Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Should I Be Concerned???

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Help!

He’s running around the neighborhood like this!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

For the Love of Horses!

Molly has a love for horses.

So, we have endeavored to frequent our nearby equestrian center on a weekly basis in hopes of making some friends and perhaps making some connections that might help her get a job there in a few years.

Meet some of our friends . . .

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They are all so unique and sweet.

We have been blessed so much just in the last week (since embarking on our project), at how the Lord is answering our prayers. Every time we have gone, we have met the nicest people who have invited us to pet their horse, etc. We are not allowed to pet the horses or feed them unless we have permission and it is so hard. They are so friendly and seem just as interested in us as we are in them. They hang their heads out of their enclosures and whinny, etc. just begging us to come and pet them. So it is really nice when we actually get to.

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We are trusting the Lord with Molly’s dreams . . .

2012 Presentation Night

 

This year, our family joined up with a homeschool support group in Irvine. We meet with them on Friday mornings for special classes. Jonathan and Annie are in a class together and they have studied topics such as musical instruments, Jewish feasts, and science classifications. David and Molly are in a class together and they have done a book study together, visited the library, looked at CA history, and the history of film in CA. Emily is in a class where right now they are conducting a “gavel club” group. Her class has also been involved in service projects throughout the year that she has thoroughly enjoyed. It has been a really good fit for our family. And we get to spend some more time at Grandma’s since we meet right by her house.

Well, this past Friday night, we got to attend our first Presentation Night with them. It is a time for each student to practice speaking in front of a large group for 1-2 minutes. We saw lots of creativity. Since this was our first time and we really didn’t know what to expect or what to do, we chose to have all the kids do something together. They ended up imitating a Christian comedian’s skit where he tells the story of the Three Little Pigs as it might have been told during Shakespeare’s day.

Here is part of their performance:

We were very proud of them and had such  wonderful time! They are already talking about what they want to do next year as they really enjoyed all of the different presentations and got lots of good ideas.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

School

Believe it or not, school has taken place this year.

Here is a video that Emily and David put together for a history project a few months back that demonstrated the "melodrama" of the 1920's.
Enjoy!

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The kids got to participate in several service projects this year with our homeschool support group.
This one was with Voice of the Martyrs.




Molly and Jonathan and Annie interviewed a missionary couple who served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Asia for over 30 years.

Molly and Annie and Jonathan and I enjoyed studying Anatomy and Physiology together.


Here is Emily giving her first speech at her Gavel Club meeting:


David and Emily like to help each other on their science experiments. This year, Emily studied Physical Science and anything that involves explosions usually gets everyone watching and wanting to help.


Jonathan does not need to be coaxed to read . . .

As the kids and I studied the role of the lens of the eye, we got to burn holes in paper with a magnifying glass . . . (Can't believe I actually SHOWED my kids how to do this!)


Those are the FUN times. We've had our share of just digging our noses in to the books and straining our brains to write and figure and put things together. But they've hung in there this year, and despite the challenges . . . the LORD has seen us safely through . . once again.

Nine more weeks, Kids!

We can do it!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Neglected Celebratory Posts

 

We’ve had some celebrations lately, but life has been so busy that I’ve been negligent in posting about them. But the photos bring back some good memories, so I thought I’d share.

In March . . . we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. We usually don’t, but I took the opportunity to look again at the life of Saint Patrick and work in some geography and some fun diversion activities for Molly, Annie, and Jonathan.

During the week before, we made pistacio pudding. Why? Because it was green and because my kids had never had it. Jonathan immediately thought it smelled weird. (I couldn’t smell it at all at that point.) They all took mini spoonfuls and . . . . decided they didn’t like it. Oh well. (Actually, Em and David ate a dish.)

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So, then it was on to making authentic Irish soda bread. Yeast would not work with the wheat that grew in Ireland, so they had to come up with this tasty flat bread recipe. This turned out much better. My kids are so addicted to bread!

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Then on Friday, after our Academy Day, we all went out for Shamrock Shakes . . .

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Saturday morning, I woke up and made everyone “green eggs and ham”. David and Jonathan were my early risers, so they tested it out with me while the others snoozed.

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I know . . . not too appetizing, huh? But it was fun and it all tasted good.

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Sunday evenings, we usually try to do a special dessert, so the girls helped me to make rainbow cupcakes. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun too.

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And they were delicious!

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Also, that same month, we celebrated Molly’s birthday. She turned 11!

During the week prior, while taking the other siblings shopping for birthday gifts, Molly and I hung out and did a little shopping of our own.

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Then we celebrated her day with donuts,

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and specially-made cards, and carefully chosen gifts.

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Then we ended a fun and long day with a delicious cake!

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Happy birthday, Miss Molly!! We love you!

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This past weekend, we celebrated Easter. It’s one of my most favorite celebrations!

We celebrated at church where we were once again reminded of why we believe in the Resurrection and why the report of Jesus rising from the dead changes EVERYTHING! So good!

Then we came home to get the food ready. We were starving!

The kids wanted to have a colorful table and begged me to let them food color the food. I’ve been saying no to this for years, but finally this year gave in.

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So, we had blue mashed potatoes! I tell ya, they looked just like the play dough I use to make for the kids when they were small.

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The butter . . .well, it was supposed to be purple. Then Molly and I settled for pink. Yes, it’s pink. Look closely. It’s pink.

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Notice how nice and colorful our plates were. Just like colored eggs!

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Then my mom read us one of her favorite books. And we all listened intently.

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And when the day was over, I crashed. Exhausted. Beyond consciousness. But full of good memories!

Happy Spring, everyone!

We hope and pray that you are all enjoying the warming weather and the coming of summer vacation. (I know THIS homeschooling mother is!)

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