Monday, June 29, 2009
And these at History.com. (various video clips about Ellis Island)
And maybe this one too for fun. (Statue of Liberty laser show)
Choose a crayola coloring page for little ones - here, here, or here.
And have bigger kids do some Time for Kids worksheets here, here, here, here, and here.
Follow the instructions in Draw Write Now Book 5 to draw the Statue of Liberty.
Read The Copper Lady and "The New Colossus".
"Thanks for the free clip-art to the Just A Touch Art Studio of Jonesboro, Georgia; www.justatouch.com"
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
- Use Native Plants
- Hang Hummingbird Feeders
- Build a Bee House
- Plant a Butterfly Garden
- Certify Your Yard With National Wildlife Federation
We'd just read books about bumble bees and honeybees last week. So today we read "Bad News for Bees" at Time for Kids. Brian's bringing home "A Honeybees Job" worksheet (our printer isn't working). The corresponding teacher guide has an additional worksheet as well.
Then we went to CBS and watched the video "Mystery of Disappearing Bees". We also checked out Haagan Daz's Help the Honeybees website. We then discussed the ways we could help, including the e-mail that started it all. We're planning to hang two hummingbird feeders tonight and soon buy some native plants to add to the butterfly garden.
We ended our mini-lesson with a fingerprint bumblebee craft. We stamped our bees on card stock, drew flower stems along the bottom, and added foam sticker flowers. Another option would be this cute Egg Carton Bumble Bee.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
- Ice down a watermelon
- Make fresh-squeezed lemonade
- Break out the popsicle molds and freeze a treat
- Try some new wading pool games
- Teach your kids "In the Good Old Summertime"
Monday, June 15, 2009
Does it drive anyone else crazy that it is all the rage to put the care tags for clothes at the bottom of the inside side seam? It makes me nuts! I am always checking care tags when I do the laundry to remember if I can tumble dry or need to hang to dry, wash on delicate, or hand wash cycle. And now I have to go fishing around the inside of skirts and dresses to find the answer to a simple question! Is it really that impossible to just put that on the tag that's already on the top of the dress??
I'm done ranting now.
So am I the only one?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Friday night we went to a carnival. I like this one because it is a good size. It's a school carnival, and it has a few rides and a bunch of inflatables, and carnival games, and the best part - $6 wristbands for the kids to do everything. They even have free cake and ice cream. So it was a fun family night. Rosie loves to swing, so the amusement park-style swing ride is a favorite of hers, she rode it twice. She loved the circus train too. Ethan's favorite was an inflatable ring that housed a king of the mountain type game. Two kids. Two air filled platforms. Two body pillow sized sacks that they wacked each other with.
On Saturday afternoon we went to Communtiy Appreciation Day at our local library - free hot dogs, and we ran into a family from church that we'd not visited with in a long while and got to catch up. From there we decided to head to the park, and I got the bright idea (I hoped) to head to the nearest, and relatively new, elementary school to try out their playground. It was huge and the kids loved it. After they'd played, we finished off our delicious summer day with milkshakes from Burger King. And let me tell you, their Oreo sundae shakes are amazing.
Then came Sunday. The day I woke up with what I thought were really bad gas pains and turned out to be a stomach virus. By Sunday night I'd shipped my kids off to Gran's. Monday Brian stayed home with Bella and I and I felt mostly better (as long as I didn't do too much). Monday night I felt over it and the kids came home. Tuesday morning it returned with a vengeance. The kids went back to Gran's and Brian came back home after lunch to babysit Bella. I finally managed to eat some saltines and drink some water that night.
The upside? I am officially back to my pre-pregnancy weight. So I only have to lose the same 20 lbs I've needed to lose since Rose was born.
And can I tell you that I have the sweetest kids. Anna Kate made me a rainbow beaded bracelet on Sunday that I'm still wearing. All of the kids spent their own money to buy me get well gifts that they brought home Monday. Ethan brought candles, Anna Kate some solk flowers with butterflies, and Rose a flower wind twirler that she posted in the front yard inder the magnolia. Tuesday evening, Pa brought me a note from Anna Kate along with a bottle of Mountain Dew that she was sure would make me feel better. :^)
I think it worked.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
- Enjoy a festival or carnival.
- Cut a magnolia blossom and float it in a bowl of water.
- Catch lightning bugs.
- Cook lunch on the grill and eat outside together.
- Order Father's Day gifts before it's too late to get them shipped and you have to shop at WalMart. Again. Make plans for a magical day, while your at it.
Friday, June 05, 2009
1. What is your occupation right now? Wife, Mother, Home educator, Piano teacher
2.What color are your socks right now? barefoot
3. What are you listening to right now? my husband kissing my baby
4. What was the last thing that you ate? grilled key west chicken, cantaloupe, spinach artichoke dip, and tortilla chips
5. Can you drive a stick shift? no
6. Last person you talked on phone with? my mother-in-law
7.Do you like the person who sent this to you? of course! I've liked her forever
8. How old are you today? 33
9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? pro football, unless ice skating is on
10. What is your favorite drink? really chocolaty hot chocolate
11. Have you ever dyed your hair? yep, and it's about that time
12. Favorite food? cake?
13. What is the last movie you watched? 13 Going on 30
14. Favorite day of the year? a day at the beach, or maybe Thanksgiving Sunday (our church's anniversary service) or Easter or Christmas Eve
15. How do you vent anger? well, I try not to yell or bite someone's head off and call a friend instead
16. What was your favorite toy as a child? barbies
17. What is your favorite season? fall
18. Cherries or Blueberries? blueberries
19. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? N/A, but let me know if you post this
20. Who is the most likely to respond? don't know - Hannah?
21. Who is least likely to respond? no idea
22. Living arrangements? ranch house
23. When was the last time you cried? no idea - last time I watched the end of Emma?
24. What is on the floor of your closet? boxes of scrap booking supplies, boxes of candles, my sewing box
25. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending? My cousin Jess if she's reading, or Terri and Lisa if she's not
26. What did you do last night? hung out with my husband and Bella, had a Six Dollar Burger, watched a movie, and finished the ice cream pie
27. What are you most afraid of? of my kids growing up in a country that is hostile to people of faith - things can change so quickly
28. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? cheese
29. Favorite dog breed? my mom's Jack Russell is pretty cute, but his breath stinks
30. Favorite day of the week? Thursday (date night)
31. How many states have you lived in? 2
32. Diamonds or pearls? pearls - not a big fan of diamonds
33. What is your favorite flower? Roses!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I need some good romance novels - nothing trashy, but it doesn't have to be Christian fiction either. I spent last summer loving the Twilight books, but I'm sick of rereading them - there's got to be other great love stories that I haven't already read. What are your favorites? I usually get my books at the library, but I'm almost desperate enough for a fantastic (note I didn't just say "good") love story that I could be persuaded to pay good money for it. :^)
Some favorites of mine:
The Savannah Quartet by Euguenia Price
The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
The English Garden Series and The Princess by Lori Wick
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
The Wedding Dress and With This Ring by Marian Wells
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
The Stonewycke Trilogy my Michael Phillipis and Judith Pella
I'm looking for the kind of book that you can't put down, have to cry over, can't stop thinking about when you've finished it, and are inclined to reread it frequently. Help!