Saturday, August 30, 2008

Household Tip #6: Rewards Key Tags

I love the convenience of key tag cards for rewards or memberships.
However, I've worn through several key hole parts so they no longer stay on my key ring.

To reinforce intact tags and/or to repair torn tags, I use my eyelet setter.

Here is an intact tag that I want to reinforce-

I grab a large eyelet and my most favorite tool: The Crop-A-Dile***

I set the eyelet in there and give the Crop a little squeeze...


Here are my keys with a repaired Haggen (grocery store) tag-

If you click on the picture, I think you can see how worn the card is by the hole.
The eyelet really closed the gap and it's secure now.

Works for me...

(If you don't have a Crop-A-Dile, a little FYI. You can probably pick-up the first version for cheaper because the new version, Big Bite, just came out. I gave Mamahollioni my pink one and picked up a lime green. My new one came in a carrying case complete with a variety of eyelets for $29 at Paper Zone. Personally, I would love to have a Big Bite because you can set an eyelet 6 inches into a project but, ouch, it has a Big Bite price of $49. I might have to put it on my Wish List ;)

For other great tips, be-bop over to Rocks In My Dryer!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Days of Creation

I finally took some pictures of the kiddos working on their note booking.
We covered the days of Creation this week.

They worked on their sheets while listening to Haydn's The Creation.

He is so excited to be doing "big kid" work with his sisters!
The other day he had to run to sis to show off...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Over at miscel(Lainie)ous

I really have to stop shopping at Target. I keep having emotional breakdowns there and it's just, well, weird.

To keep reading, click here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Time Line

Two Eye-Hooks: $1.oo

15 ft of 30 pound fishing leader line: $4.00

Paper clips, 500 ct $2.29

Eyelets, 600 ct $5.49

Sturdy, non-drooping Time Line: Priceless

Nana and Star Wars

Nana is trying to jump into the Star Wars fever that has gripped our house. Leisl in particular is fascinated by the story, the movies and the making-of-the-movies. She has only seen the originally three movies. However, she has read the stories and has watched the making-of-the-movies on DVD.

Nana went out yesterday and purchased Episodes 1,2 and 3. The Captain and I haven't decided when we will let Leisl watch those movies but today we are taking Leisl, Brigitta and assorted friends to watch the Clone Wars.

At the breakfast table this morning, Nana and Leisl were discussing the finer points of Episode 1 and in true Nana fashion came up with her own vernacular.

Dark Bader=Darth Vader
Mesa (and she pronounced it like the Spanish word for table)= Jar Jar Binks

Leisl asked, "Wasn't the pod race so cool?!"

Nana: "The Padres? They're doing terrible this year!"

Oh, help us.

Finally, she thought Darth Vader was Anakin's father. Once we explained that Anakin became Darth Vader and Luke is his son, she became very animated and said, "Oooh, just like Buzz Lightyear and Zurg!" Yes Nana, exactly.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Where's Brigitta?

In the living room making pictures using water bottles caps, again.
She collects water bottles caps and currently has 624 of them.

Apparently we're a thirsty bunch...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Our First Day

I didn't take one picture today! Oops! Maybe tomorrow...

We started school today and except for one minor meltdown (not me) it went great. We actually got through everything that was scheduled.
I love that about MFW.
We did-
•Bible and memory verse work
•Greek vocab (see side bar each week to learn with us)
•Science (Dinosaurs of Eden & Genesis for Kids)
•Our history timeline and history notebooking
•Art/Art History

This last subject is where our meltdown occurred. Lesson #1 is titled, "Lessons on Frustration." Very, very appropriate title unfortunately. We learned about great artists (Michaelangelo, Rembrandt, Monet etc...) and their frustration with their own work. We then learned about Joni Eareckson Tada, a paralyzed artist who draws and paints with a brush held between her teeth.

Our exercise was drawing a butterfly while holding the pencil between our teeth. Unfortunately, I forgot that Kurt's top two front teeth are loose. Oops. He was trying to be a trooper and not complain but of course since he couldn't grip with his teeth tightly he was, well, beyond frustration.

