Free Hugs

September 29, 2006 at 8:28 pm (faith, Family, smatterings)


I guess this is one more example of why we cant use the saying “nothing is free anymore”.


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‘Neath these tall green trees

September 29, 2006 at 6:48 pm (faith, Family)

‘Neath these tall green trees we stand,


Asking Blessings from thy hand.


Thanks we give to Thee above,


For our health and strength and love.


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kinda funny

September 14, 2006 at 10:11 pm (smatterings)


A woman rubbed a bottle and out popped a genie. The amazed woman asked if she got three wishes.

The genie said, “Nope, sorry, three-wish genies are a storybook myth. I’m a one-wish genie. So… what’ll it be?”

The woman did not hesitate. She said, “I want peace in the Middle East. See this map? I want these countries to stop fighting with each other and I want all the Arabs to love the Jews and Americans and vice-versa. It will bring about world peace and harmony.”

The genie looked at the map and exclaimed, “Lady, be reasonable. These countries have been at war for thousands of years. I’m out of shape after being in a bottle for five hundred years.. I’m good but not THAT good! I don’t think it can be done. Make another wish and please be reasonable.”

The woman thought for a minute and said, “Well, I’ve never been able to find the right man. You know – one that’s considerate and fun, romantic, likes to cook and help with the house cleaning, is good in bed, and gets along with my family, doesn’t watch sports all the time, and is faithful. That is what I wish for…a good man.”

The genie let out a sigh and said, “Let me see the map again.”


After being interviewed by the school administration, the eager teaching prospect asked:

“Let me see if I’ve got this right. You want me to go into that room with all those kids, fill their every waking moment with a love for learning, and I’m supposed to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and even censor their T-shirt messages and dress habits.

You want me to wage a war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for weapons of mass destruction and raise their self esteem. And you want me to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship, fair play, how to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook, and how to apply for a job.

I am to check their heads for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize signs of anti-social behavior, make sure all students pass the state exams, even those who don’t come to school regularly or complete any of their assignments.

Plus, I am to make sure that all of the students with handicaps get an equal education regardless of the extent of their mental or physical handicap. I am to communicate regularly with the parents by letter, telephone, newsletter and report card.

All of this I am to do with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few books, a bulletin board, a big smile and on a starting salary that qualifies my family for food stamps! You want me to do all of this and then you tell me…


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September 14, 2006 at 8:27 pm (homeschooling)

“The philosophy of the classroom in one generation, is the philosophy of the government in the next.”

A. Lincoln

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What kind of Mom are you?

September 14, 2006 at 8:01 pm (smatterings)

Are You a Slacker Mom?

Your quiz results make you a Bring it on Mom

You my dear, are the envy of all your friends. You roll with the punches. Gum in you hair? You know peanut butter is just the thing to get it out. With a roll of duct tape for any emergency and lots of love, there’s nothing you can’t do for your kids.

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Why I homeschool

September 14, 2006 at 7:47 pm (homeschooling)

I homeschool because my children are animals.

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A trip Northward

September 12, 2006 at 4:46 pm (smatterings)

My brother and sister-in-law have been living north of Seattle for about 5 years now. Usually once or twice a summer my mom and I take a trip up there. They own a big vegetable stand up there called Country Farms.camping-the-fruit-stand-063.jpg         camping-the-fruit-stand-066.jpg We usually either stay in a hotel or camp out on their property.  camping-the-fruit-stand-068.jpg This time we chose to camp behind their gazebo. The weather was nice, except for the rain on Friday night. But we are Oregonians, so we are used to it. We had found out just a few days before we left that this would be our last trip up there. My brother and his wife have decided to move to Florida and buy a sail boat. They are both water lovers and this has been a dream of theirs for quite a few years. So after finishing selling Christmas trees, they will come down and see us for Christmas and then take off on an exciting adventure, looking for a new home in a warmer climate. Here is a picture story of our last trip to the fruit stand… Many good memories had at this place. img_0395.JPG Mr. K. and Aunt Trish, eating lunch together. This was the first time they had seen Mr. K in almost 2 years. #4 didnt get to come on this trip, as there wasnt enough room in the car. So he stayed home with Dad. img_0425.JPG My Mom and I, looking through a magazine full of sail boats. They arent for us, but wish them much luck in their journey.  img_0428.JPG We took a trip around Lake Stevens one day. Beautiful lake, with many great houses around it.  img_0445.JPG Climbing on boxes, behind the veggie stand. Mr K was King of the Boxes! img_0436.JPG They dont have human children, but these are their kids. Miles and Lucy. img_0401.JPG My brother on the fork lift. img_0405.JPG And playing the Ukilelee, practicing for Florida. He has played the guitar since he was about 12.  img_0407.JPG Blondie Girl was even getting into it. We spent our evening in the gazebo, listening to the kids play the guitar and Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Marguaritaville on Sattelite Radio. Yes, we are all Parrotheads!!  Had to take school with us, since we just started.img_0394.JPG img_0400.JPG Grami and the little travelers, behind the fruit stand. Trying to stay out of the way of the crazy fork lift driver. Sunset on the second night.   img_0403.JPG img_0454.JPG Mr. K was in seventh heaven with all the fruit he could eat. He was loving just being able to go snag a strawberry or orange from the shelf and dig in.  Blondie Girl with the ear of corn that looked like a cactus.img_0461.JPG img_0415.JPG Drama Queens self portrait. Sunset on our last night there. How beautiful!! img_0448.JPG img_0463.JPG Just before we left, had to take the final shot. See you at Christmas J and T…  img_0464.JPG On the road, going back home. Can you see Mt Rainier in the distance? We had a Veggie Tales CD that I had made for the trip that kept us entertained for many hours. So we made it home, picked up #4, and unpacked the car. It was a great trip, we had alot of fun. Its always great to see family again. It was back to regular life today.. What ever that is.. 😉

