Friday, September 28, 2012

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for one person, plus one guest. 

 Map of participating museums

From their website

"In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for free."

  • Only an official Museum Day Live! ticket is eligible for free entry. Official tickets can be found here on the Museum Day Live! Website.
  • One ticket per household, for two people.
  • A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits.
  • If museum reaches capacity, museum has the right to limit the number of guests until space becomes available.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Field Trip Fridays

With the school year in full swing, we are back to our weekly field trips. Thankfully, the weather outside is starting to become somewhat bearable.
The pictures below are from a couple of weeks ago, when we visited the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. This is a wonderful place to go for strolls in the winter, just as long as nobody gets attacked by any jumping cholla. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Judas, not a David

Looks like his "guilty" plea for taking a minor across state lines to have an illegitimate  affair with her is going to land Jack Schaap, former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, in federal prison for ten or more years. 

As it turns out, it is, indeed, a criminal act for a 54-year old (married father of two, no less) to carry on an intimate relationship with a 16-year old under his care and counseling. Whodathunkit!!! While she met the legal age for consent, that only applies as long as there are less than 4 years of age difference... not  ***cough, cough*** 38 years.

Update on "Cantering the Country"

Incredibly, we are finishing up our third week of homeschooling today. It sounds old, but time really does fly. 

This year, I have four students that I actively work with every day: Solomon (7th grade), Isaac (5th), John (3rd), and Miriam (1st). Becky is repeating Kindergarten this year because although she is ready for 1st grade work academically, she lacks the necessary attention span to keep pace with Miriam, and also does not have the motor skills to write well. At any rate, she's only 3!! (soon 4) I work with her for a few minutes each day until she loses interest, at which point she goes off to play with Anna. Their favorite game is to pretend going shopping in my rather extensive and well-stocked pantry (NOT my favorite game for them to play, in case you were wondering).

 Miriam and Becky pretending to go on a road trip with their "fifteen kids in the back seat of a Hyundai Sonata". Not sure why they are both asleep at the wheel.

Each of the oldest four is on their own level for Math and English (which encompasses reading/composition, spelling, grammar, and handwriting). For all other subjects, we continue to work as a family. This is our fourth year of doing so, and I must say, I still LOVE it. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of Our Lives

Available for free viewing online, this week only, HERE.

Are you and your family on the wrong side of a bet?

When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.
After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.
This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.

Many thanks to Crystal from Canada for making me aware of this.

Monday, September 17, 2012

There's a new baby on the block

A family at our church had a baby boy born last week. Can you believe it, they named him Steven in honor of my husband! 

The little guy is a total sweetie. Just one thing working against him: he makes my Stephen look like a humongous roly-poly!

Can you believe what a difference seven weeks makes???? They always grow too fast, don't they?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Dream cars of moms of many

Hum, hum, hum... our vehicle situation has been an unpleasant issue for me. So much so, that I have just decided to push it out of my mind for as long as I can. Which would be until we are forced to buy a larger van if we are blessed with another little one sometime in the future. 

Currently, I drive an 8-seat Toyota Sienna. I cannot say enough about how much I have loved having this van. It's been perfect for us in every way. It's still perfect, except for one little detail: while our family continues to grow, the van does not. If they made a Sienna with four rows instead of three, I would not hesitate for even one second before buying it. But - they don't make that!

As it stands, the kids and I fill it to capacity. Which is okay because we usually only drive around town, so on the rare occasions that my  husband is coming along, he can take his own car, or we put four kids on the back row bench (one car seat, plus three kids sharing the rest of the bench). Not ideal, but definitely no biggie. I would not want to go on a long road trip like that, but we've done plenty of traveling to hold off on any more vacations for a year or two until we get a bigger vehicle. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My little helper

Miriam is such a sweet big sister.  The other day, Stephen woke up while I was in the middle of cooking. Over my shoulder, I called for her to go sit on the bed with him and entertain him until I could get there.

A couple of minutes later, I turned around to see this:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

In Plane Sight

This being the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I would like to share another documentary that questions the truthfulness of the official story. 

Before you get angry at me, please remember that the truth is usually solidified the more an issue is investigated. If what we were told happened on September 11, 2001 is indeed true, we need not shy away from investigations into the matter. The deeper we dig, the more proof we should find.

If you would like to see more docus along this line, I recommend "Loose Change" and "911 Road to Tyranny."

Saturday, September 1, 2012

"Don't go back to school" party

It's that time of the year again - the time when our kids don't go back to school. Which, in my eyes, is always worth a celebration! :)

Of course, just because we are against school does not mean we are against learning, so it's back to the books for us starting this Monday. I will have to do another post on this year's curriculum choices. This post is just about our party.

As always, I am continuing the German tradition of making a "Zuckertüte" for each of the kids. Technically, only those students starting 1st grade are supposed to get one, but in our home, the other kids also get one, albeit theirs are "consolation size". 

With Miriam starting 1st grade this year, hers is the big purple one.