Thursday, November 15, 2007



Snow flurries???

It was 65 yesterday!

Ancient Egypt Come to Life

When you start out building a pyramid as part of a lesson on Ancient Egypt, you will find out how much knowledge has truly been absorbed by your child.

Not only will you have one very large pyramid, but two smaller ones will be built.

Then you will need the "basement" complete with sarcophagus and the pharoah's treasure chest with gold and jewels.

Of course you will need a few palm trees out in the desert. And Bob the Builder and his cat will temporarily become Egyptian citizens.

Later you will want to build the Nile River and after laying down all your blue blocks, will declare that you have nothing more than a "puddle". Definately not enough to constitute a river.

Lastly, you will begin construction on a wall to go around the pyramid. After all, it seems a wall is a very good idea (the Chinese did it) for keeping out the thieves.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Benefit of Homeschooling

When your child is answering the question "Can you swim in a lake?", and answers no, teachers in the public school system would mark this wrong.

Here though, the logic of the child far outweighs the supposedly "right" answer.

No you can't swim in a lake. There might be crocodiles in it!!!

I figured her answer worked for me.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Mom's Night Out

I have finally held my first monthly Mom's Night Out evening.

Inspired by a group of friends in Texas that I used to meet with for a crafting out night, I devised a scrapbooking night out at my house. We started at 8:30 P.M. and the last person left around 1:00. We actually spent most of the last hour just chatting, but it was oh, so nice!

I baked pumpkin bread with and without chocolate chips for sharing. And several of the other friends brought food and drinks for sharing as well.

Everyone got a lot done, which was even better. I happily completed Katie's birthday party invitations, which I didn't intend to do, but then figured I might as well. I also scrapped these 2 pages which I love.

Things I Love

Check out this great site for weekly mass activities.

They have two levels: 3-6 year olds and 7-12.

We are back to loving this book.

I just finished up relaxing and watching this set of DVD's.

The kids adore and laugh hysterically through this DVD.

And with all the drama going on at my absolute favorite, Dancing with the Stars, I am gearing up for my next 2 nights of tv watching.

The kids, like Michele's have been playing with the Do-A-Dot markers a lot.

And I have also enjoyed this bad for you treat.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Wiggles

The Wiggles have come and gone in phases at our house. First Katie when she was only a year or so, then Nicholas around the same time, and now Nicholas once more.

Lately he can be found singing Hot Potato, Hot Potato or Fruit Salad around the house or as he goes to sleep. And for this reason, I bought tickets Sunday morning to go see the Wiggles at the Cintas Center on Monday evening.

We didn't tell the kids where we were going, and the whole way there Katie made guesses. The zoo, a fair, the park, where??????? But once we got inside the building she looked around and saw the Wiggles merchandise and knew where we were.

I'm not sure who enjoyed themselves more, Nicholas, Katie, or me watching them enjoy themselves so immensely.

And for your entertainment, I present Katie and Nicholas.


The island princess and her fireman friend.

The weather could not have been more perfect for trick-or-treating this year. Cool enough to wear costumes without sweating, but not so cold that we needed coats. The added bonus of having daylight savings time not changing until the following week, meant that we got to go around in sunlight for the first hour or so.
The kids had a blast walking around with some of their neighbor friends, and got lots of candy. Nicholas was the first to poop out, and just enjoyed a ride in the stroller. Then Katie declared herself done, and we returned home to hand out candy to the other kids of the neighborhood.
In the meantime, daddy had gotten the dreaded stomach bug, and was spending his time in bed resting.


The pretty ballerina