Monday, November 30, 2009

Life with Nana... during read aloud

The Captain came home early enough for us to have read aloud tonight.

That is rare for a Monday so we were excited and gathered in the living room.

Nana was settled in, all nice and cozy, leaning against Papa.

Karl started reading Chapter 3 of our current read aloud,
Twice Freed by Patricia St. John.

"Onesimus acknowledged his favour as ungraciously as he dared. He could not understand Archippus these days. He was growing at an alarming rate and at fifteen was almost as tall as his father, and he alternated between snubbing and humiliating Onesimus in every possible way and then seeking him out and trying to regain their old comradeship and offering him presents."

(Nana's eyes were closed as she sat and listened.)

"But he might as well have tried to be friendly with a brick wall, and he little knew how every slight and wounding word was being stored up in the boy's memory. Archippus had become to him the symbol of his slavery, and he hated him with all the strength of his proud young heart.

Archippus sighed. ---"

At this point, when we are all very involved in the story, Nana suddenly sat upright, with her eyes wide open and said,


Uh, no Nana, it's Archippus. Ar--ke--pus. Not octopus.

"Oh. Yeah, Archippus. It sounded like octopus. Hee hee."

How we made it through the rest of the chapter I will never know. Every time we had to read,
"Archippus" we would all start to giggle.
Then the Captain and Papa would tell us to shush--
Only to have us giggle again the next time.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook

For today... November 30th, 2009 (actually the 29th)

Outside my window...
are twinkling Christmas lights-- festive and bright

I am thinking... about projects that I would like to complete soon. I'm also thinking about future projects and activities and what the Lord would like me to do with the time He has given me.

I am thankful for... for the beautiful day we had, our church family, and I am very thankful for a pastor that faithfully teaches through the bible.

I'm very thankful we had a sweet, simple, mellow Thanksgiving Day celebration. It was one of the best Thanksgiving days I've ever had.

I am wearing...
jeans, a sage-y green turtle neck shell, black cardigan, and boiled wool slip-ons.

I am going... actually, I just got back from running errands with Nana. We want to do at least two more weeks of school before our break so I didn't want to have to run errands this week. Except for the usual lessons, I think the library is the only thing on the list.

I am reading... Footsteps of the Flock, the Book of Hebrews, and assorted bits and pieces of other reading material. I need to pick-up my grammar workbook again-- soon :)

I am praying... and my hubby prayed for me today at church, to have a fresh out pouring and filling of the Holy Spirit. The Lord gives good gifts to His children... I'm so grateful we need only ask.

I am hoping...For revival in our neighborhood.

I am creating... this little sweater, in white, from Knitting Pure and Simple

I'm also creating the DVD cover for Pirates in the Suburbs.

Pondering these words...
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, In everything give thanks; For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.
Abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thess 5:16-22

From the kitchen... An attempt at creative bento box making. I'll keep you posted :)

Around the house...
Unfortunately, the only good thing to report here is that Christmas lights are up. I really needed down time and apparently I needed a three-day migraine to insure that I had it. I am feeling much better and hope to do lots of "damage control" this week.

One of my favorite things~
cuddling with my kids right after they shower and smell so yummy.

From my picture journal...

Our son was curious about gears and I remembered that I saved these toys.
He LOVED playing with the gears and re-arranging the configurations.
Ah, a boy after my own heart :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones...

The Mishmash Family make a model of a skeleton.

"De foot bone connected to de anklebone
De ankle bone connected to de leg bone
De leg bone connected to de knee bone
De knee bone connected to de thigh bone
Oh hear de word of de Lawd!"

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

There are a few things I miss about Facebook...

One of the things I miss about Facebook is flair.

I have a sweet friend that always sent me flair.

Sometimes they were funny.

Often they were sweet.

Once in awhile, deeply profound flair would make it's way to my wall.

I was happily surprised to check my email today and I found flair waiting for me!

How fun is that?

There isn't really a flair "gadget" in blogger so I might have to make a page for flair.

But until that happens, I just have to share my new flair from Katie-kins--

Monday, November 23, 2009

Another Used Book Store Score

I wish I could remember what blog I saw it on so I could link to her.

Anyway, one of you very helpful moms reminded me about a series of books that are recommended for our studies of composers. She had used, hardcover copies that were totally awesome.

I did a search through Amazon and yes, they did have used, hardcover copies--
starting at $35.00 per book!

Uh, I don't think so.

I then remembered a local bookseller that has new and used books (they also do mail orders!) and they specialize in home school curricula.

(To visit Exodus books online, click on the above picture)

Exodus Books not only carried the books but they are hooked-up with the publisher that is currently printing them.

I picked up the three composers we're studying this year...

The books are by--

Here is a peek inside the Haydn book--

Besides the very sweet illustrations, they have printed the composer's music--

Here are the other two I picked up--

I purchased Haydn and Beethoven 'new' since they did not have any used copies in stock.
Each was $12.95. The Mozart was 'used' but looked as new as the other two. I got that copy for $9.

While I was there I discovered they were having a used book sale so I also picked up these for general reading--

I also found this little beauty that will come in handy as we enter into the Middle Ages--

I also came home with a random collection of books that I picked up for as little as $.50!

I think I'll head over there again and do a little Christmas shopping...

A Simple Woman's Daybook

(To join Peggy or see other daybooks, click on picture above)

For today... November 23rd, 2009

Outside my window...
a beautiful but chilly day. It's also calm which is nice after the storm this weekend.

