They shall mount up with wings as eagles…

Fizzy Art

Boredom had set upon us and we needed something fun to do.  Thank goodness for the Play At Home Mom blog.  I love their ideas.  If you have kids ages 3 months and older.  Moms like the activities too.  Recently, they had posted on their site about Fizzy Paint.  I knew sooner or later we needed to do this fun idea and that day had come.  The basic recipe is baking soda, cornstarch, water and food coloring.  Then fill a spray bottle with vinegar to make the paintings fizz.

Here is the fizzy paint set up.  The spray bottle has the vinegar in it.  I didn’t tell them what it was, other than sidewalk paint and let them have at it.

Zion made his pink paint fizz

This was a whole lot of fun and got us outside in the sunshine for nearly an hour without any complaints.  I even needed to refill their paints once.  They probably would have painted long had I made more paint and if they wouldn’t have filled the whole drive way with paint.

Promise paint dancing

After being sprayed with the vinegar.  Fizzy fun.



I have no idea where I saw this idea.  If I remember, I will give proper credit to the idea maker.  The idea is simple:  Dip scraps of yarn in school glue and paste on a bowl sort of like making a pinata.  After the bowl is covered well, set out to dry.  You can put them in a low oven to dry the glue faster, but I wasn’t sure if our bowl was oven safe.  After the glue is all dry, peel the yarn bowl away from the cereal bowl.  It hold its shape pretty good.  Promise has hers setting on her dresser holding some knickknacks.

Making her yarn bowl

Promise has been very interested in completing everything from our Fall Bucket List, so she decided she needed to make “leaf art.”  I didn’t give her any instruction on how to do leaf art.  She decided on gluing pretty leaves to paper.  Leaf art completed!

Leaf art

We also made applesauce in the crock pot.  Super duper easy.  This is my “recipe”:

  • Peel, core and slice some apples, put them into crock pot
  • add some water and cinnamon
  • cook on high for a bit.  stirring occasionally.  I think it took about 1 – 2 hours for the apples to get soft.  I really wasn’t paying much attention.
  • use immersion blender until consistency of your choice
  • add a splash of vanilla and serve hot or cold.

You can add a bit of lemon juice at the beginning to help it from browning too much.  I prefer my applesauce hot right out of the crock pot, but it’s just as good cold.  It makes the house smell like autumn while it is cooking.

Promise and Zion peeling the apples

More peeling

So Far Behind


I am shamelessly behind in my blogging.  We’ve just been so busy with life lately.  Anyhow, on to the blogging…

Earlier in the fall I came across this really cute Fall Bucket List on Pinterest.  I backtracked it to its creator and found that here Loves of Life.   We’ve been checking stuff off one by one slowly throughout the season.  So far we have done :

*Apple Picking

*Leaf Art


*Corn Maze

*Pumpkin Patch (times 2)

Most recently, we made caramel apples.  Yum yum!  Next year I am going to try to make our own caramel because the store-bought stuff is always too sticky and just falls right off the apple.  Must be that milkmaid brand.

Our yummy, super unhealthy toppings

Promise's finished apple


Israel preferred the toppings over the actual apples

Here are some of our pictures from our apple picking.  This was so much fun.  I cannot wait to go back again.  The apples were delicious.  We went to the TS&M Apple Orchard here in Bellevue, NE.  If you are close by, I highly recommend the Jon-a-red apples.  So good.  Even Zion, my non-fruit/veg eating child, loved these.

After we picked our 3 apples apiece, we got to watch a cider press demonstration.  Unfortunately, cider has to be pasteurized before it is sold, but all the adults got to sneak a sip of the yummy fresh cider.  The kids got to try some pre-bottled pasteurized cider.  I need to get us a press so we can make real, unpasteurized cider.  It was amazingly fresh and tasty.

Cider press

Gabriel at the orchard

The trees were really neat.  They were all dwarf varieties so they won’t get much taller.  I think they said these trees were either 5 or 6 years old already.  Their short size makes it easy for people to pick on their own without trucks.  I think I want a grove for our front yard.

I found a link to a “Bored Jar” on Pinterest and finally got around to making it up.  The kids love it.  Even the not-so-fun activities.  So far they’ve played dress up, built a structure with paper and tape, done a good deed, folded laundry, pulled weeds, built a fort with blankets and pillows and cut paper into teeny tiny pieces.  And oh boy, now I get to go help Promise make a craft.  Check out the template here.  I also found more activity ideas here.   Have fun!

Gabriel in his fort

We’ve been up to all kinds of craziness over here.  Yesterday we spent the morning at the Children’s Museum and then the whole afternoon at the park with homeschool friends.  It was such a gorgeous day out, that we really couldn’t spend it playing in the house.

Monday was Gabriel’s 10th birthday.  Happy Birthday Gabriel!  We actually spent sunday celebrating with cake and presents since that was daddy’s day off work.  He got so many great toys and we even made a Lego cake together.

Somehow yesterday, the topic of tessellations came up, so I showed Jacy a simple way to make them using a notecard as a template.  Basically you cut off one side of the card (like to make a snowflake) then slide it to the other side and tape it on carefully so the two straight sides match up.  Then trace away.  I even found a neat tessellation website maker.  They really didn’t use it to make tessellations, but found it better to make mosaic pictures, still it was a neat site.

We’ve spent nearly every night for the past week playing Yahtzee together as a family.  Promise and Gabriel are naturals at the game.  So many great math lessons built into such a fun game: probability, statistics, addition, and multiplication.  Between that and Trivial Pursuit Jr, we’ve been busy with board games. I got the kids a few more board games for Christmas, but I might pull one or two out early to play.