We finally figured out what the problem was, I apologized for forgetting and he came down and gave it another shot. This time I just had him use his non-dominate hand to draw and he got the point that it's hard. Whew.

Other than that it was a good, full day.

I'll leave you with a Joni Eareckson Tada Christmas card. Truly, with God all things are possible.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Bye-bye Beast

Tomorrow we finally start school. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way.
I went to the library today to pick-up our Book Basket books. Brigitta hovered and circled like a buzzard while I unloaded the crate. As soon as I finished she grabbed three or four and I didn't hear a peep out of her for a while. I asked her if she was a little "hungry" for school.
I received a very enthusiastic head nod while she kept reading!

So, now that we are officially back to it, I need to say, "Bye-bye Beast."
My organizational beast. I only let him out once or twice a year. Any more than that and he would try to run my life and rob my joy.

The Captain has been listening to Jon Courson's teachings on the Book of Numbers. To quote Jon, "Organization is a wonderful servant but a very hard master."
The Captain and I want our family to keep Jesus as our Master. Our Lord and our Master. "His yoke is easy and His burden is light." (Matt 11:30)

So as we enter this new season, we have peace about our decisions.

We have "agonized in prayer to the Lord before organizing our plan." And we are not trusting in "human analyzation but rather divine revelation."

Lord Jesus, here we are again. We offer up our family again to you and ask that You bless our school year. Lord, we are grateful for the provision and direction You have provided. By Your Spirit, may we give all honor and glory to You. Lord, help us to keep our focus on You and Your Word. May we be students of Your truth, Your mercy, Your grace and most of all Your love.
May we be a light for You this school year. We cling to Your promises Lord. We purpose to keep doing the next right thing while we watch for Your coming. Come quickly Jesus. But until then, may be persevere in faith, trusting in You for everything. Amen.

Friday, August 22, 2008

River Rocks

My friend Stacey released some creative energy on river rocks. I was one of the blessed recipients. Check 'em out...

This one is mine-

This is one she made for herself-

These were for some of her friends at work-

Hurray for Mod Podge!
The rocks make great paperweights while looking super cool!
Thank you Stacey-bug!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Story Time

See Lainie drive.
See Lainie drive very fast.

See flashing lights.
Red and blue flashing lights.

See Lainie be nauseous.
"Try not to vomit on Mr. Nice Policeman!"

With very shaky hands, hand over license, registration and proof of insurance.

Wait a really long time while everyone driving by stares at you.
Start crying and turn red in the nose. Blow nose.

Thank nice officer man for your ticket.
Circle September 2 on calendar for court date.

See Lainie drive.
See Lainie drive very slowly.

The End

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Little "Lockers"--Edited--new find in 2009

The original post is down below and what we did in 2008 worked great-- in 2008.

However, with a 7th grader and the amount of work increase, etc... we have out grown the XL magazine holder.

Back to The Container store I went (and I'm sooo glad I did) to find something they call the
"Multi-purpose Bin" for $4.99

Oh. Wow. This thing is awesome! You'd think I worked for these people the way I get so excited :D hee hee

Anyway, with these bins I was able to organize the math manipulatives, games, etc...--

Since we upgraded to a more heavy-duty binder we needed something bigger to hold two.
These do with room to spare--

Now the whole cabinet is organized instead of chaotic--

These bins are also great for organizing freezers, under sink cabinets, Legos, etc...


Our eldest loves educating at home. However, being a 6th grader, she is a little sad about not having a locker at school.

We considered buying her a locker from IKEA. But it cost way more than we wanted to spend and we don't really have room/desire for another "thing" in the house.

What to do, what to do...

While I was pondering what to do I remembered that I wanted to corral each child's things in a simple, easy to use way this year.

What to do, what to do...

I ended up choosing extra large, clear lucite/acrylic magazine holders.

