Thursday, January 31, 2008

homeschooling at my house

this is what homeschooling looks like at my house
yesterday we started studying africa. i'm shocked at how much i don't know about stuff. and i'm a pretty smart cookie. we used a map and the internet and just had a great time. i did make him do some boring stuff like labeling a blank map but for the most part we had fun. and we learned about apartheid in south africa. man. what is wrong with people? i just can't understand why some folks think they have the right to dictate how others should live. boggles the mind. big c was floored to think stuff like that happens. really opened his eyes.

anyway if you were wondering about the WW pix yesterday, we were doing a project on viscosity. Viscosity is a measure of the resistance of a fluid to being deformed by either shear stress or extensional stress. It is commonly perceived as "thickness", or resistance to flow. Viscosity describes a fluid's internal resistance to flow and may be thought of as a measure of fluid friction. Thus, water is "thin", having a lower viscosity, while vegetable oil is "thick" having a higher viscosity. (wikipedia definition) and so if you add green food coloring and an army man you have a fun homeschooling project!! (we used corn syrup)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

we finally had a semi-normal weekend. we are still trying to get back to a regular schedule after the death of my father-in-law.

saturday we got to sleep in! it's so nice that monkey is getting old enough to get up and not have to wake the whole house right away! hubby had to eventually go and get equipment for a show we were to play saturday night. it was a party for a 16 year old. they really picked the wrong band to play music for them! but we had a great time. the sound was really good, and the kids were ok with it. i mean for that age group a middle aged Christian rock band was probably not the best choice. we got paid!!! that was awesome. and it would have been perfect if i had not knocked over my mic stand in the middle of a song. oh my gosh. i was so embarrassed but to make it worse as i was trying to remedy the situation, my microphone got caught in tim's mic and tried to pull his over too!! we were both laughing so hard. and he had a harmonica in his mouth. anyway it was fun. and i was home by 10:00.

sunday church then i came home and plopped my butt down on the couch to read a book. it was My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. i could not put it down. and i didn't. until the end and i was sobbing like a baby. read it. it's amazing.

big c went home with blake to skateboard and monkey kept himself busy building legos all day. he came up to me with a skeleton lego guy that was attached to some building he made. there was a lego plant on it. he took the guy and said he is allergic to sweet and kind so i'm going to put him in the sweet and kind bush and he will be fine then. i love it when he says stuff like that!! oh and speaking of legos, today is there 50th anniversary. this is what google did. cool huh?


Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following ... they have to be real places, names, things...nothing made up!

1. What is your name? kay

2. 4 letter word: kite

3. Vehicle: k-car (dodge) really! i had one!

4. City: kansas city

5. Boy Name: kip

6. Girl Name: kelly

7. Occupation: kindergarten teacher

8. Something you wear: kilt

9.Celebrity: kirstie alley

10. Food: ketchup

11. Something found in a bathroom: kid

12. Reason for Being Late: kitten attacked me!

13. Cartoon Character: krusty the clown

14. Something you shout: Kiss me your fool!

15. Animal: kangaroo

16. Body Part: kidney

17. Word to describe you: kooky

Friday, January 25, 2008

have you heard about what is going on over at manic mommy? she is having a contest to get people to donate blood. check it out.

the hardest part of giving blood for me was actually finding a blood drive that wasn't over an hour away. i mean i live in the biggest city in 3 states! finally i found one that was only about 20 minutes away. you go in and they ask you some questions, take your blood pressure and prick your finger to check your hemoglobin. you read all this stuff about giving blood and then you go to the CHAIR!! they were all sooo nice. and they loved the fact that there was a contest to encourage people to give blood. they all wanted to take my picture.
to me the finger prick actually hurt worse than the needle in the arm. and it only takes about 10 minues for them to get all they need. i did get a little woozy and they put a fan on me and brought me some juice. i felt like an Egyptian princess!! then i got to have more juice and cookies of my choice. (i had a little debbie oatmeal cookie!) and they gave me a big mesh bag, a calendar, and a lunch box!! and i got to register to be entered in another contest to win $500!! so if you haven't given blood and want to be entered in manic mommy's contest GO GIVE BLOOD TODAY!!!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

i was run-ning!!

