Sunday, January 31, 2010
Kylan has been struggling with reading for the past couple of years and we've tried all different kinds of curriculum's like My Father's World, Saxon Phonics, Hooked on Phonics and just practice, practice and more practice and he still was just not "getting" it until I told him about The Boxcar Children books and I told him that he was going to read the first one to me. He did NOT like that idea and he cried and cried and said he couldn't do it but I insisted and told him I would help him out if he needed help with words and then I told that it was an adventure book because these kids get to live on their own in an old train boxcar and he wanted to know where the parents were so I said we just have to read the book and find out. He started in on the book and I quickly realized that he can read and he can read VERY well! I'm guessing that he just wasn't motivated before now or not interested or something but he finished the book and we are moving on to book #2 Surprise Island and he can't wait to see what the surprise is. We are in the middle of making a diorama of the boxcar and the children with the stream and everything. I will post when it's finished. Kylan wants to have a boxcar in our back yard but I told him we couldn't have an actual boxcar so we are going to put the tent up in the spring and him and Kenzie are going to "play" boxcar children. If you have any fun ideas regarding the boxcar series please leave comment!
I found some great printables on edHelper.com, they have a whole book report and comprehension questions for each boxcar book so it's well worth the $20 they charge for their service!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
- 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta, cooked and drained
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil oregano and garlic
- 1 (6 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, diced
- 1 (2 1/2 ounce) jar black olives, sliced
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
In medium saucepan or skillet over high heat, bring tomatoes, black olives and artichokes, including marinade, to a boil.
Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Place pasta in serving bowl and pour artichoke sauce over pasta.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.
Friday, January 29, 2010
All of the weather forecasts were predicting that the 2010 ice storm would be just as bad or worse then the 2007 ice storm but so far they have been wrong click on the 2007 ice storm link to see the photos from then and take a look at the photos from today.....we are so thankful it hasn't gotten that bad and that we haven't lost power this year! Right now it's snowing and we are so thankful for that, it's much easier to get around in snow then ICE!!! It looks like we have about 3" right now and will probably add another 3" or so to that by the end of the day....look out sledding hills here we come!
Makenzie is in this girls club that meets once per month and they do all kinds of fun things like crocheting, cake decorating, craft projects and they also do community service projects. This week they made Valentine cookies and decorated them and then they made a little mouse out of hershey's kisses.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Kylan's dance team is called Lil' Force and they decided to use this green spray and make their hair green for dance competition. Since Kylan's hair is black I wasn't sure it would work on him but it did and almost looks like he's growing grass on his head. If you want/need some green glittering hair color you can buy it for $2 in the party isle at Wal-Mart and the brand is Party Success and of course it's temporary so it washes out easily!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
We have a Christmas card tradition at our house and I just wanted to share it with you! Every year after Christmas is over and all of the decorations are down I take all of the cards and every night when we have dinner we pull a card out of a basket that I store all the cards in and we pray for that family. It reminds us to pray for all of our friends and family and we get to see your picture or at least read a little note about how your family is!
If you didn't get a card from us in 2009 then here it is!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
For dance this year Kylan's team all needed to have matching jackets or vests and they are supposed to be black and bright green so that was hard to find until one of the mom's came up with the idea to duct tape their costume. It was fun and super easy. All you need is plenty of duct tape in your color (whatever that might be) and a t-shirt that's a little big on your child. Start in the back and duct tape long strips and make sure they overlap each other. Work small pieces around the arm holes and the neck. When the shirt is totally covered then cut it up the front and ta da it's a duct tape jacket or vest. We are going to finish it later with cool sleeves and do something crazy with the collar but not sure what.
Here are some websites that have more duct tape costumes on them
Duct tape super heroes
Duct tape fashions
Duct tape proms outfits
Duct Tape Guys
Monday, January 25, 2010
My friend Dacia gave me a bag of friendship bread and the recipe to go with it and it's been laying on the counter for the past week and a half getting a squeeze every time one of the kids notices it and today was the big day to bake the bread. OHHHHHH, it's really yummy and so moist! Do you have any friendship bread recipes that you love. I had not done friendship bread in YEARS I'm talking like 10 yrs...something I just forgot about I guess. Anyway who wants a starter of friendship bread??? Let me know and I will bring some over!
|AMISH FRIENDSHIP STARTER|
1 c. sugar
1 c. milk
1 c. flour
Combine ingredients in a large, deep glass or plastic container. Cover lightly. If the container has a lid, leave it slightly open, or place a piece of cheesecloth over the container and secure it with a rubber band. Store at room temperature. Stir every day for 17 days. On the 18th day do nothing. On the 19, 20 and 21, stir. On day 22 stir and add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir again. On days 23, 24, 25 and 26 stir. On day 27, add 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk and 1 cup sugar. Stir. You should have about 4 cups starter. Give 1 cup each to two friends and keep the remaining two cups for yourself.
