Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tristan saw these Thanksgiving Rice Krispy treats and wanted to try to make them. The kids had fun. I just had to step back and let them do it.

I really don't like anything with mess and you know I had to bite my tongue with all the licking the kids were doing. (Why do kids lick so much?) And they were NOT perfect, but that's okay, because the kids had fun making them and that's what's important, right?

A few more turkeys.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Homeschool Science Resources

A few cute things from the National Watermelon Promotion Board

A cell size and scale

We are using the Chemistry Program from Flexbooks CK-12 Curriculum. It is an online textbook (although they can be downloaded). It is a secular curriuculum, so you might want to beware for subjects like Biology. Brittany is enjoying it. It isn't boring or "hard on the eyes". There are also links to various science information and experiments throughout the chapters. I've been pretty impressed.

Here are a series of Youtube videos for Chemistry done by The Home Scientist.

Try Science Bob for some experiments or science fair project ideas.

We did a science experiment last week that worked fairly well and was VERY easy. (My kind of experiment.)

You need some of these........

Then you go into a very dark room and eat them. Try chewing with your mouth open and you should be able to see some faint sparks.

Go here to find out why. (FYI, I believe this will also work with pliers instead of teeth.)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

There's a tarantula in my garage.

Our washer and dryer are in the garage here which is good and bad. It's good because I don't have to look at the mountains of laundry accumulating in there. It's bad because I can't see the mountains of laundry accumulating in there.

I still do about three loads of laundry a day. But, if there are days where I am out doing errands or something and I can't get to it that day....well, then there's double the laundry for the next day. And, if I can't get to it the next get the picture.

I was sorting the laundry into baskets and had just picked up the last handful when suddenly I saw it at the edge of the step.

Clearly a tarantula.

No this isn't a picture of the actual one in my garage, because I was not about to run get the camera. I did what any normal person would do. I screamed, I cried and jumped up on the washing machine.

Well, I didn't really jump up on the washing machine, or cry, but I did scream.

Then, I opened the side door to the garage and with a long piece of cardboard tried to scoot that thing out the door. It, however, didn't go out the door. It went behind my shelving unit. Behind my shelving unit!

The next day I was straightening up in our used-to-be-office-but-has-no-heat-or-air-vents-and-is-now-just-for-storage-room and what do I see?

What is this? Arachnophobia?

At least the black widow was dead. It probably saw the tarantula and died of heart failure.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Shake, Rattle and Roll!

Well, who says Oklahoma can't have an earthquake?

Or two?

We had two major earthquakes on Saturday. One happened around 2am which I totally slept through. About the only thing waking me up these days is Travis. Still.

David and Timothy were up watching a movie and they felt it. It was a 4. something.

Then, around 10:30 that evening I heard the windows rattle and thought, "That's a really strong wind!" But it didn't stop, it just kept getting louder and the floor and walls shook. It lasted about 30 seconds I think. I did feel one really small aftershock just a few minutes later.

Thankfully, no one was hurt and no damage was done that we can tell. It was the largest earthquake on record here and I believe they determined it was a 5.6.

That was the third major earthquake we've noticed since we've been in Tulsa. The first happened at this same time last year. It happened in the morning and I was still in bed, but had just woken up. The bed shook and I thought one of the kids had crawled into bed with me, but there was no one there. I thought that was really weird, so I got up and Brittany was in the living room. She was freaking out, "Did you feel that earthquake! It was an EARTHQUAKE!"

They are a little scary, but pretty neat. Praise God we didn't have a massive one and no one was killed, like in so many places lately. We were definately very fortunate!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It's an AVON E-Party!!

Need Stocking Stuffers?

Consider Avon!

I'm hosting an Avon E-Party for my sister in law, Cassandra Opperman! She's a new Avon consultant, hair stylest and homeschooler!

There are so many fabulous finds at Avon and shipping is FREE-that means right to your door- with any order of $30 or more!

This E-Party will run from today (Nov. 2) through December 10th. I've already placed my order. Don't wait!

Go to Cassandra's Avon site through this link, click on "eparty" and place your order. Don't forget to put STUFFSTOCKINGS all in capital letters in the code at checkout!
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