Friday, August 31, 2007

Where did my week go?

I guess I've been busy. I expected that once we started school, my bloggin' might slow down...yep.
But what are we so busy with? Three "R"s and all that stuff...also paino lessons, Daniel's lawn business, AWANA, youth group, Bible study. Soccer is in the near future.
This week we've been entertaining the thought of a DC trip in early December. I've never been there and I know the boys would love it. We'll see!
Just registered for a couple of free events offered through the Save our Waters Week in Citrus Couny.(The purpose of Save Our Waters Week is to serve as a vehicle for promoting public awareness, public education and public consensus to save Citrus County’s treasured waters.) In September, we'll take a free Kayak excursion and also a tour on the springs in Crystal River. There's also a poster contest for kids to enter which looks fun.
So, that's all I've got for now! Getting a late start on our schoolwork this morning!!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

International Space Station

Did you know that if you look up at exactly the right moment you might see the International Space Station flying overhead for a minute or so? Check this out:
Just click on the country, state and city in which you live and you will see a detailed list of dates and times of when you can catch a glimpse!
Dan and I were out walking the dog Tuesday night, and he looked up and pointed out what looked like a bright star traveling across the sky at a pretty great speed, but it took about a minute to completely cross. It didn't appear to be much larger than any other light in the sky, but it was very bright and at one point it reflected the sun so greatly it seemed to flare.
At first Dan thought it might be the shuttle. Well, I got online to check it out and sure enough it was something! The Space Station! I printed out the schedule and we went out the next night to see if we could find it. We all searched the sky at exactly 9:53 and we finally caught it halfway across, but this time it wasn't as bright so it was a little harder to follow but still very cool!
It was alot of fun. Take the kids outside! If you live in Inverness, here's the

A Trip on the Mayflower

My boys and I have been transported back in time to the 1620's over the past couple of weeks. It's been fascinating learning about our beginnings. Tonight we watched an extraordinary documentary called The Untold Story of the Mayflower.
Drawing scenes and dialogue from records of actual participants and eyewitnesses, this documentary meticulously re-creates the historic saga of the Pilgrims, from their extraordinary Mayflower crossing to their historic encounters with the Native Americans. Featuring a cast of actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the program was shot at Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts, as well as locations in England, Belgium, Maryland and Virginia.
This movie helped bring to life all that we've been reading about. It was truly an amazing journey and I have never seen a film tell the story better.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

My three little "PIGS"!!

I get a letter in the inbox once in a while from
The letters are really aimed at Dads but I think they're funny enough for moms, too! I saw Todd Wilson speak at the Home school convention last year and apparently he always draws the biggest crowd. Very funny stuff.

I love this letter about our "PIG" children! Is there a video camera in my house?!

Hi Dads, I just had to write while the iron is hot. It's therapeutic for me to blab to 10,000 dads that my children are---how do I say this gently? PIGS!!!! Our children do chores, and they have responsibilities. We train them, we dole out consequences when they don't do a job well, we work on specifics, and still, they're PIGS!!! The mess that nine people can create is overwhelming at times. We can work all day cleaning up one area, and then, whal-la, like magic, it's trashed again within about 13 minutes. So I've decided that instead of banging my head against the wall and lamenting this fact, I'm going to---plot my revenge. Yes, sir, I'm not going to get mad, I'm going to get EVEN (add maniacal mad scientist laugh here!!!) Here's what I've planned so far: First, I have to wait about 20 years until they're all grown up and out of the house. Then, I'll go to each of their houses starting with the oldest and work my way down from there. After a few minutes of light conversation, I'll say I have to go to the bathroom. Once there, the revenge will begin as I take a perfectly neat tube of toothpaste and squeeze it all over the edges of the sink and then of course leave the cap off for them to find---behind the toilet. Then, I'll do my business, not even trying to hit the toilet, and for good measure, I'll pull off every towel they own from the towel bars and wad them up on the floor. Man, this is good. Later, when I know no one's looking, I'll take an entire package of Ritz crackers from the kitchen cupboard, crush them in my hand, and sprinkle them all over the floor. Then, I'll take a jar of peanut putter and scoop out a big glob with my fingers, smear the entire outside of the jar, put it back in the cupboard---and of course, leave the lid for them to find---behind the toilet. For my entire visit, I'll go from room to room making messes just like they used to make.but this is the weird part. You see, I'm confident that the more messes I make in their house, the more saddened I'll be that they are no longer making messes in my house. I will hate having a spotlessly clean house all the time. I need to stop and think about that for a while. Talk about irony. The very things that drive us dads crazy now will be the things we will miss the most later. So, with all that said, my children are still pigs, but somehow just talking to you about my revenge makes me feel better. And, it's reminded me of what really matters. If your children do something that really bugs you, plot a little revenge now, and maybe things will look a little different when you're done.
You da Dad!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Prestige

This is a great movie. The Prestige keeps you guessing and keeps you glued to the very end. I recently found this movie on someone's "best of 2006" list. I definitely agree. The movie is set in London 1899 and illusionists are rapidly becoming a sought after form of entertainment. Two men become entangled in a bitter competition against one another as a result of a tragedy that affected them both earlier. The illusions on stage are nothing compared to the illusions that they call their lives. I warn you, this movie is just over 2 hours long, but well worth it!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Slowly starting school...

Yesterday, the boys and I ran through a full day of school to see how the schedule might work out. I think I've come up with a very workable schedule, maybe a teeny bit too much crammed into a day, but there's still time for tweaking. I, for one, was thrilled to have some routine back into my life(even just for a day). I'm very done with summer and I'm ready to attack the books. I haven't been taking any pics lately and I must remedy that!
Daniel created this car using only the "Paint" program! It's supposed to be artsy and abstract. He's amazing.

Jaret enters the world of Narnia...(next to my laundry)
Ethan loves the Chronicles and we're in the middle of the Silver Chair.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

I must really be bored...

It's raining cats and dogs!!
But what the heck does that mean!?


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