Use one in Amish Friendship Bread recipe (which follows) and use the other to keep the starter going. When you give away the starter, include these instructions. How to keep a starter going: Do not refrigerate and do not use a metal spoon when stirring. On day 1 (the day you receive you starter) do nothing. Days, 2 3, and 4, stir. On day 5, stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Pour mixture into large glass mixing bowl; cover lightly. Mixture will rise. On days, 6, 7, 8 and 9, stir. On day 10, stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk and stir. Give 1 cup each to two friends, keeping one cup to make the bread and one cup for your starter.
1 c. vegetable oil
2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 - 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c milk
1 lg box instant pudding...any flavor but we used vanilla
If you want you can add 1/2 cup raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, dates, apples, etc. (of your choice)
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
This year for Christmas and some birthdays Kylan and I made homemade coasters. All you do is go to Home Depot or Lowe's and buy some plain tiles. Bring them home and add cute accents to them (you can use a cricut to cut crosses or fleur-de-lis, or even put a monogram on them and you can use stickers, rub ons or even pictures, they have to be flat) then modge podge over them and let it dry for at least 24 hours then apply a sealer to them, we used a spray on sealer and when they are totally dry and sealed then add felt to the bottom. We used the little peel off circles and we also used the self adhesive sheets from Hobby Lobby. Everyone loved them and Kylan was so proud of himself for making some gifts. Oh, you can also paint them if you want to and use sharpie markers to draw pictures (for kids).
Friday, January 22, 2010
I'm not the one that has the problem, well at least not the one I'm talking about. I have many problems and I'm not perfect nor do I claim to be but my children have a HUGE addiction to the Wii! They would play it 24/7 if I would let them and it's not just one certain game they love all of them but mostly Lego Indiana Jones 2, My Sims Kingdom and Sims II Castaway. Do you or your kids have a video game addiction???? I'm kinda addicted to Facebook but I'm trying to wean myself off of it!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Our kids have really enjoyed playing with Lincoln Logs over the past couple of years and this year when Kevin's parents asked what they wanted they both told them Lincoln Logs and Grandpa ended up finding a pink set for Kenzie, wow was she so excited and happy about that! We are using the Prairie Primer curriculum this year which requires that you read all of the Little House books so while we listen to them on CD the kids play with their Lincoln Logs and I crochet. I was so happy to find these books on tape because I read to my kids ALL of the time and they read to me but this was something a little different for us and we have really enjoyed them. Do you have a favorite books series that you have listened to on tape or CD??? Let me know what it is. Over the summer I am thinking about trying to find The Chronicles of Narnia on CD!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Friday night we babysat a friends 2 yr old and let me tell you having a 2 yr old in the house changes EVERYTHING!!! She was so cute and a very good girl but it's just different and she had endless amounts of energy, when her parents picked her up at almost midnight she was still wide awake and going strong, don't you just wish we could bottle up all that energy and sell it or at least keep it for ourselves! LOL!!! Makenzie and Kylan enjoyed playing with her and told us that they have been praying for a baby in our house.......
Monday, January 11, 2010
At least these girls just wanted to have fun. On Friday our coop had to cancel our homeschool meeting so we asked friends to come over and play. They built a fort in Kenzie's room, crocheted, sang and danced like crazy! It was a fun time and we can't wait to have them over again for more fun! Oh, I had video of them dancing and singing and it's too cute!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Our breath was so warm that they wouldn't freeze right away and you had to wait, I wish we would have gotten our bubble blower out, that would have been really cool!
bubble science experiment kit and the kids have been having so much fun doing all of the bubble experiments in it but we couldn't do the frozen bubble experiment because it's been so warm in Oklahoma until the past week, it's been FREEZING which is exactly what we needed. All you do is go outside and blow bubbles in the cold and they actually freeze and you can play with them longer then normal bubbles and when they POP you see tiny ice flying in the air, it's very cool! And they make beautiful pictures if you have a great camera and if you want to see these click here this guy has a great camera and captured some magnificent photos of frozen soap bubbles, they are just amazing click through all of his photos to see the bubbles burst in the air and you can even see the ice crystals!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Last year we saw the movie Fireproof and we LOVED it so much, it's a great family movie and brings up a lot of discussion with the kids. I've been wanting to read The Love Dare that they talk about in the movie ever since I saw the movie but just didn't do it, no excuses, just didn't do it for some reason. I found out about The Love Dare Challenge and decided now was the perfect time and so far it's going great...Kevin doesn't know that I'm doing it either so don't tell him! If you want to participate in it then click here. It ends on Valentines Day so this would be a great way to show your special someone that you love them throughout this and next month and not just on Valentines Day! Let me know how it works out for you! Our marriage isn't in trouble or have problems or anything like that, we have been married for 17 yrs and we are still in love but what marriage can't be improved???
Sunday, January 03, 2010
The link to the 100 book reading challenge is right here so sign up today.
The books that I read will be posted in a sidebar.