tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268203563079197552022-01-25T10:41:51.361-08:00Greatly Blessedgrtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.comBlogger1565125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-71012959239009248572022-01-17T11:48:00.001-08:002022-01-17T11:48:30.937-08:00Birds & Gold & Cats & More<br /><br /><br /><div class="shareaholic-canvas" data-app-id="4694789" data-app="share_buttons"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgwhyJRFHQqtaOl7c366hwrGpwM_0HyNYBLtC_azO2hRENh2xLXVxIyrStCQH7JJHrQACXdQEtB0eaSUKFnZiFl2zfkESwhDejXkTSNXuxSlOoSyKiL4yHgDdqe5ZfO70rcPuOv2I2govS1iBpaw2YPudqZHNUHX2MPV1iyGhvTmIILpHK-PmC-aRrFSQ=s4032" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgwhyJRFHQqtaOl7c366hwrGpwM_0HyNYBLtC_azO2hRENh2xLXVxIyrStCQH7JJHrQACXdQEtB0eaSUKFnZiFl2zfkESwhDejXkTSNXuxSlOoSyKiL4yHgDdqe5ZfO70rcPuOv2I2govS1iBpaw2YPudqZHNUHX2MPV1iyGhvTmIILpHK-PmC-aRrFSQ=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>There I go again, painting more TP tubes.&nbsp; I'm hoping these turn into "firecrackers" for Chinese New Year.&nbsp; I usually have lofty goals, but I need to get better at the follow through part.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhYmlLLlKFxqSLYKYyqQdo3C4FFo2xKiq8bdyUlUbopVNB7FiIBze4axLS1YEEZZzOTl_AJJthVPSoXd0MfNTFAb5OYFG2DpPVGL9E_B5Ip8Z6WFpZdR1TOLqBVpqjRQKiH9qVJWUkAERYz83npFQAmDIbCGeF_R7OK-mu07hIBHD67_4VpoCSW_iMDFA=s336" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="116" data-original-width="336" height="69" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhYmlLLlKFxqSLYKYyqQdo3C4FFo2xKiq8bdyUlUbopVNB7FiIBze4axLS1YEEZZzOTl_AJJthVPSoXd0MfNTFAb5OYFG2DpPVGL9E_B5Ip8Z6WFpZdR1TOLqBVpqjRQKiH9qVJWUkAERYz83npFQAmDIbCGeF_R7OK-mu07hIBHD67_4VpoCSW_iMDFA=w200-h69" width="200" /></a></div><br /><div>I'm planning to put gold washi tape along the top &amp; bottom of them and use baker's twine to hang them in a chain.&nbsp; I'm really looking forward to decking the library out for CNY.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjH0vcmYlOSzJkv9eBScQQbdcdPLjMAnPnPefnLqRKtkiNMHiKCyuGg1k96Nr2jBS2xIHXEewwRTx1xcUJ-35KWJ4mYJOQGYZuYP2BgPlEXE-dMhAh_aJpUDw8idDF0WvgRGBYrKtyMCe9QVBUeuei307enXAKMc-S7_cm_n_MMzfEj4RLvz59P64YYXg=s4032" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjH0vcmYlOSzJkv9eBScQQbdcdPLjMAnPnPefnLqRKtkiNMHiKCyuGg1k96Nr2jBS2xIHXEewwRTx1xcUJ-35KWJ4mYJOQGYZuYP2BgPlEXE-dMhAh_aJpUDw8idDF0WvgRGBYrKtyMCe9QVBUeuei307enXAKMc-S7_cm_n_MMzfEj4RLvz59P64YYXg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>We'll be talking about birds in the library next week, so I pulled out the <a href="https://amzn.to/3Fm4FE1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">animal toob</a>&nbsp;bucket and the letter tiles.&nbsp; I'm going to have the primaries do some matching.&nbsp; I think I'm going to hand a card to each of the children as they come in and have them try to find the bag with the right bird in it.&nbsp; Crossing my fingers it goes as well in person as I'm imagining in my head.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi9t3g2pa6HMvF79Ab2XguLcfyBD3L-xJFdWm74gyvZ1QiIsMZ1cnN8I7JrlvtRBZyL8pYUx5Kb5rhz97QcZr4c4FFl4HnNw5_NJTRarz4dgu42LPxA2z-UcuzHuJljoWOzbnt7GszFrRbyJw6jfBs1-jtrYjPRZyOO928oJgJVOJuyg239p4M2h7kl9w=s4032" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi9t3g2pa6HMvF79Ab2XguLcfyBD3L-xJFdWm74gyvZ1QiIsMZ1cnN8I7JrlvtRBZyL8pYUx5Kb5rhz97QcZr4c4FFl4HnNw5_NJTRarz4dgu42LPxA2z-UcuzHuJljoWOzbnt7GszFrRbyJw6jfBs1-jtrYjPRZyOO928oJgJVOJuyg239p4M2h7kl9w=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I'm reading the 5th graders <a href="https://amzn.to/3Ikdoc3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Badge of Honor</a>, which is set during the Gold Rush.&nbsp; So I got them <a href="https://amzn.to/3np2DNz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pyrite mining kits</a> to dig some "gold" last week while I read aloud.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Speaking of the library, we're having <a href="https://give.lovemylibrary.com/?d=2857-XaljA&amp;fbclid=IwAR3zoANVo3JbFsYGMeZpTTcG0RuRAf5JUtpgtTNAZ_CeALpKlVyL144zlY4" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our very first fundraiser!&nbsp; Check it out!</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEibkmGOeWmndx6sXXTfot4ZnGlukk09kGnB07dQh_EEHr3TuvgnN8w5_Y0GkvPiSCkHrEn1D74EIkQkMNqQPv8ptcvwgLA9xUPXx4dkFgx4Fo83xqDodUULDZQgDB7uT6kYZlMKWnjDozLpJ8jsQOoQx14PALWUTksVynZspTdp_DgRfolS81Kb2w1pYg=s4032" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEibkmGOeWmndx6sXXTfot4ZnGlukk09kGnB07dQh_EEHr3TuvgnN8w5_Y0GkvPiSCkHrEn1D74EIkQkMNqQPv8ptcvwgLA9xUPXx4dkFgx4Fo83xqDodUULDZQgDB7uT6kYZlMKWnjDozLpJ8jsQOoQx14PALWUTksVynZspTdp_DgRfolS81Kb2w1pYg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I kicked a chair and bruised my toe.&nbsp; :sigh:&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEh8isNmb8IvpAmqlr1jPwPC20LmaEm9ug9BwZeGvcMXva0DBiOfmV7OGalCVjgHP98t1v2txNK_uojI3A-hPtRZs_pU6FfjBTv8_amKiQvpqQnpQ4H1oNGG6o2XsVejT44VUodTxe0FLA6vVPAJDWUKn1bMiuteI16tLEVu0V74RAajnHs1AByYL-In4A=s4032" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEh8isNmb8IvpAmqlr1jPwPC20LmaEm9ug9BwZeGvcMXva0DBiOfmV7OGalCVjgHP98t1v2txNK_uojI3A-hPtRZs_pU6FfjBTv8_amKiQvpqQnpQ4H1oNGG6o2XsVejT44VUodTxe0FLA6vVPAJDWUKn1bMiuteI16tLEVu0V74RAajnHs1AByYL-In4A=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Went to the fabric store, hoping to find something to inspire me for Chinese New Year, and saw this agate fabric that reminded me of Brianna, who loves pretty rocks.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgtcacFZ0sr0KxlKSg9UKEo6ynXIpgKAFbD1Dkyib0Qu5OcuLMHS0aobwuKvntd818Rx-rTG8CxSP2OJjRggL_ML0zYkcBG9pgrSNhTG4u3Bbk97VUOIat8q2cedSaiKhoN4Ii-ICwCMxgkFBN1gMzodjirUAacPQ059uhlYxRMZpvxNPU5x0fR7D6MYQ=s4032" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgtcacFZ0sr0KxlKSg9UKEo6ynXIpgKAFbD1Dkyib0Qu5OcuLMHS0aobwuKvntd818Rx-rTG8CxSP2OJjRggL_ML0zYkcBG9pgrSNhTG4u3Bbk97VUOIat8q2cedSaiKhoN4Ii-ICwCMxgkFBN1gMzodjirUAacPQ059uhlYxRMZpvxNPU5x0fR7D6MYQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I pulled the Tylenol out of my desk at work this week and thought, "That's probably not going to last me the rest of the school year, is it?"&nbsp; It was NOT a full bottle when the year started, though, just a random one I brought from home.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgsgHaHDaQ4YenW8TjNWJiqM_NJSrXL6kRo5XzQ1GlFyUxoKqhUZJvJ088sXIeGdVNAczipeZhrUJ6VmROms1WaSdv-Tw1GBDrWktoEJvFLJK3HpPUhBfJitYb1_fWdCWX8DLHakKCEK0m8B4KAxpnFa6kV06rIxeVWCcPc2G1-RdOem1ttbqIfKeetDg=s4032" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgsgHaHDaQ4YenW8TjNWJiqM_NJSrXL6kRo5XzQ1GlFyUxoKqhUZJvJ088sXIeGdVNAczipeZhrUJ6VmROms1WaSdv-Tw1GBDrWktoEJvFLJK3HpPUhBfJitYb1_fWdCWX8DLHakKCEK0m8B4KAxpnFa6kV06rIxeVWCcPc2G1-RdOem1ttbqIfKeetDg=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>You can really see the size difference between 6# Fiona and 12# Grumman here.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjUD3zmh8sLlioQE01HTbmjX2CcDrrHNCzR0h-Et0iieB8fJtMJOG4pUrWDXo_12FIJr5UxVcbx26cYosq3RW8fEl1NdCGgqZIvTupw2xUE8mKM3sYJSMDHv18u4QseABifXUoCpOAztkMRAovVC8wJDm0u1_T2MCuGiIZduLWp7edzwIzfF2Zm2oTNpQ=s4032" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjUD3zmh8sLlioQE01HTbmjX2CcDrrHNCzR0h-Et0iieB8fJtMJOG4pUrWDXo_12FIJr5UxVcbx26cYosq3RW8fEl1NdCGgqZIvTupw2xUE8mKM3sYJSMDHv18u4QseABifXUoCpOAztkMRAovVC8wJDm0u1_T2MCuGiIZduLWp7edzwIzfF2Zm2oTNpQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>They're tolerating each other a lot better these days, particularly when it comes to sharing the "electric sunbeam," the space in front of the space heather!&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhYVe7AenRtb8ndkm8EwMi01ZG8-_TqbNXFS95aKgHG_VXtp4AcmA-ZherN3mzzaGaCs7xiVpeKZb2E7Qy1U8HBfo9rmYJJ8xRIyFUTsvopKtPAGmN8GPlgiKQr-DyqNSrML-JS8iSxcqAkFxuFbw5T8ozwBsgHLgreQff5Zd8pE-GXapBeAyKQhmZl9w=s1600" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhYVe7AenRtb8ndkm8EwMi01ZG8-_TqbNXFS95aKgHG_VXtp4AcmA-ZherN3mzzaGaCs7xiVpeKZb2E7Qy1U8HBfo9rmYJJ8xRIyFUTsvopKtPAGmN8GPlgiKQr-DyqNSrML-JS8iSxcqAkFxuFbw5T8ozwBsgHLgreQff5Zd8pE-GXapBeAyKQhmZl9w=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Jack Jack went on a hike with some friends.&nbsp; I wanted him to bring a hoodie, but Heaven forbid his friends find out he owns sleeves or pants.&nbsp; :eyeroll:&nbsp; It was 53* when I dropped him off.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj_wgKyebI02esaF3IxTqXQvOz69f3Rar840umr_EwBlUodAla8pt0LMnJux823N4UJ5iGg3iFX1suhLQ8yYo663L4IrNvEsGyGaxwxCeeKwpELupZ4ya--nvdu3TyzAeFf5PAUcyScrMOTv2p_tea5bVei6SJ2gpeKH-DkdQbo2JsLtL4BJr0wEDLghg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj_wgKyebI02esaF3IxTqXQvOz69f3Rar840umr_EwBlUodAla8pt0LMnJux823N4UJ5iGg3iFX1suhLQ8yYo663L4IrNvEsGyGaxwxCeeKwpELupZ4ya--nvdu3TyzAeFf5PAUcyScrMOTv2p_tea5bVei6SJ2gpeKH-DkdQbo2JsLtL4BJr0wEDLghg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Because I rank among the #worldsokayestmom team, this is my First Day of School picture on Josiah's second day of school.&nbsp; :facepalm:&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjpCMJkmQPz8DtyukapoIYTlIVtHwdfw5RQIaG0oobQVaH16iFrdMZ4TE-7eIq-jcAxyKZ6OVv45brd4MaNCrIlO3knoLh_iJEE1hhqHD_vcNZzH476Pv5mMGNwXebyZXcVe7oktkJkO8qGBtcU3f9h6_XJzghGodMzRoCA-L14K_V_uwGUvFewc8nJew=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjpCMJkmQPz8DtyukapoIYTlIVtHwdfw5RQIaG0oobQVaH16iFrdMZ4TE-7eIq-jcAxyKZ6OVv45brd4MaNCrIlO3knoLh_iJEE1hhqHD_vcNZzH476Pv5mMGNwXebyZXcVe7oktkJkO8qGBtcU3f9h6_XJzghGodMzRoCA-L14K_V_uwGUvFewc8nJew=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i>Hannah's project</i></div><div><br /></div>Dante forgot a circle:&nbsp; Science Fair.&nbsp; The most undervalued benefit of homeschooling is that there's no science fair.&nbsp; You can science any way you want.&nbsp; I hate science fair kind of like I hate school performances &amp; ceremonies.&nbsp; I'll go along with it, but I'm going to complain the whole time.&nbsp; I should probably work on that.&nbsp; Although, it seems like the kind of sin I'll outgrow in a few years, anyway, so maybe I'll just wait it out.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgtYSBix4Zvi7XT6eq6F86sPG5Knw80qnZD93w-OCGlKfqoWF01OZwQD6qbkjwReh-2QOvCMsq00eXjnOzLi7UCIbKMKnu32VMWw8Rj75e3hE5UWQqtmkrupnQaCMq26epF9BWQ1lIkbro-IiQB9eo1-eMuaHDQJSVULr2RNCFJfBpOc5jQwPYwPVpbGQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgtYSBix4Zvi7XT6eq6F86sPG5Knw80qnZD93w-OCGlKfqoWF01OZwQD6qbkjwReh-2QOvCMsq00eXjnOzLi7UCIbKMKnu32VMWw8Rj75e3hE5UWQqtmkrupnQaCMq26epF9BWQ1lIkbro-IiQB9eo1-eMuaHDQJSVULr2RNCFJfBpOc5jQwPYwPVpbGQ=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i>Katie's project</i></div><div><br /></div><div>I found it amusing that Katie never bothered to "experiment" on Fiona.&nbsp; She could have had twice as much data.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiFwbVFpv-NDdxv-H0m9kT4h9PPfo7xPpBY5uwbsENGGDBuKzQk8b3UJRoOlGkEqxM1uiVWsyNqltZVj4bqX4A5dSB_JK43m5d2S5ehh9kTXIFvkxLhLagExlccN7OKgoofev_YUQ_Uw27H9YruKv9mR2tXEmF4kEaaGUCqQsPEM3KzVWm0Sw1r6LVraA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiFwbVFpv-NDdxv-H0m9kT4h9PPfo7xPpBY5uwbsENGGDBuKzQk8b3UJRoOlGkEqxM1uiVWsyNqltZVj4bqX4A5dSB_JK43m5d2S5ehh9kTXIFvkxLhLagExlccN7OKgoofev_YUQ_Uw27H9YruKv9mR2tXEmF4kEaaGUCqQsPEM3KzVWm0Sw1r6LVraA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div>Grumman has been far more of a lap cat than usual lately.&nbsp; And I've been getting less and less accomplished lately.&nbsp; But it's really not his fault.&nbsp; I feel like my "get up &amp; go" got up and went.&nbsp; It's just that since I'm sitting around doing nothing, my lap is more available to him.&nbsp; I don't know if it's the weather, or I'm fighting a cold, or what, but I really hope I can force myself to start getting more done soon.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-64576481597908342142022-01-07T12:40:00.000-08:002022-01-07T12:40:31.570-08:00Cats, Chocolate, Books, and Shopping<div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg7Vz951Y2Oaew0adGlsY23zml1XkLSUEOWkJWH7m_8pE4z1RF8bC2Z00MGmT48UO_2lDs6VnG6CVlesCBKEHJECxs6UX1tUloloTcLask95SMi1yUXSro7vC8_X7lBEiWQcr1hbTt8xwsgpdP2hF0kEMQjB-ZYQyQutzSiore8qdIDv1iFEE3VNlWW2w=s3088" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3088" data-original-width="2316" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg7Vz951Y2Oaew0adGlsY23zml1XkLSUEOWkJWH7m_8pE4z1RF8bC2Z00MGmT48UO_2lDs6VnG6CVlesCBKEHJECxs6UX1tUloloTcLask95SMi1yUXSro7vC8_X7lBEiWQcr1hbTt8xwsgpdP2hF0kEMQjB-ZYQyQutzSiore8qdIDv1iFEE3VNlWW2w=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As we headed back to school after Christmas break, I wore my new book scarf from Zach &amp; Heather.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEghg94xpP7u-71ecwCum7wNNDUJMlDcFwKWaPEfYaShIBR-0qoUAnuOCDMH3sIaHzQT2f5WzMmkOluZ2U_rXeTySMn4lBv1sF8vzqCsVRHFf7H0n4wSJhcf1zrUIfT57A9jOKkn8bKtLIPkodPuSEjRBx215kzntchGzNA3SH70dv1s4-KWIbx5_Zj93Q=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEghg94xpP7u-71ecwCum7wNNDUJMlDcFwKWaPEfYaShIBR-0qoUAnuOCDMH3sIaHzQT2f5WzMmkOluZ2U_rXeTySMn4lBv1sF8vzqCsVRHFf7H0n4wSJhcf1zrUIfT57A9jOKkn8bKtLIPkodPuSEjRBx215kzntchGzNA3SH70dv1s4-KWIbx5_Zj93Q=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The cats continue to be big purrsonalities around here.&nbsp; Tuzi (the bunny) has been spending some time out of his cage lately, and Grumman wants to wrestle with him the way he does with Fiona.&nbsp; Um, no.&nbsp; That's not going to fly, you predator.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEisPvloEASizCClvXj2EPBuMVbHRuvyRhjO0QHzlvTVBen4kyIA62GKZM5Fos3NZLjHOZK9gsnOWcfGvtZEn9eGp130rVpVVAIXUEtLwMDAnPHoyJRMSOYrOpoZylK2b8TPCGQtBB_lx1jy9xku53RQkHiiQjrbjjwyt4TAlbw0yX0m-rL6hvwQQE6oEg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEisPvloEASizCClvXj2EPBuMVbHRuvyRhjO0QHzlvTVBen4kyIA62GKZM5Fos3NZLjHOZK9gsnOWcfGvtZEn9eGp130rVpVVAIXUEtLwMDAnPHoyJRMSOYrOpoZylK2b8TPCGQtBB_lx1jy9xku53RQkHiiQjrbjjwyt4TAlbw0yX0m-rL6hvwQQE6oEg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Fiona will be going in for her spay surgery soon.&nbsp; It was surprisingly difficult to find a place to get her in to.&nbsp; As soon as one of the places I put her on the wait list for sent me a link to schedule an appointment, I scheduled, but even still it was 2 months out.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEibMiJ9iL4q5tFXV4k1Lkc0_MN10rQ5TeErx9a2BYE6cJSvBXRwHS3s0_0E20oXKjExsqhT0kriAvuNswtvzUnRE0cWwozmyPJ9p7b8bx-ZOZ2MOyUffDa7w9y8DYpxxKI_UA8W3Yv3RQZK6mxnh9Ek7x-pUSQ12Rtaq1dQD5GnumSrUaVTgROcYuHneQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEibMiJ9iL4q5tFXV4k1Lkc0_MN10rQ5TeErx9a2BYE6cJSvBXRwHS3s0_0E20oXKjExsqhT0kriAvuNswtvzUnRE0cWwozmyPJ9p7b8bx-ZOZ2MOyUffDa7w9y8DYpxxKI_UA8W3Yv3RQZK6mxnh9Ek7x-pUSQ12Rtaq1dQD5GnumSrUaVTgROcYuHneQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Paul put an assorted bag of Ghirardelli chocolates in my stocking, and one of the parents at school gave me some girl scout chocolates, so the kids had a comparison taste test.&nbsp; Responses were pretty evenly split; they were both good!&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj-0WXegdPAFEGcGXwv_-xKySqrql6z0IV_Ny8ULe6kb9A9Z0mrYISAE293jsLs8w8yYm7-CWgQoccf5I4Xtsww2A6PT8_vGInq3sApTBe2OHltSpXWnJJTuxTFNIjT7IXmfoIEcEvJcUYlgx2A1Kq3fY-yke0j_FSwbx5d56NRGx-s_q9GObuwBB2ZKw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj-0WXegdPAFEGcGXwv_-xKySqrql6z0IV_Ny8ULe6kb9A9Z0mrYISAE293jsLs8w8yYm7-CWgQoccf5I4Xtsww2A6PT8_vGInq3sApTBe2OHltSpXWnJJTuxTFNIjT7IXmfoIEcEvJcUYlgx2A1Kq3fY-yke0j_FSwbx5d56NRGx-s_q9GObuwBB2ZKw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The filing cabinets got moved out of the library, and a new to me cart was moved in!&nbsp; Since our theme for the first week back was SNOW, I thought a penguin/Antarctica display would be appropriate.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgWdwwdryLpQtTxwXlNzdBAWcLbV9VKfUzAKppy9Yl7zFGliWpuFLTBl_-auGmrQhtF6HPWEUOtIrkSo_PA8aY4pRInKzXFO8YalfsLnH_GUBbuW1rLhdu8uToO6mrUveWGGPxwsfxiRlyrEYZh8FfkQF09x9bzL-htCuZ-GxmvCDPOE324HoO2RZG0gw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgWdwwdryLpQtTxwXlNzdBAWcLbV9VKfUzAKppy9Yl7zFGliWpuFLTBl_-auGmrQhtF6HPWEUOtIrkSo_PA8aY4pRInKzXFO8YalfsLnH_GUBbuW1rLhdu8uToO6mrUveWGGPxwsfxiRlyrEYZh8FfkQF09x9bzL-htCuZ-GxmvCDPOE324HoO2RZG0gw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I haven't found a source site I really like for my monthly Notable Events display yet.&nbsp; I'm sort of cobbling things together from a variety of places.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjGqZHoSv6vUd1kGBCFYbkDPl65SoZqWAwcUpQoywTwCGtuk1E7kuG7qYoVkaN9u_CYT68tBh3Fi64gGeC4Quh1HYFXDTD_U0b_68pWhByLwfyv123_1RW6gUOzE-FMwEyo-Z6y_v2RAj26Zpf9B0qU6rBJG4X5NNPizZEwRTSGcSggTGS5EsS4xxmQAw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjGqZHoSv6vUd1kGBCFYbkDPl65SoZqWAwcUpQoywTwCGtuk1E7kuG7qYoVkaN9u_CYT68tBh3Fi64gGeC4Quh1HYFXDTD_U0b_68pWhByLwfyv123_1RW6gUOzE-FMwEyo-Z6y_v2RAj26Zpf9B0qU6rBJG4X5NNPizZEwRTSGcSggTGS5EsS4xxmQAw=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I taught most of the classes about <a href="https://amzn.to/3HOzTpd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snowflake Bentley</a> this week.&nbsp; (affiliate link)&nbsp; Since Wilson Bentley had such a thirst for knowledge that he read his mother's set of encyclopedias, I pulled down the dusty 1995 encyclopedias in the library and explained to the high schoolers that back in the days before Google, this was how we learned stuff.&nbsp; I had them do their silent reading time with an encyclopedia, and afterwards the students shared something they'd learned.&nbsp; All sorts of new fun facts, from Blood to Taoism.&nbsp; It went well enough that I think I'm going to try it with the middle schoolers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEh9tDprOWJg59YFXf5QCLLlHsYQRM2_e5J_IPlCbfl5VRtw6kX-wO40r5N7zAwlTYLXMk0PHwJrcUzULQnl8RGydD-KCNjpm6yehWKP3qSdKV8qwSEi51_6sEG4fU4A-MFupiVO4gIp483nU7vXLpwR4Cb_WO66rqzsk2IxmnnhSNmU7OuhY3WzGCpD6A=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEh9tDprOWJg59YFXf5QCLLlHsYQRM2_e5J_IPlCbfl5VRtw6kX-wO40r5N7zAwlTYLXMk0PHwJrcUzULQnl8RGydD-KCNjpm6yehWKP3qSdKV8qwSEi51_6sEG4fU4A-MFupiVO4gIp483nU7vXLpwR4Cb_WO66rqzsk2IxmnnhSNmU7OuhY3WzGCpD6A=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>There's a saying among Air Force mamas, "Find a dime; your airman's fine."&nbsp; So I was excited to see a coin in the washing machine.&nbsp; Except, it's an Australian 5 cent piece.&nbsp; Hmm.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEikbgpUDBuYyhwLDp4K4PM2rE2VzQqL5ZjPSYrZsNu3YU_JRhdxuqRLNPuNSKR5m5ofCfhAkR_xDlJOXH-6p4nZWMJMCRMWG-h6Q606-J7zZbpzgTh8peB1wjQMSrp0dYl1LswNDloPFbmmnM3Hbqq6kftDRcCb0oU33nKEppaGksZCgWUAknr7yNImVw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEikbgpUDBuYyhwLDp4K4PM2rE2VzQqL5ZjPSYrZsNu3YU_JRhdxuqRLNPuNSKR5m5ofCfhAkR_xDlJOXH-6p4nZWMJMCRMWG-h6Q606-J7zZbpzgTh8peB1wjQMSrp0dYl1LswNDloPFbmmnM3Hbqq6kftDRcCb0oU33nKEppaGksZCgWUAknr7yNImVw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i>A very well packed envelope.</i></div><div><br /></div>There's this boutique clothing shop, <a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftake-courage-boutique.myshopify.com%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3vyGZbDHQdulUSD45Tw_a8otzF158K-sJmaBGFahHvacZRDdWLFyLxRoo&amp;h=AT31PQ6U8Iwtt0i06kSddoZYtR8O6i1YoKlx4PLWb6MlqbCsBGrZoq-Kt2M8rtY-2lhPaxOIzHPmNOVlTBBXNgFC85UNeQC9rdjgZW_MyQYXivS9aVkxFU596g0EHednfWaqlMx2Ju0b9wZIznA&amp;__tn__=%2Cd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take Courage</a>, that I found on Facebook.&nbsp; I don't think I've mentioned it here, but I've picked up a few things, and been happy with them.&nbsp; I like that they help families fund adoptions.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg1K0kXBQ9MC5nA7D5thpmggmEaMrJ3Cdo6K6f7DvCtPLz-1R1FdeTsTcQ7aXy-LBgLST8DzUPSLtMNDugN4Zg3FKA_oJGEGxyOlVITqsyfC7LRfCzhAl-HCItOaEpcSHDMRefUlMm321i3EaxcDzH1LFEvkwbb5V8VqZgb6tWHtQo9t9w5YG7PdUAstw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg1K0kXBQ9MC5nA7D5thpmggmEaMrJ3Cdo6K6f7DvCtPLz-1R1FdeTsTcQ7aXy-LBgLST8DzUPSLtMNDugN4Zg3FKA_oJGEGxyOlVITqsyfC7LRfCzhAl-HCItOaEpcSHDMRefUlMm321i3EaxcDzH1LFEvkwbb5V8VqZgb6tWHtQo9t9w5YG7PdUAstw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I got Katie a Year of the Tiger Chinese New Year shirt, since she was born in Year of the Tiger.&nbsp; And the other two are Valentine dresses for both girls.&nbsp; Hopefully I'll remember to take pictures when they wear them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br />&nbsp;</div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-43954456369471989272022-01-04T06:00:00.000-08:002022-01-04T06:00:00.186-08:00Our End of December and Happy New Year Week<br />I'm writing this in that between time, where Christmas has passed, but school has yet to start, and every day feels like Saturday.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><div class="shareaholic-canvas" data-app-id="4694789" data-app="share_buttons"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjoRo5kFekjJSzd3XxBDOEDHX3r4_p1STuVFAzW3-2MPoheaUcLtwuz5iTpoXPaapZ-8vLatl1BM-jxxuVPBF8IYWNwTSV3zRZflZfV6ZskQOZqcRnmp2AQufrfW9ePl25TYKv1W299X03Yqm1F1c9PKb8yZ3WpUDTsrmxQYcuXHHbDMAm8a9QXHr5erA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjoRo5kFekjJSzd3XxBDOEDHX3r4_p1STuVFAzW3-2MPoheaUcLtwuz5iTpoXPaapZ-8vLatl1BM-jxxuVPBF8IYWNwTSV3zRZflZfV6ZskQOZqcRnmp2AQufrfW9ePl25TYKv1W299X03Yqm1F1c9PKb8yZ3WpUDTsrmxQYcuXHHbDMAm8a9QXHr5erA=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>So, if you remember, the girls got Target gift cards from Grammy.<div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhSDNkmf2zUlzLhacuF1KRS8LiaDybqLICN_g5c5IMhYF8jPHx8iXhJE-QfGANi8ppXzprTptfIEaHqJ869mU57jzGmYOfGEdn6dpPgjgYSWaG1OiZ-UkyNx8M_Q5Z3e_brCyg5i-od5T3pothkPSHXnxvdgRzXxXa-jWy9uiLlba1Ir6_mXE-com5QIA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhSDNkmf2zUlzLhacuF1KRS8LiaDybqLICN_g5c5IMhYF8jPHx8iXhJE-QfGANi8ppXzprTptfIEaHqJ869mU57jzGmYOfGEdn6dpPgjgYSWaG1OiZ-UkyNx8M_Q5Z3e_brCyg5i-od5T3pothkPSHXnxvdgRzXxXa-jWy9uiLlba1Ir6_mXE-com5QIA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>One day, we went to see what they could find to turn them into.&nbsp; I loaned them purses for the event.&nbsp; I've been talking up the concept of carrying a purse, and what things might be useful to have in a purse.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhJN4qKZ0O0pUrEJcAyrswQpUCrKObieQF6CZwXUXFv8ejiAdmjQSzHUhn6lHjT2-OkMKda0YcvAgDQrWpF3e6361Gp9psuZyrZIy4OeSDnAwOPu1S_BkpkmVnxhlDVPc1lW_ngw6kHFdQsr6KCq634fH07ZdI80N2i9aQZciOyH5PhG1IlaNZEFr-qOA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhJN4qKZ0O0pUrEJcAyrswQpUCrKObieQF6CZwXUXFv8ejiAdmjQSzHUhn6lHjT2-OkMKda0YcvAgDQrWpF3e6361Gp9psuZyrZIy4OeSDnAwOPu1S_BkpkmVnxhlDVPc1lW_ngw6kHFdQsr6KCq634fH07ZdI80N2i9aQZciOyH5PhG1IlaNZEFr-qOA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Once inside, I pointed out purses, and Hannah chose one.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg9T_i1U_jaCiO1sLduRZu2IXRefTJKzpX6mTtHAz9UzB71ycc5eL12d6OKdGqedeqGPFwAa0jhBgFSufIq9YUJ63j5pjdDveMn8JcHBkahKVb9QpMSmPAD8L8TogfNWrHYVcZ-Z_TZiQvg9-oqJ26e89aIVPfh_oOQqETCyNHXZ-t8msWNd53YC3L8Cg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg9T_i1U_jaCiO1sLduRZu2IXRefTJKzpX6mTtHAz9UzB71ycc5eL12d6OKdGqedeqGPFwAa0jhBgFSufIq9YUJ63j5pjdDveMn8JcHBkahKVb9QpMSmPAD8L8TogfNWrHYVcZ-Z_TZiQvg9-oqJ26e89aIVPfh_oOQqETCyNHXZ-t8msWNd53YC3L8Cg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>This was the first time they'd been in Target in literally 2&nbsp;<i>years</i>.&nbsp; It was a very educational experience.&nbsp; When we got home, they wrote thank you notes to Grammy, and packed purses.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhG8AL6m67cTR5ru6zImF7A2GGAD7XsP7UpnSZ2YqBAvI_Bn6g1IwZrnvZ4iC3s-WMxfZghO1qNIj8xbYCLkfdcfVBnFKqrn4zujt3FCAuf7aQfFYGiOFbZ7Bsgj29LcxQXZyOp_tNQWJnUA2dwEgncSQ9x1D8h6QVteDbMuNyHgND0xPslJpY1MpwmeA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Paul picked up display boards for the girls to use for science fair.&nbsp; He put them in my room, so they wouldn't mess them up.&nbsp; So Grumman took it upon himself to do it for them.&nbsp; Those puncture marks correspond with his fangs.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi0lNNr6ISwwhTNzcjKX-ztnxEbvckAOb7BMtc0tSxX6uD9WkENG763GmVkHxpFBXev6gpd0YWlduUVDIlQkAYBnDmeaNDVr_FnSLkFTtox28k-MmKPC0Wb4rTsFP85QgYeW1ELbQKaS68e1Iht3muheMidmjuTft-ECiY3WMr9MpV5vRp_8_b42TkH-g=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi0lNNr6ISwwhTNzcjKX-ztnxEbvckAOb7BMtc0tSxX6uD9WkENG763GmVkHxpFBXev6gpd0YWlduUVDIlQkAYBnDmeaNDVr_FnSLkFTtox28k-MmKPC0Wb4rTsFP85QgYeW1ELbQKaS68e1Iht3muheMidmjuTft-ECiY3WMr9MpV5vRp_8_b42TkH-g=s320" width="320" /></a></div><br /></div><div>Oh Grumman.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-92218152862042652272022-01-03T06:00:00.015-08:002022-01-03T06:00:00.192-08:00The Great Room Shuffle<div>I feel like we do this every few years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjMITFFyTlOZkbMbbD53bWrlsJAphgn1EXryyP5higEy6MUMb0mIv3cOiwXt7bb-2Csz5_E-sEzcLHs1k5K7IpKp33H5QyX6EKs32FOpkqlXkuJ0Klb-ib0xLS6fZq-2hD1NNtLKrnS7NTHBZna7mym2so6ItDRIfeveTP9cot5nevb8oGVxiarGT-ieQ=s4032" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjMITFFyTlOZkbMbbD53bWrlsJAphgn1EXryyP5higEy6MUMb0mIv3cOiwXt7bb-2Csz5_E-sEzcLHs1k5K7IpKp33H5QyX6EKs32FOpkqlXkuJ0Klb-ib0xLS6fZq-2hD1NNtLKrnS7NTHBZna7mym2so6ItDRIfeveTP9cot5nevb8oGVxiarGT-ieQ=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Step one:&nbsp; move Jack into his new room.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi9N75CQ290cXJsRjrtpLZfZ4TpqctZJQUqCzSg5FHq9LzcVUeppverfQpJiYss4gBr_S5CPNCb0-HzJx8zYEwPYdzVU1_p5s3kA2knCOWnItdxulDEy_LYijqpXal4XA0TmgYqAXj2sfbQMsWN003FYFNhX_O5jlWnljwLXy2W9PVdqvYk4qSml91bcA=s4032" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi9N75CQ290cXJsRjrtpLZfZ4TpqctZJQUqCzSg5FHq9LzcVUeppverfQpJiYss4gBr_S5CPNCb0-HzJx8zYEwPYdzVU1_p5s3kA2knCOWnItdxulDEy_LYijqpXal4XA0TmgYqAXj2sfbQMsWN003FYFNhX_O5jlWnljwLXy2W9PVdqvYk4qSml91bcA=s320" width="320" /></a></div><br />Which used to be Eli's room, and then the guest room, which was used by Bri for 6 months in 2020 and then by Sam for 6 months in 2021.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEggPqr9IoC8w1WoQrw0z20EIB0FWyGHyx1WAQzGy99OZBu14kvjaZUn33hMEhYGY4-XhLW-inCYlGt-n_FrhMgrx42-C75NkKWdVatjcEUX43P_LFmT5NnKXuGrA2x0dmJHurT-C2xx9tVasjs8Xol20hmktOfKmWD5qlIcXtE0ax29GwaI1_vahvJDwg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEggPqr9IoC8w1WoQrw0z20EIB0FWyGHyx1WAQzGy99OZBu14kvjaZUn33hMEhYGY4-XhLW-inCYlGt-n_FrhMgrx42-C75NkKWdVatjcEUX43P_LFmT5NnKXuGrA2x0dmJHurT-C2xx9tVasjs8Xol20hmktOfKmWD5qlIcXtE0ax29GwaI1_vahvJDwg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Step two:&nbsp; clean out Jack's old room.