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I love the Lord as much as a broken person can; love and loved by my husband; blessed by 5 amazing little people who have helped me to learn much about me; grateful to serve even more as God gives them to me; blessed every day to be a home school teacher; college student; I hope to change the world by loving as many people as possible, because there is nothing greater than loving another.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

We Love the Beach...a great reason to Live in Florida

The first half of these pictures were taken last April (2008). We spent a great day at the beach, then headed to Taylor Park for a wonderful afternoon out. We came home, had lunch and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon reading quietly. It was magnificent and reminded me of a few reasons we enjoy the Sunshine State.

The second half are from this spring at the same beach, Indian Rocks. What a gorgeous place. Nice waves for the kids to play in, sunshine, and silky white sand. WOW! It's nice living here...we really are spoiled!

One Reason We Love Florida, Taylor Park 2008

After the beach that day, we decided to stop at Taylor Park before we headed home. It is amazing to be that we can travel from one ecosystem to another in about 3 miles. We are so fortunate to live in this beautiful place.

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Actually taken a few months ago, these great shots were from a windy spring day at Largo Central Park. The City of Largo is a Great place to live. We are conveniently located about 2 miles from the library at Central Park, so we often ride our bikes there and enjoy the park and the library at the same time. What a beautiful, song inspiring day! It reminded me of the Mary Poppins song, Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Mr. Banks:
With tuppence for paper and strings
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground
You're a bird in a flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite

Oh, oh, oh!
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite!

When you send it flyin' up there
All at once you're lighter than air
You can dance on the breeze
Over 'ouses and trees
With your first 'olding tight
To the string of your kite

Oh, oh, oh!
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Let's go fly a kite!

Not because we don't have enough to do, but prolly cuz we're spoiled!

Well...the plan was to own our house, then get a new dog, but you know, plans don't always work out! Meet Toby. Some dear friends became Toby's parents when he was just five weeks old. They named him, Zeppo, and loved him very much. Then they realized their lives were probably too busy to take care of him and during casual conversation, I mentioned, "Give O-man a call if you decide to get rid of him." I said this in passing, really not expecting the call, but it came the very next day. With some very sweet eyes, six pairs of very sweet eyes, and promises to properly love, take care of, and train a puppy, Toby joined us yesterday. So far, he's already learned to stay in the house and not leave through the front door (which is wide open), that Sabrina is the boss (she's a 12 year old German Shepherd and Not interested in playing), his new name, and that Daddy is the boss of our pack. He's kind, good natured, obedient and will be a great addition to our family, not because we don't have enough to do, but prolly cuz we're spoiled!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Some Easy Fun to Explore the Early American Colonies

Well, it's been ages since I've updated my blog with school stuff. I hope someday to have the presence of mind and time to post the many things we do in school, or at least the highlights. Some weeks are notably more fun than others, but overall, we have a descent and balanced time of fun and diligence in our studies.

This week we are on Week 20 of Year Two in Tapestry of Grace. We are learning about the Early New World Colonies and Eastern Europe. As we focus on Jamestown, Pocahontas, Powhatan and remember the explorers that made the colonies, our weekly projects were a combo of games, food and soon to come, costumes. Early colonists played Dominoes, a game similar to Scrabble, Find the Thimble and Charades. We will include those in our family night this week. We also played Shooting Marbles, made Bilbo catchers (JJ wanted to add bilbo means sword), sock dolls, and spinning tops. Lots of little games, made of items commonly available to the colonists. No Super Wal-mart back in the day! We're due to start working on sewing projects soon, and I found a pattern for colonial attire on clearance, so I picked it up. When those are done, I'll be sure to post pics. I am sure the kiddos will be proud of their sewmanship when they're finished.
Our menu, pictured above consists of Southern and Maryland Fried Chicken, collard greens, french-style greens beans, mashed potatoes, hush puppies (aptly named) and peach trifle for dessert. Each child was responsible to be assistant chef for one portion of the meal. The meal was DELICIOUS, although not so nutritious! Lots of butter and fryer action that night, followed by tons of sugar in the trifle...but still DELICIOUS! You can email me for recipes...very tasty!


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