Thursday, February 21, 2013

Laughter is Good Medicine-Edited!

And we get plenty of it in our home!

Here are some quick anecdotes of humor from our home over the past few days:

From Emily's blog:
Jonathan came up to me this morning and announced rather proudly that he had succeeded in unscrewing his doorknob (partially). He then proceeded to say:
"I bet you wouldn't think of something like that!"

My response: "Well...I might, but I probably wouldn't do it..."

"You're just chicken."

"No, I just like my things to stay intact."

"Pshaw, you girls. You like order."

Then, this morning during our family time, Earl had us all turn to Luke 8:26. Some of the kids like to shout out the "passage heading" when they find it, and this morning Jonathan shouted out, "The Democrat healed!" We all busted up laughing when we saw the proper heading - "The Demoniac healed".
(This was so funny to us, because our kids misread words all the time when they are young and it just sometimes has funny results. Please understand that we do not believe that Democrats are equivalent to demoniacs! That would not be a biblical perspective.)

During our geography time today, we were watching some videos of the Markhor goat that lives in the mountains of northern Pakistan. They wanted me to play this one last video, but I said, "Naw, it says it's about the goats rutting [mating]." 

Then Molly very seriously said, "But there won't be any kissing in it." 

This just struck me as very funny and we all had a good laugh! (We actually went ahead and watched it and she was right - there wasn't any kissing in it.)

More Horse Photos

Molly has had 2 more lessons since our last posting. She has one more to complete her “4 lesson deal” we got through Groupon. She is loving it! (Thank you, Aunt Sonya!)

Yesterday was a beautiful day, though windy, which made for frisky ponies. At one point, while Molly was leading her pony, Romeo, out to the mounting block, he was startled by a blowing & noisy plastic bag and tried to bolt the other direction. But Molly held firm to the reins – for which I was glad, since he was going to run back towards ME! (I’m not as brave around horses as Molly is.) She rocked!

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

School Days

This year for history, I have brought all the kids together and we are doing a year-long unit on CA history with some world geography mixed in, as well as some cultural studies for Emily and David that tie in with their Spanish and Systematic Theology classes.

Most of our kids like to draw, so we’ve read a lot of literature together (many of Scott O’Dell’s books) while they sketch some “portraits of CA history”. Just recently they have sketched the CA quail and poppy, along with the iconic figure representing the Pony Express. We’ve sketched the different gold mining techniques. David tackled and conquered a sketch of a train representing the transcontinental railroad. During the very cold mornings we’ve had recently, our history hour (10 am – 11 am) usually finds us bundled up reading and sketching and discussing together.


Speaking of the transcontinental railroad, we learned about the Chinese people who helped tremendously in CA bringing about the completion of the railroad. And the timing just happened to coincide with the celebration of the Chinese New Year. We have a very high Asian population around here, so we thought it would be good to learn a little bit more about our neighbors. Thursdays are our “geography” days, so we did some Chinese activities instead of our usual “book learning”.

First, we made Chinese hats:


Some of the more artistic of us, actually drew Chinese characters on their hat:


Then we all worked on making Chinese “slat books”. These were the first books used in Ancient China, usually made with bamboo strips and tied together with bark.


Projects rarely turn out like the instructions, in our home. But we try.


Grandma stopped by for a spontaneous visit and that was fun getting to share our Chinese activities with her, before she zipped off again.


For lunch, Molly and I ran to the Asian market behind our house (It is a very cultural and fun place to visit for us these days. It’s like stepping into another world!). We bought some chopsticks and tried to find some fortune cookies, but they didn’t have any. So we bought instead some rice cakes and rice sticks. Then I cooked up some noodles and some seasoned chicken and steamed some broccoli – just what we had on hand. 


Then we all tried to follow the instructions for using chopsticks that Annie found in her “Dangerous book for Girls”. It was hard. Some of us resorted to using a fork. I think that being forced to use chopsticks might be a great weight loss technique for me!


All in all, it was a fun day and a good diversion from our . . .                 regularly scheduled program.

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