&nbsp; Which included a treasure trove of clothes that don't fit anyone any more.&nbsp; And, on the chair, an old pair of Eli socks.&nbsp; :sigh:&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgPQ5qqYSmlXUzqIQ2qerahEgxmlzz0LbzpCdBC2grrL2sr2QoCEacpIfKOWihTFUo3rstunk2S57L1DMz42ao_ZRtgRcjWsBLwljT4OrdM_WUpZ6ELlV8qU8UAgEuLfzGjPPDqv5OZfQf8U4RJemJU2amuLdItnBMYr3N5HFBe_NCfgqPFRRQVsbNCcQ=s4032" style="margin-left: 1em; 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There's a lot of blue there.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiReoInkwy_aLnth6TyJ-lJrMQ-vge_mKoHH9lvin_0S1Bn-gbpd3m91TX1KPmiQyx7LVhwJgX31kUjORbS8025MYBZ1AwpPfKqfGtCJUFYbF4OOjEWnECf-UlqzNQ_unmn2ZwoN3V5z5MoayScWu309_PiQyoGkT7HkVGgToIDZDnceM7HhKN3q3px5Q=s4032" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiReoInkwy_aLnth6TyJ-lJrMQ-vge_mKoHH9lvin_0S1Bn-gbpd3m91TX1KPmiQyx7LVhwJgX31kUjORbS8025MYBZ1AwpPfKqfGtCJUFYbF4OOjEWnECf-UlqzNQ_unmn2ZwoN3V5z5MoayScWu309_PiQyoGkT7HkVGgToIDZDnceM7HhKN3q3px5Q=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I had each of the girls pick out their top 10 favorite stuffed animals.&nbsp; Then I picked out a few that were favorites of the older kids.&nbsp; The rest are going bye bye.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>Take note of the bed in the above photo.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj4dDRXWurAkjCLZoM8gkFiaR4Gc6fLSNp00EOEP6-dKsg1MpxDqe4qnEsW7CyCxyzgFqol7rgL9C5U0JeSe5RtX13yUHIpr7rqEyy92pxx_4ssD8Qmud7JGhEMCpYHEUX0eApMLAyXVX3IMbZxG9TWSP0KanK2OfmB7rmVMXnibaFSEtUco9uNFkgBig=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj4dDRXWurAkjCLZoM8gkFiaR4Gc6fLSNp00EOEP6-dKsg1MpxDqe4qnEsW7CyCxyzgFqol7rgL9C5U0JeSe5RtX13yUHIpr7rqEyy92pxx_4ssD8Qmud7JGhEMCpYHEUX0eApMLAyXVX3IMbZxG9TWSP0KanK2OfmB7rmVMXnibaFSEtUco9uNFkgBig=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Fiona has a sunbeam that she likes to lay in on the stairs, but she's also a big fan of the "electric sunbeam."&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhTo6oIwvNJtnmcXpjZloYCfUMv3pLYrUtvgfY6knfvch3COZKK2UQlDpMySjp4lK2sKROXb-5Y5HbM7sr62UdR8JMRCy1VDMe67V-OKmQWgxmM8S1-TA8nRGDdbq249ooLtrXJujfK6c3nFQ1Sxfu57LOZaqCXIm54DJwSMuc4oB0BGE0XUFzYt3hItw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEizQ5U8zDZCZ2s4OtmgSzLPp16LjDYZYW2WP0hkNa7F3m2dcM6nYqDihR42hzv4JkFOYL_0vA1B39351pYCcDCO9P1l8pOfYACaOzqgiup3RR2jI1FGTu2Y0ha3aNkMxzIsYj0vSkw5V4JjdoX3ffze2XXfjPA2rW3DYI5wgJYvrTtf2gmx5Kkm9iiaFg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Hannah made holly from chenille stems.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjVMPUCxR9xk5pe55IYYSYiIg5JEybZ6lTMqm7vDoallLmqbw_zBXrJB8qhL1ConHKwaLS6ICRm68k-m4jqadj2J_AwWBBICzExngVcyfF3RzbE3iABR9XeAviJTgmx5Fr9GaB6fcRpaKg8cg1XL3kmKoQAOMpl5kJJFZVYoEk-YpO5dtNJRHizFrW-oQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjVMPUCxR9xk5pe55IYYSYiIg5JEybZ6lTMqm7vDoallLmqbw_zBXrJB8qhL1ConHKwaLS6ICRm68k-m4jqadj2J_AwWBBICzExngVcyfF3RzbE3iABR9XeAviJTgmx5Fr9GaB6fcRpaKg8cg1XL3kmKoQAOMpl5kJJFZVYoEk-YpO5dtNJRHizFrW-oQ=s320" width="320" /></a></div><br /></div><div>This is what happens when you wait too long to buy cinnamon rolls.&nbsp; Fortunately, Josiah is *awesome* and made them from scratch for me.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiZIF9DZfpM-XdzRjU6qUz0G0MF9CEJz6HSqwXyhvrMCrMiSE5-gKDDR58rlF0ocYVJTT5pRzD31mwL6o_O_aBTUnN14f6eQ993zYmJY1WlOqHdgaGEKDe7GTtIVm66OxqpE8zbdYrgyaMnkQRqgnCCGo6glSe22BMiMOOomPq_Kp7GIDYstpe3R00t5g=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiZIF9DZfpM-XdzRjU6qUz0G0MF9CEJz6HSqwXyhvrMCrMiSE5-gKDDR58rlF0ocYVJTT5pRzD31mwL6o_O_aBTUnN14f6eQ993zYmJY1WlOqHdgaGEKDe7GTtIVm66OxqpE8zbdYrgyaMnkQRqgnCCGo6glSe22BMiMOOomPq_Kp7GIDYstpe3R00t5g=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Speaking of sunbeams...&nbsp; Grumman was enjoying the school room sunbeam one day while Katie's science fair project was all over the floor.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhzLEOmpXeqFPWHsic82nLl6Ggv_TYJNyQbsDvHvuQ3etl4S31djP4BzFEUIo1ybInB4RBFqw8FN_8-kqXEAE7m-AW4ngUj_6HWV2WoK2S4_QpmeJl0kouZB9VrWf2_daSEvWip8UUa_4GbN9CErVtWq-iWU7RS2scAxSvqNoZfgKyLX2igQmElt6l7WQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>A little geography review with a GeoPuzzle.&nbsp; I love these.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhcPvW6U2cftnB38QEEsukRGgiCzJGoS8dwB8nRWQSlzRgHnsr6J3cRryBBWHDgJ_g4d9odVy-L91liHLatwaRUhzuM3RBuRSkv_2qG4ZMSuoct-VooQAym0edNhIhioTyW-0shy8nZgWTZCt8H4DyDsRak5Mf3A8xWOmxlXgRGpSCBZh5llvN4ERhJqA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhcPvW6U2cftnB38QEEsukRGgiCzJGoS8dwB8nRWQSlzRgHnsr6J3cRryBBWHDgJ_g4d9odVy-L91liHLatwaRUhzuM3RBuRSkv_2qG4ZMSuoct-VooQAym0edNhIhioTyW-0shy8nZgWTZCt8H4DyDsRak5Mf3A8xWOmxlXgRGpSCBZh5llvN4ERhJqA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>We use fabric gift bags for Christmas, instead of wrapping paper.&nbsp; Fee got in the bin and when I asked her what she was doing, she gave me a look that clearly said that she's the gift.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhJ4icJt74Q7GUqbfW9MN1Rb3AOCXHD4ffQSf2zxFDDNeJKAIC06YIy6kzNKYQbnzRZIrzGbbX-RVlMvwoazPhIh9H2RoSOAVF856Dgx3j3aBbOCDwIIEVJXi5vTKPNdPwTBeyjgalTaawI2cXPmJanp4PTCAkiE1iibwx1dzHkhVphUj52vHWFOefoug=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhJ4icJt74Q7GUqbfW9MN1Rb3AOCXHD4ffQSf2zxFDDNeJKAIC06YIy6kzNKYQbnzRZIrzGbbX-RVlMvwoazPhIh9H2RoSOAVF856Dgx3j3aBbOCDwIIEVJXi5vTKPNdPwTBeyjgalTaawI2cXPmJanp4PTCAkiE1iibwx1dzHkhVphUj52vHWFOefoug=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>She's a very happy little cat.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEho2m8aWaSLryqhwO2zqWW9V0ccffp_ShzcMN8_YmZl2ZzXN3VNcjTs9_QHhUlVEkgFVCqGWnJKFBqaQYrMPTDRaYFOSqKeoRl17fJQcrNSR83lBmsOyyOIPMxSd75Fn1x9mxThUpnSTwOfNtr3YhE_jyV7HnESaESAIV9902d0fwkUmJihTwod27HSvw=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>....gosh, there's not much "everybody" any more.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgt17HO78EJtM3-2taFolhaV4A75JvnqknOPVzCx6tdOLLXjjXlylXyPWJl5GniU1OVDm5yyIhkkweLaUoAF0EUFLPYJN6L4VNkh9u_S37YHOQDOj2sLcuar2ufevuL4H-NhqtsjHI39anQIO9dpx0tgaDRG-vBRR5PX_4rUuNypP-GnMOlu2yCklKCPw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgt17HO78EJtM3-2taFolhaV4A75JvnqknOPVzCx6tdOLLXjjXlylXyPWJl5GniU1OVDm5yyIhkkweLaUoAF0EUFLPYJN6L4VNkh9u_S37YHOQDOj2sLcuar2ufevuL4H-NhqtsjHI39anQIO9dpx0tgaDRG-vBRR5PX_4rUuNypP-GnMOlu2yCklKCPw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>We also re-use gift tags from year to year, but sometimes they get lost along the way, so Christmas Eve found me Crikey-ing up a couple more.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiF7Nq3zZikrSsosO7aAqUr-79SSZjHOcj3iR6kSLrJ9TRrnyiZUzyod9uXCf4FT1X6aRznARZJSgo-HLTkdWYLAvh50GvvWo5dIlLEiSH0NONDHi7OF1BN_79Efm_3TMirG8Q9r8daWAoFa90B3SAWTrtA1oHwmbxBkknotjcOXdbNK6rIKn_ckM2yOQ=s1080" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1080" data-original-width="1080" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiF7Nq3zZikrSsosO7aAqUr-79SSZjHOcj3iR6kSLrJ9TRrnyiZUzyod9uXCf4FT1X6aRznARZJSgo-HLTkdWYLAvh50GvvWo5dIlLEiSH0NONDHi7OF1BN_79Efm_3TMirG8Q9r8daWAoFa90B3SAWTrtA1oHwmbxBkknotjcOXdbNK6rIKn_ckM2yOQ=s320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div>It's no secret that I enjoy Susan May Warren's writing.&nbsp; I've reviewed several of her books, and read as many as I can get my hands on.&nbsp; Today, I want to share her latest work with you.&nbsp; Sunrise is the first book in her new Sky King Ranch trilogy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Sunrise is the story of Echo Yazzie, who's had a rough childhood and carries some hurts from that time in her life. She also has some unfinished business with Dodge Kingston, who took off years ago, and has come back to small town Alaska because his dad crashed an airplane he was piloting.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjSU5gzbdyb53_svqnfjUhih6VBsqSRiueP3MTm88Z80NOUJaYhBW7DVKmaz30texa8a8l6ECjdAJ8pFwjMWQFjn-qbEdK67xDboM77KCsQG20ow_3wZcRLQBLoNl8sX_mCVG9z3wq2qlTCF0gEdzrV-Fiw9jwV1xDtYdSMR54ZK5NOB_qVOq4dp6kHRg=s2000" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="921" data-original-width="2000" height="92" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjSU5gzbdyb53_svqnfjUhih6VBsqSRiueP3MTm88Z80NOUJaYhBW7DVKmaz30texa8a8l6ECjdAJ8pFwjMWQFjn-qbEdK67xDboM77KCsQG20ow_3wZcRLQBLoNl8sX_mCVG9z3wq2qlTCF0gEdzrV-Fiw9jwV1xDtYdSMR54ZK5NOB_qVOq4dp6kHRg=w200-h92" width="200" /></a></div><br /><div>Now, I'm not supposed to give spoilers, which makes it really hard to gush about the book as much as I would like to, but let me just say that this book contains, hands down, the best awkward hug scene I've <i>ever</i> read.&nbsp; I cringed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://amzn.to/3FLz7Zx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunrise</a> is suspenseful without being scary when it comes to the action scenes.&nbsp; There's danger, yes, but there's not darkness and evil, if that makes sense.&nbsp; When it comes to romance, <a href="http://www.susanmaywarren.com/books/sunrise-sky-king-ranch-1/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan May Warren</a> creates tension and sweetness, never anything explicit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>If winter weather has you wanting to curl up with a good book, look no further than <a href="https://amzn.to/3FLz7Zx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunrise</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg1Aa7LAb2VmC4SEZ_lRIbeGBEjUENQT9TfKzRXkaWOA4SRWKpbbuYZiMFC2dSydYPrzzXEd9lLEQCI-a0Z05Rfn0fp-XxNs1Ot4jwSlYiqiIuyrz6KsQv8g9XaDTZH_FfaXVQp8rbUSkMw3omApGOd-Qt_C9dmzcY4JOD0MKWaVafqr5YZUrELsEmdbQ=s1080" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1080" data-original-width="1080" height="200" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg1Aa7LAb2VmC4SEZ_lRIbeGBEjUENQT9TfKzRXkaWOA4SRWKpbbuYZiMFC2dSydYPrzzXEd9lLEQCI-a0Z05Rfn0fp-XxNs1Ot4jwSlYiqiIuyrz6KsQv8g9XaDTZH_FfaXVQp8rbUSkMw3omApGOd-Qt_C9dmzcY4JOD0MKWaVafqr5YZUrELsEmdbQ=w200-h200" width="200" /></a></div><div><br /></div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-83204479551212990172021-12-24T13:30:00.002-08:002021-12-24T13:30:19.727-08:00Faux Gingerbread Structures & More<div>I can't really say "Our Week" these days, as it's been 10 days since my last post.&nbsp; Everything feels out of routine lately.&nbsp; Also, no pinnable image, as I decided it was more important to just get it posted than to have to do One More Thing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjFv3_2dOiQY2MELZcO-dpDAF07Fotv3aF2K4CMSuQKRYtzZlg9zPThBrFqQxxw7e78-ux_j4bVAcqmXQ5oZmY_TVWh0x14se_IsTemVMISTvaL5LPMMvb6d_nBdrPmxZG_nIo32pfb1zikRjmq9mSSfYf92o0VyxmRWMl-Wp1nl2PgxM1aT39s5VI3iw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjFv3_2dOiQY2MELZcO-dpDAF07Fotv3aF2K4CMSuQKRYtzZlg9zPThBrFqQxxw7e78-ux_j4bVAcqmXQ5oZmY_TVWh0x14se_IsTemVMISTvaL5LPMMvb6d_nBdrPmxZG_nIo32pfb1zikRjmq9mSSfYf92o0VyxmRWMl-Wp1nl2PgxM1aT39s5VI3iw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Remember last post's strange frozen experiment?&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjOE6ajKhgWdVIe5rmXAgaEC8TLHWO1Qftn6sOdwVaUgxa4abXqeYUBe7paoeOSmzVgBhLM7v2Y_83ztk3Tj3h4grsrjCiNKiGp-qqpDX0uunoLZyYMJnFKfLrBXvgGqAKkY5WmqZnXc0gyAWfCCx31gDozJiw6qo9afXo3ke5iJyC2YRoZKffC3Jx2qg=s336" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="116" data-original-width="336" height="69" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjOE6ajKhgWdVIe5rmXAgaEC8TLHWO1Qftn6sOdwVaUgxa4abXqeYUBe7paoeOSmzVgBhLM7v2Y_83ztk3Tj3h4grsrjCiNKiGp-qqpDX0uunoLZyYMJnFKfLrBXvgGqAKkY5WmqZnXc0gyAWfCCx31gDozJiw6qo9afXo3ke5iJyC2YRoZKffC3Jx2qg=w200-h69" width="200" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhxrZ1SMrJlIsQ8xapvMxa-CL_4CB_kJX2ueCowDL0Ak5xzs9muTIsZmBnv8KJdVAZcJuo2EafHkO5eFfrVtVYNnjrZq0hJdKrjxMYFg_jA2vPJDzdkCakgCxYhorQcdql4zCHJ4MwvktMKMK7Q7TnvpvDB-cp7Vqcrc30SLRkoBC8Aue2JiR9kdtu0EA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhxrZ1SMrJlIsQ8xapvMxa-CL_4CB_kJX2ueCowDL0Ak5xzs9muTIsZmBnv8KJdVAZcJuo2EafHkO5eFfrVtVYNnjrZq0hJdKrjxMYFg_jA2vPJDzdkCakgCxYhorQcdql4zCHJ4MwvktMKMK7Q7TnvpvDB-cp7Vqcrc30SLRkoBC8Aue2JiR9kdtu0EA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>That turned into racing the ice forms across the kitchen floor.&nbsp; I didn't realize that she'd drawn skaters on the sticks before freezing them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjzI7lL1fcKvMs3wMuSrRxo_5YIum4Y2HiFMBc37ND74NcLPSHtSgUaVj1xI_SbDlAGHBnZobzRdOltUP8ArQ_mAXhtC4NCqczha_ksQ4XbiirbkCIvQUwLrF0SZjj0QCotsL059MLRkwnCkftBAKkpStIDJCKT1dLTRD7NQjDeKzMDrXBRU8umQ12TwA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjzI7lL1fcKvMs3wMuSrRxo_5YIum4Y2HiFMBc37ND74NcLPSHtSgUaVj1xI_SbDlAGHBnZobzRdOltUP8ArQ_mAXhtC4NCqczha_ksQ4XbiirbkCIvQUwLrF0SZjj0QCotsL059MLRkwnCkftBAKkpStIDJCKT1dLTRD7NQjDeKzMDrXBRU8umQ12TwA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>And if you remember the costume in progress last week, here's the finished version, complete with crown and scroll.&nbsp; I should have gotten a better picture of the scroll.&nbsp; It's an 11x17" sheet of parchment colored construction paper from our <a href="https://amzn.to/3ekLQX1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">people colors</a> pack, with dowels taped on each end.&nbsp; Katie wrote Psalm 100 on it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhpSPOp-vmoQExUpuqLGyCnhwplwyYWq0SjGa4KD6Y6u42GLaIhfV0oK80BZOJ9PlJqJtkOoVSNRBqry9oYOYPiO_XvzmA37NZI78kwgwC1k-H5eEf6NqIhvrCoJ2HSFvsNHJD0OTP1gAMpn9LtkBNFaRvQ4DU33Vx3A-iusRrlbWHpCuGYYbx-wmTkIg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhpSPOp-vmoQExUpuqLGyCnhwplwyYWq0SjGa4KD6Y6u42GLaIhfV0oK80BZOJ9PlJqJtkOoVSNRBqry9oYOYPiO_XvzmA37NZI78kwgwC1k-H5eEf6NqIhvrCoJ2HSFvsNHJD0OTP1gAMpn9LtkBNFaRvQ4DU33Vx3A-iusRrlbWHpCuGYYbx-wmTkIg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Last month, I went to Bath &amp; Body Works to get Heather a birthday present, and I picked up a couple Christmas presents, as well.&nbsp; Josiah had told me Miss M would be Christmas-ing with us, so I thought a little bag of smelly things would be a good gift for her.&nbsp; Only later, he mentioned she hates B&amp;BW, so maybe not.&nbsp; This was my next attempt.&nbsp; She still lives with her parents, but the two of them have been talking about moving in together.&nbsp; It's a canister filled with kitchen towels, an oven mitt, can opener, flatware, measuring cups &amp; spoons, and more.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiJCIDbUu3VuwROWcshbVidItDs9Xg-gCvld09Ay0YkaHHcWNrgQVEY8FdyusqnzO2FAM5Sw_SeQGyqhH2lcicTZ5zB5JDvQ4Dg8UMdALI_oGanYqYlH3maJZbJiTGQYjT3qE7ovv3aq1-c2KTynoQGGUQMvqYX4Mxnvlh0L8g7OieeyXvWJbcxq2iB6A=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiJCIDbUu3VuwROWcshbVidItDs9Xg-gCvld09Ay0YkaHHcWNrgQVEY8FdyusqnzO2FAM5Sw_SeQGyqhH2lcicTZ5zB5JDvQ4Dg8UMdALI_oGanYqYlH3maJZbJiTGQYjT3qE7ovv3aq1-c2KTynoQGGUQMvqYX4Mxnvlh0L8g7OieeyXvWJbcxq2iB6A=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Seriously, Fee?&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjXMeMiDlcINbIznZEr6qqUvhLhMxfxru02YV-fh9IVSbDcedbvv9Q_rDFrg32wMKZWJVVgWmxh9vOadxL4SI5JfeUE9oPUz12sYeB_tdGiL36_UC4WKx6YEdi5fr8f-JQkI8mABt5r5dhTtdxbJ_lBMt-jY-f_5KC1SyMcza2h-72a23P4XVCwUHVh3w=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The girls have put up a few hand made ones.&nbsp; The chain thing was made by Hannah this week.&nbsp; I think I showed the reindeer before, that's by Katie.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhJYOBXCvSIRGu2bfM93Waf8e_Ho5GhVyU8QHGpgsTlh1657XvBP5Si0HAqToAeIFOayp0I3PZ6TYoj2KlWWz32f-H28vJFvIyINdC8iVqhF5SvpUHEU-D477px53Ep9hvY5w89nvar6N3zQEOBUJJ5P0LmkCHJiMiFu2rOMZiMA9A5WcP60dSObmyrkw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhJYOBXCvSIRGu2bfM93Waf8e_Ho5GhVyU8QHGpgsTlh1657XvBP5Si0HAqToAeIFOayp0I3PZ6TYoj2KlWWz32f-H28vJFvIyINdC8iVqhF5SvpUHEU-D477px53Ep9hvY5w89nvar6N3zQEOBUJJ5P0LmkCHJiMiFu2rOMZiMA9A5WcP60dSObmyrkw=s320" width="240" /></a><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Speaking of Katie, I walked her through making pizzas on naan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiOOgrPmyUb_SnVW1T_Ubl6aUUDhPnWdFj5BjmQxyl0zsiheMUD7a6GkJk7UwcpNV328_Ygm8k9vAresfZezAY1Zniy07OcIvc4inzAQUTFpLVkPvqMmZLznfRwGL-4Zg-gZaxCqCYDt3Xz4D3qzEsmGWO-8s9EjXNcwaPk7XAGzKiRvDrTVMHat451Aw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiOOgrPmyUb_SnVW1T_Ubl6aUUDhPnWdFj5BjmQxyl0zsiheMUD7a6GkJk7UwcpNV328_Ygm8k9vAresfZezAY1Zniy07OcIvc4inzAQUTFpLVkPvqMmZLznfRwGL-4Zg-gZaxCqCYDt3Xz4D3qzEsmGWO-8s9EjXNcwaPk7XAGzKiRvDrTVMHat451Aw=s320" width="240" /></a></div></div><div><br /></div>They were delicious!</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgVV_1OYI8nbuS6I3lNaX9fK7JsZjsjFx8K0qrSJYcXdDyjhIyRf18vIH2P0ZLdphLlhsDfJGfU69g55jBuBNtHSABukS04uJ4yocVMNIT60pJOjUR7c2VNGfw8nRMimRKizGJ7IDtHAfxUDZSRJeRJaqYj08iDbdX-XyNtx1qG9eheRavWCKIfO4-9Wg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgVV_1OYI8nbuS6I3lNaX9fK7JsZjsjFx8K0qrSJYcXdDyjhIyRf18vIH2P0ZLdphLlhsDfJGfU69g55jBuBNtHSABukS04uJ4yocVMNIT60pJOjUR7c2VNGfw8nRMimRKizGJ7IDtHAfxUDZSRJeRJaqYj08iDbdX-XyNtx1qG9eheRavWCKIfO4-9Wg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>There was a Christmas party for the kids on the last day of school before winter break.&nbsp; I know this because it required an extra trip to the store for a beverage and a dessert, and I found myself wrapping small gifts for them to exchange at 11 pm the night before.&nbsp; It was worth it however, because they hopped in the car afterwards, all sugared up and smiling, offering bouquets of Red Vines in their grubby little paws.&nbsp; "They were getting rid of these, so we brought you some!"&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjaiLdJJmp2-TKhdr0TXiwO_3rSvoocVzH2GtwyQSWp8wqY2LLh5Cou997oPK9EjScotp_kjGJfpNyIC0SbVZb-VMG1oMmCmYSt5WnZ5t6Tvlu59BFtBrmjgwoZz8y07M3w2nPpAo_Ms5FpjrBq6FMRKoD5DPjHXE862YSsnjMySTc6uTw0y_g_Ggvi9w=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjaiLdJJmp2-TKhdr0TXiwO_3rSvoocVzH2GtwyQSWp8wqY2LLh5Cou997oPK9EjScotp_kjGJfpNyIC0SbVZb-VMG1oMmCmYSt5WnZ5t6Tvlu59BFtBrmjgwoZz8y07M3w2nPpAo_Ms5FpjrBq6FMRKoD5DPjHXE862YSsnjMySTc6uTw0y_g_Ggvi9w=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Jack played Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol.&nbsp; Generally, I'm not a fan of school productions, but this one was not horrible.&nbsp; (Just to be clear, it wasn't great, either.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjlpAn9t_zgHDPTavEcLfVuCE19ZPNYAMVM0W-HgrEKjyDnY2mZOh3VtZPF70OXU1UJVBf9wvK1adjk4MOD40Vs3Is3wXo6zjYmhhRQYQ4NahBjs1c9V_k5p7vkaMUAXA46d_iSyXz6ItUGwUuf7RfHvmLks3tRQPHbVaSKnZ6XAAjJRiaIYmnuAznhzA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjlpAn9t_zgHDPTavEcLfVuCE19ZPNYAMVM0W-HgrEKjyDnY2mZOh3VtZPF70OXU1UJVBf9wvK1adjk4MOD40Vs3Is3wXo6zjYmhhRQYQ4NahBjs1c9V_k5p7vkaMUAXA46d_iSyXz6ItUGwUuf7RfHvmLks3tRQPHbVaSKnZ6XAAjJRiaIYmnuAznhzA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Katie played Grave Digger Two.&nbsp; I'm reminded of the line in the movie <a href="https://amzn.to/3yUOlbY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Love Actually</a>, "There was more than one lobster at the birth of Christ?"&nbsp; Also, Grave Digger is the name of a monster truck we saw at the fair when the big kids were little, so that made for an interesting mental picture when she hopped in the car after school and said, "I'm going to be a Grave Digger in the play!"&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhN9VeAAv_8CRaOjblNakzUeh61W1YVjaRulbggVFZyUTme-MVVxg0pJmhDjSfyB2ihgUiM0Ilw2N-hEFkue2aOQ68zrFDQqmCbiuR1YkAzMiGLvbXyfjTCSUxKg7y8Jzr1QjeZ0CScwce7pronvTR4Y_Nv8cNnXAfAADeMXrT_i4OaSwyEHRo_Y5UTgA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhN9VeAAv_8CRaOjblNakzUeh61W1YVjaRulbggVFZyUTme-MVVxg0pJmhDjSfyB2ihgUiM0Ilw2N-hEFkue2aOQ68zrFDQqmCbiuR1YkAzMiGLvbXyfjTCSUxKg7y8Jzr1QjeZ0CScwce7pronvTR4Y_Nv8cNnXAfAADeMXrT_i4OaSwyEHRo_Y5UTgA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>A few of the students offered impromptu entertainment after the show.&nbsp; Hannah was one of them.&nbsp; She's pretty good.&nbsp; I'm very disappointed she has decided to give up lessons.&nbsp; Her last lesson is Monday.&nbsp; I'm hoping to make her teacher a card by then, but we'll see how it goes.&nbsp; We gave her teacher a lovely bag of smelly things from B&amp;BW for Christmas, but I think a goodbye card would be nice, too.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiCbJku5HuJU0sXTaK50XN33irE4cvtPPHAmUkhlhPVqBnd5pqgZcMyORf3kBnv-Fg2q504GMyTjFa53-_H44q1_Tagn2CWHgi6fbHP2_dL6S-8Wl5d7idYwsRp6aHn5eOdDBDWkD6dgbIo10mgd0m2jQ_0ZXGvX83VTRtTiFejFw2L57jqC1wVs3drZw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiCbJku5HuJU0sXTaK50XN33irE4cvtPPHAmUkhlhPVqBnd5pqgZcMyORf3kBnv-Fg2q504GMyTjFa53-_H44q1_Tagn2CWHgi6fbHP2_dL6S-8Wl5d7idYwsRp6aHn5eOdDBDWkD6dgbIo10mgd0m2jQ_0ZXGvX83VTRtTiFejFw2L57jqC1wVs3drZw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Posed picture after the show, since my shots of the stage weren't great.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjAUR_v7yqkvkUPgrtLlxjwOWh1OK7p-fp11SwBqlpGIz99B_LTvgVEQ8VyeZTlo6OupEhOXKCSI1Xsgk8HMn-0OtFPsd4WgNenB7s8n3tdmi622PrXcvYOiW_-wf4gkjjWubE7bVQ8JGH7CchfF8NO0awKaq9o1QVWcfC-5WsUP_4dStFbVyPzZGOK8A=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjAUR_v7yqkvkUPgrtLlxjwOWh1OK7p-fp11SwBqlpGIz99B_LTvgVEQ8VyeZTlo6OupEhOXKCSI1Xsgk8HMn-0OtFPsd4WgNenB7s8n3tdmi622PrXcvYOiW_-wf4gkjjWubE7bVQ8JGH7CchfF8NO0awKaq9o1QVWcfC-5WsUP_4dStFbVyPzZGOK8A=s320" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Once upon a time, Jack (when he still went by Furby) asked me, "Mom?&nbsp; How many mythical creatures can you name?"&nbsp; I started off, "Unicorn, gryphon, children who listen, pegas--" and he interrupted me with, "Gryphons aren't mythical!"&nbsp; It was a hilarious little moment, which I was reminded of when Josiah got his gryphon tattoo.&nbsp; So when I saw these cookies, I thought to myself, "They need a Children Who Listen cookie in that assortment."</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiDqjOq1X4xT0H_w-5PXFmEcqNJJZgMg7RAv8LuLXkDGkbcIOTIsmQshmG_NyKxnm-a0AePKnWlhK-YH00bzdkiFyK_Tt99-Hq7IkKXJfCDUBtQ46YrnDr6DfeCMjnCNj5VbDUF4r-oJzmxF52G9x6ygIKPV5Zq5mnxYZVEO_VbdRMkjsBDPWPMTWkXtQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiDqjOq1X4xT0H_w-5PXFmEcqNJJZgMg7RAv8LuLXkDGkbcIOTIsmQshmG_NyKxnm-a0AePKnWlhK-YH00bzdkiFyK_Tt99-Hq7IkKXJfCDUBtQ46YrnDr6DfeCMjnCNj5VbDUF4r-oJzmxF52G9x6ygIKPV5Zq5mnxYZVEO_VbdRMkjsBDPWPMTWkXtQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I was "on the ball" this year, and ordered a magical spinning singing happy birthday candle for Katie's September birthday in August.&nbsp; And I put it Somewhere Safe.&nbsp; When I ran across it while wrapping Christmas presents, I decided Paul would get to appreciate it for his December birthday.&nbsp; Okay, so he's not impressed with it, but the kids were.&nbsp; I don't have it all together.&nbsp; I just sort of stagger from one crisis to the next some days.&nbsp; Fortunately, it was a 3 pack, so I can forget about them for Jack's birthday and be unable to find them for Hannah's in April.&nbsp; (Someone remind me, they're in the secret passage cupboards now.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjgw314BlAoF9IQQVv_oH7BRt_JCEFG_S1G77qucV-OZAYekdOcX7NaxR1r88D7t5M9jlqbPJ2L2j-rdh1oaUknydcVpIcwnkvbT2JLCcXuhlORMY3lAmYgIbaJoj9AsEnvBjkp1bRjWTjd7Sx2vd8NzcFTXan9P4n6WxWZUPaKyNaHnvaCtGbnLk9GKQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjgw314BlAoF9IQQVv_oH7BRt_JCEFG_S1G77qucV-OZAYekdOcX7NaxR1r88D7t5M9jlqbPJ2L2j-rdh1oaUknydcVpIcwnkvbT2JLCcXuhlORMY3lAmYgIbaJoj9AsEnvBjkp1bRjWTjd7Sx2vd8NzcFTXan9P4n6WxWZUPaKyNaHnvaCtGbnLk9GKQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Ran across a quote at the library that had me nodding.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgdZiqr9NrC4FKNxdymheSpe2eQBi5LSbC55h6i8aic26Or7OSAAORLpLluWprh21wbmSwXcDDrlDu3-Fdnztqd4Gq2Y2DxnQNEePvlUWAxfBXFq66v4S78QivcPv2GK7mmbXtyzP9JYROJbGyqU0bz7lP_XNe3cI9fFty2RYueSPGYA8Onq4Cnd9b0_w=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgdZiqr9NrC4FKNxdymheSpe2eQBi5LSbC55h6i8aic26Or7OSAAORLpLluWprh21wbmSwXcDDrlDu3-Fdnztqd4Gq2Y2DxnQNEePvlUWAxfBXFq66v4S78QivcPv2GK7mmbXtyzP9JYROJbGyqU0bz7lP_XNe3cI9fFty2RYueSPGYA8Onq4Cnd9b0_w=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Although Grumman tried to claim this garland as his, I did take it to school, and over the course of the month, the students helped me with decorations for it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>On a related note, we have a garland up at home (left over from the ones I framed the bulletin board with) and I found sparkling garland bits in a pile of cat gack.&nbsp; :sigh:&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi1op59NyThrO6rfy5it9uyMlfyHnlq0EPWARQ-HBy7YX2LGC_FguGHidGirPdNzDXHuvRJckTVdV5XdDrFJzVerCwb8jZf-DodywvRDbkjxXnxChU1Paa-nS0JKG3nrq1wHLhkCDTYquA0zvtH_Fscumw8tZSCtmfXrXRfoiTYJuwgaR3q_vj2BHzOMg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi1op59NyThrO6rfy5it9uyMlfyHnlq0EPWARQ-HBy7YX2LGC_FguGHidGirPdNzDXHuvRJckTVdV5XdDrFJzVerCwb8jZf-DodywvRDbkjxXnxChU1Paa-nS0JKG3nrq1wHLhkCDTYquA0zvtH_Fscumw8tZSCtmfXrXRfoiTYJuwgaR3q_vj2BHzOMg=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Isn't this a lovely Rainbow Fish craft??&nbsp; After I crickey-ed up an ocean of fish heads and bodies and starfish... it totally didn't happen.&nbsp; Between play practice and closing school early because the power went out, and other schedule hiccups, I'll have to stuff the pieces in my desk and hope I remember to pull them out next year.&nbsp; Why can't we just do the craft in January?&nbsp; Because the only Rainbow Fish book we have (that I was planning to read before doing the craft) is <a href="https://amzn.to/3yZ2s00" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Merry Christmas Rainbow Fish</a>.&nbsp; :another sigh:&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhai92MAJ6A42ELqB87A_2PIQaJzkX4x7BNZumL-5CL-XxlyzTXcDeAL7wCEhkmnFdlw5Yv6Oxgf6VjdmlbhcjHOsj5cWIG5uyGfawToYWT-Gs-Cz6Ps3Rhi-R3Ramh9GG5MijDoPwfZi-xqqmI08lWb4qUazzksnZ6s55Oj3p9pKjJcxlYgrskbfx9xA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhai92MAJ6A42ELqB87A_2PIQaJzkX4x7BNZumL-5CL-XxlyzTXcDeAL7wCEhkmnFdlw5Yv6Oxgf6VjdmlbhcjHOsj5cWIG5uyGfawToYWT-Gs-Cz6Ps3Rhi-R3Ramh9GG5MijDoPwfZi-xqqmI08lWb4qUazzksnZ6s55Oj3p9pKjJcxlYgrskbfx9xA=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The serger is working again!&nbsp; Whew!&nbsp; Since the girls' bathtub is out of commission right now, they've been bathing in my tub.&nbsp; This has... provided us with some teachable moments, and a review of proper hygiene.&nbsp; Along those lines, I made the girls some new washcloths, with flannel on one side and terry on the other.