Tuesday, July 19, 2011


...and crazy Scientists!!

Ethan has been studying Biology this year which, of course, involves those wonderful dissections of the earthworm, crayfish, frog, and fish. We love Apologia curriculum and its thoroughness!!  The kids have all learned so much. 
Ann Marie has been studying Chemistry with Apologia as well.  Her experiments include test tubes, alcohol burner, and lots of household cleaning products!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

More kids' creations!

Nothing goes to waste around here!  The kids seem to believe the saying, "One man's junk is another man's treasure!"
Ethan and Tyler made a "fling sock" out of an old t-shirt.  They sewed a pocket for a bag of sand and then cut the tail into three pieces to be braided.  They fling it up into the air and it sails far with the weight at one end...it works great!  Kailee and Alyssum liked the idea so they came up with their own except they called it "Flower Flyer"!

And of course, houses out of cardboard boxes...this is Adams and Alyssum's castle.
Alyssum got an idea one day to make sandals!  So she traced her foot on a piece of cardboard and made a pair of strappy sandals...then she made some for Kailee and Adams.  What will they think of next?
Kailee loves to paint and she decided her painting needed an easel...so she made one!

Friday, July 15, 2011


Tyler, almost 13, is now in braces!  It is hard to tell now, but his teeth were quite crooked.  He has only had the braces on for 1 1/2  months, but his teeth have already straightened a lot!  His top four front teeth were in front of each other and now they are almost completely straight.  When he first got his braces on, his teeth were quite sore and then when he got them tightened 4 weeks later they were also sore, but other than that it hasn't been too bad.  We are so thankful for the opportunity of getting braces here at a much cheaper cost!!

Tropical Rain

Oh, a tropical downpour can be so much fun!  Tyler, Kailee, Alyssum, and Adams had so much fun on this rainy day...
First they started out by running in the rain and jumping the big puddle that was forming...
Then running through the puddles...
But they can't stop there!  "Now we are wet and muddy, let's just jump in!"

...slide in...
Or just sit in the mud hole!!
Showers OUTSIDE are a must before coming in the house...but of course, that is all part of the FUN!!