In Need of Chocolate and A Hundred Happy Things have sweetly awarded me the Beautiful Blogger Award. I love checking out the neat stuff at both blogs and am very honored!
I am supposed to post 3 blogs that I’ve discovered lately that I think are great. Okay, originally it was 15 or so, but some folks are going with 3 lately and that sounds much more manageable to me. 🙂
Here’s 3 that are new on my blog radar that I’ve really been enjoying, for all different reasons.
Educating Risa (Okay, not really new to me, but she needs an award!)
Life on Planet Earth
I am also supposed to tell 7 things about myself, so here goes…
- I’ve had over 100 poems published, but haven’t submitted anything since before I had kids.
- I’m a natural blond but I henna my hair. I can’t imagine not being a redhead at this point.
- My mother hid me from my father after she divorced him when I was two. He died when I was 18 and I found out later that he never stopped looking for me. He was an artist with red hair.
- I had a dozen miscarriages before I had my kids.
- I’m 4’11” (and a half).
- When a gunman opened fire from a rooftop at the University of Kentucky when I was a student there, my mother called me and told me “This is not an excuse to cut class.”
- I spontaneously break into made up songs while cooking supper.
Look at this fun stuff! I love these….
Ordinary Life Magic is hosting the 2010 Science Fair and lists fabulous HS science experiments to do from bloggers all over for all ages.
52 Books in 52 Weeks is a great weekly challenge you can take part in. Just read a book a week and post about it on your blog, and jump in any time.
And this is a fun little animation of Newton’s cradle apparatus, which should lead to some fun hypotheses and discussions with the kids.
I know, it’s usually 10, but Daryl is waiting with a back rub so I must be quick! Priorities ya know! 🙂
Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to…
1. The kids (especially Victoria) have been making handmade beads from magazine pages and nail polish.
I’ll post more about these soon!
2. We’ve been doing tons of reading. Here’s half of yesterday’s library pile (somehow I deleted the photo of the rest of the picture books).
(Note: 5 of these have already been returned, 4 more have been checked out and 2 novels have been completed since checking them out today and are already in the return pile. One fight has also erupted over someone reading someone else’s library book. Oy.)
I’ll post some lists and reviews of books we’ve liked lately very soon!
3. Victoria had a piece of art accepted at New Moon Girls as an avatar.
4. We started a week-long dairy-free, wheat-free family experiment to see if it would have any impact on anybody’s physical or emotional state. It’s proving to be an adventure, but it’s also been educational and interesting. I even made a chocolate cake tonight that tasted only the tiniest bit like dirt (mostly like lots of chocolate and sugar, which lucky for us are still allowed!).
5. The girls and I went on a winter trek that was surprisingly fun.
Stories and pics here.
There was also a little bit of history, math and schooly stuff too!
But with that, I’m off to find a piece of not-much-like-dirt chocolate cake and a backrub with my names on them.
Have a great weekend!
I’m posting these pictures because they make me smile like crazy.
We went to the Y yesterday so Daryl could fix their bumper pool table. Yes, Daryl is the kind of guy who joins the YMCA, notices the bumpers are way too old to be any good anymore, offers to fix them, orders new ones online and then installs them for them. Don’t tell him, but it’s one of the things I love about him. He is always trying to help people!
So we all went to the Y and played a little basketball and a little video game football and a little bumper pool, and in between we got very silly with each other and with photographs.
I love these people. 🙂
Egads, I’m worse at this than the Middle East and Africa. How well can you do? Challenge the kids to beat you!
The Countries of Europe
Mark this down as one of those “You know you’re a homeschooler when…” conversations!
Victoria: Dad, is it okay if I order parasitic wasp attracting plants?
Victoria: Do you want to know why?
Daryl: Nah, not so much.