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgN6I2QdNmBq6ql15n8Zq-elrbZBbB_weZw5byqizcS8PFWmm2BpQMr_E5_IsTL_5tDShxP8fSmPlc35yJWdW1jPKjgcld6TJCGCycMM8StWgb0_G-FTOOj3fA6RORIC_CfW1Z135D-o9o5ef2W9zWFVldSGHE_DPiUP1Vs9KJJ-s8iqEhjEujgm0lHGA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgN6I2QdNmBq6ql15n8Zq-elrbZBbB_weZw5byqizcS8PFWmm2BpQMr_E5_IsTL_5tDShxP8fSmPlc35yJWdW1jPKjgcld6TJCGCycMM8StWgb0_G-FTOOj3fA6RORIC_CfW1Z135D-o9o5ef2W9zWFVldSGHE_DPiUP1Vs9KJJ-s8iqEhjEujgm0lHGA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">More evidence of forced crafting.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjqEExxOJ3iGMU3t0dV3E8KrY7yMZLBo63a8pJWp-gN08oyTMx6Q-ScQLm83wzzOhcvB8M3YpVMDUESSrAWbj_c_Z5BRWv8KNawZI22GQwF2ZiOuuTBG5OKLOJ9azg09nnb7BSYG2wsZW3JXDFDGx3sG-ZRZuTsYZ9xL2PUuoiu7BjwCj8xe65aYgJGgw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjqEExxOJ3iGMU3t0dV3E8KrY7yMZLBo63a8pJWp-gN08oyTMx6Q-ScQLm83wzzOhcvB8M3YpVMDUESSrAWbj_c_Z5BRWv8KNawZI22GQwF2ZiOuuTBG5OKLOJ9azg09nnb7BSYG2wsZW3JXDFDGx3sG-ZRZuTsYZ9xL2PUuoiu7BjwCj8xe65aYgJGgw=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Billy the box truck, by Katie.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiUB_NUTZ7MI8r33R8xwJYWNDd3njrL1K2vinUNM8vJmp1RRzg0ROOqt4C9j3dTK76vQuymeOOoGLnQ3o_jG7xWnImpKyE_4Aw-7NvP4mhc5ai4f3X9BVwETmup7CUHAWP6OLJFh7E29XmctcUDmLscrWlERJ_rLdCbYiJG1CjrXE38NK6tA9AhayhlHA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiUB_NUTZ7MI8r33R8xwJYWNDd3njrL1K2vinUNM8vJmp1RRzg0ROOqt4C9j3dTK76vQuymeOOoGLnQ3o_jG7xWnImpKyE_4Aw-7NvP4mhc5ai4f3X9BVwETmup7CUHAWP6OLJFh7E29XmctcUDmLscrWlERJ_rLdCbYiJG1CjrXE38NK6tA9AhayhlHA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>This one... was kind of cheating.&nbsp; One of the books we got was <a href="https://amzn.to/3yWL2Rn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sharpie Art</a>.&nbsp; One of the projects was to draw on a flowerpot.&nbsp; Katie dredged up a flowerpot she painted at school a few years ago, added a little sharpie to the top border and called it a day.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjQBnPBsOyVzWiPzIIi7agSVrr7dlK_WxRlQ6dxhv8B2gYLT4JLThBLWJiuLtny3qwub17NYDAH3yAkZRBsF_MXLxxZrv7o4RQac80hLSdl2YHGQP9fnxf6yizjM9Uthyo_YUmdQ5k3WzmtGWeJwT1fY7dqBILNStKoG0eE_jRIpp2NH07nLy3E4xOnfQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjQBnPBsOyVzWiPzIIi7agSVrr7dlK_WxRlQ6dxhv8B2gYLT4JLThBLWJiuLtny3qwub17NYDAH3yAkZRBsF_MXLxxZrv7o4RQac80hLSdl2YHGQP9fnxf6yizjM9Uthyo_YUmdQ5k3WzmtGWeJwT1fY7dqBILNStKoG0eE_jRIpp2NH07nLy3E4xOnfQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>But then, Hannah sharpied on a rock, so...</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgwGgQB3Ye6lSKFY0qet4UjUrznYlKFUr2f5Ru107cDx2IfCo_43YrSqhaoCFMeYN3hf_solW_EPCRa2Px4rafVUxJuwi_0uBBRSOT0-l5aMuMQqVVIeiWcaUOw7wREkE6l75mXxoHaEy6GSwD8i3NWfNGFiZjJZDFxPYtW-DPu4IEvawP2XKCECZXiug=s1969" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1969" data-original-width="1477" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgwGgQB3Ye6lSKFY0qet4UjUrznYlKFUr2f5Ru107cDx2IfCo_43YrSqhaoCFMeYN3hf_solW_EPCRa2Px4rafVUxJuwi_0uBBRSOT0-l5aMuMQqVVIeiWcaUOw7wREkE6l75mXxoHaEy6GSwD8i3NWfNGFiZjJZDFxPYtW-DPu4IEvawP2XKCECZXiug=s320" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I believe that's an ejection seat from an F-15.&nbsp; But more importantly, it's the first picture I've seen of Bubba in months.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgtO8aiUBu6EzNVfwNbWOuvt2sppQstxxZPa-Y2n7Et7qELHjxwAJxUwl-LI2vxtPO8qs-zEPS_ifcZOnvjhcRafzCQwnY4a5Dd_7Jdt_SIuRvmUY2f_6ixs554hX8Yd5GuRMpXJ9yBlxqLHn4QmLdlzn0Uepr-h_U9cgVKUhYVQ45h3PBEF2cNpR0qKA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgtO8aiUBu6EzNVfwNbWOuvt2sppQstxxZPa-Y2n7Et7qELHjxwAJxUwl-LI2vxtPO8qs-zEPS_ifcZOnvjhcRafzCQwnY4a5Dd_7Jdt_SIuRvmUY2f_6ixs554hX8Yd5GuRMpXJ9yBlxqLHn4QmLdlzn0Uepr-h_U9cgVKUhYVQ45h3PBEF2cNpR0qKA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Gingerbread housing occurred.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjbv4ycafru1GkH4IR5q8hKixlf_mKNDgF1Re7LWi86VNzr9D3CIdoI8-XfUtxeDKcj5eYkmuZVQa-AGVHBXBWu-CiSVhncZVnoRShnlh8CND9w8cdkMGh5vF1jfOxmNugxx9_GlCl7fB_1PTY-PASTJxFW2MWAkepe1aMpTnZZ0fEJ6akwNWqsKth63w=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Miss M joined us this year.&nbsp; She and Josiah have matching frosting on their cheeks.&nbsp; They set out to make a Subway sandwich shop.&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi9ph96G_qBbUVM4Ntw-OhV0it9-uzhLvg4zmNZLPdER2HySgeVmtWpskt86vQKcbsm9EVOxwbBlOXUbGS8k5JGDsDAVHaj27kHIfhPFAcajBxKWbTXnDfVapwSsU8mdBc9omA394LW2VAH5nZD5ruYSNd_9D5hlfeZM9ihkT9hqeAYfxl5pBrT8O3qtw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi9ph96G_qBbUVM4Ntw-OhV0it9-uzhLvg4zmNZLPdER2HySgeVmtWpskt86vQKcbsm9EVOxwbBlOXUbGS8k5JGDsDAVHaj27kHIfhPFAcajBxKWbTXnDfVapwSsU8mdBc9omA394LW2VAH5nZD5ruYSNd_9D5hlfeZM9ihkT9hqeAYfxl5pBrT8O3qtw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>My plate.&nbsp; The tall tree is an ice cream cone covered in frosting and green sprinkles, with baby M&amp;Ms as ornaments and a peanut M&amp;M "star."&nbsp; The bears in the back are sitting on Tootsie Roll "logs" listening to the bears on the path sing carols.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhTRIVnjfb8uwW1Kj6IkHjLGn90qNpFCO-gX2Ve56UCWVNuR2kRos1erugbOiPXlBT5ScBa6afG5yrRoBN9yC_hDEo5jMb9F4dRMpv3p9mglir8vaCXFXQ_28yTPlVz4Q1Bm93tC_zH8MDHXOOfZL6vxzyCYtopGUqfLrqnuX1BErZCHDCgmKtydYTSxQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhTRIVnjfb8uwW1Kj6IkHjLGn90qNpFCO-gX2Ve56UCWVNuR2kRos1erugbOiPXlBT5ScBa6afG5yrRoBN9yC_hDEo5jMb9F4dRMpv3p9mglir8vaCXFXQ_28yTPlVz4Q1Bm93tC_zH8MDHXOOfZL6vxzyCYtopGUqfLrqnuX1BErZCHDCgmKtydYTSxQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div>There was an unfortunate axe murder at the front door of the cabin, but we managed to cover up most of the evidence.</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi1WkuNSZrBbcHwms0nubYaf6fl2HbFfseil_VuKaRescfZJeas7VX_AdoKE-D85v_qwemVX5qjWMmXsJwKs4QqiBXsrvYl4DG1QXLDjZ2TFgkSKjkGOqw91UvQu6U_nsm89BrWG9oThG4i8bC4Wa2RlSatiE1Trhi36NtMJyZMq7Pc6ROwD7asRrg6yA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi1WkuNSZrBbcHwms0nubYaf6fl2HbFfseil_VuKaRescfZJeas7VX_AdoKE-D85v_qwemVX5qjWMmXsJwKs4QqiBXsrvYl4DG1QXLDjZ2TFgkSKjkGOqw91UvQu6U_nsm89BrWG9oThG4i8bC4Wa2RlSatiE1Trhi36NtMJyZMq7Pc6ROwD7asRrg6yA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Katie's house</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEivjKJAG83Zs_LGu3yP9Y0gKGu7P4_hAL1C3sixYIPG1p-sr2-GCSjfKf7Uj4ZhK0XrnvYITB_eblg--ELwo1GML4pvGgrje9GUDEOOFSPvyDrNStT0gvzGnYeyCQJrI6GA2dz9tN4B-GNDN_qc5q9Th_UkGG_Kkq_cfa_qDhTvY0QOVaEkqh7vs7UOIw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEivjKJAG83Zs_LGu3yP9Y0gKGu7P4_hAL1C3sixYIPG1p-sr2-GCSjfKf7Uj4ZhK0XrnvYITB_eblg--ELwo1GML4pvGgrje9GUDEOOFSPvyDrNStT0gvzGnYeyCQJrI6GA2dz9tN4B-GNDN_qc5q9Th_UkGG_Kkq_cfa_qDhTvY0QOVaEkqh7vs7UOIw=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">This was really impressive.&nbsp; M even sliced Mike &amp; Ikes in half to make "sandwiches" on the counter.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjTReCcmr4wfgeISGe0jDS7MZmZt6lL28PpvTE0xXjHLcj_3JNLsGvhAdhb64bXjtTbwWVLmBpwj6sg9dNy6WaV_Zo4G_53DQg9qWgWw1tP2VditcCIQlkrNA3hwm2evMO7H3U35ucLTg-jBbZwSvkpAkOdaX7NAlqKIBJBe80FV8qu0BvS2CIi8BXGFQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjTReCcmr4wfgeISGe0jDS7MZmZt6lL28PpvTE0xXjHLcj_3JNLsGvhAdhb64bXjtTbwWVLmBpwj6sg9dNy6WaV_Zo4G_53DQg9qWgWw1tP2VditcCIQlkrNA3hwm2evMO7H3U35ucLTg-jBbZwSvkpAkOdaX7NAlqKIBJBe80FV8qu0BvS2CIi8BXGFQ=s320" width="320" /></a></div></div><div><br /></div>Josiah picked the yellow and green Nerds out of rainbow Nerds to make the roof sign.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br />And I'm going to stop there.&nbsp; Because this is getting really picture heavy!&nbsp; Merry Christmas to all, and to all a quiet, "It's almost over and we can go back to normal soon."&nbsp;&nbsp;</div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-48532681090416440002021-12-14T11:38:00.000-08:002021-12-14T11:38:14.360-08:00Our Week With a Spot of Sewing<div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi01SWDd5P85JWoSoHdKBKm7NSQnJYCzZsLFb1fQT12NJxPennWwPrU9_Y2WIFMKi50Ram1nzoq7rK8UNOcpbLdLv57JLZdiQTlgb2vvBcKaSPO2U5-IuCZwYPjvDSQmK-dScsJyaXmgSKZATZchK4zZZ-CGYMNXRvgDpOcv9LbJDRNskgZLNhAKbNirg=s3024" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2935" data-original-width="3024" height="311" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi01SWDd5P85JWoSoHdKBKm7NSQnJYCzZsLFb1fQT12NJxPennWwPrU9_Y2WIFMKi50Ram1nzoq7rK8UNOcpbLdLv57JLZdiQTlgb2vvBcKaSPO2U5-IuCZwYPjvDSQmK-dScsJyaXmgSKZATZchK4zZZ-CGYMNXRvgDpOcv9LbJDRNskgZLNhAKbNirg=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Hey look!&nbsp; I sewed!&nbsp; And it's NOT A MASK!&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>I bought several bee themed fabrics when Zach and Heather announced that Kasen was going to be a boy.&nbsp; And they've been holding down my sewing room table ever since.&nbsp; But having met the little sweetheart, and seeing his grinning face every time I open my phone, I finally got inspired to make a little something for him.&nbsp; Just a taggie, so far, but maybe it will be the start of more sewing.&nbsp; Yellow side is minkee, which is super soft, white side is flannel.&nbsp; I'm all out of velvet ribbon, so the tags are a mix of satin and grosgrain ribbons.&nbsp; And I put one of Grumman's rattles* in before I sewed it shut.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>*Grumman has favorite mice.&nbsp; And they have rattles in them.&nbsp; Only he's chewed the mice open and the rattles have fallen out.&nbsp; So, sucker that I am, I bought a bag of 30 replacement rattles so we could hand sew his ridiculous little mice back together with rattles.&nbsp; Because he won't chase a silent mouse.&nbsp; So, just to be clear, this is a NEW, non-catified, rattle inside Kasen's taggie.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEibkXy1Bgamhx-3ANuJATRm7Se_C3rj04DAMqrXFe3uIYLwvOZKSi7IvoaK5LIW51CXXKQCzmZjcCqYywEG7zFgiXWe27oMlC3eCYqIOl1gt-DxQe5T2s78PrnpO7HU2QoEdIrG4ZG1vL3Nz8w6t3ULxxI67kDujzXrmpSUHxIZnXv4BJRpx-Ow845EOw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEibkXy1Bgamhx-3ANuJATRm7Se_C3rj04DAMqrXFe3uIYLwvOZKSi7IvoaK5LIW51CXXKQCzmZjcCqYywEG7zFgiXWe27oMlC3eCYqIOl1gt-DxQe5T2s78PrnpO7HU2QoEdIrG4ZG1vL3Nz8w6t3ULxxI67kDujzXrmpSUHxIZnXv4BJRpx-Ow845EOw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Speaking of Grumman, he so often doesn't act like a typical cat that it sometimes surprises us when Fiona does.&nbsp; She likes bags and boxes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgpLDJ51vtk_X7YDr6PV3BaWcYL7hMlZEwxHjiC7mmGhK5puqs8Nvr5VGS94VSme-dYlm9OsRxTLn28vGvYEwpUo7dnOvev6o-_UISifYq8iGi92AtPL2Mb6YuGqVNpRvcZA6A5MUK-tHQuXziyUtTF5fxVByz_rVnVckuJt2TSFgEvAadIUjQG8SyXXw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgpLDJ51vtk_X7YDr6PV3BaWcYL7hMlZEwxHjiC7mmGhK5puqs8Nvr5VGS94VSme-dYlm9OsRxTLn28vGvYEwpUo7dnOvev6o-_UISifYq8iGi92AtPL2Mb6YuGqVNpRvcZA6A5MUK-tHQuXziyUtTF5fxVByz_rVnVckuJt2TSFgEvAadIUjQG8SyXXw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Quick stop at the library while the girls and I were out.&nbsp; First time they've been able to select books from the city library shelves (as opposed to our computer) for a while.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg5fVujzavtN2GHlyNfqy2IC3nYHYLD_pw7y6QUFq1rbE8xEJHIJxL3NsJz69t4TcFZHBj20BNN7Tc-fEyowC0mdRaQ35DwFuWEPAlFi0-x1ogFQ5dBg6OkypRTAWmEMJMbef1uRgUAwpleKpdueUxDe4Rouwk-qQ9IEBCiEYS5gs7zutMWKkySJGEXkA=s2532" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2532" data-original-width="1170" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg5fVujzavtN2GHlyNfqy2IC3nYHYLD_pw7y6QUFq1rbE8xEJHIJxL3NsJz69t4TcFZHBj20BNN7Tc-fEyowC0mdRaQ35DwFuWEPAlFi0-x1ogFQ5dBg6OkypRTAWmEMJMbef1uRgUAwpleKpdueUxDe4Rouwk-qQ9IEBCiEYS5gs7zutMWKkySJGEXkA=s320" width="148" /></a></div><div><br /></div>So, I saw this idea online.&nbsp; And I thought I'd be a cool mom for a moment.&nbsp; Only our store didn't have Green Hawaiian Punch, so I substituted limeade.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjoPUKhP59mTE5MMn1r9tAu2vtpom7PF2U46Ow4-klHj8kNP9qnPYNeMLnooahbAQZ6xloD-H9pqDkbr-W7O5YQvVPZVZeCdof-TTyKz4SebiKua7Q7sgZLR7jrgKPL9CudUGhaJ18wRDXqoB1cJVgGSs5Z9yVshXCCMcwRoCtnyRL-6mj-1LhsvoD-mg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjoPUKhP59mTE5MMn1r9tAu2vtpom7PF2U46Ow4-klHj8kNP9qnPYNeMLnooahbAQZ6xloD-H9pqDkbr-W7O5YQvVPZVZeCdof-TTyKz4SebiKua7Q7sgZLR7jrgKPL9CudUGhaJ18wRDXqoB1cJVgGSs5Z9yVshXCCMcwRoCtnyRL-6mj-1LhsvoD-mg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><br />I did the thing.&nbsp; (Which is big, since sometimes I manage to buy the stuff, but I don't manage to do the thing.)&nbsp; Unfortunately, nobody liked it.&nbsp; Ah well.&nbsp; I tried.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjyeE_y-_9IBP4pFHEw4PqY0PPMP9brs_SfDQQ4DRNrhUaed7G8BlhABLJAyvo2UxIvHcEF18XtKHkqp9P_1qgUMF3phUjQS9pswd6MSErtnl63C-t39z5fCJl7KAu5x-9hIQAT-h6lRKHSLzqRuLUEuw5V0JWWqTYI-k5yLcCM-i9E6syqaTyfjYh-2g=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjyeE_y-_9IBP4pFHEw4PqY0PPMP9brs_SfDQQ4DRNrhUaed7G8BlhABLJAyvo2UxIvHcEF18XtKHkqp9P_1qgUMF3phUjQS9pswd6MSErtnl63C-t39z5fCJl7KAu5x-9hIQAT-h6lRKHSLzqRuLUEuw5V0JWWqTYI-k5yLcCM-i9E6syqaTyfjYh-2g=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Pandemic greeting cards are a thing.&nbsp; Life is weird.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgZxdKJFnYyJiRWyLttc9w2dU1D2ppytK9RexvZ4DCgnxBmAvGJUKR8R21VguvVs3AEqRmkl9fuo8o_oOIRpc38lga5Q_RkijIXoELHwl2C3RoMoYnh1EyCY9A_a6cjojuyzit6neqzygj0IfNQtMmTFLbMr74Q_wH4GBlJBx-n-OYrGZm0ddrIF0opsA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgZxdKJFnYyJiRWyLttc9w2dU1D2ppytK9RexvZ4DCgnxBmAvGJUKR8R21VguvVs3AEqRmkl9fuo8o_oOIRpc38lga5Q_RkijIXoELHwl2C3RoMoYnh1EyCY9A_a6cjojuyzit6neqzygj0IfNQtMmTFLbMr74Q_wH4GBlJBx-n-OYrGZm0ddrIF0opsA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>This weeks treasure dredged up from the boxes.&nbsp; I'm still plowing away at the boxes and boxes of unprocessed books in the library.&nbsp; This was an interesting find.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhDLbrGQJBVXYlWtOxKg02_Y9Pr5dCJn-QLhMDrQ5T8KQj-WSfoGI6wgn9ZMW07uMDozMmPZjafsVkWTLuzSOWOFwTc3NVB69Lb7_FYPutR1nz66bjou-bKczBOffBwwQcgKIOddSOhOgf8Hrro3xHBzogr6fvr6q0TnZUlL80E8_sOfbQnsArahX19mQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhDLbrGQJBVXYlWtOxKg02_Y9Pr5dCJn-QLhMDrQ5T8KQj-WSfoGI6wgn9ZMW07uMDozMmPZjafsVkWTLuzSOWOFwTc3NVB69Lb7_FYPutR1nz66bjou-bKczBOffBwwQcgKIOddSOhOgf8Hrro3xHBzogr6fvr6q0TnZUlL80E8_sOfbQnsArahX19mQ=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I've settled into the routine of usually having a coloring page that goes with the story I read to the Preschool, Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade classes.&nbsp; The preschoolers are busy, so they take their coloring pages to go, but the older kids usually color during library time.&nbsp; This was a fun one, as they designed their own gingerbread person.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgDJfIyCPmD2wxTqNcNXGSGsKVug7VhQnK9n0FPVQN73hiun4ncGfg5f4DmULmHlrJR5yRsbRgr1NgsTE_3fT-RqPZfhwxrts232b7asV1ELYcJlEtiZkWgTzMevR7YoYpsizfSrQFi4IiFGBNDpvHpGGbTIw83XfJgaBvalonTsFdC7vrUSa-VI4roDw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgDJfIyCPmD2wxTqNcNXGSGsKVug7VhQnK9n0FPVQN73hiun4ncGfg5f4DmULmHlrJR5yRsbRgr1NgsTE_3fT-RqPZfhwxrts232b7asV1ELYcJlEtiZkWgTzMevR7YoYpsizfSrQFi4IiFGBNDpvHpGGbTIw83XfJgaBvalonTsFdC7vrUSa-VI4roDw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I'll have to get a picture of the finished project.&nbsp; I found the book <u><a href="https://amzn.to/31W2glW" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Merry Christmas Rainbow Fish</a></u>&nbsp;for $5 bucks at Kohl's (love their Kohl's Cares program!&nbsp; Cheap books and kid lit stuffies!) then I bought mermaid scrapbook paper and fired up Crikey to cut fish bodies and fish heads and starfish.&nbsp; I pulled out some construction paper, and some craft sand, and did a whole ocean scene thing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Some weeks, it's a coloring page, some weeks, it's a craft.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj0BFZiNWmxBuNS_dRmyhIMENDsCigG-HO43G-pFir3EnuvrHAVRTd72bEQ3ae0EDAA0Sd-Ge5WNjxjtZcq7fN_l4hI0KNC3GfYXJmL5eXAReOxA_eLscd9-pQ5mIVCrQ4Nmo8L2eCTR7wi1VJcdz_R0Veywx7SA3IjlY40ZjPn0l6BX7LfQr2s-5Mpzw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj0BFZiNWmxBuNS_dRmyhIMENDsCigG-HO43G-pFir3EnuvrHAVRTd72bEQ3ae0EDAA0Sd-Ge5WNjxjtZcq7fN_l4hI0KNC3GfYXJmL5eXAReOxA_eLscd9-pQ5mIVCrQ4Nmo8L2eCTR7wi1VJcdz_R0Veywx7SA3IjlY40ZjPn0l6BX7LfQr2s-5Mpzw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Our one book picked up from the city library that day.&nbsp; Katie enjoyed this one.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiY0NgCrlVAsFThFxRpvrHiiZStD-IlafW3cGh7Cim_QvqP2ed_4KyjfpAEr3uvfStt9WdPcEeVHYDc8JbscgzXZKIy8ASG_0S_urpgR21_gedHSSYLEvAOuR9hIb5_QJ5sBwkVbbrPHPX3Ea1Bz3j_T5gYWL9fpwxoOWO9ps4Pk8eReTHOH2qKzdg9vg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiY0NgCrlVAsFThFxRpvrHiiZStD-IlafW3cGh7Cim_QvqP2ed_4KyjfpAEr3uvfStt9WdPcEeVHYDc8JbscgzXZKIy8ASG_0S_urpgR21_gedHSSYLEvAOuR9hIb5_QJ5sBwkVbbrPHPX3Ea1Bz3j_T5gYWL9fpwxoOWO9ps4Pk8eReTHOH2qKzdg9vg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I still haven't put ribbons on them yet, but I did Crikey up the year and glue those on.&nbsp; I'm using one of the camo print ones as the gift tag on Miss Adorable's present this year (Eli's girlfriend).&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEijarYp4wwaJV0PVdTHIMFIw4RcbOup_DXKUDCOHCSgtOAV02IfnM0dIMdtUCXYYjAJRZ4eD4BILeO6ktZvAtA0DU4bjBLGfZIVFRBqCDm2DX1jMjz9WuwfO8AfetCOJHRnPB37x9a8mi9NCrXCklsoOC9TayHsERgvUnxU3L9J67Bv7G2SNFNwgmfXDw=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEijarYp4wwaJV0PVdTHIMFIw4RcbOup_DXKUDCOHCSgtOAV02IfnM0dIMdtUCXYYjAJRZ4eD4BILeO6ktZvAtA0DU4bjBLGfZIVFRBqCDm2DX1jMjz9WuwfO8AfetCOJHRnPB37x9a8mi9NCrXCklsoOC9TayHsERgvUnxU3L9J67Bv7G2SNFNwgmfXDw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Grumman has a shoe fetish.&nbsp; I caught him with his whole head in there.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjG0kcihZx0fDiZmv4rxDNeEXpgvF6MLPuzJpWEH5lA6YB35XiaPvbpsMLraAjIooB06rZwCD5MYFr-bRDlk7NOzQMfraEvCTx5ynuos0J4dFiBlrmee-m-FEBf17_mpptso9la8XCW76W7mPUZA-mIMlKcGVAzelQTj521IUw9ptPcJe31gz1NGISEEw=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Sam did a thing, and it earned him a new stick on on my frame.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I hadn't shared much about Sam since he completed his enlistment in the Marines.&nbsp; He tried civilian life for a few months and decided there was a lot of adulting involved.&nbsp; In August, he went off to Army training.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgOoTUS420U1SLM1tpQRPtYF3sazQWowIih9iQgrpr3NqjHpjBZeknCva2NfNC60vgV0YPcoz4H4Ln-Uic1XyjrcbI5VIg2YHVzuRbirFQ3warmaMGqlp9kn47Cp8fzybY8r_mFAyL3J0ubLCRrDFLFPO3gQZKGcTuVd3uksuNVmggDlVAxfvf7k1d9YQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgOoTUS420U1SLM1tpQRPtYF3sazQWowIih9iQgrpr3NqjHpjBZeknCva2NfNC60vgV0YPcoz4H4Ln-Uic1XyjrcbI5VIg2YHVzuRbirFQ3warmaMGqlp9kn47Cp8fzybY8r_mFAyL3J0ubLCRrDFLFPO3gQZKGcTuVd3uksuNVmggDlVAxfvf7k1d9YQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And now, this amazing creature is an Army corporal.&nbsp; I'm crazy proud of him.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEilLwJBsUF_xJ-yD5yOexD228SZKQH5nit2io7590m__VsRCUaRXduFTf2xMlPZ1QoyaD84rwQqumZSneJkGAI2tpK8TfGTAqzK6118MmIvSrMsrnTime1ABnTxL6dzItmqIZOhgFNExuH-8Z9CfYNYnQSxKK8AI9bEpqD49NmZJiFOChQV8coukMuJgQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEilLwJBsUF_xJ-yD5yOexD228SZKQH5nit2io7590m__VsRCUaRXduFTf2xMlPZ1QoyaD84rwQqumZSneJkGAI2tpK8TfGTAqzK6118MmIvSrMsrnTime1ABnTxL6dzItmqIZOhgFNExuH-8Z9CfYNYnQSxKK8AI9bEpqD49NmZJiFOChQV8coukMuJgQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>You know how some schools have required community service?&nbsp; We have required crafting around here.&nbsp; Katie's glitter toothpick star.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiyof3946_LZ1RBfXDZhtmar90Ms5lnbv_sMCShmzoRwZKZigLAO19tpAdZYAy0S6TAk1bnJpX9tpT_Uzt2FtKJmkFqcYc8Iw-ihXgm6M-aD8j1GMt4gk2o0voQjsCz0gHCyydDILnqCJkP0wWW7aj7W6kTQNFj8sIlOAPgNo2btrUMiz9fEXVako6IaQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiyof3946_LZ1RBfXDZhtmar90Ms5lnbv_sMCShmzoRwZKZigLAO19tpAdZYAy0S6TAk1bnJpX9tpT_Uzt2FtKJmkFqcYc8Iw-ihXgm6M-aD8j1GMt4gk2o0voQjsCz0gHCyydDILnqCJkP0wWW7aj7W6kTQNFj8sIlOAPgNo2btrUMiz9fEXVako6IaQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Katie's frozen experiment.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgd5BqmC9B8I6fXuGxQYaDU66qKF6Fux7-MsL3Gp16cKXw2A6qmazE335Jh0aJczBiJZfjwxiFAVktruWueaeRU1PCXFjbTj9HCF4UnpPqb_HC_m-3NObyVFNYCqKB4jwZbabWzfHQqmjk0fcvF6Jt35ZwkV_Dk2epFrzAq8i4IR9Oe64Rv079JpY7w2g=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgd5BqmC9B8I6fXuGxQYaDU66qKF6Fux7-MsL3Gp16cKXw2A6qmazE335Jh0aJczBiJZfjwxiFAVktruWueaeRU1PCXFjbTj9HCF4UnpPqb_HC_m-3NObyVFNYCqKB4jwZbabWzfHQqmjk0fcvF6Jt35ZwkV_Dk2epFrzAq8i4IR9Oe64Rv079JpY7w2g=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>"Hey mom, I need a Bible character costume for AWANA Wednesday."&nbsp; I fired up the sewing machine again--and discovered my serger is not working, boo hiss.&nbsp; We're not done yet.&nbsp; There's a crown &amp; a scroll coming, but it's a start.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgY-35mahATuhtv1xzWqdECBrl_pOfvm24z6wsng0_AkYJkdPxPSs1Cn6_T2LdwPU0dm-rS04kRyEu4XCSKyuPjH9iHgP5CvLIhaK25F1d-EOMOe605GN7eKDpI2WW7Y9uRaR-HkeXCZdV8Vqo6irsovQtXSA87kg-joZ2AjT244YZidAfadsz3XYd0eg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgY-35mahATuhtv1xzWqdECBrl_pOfvm24z6wsng0_AkYJkdPxPSs1Cn6_T2LdwPU0dm-rS04kRyEu4XCSKyuPjH9iHgP5CvLIhaK25F1d-EOMOe605GN7eKDpI2WW7Y9uRaR-HkeXCZdV8Vqo6irsovQtXSA87kg-joZ2AjT244YZidAfadsz3XYd0eg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Nativity scene craft.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEguUeyvs0hRWUPzz0uF-P1QWwgsKxITKXL7Aup5xwHh2QLAhAcS1Hc2EKCLKMOMJNmVib-NvmBlT9AtNGYt6dptzcf5YEzzzquG-ZVYyApmcx1tYNdMSliMQcMUbq565_W3cDIydFG9HeYvoG3mvZwkMuctYcv5rGO8ge188QOAmrq_eYhz2UVkVKCgQg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEguUeyvs0hRWUPzz0uF-P1QWwgsKxITKXL7Aup5xwHh2QLAhAcS1Hc2EKCLKMOMJNmVib-NvmBlT9AtNGYt6dptzcf5YEzzzquG-ZVYyApmcx1tYNdMSliMQcMUbq565_W3cDIydFG9HeYvoG3mvZwkMuctYcv5rGO8ge188QOAmrq_eYhz2UVkVKCgQg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>It must be cold.&nbsp; Grumman invited himself onto my lap, which is not like him.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgTpFB3mcWbFzq-mzdcSSYoln9uHdG6BjQ0jnp9DXA3YzucZ63KHvNWItgA6xLucSztDN_VrCG8Oy_dCCmjhdXPdnAxudX8FuNSUBsGR4Q3qfTo2VujZFyMoiLLGrdIyMY2A7Zd7TNV53Csjc6jMJaqcMUZbBqF6sVlEEO0Q8TiQ15_FMG2CE0-mptlWg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgTpFB3mcWbFzq-mzdcSSYoln9uHdG6BjQ0jnp9DXA3YzucZ63KHvNWItgA6xLucSztDN_VrCG8Oy_dCCmjhdXPdnAxudX8FuNSUBsGR4Q3qfTo2VujZFyMoiLLGrdIyMY2A7Zd7TNV53Csjc6jMJaqcMUZbBqF6sVlEEO0Q8TiQ15_FMG2CE0-mptlWg=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>We had a big storm here, and school was dismissed early when the power to the elementary (and the well pump) went out and stayed out.&nbsp; I was thrilled, because it flickered off 4 times while I had the middle schoolers in the library, and that was... noisy.&nbsp; So, we came home, ate, and took naps.&nbsp; I knew I was going to nap.&nbsp; I did not know that Katie would also be napping.&nbsp; But this is what I found when I went to check on her.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgN7uIooq8HcdDA8DcMogaRwu00pY0fskoTkn9KVRbVJcZIx7__3Clt0PqtIdP62mRhAuFjJP38pcsFGVl5DrO6s37xzgBr1pUSxHW2RgsFmhz1lTxRCa4t09OvaVw-Jvg9Djxl8Rop4zQ-s3kGoHLQyH9Au2DAeOyFEHEXX14SLr4Z_H6F8uKicizUxg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgN7uIooq8HcdDA8DcMogaRwu00pY0fskoTkn9KVRbVJcZIx7__3Clt0PqtIdP62mRhAuFjJP38pcsFGVl5DrO6s37xzgBr1pUSxHW2RgsFmhz1lTxRCa4t09OvaVw-Jvg9Djxl8Rop4zQ-s3kGoHLQyH9Au2DAeOyFEHEXX14SLr4Z_H6F8uKicizUxg=s320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div>I think our next cat should be transparent.&nbsp; So I can see through him when he gets between me and the computer screen.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div><div><br /></div><div>One more work day for me, 3 more school days for the kids, and then it's Christmas break!&nbsp;&nbsp;</div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-12072870817413989092021-12-14T10:09:00.000-08:002021-12-14T10:09:16.977-08:00Have Yourself A Christiansen Christmas #bookreview<div>&nbsp;<a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LLtoyIeKHuo/YZ1BQ6OHMBI/AAAAAAAApOg/CWNOQgigmuY0k1iRqMSpmqkwlouU4OzPQCLcBGAsYHQ/s1080/259453078_2467000063434106_4470619688463369354_n.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1080" data-original-width="1080" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LLtoyIeKHuo/YZ1BQ6OHMBI/AAAAAAAApOg/CWNOQgigmuY0k1iRqMSpmqkwlouU4OzPQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/259453078_2467000063434106_4470619688463369354_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><br /><div>You ever read a book and wish it would never end?&nbsp; You just want to keep reading about these characters you've come to know so well?&nbsp; Back in 2014 &amp; 2015, I reviewed some of the books in Susan May Warren's Christiansen Family series.&nbsp; So when she asked for reviewers for <a href="https://amzn.to/3s468vP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have Yourself A Christiansen Christmas</a>, I jumped at the chance.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I got a few pages in and thought, "I barely remember who's who.&nbsp; Maybe I should just start over."&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgmXt_7dptRGvsP51LY-pu0XcjrJltzEG0e1r2kHTAfO5OQ6w1nhgQBJw7QkirLRinhOFNgyP-DMKf0fQ-CiPZjKUJogrA9SN9A8Y6Z2E3_DRX1gJt7iWHzQ0fdowcRneH7BfUFcp27Os0J1Pl4J_-jS6eeU9GwXZJ5NJpFp0SyfrGOXwIB_jljyFEMzg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgmXt_7dptRGvsP51LY-pu0XcjrJltzEG0e1r2kHTAfO5OQ6w1nhgQBJw7QkirLRinhOFNgyP-DMKf0fQ-CiPZjKUJogrA9SN9A8Y6Z2E3_DRX1gJt7iWHzQ0fdowcRneH7BfUFcp27Os0J1Pl4J_-jS6eeU9GwXZJ5NJpFp0SyfrGOXwIB_jljyFEMzg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>So out came the whole series.&nbsp; (Almost.&nbsp; I couldn't find my copy of <u><a href="https://amzn.to/3xgYvTc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evergreen</a></u>, so I requested it from the library.)&nbsp; Very little else got done around here as I devoured them all over again, remembering why I enjoyed them so much, even though they made me cry.&nbsp; The Christiansens are a strong, close-knit family with a good balance of faith and humanity.