I am thinking... how amazing God is to produce fruit in our lives. Pruning never feels good- at first. But when we allow Him to cut the "dead" things away from our lives, we really will bear fruit. I think it's just hard after the pruning but before the fruit bearing when we just feel "bare." :)

I am thankful for...
the group of Moms that gathered together Sat morning to pray, the hard work of my children and hubby, and all the extra help I had this weekend from our friend Moriah, and of course, Nana, and Papa.

I am wearing...
a long (to the floor) zippered, hooded, giant pocketed polar fleece robe-y thing that Nana bought me. It's very cozy and perfect for today since I don't feel great.
There is a rumbly in my tumbly.

I am going... blissfully, wonderfully-- no where. I am close to desperate for some down time.

I am reading...
Footsteps of the Flock and the Book of Hebrews.

I am praying... I was praying for direction as to whether or not to give up blogging.
After a long chat with the hubby, I will continue for now. Although, I must say, that I have been incredibly productive after withdrawing from Facebook a few weeks ago.

I am hoping... to purge even more stuff. I really want our home to be simple.

I am creating... a little sweater for a sweet, little peanut at church :)

Pondering these words...
"Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. " Hebrews 2:1

And 2:11-"For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren..."

From the kitchen...Leisl made detergent all by herself last night! I was so proud of her :)

Nana and Brigitta put their heads together and made a menu for this week. I am very grateful.

Around the house...
I am happy to report that for the first time in about three weeks, we actually got all the laundry finished today. The library room looks good with the extra bookcase we picked up this weekend. Our loft is now our "creative" place. I am hoping to truly learn how to sew well. The living room looks good. The family room/ school room is in it's usual state of "Category 3 Hurricane."

One of my favorite things~
waking up before the sun and having quiet time with the Lord and then watching the sunrise. For the past few weeks, I've been missing both. It just isn't the same when I have my quiet time later in the morning...

From my picture journal...

My very first sweater attempt. It was so satisfying to see little Ezra wearing it on church Sunday.
Like, I was soooo surprised just how satisfying it was.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Weekly Homeschool Highlights: Week 9 RtR

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In Bible this week- we learned about John the Baptist, looked at Jesus' temptation in the wilderness, His death, and His resurrection.

It's been a brief look at His life and we will return to study His life in more depth after we delve into the Middle Ages.


(This is the first time he was able to notebook without first dictating to me and him copying the words from a page. He actually wrote it out and did great simply asking how to spell certain words. He is progressing nicely! Only 3 more eye therapy sessions to go! Whoo-hoo :D

Leisl didn't quite get to hers this week but will work on it Monday. (Right, Leisl??)

We are continuing to practice our memory verses--

And the children have almost completely memorized Isaiah 53.
I'll video a recitation as soon as they are ready :)

In History, we learned about Germanic tribes and the rule of Caesar Tiberius as we said our final farewell to Caesar Augustus. The kiddos did more coloring sheets from Augustus Caesar's World as well as their regular notebooking pages--

Our Latin Root words were frater and populus.

In Science--





To help Kurt with his notebooking, I often enlarge the picture from the science book and he uses a light table to trace it. I thought he did a fine job!

He is also doing great in math although he was nervous about starting a new section.

This week he learned more about measuring and was very excited after finishing his first lesson in this section :)

We are plugging along everywhere else. We are going to attempt four days next week since we are only going to be in week 10 (yea for double-digits).

I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Weekly Homeschool Highlights: Friday November 20th, 2009

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Boy, oh boy... can you believe another week has passed already?

Thanksgiving is next week.

Christmas is in 35 days.

2010-- just 42 days away.

Ah, but for right now, we have today.

Cherish today.

Let's worship the Lord, love Him with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves--today.

Tonight at our midweek bible study, we found out that a young woman, Hannah (age 28), went home to the Lord this week. Her body lost the battle against leukemia but her spirit is victorious and alive and well in Jesus Christ.

Knowing what her parents are going through made me want to slow down and appreciate my children a little more.

I'm grateful for this time with them... yes, even when homeschooling is a challenge.

There are hard days in any school. At least this way, we're in it together.

So even if your week was hard, I hope you're willing to share your journey with us.
We want to celebrate the smallest of victories and encourage you through the trials.

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The Mcklinky will stay open until 8 am (PST) Monday, November 23rd, 2009.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Knitting Projects Update & Pattern

Aye yay yay! We've been so busy.

In my daybook for this week (which was late) I mentioned that I did a major purge of the art supplies I have accumulated over the last 15 plus years.

Yikes. A person can accumulate a whole lot of stuff in 15 years.

But everything is sorted, sifted and on it's way outta here.

It feels very good and I hope it will bless the students at the art school.

But besides cleaning, I have been



and knitting

trying to get Nana's scarf finished.

She bought the yarn last year and I never got to it.

So this year I made it my priority.

Now that it's finished, I am going to finish that toddler sweater and start something??
Socks?? A purse?? Not sure. But I'm armed with books from the library.

For the knitters out there, this is a simple lace pattern (Nana didn't want me to block the scarf so it's hard to see the pattern in these pictures but it looks like this when pulled apart--

Anyhoo, it's called the Peaks and Valleys Scarf by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer and Margaret Pittman

To make it you'll need: 300 yards of fingering or light sport-weight yarn

US size 4 needles or a size that makes the pattern pleasing to you

Cast on 37 stitches loosely.

Row 1: (wrong side) [p1, k5] 6 times, p1.
Row 2: k1, [yo,k1,sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo,k1] 6 times.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired length.
Repeat row 1 once more.

Bind off loosely.

Looking for something??