space.
I just kept on despite the fear
with a big smile across my face.
I bought a set of Base Ten blocks.
I bought books with answer keys.
My parents think weÂ´re nuts,
but they donÂ´t even bother me
Come on, letÂ´s go walk out the door.
WeÂ´re on the road now,
’cause weÂ´re not home much anymore
My friends would laugh and say weÂ´d be unsocialized.
I heard one mumble
that IÂ´d give up by July.
Oh no, not I!
I will survive!
As long as I know how to read
I know weÂ´ll be alright.
I’ve got all my life to learn.
I’ve got energy to burn.
and I’ll survive.
I will survive.
It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart.
Decided to attend
a play date at the local park,
and I met oh so many moms
who offered eagerly to help.
They used to cry.
Now they hold their heads up high,
and so do we!
My kids are cool!
TheyÂ´re not those chained up little people
stuck inside at school.
So if you feel like dropping by
and just expect us to be free
youÂ´d better call ahead first
Â´cause weÂ´re probably busy!
I was visiting my buddy, Nikowa, at Knowledge House Academy and saw an amazing post she had titled God’s Pharmacy. If you needed another reason to add more fruits and veggies to your diet, go check it out. It’s a great post!
Yep, folks, you heard it here first! NASA has announced the next astronauts that will be heading to the moon. You can see their picture here. NASA has decided that a family would be a great choice for the next mission and I am sure you will agree. Of course, the fact that the family had all recently gone on a shopping spree at the House of Blues was what clinched NASA’s decision.
“This family is on a mission from God,” one NASA spokesman reported.
I received this photo in an email. It was so good, I had to pass it on:)
I love Star Trek. So I enjoyed taking this quiz. Thought you might like to as well. I got a a 39 out of 50. Some of those questions are tough. Daniel got a 41.
Let me know how you do! I took the HP test too, but be warned, it doesn’t keep your score, so you need to do it for yourself. The Star Trek test keeps the score.