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The next time I picked up <a href="https://amzn.to/3s468vP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have Yourself A Christiansen Christmas</a>, it was with eager anticipation to catch up with old friends.&nbsp; HYACC takes place after a gap of about 7 years since the last Christiansen Family book.&nbsp; The babies are kids, and the kids are teens now.&nbsp; The young adults are (mostly) mature married folk now.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>One of the things I liked about Have Yourself A Christiansen Christmas, is that the characters are more mature than your typical romance.&nbsp; A lot of books have all the fireworks of initial attraction and how a couple comes together.&nbsp; This book shows the longevity of deep relationships and the hard work of living out that togetherness.&nbsp; I think I appreciate that more because I'm no longer in the fireworks season of life, and while I still appreciate a good fluff romance from time to time, this book resonated with me more.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The 7 couples (including Ingrid &amp; John, the parents) deal with a variety of issues in this book.&nbsp; Blessings, losses, good and bad surprises, misunderstandings, secrets, and opportunities.&nbsp; But they face these challenges with a strong family support network.&nbsp; I'm not supposed to share specifics, so as to not spoil anything for you, but I really enjoyed the book, and I hope author Susan May Warren will update us again in the future.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjs53qG7eQRaPSB43jGffdG0B1KXuuach6hznemeqKyU-WRgAppOcXXuqjhmNeEOwWKyeiaQR143ADyAGVqd2c6C0JLGPaJ7KlRBH8JCAfTs0dT8Eyd2piueNJJPnxiGY5tIK2WpZpSwNNEMmtZrNUtiPMp2-aSRTcIWQc_5ONDYCkDPBNKhaqP75q4DA=s2000" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="921" data-original-width="2000" height="147" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjs53qG7eQRaPSB43jGffdG0B1KXuuach6hznemeqKyU-WRgAppOcXXuqjhmNeEOwWKyeiaQR143ADyAGVqd2c6C0JLGPaJ7KlRBH8JCAfTs0dT8Eyd2piueNJJPnxiGY5tIK2WpZpSwNNEMmtZrNUtiPMp2-aSRTcIWQc_5ONDYCkDPBNKhaqP75q4DA=s320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div><br /></div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-22693864595991480752021-12-07T06:00:00.001-08:002021-12-07T06:00:00.199-08:00Holidays with a Tail #bookreview<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi7c4d0VIx2iZXDaVw6BH0rAlU-0-5-7pfpF5_SkTDWhv6As6qBJEZSMmthw0KLJXEpvTtPAgCBliNHMGlCC4EbdnjzaBJXLYaEjQ-te7yR4hrERqasDElRK8MD6TVsr3Or7QY9DZTKaRO0_-w5X4bkiZ-LfJTTg2kV1kOYZ1Vt654_17lILbIfafJV_w=s2048" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi7c4d0VIx2iZXDaVw6BH0rAlU-0-5-7pfpF5_SkTDWhv6As6qBJEZSMmthw0KLJXEpvTtPAgCBliNHMGlCC4EbdnjzaBJXLYaEjQ-te7yR4hrERqasDElRK8MD6TVsr3Or7QY9DZTKaRO0_-w5X4bkiZ-LfJTTg2kV1kOYZ1Vt654_17lILbIfafJV_w=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>As we chug along through the "Christmas season" sometimes it's good to take a moment to remember there are other winter holidays out there.&nbsp; This book is a good tool to start those discussions with your kids.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>The premise of the book <b><a href="https://amzn.to/3ltn3nq" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Holidays with a Tail</a></b> is that a boy chases his dog through the neighborhood, and in the process, runs across various neighbors celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Los Posadas.&nbsp; In discussing these with his mother, he tells her that one of the kids in his class at school celebrates Diwali.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>As a white mom with Asian kids, I appreciate books that normalize differences.&nbsp; In the end, that's what this book celebrates.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEih4v7V2cmApwGTJz2QKIpCzKkBNrkVRlEZrknNh40UmPYzyetTwpO0obbsWrp1AEZobGrOTZJtAD2-uiCR9rV4VhIMioKOUpCZ-SStnROCCXAJcTg-6EVRAGRQhC7VUr9UU1k54KazGOy98NbRqbs0KGD7UVuwuBuWi-PB_nPeHMbT9dWtuEVKokJcgg=s2000" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="921" data-original-width="2000" height="92" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEih4v7V2cmApwGTJz2QKIpCzKkBNrkVRlEZrknNh40UmPYzyetTwpO0obbsWrp1AEZobGrOTZJtAD2-uiCR9rV4VhIMioKOUpCZ-SStnROCCXAJcTg-6EVRAGRQhC7VUr9UU1k54KazGOy98NbRqbs0KGD7UVuwuBuWi-PB_nPeHMbT9dWtuEVKokJcgg=w200-h92" width="200" /></a></div><br /><div><br /></div>&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2021/12/holidays-with-tail-tale-of-winter.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="172" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51673133124_f76da4b46a_o.jpg" width="400" /></a><br /><br /><b style="clear: left; float: left; margin-right: 1em;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Holidays-Tail-Tale-Winter-Celebrations-ebook/dp/B09KT8Z3VT" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51670048516_82f5022800_o.jpg" width="247" /></a></b></div>Young Alex is beyond excited on Christmas Eve. He knows that Christmas celebrates the birthday of Jesus Christ, and he cannot wait for tomorrow to come - he wants a puppy of his own to play with and love. On Christmas Day, he opens a large box with, yes, a puppy inside. Alex names him Zipper! However, when grandparents come bearing gifts, Zipper bounds out of the open door. Mother and Alex then begin a neighborhood adventure as they search for a runaway dog and meet neighbors with different winter holiday celebrations and traditions: the Hindu Diwali, the Jewish Hanukkah, the Latinx Las Posadas and the African-American Kwanzaa. Alex then returns home for a Christmas feast, happy with his new canine companion and the knowledge that his neighborhood is filled with amazing people who are more alike than different.</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">"<i>Kelly Darmofal takes her readers on an unexpected Christmas journey that leads her readers to discover the beauty of our diverse winter holidays! Holidays with a Tail: A Tale of Winter Celebrations is a book to read aloud to all!</i>" -- Debbie McIntyre, Principal of Jefferson Elementary School&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">"<i>With warmth and cheer, Darmofal captures Christmas Day in Holidays with a Tail. A day of adventure for a boy becomes a day of learning and connecting with others for a deeper understanding of cultures and traditions that differ from his own. A great holiday read!</i>" -- Emily M. Cagle, Media Specialist at Meadowlark Elementary School&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">"<i>With vibrant illustrations and easy-to-understand language, the author introduces us to five holiday celebrations enjoyed by families of different cultures. This book is non-judgmental and depicts appreciation for the differences among us. While it is intended for children, parents might also learn something new. Holidays with a Tail is a valuable resource if we plan to raise our children with an acceptance of diversity.</i>" -- Dr. Laurie Zelinger, Child Psychologist, Author of Please Explain Vaccines to Me Because I HATE SHOTS! Learn more at www.ImLostInMyMind.com&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Another empowering book from&nbsp;Loving Healing Press <a href="https://www.lhpress.com/store/Please-Explain-Time-Out-to-Me-p133211934" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><b><span style="color: blue;">www.LHPress.com</span></b></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: inherit;">Available to buy from...</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Holidays-Tail-Tale-Winter-Celebrations-ebook/dp/B09KT8Z3VT" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Amazon.com</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holidays-Tail-Tale-Winter-Celebrations-ebook/dp/B09KT8Z3VT" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Amazon.co.uk</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/holidays-with-a-tail-kelly-bouldin-darmofal/1140475453?ean=2940160733685" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Barnes and Noble</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kelly_Bouldin_Darmofal_Holidays_with_a_Tail?id=tLVLEAAAQBAJ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">GPlay</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Holidays-Tail-Tale-Winter-Celebrations/dp/161599615X" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Paperback</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Holidays-Tail-Tale-Winter-Celebrations/dp/1615996168" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Hardcover</span></a></span></b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: inherit;"><b style="font-family: inherit;">Enjoy these excerpts!</b></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: inherit;"><b style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></b></b></div> <img height="400" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51670326333_3b05f9a42e_o.jpg" width="340" /><br /><img height="400" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51670771014_1a662d80b6_o.jpg" width="340" /><br /><img height="400" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51670771034_462cd3ff0c_o.jpg" width="340" /><div style="text-align: left;"><b style="font-family: inherit;"><b style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></b></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b style="font-family: inherit;"><b style="font-family: inherit;">More books by the author</b></b><br /> <b style="clear: left; float: left; margin-right: 1em;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Fall-Children-Traumatic-Injury-ebook/dp/B07RTZCTYP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48550213291_d2b2592e3d.jpg" width="200" /></a></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><i style="font-style: italic;">Amanda's Fall</i><i>, </i>with charming illustrations by Bijan Samaddar, depicts an event common in schools today. Young Amanda gets a concussion after falling and hitting her head during recess. While she can hear people talking, she cannot respond. Amanda is taken to a doctor for evaluation. Wisely, her parents ask for a prognosis, which in Amanda's case, is a good one. Author Kelly Darmofal offers readers her third book on TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), encouraging parents and caretakers to alert schools and, hopefully, doctors when any child is concussed; side effects can then be ameliorated.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Studies show that Traumatic Brain Injuries represent the leading cause of death and disability in young adults in industrialized countries. According to the CDC, at least 564,000 children are seen each year for brain injury in hospital emergency departments and released.&nbsp;</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: inherit;">Available to buy from...</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Fall-Children-Traumatic-Injury-ebook/dp/B07RTZCTYP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Amazon.com</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amandas-Fall-Children-Traumatic-Injury-ebook/dp/B07RTZCTYP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Amazon.co.uk</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-fall-kelly-bouldin-darmofal/1131582802?ean=2940161398753" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Barnes and Noble</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kelly_Bouldin_Darmofal_Amanda_s_Fall?id=2YiXDwAAQBAJ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">GPlay</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Fall-Children-Traumatic-Injury/dp/1615994505" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Paperback</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Fall-Children-Traumatic-Injury/dp/1615994513" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Hardcover</span></a></b></span></span></div> <b style="font-family: inherit;"><b style="font-family: inherit;"><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: inherit;"><b style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></b></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b style="font-family: inherit;"><b style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></b></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b style="font-family: inherit;"><b style="font-family: inherit;">Lost in My Mind: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (Reflections of America)&nbsp;</b></b></div></b></b></div><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Mind-Recovering-Traumatic-Reflections-ebook/dp/B00P8ACZB4" rel="nofollow" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;" target="_blank"><img alt="lost" height="200" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48550503037_90d7a232e9.jpg" width="133" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><i style="font-style: italic;">Lost in My Mind </i>is a stunning memoir describing Kelly Bouldin Darmofal's journey from adolescent girl to special education teacher, wife and mother -- despite severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Spanning three decades, Kelly's journey is unique in its focus on TBI education in America (or lack thereof). Kelly also abridges her mother's journals to describe forgotten experiences. She continues the narrative in her own humorous, poetic voice, describing a victim's relentless search for success, love, and acceptance -- while combating bureaucratic red tape, aphasia, bilateral hand impairment, and loss of memory. Readers will:</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">- Learn why TBI is a "silent illness" for students as well as soldiers and athletes.</div><div style="text-align: left;">- Discover coping strategies which enable TBI survivors to hope and achieve.</div><div style="text-align: left;">- Experience what it's like to be a caregiver for someone with TBI.</div><div style="text-align: left;">- Realize that the majority of teachers are sadly unprepared to teach victims of TBI.</div><div style="text-align: left;">- Find out how relearning ordinary tasks, like walking, writing, and driving require intense determination.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: inherit;">Available to buy from...</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Mind-Recovering-Traumatic-Reflections-ebook/dp/B00P8ACZB4" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Amazon.com</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Mind-Recovering-Traumatic-Reflections-ebook/dp/B00P8ACZB4" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Amazon.co.uk</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lost-in-my-mind-kelly-bouldin-darmofal/1120637644?ean=2940150754560" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Barnes and Noble</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kelly_Bouldin_Darmofal_Lost_in_My_Mind?id=a3htBQAAQBAJ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">GPlay</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Mind-Recovering-Traumatic-Reflections/dp/1615992448" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Paperback</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="color: black;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Mind-Recovering-Traumatic-Reflections/dp/1615992456" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Hardcover</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.audible.com/pd/Lost-in-My-Mind-Recovering-from-Traumatic-Brain-Injury-TBI-Audiobook/B07NQT8ND9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Audible</span></a></span></b></span></span></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>101 Tips for Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury: Practical Advice for TBI Survivors, Caregivers, and Teachers&nbsp;</b></div> <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Tips-Recovering-Traumatic-Brain-Injury-ebook-dp-B014RWVKRI" rel="nofollow" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;" target="_blank"><img alt="tips" height="320" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48550529787_6745b066bb.jpg" width="210" /></a><div style="text-align: left;">Kelly Bouldin Darmofal suffered a severe TBI in 1992; currently she holds a Masters in Special Education from Salem College, NC. Her memoir Lost In My Mind: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) tells her story of tragedy and triumph. Kelly will be teaching "TBI: An Overview for Educators" at Salem College. Kelly’s "tips" were learned during two decades of recovery and perseverance; they include:</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">- Ways to avoid isolation and culture shock post-TBI</div><div style="text-align: left;">- Tips for staying organized in the face of instant chaos</div><div style="text-align: left;">- Strategies for caretakers and teachers of TBI survivors</div><div style="text-align: left;">- Life philosophies that reject despair</div><div style="text-align: left;">- How to relearn that shoes must match</div><div style="text-align: left;">- Why one alarm clock is never enough, and</div><div style="text-align: left;">- A breath of humor for a growing population with a "silent illness"--TBI</div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: inherit;">Available to buy from...</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Tips-Recovering-Traumatic-Brain-Injury-ebook-dp-B014RWVKRI/dp/B014RWVKRI/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Amazon.com</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tips-Recovering-Traumatic-Brain-Injury-ebook-dp-B014RWVKRI/dp/B014RWVKRI/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Amazon.co.uk</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/101-tips-for-recovering-from-traumatic-brain-injury-kelly-bouldin-darmofal/1122619249?ean=2940151064927" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Barnes and Noble</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kelly_Bouldin_Darmofal_101_Tips_for_Recovering_fro?id=KUyBCgAAQBAJ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">GPlay</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Tips-Recovering-Traumatic-Brain-Injury/dp/1615992820/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Paperback</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="color: black;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Tips-Recovering-Traumatic-Brain-Injury-dp-1615994335/dp/1615994335/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Hardcover</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.audible.com/pd/101-Tips-for-Recovering-from-Traumatic-Brain-Injury-Audiobook/B07B42K6MW" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Audible</span></a></span></b></span></span></div></div></div> <b style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: inherit;">About the Author</b> <br /><div style="text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span></div><a href="http://www.imlostinmymind.com/" rel="nofollow" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48550306286_24cef7b1d2.jpg" width="200" /></a><span style="font-family: inherit;">Kelly Bouldin Darmofal is currently a freelance writer, wife, educator and stay-at-home mother. Despite her 1992 severe closed head injury, she graduated cum laude in Communication from Salem College (2000), later receiving a Masters in Special Education from Salem (2006). She studied Spanish in Merida, Mexico and took courses at UCLA, UNC-CH, and Wake Forest University. Kelly was employed by the Winston-Salem, NC chapter of the American Red Cross as volunteer coordinator before working in ESL at Reynolds High School, followed by a semester in Special Education at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Kelly worked personally with Dr. Bethanie Tucker, Averett University, to be trained in Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading (2005). In 2005 Kelly joined the Forsyth Country Day School faculty in the Johnson Academic Center as an LD Specialist. In 2007 Kelly accepted a 2nd grade position at Summit School, and taught there four years until the birth of her son.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: inherit;">She currently tutors children as a Wilson Reading Specialist and is a published writer.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">Her article on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and education was published in English Journal in 2005; "Our Teachers Are Not Prepared" won an Edwin M. Hopkins award in 2006 (NCTE). She is a feature contributor to Lost Treasure magazine, and has been a speaker on the subject of TBI at Wake Forest, Salem College, and the Summit School. With the publication of online articles related to TBI in addition to her memoir, Kelly continues to advocate for the TBI of America - especially students. "No teacher in high school or college was trained to work with students like me," says Kelly, the first TBI-certified student in her high school. She admits the American military and sports organizations are now attempting to address the TBI issue. However, IDEA, or the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, has made TBI a certifiable disability category (in 1990) without assuring appropriate teacher training. She remarks on this "black hole" in education whenever possible, and relates her early TBI experiences with hopes of affecting change.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">Kelly has found canine care and rescue to be both a rewarding and healing hobby. Currently she owns two rescue mutts - Mitzy and Buddie.</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>You can also follow the author here...</b><br /><b><a href="http://www.imlostinmymind.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Website</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</b><b><a href="https://www.facebook.com/kelly.darmofal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Facebook</span>&nbsp;</a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="color: black;"><a href="https://twitter.com/KellyDarmofal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Twitter</span></a>&nbsp;</span> &nbsp;<span style="color: black;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10774112.Kelly_Bouldin_Darmofal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;"><b>Goodreads</b></span></a></span></b>&nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="color: black;"><b><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Bouldin-Darmofal/e/B00PA0QXRO/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Amazon Author Page</span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.audible.com/author/Kelly-Bouldin-Darmofal/B00PA0QXRO" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Audible Author Page</span></a></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /><a href="https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2021/12/holidays-with-tail-tale-of-winter.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="173" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51673133124_f76da4b46a_o.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;">Follow the Book Tour</div><div><!--start InLinkz script--> <script src="https://www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=827775" type="text/javascript"></script> <!--end InLinkz script--></div><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.inlinkz.com/new/linkuptool.php?refId=11630&amp;utm_source=user_ref&amp;utm_medium=banner_img&amp;utm_campaign=referral" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="InLinkz"><img border="0" src="https://www.inlinkz.com/new/images/logo.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/p/book-reviews-and-tours.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="018836-glossy-silver-icon-symbols-shapes-square-2" border="0" height="150" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2911/33529926010_2b427cd144_o.png" width="150" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;">I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><img height="200" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51673076807_c96d9ee812_o.jpg" style="font-weight: bold;" width="400" /></div><div style="font-weight: bold; text-align: center;"><b>Win $25 Amazon.com Giftcard or Paypal Cash</b><br /><b>(winners choice)</b><br /><b>Ending on Wednesday 22nd December at 11.59pm EST</b></div><div style="font-weight: bold; text-align: center;"><b>Open Worldwide</b></div><div style="font-weight: bold; text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="font-weight: bold; text-align: center;"><b>Enter Below &amp; Good Luck !!</b></div><div style="font-weight: bold; text-align: center;"><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="b25fc618517" data-template="" data-theme="classic" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b25fc618517/" id="rcwidget_mb7l980x" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></div><div style="font-weight: bold; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #666666;"><span style="color: #666666;">Are you a book reviewer or book blogger? 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font-weight: bold; text-align: left;"><br /></div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-41358349565152712962021-12-05T17:06:00.002-08:002021-12-05T17:06:12.145-08:00Our Meet the Grandbaby Week<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhJfJay57Ts5Zi-oTQvmQt667G7Ip4sboEgL3qatlGgHv2o91kLCVC9jSpWFBjcTDKMJRbJ14aPYu6AA2cwEZaQ9f6sIGMyb3kmrJVL_2O3CrN8grcTGj5M_lGYpjMJG3P8D0EPa7iqUADVyRDCjaZulcgvM5peaANXC56_5Mo15xC4Y68VzBQvePM4nw=s2048" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhJfJay57Ts5Zi-oTQvmQt667G7Ip4sboEgL3qatlGgHv2o91kLCVC9jSpWFBjcTDKMJRbJ14aPYu6AA2cwEZaQ9f6sIGMyb3kmrJVL_2O3CrN8grcTGj5M_lGYpjMJG3P8D0EPa7iqUADVyRDCjaZulcgvM5peaANXC56_5Mo15xC4Y68VzBQvePM4nw=s320" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;">First up, proof that I finished the silly bulletin board I showed unfinshed last week.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiy2EV20HQRw6RATvLzRDdveRLD-Pi5SYiFZppGgHZwwPmhIKk6tThlbRs3Z55nBUb3GTjRWabBSfqlpCVvBIqDAbJMvlV3FsQ74ccimsxKqXoPpM_1XYWyhlnW1h_ab7wWedvOUubylOGcpUfW3_KibWi4VbBFzvytZftnD4E-BTva5K5HEUhHamXy3w=s2048" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1975" data-original-width="2048" height="309" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiy2EV20HQRw6RATvLzRDdveRLD-Pi5SYiFZppGgHZwwPmhIKk6tThlbRs3Z55nBUb3GTjRWabBSfqlpCVvBIqDAbJMvlV3FsQ74ccimsxKqXoPpM_1XYWyhlnW1h_ab7wWedvOUubylOGcpUfW3_KibWi4VbBFzvytZftnD4E-BTva5K5HEUhHamXy3w=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>I used <a href="https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=567915&amp;u=816955&amp;m=51766&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack=" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crikey</a> to cut the ornaments, and then I glued on printed book covers of various Christmas books we have in the library.