Friday, December 12, 2008
One Sunday morning, we got up, got ready for church, then arguments started. You ever have those days? Finally Daddy said he'd had enough and he wasn't going to church (we rarely miss church, but Daddy didn't have to preach anywhere this day). A few minutes later, after the kids had calmed down and stopped arguing, Daddy came out and said to change our clothes, put on walking shoes, and get loaded in the van. He took us to Cypress Gardens!! We had a blast. He then treated us to supper at Outback on the way home. Daddy didn't even turn his cell phone on the entire day! The next morning when he still didn't answer the phone, we had friends coming to look for us (LOL)!
We all rode roller coasters and water slides...we got soaked!!
The Cypress Gardens Ski Show is world famous. This day they only did a 6-person pyramid. I've seen photos with 12-people.
We all enjoyed the rides, even Philip.
Philip doesn't like bananas, but Daddy thought the banana trees were cool.
Audrey of course loved the Southern Belles.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
And here is Philip trying to help Daddy.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
My cousin, the court reporter, impressed me with her typing speed (her court reporter machine typing doesn't count, I'm talking regular typing). I am always told I type extremely fast. So when she posted her speedtest results I had to beat them!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thomas made his first kill yesterday. He killed a HUGE hog. His Daddy killed the deer this morning.
Thomas is 11 years old today!! Happy Birthday!! He got a new rifle for his birthday. It wasn't firing right, so they bought new bullets (thinking that was the problem) and took it down to the shooting bench late yesterday afternoon. It shot fine with the new bullets and he got to shoot the hog on his way back home!
I made a reversible vest for Kenny to wear with the B.U.B.B.A. Ministries logo on it. The orange side has the logo and he intends to wear it to the woods and have an opening to tell people about the ministry. The camo side has a deer just because he didn't want the logo on both sides. We intend to offer them for sale if anyone is interested.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
File Folder Fun is a new site with lots of lapbook ideas, templates and support. They are having a giveaway. Please stop by and see what's there!
We love lapbooks as a way to display the things we learn. The kids learn really well with small "chunks" of information at a time. Each little book that goes into one of our lapbooks is just right for learning a little chunk. Then at the end of the unit, we put it all together in some file folders and we have review time. Then the kids present their masterpiece to some people, and they have review time again! It really reinforces the learning and helps the kids with presentation skills too.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Kids like to have fun
It's fun because we can climb trees
Deer hunting is fun when we kill our first deer
Sun's heat does not stop us from playing
Fins help them swim
It is fun
Hot on the lake
Iin the boat
Not one but two trout
Gulp is the best bait
Ever playing and
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I love cloth diapers. After discovering how wonderful cloth diapers are, I could never go back to paper. Well, most of Philip's diapers were worn out. After all, they were nearly 7 years old and on their 3rd child...I think we got our money's worth out of them. Since I've learned to sew I decided I would make some new diapers for Philip. This picture shows some of them. They are pocket type diapers, meaning they have to have something absorbent added to the middle. Yet they come apart for easy cleaning and quick drying. I stuff them with prefolds I already had. And I had plenty of waterproof covers too. I spent less than $20 on material for a dozen diapers! I used Rita's Rump Pocket diaper pattern (free). I think they turned out so cute! I love them. The monkey fabric is my favorite. I've made 11 so far, and have enough fabric for 8 or 9 more.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I needed a clothespin bag in a hurry. Mine was literally falling apart. I have a terrible habit of leaving it out on the line, and the sun has just about disentegrated my old one. I found lots of great tutorials for sewing really cute clothespin bags, but I did not have enough time for them. So Audrey donated a shirt and I sewed the bottom closed, put it on a child's hanger and it was ready to use!
The weight of the pins stretched it a bit and it is now a little "longer" than when I took the photo, but it is still working well.
Update a few minutes later...I decided I don't like the stretch of the shirt bag. So I stole a pair of Philip's overalls. They had snap leg bottoms...I hate snap leg baby pants. They always pop open, it's so much easier to just take them off to change the diaper. So here's the new bag. Isn't it adorable?
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
(the cover doesn't look like one I would normally want, but it has other themes inside that are really great looking)
Hold Your Horses by Naomi Brown
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I found this recipe for REALLY good, REALLY easy cinnamon rolls. This is a picture before they were cooked. After they were finished and we put the icing on them I forgot to take another picture...we were too busy eating them. The original recipe calls for regular white sugar. The lady who posted the version I found on craftster said she used brown sugar. I tried it both ways and the brown sugar is better!
Monday, September 15, 2008
After a little research I identified my little friend. A "glass lizard" has no legs and therefore looks like a snake (though it really is a lizard), so that couldn't be it. I believe it is a "Southeastern Five-Lined Skink." Compare it to this picture.