Strings And Sealing Wax And Other Fancy Stuff

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

When I was a child and I heard the song, 'Puff the Magic Dragon', I used to wonder what sealing wax was. I thought that it must be some sort of wax on ceilings, what else could it be? In my very young age, that made perfect sense, now just what in the world was it ACTUALLY? Although I learned long ago what it was, I never had reason to use it............ until now! Along with our medieval unit that we are doing with our homeschool group, we discussed the ways they communicated. The kids each made a feather quill and wrote a letter on parchment paper and sealed them up with ribbon and sealing wax. It was very fun and it makes a letter look VERY IMPORTANT!

Nya Is 1

Friday, October 16, 2009

Nya turned 1 today. We LOVE this baby. I have the fondest memories of this time last year. I thank God every day that He knew we needed Nya in our lives. Happy 1st birthday, Baby!

Cookies And Castles

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Today we made chocolate chip cookies and finished up our castles using finds from our recycling. If my children have taught me anything it is that one man's trash is another man's treasure. I love them for that, they find amazement in something I dismiss as garbage. Also, we are reading 'The Castle Corona', by Sharon Creech and we read chapter's 9, 10, 11 and 12 today while building treasures and eating our treats.

Making cookies with my Ginger Snap and my Tater Tot

Our family castle: we all helped build this one

Emma's castle: complete with a bridge from one princess tower to another

Bergen's castle: complete with moving portcullis

The Age Of Innocence

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It is so wonderful to me that Tate can, one minute, be trying on his sister's clips and in the very next, be playing with his trucks!

Man Power

My guys LOVE to help. I try really hard to remember that although it would be faster without little helper's, if I always say no, there will come a day when they are not there asking. So I accept and they are so happy. I love these little men of mine!


I have a habit of 'shopping' when I go to my mom's house. She has so much stuff that she doesn't always use or need or even have room for. So I shop! It drives Darren crazy (in a funny kind of way). He calls it stealing. The way I figure it is, it is always here if she wants it back, I never tack without asking and if my mom doesn't mind, why not! This is my latest find.  I love to use things for reasons other than what they were meant for. I think this dish is meant to serve food in, but I thought it would be cute to use it for the little things on my desk.

Holy Fruit Flies, Batman!

So, like I mentioned in another post, we have fruit flies, EVERY YEAR! I have tried in vain to rid my house of them (and I am pretty tidy). Yesterday while all of our family was over for Thanksgiving dinner, my sister-in-law, Tracey said, "So do you know how to get rid of fruit flies?" and I said, "No, do tell me please!" She said to put out a little dish of apple cider vinegar with a few drops of dish soap mixed in. So this morning I did just that. I will not post a picture, but I will tell you 1 hour later when I went back to check, I was more than surprised- it worked disgustingly amazingly well!! I could not believe it. Thank you Tracey.