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEieUAoRCbFSYXIdoV_hWtk2uz1Gho2N6xeJUK88iiu41lWkiqCu2vWNTXx0SK1_vV42cZalqQsp5F0Z8MEoAUP3_7S5GRPHUg5p9sW1p-FP_WSinrEJVhbFp1LDutCP3JXLKZfXPwuVCdJ7xyWImn09-l6Y1fHPTRuG6-BJB-t68E88iOGhmDux0HQsoA=s336" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="116" data-original-width="336" height="69" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEieUAoRCbFSYXIdoV_hWtk2uz1Gho2N6xeJUK88iiu41lWkiqCu2vWNTXx0SK1_vV42cZalqQsp5F0Z8MEoAUP3_7S5GRPHUg5p9sW1p-FP_WSinrEJVhbFp1LDutCP3JXLKZfXPwuVCdJ7xyWImn09-l6Y1fHPTRuG6-BJB-t68E88iOGhmDux0HQsoA=w200-h69" width="200" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Since I only needed about 10" of the second garland, I hung the rest on the stair rail at home to add a little festive touch.&nbsp; This morning, I found it taken down by the cats, and then I found sparkly metallic cat hork later, so I guess that was a bad idea.&nbsp; &nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi98Km6AkbrGVLsLCsTwvVXbVKmsZ58zEFdMDMC0e5RR-mRLwlKWbftGQJLrXy8zMAjFgjcPVSUvWZDrBiQuLhsYcEH8LEhYJH035zKEl5NIjpjVN5q8tQMlnpY24PLj5u48bqQcTbSv0l112Ui5fo740wL1X0iLZGEojXG9w3Eew41N46DFWmgNK8D8Q=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Thanksgiving was a low key affair, and this was the only picture I took, lol.&nbsp; Turkey was had.&nbsp; Combs and shaving were optional.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg4DOcFb0CSEBnlhtX8FxbLbk0_VMFdD0syEsol3hyFinmcDyIp_17aJKu8RZIJC0GgY4JZjXV5q09rbdblXVYpPI7GKRi7JtrFJoO0gEah4jB46oFBG6-n3N0mPX1ic6HXmqfoy4zMVYusXrrKDj4dkZ205t775MJnasl8u174CH2cvYaNYlM0FCOOfA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg4DOcFb0CSEBnlhtX8FxbLbk0_VMFdD0syEsol3hyFinmcDyIp_17aJKu8RZIJC0GgY4JZjXV5q09rbdblXVYpPI7GKRi7JtrFJoO0gEah4jB46oFBG6-n3N0mPX1ic6HXmqfoy4zMVYusXrrKDj4dkZ205t775MJnasl8u174CH2cvYaNYlM0FCOOfA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>But the weekend after Thanksgiving, we got a whirlwind visit from Zach &amp; Heather &amp; Brayden &amp; Kasen.&nbsp; Kasen was asleep when they arrived, and it took a lot of self control to wait to get my hands on him, after already waiting over 4 months.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj4djDGuTWClV3YYHM7E21_WUl0iDGHsK8idn3h5bTqO5af_0vX6eK8kN6X3RYx2tM986D-EFo-MrnkhfF9G9-bJXQT8SBlY2ulw0TNthzDw-CuHjVsouPSMkOpfp8luQOi2vd2Ui6aSiyMTsQSW-l54ocB1ESljmBDzZ-OpQPs683Mfs-ci5kU_GH0yA=s2048" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj4djDGuTWClV3YYHM7E21_WUl0iDGHsK8idn3h5bTqO5af_0vX6eK8kN6X3RYx2tM986D-EFo-MrnkhfF9G9-bJXQT8SBlY2ulw0TNthzDw-CuHjVsouPSMkOpfp8luQOi2vd2Ui6aSiyMTsQSW-l54ocB1ESljmBDzZ-OpQPs683Mfs-ci5kU_GH0yA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>There he is!</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: left;">And he crashed out on me for over an hour.&nbsp; :swoon:&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhKmPVqbN7Nx2CFiOgXQdQh1NDLGez7IpIK_9LViwDFe4Hm8x-HIoaDAP_DmjkGVLV7vD2jsE6jIuMYmsB44jY0uSNIgW4pIUzjSziFPkY0CIhrFtFGoMXBesUy6SlZUK-YEjx7JISbFDijRch4b2_d1ck9yKCL7B7iCdWjy9RhbZGc7sOAN4LANb8DQQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhKmPVqbN7Nx2CFiOgXQdQh1NDLGez7IpIK_9LViwDFe4Hm8x-HIoaDAP_DmjkGVLV7vD2jsE6jIuMYmsB44jY0uSNIgW4pIUzjSziFPkY0CIhrFtFGoMXBesUy6SlZUK-YEjx7JISbFDijRch4b2_d1ck9yKCL7B7iCdWjy9RhbZGc7sOAN4LANb8DQQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Then we had some dinner,&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj1YKxVSVmndVzz9VXZvcU2ZQVi8syOwfh-9sfKMeXnQa8tVTQEgE5aWlMv8f_FajbcJJFFiDwdTQbhFWMiK7sYsKlbmjr_8HAptbdKM_lrTvyQNyptn7LOUJz6NFpcsJGx7ajNMet7Fy6cfNX3Bc43sVnal41X5a2L4KTCphc243n8eRkDGZihnN3Zqg=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj1YKxVSVmndVzz9VXZvcU2ZQVi8syOwfh-9sfKMeXnQa8tVTQEgE5aWlMv8f_FajbcJJFFiDwdTQbhFWMiK7sYsKlbmjr_8HAptbdKM_lrTvyQNyptn7LOUJz6NFpcsJGx7ajNMet7Fy6cfNX3Bc43sVnal41X5a2L4KTCphc243n8eRkDGZihnN3Zqg=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Gave the tree a little pat,&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi7OD4knH6oHqIkR3fmNgITtzg0Zhh8IlxEFVbLsVnuIU9P2rQfAGbCIHJcnDShS84cctcpE3wycobYCZHzsHuT2qsG8g21rK8lNIMQJpIWKP9zqg6B0TIIcojTEV-x7RKCexaom00UaH1HWlinIma1BHkxgUr_B4q0Yx2sACsAhaIWphA-paUjXZ7tiA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi7OD4knH6oHqIkR3fmNgITtzg0Zhh8IlxEFVbLsVnuIU9P2rQfAGbCIHJcnDShS84cctcpE3wycobYCZHzsHuT2qsG8g21rK8lNIMQJpIWKP9zqg6B0TIIcojTEV-x7RKCexaom00UaH1HWlinIma1BHkxgUr_B4q0Yx2sACsAhaIWphA-paUjXZ7tiA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>and all too soon, it was time to say goodbye for who knows how long.&nbsp; :sigh:&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjcFlZE6eSrSiEYxQjJzU4IQG2VxQ442M0no7G12H7ZG4gMe3nm8fIhMaFYjxcgKTvqIr5_KpL0yLNZueQUsQIGcAS_jJkLk707n3ux1SVWvXurCQ_fbwuPDPYEIeiyTnSTjaiesXICncE_Nh-ewlTsD3KDGhT4B3B43o1dpihLjz-d5t3FoznItMTMXQ=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjcFlZE6eSrSiEYxQjJzU4IQG2VxQ442M0no7G12H7ZG4gMe3nm8fIhMaFYjxcgKTvqIr5_KpL0yLNZueQUsQIGcAS_jJkLk707n3ux1SVWvXurCQ_fbwuPDPYEIeiyTnSTjaiesXICncE_Nh-ewlTsD3KDGhT4B3B43o1dpihLjz-d5t3FoznItMTMXQ=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Fired up <a href="https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=567915&amp;u=816955&amp;m=51766&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack=" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crikey</a> again this week, to make a star topper for my militree.&nbsp; "Your <i>what?"</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjmhpKgCLaqUDg7YgO18AkBg_R1CftX5dk8pN5gBOMVNFe3cUvUB7PGdGqcmOsqHhdKUZLWch0BVscaQ4K39Le6AjpBaxSSIdD6yDzVasuJfH3umfmlGuLw3c1YZdNNRzFH0ZrFOVFzlYqTmFmeTuE3YeV1q2fZVhWubahijRzs9Tq3Ngx2rL0g_gMhSg=s2048" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="2026" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjmhpKgCLaqUDg7YgO18AkBg_R1CftX5dk8pN5gBOMVNFe3cUvUB7PGdGqcmOsqHhdKUZLWch0BVscaQ4K39Le6AjpBaxSSIdD6yDzVasuJfH3umfmlGuLw3c1YZdNNRzFH0ZrFOVFzlYqTmFmeTuE3YeV1q2fZVhWubahijRzs9Tq3Ngx2rL0g_gMhSg=s320" width="317" /></a></div><br />My militree (mili<strike>tary</strike>&nbsp;tree).&nbsp; It's got Air Force and Marine Corps and red &amp; blue ornaments on it.&nbsp; I've decided I want a bigger one next year.&nbsp; I'll probably go 4', since my strand of red/white/blue lights isn't terribly long.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEg9_43_lXl-O-_J4Kn_-zPaZl9mFmIIDeaAqG3s6ijJEeqhGirV3Pg-YtaA1B_INM4KO7B6Yqk03TeFjEGTHvIFYiqnA2EePn_yOP_-MQAxAPbKSxR1n8aMFMd4fsZ9POKpqx6U0q5xkFgXlNxlsllFnqdf9Pu1kPgK5Oi5c028YiyB1j_WuOBpxehY8Q=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The girls each made a craft from a library book during Thanksgiving break.&nbsp; They're now on the front room tree, which we have yet to decorate, because Fiona likes to climb it.&nbsp; I feel like we really should give it a try, though.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgZi5JxhOqL-f6ysI8TiMFd_PIwS6G5Ha_98D05QvWEF8DSiyWrfrBgkjVxm8YmK9rvUbm9EIb5KB5yFNwP-wwdqNW9rBokqMqglylqcH-8VTw-IC8HGNIyGSUMvqGHVELPWUXTVaQK2yr954_GCJJbLXEZJnr-qFJKxVB0V6kmSGRTp5KALgKgkhcWFA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgZi5JxhOqL-f6ysI8TiMFd_PIwS6G5Ha_98D05QvWEF8DSiyWrfrBgkjVxm8YmK9rvUbm9EIb5KB5yFNwP-wwdqNW9rBokqMqglylqcH-8VTw-IC8HGNIyGSUMvqGHVELPWUXTVaQK2yr954_GCJJbLXEZJnr-qFJKxVB0V6kmSGRTp5KALgKgkhcWFA=s320" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Josiah's phone died, too, so he bought his very first iPhone.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiuO0A_XRhgI2wY7rMnTEUA7ihocrTQVxEcxvslNzyVTEdZdWIkAT8h2fsS-4rfbgMUSHN9bJQMrSM3utQiPCQMHVS719lUP7QWnLQzmDlETJxDHZvtZHasu6x2SN1BsiOyQ0PUvpeU3OXa_VAzCfGnipRMbaIwwexnnDpN6QIEju7j-sf4WZoS4LecNA=s4032" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiuO0A_XRhgI2wY7rMnTEUA7ihocrTQVxEcxvslNzyVTEdZdWIkAT8h2fsS-4rfbgMUSHN9bJQMrSM3utQiPCQMHVS719lUP7QWnLQzmDlETJxDHZvtZHasu6x2SN1BsiOyQ0PUvpeU3OXa_VAzCfGnipRMbaIwwexnnDpN6QIEju7j-sf4WZoS4LecNA=s320" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>While I was in <a href="https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=567915&amp;u=816955&amp;m=51766&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack=" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crikey</a> mode, I started some ornaments.&nbsp; They're not done yet.&nbsp; The vellum (music notes) reacted poorly to the glue I used, so that one is trash, but I'm going to use scraps to test a couple different adhesives and see if I can find one that works better.&nbsp; Paul suggested "Hodge Podge," so <a href="https://amzn.to/2ZSkcwJ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mod Podge</a> will now be called that forever.&nbsp; Hobby Lobby didn't have piano or music note paper, or I would not have purchased the vellum.&nbsp; I was trying to make an ornament for Hannah's piano teacher at school.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjPP43yBTvHMkkFY8OSjoGFTrcVmtn5EvD7R-w7porTM2lR_WFvdjYqPmQ_klY_8CLFWSw95lOYBSJFYHKE9OQ6UAADOtHDDrUfHnl_gf649A1GeeogGHH1BSwVhTybk4jfyI3ROCSdzYyn6HEOS4MfPrpXqpWkHGRKwqQ_uuOHmQfI4D7TL87Zo7o_KQ=s2048" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1638" height="320" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjPP43yBTvHMkkFY8OSjoGFTrcVmtn5EvD7R-w7porTM2lR_WFvdjYqPmQ_klY_8CLFWSw95lOYBSJFYHKE9OQ6UAADOtHDDrUfHnl_gf649A1GeeogGHH1BSwVhTybk4jfyI3ROCSdzYyn6HEOS4MfPrpXqpWkHGRKwqQ_uuOHmQfI4D7TL87Zo7o_KQ=s320" width="256" /></a></div><br /><div>I've talked about the website Art Projects For Kids lots of times, and shown the drawings Hannah &amp; Katie have made from their directions.&nbsp; I sprang for one of the murals, and used it with my students this week.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-77505688467326045332021-11-26T10:48:00.000-08:002021-11-26T10:48:05.721-08:00Our Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Week<div>It's been almost 2 weeks since I posted.&nbsp; My phone died, and we had to replace it, so I lost some photos between my last download and when it bit the dust.&nbsp; But I'm happy with my new phone (it's my Christmas present), and I really love the case I got for it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yibl104dk1c/YaEc963DS6I/AAAAAAAApOo/pSju8WSZpdgCBi4hkgW24kPT72L0LnISgCLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yibl104dk1c/YaEc963DS6I/AAAAAAAApOo/pSju8WSZpdgCBi4hkgW24kPT72L0LnISgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0001.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>While Jack and Katie had play practice after school last Thursday, Hannah and I started transforming the library from Thanksgiving to Christmas.&nbsp; I had to go buy another garland.&nbsp; Note to self:&nbsp; just buy 2 every time.&nbsp; I used Crikey for the letters and bought the garland at Hobby Lobby.&nbsp; It's still a work in progress, I have to put up the paper ornaments that go with it.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_y-8prMfoWw/YaEc9-ISuHI/AAAAAAAApOs/WKB5SGng-3IfE7qhgsnabO_5OPPimC6fACLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_y-8prMfoWw/YaEc9-ISuHI/AAAAAAAApOs/WKB5SGng-3IfE7qhgsnabO_5OPPimC6fACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0002.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Christmas books on display with December notable events.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TZivzN3Qbl8/YaEebssrrqI/AAAAAAAApO4/rJ8FCBa_5WwWB7EUIDVcrJ6axdQ1FtznwCLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0011.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TZivzN3Qbl8/YaEebssrrqI/AAAAAAAApO4/rJ8FCBa_5WwWB7EUIDVcrJ6axdQ1FtznwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0011.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>At dinner one night, we noticed the ceiling bulging a little bit, so Paul started poking &amp; peeling, and it was damp.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kL0WwzvoNlw/YaEeb6BCgnI/AAAAAAAApPA/9UIPbPBVsnoNX-yjex4IyWJGNHpFdf2YgCLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0015.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kL0WwzvoNlw/YaEeb6BCgnI/AAAAAAAApPA/9UIPbPBVsnoNX-yjex4IyWJGNHpFdf2YgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0015.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>This turned into A Thing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1Jknu_Q5j-Q/YaEebj3haBI/AAAAAAAApO8/3_Ifb9TFoGQkfQeKX5Hqh6cM7Hi5GZGpACLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0019.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1Jknu_Q5j-Q/YaEebj3haBI/AAAAAAAApO8/3_Ifb9TFoGQkfQeKX5Hqh6cM7Hi5GZGpACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0019.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>You know, right before that food holiday is the perfect time to have the dining room torn up.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sMdiSxp_uCU/YaEecu49qmI/AAAAAAAApPE/zGtObuVBXYACnOKLSXTWiJDz_hbtQR2owCLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0023.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sMdiSxp_uCU/YaEecu49qmI/AAAAAAAApPE/zGtObuVBXYACnOKLSXTWiJDz_hbtQR2owCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0023.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I maintained my sense of humor by playing with the letter board while Paul ripped out all the damp sheetrock.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kPCJl5ngKv4/YaEed4F7LsI/AAAAAAAApPI/lpZyBbtiQzAmXTb91vX6Gl_4GDACKXLYwCLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0029.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kPCJl5ngKv4/YaEed4F7LsI/AAAAAAAApPI/lpZyBbtiQzAmXTb91vX6Gl_4GDACKXLYwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0029.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I'm kinda hoping we get new carpet out of this, but probably not.&nbsp; We're currently "letting things dry out" before figuring out what to do next, so I'll have a coffin sized hole in the ceiling for a while, I'm assuming.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wd4v3h_wJac/YaEeeq2WhHI/AAAAAAAApPQ/AxohK1zPhZ4UtPKEglf-2BwkdHOz5TpDgCLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0037.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wd4v3h_wJac/YaEeeq2WhHI/AAAAAAAApPQ/AxohK1zPhZ4UtPKEglf-2BwkdHOz5TpDgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0037.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>In all the chaos, I decided we needed to put the tree up.&nbsp; We gave the cats a few days to acclimate to it, and Fiona has decided we're <i>Dreaming of a Calico Christmas</i>, because she IS the ornament.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5rJyGTvEhk4/YaEeenElW7I/AAAAAAAApPM/pFk3yDM14tczaKUpEctpRNZ37Abwn3TzACLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0038.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5rJyGTvEhk4/YaEeenElW7I/AAAAAAAApPM/pFk3yDM14tczaKUpEctpRNZ37Abwn3TzACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0038.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I know I say this every year, but how can artificial trees shed so much??&nbsp; Josiah taking a picture of Fee in the Tree.&nbsp; Katie put lights on it, but we haven't added anything else at this point, since Fiona's still climbing it every day.&nbsp; Grumman can't get her when she's in the tree.&nbsp; He's too heavy to climb it.&nbsp; (She's 6# and he's 12#.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X9ZauWCh8Dg/YaEefK8FyTI/AAAAAAAApPU/GWV0TnqHU_A8WKa9Y9wvTeWWpyqoNLMeACLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0044.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X9ZauWCh8Dg/YaEefK8FyTI/AAAAAAAApPU/GWV0TnqHU_A8WKa9Y9wvTeWWpyqoNLMeACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0044.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Grumman discovered a garland and was having so much fun with it!&nbsp; He was so cute, burrowing into it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UlvpUN8M_b4/YaEef_QUDMI/AAAAAAAApPY/d1Chc0COiYsj2VRvDKx6P6Z5VsgbHnI8ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_0051.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1365" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UlvpUN8M_b4/YaEef_QUDMI/AAAAAAAApPY/d1Chc0COiYsj2VRvDKx6P6Z5VsgbHnI8ACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0051.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><div><br /></div>School pictures are ready!&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pD33vupiHps/YaEegco9-ZI/AAAAAAAApPc/D_ytgFpALpsozivTJW9MzyQOMmXmLnUVgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_0052.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1365" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pD33vupiHps/YaEegco9-ZI/AAAAAAAApPc/D_ytgFpALpsozivTJW9MzyQOMmXmLnUVgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0052.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The school used a new photographer this year, so we weren't sure what we were going to get, but I'm pretty happy with them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8YVFJbiuakI/YaEeg_p4agI/AAAAAAAApPg/K8q89v88zukbeduNXrLml-SwiiGl3rSOQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_0053.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1365" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8YVFJbiuakI/YaEeg_p4agI/AAAAAAAApPg/K8q89v88zukbeduNXrLml-SwiiGl3rSOQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0053.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Some of the outtakes were hilarious--particularly of Katie, whose face will tell you if she's not impressed with you.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rkKTAvzeCvk/YaEehoWQ8-I/AAAAAAAApPk/fSh5bD_O6E49DlSwVBD4U8o9WEapq7rFwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_0054.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1365" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rkKTAvzeCvk/YaEehoWQ8-I/AAAAAAAApPk/fSh5bD_O6E49DlSwVBD4U8o9WEapq7rFwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0054.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I have a sneaking suspicion that I may be more eccentric than I realized, since I wore this bright book dress to school on picture day, and nobody even blinked.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DJ77eMezGkA/YaEeiJZFVoI/AAAAAAAApPo/GcRHviOWJ00ySMyGGQjL125ww-7x7YKMACLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0058.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DJ77eMezGkA/YaEeiJZFVoI/AAAAAAAApPo/GcRHviOWJ00ySMyGGQjL125ww-7x7YKMACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0058.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>A mini-mural from Art Projects For Kids.&nbsp; I'm thinking about doing a big Christmas one at school.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eLs31Q71aOg/YaEeiQz65OI/AAAAAAAApPs/e6L1rYgfRagjgGll_WbZG5xmDafQdtRWACLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0059.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3024" data-original-width="4032" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eLs31Q71aOg/YaEeiQz65OI/AAAAAAAApPs/e6L1rYgfRagjgGll_WbZG5xmDafQdtRWACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0059.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Christmas books, mostly, in this week's library run.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GJwKtwXLEv0/YaEei5iOD5I/AAAAAAAApPw/7hrC0OAKxJ4Fm6KWeuiEnYEonp6aYSTBgCLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0060.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GJwKtwXLEv0/YaEei5iOD5I/AAAAAAAApPw/7hrC0OAKxJ4Fm6KWeuiEnYEonp6aYSTBgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0060.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I had a little "shopping accident" at Kohl's, and the library now has some new plushes and books.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0CIISemMBIM/YaEejToadaI/AAAAAAAApP0/RiKFmFAuq6YM1duDaVfeCFoGu9zWHYorQCLcBGAsYHQ/s4032/IMG_0061.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="4032" data-original-width="3024" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0CIISemMBIM/YaEejToadaI/AAAAAAAApP0/RiKFmFAuq6YM1duDaVfeCFoGu9zWHYorQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_0061.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Their $5 books and $5 stuffed animals in the Kohl's Cares program are quite nice.&nbsp; I got the Rainbow Fish Christmas book to go with this.&nbsp; Now I'm thinking I need some scale print scrapbook paper to Crikey up some fishies for a library craft project.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>I have a couple of book reviews coming up, that I'm excited to share with you, and I'm hoping to let the kids do lots of artsy creating in the library this month.&nbsp; I got the Snowflake Bentley book, so we'll have to make snowflakes.&nbsp; Maybe we'll hang those in the windows...&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The downside of seeing most of the adult kids in August is that none of them are coming home for the holidays.&nbsp; So, while I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, I was a little blue at not getting to share the day with all my favorite people.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-88869465745316364112021-11-14T09:15:00.001-08:002021-11-14T09:15:20.611-08:00Our Week<div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8d4DqBwl5WY/YZFDjMNiEvI/AAAAAAAApOU/VGLBOnmU1V8S7qya3l-k-WoMBPqvvBw1gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3820.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8d4DqBwl5WY/YZFDjMNiEvI/AAAAAAAApOU/VGLBOnmU1V8S7qya3l-k-WoMBPqvvBw1gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3820.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>First up, let's start with a STEM activity I somehow missed sharing last month.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Re5UOf0dqog/YYQcqrBgDPI/AAAAAAAApMM/ALcTvgrrYrAk0Qy3nzk85fYFE1L4UPXBACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3699.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Re5UOf0dqog/YYQcqrBgDPI/AAAAAAAApMM/ALcTvgrrYrAk0Qy3nzk85fYFE1L4UPXBACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3699.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I told the middle schoolers if they could read silently for 12 minutes, they could have candy.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3L0wsrSa0dI/YYQcq8ZSu5I/AAAAAAAApMU/Gt37_RpWAoABF0vkgv3rWW9XTw8DncuGgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3700.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3L0wsrSa0dI/YYQcq8ZSu5I/AAAAAAAApMU/Gt37_RpWAoABF0vkgv3rWW9XTw8DncuGgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3700.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I gave each table a plateful of gummy pumpkins and a pile of toothpicks and told them to create a structure.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zHvWykOVUKw/YYQcq-x_TxI/AAAAAAAApMQ/Rmdo_JYCgyU9Xr7rOU1BVX1LMvhvV18iwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3706.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zHvWykOVUKw/YYQcq-x_TxI/AAAAAAAApMQ/Rmdo_JYCgyU9Xr7rOU1BVX1LMvhvV18iwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3706.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>It was fun to watch them collaborate.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DyIW6jj531E/YYQcrT-ONbI/AAAAAAAApMY/oXF6G2SUEyk5PYgFv6O7E1O-ASN4CTu4gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3707.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DyIW6jj531E/YYQcrT-ONbI/AAAAAAAApMY/oXF6G2SUEyk5PYgFv6O7E1O-ASN4CTu4gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3707.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>In fact, it went so well that I did it again with the high school students.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1cFWG65J1dI/YYQcr_5_urI/AAAAAAAApMc/5uhZ6hJ9Gc88F7iCqCG3HWQb1rbSHWmeACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3709.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1cFWG65J1dI/YYQcr_5_urI/AAAAAAAApMc/5uhZ6hJ9Gc88F7iCqCG3HWQb1rbSHWmeACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3709.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>It was an easy, low prep activity that went over well with everyone.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WgxHG5oRc1k/YYQcsYE3V3I/AAAAAAAApMg/B-ptI9savvs5zg-I6CYa2aDh3NXuKYXLgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3740.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WgxHG5oRc1k/YYQcsYE3V3I/AAAAAAAApMg/B-ptI9savvs5zg-I6CYa2aDh3NXuKYXLgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3740.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Jack's table did the pyramid.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-e3LXBibHbuY/YYQc4jRNZ7I/AAAAAAAApMk/8dphC15HE3EawOaC5QJyzfI2DB1pXnUdACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3715.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-e3LXBibHbuY/YYQc4jRNZ7I/AAAAAAAApMk/8dphC15HE3EawOaC5QJyzfI2DB1pXnUdACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3715.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I found this book interesting.&nbsp; I ended up reading it in the middle of processing a batch of new books.&nbsp; Travel at sea, interesting recipes (including dog and turtle), and a glimpse of history.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TeIhdsKBeBE/YYQc4kILc9I/AAAAAAAApMo/bcvw4E-v14QH966qzOhdfvnbcFZC7OBIQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3716.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TeIhdsKBeBE/YYQc4kILc9I/AAAAAAAApMo/bcvw4E-v14QH966qzOhdfvnbcFZC7OBIQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3716.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>We also participated in <a href="https://www.jstart.org/read-for-the-record/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Read for the Record</a>.&nbsp; This was a cute story.&nbsp; I added the author's other Amy Wu books to our <a href="https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/39FGHYBIMJGJT?ref_=wl_share" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">library wish list</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bojglmUWxhQ/YZE_AkgZCyI/AAAAAAAApNQ/dkT_hIkNZv41NLRyG4DHe6xQIGpOTQ4DwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3795.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bojglmUWxhQ/YZE_AkgZCyI/AAAAAAAApNQ/dkT_hIkNZv41NLRyG4DHe6xQIGpOTQ4DwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3795.