Last thing, Jason was finally moved to a real day shift.  Yay for getting off work at supper time, instead of after bedtime!




Still Life

Today has been a busy day.  We were supposed to go to a play group, but my eye is bothering me so we stayed home.  I am really glad we did because we have done all kinds of fun things today.

The weather has been just gorgeous so the little boys and I took the bikes into the front yard to ride on the driveway for an hour or so.  Lincoln sure liked playing on a blanket in the grass.  Jacy and Gabriel made some Mario Lego Stop Motion movies again.  This seems to be one of the favorite activities lately.

After rest time, I found the inspiration to draw still life with the kids.  I can’t even remember what made me think of it.  Promise and I looked up the definition from Wiki:

A still life (plural still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on).

Then we set up our still life.  I think it turned out really cute.  Promise liked that it had real and fake fruit and other non-fruity items.

From one side

And from the other side

Everyone said that it was a fun activity, except Israel who fussed from under the table.  He’s been rather grumpy today.  I taped everyone’s paper to the table so we’d all have a different perspective of our still life.

Artwork in progress

Our finished drawings.  I really need to get different art supplies so we can try out more mediums than just plain crayons.  We also read a couple of books afterwards that I had picked up from our last trip to the library: Chasing Degas by Eva Montanari and What Makes a Degas a Degas? by Richard Muhlberger.

Jacy's. I love how he drew everything he saw; including the table and background

Promise's - She also drew the still life as she saw it. Very detailed.

Zion - He didn't want to draw the still life at all, but instead chose to draw himself playing upstairs.

Gabriel drew his favorite parts; the pumpkin and the pumpkin leaf.

Mine. The yarn was my favorite part.

Before I forget.  Last night we had a game night.  I found a Trivial Pursuit Jr game at the thrift store the other day.  This was the first time we played it all together as a family…even Lincoln 😉  It was a lot of fun and some of the questions were hard for even mommy and daddy.

Game Night!

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The Craziness

This last week has been crazy.  The kids went camping over the weekend with grandma.  They went to the drive-in for the first time.  They  thought it was super cool.  What an experience!  It got really cold over night, so they all came home with a case of the sniffles.  They’ll survive.

Yesterday, they had a playdate at another homeschooling family’s house.  Ten kids in one house is very loud and very fun.    It is funny how full their social calendar is.  Pretty much everyday on in my date book has something written on it.  If not a homeschooling meetup, it’ll be a play group, or a trip to the library, or a weekend away with Grandma and Grandpa.  They are much busier than I am, that’s for sure.

While the kids were away, Jason and I talked about the kid’s school work.  We decided to let them have a little more say in their education, like what they are learning about.  So rather than stuffing their heads full of things they aren’t interested in yet, we are going to follow their interests a bit more.  At the very least, keeping in mind what they like when I am finalizing lesson plans.  This all came to mind because last week, Jason did a fun side lesson with them about the origins of Martial Arts.  The big boys really liked it and retained a lot of the things they learned.  Not only are they remembering nearly everything Jason is teaching them (and discovering right along with them) it is leading them to be interested in other things.  Jacy already expressed some interest in learning about how swords are made so we are going to spend some time learning about that.  Hopefully I can find a couple of videos and/or books about it.  If the Renaissance Faire is coming up, we could go watch swords being made.

Onto my knitting 😀  I finished the super secret object for Jacy.  You can see a close up shot of the color, but that’s it until the pattern is published.

Now I am making a pair of longies for Lincoln.  He desperately needs more pants since he isn’t quite grown into Israel’s hand-me-down pairs.  The yarn is Lindon Merino in the Jack colorway from Three Irish Girls.  I had been dying to get a my hands on some.  A good friend of mine gifted me two skeins just because.  I love it.

Speaking of Lincoln, he learned a new trick.  He can sit up now.  He does timber over every now and again, but he does pretty good.  Sitting up to play is so much more fun that rolling around on the floor.

Since the kids were on their mini-vacation, we put the photo challenge on hold for a couple days.  We’ll try to start up again tomorrow.

ETA: I don’t know what the deal is with the pictures.  I am trying to fix them.  Grrrr

Well, if you click the pictures, it shows the correct picture


Okay, so I know this has nothing to do with homeschooling, but I had to share.   I am a big fan of the Dating Diva’s.  They do these adorable dating ideas for their spouses and then blog about them. Often times, they leave these little sweet notes around for their husbands using play on words for products their spouse like.  Since Jason has to work late tonight, and I won’t see him before I go to bed, I thought it might be fun to leave him a couple of snacks on the counter for him after work.

I hope he likes them, because I think they are simply adorable.  I am sorry, but I didn’t save my printables because I don’t think that its legal to use logos from products.  The companies might frown upon that 😉  I just used google docs and uploaded images I found on the internet.  It was super, duper easy.  I printed it on white paper and mounted the little phrases on some of my scrapbook paper.

So here is the whole spread.  The whey protein powder is actually for breakfast, but I couldn’t leave out the cute pun 🙂

The Cool Ranch Doritos

We are too COOL together

 The soda!  I had to tape this one on with packing tape because the glue stick wasn’t strong enough.

“I am *SODA* in love with you”

His favorite jerky sticks.

“I wanted to *TABASCO* to be mine”

And for breakfast when I get up.  Hee!

“You and I go *WHEY* back”

I think they turned out fantastic and are a little something to show my honey how much I love him.  Check out the Dating Divas.  They just had a post recently that had all kinds of printables for candy bars that are *much* more professional looking than my tags.