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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Time Travelers

Time Travelers in one of our activities within our 4H club. We learn History and do different research projects. The kids had an assignment to research a famous Tennessean, and create a scrap page from one of their quotes. They were also to do one other famous person in history. Yesterday the kids had these presentations to make.

Lexi chose Benjamin Banneky-since she is reading a book this week on him. The quote was: “Evil communication corrupts good manners, I hope to live to hear that good communication corrupts bad manners.”


Her famous Tennessean was Miley Cyrus-the quote: “It is important to ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing, and what purpose it serves in the big picture.”


Peyton’s famous Tennessean was Mack Brown-Head football coach of the Texas Longhorns Football Team. He was born in TN. The quote:” If one guy is playing bad I can replace him, If 3 are playing bad-I have to replace you.” Speaking to his staff.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up


weekly wrap up pages

This past weekend was the end of the kids Upward Basket Ball games. They had a presentation Saturday night. They brought in one of the Harlem Globetrotters, he did some tricks for the kids and gave his testimony. It was a lot of fun. Here are two pages I made for each of the kids.





We have resumed our America unit after taking a week off last week. Our read aloud is “The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed. Peyton is reading “Amos Fortune”, Lexi is reading “What are you Figuring Now?” A bout Benjamin Banneker. 

Peyton finished up Fractions today and scored a 95 on his final exam. He will begin Decimals (Life of Fred, and Key to Decimals tomorrow.) He will interchange them daily.

Lexi is still working on long division with Kumon grade 4.

They are both still studying JBQ and have another meet coming up in March.

Peyton is still working on Greek level 2, after finishing 2 levels of Latin.

We all began Mandarin (Chinese) lessons today. We had an opportunity from a Grad student who is working on getting his hours in teaching –so he offered to give us free Mandarin lessons. I thought it was a great opportunity for us. Today we had our first lesson and he used Uno cards to teach us, colors, numbers, and how to say Hi, Goodbye, Thank You and Sorry. (We have to keep practicing each day.) Our next lesson is Monday so I hope he feels that we respect his time and energy.

I got a new software this week-A photo editing software. It is something I really wanted but really never thought I would buy b/c it lists for $299.00 and I really wasn’t willing to spend that kind of money on just a hobby. A week ago they put Lightroom 3 on sale for $69.00 so  I ordered it. They are coming out with LR4 this summer.

Anyway, I have been spending some time this week  trying to learn how to use it.  Here is the first picture I played with. I used a painterly preset I found online. It takes an image and gives it a painted effect.

   This is the actual image I took last fall.


This is the image with the painted effect added. I would really love to take a painting class someday. But I don’t have time right now to add another hobby. Once I get real comfortable with LR3 and PSE9, then I may look into taking a class.


Oh and I also began reading “The Hunger Games”. Tomorrow night is our traditional crop night for scrapbooking. I will probably spend most of the time watching Youtube tutorials on LR and PSE and organizing my photos.

A Beautiful Day

This is an old post from back in Early February. Anyway I just now saw that I never posted it.. LOL
We took a little time to go walk one of the trails at a nearby park this week. I really wanted to get out in nature (outside of our yard, and neighborhood) and try to snap a few pics for an upcoming photography assignment. Anyway, here are the pics I took of the kids. I will post again on the assignment topic since I took so many pictures.

Playing in the stream.

Looking at patterns in nature. A tree that has fallen creating a diagonal line.

A cropped image of Peyton with the lake in background. This is one of those where Lexi had a goofy smile, so she got edited out. LOL

Monday, February 20, 2012

Musing Mondays

Matthew 11
Jesus and John the Baptist
1 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.[a]

2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[b] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

As I quickly glanced at Facebook posts this morning, this thought came to me. (The story of John the Baptist.) We know he was a great man, Jesus loved him dearly. In fact in this passage, Jesus goes on to say that among those born of women there is none greater than John the Baptist.

John, here is  imprisoned, he is about to be beheaded. Herod’s step daughter has requested (as her reward for dancing), John’s head on a platter. (Gruesome.)

John, begins to doubt, he begins to stumble. (I can only imagine his thoughts,) If you are the one, you have the power, yet you won’t free me? Surely, if you were the Messiah, you would not let me suffer this. (I have my own theology-about how the Christ should act. ( He doesn’t think this out loud, but it is a subconscious thought.) Are you really the one? Have I been mistaken? Should we look for another?  Where is the God that acts like I think he should?

John stumbles, Jesus says “blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” 

It isn’t easy, when we suffer trials. I remember going through some trials years ago, wondering why.