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I fired up the laminator to do a mini display for Veterans Day.<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oYPdnsIR1bY/YZE_AvaxVpI/AAAAAAAApNU/p7XLMxyfqD0OAm147_OeCl3Rl5PNthGMgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3799.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oYPdnsIR1bY/YZE_AvaxVpI/AAAAAAAApNU/p7XLMxyfqD0OAm147_OeCl3Rl5PNthGMgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3799.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Really, Fiona?&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZumnFhWF4Zg/YZE_A6uDRlI/AAAAAAAApNY/4XbmoEM-Irocq4QrhD-KY0suh4CJ0WXxwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3808.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZumnFhWF4Zg/YZE_A6uDRlI/AAAAAAAApNY/4XbmoEM-Irocq4QrhD-KY0suh4CJ0WXxwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3808.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>And the finished seals of all our military branches.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7aXn0g9PjX4/YZE_BFQedzI/AAAAAAAApNc/Hrbyt5SKSscl4iEGJE66zYW9_Mx7ZFz4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3813.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7aXn0g9PjX4/YZE_BFQedzI/AAAAAAAApNc/Hrbyt5SKSscl4iEGJE66zYW9_Mx7ZFz4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3813.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>It's a little blury, but Hannah and Jack are both on the field for the last MS/HS flag football game.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MpitNjxyT6I/YZE_Bpp5B4I/AAAAAAAApNg/G4dbG7TbyxY-h_U9QDUKJbS96jRFK5zgwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3820.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MpitNjxyT6I/YZE_Bpp5B4I/AAAAAAAApNg/G4dbG7TbyxY-h_U9QDUKJbS96jRFK5zgwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3820.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The instant their final game was over, Katie bounded up and asked if she could play basketball.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rbyTiaqM5l4/YZE_B5wGQ0I/AAAAAAAApNk/xmN3L8U8L4UxomNTyxyvgAaf7RHP8HliwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3823.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rbyTiaqM5l4/YZE_B5wGQ0I/AAAAAAAApNk/xmN3L8U8L4UxomNTyxyvgAaf7RHP8HliwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3823.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>While I had the laminator running anyway, I threw in some bookmarks.&nbsp; I didn't want to waste all the extra laminating pouch that doing just the seals would leave behind, so I did a bookmark with each seal.&nbsp; These bookmarks were cut from a map book that Paul was done with.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zuRarZdhVL8/YZE_CHafxAI/AAAAAAAApNo/n4QhPdkGFv0K61wv3EE3D4N9qxQ4jRkGACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3824.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zuRarZdhVL8/YZE_CHafxAI/AAAAAAAApNo/n4QhPdkGFv0K61wv3EE3D4N9qxQ4jRkGACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3824.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I finally processed enough buckets to have room for another bookcase, so I brought in this little one.&nbsp; I've been using it to display new books.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FYjHgZSr508/YZE_CXUpbkI/AAAAAAAApNs/ufz_-U_SuxcQ6MWTxuxEpDfPTFznKSmIACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3825.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FYjHgZSr508/YZE_CXUpbkI/AAAAAAAApNs/ufz_-U_SuxcQ6MWTxuxEpDfPTFznKSmIACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3825.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Now the whole wall is bookcases.&nbsp; Also, the orange strand on the board is Thankful Turkeys by our middle schoolers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CAiaFn59eDA/YZE_ISBRcwI/AAAAAAAApNw/tp7c9tJvudY1h7OgW4dYkbtA_kUsDrzSgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3827.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CAiaFn59eDA/YZE_ISBRcwI/AAAAAAAApNw/tp7c9tJvudY1h7OgW4dYkbtA_kUsDrzSgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3827.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I had an ornament idea.&nbsp; I'm doing an example to work the kinks out.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qAf9mfAt7AQ/YZE_Icy0ZEI/AAAAAAAApN0/jt7HyLWGsDkNvWb2V8qmI-jaYtrglGyYwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3830.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qAf9mfAt7AQ/YZE_Icy0ZEI/AAAAAAAApN0/jt7HyLWGsDkNvWb2V8qmI-jaYtrglGyYwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3830.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Miss Hannah, wearing pumpkins and sunflowers, standing in front of a display of pumpkins and sunflowers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zk3WFveKN_c/YZE_IjOjv9I/AAAAAAAApN4/ZtsIQMe49WQzZ0afaHoTG6VM16iV4axUQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3831.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zk3WFveKN_c/YZE_IjOjv9I/AAAAAAAApN4/ZtsIQMe49WQzZ0afaHoTG6VM16iV4axUQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3831.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div>I just love the autumn leaves.&nbsp; It's the one time of year that makes me wish that I could paint.&nbsp; The leaves are so beautiful.&nbsp; I stopped and took this picture after dropping Jack off at a friend's house.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><br />&nbsp;</div></div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-67387853998825519612021-11-09T06:00:00.060-08:002021-11-09T06:00:00.217-08:00The Tin Whistle #giveaway<div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Z9UyhdhLJSE/YXbYIB1ArfI/AAAAAAAApKc/4uldk4OYuPQnqPxPUNCYUXOvXsNx5K20wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3666.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Z9UyhdhLJSE/YXbYIB1ArfI/AAAAAAAApKc/4uldk4OYuPQnqPxPUNCYUXOvXsNx5K20wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3666.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br />I mentioned that I read a lot more when the weather gets cold.&nbsp; I have a book to share with you today.&nbsp; Are you ready for a Christmas story?&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div><a href="https://amzn.to/3EhXkFI" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tin Whistle</a> is a quick and inspiring read.&nbsp; It takes place in two parts; first, when Jacob is a child in an orphanage, then later when he's a successful adult.&nbsp; It's a story about persevering in the face of having very little, and about being a blessing to others.&nbsp; A recent sermon I heard mentioned that you never have "enough" money, no matter how much you have.&nbsp; Jacob Gusky was an exception.&nbsp; He had enough for himself, and enough to give generously to others.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lRV4t3tHgRk/YYgbiMgoFSI/AAAAAAAApNI/UAfKM6HAzzcU3lvaG8PBcZ4jyntegfXFACLcBGAsYHQ/s336/affiliate.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="116" data-original-width="336" height="69" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lRV4t3tHgRk/YYgbiMgoFSI/AAAAAAAApNI/UAfKM6HAzzcU3lvaG8PBcZ4jyntegfXFACLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h69/affiliate.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://amzn.to/3EhXkFI" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tin Whistle</a> is based on a true story.&nbsp; I felt the characters made a couple of questionable decisions (haven't we all??), and I would love to know how much of the story was fact and how much was fiction.&nbsp; I did find a couple of links:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.jewishhistoryhhc.org/timeline.aspx#e5089b35-adb6-4b3d-a1f6-20447d6880d4" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jewish Children's Home</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://dollar.bank/about/our-history/fascinating-early-dollar-bank-customers/notable-dollar-bank-customers-from-the-past/jacob-m-gusky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a biography</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>This is not a romance, and there's nothing questionable in it.&nbsp; In fact, it would make a good December read aloud, with it's 20 quick chapters.&nbsp; (<i>I</i>&nbsp;couldn't read it aloud, of course, since I cry at everything, but a more stable person could probably do it.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Please note that my copy has a different cover than the one on Amazon does.&nbsp; Also, the author, Kathleen Shoop, has another short Christmas story, <a href="https://amzn.to/3mex7Sg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Christmas Coat</a>, from a couple years ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2021/09/the-tin-whistle-by-kathleen-shoop.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img height="202" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51630889309_e6b3a58ea4_o.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tin-Whistle-Kathleen-Shoop-ebook/dp/B08QMGSHJM" rel="nofollow" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img height="320" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51630221831_9a73ce3a95_o.jpg" width="213" /></a>Inspired by a true story...&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">1854&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Jacob Gusky wakes up hoping Santa has arrived. And he has... but not for Jacob, one of two Jewish boys living at the Boys’ Home of Manhattan. When a friend gifts him a tin whistle, Jacob learns the power of giving, the joy in receiving, and hears what he considers to be the sound of happiness.&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">1881&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Recently widowed and completely out of options, Frannie takes her daughter Molly to the Home for the Friendless. “You’ll be back before Christmas?” Molly asks. Frannie gives Molly half a quilt square and keeps the other, choking on her reply.&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Now a happily married father of three, Jacob Gusky owns Gusky’s Grand Emporium, Pittsburgh’s first premier department store. After unearthing the tin whistle from the orphanage, he is reminded of what it felt like to have nothing, and decides to make a difference in the lives of others no matter their faith. But with so little time before Christmas morning, can he even begin to give the orphaned children of Pittsburgh what he knows they need?&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">When giving is more important than receiving...<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: red;"><b>FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span><a href="https://amzn.to/3EhXkFI">Amazon.com</a></span> &nbsp; <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tin-Whistle-Kathleen-Shoop-ebook/dp/B08QMGSHJM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Amazon.co.uk</span></a>&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Tin-Whistle-Kathleen-Shoop/dp/B08QLY97Z6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;"><b>Paperback</b></span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<b><a href="https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Tin-Whistle-Audiobook/B09JY74D9T" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Audible</span></a></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><i><br /></i></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><i>"This short novel is the MOST inspirational novel I have ever had the pleasure of reading."</i></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><i>"Beautiful, heartwarming story."</i></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><i><br /></i></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><i>"A heartwarming and inspiring story. I highly recommend it."</i></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><i>"This is such a fantastic Christmas story with great characters and a very unique plot. There are also several wonderful messages on the importance of giving at this time of year. I am so glad I found this book."</i></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><i>"Terrific holiday story with well-defined characters and a setting that could have been any big city in the 19th century. Ms. Shoop’s novella reflects the good in human nature."</i></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;">Above reviews from Amazon readers</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Untitled" height="162" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51631087730_a1bee114b4_o.jpg" width="320" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>"Writing this book was wonderful. Bringing aspects of the Guskys’ good works to life was more fun than I could have imagined!"</i> ~ Kathleen Shoop</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Also available...</b></div> <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08277MY6V" rel="nofollow" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img height="320" src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51630868759_faeb4c0aca_o.jpg" width="213" /></a><div style="text-align: left;">Two days before Christmas, ornery Elliot Ebberts is tasked with school drop-off even though distracted by an important real estate transaction. In the holiday carpool chaos his extravagant, lucky coat goes missing. In a panic, he searches for his coat, tracing its path as it passes through the hands of good people in dire situations. Meanwhile, his plan to WOW his wife Libby with an ostentatious gift reveals Elliot’s shallowness to the world and mortifies his entire family. Is it too late for him to rediscover the meaning of Christmas, to remember who he is without all the trappings of the job that defines him? Can Libby and their children ever forgive him?</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: red;"><b>FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><b><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08277MY6V" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Amazon.com</span></a> &nbsp; <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08277MY6V" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Amazon.co.uk</span></a>&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Coat-Kathleen-Shoop/dp/1711321885" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;"><b>Paperback</b></span></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Christmas-Coat-Audiobook/B09H7TKTXM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><b><span style="color: black;">Audible</span></b></a></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>About Kathleen Shoop</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://kshoop.com/" rel="nofollow" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://i1030.photobucket.com/albums/y369/BECKVALLEY/kathleenshoop_zps9e9e9351.jpg" width="181" /></a><div style="text-align: left;">Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen coordinates Mindful Writing Retreats and is a regular presenter at conferences for writers.</div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I adore writing historical fiction (The Letter series, After the Fog and Donora Stories) but am having a blast writing romance like Home Again, Return to Love and Tending Her Heart (Endless Love series). 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She's doing much better now, but still limping a little.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><div class="shareaholic-canvas" data-app-id="4694789" data-app="share_buttons"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_cD8IuYTU-A/YYQCdO6sm7I/AAAAAAAApKs/DZET7FsIRTIGtUzIjYPn6bm-vTOhOFDOACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3753.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_cD8IuYTU-A/YYQCdO6sm7I/AAAAAAAApKs/DZET7FsIRTIGtUzIjYPn6bm-vTOhOFDOACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3753.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Paul took Jack to Fall Concert while I stayed home with the girls.&nbsp; The corpse on stage (light blue jeans, camo hoodie) is Jack.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yyZht4ASylM/YYQCdO656HI/AAAAAAAApKw/ftl5dLz4h9YmGji-f3urpUu2sGcQbPSeACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3754.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yyZht4ASylM/YYQCdO656HI/AAAAAAAApKw/ftl5dLz4h9YmGji-f3urpUu2sGcQbPSeACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3754.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Thankful that Paul took a couple of pictures for me.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f0umWmjjc-s/YYQCkOZc5uI/AAAAAAAApK4/A30b36ekvpwPx2N1Jduuv6pvIBq8h6pJQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3750.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f0umWmjjc-s/YYQCkOZc5uI/AAAAAAAApK4/A30b36ekvpwPx2N1Jduuv6pvIBq8h6pJQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3750.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Fiona, prancing on the railing.&nbsp; Scares me, since there's a 15' drop to the first floor if she falls.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0T4jvxnDd7M/YYQCkCntqPI/AAAAAAAApK0/GbT7f6BYOx0NGYNy6Uz_nLpEoBO-J1UTACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3751.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0T4jvxnDd7M/YYQCkCntqPI/AAAAAAAApK0/GbT7f6BYOx0NGYNy6Uz_nLpEoBO-J1UTACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3751.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>One of the days that Miss Katie was home recuperating, I had her do this craft with me to test it out before doing it with the first graders at school.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NATqE6pDspQ/YYQDAwZqoSI/AAAAAAAApLM/likJrIN3gjsZIQ-CYQARzeRR4nuZ9mGOwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3767.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NATqE6pDspQ/YYQDAwZqoSI/AAAAAAAApLM/likJrIN3gjsZIQ-CYQARzeRR4nuZ9mGOwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3767.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The first graders did a great job with it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ePxdFnj6SjQ/YYQEvLRXZ5I/AAAAAAAApMA/Om6TQIq4liYhC0Pvnp73pIauf1igK-AiQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3770.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ePxdFnj6SjQ/YYQEvLRXZ5I/AAAAAAAApMA/Om6TQIq4liYhC0Pvnp73pIauf1igK-AiQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3770.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">And when the middle school girls came in and saw my leftover supplies, they used them up.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XiKh8k4Xpn0/YYQDAniM7MI/AAAAAAAApLI/0z6wr5YuM94QWaJk09dBiM861IKxK4LMQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3757.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XiKh8k4Xpn0/YYQDAniM7MI/AAAAAAAApLI/0z6wr5YuM94QWaJk09dBiM861IKxK4LMQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3757.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I'm kind of in a slump.&nbsp; The local Kiwanis did a map of decorated houses that you drive around and look at and then vote for your favorite.&nbsp; There were 15 houses on the map.&nbsp; We drove by 3 of them.&nbsp; I don't begrudge the $10 bucks; I know it's for a good cause.&nbsp; I'm disappointed in myself for not making memories with the kids.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Also, I put several Trunk or Treat type events on the calendar, and promptly crossed them all off as they passed without me mustering the energy to actually go to any.&nbsp; I've spent a lot of time reading in bed lately.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SoiE0dhQ3w8/YYQDAeI4SlI/AAAAAAAApLA/uoDgbn1PPi4tOk4R9K-73JIlJsbHwe6AQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3759.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="2048" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SoiE0dhQ3w8/YYQDAeI4SlI/AAAAAAAApLA/uoDgbn1PPi4tOk4R9K-73JIlJsbHwe6AQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3759.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>My solitary Halloween craft this year.&nbsp; Someone posted a picture of a cute kitten in a ribbon collar, and I thought, "That would be easy to make."&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xr71nsLZczA/YYQDARDSqSI/AAAAAAAApLE/kLVAlOFyCLMvdMkSkbA5jaGfmYxAybmxgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3762.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xr71nsLZczA/YYQDARDSqSI/AAAAAAAApLE/kLVAlOFyCLMvdMkSkbA5jaGfmYxAybmxgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3762.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I knew I'd get shredded if I subjected Grumman to such an indignity.&nbsp; So I put it on Fiona, who gnawed on it for a minute or two while I took some pictures.&nbsp; She was relieved when I immediately took it off.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-thuAexhuZro/YYQDBCRpTvI/AAAAAAAApLQ/Uc19wrfWjj8pOUNu2vzbo9yZQOxCfOd2gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3773.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-thuAexhuZro/YYQDBCRpTvI/AAAAAAAApLQ/Uc19wrfWjj8pOUNu2vzbo9yZQOxCfOd2gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3773.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Grumman and Fifi sharing space in front of the heater.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rckhrCT5B2c/YYQDBg5WMuI/AAAAAAAApLU/6oeWWd3IskIaLDDfWP1HCCo2jr2bm9k4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3774.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rckhrCT5B2c/YYQDBg5WMuI/AAAAAAAApLU/6oeWWd3IskIaLDDfWP1HCCo2jr2bm9k4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3774.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Matilda went in for a spa day (oil change).&nbsp; I sat and read a book.&nbsp; Fortunately, it went faster than the hour &amp; 15 they predicted.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YolFFcCIsrA/YYQDBpVH4QI/AAAAAAAApLY/M4bsy00xufge2l6-faOSJPc91KTBcPUSwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3776.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YolFFcCIsrA/YYQDBpVH4QI/AAAAAAAApLY/M4bsy00xufge2l6-faOSJPc91KTBcPUSwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3776.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I dropped off some clothes the girls grew out of at Goodwill.&nbsp; As I was navigating the backside of the shopping center, it looked like an Easter egg hunt.&nbsp; I'm assuming somebody spilled ball pit balls.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZMV6-daX6RM/YYQDCIVPIPI/AAAAAAAApLc/sYNGQ9PZXUUVBTzJdu_AhI8_rta1fsflwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3778.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZMV6-daX6RM/YYQDCIVPIPI/AAAAAAAApLc/sYNGQ9PZXUUVBTzJdu_AhI8_rta1fsflwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3778.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I stopped at a Little Free Library near our neighborhood, and noticed the lovely trees.&nbsp; I always wish that I could paint when the leaves change colors.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-doL-PRxeO5s/YYQDCRUbgsI/AAAAAAAApLg/l8plrLLpGRMmAMC3qk08oWb3a4RC3BpTQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3779.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-doL-PRxeO5s/YYQDCRUbgsI/AAAAAAAApLg/l8plrLLpGRMmAMC3qk08oWb3a4RC3BpTQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3779.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I laughed when I caught sight of the cat being scared off by the herd of geese.&nbsp; Geese are vicious.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--DH_fcOZrjc/YYQDCuWdMNI/AAAAAAAApLk/H81TJriZGssh-Pbgjg18P_NECax8eCYgQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3783.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--DH_fcOZrjc/YYQDCuWdMNI/AAAAAAAApLk/H81TJriZGssh-Pbgjg18P_NECax8eCYgQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3783.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>A small library pickup.&nbsp; It's been a while!&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wOrVTwpmwaY/YYQDCwdEzEI/AAAAAAAApLo/UZovKl_sbYcO2qadOsnCBwSmeM72mjeJQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3785.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wOrVTwpmwaY/YYQDCwdEzEI/AAAAAAAApLo/UZovKl_sbYcO2qadOsnCBwSmeM72mjeJQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3785.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /></div><div>Katie got her AWANA shirt.&nbsp; (She's wearing it over another shirt, hence the strange ruffle sleeves.)&nbsp; AWANA has come full circle for us.&nbsp; The first year my kids went, Zach was in T&amp;T, Annaliese was in Sparks, and Josiah and Sam were Cubbies.&nbsp; We used to sing, "Brianna piranha, too little for AWANA."&nbsp; Over the years, we've participated in AWANA clubs at at least 3 different churches.&nbsp; Now, Katie is in T&amp;T.&nbsp; My last child in the last age group.&nbsp; How did this happen?&nbsp;&nbsp;</div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-39269579045462451612021-10-24T11:26:00.000-07:002021-10-24T11:26:34.742-07:00Our Week<div>We've progressed from wind to rain here.&nbsp; I'm trying not to think about it being dark and drippy from now until March.&nbsp; I do much better with the sunshine.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6UKv-u311gg/YXLmrrfDdaI/AAAAAAAApJg/cOvARcX8uk0xLgCBufQT0ac959W1QBFRACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3665.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6UKv-u311gg/YXLmrrfDdaI/AAAAAAAApJg/cOvARcX8uk0xLgCBufQT0ac959W1QBFRACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3665.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Over the 5 day weekend last week, I read an entire Susan May Warren trilogy, and started another one.&nbsp; I was lamenting that I wouldn't hit my Goodreads goal this year, but I forgot that I tend to do a lot more reading once the weather gets yucky.&nbsp; I may make it (or come pretty close) after all.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--qk7o_FY5XU/YXLmrhuMnYI/AAAAAAAApJo/WJ2oOvpCMTU6qUCWTHa7n6Gq99cT0H9NwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3675.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--qk7o_FY5XU/YXLmrhuMnYI/AAAAAAAApJo/WJ2oOvpCMTU6qUCWTHa7n6Gq99cT0H9NwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3675.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I took this picture to remind me to make a shelf marker to divide the biography section from the Dewey section in picture books.