Look Who's Joined Our Family

Meet Layla, a rescued collie from an Iowa shelter who is 3 years old and a new member of our family. She is very loving, very well trained and very sweet and fun.  The kids are in heaven.

I grew up with dogs and have always wished we could have one.  The kids absolutely love dogs and have begged for years.  We kept saying it wasn’t practical for this reason or that reason to get one.

Sometimes you just have to follow your heart.

…And do lots of research, and talk it out agonizingly with your spouse for days in secret away from the kids, and pore through hundreds of PetFinder listings at dozens of shelters for the right fit…

She has lived with us for just over 24 hours but she has really made herself at home and even the cats have decided she’ll do.

She also acts as if we’ve been hers forever.

We have a dog.

It feels really good to finally say that again after all these years.  🙂

An Ad Worth Quoting

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing that you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.

They invent.                They imagine.             They heal.
They explore.              They create.               They inspire.

They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

– Apple Computer Advertisement

Fun President Timeline!

Here’s a fun way to make a presidential timeline to help kids remember when presidents were in office.  The Mailbox magazine says:

Help students study the presidents of the United States with this handy timeline. Divide the class into eight groups and give each group a large sheet of red, white, or blue construction paper. Assign each group a span of years shown. Then have the group program its timeline section with the names and terms of the presidents inaugurated during that time period, along with any other significant historic events. Finally, tape the sections together in order, end to end, to create a large timeline to display in your classroom.

I’m having Daryl pick up some red, white and blue construction paper and putting this on the agenda for sometime soon.

Since everything takes me so much longer to get together, maybe I can figure on it getting accomplished around Memorial Day for some patriotic looking decor?  😉

Teaching the Past

We had a fun family adventure last week!  Daryl, Jack and Anna taught hundreds of school kids about old time games and music.

The program was for a school district about an hour away (a homeschool friend on their library board recommended us), and they paid for us to spend two nights at a local hotel and reimbursed our gas and expenses, which made it into a fun family (working) vacation.

Anna taught kids how to roll hoops.  Jack taught the game of graces.  Daryl taught how to play the spoons and the washboard, plus talked about the way people lived during Laura Ingalls Wilder’s time in our area.

We got to visit with some wonderful homeschool friends we don’t get to see often, went to a great photography gallery (where they gave us two gorgeous books of photography as a thank you from the town!) and had a great few days.

Jack and Anna were exhausted — physically and emotionally — after two days of so many excited school kids.  I was so proud of them, though, and I heard one little girl shout as she left, “This was so fun!”.