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Friday, May 22, 2015

Our Week with 2 Field Trips

Another week has flown by!  We're so close to the end of the year now.  The big kids come home from school knowing exactly how many days they have left.

We've been working through Apologia's Astronomy book, and this week we covered Space Travel, so I busted out the Space Toob.  My kids love these!  We have several different ones now, that all mingle in a bucket together.  Makes for some interesting play for the little girls.

The small figures inspired our painting that day.

Jack has a countdown going on his artwork.

Jack even matched up some of the figures with our Spacecraft cards.  I love it when he recites obscure facts about the International Space Station or another spacecraft.  He really likes these cards.

Brianna was challenged by her music teacher to create an instrument, so she rooted through our craft supplies and came up with a set of pan pipes.

On Wednesday, we went to Big Truck Day.

We brought home some coloring pages, which the kids enjoyed the next day.

Katie has always loved buses, and got to see the inside of a city bus at Big Truck Day.

We also started our mushroom growing kit from Farmer's Market.

It comes with a little misting bottle, so we can keep it moist.  I'm looking forward to seeing them grow.

On Friday, we joined a group of homeschoolers for a free trip to the county fair!  More pictures coming soon.

With only one day's worth of our base curriculum left, next week should be heavy on games and enrichments.  Of course, we still have spelling, grammar, and math to work on, so it won't be all fun and games, but still, we've hit the point where we're coasting swiftly toward summer.  It's a great feeling.

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Field Trip: Big Truck Day

Paul and I took the youngest 4 kids to Big Truck Day this week.  I thought, "Paul likes trucks!  He'll enjoy this!  Family time!"

None of us had ever been to a Big Truck Day before, but apparently they're a Thing.  #BigTruckDay on Instagram shows them happening all over.  Who knew?

The girls got these plastic construction hats as soon as we got there, and proceeded to have them fall off about 37 times.  The buckets of colored rice were cool.  I think I need to get out our colored rice again.

There were lots of booths, mostly city sponsored, with various games, activities, and promotional "loot" to bring home.  I think Katie's best score was a construction duck for the bathtub.  Paul got an oil funnel.  Hannah scored a pencil sharpener with an eraser attached.  All the kids came home with stickers, pencils, and tattoos.  Personally, I was really happy to see the reusable shopping totes about half way through, to put all their stuff in.

There was a guy doing amazing bubble wands, so there were giant bubbles or clusters of smaller bubbles floating all over the place.

The children were allowed to climb inside the trucks... and honk the horns.  My dear husband did not enjoy the cacophony of horns going off all around him.

There was a nice variety of equipment represented, although the emergency vehicles were noticeably absent.  It would have been nice to have an ambulance, a fire engine, and a police car available.

I somehow missed getting a picture of the chipper truck.  We talked to the nice guy there, and he explained how it worked and let the kids see the chips and the tools that they carry.

The guy here asked Katie if we should allow used pool water to go down the storm drain.  Neither of my girls have the foggiest idea what a storm drain is.  So that's something we can learn about one of these days.

One of my favorite stops was the Bookmobile!  We went inside and learned what it is and what it does.

We even signed up for the Summer Reading Program!

An electrical company had a crane up in the air with a bucket of candy hanging from a rope.  Eli's candy radar went off, and he led the way to the treats.

It was a fun morning, and after we left, we ran an errand and then Daddy took us to Chick Fil A for lunch.

It feels really great to be getting out of the house and going on adventures again.  Does your area host a Big Truck Day?  You can find out from your local Parks & Rec department.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Love Like Ours book review and #giveaway

About a year ago, I read and reviewed Meant to Be Mine, by Becky Wade.  It was a sweet story, and when I saw another book by Becky come up for review, I jumped at the chance to read it.  Today, I'd like to introduce you to A Love Like Ours.

It's a story of childhood friends, separated in their pre-teens, and then reunited in their thirties.  A lot has happened in the passing years, for both Jake and Lyndie.  Jake has spent time in the military, and now suffers from PTSD.  Lyndie has continued to love horses, and comes to Jake's family's horse ranch looking for a job.  Jake is afraid to admit his feelings for Lyndie.  I found my chest aching as I read, wishing that two people who obviously care deeply for each other could communicate clearly.

Although this book stands on it's own, we do get to check in with some of the characters from the last story.  In fact, one of my favorite quotes from this book is when Ty from Meant to Be Mine says, "I've learned the three magic words every husband needs to know in order to have a happy marriage:  Whatever. You. Say."  I know reality doesn't work that way, but it made me chuckle.

If you enjoy these two books, you'll also want to pick up Undeniably Yours, the story of the third brother, and the first of the Porter Family Novels.

Fall in love with Becky Wade's new book, A Love Like Ours, a story of healing, romance, and cowboys. A glimmer of the hope Jake thought he’d lost returns when Lyndie lands back in Texas, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

To celebrate the release of her new book, Becky is giving away a $100 cash card and a book-inspired prize pack!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 cash card
  • A copy of A Love Like Ours
  • A copy of the Secretariat DVD
  • A scarf
  • A dog-tag/cross keychain
  • A pair of earrings
  • A Scarf
  • A Texas-shaped cutting board
  • A Jake Porter mug
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 26th. Winner will be announced May 27th on Becky's site.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Exploring Ephesus DVD

I just love it when we get to review something that ties in with what we're currently learning, or reviews something we've studied in the past.  Exploring Ephesus - City of Apostles from was one of these products.  We received a physical DVD, which I watched with my boys.  It was a nice review of the Roman era we learned about at the beginning of the school year.

This DVD takes you along as the two narrators explore not just Ephesus, but also the surrounding region, including the Isle of Patmos, which belongs to Greece now. Review

It was amazing to see some of the sights that we read about earlier this year, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  I did not know prior to watching this movie that Turkey is considered "the other Holy Land" as much of the New Testament is either written as letters from or to cities within Turkey.  

The two narrators talked to each other as they explained what we were seeing, and the significant events that took place at various locations.

My kids pointed out that the guy on the left is not wearing his seat belt correctly as they're zipping along in a convertible BMW, which looked like a lot of fun!  I had noticed that already, and simply explained that we don't know what the seat belt laws in Turkey are.

Between the incredible scenery, and the back and forth dialog between the narrators, there were lots of map shots to make sure viewers knew the location of what was being discussed.

I particularly appreciated that there were several shots of Turkey's flag in the film.  I felt it really help to cement the idea that Biblical Ephesus is located in modern day Turkey.

This DVD made me want to add Turkey to my personal travel wish list.  I can't imagine how amazing it would be to walk in the places the apostles walked.  "Oh, here I am at Priscilla and Aquila's house, you know, where the Early Church met?"  Mind blowing.

Several times during the movie, the narrators read from the scriptures, passages that were relevant to the locations being viewed.  Mostly, they talked about Paul, and his journeys, but John and his Revelation were mentioned, as well.  The artwork below is from the church built over the site where the Revelation is said to have occurred.

Having studied Byzantine art this year, my boys could recognize mosaics, and the style of the artwork was familiar to them.  Another bit of art that interested us were the crumbling frescoes, which included the oldest known portrait of the apostle Paul.

Exploring Ephesus takes you into caves, on the Aegean Sea, and to gorgeous ruins.  The scenery really is breathtaking.  It would be a lovely addition to a study of New Testament history, and would be a great movie to have in a church library.  This DVD is currently selling for $11.99, and is appropriate for the whole family.

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