&nbsp; I've emptied out yet another tote this week in the library, and finished processing the October books I ordered last month, and received a bag and box of donated books.&nbsp; All that to say that the additional book volume necessitates some adjustments to our shelves.&nbsp; I'm getting close to having enough room for another half sized bookcase in the library, under the white board.&nbsp; --Not that I *have* another half sized bookcase, but one can hope.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JUTucvRjymU/YXLmrkvdZaI/AAAAAAAApJk/ZaRSwioIP8UFC-t50Z5LsvrpKb33DNaoACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3677.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JUTucvRjymU/YXLmrkvdZaI/AAAAAAAApJk/ZaRSwioIP8UFC-t50Z5LsvrpKb33DNaoACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3677.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Miss Fiona had to check out the empty tote I brought home.&nbsp; Grumman considers such antics beneath him.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wLlMZCSnO-o/YXLmsIiTKdI/AAAAAAAApJs/1PsYeBJ9VMUXB1vQ5Q18OPeDWKBsfEAUACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3680.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wLlMZCSnO-o/YXLmsIiTKdI/AAAAAAAApJs/1PsYeBJ9VMUXB1vQ5Q18OPeDWKBsfEAUACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3680.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />The middle school flag football team had a scrimmage game against the high schoolers.&nbsp; Having kids on both sides, we didn't really care who won, so it was fun to watch.&nbsp; I somehow missed getting a picture of Katie in her uniform.&nbsp; </div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HbhMGpnbeEc/YXWi7OnG67I/AAAAAAAApKI/Zcle-uww1ZcPvahvVQbmH4AtBxBX_6XhACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3684.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HbhMGpnbeEc/YXWi7OnG67I/AAAAAAAApKI/Zcle-uww1ZcPvahvVQbmH4AtBxBX_6XhACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3684.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>So here's a picture of the uniform in the laundry.&nbsp; She's got 2 games coming up this week.<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ThzIjug6vXQ/YXWi7NFqQqI/AAAAAAAApKE/V2uHzEPBbYsZecs3w4yq8Io2tAwof-NNQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3686.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ThzIjug6vXQ/YXWi7NFqQqI/AAAAAAAApKE/V2uHzEPBbYsZecs3w4yq8Io2tAwof-NNQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3686.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Jack Jack lost his glasses at a shoot last summer, and we didn't manage to get him in before school started.&nbsp; Getting both Jack and Hannah into Costco optical center was Top Priority for fall break, and this week the glasses were ready to pick up.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YseVj91LHfI/YXWi7MwiMmI/AAAAAAAApKA/JGjDMQz8rgAhBzALBuEM00LoQGZ5Bb5zgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3688.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YseVj91LHfI/YXWi7MwiMmI/AAAAAAAApKA/JGjDMQz8rgAhBzALBuEM00LoQGZ5Bb5zgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3688.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Hannah's new glasses are about an inch wider than her old ones (which she broke a couple days before the new ones were picked up).&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eURAdg-UBIk/YXWjIwS8CFI/AAAAAAAApKM/MMJTlhH1DAYHNCB7PKuTE5oqTb_QOZwBQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3689.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eURAdg-UBIk/YXWjIwS8CFI/AAAAAAAApKM/MMJTlhH1DAYHNCB7PKuTE5oqTb_QOZwBQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3689.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div>I did guided spider web drawings with a couple classes in the library this week, and thought it would be fun to do them with the girls over the weekend.&nbsp; At home, we used black paper and paint markers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-65380059553546404262021-10-17T11:24:00.000-07:002021-10-17T11:24:06.277-07:00Our Autumn Break Week<a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qg_AutojwH4/YWxkNuxVUcI/AAAAAAAApJY/U4L340X2PWE7BAiEBeX_nkDHBUIj5xNsQCLcBGAsYHQ/s1080/autumn%2Bbreak.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1080" data-original-width="1080" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qg_AutojwH4/YWxkNuxVUcI/AAAAAAAApJY/U4L340X2PWE7BAiEBeX_nkDHBUIj5xNsQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/autumn%2Bbreak.jpg" width="320" /></a><br /><br /><div>There was no school Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week, due to teacher retreat, so the kids and I had a nice 5 day weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nXShRAbe_0s/YWxjLoqCABI/AAAAAAAApJQ/Iw54yudJdqQ4hwKtYOS4yrtHRz1DGQFIQCLcBGAsYHQ/s336/affiliate.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="116" data-original-width="336" height="69" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nXShRAbe_0s/YWxjLoqCABI/AAAAAAAApJQ/Iw54yudJdqQ4hwKtYOS4yrtHRz1DGQFIQCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h69/affiliate.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div><br /></div>We decided to make spooky pretzels for Katie to take to school for Monday's party.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><div class="shareaholic-canvas" data-app-id="4694789" data-app="share_buttons"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LpscNmHtThM/YWxb5X01EOI/AAAAAAAApH8/9tRNeoQ3vUcOiSJCLT4ljvaeybgP2Y9IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_2493.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LpscNmHtThM/YWxb5X01EOI/AAAAAAAApH8/9tRNeoQ3vUcOiSJCLT4ljvaeybgP2Y9IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_2493.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Like my high tech double boiler?<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pr4fnlFuleI/YWxb5Vyr9OI/AAAAAAAApH4/QYE1b5d7Uc4l_pwSSYKRCFoaj8fo8yqYQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_2494%2B%25281%2529.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pr4fnlFuleI/YWxb5Vyr9OI/AAAAAAAApH4/QYE1b5d7Uc4l_pwSSYKRCFoaj8fo8yqYQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_2494%2B%25281%2529.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>When I was a teen, my step mom had a <a href="https://amzn.to/3p7X2g8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fancy wooden chocolate stirring implement</a> in the kitchen.&nbsp; We just use a chopstick.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-onRAqeWo-fM/YWxb5ZQa4AI/AAAAAAAApIA/nZfGzrd111gIyKsrgxDIN4H4tD0F1W7GwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_2497.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-onRAqeWo-fM/YWxb5ZQa4AI/AAAAAAAApIA/nZfGzrd111gIyKsrgxDIN4H4tD0F1W7GwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_2497.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Double duty, as it both stirs the chocolate and picks the pretzels out.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B2akDOPWtYE/YWxb6derXCI/AAAAAAAApIE/CGCQmWrGzQAhw2bF1KajbLSBto0F1TF6wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_2499.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B2akDOPWtYE/YWxb6derXCI/AAAAAAAApIE/CGCQmWrGzQAhw2bF1KajbLSBto0F1TF6wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_2499.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>This was super simple, literally just pretzels, chocolate chips, and <a href="https://amzn.to/3aJLTd5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eyeballs</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vpvBEQ3hYf8/YWxb69GtrkI/AAAAAAAApII/ef4bzHJZPSg1pVzcbOiFuOZYH8S-zjJLgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_2503.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vpvBEQ3hYf8/YWxb69GtrkI/AAAAAAAApII/ef4bzHJZPSg1pVzcbOiFuOZYH8S-zjJLgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_2503.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>But we had fun, and hopefully the kids at school will like them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-E5oaKsGRhEs/YWxb6x4CkyI/AAAAAAAApIM/ouM7WU2mq04Ys35huCTYS7AJUWjxLpkFQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_2504.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-E5oaKsGRhEs/YWxb6x4CkyI/AAAAAAAApIM/ouM7WU2mq04Ys35huCTYS7AJUWjxLpkFQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_2504.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BMohH357d4g/YWxb7POWa6I/AAAAAAAApIQ/wLVBLI-OPYEwd4WEl4eIO0k-moCaEeo1gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3630.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BMohH357d4g/YWxb7POWa6I/AAAAAAAApIQ/wLVBLI-OPYEwd4WEl4eIO0k-moCaEeo1gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3630.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I love biographies, and we have a biography bookcase in the library, but we also have a little section of biographies in the younger kids' section, and I finally got around to putting up a small sign to designate that.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O2mpcEFVJa4/YWxb7qumCUI/AAAAAAAApIU/x4w2MqQRAmAtS-W7ZXoGzbx4ZAZbREptgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3632.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O2mpcEFVJa4/YWxb7qumCUI/AAAAAAAApIU/x4w2MqQRAmAtS-W7ZXoGzbx4ZAZbREptgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3632.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>We received the book <a href="https://amzn.to/3lQkHzA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Camp Max</a> from author <a href="https://www.pennyreeve.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Penny Reeve</a>!&nbsp; She's even got coloring pages and teaching notes for it on her website.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qomtst6DBjY/YWxb8JDFvQI/AAAAAAAApIY/VcKLXlTcpgUXch9TP9WLy-Tczk7aNXSJwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3633.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="2048" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qomtst6DBjY/YWxb8JDFvQI/AAAAAAAApIY/VcKLXlTcpgUXch9TP9WLy-Tczk7aNXSJwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3633.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>This was one of the books I picked up at the book fair last weekend.&nbsp; I think I'm going to do a space theme in January.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FRAzafrAwMg/YWxb8r-ykLI/AAAAAAAApIc/jETe41hbuSM4qPqVkrujgWDhu3QtmQI8ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3634.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FRAzafrAwMg/YWxb8r-ykLI/AAAAAAAApIc/jETe41hbuSM4qPqVkrujgWDhu3QtmQI8ACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3634.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I've been setting aside all the Autumn/October/spooky books and now that we're through Fire Safety Week and Indigenous Peoples' Day, I put them all out.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xRpMf2Y4V_c/YWxb9IN1PkI/AAAAAAAApIg/wLrqkpDXWC4fW-x8xOQeb66DGK5-wD7TwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3635.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xRpMf2Y4V_c/YWxb9IN1PkI/AAAAAAAApIg/wLrqkpDXWC4fW-x8xOQeb66DGK5-wD7TwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3635.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I'm now starting to set aside the Thanksgiving/Christmas books as I run across them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7DQX5JOGqMQ/YWxb9tOPaWI/AAAAAAAApIk/FPiGLaNHkBAMnAsJFD729ZflmZz_Rd0owCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3636.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7DQX5JOGqMQ/YWxb9tOPaWI/AAAAAAAApIk/FPiGLaNHkBAMnAsJFD729ZflmZz_Rd0owCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3636.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Acting on a hot tip I got from a librarian Facebook group, I picked up some new books and stuffed animals at Kohl's.&nbsp; They sell for $5, but the clearance ones are only $2.50, and that makes me happy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fyETQtNkb0k/YWxb9ypoHsI/AAAAAAAApIo/dXXkVVlDUsgovMCMZX7f7HyPGNNGQPzgACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3637.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fyETQtNkb0k/YWxb9ypoHsI/AAAAAAAApIo/dXXkVVlDUsgovMCMZX7f7HyPGNNGQPzgACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3637.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Grumman and Fiona have come to a grudging acceptance of one another.&nbsp; There's still a lot of chittering between them, and the occasional hiss or swat, but they can both hang out on my bed at the same time now, which is huge progress.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rs7fhEp7Ksg/YWxb-Z2oRsI/AAAAAAAApIw/hCAdi5mQ2_QyKYE0wslYXV9ej8r_b82xwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3639.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rs7fhEp7Ksg/YWxb-Z2oRsI/AAAAAAAApIw/hCAdi5mQ2_QyKYE0wslYXV9ej8r_b82xwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3639.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Those tiny dots in the field are the middle school flag football team.&nbsp; Katie has practices 3 days a week now, so I'm getting some extra time in the library while she does that.&nbsp; (Although I stayed in the car and read a book one day.)&nbsp; They have a scrimmage soon, and they're going to be playing a school a couple towns south of us after that.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Unfortunately, a couple of Katie's team mates are immature middle school boys who made comments about Katie being "as fake as her leg."&nbsp; I'm planning to have them read <a href="https://amzn.to/30EIiLH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Molly The Pony</a> and <a href="https://amzn.to/3FRDPoS" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winter's Tail</a> this week.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0qrDo9r87jk/YWxb-epcHtI/AAAAAAAApIs/c19VvLT7nukFb40iisfCWGAF9SR-HrHrwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3643.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0qrDo9r87jk/YWxb-epcHtI/AAAAAAAApIs/c19VvLT7nukFb40iisfCWGAF9SR-HrHrwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3643.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's turning into space heater weather here, and Fiona is a fan of it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-43964759309679155882021-10-11T09:47:00.000-07:002021-10-11T09:47:43.266-07:00Our Week With a Scare<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wu53sx3ZFq0/YWRp8UGKXvI/AAAAAAAApHo/LhP-_sHURk8gJiTY77UACMbiGTPbhi-aACLcBGAsYHQ/s654/fiona%2Bscare.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="654" data-original-width="420" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wu53sx3ZFq0/YWRp8UGKXvI/AAAAAAAApHo/LhP-_sHURk8gJiTY77UACMbiGTPbhi-aACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/fiona%2Bscare.jpg" width="206" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>It's possible we'll get to find out what happens in our partially solar household when the electricity goes down.&nbsp; Northern California is having a "wind event" right now, and PG&amp;E has warned they may preemptively shut down power to 25,000 homes.&nbsp; Lack of rain, dry vegetation, and strong winds are the scary recipe for horrific fires, so people are going to be a little on edge until the wind dies down.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qddg9UT3AN0/YWRjJP6E-7I/AAAAAAAApHg/1jO_ckAGzPw0SyQ-fn5jlXlq3tCTgsHggCLcBGAsYHQ/s336/affiliate.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="116" data-original-width="336" height="69" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qddg9UT3AN0/YWRjJP6E-7I/AAAAAAAApHg/1jO_ckAGzPw0SyQ-fn5jlXlq3tCTgsHggCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h69/affiliate.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="shareaholic-canvas" data-app-id="4694789" data-app="share_buttons"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_e1V9VIP-rI/YWReR-pqYbI/AAAAAAAApGg/P-N9CjbHCSYiFi61BHXB2u9-t1MHtj4ygCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3602.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_e1V9VIP-rI/YWReR-pqYbI/AAAAAAAApGg/P-N9CjbHCSYiFi61BHXB2u9-t1MHtj4ygCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3602.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>In other news... last week, I did candy pumpkin catapults with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FlH3K4KYEi4/YWReSExlFMI/AAAAAAAApGk/8in3pm8QCDEOualsqZ_NLtKszDWq0QQRQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3603.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FlH3K4KYEi4/YWReSExlFMI/AAAAAAAApGk/8in3pm8QCDEOualsqZ_NLtKszDWq0QQRQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3603.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>This is my example catapult, fully loaded with pumpkin candy.&nbsp; I'm glad I did a test one, because I discovered that rubber cement wasn't strong enough to hold the bottle cap, so I used <a href="https://amzn.to/3Awn7ra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">E6000</a>, a glue I discovered in <a href="https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1334639&amp;u=816955&amp;m=51766&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack=" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cricut</a> groups,&nbsp;for the rest of them.&nbsp; (I did pre-glue the lids at home, but the kids did all the rest of the work on their own catapults.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XufKCnEwdfE/YWReSNdKazI/AAAAAAAApGo/mz9SY-30GDQa8aZSVmc4sSSyoxIvPeq-QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3607.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XufKCnEwdfE/YWReSNdKazI/AAAAAAAApGo/mz9SY-30GDQa8aZSVmc4sSSyoxIvPeq-QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3607.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>See the flying orange projectile?</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-utKl9c9adBo/YWReSsfvx5I/AAAAAAAApGs/1Mij6_WmcAsA5yeo_oinuGseMdaU9zbrgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3614.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-utKl9c9adBo/YWReSsfvx5I/AAAAAAAApGs/1Mij6_WmcAsA5yeo_oinuGseMdaU9zbrgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3614.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I did <b>not</b>&nbsp;do this activity with the high school students, but Jack wanted to "borrow" mine one morning before school started.&nbsp; I told him he could, if I could take a picture.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C1IkYiECIsA/YWReTBINB6I/AAAAAAAApGw/IvB-qAYu4uspJ1vmH5YyROvxt8YzCyBSQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3616.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="2048" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C1IkYiECIsA/YWReTBINB6I/AAAAAAAApGw/IvB-qAYu4uspJ1vmH5YyROvxt8YzCyBSQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3616.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I was taking out the used <a href="http://rwrd.io/xej4ogh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kitty Poo Club</a> litter box, and saw that the neighbor's morning glories were growing under the fence.&nbsp; This made me happy, as morning glories are one of my favorite flowers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ya3QGRsSYmc/YWReTNOiJsI/AAAAAAAApG0/mnB2yz2OYQU-LuPUV09aSVII4qzSWMcswCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3620.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ya3QGRsSYmc/YWReTNOiJsI/AAAAAAAApG0/mnB2yz2OYQU-LuPUV09aSVII4qzSWMcswCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3620.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I've emptied out 2 totes in the library!&nbsp; You know, the buckets and boxes I have squirreled all over the room?&nbsp; I've processed 2 whole bins, and started on a third.&nbsp; I'm finally hitting my stride in there.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>These Highlights magazines were an interesting find from one of those totes.&nbsp; They go back to 1977.&nbsp; I kind of hate to toss them, as I feel like they're *so* old that someone must want them, but it's not me.&nbsp; I'm going to leave them in the teachers' workroom and hope they disappear.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-52fGZn6YUHg/YWReTftw3KI/AAAAAAAApG4/gYEzSVSq58snp_Flz-kApxjiSF7hdir5gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3621.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-52fGZn6YUHg/YWReTftw3KI/AAAAAAAApG4/gYEzSVSq58snp_Flz-kApxjiSF7hdir5gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3621.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The city had a book fair!&nbsp; It seemed like a very librarian-y thing to attend, so I stopped by while I was out doing errands.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bmOUMZ6sMXA/YWReT_2whjI/AAAAAAAApHA/w2lCq2ONCUshL_7awe-92ijkH7JDd3a-wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3622.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bmOUMZ6sMXA/YWReT_2whjI/AAAAAAAApHA/w2lCq2ONCUshL_7awe-92ijkH7JDd3a-wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3622.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>It didn't occur to me to take pictures until I was leaving, so I got a shot from the parking lot, essentially to remind me to blog about it.&nbsp; See the blue tent?&nbsp; There were about a dozen in a line behind that one.&nbsp; Friends of the Library, a local club, local authors, the youth symphony, and the literacy foundation were there.&nbsp; I picked up some bookmarks, bought a book, and brought home about half a dozen new acquisitions for the library from the Literacy Foundation's free table.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I also, finally, received my book order that shipped mid September.&nbsp; It took just under 3 weeks to get to me.&nbsp; I was really bummed, because I ordered October books, and had hoped to have them all processed by 10/1, which has not happened yet.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V_Rk8mfY4yg/YWReTy3hb8I/AAAAAAAApG8/6gtle8HOTgMXlOqWZPKKf9z86cX7_we4gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3625.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="2048" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V_Rk8mfY4yg/YWReTy3hb8I/AAAAAAAApG8/6gtle8HOTgMXlOqWZPKKf9z86cX7_we4gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3625.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Fiona is looking contrite, and for good reason.&nbsp; She gave us quite a scare!&nbsp; Someone didn't latch the front door, and she went exploring.&nbsp; She was gone for over 24 hours, and I'd put up posters and checked the shelter website and notified the microchip people.&nbsp; I was very relieved when she reappeared.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mNLoTcI0XT4/YWReUI7z1MI/AAAAAAAApHE/x9KJud_w5YU4oSzRiK3QILmJcLk-hLNEgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3626.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mNLoTcI0XT4/YWReUI7z1MI/AAAAAAAApHE/x9KJud_w5YU4oSzRiK3QILmJcLk-hLNEgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3626.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Speaking of cats, Grumman likes to hang out under long skirts and dresses.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HigRW68aiyw/YWReUlfn4BI/AAAAAAAApHM/cpGa6ahFfcYX_903UuXj0ETu4v5oEUkPACLcBGAsYHQ/s1606/IMG_E3628.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1606" data-original-width="1525" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HigRW68aiyw/YWReUlfn4BI/AAAAAAAApHM/cpGa6ahFfcYX_903UuXj0ETu4v5oEUkPACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_E3628.JPG" width="304" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>I was a little afraid to move when I took this picture.&nbsp; I happen to be wearing that leaf print.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xACUEcXMZ1U/YWReUh8IVMI/AAAAAAAApHI/Hht9CpaJ3kwjb9OEUHKm15jy7fROr402wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3629.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xACUEcXMZ1U/YWReUh8IVMI/AAAAAAAApHI/Hht9CpaJ3kwjb9OEUHKm15jy7fROr402wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3629.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">All's well that ends well.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br /></div></div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-1273501775044841692021-10-04T09:24:00.000-07:002021-10-04T09:24:45.652-07:00Our Week with a Birthday<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-72v4EzcjTps/YVsgFovAT5I/AAAAAAAApEU/aeoBS8pLKsweyFo7qVkRyDJFdQbhqIkIQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/birthday.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-72v4EzcjTps/YVsgFovAT5I/AAAAAAAApEU/aeoBS8pLKsweyFo7qVkRyDJFdQbhqIkIQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/birthday.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>How is it October already?&nbsp; School *just* started!&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VmCxx9KzhCc/YVsgoe-X-OI/AAAAAAAApEk/mwZOUEmG_20eN5HhAA-oj7MB_LdOBlyqQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3543.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VmCxx9KzhCc/YVsgoe-X-OI/AAAAAAAApEk/mwZOUEmG_20eN5HhAA-oj7MB_LdOBlyqQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3543.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Jack helped me take the cats to the local pet store on vaccine clinic day.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7ncgWidQ-RM/YVsgoeiAnEI/AAAAAAAApEg/5TrF_RxtKdoA6lcIB3e4F97_VypWU8CpwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3544.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7ncgWidQ-RM/YVsgoeiAnEI/AAAAAAAApEg/5TrF_RxtKdoA6lcIB3e4F97_VypWU8CpwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3544.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Grumman was Not Having It.&nbsp; As little Jack Jack used to say, "It froke him out."&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-389LmJZSJys/YVsgoPXgZtI/AAAAAAAApEc/_ipgy0ofgbszGXqcvGXLdyiCZciaLgu6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3546.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-389LmJZSJys/YVsgoPXgZtI/AAAAAAAApEc/_ipgy0ofgbszGXqcvGXLdyiCZciaLgu6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3546.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>They both did okay, though, and we got Miss Fiona microchipped while we were at it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2AmkuzzYxtg/YVsgoo3OxTI/AAAAAAAApEo/8PW4UbnTXwwG-HoelJAvzp0_yIp_2hcPQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3548.