Friday, August 28, 2009

This One is for the G-Parents!

Okay G-Parents!! Just so you don't have to miss out on the funny memorable moments, here is a video clip that you will especially enjoy. Just don't forget to pause the music play before you play this clip!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Excavator Brothers

I am loving the new season of life that we are presently in. We are in the beginning season of a new homeschool year. Life is exciting here at our house, and I am determined to keep it that way. Creativity don't fail me now! I fear that about three months from now I will run out of steam. For now I am plugging along strong! Thanks be to God! I am loving that we are not having to rush our third grader out the door to school only to see him again near three in the afternoon. I love not having to rush through an afternoon of snacks, homework, dinner, and in what seems like the blink of an eye, bedtime. Our days seem a little less hurried and a lot more relaxed. In spite of that, I really think a good bit of learning is taking place. I am also amazed at how much less fighting takes place among the boys. It seemed like the boys did a bit more of that after Austin got home from school during the last school year. I think the difference is the pace of our lives. This homeschool business certainly seems to suit Austin! Today He got to do quiet reading time outside in the backyard! We were lovin it. Yesterday we got to put some real archeological skills into practice. We are reading Story of the World Vol. 1

A very kind friend let me borrow a teaching guide that goes along with it. We have been having so much fun. Thank you, Mari! Austin has been reading books on the topic like a maniac. I'm all for maniac book reading! This past weekend we were in a store that had these fossils buried in plaster paris along with the mini tools to dig them out. They were on clearance and I couldn't resist them. The boys were with me when I discovered these, but I managed to purchase them on the down low. I think they were distracted the many other toys in the store. They didn't see me sneakingly make the purchase. So as we finished our study topic on archaeology, they were more than thrilled about our activity of the day. My little adventurers that they are, worked hard to dig out the fossils! Hopefully we will continue to have many more exciting days like this at our house.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Look Who Learned to Swim!

Happy Friday!! Just wanted to share a clip of the newest swimmer at our house! I think it's official, Wes is part fish! Don't forget to pause the music player before starting the video! :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

More Chocolate for the Choc-aholic!!

Internet recipes might just be my downfall. I am addicted to finding recipes online. I just love finding recipes that someone else already tried. I noticed my friend Pauline had a link to this website and I just couldn't help, but to check it out. It was there that I happened upon this molten chocolate cake recipe. I have radar for this type of cake. If my eyes scan the words molten chocolate cake it sends this alarm signal to my brain. I kid you not. So ever since I saw this recipe, it has been on my mind to try it. Then when I saw that it only required a few simple ingredients, I had even more of an itch to make it. The one ingredient I was lacking was whipped cream. And, Yes, I had to make a trip to the store for that! You really CANNOT eat molten cake sans the whipped cream. It's practically a crime to do that. I have the picture, but I really wished I would have taken a photo to show the goey chocolatey insides....but once the four of us got started on dessert, we just couldn't stop. Then of course I felt guilty for making such an unhealthy dessert! I had to quickly clean up all the evidence. Out of sight, out of mind. It's almost like I can pretend we didn't eat it. All I know is that the four of us at this house scarfed it down. After Wes ate his, he left the kitchen, only to return a moment later to give me a kiss! A random spontaneous kiss from my busy almost four year old boy??? I must have done something right! I'm not sure, but I think it was a thank you kiss for the yummy dessert! :)
If you dare, here is the link where I first came across the recipe.

And if that isn't enough, here is my own picture from this baking adventure! :)
I can almost still smell its yummyness!! :)