August 29, 2008

So I'm a Little Neurotic with a Side of OCD

I made the last timeline and wasn't completely happy with it. So I started over.


If you are following along at home you will need:

a cardboard sewing board (from JoAnn's or a similiar craft store)
masking tape
markers
yard stick, ruler, or tape measure
double sided tape to stick your figures up with


I wanted the lines to "pop." So instead of drawing them (too blah) or painting them (too messy) I decided to just tape them off with masking tape.

I measured my rows to be 6 inches apart. There is less than six inches from the top row and the top of the board, I was okay with that.
Timeline Redo

Then I marked off each line every 18 inches. So each 100 years gets 18 inches of line.
Timeline Redo

Starting on the bottom row on the left hand side I started filling in the years starting with 2499 and ending the first segment with 2400 and so on for each segment.
Timeline Redo

I really like the finished look of using a stencil for my numbers. And this timeline does not end with 0. I may modify it later, you may want to modify it at home. It's okay, I give you permission. This timeline ends in the top right hand corner with 99BC.
Timeline Redo

So I left the bigger space at the bottom so I would have room to place our figures from Creation to The Flood.
Timeline Redo

Bottom Left; Creation:
Timeline Redo

to

Bottom Right; The Flood:
Timeline Redo

Here is our hand dandy timeline box. It has our gold and silver markers, timeline men, and some index cards for when we have to add more than just our little men.
Timeline Junk

I picked up the little men from the teacher supply store. They are made for a bulletin board. You can make your own out of construction paper.
Timeline Junk

I hope to post more pics as we use our timeline more. The kids LOVE it! They can't wait to add another man each week.

August 27, 2008

Weather in a Jar

Or if you don't have a glass jar because everyone makes everything out of plastic now, it's Weather in a Glass Cup.

So this experiment was very basic.

You pour one cup of very hot water into the glass cup.
Weather in a Jar

Fill a plastic baggie with ice and place it in a funnel over the cup.
Weather in a Jar

And then you watch.
Weather in a Jar

And then you ooohhhh and ahhhhh.
Weather in a Jar

And everyone has to touch to see if it's real.
Weather in a Jar

Whalla! You just created condensation.
Weather in a Jar

Or if you are a homeschool kid, you just created a CLOUD!!!

August 26, 2008

August 25, 2008

Cicada Killer Wasp

We found this in the house. We all freaked out a bit until it was D-E-A-D. Dead.

Cicada Killer


Man, get a load of that stinger!!!
Cicada Killers

After the death of said bug, we googled it. It is a cicada killer wasp.

This is what it looked like alive:

Cicada Killer Wasp
Not my picture and since I found it via Google images I don't remember it's location. If the owner of this picture would prefer I remove it, I will immediately oblige.

Given the choice, I'd take the cicadas please.

August 23, 2008

My School Room

We gather around that chair by the window for our lessons.
School Room

School Room

My workspace:
School Room

The boys workspace:
School Room

Kelsea's Workspace:
School Room

August 18, 2008

The Fruit of My Womb

The kids played bumper cars with the fruit boxes from costco.

Fruit of My Womb

Fruit of My Womb

Fruit of My Womb

Fruit of My Womb

They must have played for over an hour. Easily entertained. Truly the "Fruit of My Womb."

First Day of School

We usually have a special breakfast and it always includes chocolate milk. Today we also had donuts.

First Day of School Breakfast

For story time today we listened to Story of the World and Whinnie the Pooh.

First Day of School

Jeremiah needed extra help with his spelling words.

First Day of School

Ishmael is a really good listener. He especially likes story time.

First Day of School

A smile...always a rare teenage moment. At least on camera. She smiles all the time. Just never when I have my camera out. I usually have to threaten her. Or hold her ipod ransom.

First Day of School

Who does he think he is?

First Day of School

First Day of School

August 15, 2008

Happy Princess Pepper is a Girl Day!!!

