Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
My cousin leaves for Iraq today.
I'll admit, I haven't seen him in person for at least 10 years. Then, he was a typical teen boy closed up in his room with a set of headphones totally avoiding the crazy cousin who just wanted to hug on him. Plus, there's no doubt the infant and toddler I had with me caused him to turn up the volume and crawl farther into the teen boy cave.
But despite that, this kid has a special place in my heart. I'm sure I'm turning into a sappy old woman, and if he ever sees this he'll probably be mad, but this is how I remember him...
See, he really did love me!
Funny thing is, even though I have hundreds of memories of him, mostly little everyday things, he probably doesn't remember much about me since most of the time we spent together he was between 2 and 6 years old.
While I was in college in Florida, I spent my summers living in Wisconsin with his family, working at his dad's business, and playing nanny for him and his younger sister alot. I spent most holidays with his family too, so it was almost like me coming home when we were together.
I was proud of the fact that even though I was "not a real mom" I could dress and feed two kids, pack a diaper bag, strap them in the car seats, and take the mini-van down to the grocery store or even to the mall for a whole day without blinking an eye; not to mention caring for them for up to a week at a time if my aunt and uncle needed to travel. Granted they were good kids and I was the cool cousin (not the mom) which made it fun. If they had been alot of trouble, I probably would have been scarred for life and never had kids of my own.
I feel like I really watched him grow up, even though I've mostly missed the last 17 years of his life. So, please keep him and all our troops in your prayers today and every day.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
For the most part, nothing take a great deal of time except history. So, I think we are going to have to cut back on that even though that's the girls' favorite subject. It's just taking TOO much time! Is there anyone out there who has used Sonlight Core 5 that can give suggestions on what is critical for this year?
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Here are some good links for activities:
Read the whole thing here:
Here is an outline of the Articles:
Article I - Legislative Department - how senators and representatives are chosen, rules of procedure, compensation, privileges and restrictions, mode of passing laws, powers granted to Congress, powers denied to the Federal Governmnent, powers denied to the states.
Article II - Executive Department - President and Vice President, powers and duties of the President, Impeachment
Article III - Judicial Department - The Federal Courts, jurisdiction of the Federal Courts, Treason
Article IV - The States and the Federal Government - state records, privileges and immunities of citizens, new states and territories, guarantees to the states
Article V - Method of amendment
Article VI - Public Debt, Supremacy of the Constitutuion, Oath of Office
Article VII - Ratification
God Bless America!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
In the years past, they have always placed very high with everything they entered. This year was a little different. The competition is getting tougher and to be honest, they didn't put alot of thought and prep into the items they entered this year.
Nevertheless, we had fun.
Rebecca won 3rd place for a beaded necklace she made and 2nd for a colored pencil drawing. I personally think her drawing should have won first. The first place picture looked like it had been traced from a coloring book! Here's Bec's:
Sarah only entered two items, neither of which won anything.:-( But she did help with the county 4H booth that won first place. :-)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Look! They are even smiling!