2 years ago i decided i wanted to start running. i belonged to a gym and found this great program on how to start. (duh you would think you just run, right?) it's an 8 week schedule that by the end of the 8 weeks you will be running 3 miles or 30 minutes straight. it was one of the hardest things i had ever done. i would get so excited after every run. yipee i had run 3 minutes without stopping. then hurray! i had run 5 minutes straight. until i did it. i ran 3 miles!! i was beside myself. i told everyone and just felt great. then i quit. just like that. no reason. just didn't want to do it anymore. it is hard you know!

well, my mom-in-law gave me her treadmill right after Christmas this year. and i started again. i'm now on my 3rd week. i'm so excited!! i just feel so powerful running. it's hard. and i'm much more out of shape then i was then. but i'm going to do it!! some day's (like yesterday!) i have to force myself to get up there and run. but i feel so good when i have finished.

keep me honest and ask often if i'm still on track.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tag--2 Things

Two names you go by.
1. mommy
2. MOMMY!!!

Two things you are wearing right now:
1. slippers
2. barrette

Two things you want at the moment:
1. sleep
2. a granola bar for monkey

Two favorite pets you have had/have:
1. bart my cat
2. zoe

Two people who will fill this out:
1. my sister
2. betty

Two things you did last night:
1. went to mom-in-laws house
2. watched ANTM

Two things you ate today
1. poached egg
2. toast

Two people you last talked to:
1. big c - needed help with his Bible lesson
2. monkey - he wants a granola bar

Two things you're doing tomorrow:
1. teaching
2. band practice

Two longest car rides:
1. charlotte to maine
2. charlotte to new hampshire

Two favorite beverages:
1. water
2. wine

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

he's gone. i'm so sad. death hurts so much. i am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love that you all have given me. thank you.

Monday, January 14, 2008

i am going to be gone for a while. my father-in-law, paul, is in his last day's of his life. he has had lung cancer for a while and now it's the end. he has been more of a father to me than my own father so i am devastated. as are my husband and my 12 year old. the nurse came in today and said it could be any time. and i want to be available for my mother-in-law. don't think i have abandoned you. i will be back. if you are a praying person, please pray for my family and for my peggy my mother-in-law.

Friday, January 11, 2008

my new obsession

my new friend susie over at Mommy, just one more minute introduced me to this word association game called Funny Farm . oh. my. gosh. i dreamed about this game last night. but what is really cool is you can link your friends games to yours for some help. so if you get hooked and want to link with me just shoot me an email.

today is comfy cozy day at monkey's pre-school. they get to wear their pj's and bring their favorite cuddly animal. he of course picked the batman pajamas and ginger his new build a bear, who got a buzz lightyear outfit for Christmas. now they are both superheros!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

seven degrees of project runway

i do SO love project runway. i was watching it a few weeks before Christmas and i noticed something familiar in the guy's bathroom at their apartment. we have the same shower curtain in our bathroom!!! i was so excited!! maybe tim picked that out himself! and i have one just like it!! i felt so famous! and very hip. and just so you know i have had that curtain for almost 10 years. i am so ahead of the times...

(it's from ikea)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Happy Birthday Caleb!!

my baby is 12 today!! WOW!! on his first birthday i took a picture of him sitting in a bunch of balloons. i have tried to remember to do it every year since. here are a few. wonder how much longer he will let me do that! caleb is a wonderful person. he is kind and considerate to others.
he still loves to snuggle with his mommy.
he has lots of friends because everyone loves him so much!
he is so goofy!! he loves to tell jokes and laugh!
he is a man of many talents. he loves to draw, sing, skateboard and play his bass.
caleb is a great brother. monkey just adores him. they read together, build forts and play with legos.
i am so proud of my son. thank you God for giving him to me!

Monday, January 7, 2008


saturday was big c's birthday party. i had 10 middle-schoolers here, including his girl friend. it has been cold so i was worried they were all going to be in the house the whole time. thank goodness we hit 50. pretty much from the time everyone arrived they stayed outside and skateboarded. i had 8 boys going up and down that quarter-pipe all afternoon. the 2 girls just sat and giggled at the boys. i called them in for cake and presents and they were back out the door again. some of the parents stayed and there were some siblings and grandma's so i think there were about 22 people. 4 of the boys stayed to spend the night. i made them come in about 7:30 to eat some pizza then they were back out again!! at 9:00 i told them they had to come in and get showers because i was taking them all to church the next morning. they hung out and watched some football (sorry about the steelers drew!) and then got into their sleeping bags to watch a movie. napoleon dynamite. :) they were up until midnight!! then up again at 7 to eat some eggs and go back out and skate until church. big c is still exhausted! but there were no injuries and really it was one of the best parties he has ever had. super fun!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

i came into the kitchen yesterday and this is what monkey had done with all the letters on the fridge. love it!! he is so creative!

today is big c's birthday party. i'm going to have 10 middle schoolers here. and 5 of them are spending the night!! pray for me!
pictures to come later