So with baby bunnies you really have no way of knowing their gender. I think it's when they are 12 weeks old that their gender specific anatomy is apparent.

Today we have officially identified girl parts!!

Hooray for Princess Pepper!! If she were a he we would be calling her Dr. Pepper.

Princess Pepper is a Girl

Princess Pepper is a Girl!

Pepper is a Girl!

Pepper on her first day and now.
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You can sorta see how much she's grown. I know we can tell a difference especially in her eyes (they are MUCH bigger). I think this is the biggest she's going to get.

Pepper REALLY HATES the camera.

August 13, 2008

What's Everyone Up To?

You know how you can get so absorbed with whatever you are doing on the computer that you look up and realize A LOT of time has gone by. So then you wonder where everyone is and what they are doing.

Kelsea was being a sweet big sister and playing Electronic Battleship with Ishmael.

What's Everyone Up To?

What's Everyone Up To?

Joshua and Jeremiah were buddied up in Kelsea's room watching The Aristocats.

What's Everyone Up To?

Leon was watching tv in our bedroom. He had made himself comfortable (forgoing pants) so I'll spare you a picture.

Princess Pepper was being a bunny. She's very good at it.

What's Everyone Up To?

August 12, 2008

My Very Dear Friend

Has blessed me with this gorgeous painting. This woman has such amazing talent. I admire the gift God has blessed her with. I am so honored that she decided to bless me with her work.

Friendship Painting

August 8, 2008

Staple Boy - How it happened

So when the fog cleared, or rather when the bleeding stopped. I found out how it happened. The boys were watching a movie in Kelsea's room. They were supposed to be sitting on the floor.

Joshua was climbing the ladder on her bunkbed. He and Jeremiah started arguing. So Jeremiah pulled him off the ladder. Joshua fell backwards and hit his head on the door of the video cabinet.

When Joshua came into the livingroom Jeremiah was crying and saying, "I'm sorry Joshua, I'm so so sorry." When we got home he was a very doting little brother and took excellent care of his brother.

I think he learned a valuable lesson. But they are boys and it's not our first brother related trip to the ER....sadly I don't think it will be our last...

August 7, 2008

Staple Boy

So I was minding my own business, cleaning the house, packing away last years school books, when all of a sudden Joshua comes running in the living room, blood poring onto the floor. It was one of those moments where your heart is in your throat and you don't think clearly. I know head wounds are heavy bleeders. That doesn't matter when it's your child's blood all over the place.

Since there was so much blood we couldn't see how bad the wound was. It looked really bad. Much worse than it was. I put a towel on his head, applied pressure, slid my feet into shoes, picked Joshua up, and ran to the truck. All while yelling out orders. I didn't even stop to find out how it happened. I sat in the backseat with Joshua while Leon drove us to the ER. We left the older two in charge until Leon got back. He dropped us off. I was never more thankful to live 2 minutes from the nearest hospital in all my life.

Let me tell you: A mother walking into the ER carrying an 8yo boy with blood all over the two of them, certainly gets everyones attention. Really though, in the car, the bleeding stopped and I realized Joshua didn't have any shoes on so I didn't want him to walk into the nasty ER. Thankfully, the triage nurse was very understanding of the "no-shoes" thing.

So the wound was small but it did require staples. With only two staples the PA explained that we had a choice to give 2 shots to numb the area, or we could just give the two staples. She said in reality it would probably hurt the same. So we opted to go without the shots. Joshua was a true champ. He only cried initially and when it was over he was VERY glad he didn't have to have a shot.

Staple Boy


Okay, here's a shot of his staples. If you are a sensitiveperson you might want to close your tab now.







Staple Boy

Okay so it's not really all that bad. I have a closer shot. Wanna see it?










Staple Boy

What can I say? I have 4 boys. They LIVE for pictures like this. I'm here to please.

Now, who's going to come and help me take those suckers out on Thursday? blech