They are large enough to hold their history binder, Singapore math books, spiral math book and Spelling spiral notebook with room to spare.

The kids are going to decorate inserts themselves but I did one as an example.

First I measured both the front panel and the back.

Then I cut some paper to fit-

and made a tag for name, etc...

I attached it using a few very small pieces of tape since it's temporary for this post. It did the job.
You could use a glue dots, double-stick tape, or even a tiny drop of Elmer's on the four corners to give it a bit more permanence.

Oooh, if you have a Post-It glue stick you could smack some of that on the face of it (top and bottom) and then it would be re-positionable and would not harm the surface.

Note to self: pick up Post-It glue stick at Staple

Here's what the inserts look like:

My printer is out of ink so I couldn't do this for "real."
For a "locker" theme, I was thinking about using a combination lock image to decorate the eldest's inserts.

Something like so...

(The magic of Photoshop...ahhhh)

Here the holder is filled-

There is plenty of room for an extra notebook or workbook.

(X-large Clear Magazine Holder from The Container Store $19.99)

Edited to add:

Lisa M. on the MFW message board shared major genius--since we keep our holders in the cabinet, we now lay them sideways so the kids don't have to wrestle them in and out!
Genius I tell you!

Organizing Supplies

The cabinets are great. But I really had to pray about the best way to organize our supplies.

What did I end up with? Individual, stackable, drawer containers that I found here.

I used my Brother P-Touch label maker to make the labels.
By having all extra supplies all in one place, I am hoping to avoid either running out or over-buying.

A less expensive alternative would be plastic, lidded shoe bins. The downside: if you stack them you will have to pull out and re-arrange to get to the wanted bin. Upside: they're cheap. They sell Steri-lite ones at the Dollar Tree.

White Board #2

I've been busy today. Prepare for posting overload...

I tried having one very large white board. It was too visually dense and fried my brain.

So last year I mainly used our small board from this post. I would only use the large board if I needed a large space to teach a specific something to specific someone. It ended up being the place we collected our homophones.

This year I opted to get a second small board and split the info and increase space to write in while teaching (if I need it).

So here is the second board.

Again the titles (Science, Art, Music...) are written in wet erase. As are the subtitles (Dinosaurs of Eden, Genesis for Kids, etc..).

I write assigned pages, songs, and week #s in dry erase so I can change them each day/week without messing up the titles.

Pretty simple but it really helps I find.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

It's Cabinet Day!!!

I'm exhausted but I had to post.

Our long awaited cabinets were installed today. I can begin our home school year with an uncluttered brain (and family room).

Here they are...

Thank you Mamahollioni for the chair!

That's our Book Basket--can't wait to see it filled!

This is bliss for me...better than chocolate-seriously.
I mean check out this storage!

What have we here?! Enough storage for a child!!
Incredible :)

Two children?!

Classic literature and a light saber flashlight--
sounds about right.

I wonder, does this qualify as a room addition?

Monday, August 18, 2008

And I'm not talking about recycling either!

My aunt sent me a bunch of pictures of our family. This was the last picture in her email.
I was totally confused for about 30 seconds and then I saw it!

Look at this picture! Oh baby, yes our future depends on it and I'm not talking about recycling.

Our future depends on this--God in heaven came down through His Son Jesus, lived a sinless life, died and was buried. But He (Jesus) resurrected and ascended into Heaven.

Ah, but He (Jesus) sent His holy Spirit down to us and now being a part of Him and Him of us we have the promise that we will go to be with Him. He (Jesus) is preparing a place of us.

Ah, but in the mean time we have access to Him. Our prayers reach Him and He responds. We do not have a stale, old faith. We are being renewed!

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 2 Cor 4:16

Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
9: Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10: And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
11: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
12: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13: Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14: And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Friendly Reminder

Have you backed-up your computer lately?

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Man Overboard!

and two daughters and a son!
Here are some shots of yesterday's fun...

They dubbed Kurt "Green Lantern" because of his goggles (hee hee)

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