Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Photos

We got the idea for these funny snowmen from the Family Fun magazine:

Another night, we made dirt cupcakes. I realized too late that we did not have gummy worms in the house, so we made do with jelly beans. There were enough cupcakes to fill every tier on this cupcake stand, but the kids were starting to pick them off immediately and I decided to snap a picture as quickly as I could.

Solomon reading with Isaac. It's great having him help on days when I am too busy to listen to Isaac read. Isaac's reading has really taken off and he is almost to the point where I can just assign him his daily reading pages and simply ask him comprehension questions rather than having to sit down with him helping and making sure he reads every word correctly.

The boys playing a favorite board game. This is made by a great company, I highly recommend them. We have a good dozen of their games, and they are perennial favorites with the kids. Board games are such a wonderful alternative to watching TV.

Ah, it's that time of the year again... taxes! BTW, I would like to use this opportunity to point out that our family does NOT receive any government assistance whatsoever, including subsidized medical care. I get asked about/accused of this a lot. For one, we don't qualify, because my husband is the old-fashioned kind who likes to work for a living rather than take money out of someone else's pocket. But even if our income were low enough to qualify (as it has been in the past), we would refuse financial assistance from Big Daddy (as we have done in the past).

Miriam loves her boots, and likes to take them to bed with her:

Last Friday, we went on a field trip with another homeschooling family from our church to "Out of Africa Wildlife Park". It was really very unique. One of the attractions was a safari tour through the animal habitat, where we got to hand-feed a giraffe, zebras, ostriches, and a camel. This park had many tigers, lions, and other big cats, some of which performed in their animal shows. We also followed the keepers around as they fed the animals over 800 lbs of fresh, raw meat. It was pretty impressive.

(Miriam got into the boys' pixie stick)

Not much else new is going on. We found a stray puppy in our driveway yesterday morning, it looks like a chihuahua, possibly a mix. Very cute, which is a problem because the kids immediately fell in love with it. I have listed it in the "Lost & Found" section on Craigslist and in the local paper, and we posted signs all over our neighborhood about it. So far, nobody has called, which seems strange because it is such a cute puppy and looks like it has been well taken care of. Today, I took it to the vet to see if it was microchipped, but it wasn't. We'll have to wait and see, I guess. The longer that goes by, the sadder the kids will be to see it go if the owner does turn up. I told the kids that if nobody has claimed it by next Monday, we can talk about possibly keeping it. The puppy is not housebroken, which keeps me on my toes a lot these days...


  1. Your children are adorable! Miriam's hair looks so cute in pigtails.

  2. Have you checked out the games from Family Pastimes? They have some great ones--my son loved Berries, Bugs, and Bullfrogs as well as Harvest Time. They're largely cooperative type games with no "winner", which is nice for little kids.

  3. I'll have to check this place out. I know the kids will love it.


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