  Why, do I have to suffer? Lord, you have the power to heal me, you have the power to change this. Why do I have to go down this road?”  I wish today I could tell you I now know why, but I don’t. I just know that as I went down that road –He was with me. He loved me every step of the way. I can’t even say that I think the trial really strengthened me, or even brought me closer to God. I do know that no matter what, He is God, and he loves me dearly. (No matter what I see-what circumstance may arise, no matter what feelings I have, His love for me is unchangeable.)

“Sometimes he calms the storm, other times he calms his child”. (I love this chorus of this song.)

May we be blessed today-and not stumble.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Weekly Update

Since we took the week off, I can't really call it a wrap up. So just an update.
This past week we worked around the house, and just enjoyed a slower pace. The kids caught up on some reading. Lexi worked on her 4H Explorer's book. I got my new computer and worked on getting pics, files etc. transferred over. I just need to get my wireless printer installed now.
Friday night the kids had their last Upward BB games. Saturday night was the final presentation night. One of the Harlem Globetrotters visited, he was alot of fun, the kids got to spin the ball on their fingers.

Tomorrow we begin our last 11 week unit for this year. So I will update more later in the week.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Peyton during his Upward game this past Saturday.

This icicle formed over the weekend. 18 inches long.

The Valentine's Day bear.

The roses Gary gave me for V-Day.

Sunday's Speed Scrap, a page on Lexi's Upward Game

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Weekly wrap up

This week we continued our read aloud-Caddie Woodlawn. We actually finished the book Thursday. So Friday we will begin reading Moccasin Trail.

The kids continued on with their regular studies in Math, Language Lessons, Greek etc.

We had a field trip Tuesday to a local nursery.
We only have 2 more weeks of Upward Games so it will be a nice break once we are finished.

Next week we are taking off-Winter Break. We have to keep reading though-or it will set us behind. We begin our last 11 week unit the following week. I really want to get another book in as well-The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed. So I will have to see, we may have to delay our new unit another week.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Living Stones -This is a succulent plant similar to the cactus.
It blooms in late summer. I like the patterns on it.

Daffodils taken with my new 50MM lens, my mother sent it to me for my upcoming Birthday.

A friendly neighborhood dog dropped in to play with Dixie for a little while.
Dixie loved having a puppy for company.
A picture of the kids. Taken with my new lens.

Chloe (the neighborhood dog) up close, lovely patterns.
Also taken with my new lens.

Our dog, Dixie, who stays in bed even after the humans get up.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

4-H Greenhouse Field Trip

Today we went on a field trip with our 4H group to a large area greenhouse. There were so many types of plants, trees, flowers etc. I had to snap some pictures since my assignment this wee for DPS was repetition and patterns in nature.

They actually sent each family home with one of these daffodil planters.

This is called a pitcher plant. The little pitchers at the bottom hold water and capture insects.

This was probably one of my favorites there. A polka dot plant.

I brought 2 of these home for my planters in my dining room, along with some english ivy. I really like the patterns on this plant too. (And it doesn't require a lot, so works for me.)

I brought home this pretty purple cabbage too.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Repetition and Patterns in Nature

Our photography assignment this week in DPS is Repetition and patterns in nature. One thing I really like about participating in these assignments is how it helps me "see" the world. During the green assignment, I never realized how many things besides plants were green. During this assignment I find myself really noticing repeating and non-repeating patterns more.

I never realized there were so many different types of tree bark. So many different wild patterns in it. Patterns in flowers, on animals, etc.

This is just a few that I took. I deleted many and these were the favorites so far. But I have to narrow this down to one photo to submit next week. Please vote and tell me which one you like the most.

This is the bark pattern of a tree in my yard. I did it in B&W
because I really like the contrast best in those 2 colors.

If only everything in life were simple and straight.
But many times life takes us on crazy twists and turns.

Twisting vines

rough bark

I really like this shell picture. It leads your eye into the picture.
But 2 people have already submitted shells.

Don't cry.
Topsy turvey shrooms

Some wild bark on my birch tree, it really looks like paper.
More of a texture than a pattern since there really isn't alot of repetition.
Just wild and crazy.

I like this one too, the vines leading your eyes, and the gentle twist.

Straight lines.

Repeating patterns found in how gourds are shaped. The okra long with ridges.

Fungi on a stick.

Some kind of moss fungus stuff.

The swaying bark here leads your eye.

Of course another unique pattern like no-one elses. My fingerprints.
My goldfish, pretty lines, scales and colors.

English Ivy

Crocus patterns

Criss Cross in Plox.

The lines on a brussel sprout.

I never even really noticed the lines and patterns in a banana
until I opened one up the other day.

Pretty patterns on flowers.

So which picture do you like best?