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We did it!

September 12, 2006 at 3:36 pm (homeschooling)

We finally started another year of homeschool. The girls seems quite happy to get back to the books. I was quite surprised!! We started one week ago, and things are still going good. I am still looking for a good history program. I would love to be able to buy Sonlight Core 1 history, but its just not in the budget. So far so good, keeping our fingers crossed that the whining monsters and complaining ghouls dont get out of the closet.

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You know your a homeschooling Mom when…

September 5, 2006 at 10:06 pm (homeschooling)

You Know You’re A Homeschool Mom When…

You get to change more than diapers, you get to change their minds.

When a child busts a lip, and after seeing she’s okay, you round up some scotch tape to capture some blood and look at it under the microscope!

You find dead animals and actually consider saving them to dissect later.

Your children never ever leave the “why?” stage.

When your teenager decides to take one community college course, and comes home and asks you why the teacher wrote “At” on his paper. (A+)

You ask for, and get, a copier instead of a diamond tennis bracelet for your wedding anniversary.

Your kids think reading history is best accomplished while lying on the floor with their head resting on the side of their patient dog.

Your husband can walk in at the end of a long day and tell how the science experiment went just by looking at the house.

 You never have to drive your child’s forgotten lunch to school.

Your child will never suffer the embarrassment of group showers after PE.

The only debate about the school lunch program is whose turn it is to cook.

You never have to face the dilemna of whether to take your child’s side or the teacher’s side in a dispute at school.

If your child get’s drugs at school, it’s probably Tylenol. Your neighbors think you are insane.

Your kids learn new vocabulary from their extensive collection of “Calvin & Hobbes” books.

Your formal dining room now has a computer, copy machine, and many book shelves and there are educational posters and maps all over the walls.

You have meal worms growing in a container….on purpose.

If you get caught talking to yourself, you can claim you’re having a PTA meeting.

Talking out loud to yourself is a parent/teacher conference.

You take off for a teacher in-service day because the principal needs clean underwear.

You can’t make it through a movie without pointing out the historical inaccuracies.

You step on math manipulatives on your pre-dawn stumble to the bathroom.

The teacher gets to kiss the principal in the faculty lounge and no one gossips.

Your honor student can actually read the bumper sticker that you have put on your car.

If your child claims that the dog ate his homework, you can ask the dog.

Some day your children will consider you to be a miracle-working expert and will turn to you for advice.

Your kids refer to the neighbor kids as “government school inmates.”

You can’t make it through the grocery produce department without asking your preschooler the name and color of every vegetable.

You can’t put your produce in your cart without asking your older student to estimate it’s weight and verify accuracy.

 You live in a one-house schoolroom.

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September 3, 2006 at 12:40 pm (smatterings)

We did have a good day at the coast. Lots of driving, but thats one of my favorite things to do. We first headed to Walport, then went North up to Newport. Wanted to eat at Mo’s and have some clam chowder. But the line was out the door at both locations (that happen to be right across the street from one another). So we decided to then go to Arctic Circle. Had a good lunch, then went to the beach. The boys had fun running in the sand and smashing all the sand castles I would make for them. After the beach we drove farther North, to Lincoln City. Found Devils Lake, something I had never seen before. Beautiul little lake, with many people out enjoying the sun and water. After driving around the lake, we headed back down to Newport and Wally World, to buy the boys a new dinosaur. They had been really good in the car, so we decided to reward them. We ran into Nana at Wally World. It was good to see her again, and see that she was doing good at her new job. We then headed back to the bay front. Cant leave the coast without buying fresh salt water taffy. Went to a great little store, where you can pick from about 100 different types, and fill up your own bag. Always fun going there. Was about time to head home. Was a good day!

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