Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Spark and I needed to go to the craft store while Dancer was at dance class to get more paint and brushes for upcoming projects. While there, we saw these Halloween goblets for just fifty cents each. They are a purple glass with spiders on them. The spiders have diamonds in their middles so to a kid they seemed quite spectacular. In each glass we put chocolate pudding, let it set and put a layer of vanilla pudding. It turned out to be the perfect dessert, easy to make, they kids were excited to keep their glass and everyone, it seems, loves pudding.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The kids, using three sheets of paper taped together, told their own stories in Bayeux Tapestry style. Dancer's tapestry tells of the day in Branson we went on the Ride The Ducks tour. These pictures are small and hard to see detail, but she drew the duck going into the water, driving on the water and coming back out onto the road.Spark's tapestry is of him carving his Halloween pumpkin. Again, it is hard to see his work, but besides his main pictures he also put a boarder on the bottom of gargoyles. He got out the paint and mixed up some red/orange to embellishing his background. He really gets into the painting so much of his is background is just one solid finger painted color. He always cleans up after himself when painting so I let him have free reign with the paints.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The to do list is still long but this next week is suppose to bring more rain. Our gardens are in terrible disarray and the barn needs more cleaning so we need a few more nice days before the snow starts to fly.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This is Creamy, one of Spark's beloved rabbits.
And this is our other Creamy. After months of debating what he was going to be for Halloween, Spark decided to be his rabbit Creamy. He started out wanting to be Caesar, then a spider web, a hay bale, and I can't remember what all. In the eleventh hour, as I was getting ready to put together the Caesar costume, he quickly changed his mind to a rabbit. So on Sunday we went off to town to find a rabbit costume. Thankfully a rabbit costume pattern isn't hard to find. We went to pick out the fleece and there were about 10 different shades of brown and tan, who knew there would be such a selection, and he found the perfect shade for Creamy. This Creamy is made out of McCall's pattern 8953 and it went together like a charm. I didn't get a picture of it but it has a huge, puffy tail. Tomorrow night is the 4-H Halloween party and he is excited to wear it. Snow is in the forecast so he should be nice and toasty in his fleece bunny suit.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Dancer finished one of her language arts studies. The first one she did was Julie and the Wolves and used the study guide from Total Language Plus. She, and I, both enjoyed this study. There were a lot of good discussion questions, things that we probably wouldn't have talked about if not for the questions coming up in the study. The vocabulary words were words that could be added to our everyday speech. Often times vocabulary studies have words that are not usable in everyday conversation. We have also perked up our ears when listening to or reading other books. One of the words I didn't notice so often was carrion, which is rotting flesh, and now it seems I am hearing that word everywhere. Another word was Quonset hut and now it seems there is a Quonset hut around every turn in the road. The other part that was good about the study were the dictation exercises. This is something that Dancer has never done before and she really excelled at it. By the end of this first study she had much improvement. This is will be good practice for her if she goes to college and has to take notes in a lecture. I would have never thought to have her work on this skill if it hadn't been introduced in this study.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
To get to Eureka Springs from Grandma Pat's house in Bella Vista we come in from the west where the road snakes through the mountains and we feel like we are going to fly off the road and tumble down the mountain at every curve because Dad is such a crazy driver. From Branson we came in from the east. The two sides couldn't be more different. The east side is flat with a safe four lane road. Coming from this way was unfamiliar to us and so we had to stop at a gas station and ask for directions. It was simple, go left at the first Y in the road and then at every stop sign or light take a right.
Mondays in Eureka Springs is not tourist day as there are very few people inhabiting the streets. Spark got his desired candy and we ate it in the square, again on the same bench as last year. The kids each got a new Webkinz to commemorate the trip, we walked the whole historic district and then got in the car to head back.
The trip would be easy because we would take a left now at every stop sign and light and at the Y we would go right. All was well, we got to a Y and took a right. About ten minutes went by and Dad and I both commented that none of the sights along the road looked one iota familiar to us. At this point, we realized that we had taken a wrong Y but this road had to lead to somewhere. Since we are quite a ways along, lets just follow this road until we come to the next town and then head north to Branson. Great plan, except that about 15 more minutes went by and we never came to a town. The Dad, who has a good sense of direction where as I have none, says that we have been heading south not east. It was getting dusky so Dad turned the car around and headed back because we were a bit nervous. No offense if you happen to live in that part of the country, but having gates across your driveways and guard dogs laying in your drive if you don't have a gate really doesn't make a traveler feel safe to stop and ask for directions. When we got back to where we made the wrong turn we were but half a block from the right Y in the road. I had never been so happy in my life to see street lights at the next town. To celebrate our victorious return to civilization we ate greasy burgers loaded high with all the extras at Fudruckers.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The spot we ate lunch at looked out at this waterfall. It is so perfect I think it almost looks fake in this picture.