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2AmkuzzYxtg/YVsgoo3OxTI/AAAAAAAApEo/8PW4UbnTXwwG-HoelJAvzp0_yIp_2hcPQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3548.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>She was being very photogenic one day, so I snapped some pictures.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lZ4U1A1AwDQ/YVsgo2GuKlI/AAAAAAAApEs/Zvh7-zXsu7MIyI7_UDxhI7UKdIwEBS3GACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3552.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lZ4U1A1AwDQ/YVsgo2GuKlI/AAAAAAAApEs/Zvh7-zXsu7MIyI7_UDxhI7UKdIwEBS3GACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3552.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Other times she just sort of sprawls.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Having taken a dozen or so shots of Fiona, I look over and see Grumman watching.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LblQ327yN5Y/YVsgpKFvQDI/AAAAAAAApEw/y7kyX9ahlH4w7ieZfv40HjrQEi3iOAPIgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3562.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LblQ327yN5Y/YVsgpKFvQDI/AAAAAAAApEw/y7kyX9ahlH4w7ieZfv40HjrQEi3iOAPIgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3562.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>"Okay, Grumman, I'll take pictures of you, too.&nbsp; Look at me.&nbsp; Grumman."&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EQg-rjNhL6k/YVsgpSkrpuI/AAAAAAAApE0/YJmOPXL7xUohaZ74oh1kJuGmomcJAtbDQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3563.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EQg-rjNhL6k/YVsgpSkrpuI/AAAAAAAApE0/YJmOPXL7xUohaZ74oh1kJuGmomcJAtbDQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3563.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div>"Hey, Grumman!"&nbsp; :kissy noises:&nbsp; Nope.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Tbr2Majlfls/YVspud-MRWI/AAAAAAAApGY/DQcS-vQctUwDyeQv8ymG3vM18k1h7-Q1QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3565.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Tbr2Majlfls/YVspud-MRWI/AAAAAAAApGY/DQcS-vQctUwDyeQv8ymG3vM18k1h7-Q1QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3565.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div>Not going to look at you.&nbsp; :sigh:&nbsp; Turkey.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rfdC9bmnnBI/YVsiaOeCweI/AAAAAAAApFQ/il2PW5iukZYK0VXp4nDxFKCpN0svn4isgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3549.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rfdC9bmnnBI/YVsiaOeCweI/AAAAAAAApFQ/il2PW5iukZYK0VXp4nDxFKCpN0svn4isgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3549.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I've started making coloring pages to go along with the books I read aloud to the preschool-2nd grade classes.&nbsp; It gives the first ones that check out something to do while they wait for the rest of the class to check out their books.&nbsp; And I'm hoping it will help the parents see what the kids are getting from the library.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uAd6_hNQspE/YVsiax5id2I/AAAAAAAApFY/N8yPvXin_Akb-HCNW8pYuZ5gReio8RYQQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3600.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uAd6_hNQspE/YVsiax5id2I/AAAAAAAApFY/N8yPvXin_Akb-HCNW8pYuZ5gReio8RYQQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3600.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /><div>Fire Safety Week is this week, so I pulled all the fire related books and put them on display.&nbsp; Yes, the kids are absolutely allowed to check out display books.&nbsp; In fact, I often go around after a class leaves and pull more books to put on the easels because the kids usually take the books where they can *see* the whole cover instead of just the spine.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jsckmiBbF6E/YVsiaFz3A1I/AAAAAAAApFM/_tSJUJ4AWx0Fo_JijTKHBjJ7Yax697gtgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3568.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jsckmiBbF6E/YVsiaFz3A1I/AAAAAAAApFM/_tSJUJ4AWx0Fo_JijTKHBjJ7Yax697gtgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3568.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The bulletin board over my desk got an autumn upgrade.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UAhPDvA4J8Y/YVsiaXZVjjI/AAAAAAAApFU/G-s7Np2LqfgInm2wTcmNV4XeO7Eft1tlgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3569.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UAhPDvA4J8Y/YVsiaXZVjjI/AAAAAAAApFU/G-s7Np2LqfgInm2wTcmNV4XeO7Eft1tlgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3569.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">My October Notable Events bookcase.&nbsp; As these get checked out, I'll replace them with autumn/pumpkin theme books.&nbsp; In fact, I ordered a box of October books last month, and they shipped on 9/17, but they aren't here yet.&nbsp; Grr.&nbsp; Not happy about that.&nbsp; But I'm hoping they come today, since they made it to California a few days ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YgtW3jdTJvY/YVsitWMmn_I/AAAAAAAApFw/31_vWOxZ2hMDMJxAtwrRpKCXT2Pucv6RgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3579.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YgtW3jdTJvY/YVsitWMmn_I/AAAAAAAApFw/31_vWOxZ2hMDMJxAtwrRpKCXT2Pucv6RgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3579.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Someone had a birthday!&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d71NbtumsLU/YVsitYxYqkI/AAAAAAAApFo/HaQL-M18GOQvpb4Kjd_HDNzIlT56nWuMACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3588.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d71NbtumsLU/YVsitYxYqkI/AAAAAAAApFo/HaQL-M18GOQvpb4Kjd_HDNzIlT56nWuMACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3588.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Paul made her cake from scratch.&nbsp; It was quite tasty.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kzpAVgmEsZU/YVsitdFq2MI/AAAAAAAApFs/OmqOiUFVp28_9E_KK0aWiaCyYk3uV-TBACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3594.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kzpAVgmEsZU/YVsitdFq2MI/AAAAAAAApFs/OmqOiUFVp28_9E_KK0aWiaCyYk3uV-TBACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3594.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Still not happy about the way they keep growing up.&nbsp; Katie's birthdays always hit me a little harder than the other kids' because she's the baby.&nbsp; I've never had the baby be so old before.&nbsp; Every year, it's a little more letting go of parenting <i>children</i>.&nbsp; Now it's mostly adults, with a couple teens and a tween.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LtqocRHlGKI/YVsiuEPBqXI/AAAAAAAApF0/SkQsVc3IB8EaXVcjRgGe7u2jf9WkFejtQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3597.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LtqocRHlGKI/YVsiuEPBqXI/AAAAAAAApF0/SkQsVc3IB8EaXVcjRgGe7u2jf9WkFejtQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3597.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Speaking of adults...&nbsp; Heather took time off after Kasen was born, then when she had to go back to work, Zach took time off.&nbsp; The package I sent arrived safely, there's Kasen in the bib I Crikey-ed.&nbsp; Now it's time for Zach Zach to go back to work, and Kasen is off to daycare.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i0e1FI6sXwI/YVsiu1VKf3I/AAAAAAAApF8/cETQ64rt9MMsVZe4fV1FAPUavT_KJvsiACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3598.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i0e1FI6sXwI/YVsiu1VKf3I/AAAAAAAApF8/cETQ64rt9MMsVZe4fV1FAPUavT_KJvsiACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3598.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I'm a little sad, wishing I was close enough to offer to watch him.&nbsp; 'Cuz he looks like a cool lil dude that I'd enjoy hanging out with.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A-m-7rCSxp8/YVsivBVLujI/AAAAAAAApGA/tI06ppwuld0KXIDVgUPzQLa8kYAqZezcwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3599.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A-m-7rCSxp8/YVsivBVLujI/AAAAAAAApGA/tI06ppwuld0KXIDVgUPzQLa8kYAqZezcwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3599.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Ugh.&nbsp; Fuel prices are crazy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oLZ072unEis/YVsiu9jeTvI/AAAAAAAApF4/00iF47nPBnU8lkyDeC1GQpu3U8KmtvY_gCLcBGAsYHQ/s1936/IMG_3601%2B%25282%2529.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1452" data-original-width="1936" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oLZ072unEis/YVsiu9jeTvI/AAAAAAAApF4/00iF47nPBnU8lkyDeC1GQpu3U8KmtvY_gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3601%2B%25282%2529.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div>Milestone for Matilda!&nbsp; She hit 10,000 miles on this morning's school run.&nbsp; Took over 17 months, so that's one upside to the pandemic.&nbsp; She definitely still feels like a new car.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div></div></div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-49779993227445497752021-09-30T10:26:00.003-07:002021-09-30T10:31:28.680-07:00We The People movie review #godsnotdeadMIN #GodsNotDeadWeThePeople #MomentumInfluencerNetwork <div>I got the opportunity to see <a href="https://godsnotdead.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">God's Not Dead - The Next Chapter, We The People</a> ahead of it's release date.&nbsp; I liked it!&nbsp; I will say, up front, this was a 2 Kleenex movie for me.&nbsp; I cry at everything, though.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>Quick synopsis:&nbsp; social worker persecutes homeschool families, judge rules they must send kids to school or be found in contempt of court, which means hefty fines and jail time.&nbsp; A trip to Washington DC happens, for the purpose of testifying at a congressional hearing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>This picture is the 4th installment in the God's Not Dead movie series, which I did not know prior to viewing.&nbsp; It does fine as a stand alone film, though.&nbsp; It doesn't feel like you're jumping into the middle of the story.&nbsp; I came away from it wanting to see the first 3 movies, though.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>There are several other fun threads that run through this production, of course.&nbsp; There's kind of an underdog character who has their moment to shine, when a single mom stands before a senate subcommittee and makes a passionate speech.&nbsp; &nbsp;There's a small whiff of romance between a homeschooled teen and a public schooled teen.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>One thing I realized while watching We The People, is that I've become really dependent on the closed captioning on all the streaming services.&nbsp; The screening I watched was not closed captioned, and I know there were things I missed.&nbsp; Oh, the joys of getting old.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>You can get more information about the film and showtimes on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GodsNotDeadTheMovie/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, or at the <a href="https://godsnotdead.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">God's Not Dead</a> website.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Gods-Not-Dead-We-The-People" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buy your tickets</a> for this inspiring, family friendly movie, in theaters October 4-6.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Many thanks to Pinnacle Peak for providing this product/product information for review.&nbsp; Opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by monetary compensation.&nbsp; I did receive the product in exchange for this review and post.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-18230032088440679892021-09-25T10:04:00.000-07:002021-09-25T10:04:10.518-07:00Our Fun & Games Week<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pnSuImgj9Zg/YU9P1Db3pGI/AAAAAAAApEE/SMU6NxAuSsQ-ofK3P2CE38ZWLeiYAIhFgCLcBGAsYHQ/s1350/fun%2Band%2Bgames.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1350" data-original-width="1080" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pnSuImgj9Zg/YU9P1Db3pGI/AAAAAAAApEE/SMU6NxAuSsQ-ofK3P2CE38ZWLeiYAIhFgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/fun%2Band%2Bgames.jpg" width="256" /></a></div><br /><div>Have you seen the popper fidgets?&nbsp; I spotted a game version on Zulily, and it's been a hit in the library.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-emgtV5Vvz-8/YU9AUPlw-gI/AAAAAAAApC8/GbN43HnDQyoB3x2CrvlmQyqXXofWF9ylACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3505.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-emgtV5Vvz-8/YU9AUPlw-gI/AAAAAAAApC8/GbN43HnDQyoB3x2CrvlmQyqXXofWF9ylACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3505.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>It's been interesting to learn the various grades' response to the library.&nbsp; The preschool through second grade love coming to the library.&nbsp; They're excited about getting books.&nbsp; They like story time and crafts.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>The 3rd, 4th, &amp; 5th grade classes, you start to see who likes reading and who does not.&nbsp; I've really been enjoying these classes, because they're well behaved, and more engaged with what I have to say.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The middle school and high school kids are much harder to herd.&nbsp; I've read fun poetry (Shel Silverstein).&nbsp; I've done Mad Libs.&nbsp; I've tried passing out books for everyone to read from for 5 minutes and then switch to a new book.&nbsp; I've read aloud from an adventure book.&nbsp; They don't seem to like any of these, although Mad Libs was almost acceptable.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QoWJZ4I62hA/YU9AUDYQX7I/AAAAAAAApDE/Bo8_zx_Mw54hHXQtTEm0G9l-xC5_FO1JgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3507.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QoWJZ4I62hA/YU9AUDYQX7I/AAAAAAAApDE/Bo8_zx_Mw54hHXQtTEm0G9l-xC5_FO1JgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3507.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Worksheets are met with, "Are we getting graded for this?!"&nbsp; I've taken to bringing in things I hope might keep them entertained for a bit.&nbsp; Games, art, toys, etc.&nbsp; My hope that we'd have meaningful discussion about books seems to have been a fantasy.&nbsp; I have a few readers in each class, but mostly, it's not "cool" to pay attention, participate, check books out, etc.&nbsp; I'm not sure how to reach these guys yet.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zu_PDRg0nSM/YU9AUpoYP4I/AAAAAAAApDI/aQsZQAZT9ro9Swci3CUUQ0qASgQskPahQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3512.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zu_PDRg0nSM/YU9AUpoYP4I/AAAAAAAApDI/aQsZQAZT9ro9Swci3CUUQ0qASgQskPahQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3512.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Ages ago, someone sent me a link to sign the girls up for stuffies with limb differences from <a href="https://www.nubtribe.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nub Tribe</a>.&nbsp; I had forgotten all about it, honestly.&nbsp; This week, a squishy package arrived with a purple hippo for Katie and a pink one for Hannah.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-U15EMNZeHiM/YU9TpK71cQI/AAAAAAAApEM/fisCHmCbcX0egI9_puVczK-rNg27w2nrwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3538.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-U15EMNZeHiM/YU9TpK71cQI/AAAAAAAApEM/fisCHmCbcX0egI9_puVczK-rNg27w2nrwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3538.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div>Miss Hannah also got her NEW LEG this week.&nbsp; I think this was the fastest turnaround time ever from casting to delivery.&nbsp; Paul took the girls to this visit, which was a huge blessing to me.&nbsp; It usually takes several visits to complete a leg, so I was very surprised when he came home with Hannah's old leg, and no Hannah (he dropped them off at school).&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hIHLK1tsPYk/YU9AU9-mJgI/AAAAAAAApDM/T8LHszgQdmcKG0Uu1hk5PiPlFfGORb0xQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3517.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hIHLK1tsPYk/YU9AU9-mJgI/AAAAAAAApDM/T8LHszgQdmcKG0Uu1hk5PiPlFfGORb0xQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3517.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Jack was the yellow pieces.&nbsp; We played a couple quick rounds while dinner was cooking.&nbsp; We each won once.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5m45_7btrjw/YU9AWzBYMgI/AAAAAAAApDk/VolhpNHAcJM9fWLY4LS5QvBm-oF0KvuFwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3527.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5m45_7btrjw/YU9AWzBYMgI/AAAAAAAApDk/VolhpNHAcJM9fWLY4LS5QvBm-oF0KvuFwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3527.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>I've started to autumn-ify the library.&nbsp; It's not totally level, but I'm working around a piano, so I'm calling it good enough.&nbsp; Text &amp; pennants by Crikey, garland from Hobby Lobby, twine I found in our gardening supplies.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oot6Xu6RTJ0/YU9AVbmRu0I/AAAAAAAApDQ/xSuRCmS5R-AeZ47PDgLpecLo8ngpRrlKgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3519.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oot6Xu6RTJ0/YU9AVbmRu0I/AAAAAAAApDQ/xSuRCmS5R-AeZ47PDgLpecLo8ngpRrlKgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3519.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Out with the animal print shelf markers, in with the leaf print ones.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fXH6kifQcrI/YU9AVuKA5QI/AAAAAAAApDU/VtPtUbJgX3M-eI56dNmz5H2FjxUgYnLdwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3520.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fXH6kifQcrI/YU9AVuKA5QI/AAAAAAAApDU/VtPtUbJgX3M-eI56dNmz5H2FjxUgYnLdwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3520.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The shelves are looking a little bare right now.&nbsp; We've got over 150 books checked out right now.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-03LkXRYgc-0/YU9AVo_iHbI/AAAAAAAApDY/w06SjrM6tkYerOWe79HnSh5lflDbf60QwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3521.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-03LkXRYgc-0/YU9AVo_iHbI/AAAAAAAApDY/w06SjrM6tkYerOWe79HnSh5lflDbf60QwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3521.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>After taking 3 weeks to do the puppy book/craft with the kindergarten &amp; first grade kids, I decided to go much more simple for the preschoolers.&nbsp; They glued the puppy onto the page and some of them wrote their names at the bottom.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s5mYay8PerQ/YU9AWANBu6I/AAAAAAAApDc/40RHI04MdMUqZlLQiN738W2JiO-d3FbdwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3524.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s5mYay8PerQ/YU9AWANBu6I/AAAAAAAApDc/40RHI04MdMUqZlLQiN738W2JiO-d3FbdwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3524.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Another new book order from Library &amp; Educational Services.&nbsp; I try to keep my spending to under $4 bucks a book, so I was thrilled to find a place with lots of $2 and $2.50 books.&nbsp; I've got an order on the way from there.&nbsp; Anyone else notice that shipping seems to be taking longer these days?&nbsp; I've gotten so spoiled with almost instant Amazon deliveries.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--4-K0LvTE00/YU9AWSUisqI/AAAAAAAApDg/e8diVCIJo7EXEtArwIwM4qhldyLdoT_WgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3526.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--4-K0LvTE00/YU9AWSUisqI/AAAAAAAApDg/e8diVCIJo7EXEtArwIwM4qhldyLdoT_WgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3526.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Library lions!&nbsp; Another kindergarten/first grade project.&nbsp; As a homeschooler, projects take as long as they take, and that's okay.&nbsp; In the library, I get them for a certain amount of time, and then they have to move on.&nbsp; I'm still figuring out what we can realistically accomplish in that amount of time.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QxP7FRKaRao/YU9AW9X-LcI/AAAAAAAApDo/NWbErEmvIT4Jok2FzRlVPnkZbz-k8DZdACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3536.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QxP7FRKaRao/YU9AW9X-LcI/AAAAAAAApDo/NWbErEmvIT4Jok2FzRlVPnkZbz-k8DZdACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3536.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br />Good news on the Fi front.&nbsp; Instead of Fiona chasing Grumman all the time, we're starting to see Grumman chase Fiona, too.&nbsp; They're starting to coexist a little better.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-60542765682107986012021-09-19T11:20:00.000-07:002021-09-19T11:20:06.650-07:00Starting to Feel Like Autumn<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O0IJngtCL9g/YUdlWHazQ2I/AAAAAAAApB0/V-eNEeZ1YjMlS1R_T-1Ebl0OYG-F1_K9QCLcBGAsYHQ/s1500/autumn.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1500" data-original-width="1000" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O0IJngtCL9g/YUdlWHazQ2I/AAAAAAAApB0/V-eNEeZ1YjMlS1R_T-1Ebl0OYG-F1_K9QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/autumn.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><br /><div>We had our first day where the high temp was less than 80*.&nbsp; I pulled down one of Hannah's new autumn outfits, and snapped a couple pictures.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Z3SBHrYgi9U/YUdmCznLdlI/AAAAAAAApB8/SrT7OjHzogcUiWbRDNn9psjblZhBJRGJwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3482.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Z3SBHrYgi9U/YUdmCznLdlI/AAAAAAAApB8/SrT7OjHzogcUiWbRDNn9psjblZhBJRGJwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3482.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div>As Hannah has gotten bigger, I've been struggling with what she can wear.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FQlLuTnk6EQ/YUdsAoCm3CI/AAAAAAAApCM/iFUT-mpSpbwW8sGaoKhzq4FntYEBv7uPwCLcBGAsYHQ/s336/affiliate.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="116" data-original-width="336" height="69" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FQlLuTnk6EQ/YUdsAoCm3CI/AAAAAAAApCM/iFUT-mpSpbwW8sGaoKhzq4FntYEBv7uPwCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h69/affiliate.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>See, she has kind of a jumble of bones where most people have a thigh bone that points down.&nbsp; This causes her prosthetic to be really bulgy at the top.&nbsp; She can wear stretchy leggings, but she can't wear regular pants at all.&nbsp; (I used to have her wear jeans from the boys department, and now even those aren't loose enough to accommodate her needs.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Dxt2cTxuJeg/YUdmxfKNX_I/AAAAAAAApCE/rGSSRvgH5sIFUFc4EE8Tq3ytGI56bTA6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3477.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Dxt2cTxuJeg/YUdmxfKNX_I/AAAAAAAApCE/rGSSRvgH5sIFUFc4EE8Tq3ytGI56bTA6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3477.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div>Now she's in that awkward stage where kid sizes are too small and adult sizes are too big.&nbsp; It's been a challenge.&nbsp; I was really sad when she outgrew a couple of <a href="http://brandcycle.go2cloud.org/aff_c?offer_id=885&amp;aff_id=98" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">my favorite brands</a>.&nbsp; But then I discovered some of them do adult sizes.&nbsp; Like mother-daughter matching type stuff.&nbsp; So, this gorgeous sunflower tunic that's close to perfect for Hannah is actually an XS adult top.&nbsp; Having discovered a good fit for her, I'll be snagging some more of these the next time they pop up on <a href="https://brandcycle.go2cloud.org/aff_c?offer_id=261&amp;aff_id=98" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zulily</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pYPCal3uW8A/YUTUvC62lcI/AAAAAAAAo_M/H1QWSWYGur4T4WYKeSCBgxo9XXlomKN-QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3417.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pYPCal3uW8A/YUTUvC62lcI/AAAAAAAAo_M/H1QWSWYGur4T4WYKeSCBgxo9XXlomKN-QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3417.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Up to more craziness in the school room.&nbsp; &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5wHynx4XQv0/YUTUu8VHq8I/AAAAAAAAo_E/eabTOrsBf8sUmNh4ygvFvuqgsoUFp-2GQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3418.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5wHynx4XQv0/YUTUu8VHq8I/AAAAAAAAo_E/eabTOrsBf8sUmNh4ygvFvuqgsoUFp-2GQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3418.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Those are toilet paper tubes, cut in half, and painted with <a href="https://amzn.to/39mfus9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tempera paint</a>.<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hi3UCWRBtg0/YUTUu12xxuI/AAAAAAAAo_I/IJpBptZEREcuZpGIprI05zz8lUDLZSLBACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3420.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hi3UCWRBtg0/YUTUu12xxuI/AAAAAAAAo_I/IJpBptZEREcuZpGIprI05zz8lUDLZSLBACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3420.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>And a very stealthy proof of life photo of Jack, who hasn't been seen much on the blog recently.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2VpjbNZNi0o/YUTWm5P6P5I/AAAAAAAApAM/zslmZ5J0Bzoo4cJVUPNElH-vCpPaJ1OlwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2000/3rd%2B4th%2Bbugs.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2000" data-original-width="2000" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2VpjbNZNi0o/YUTWm5P6P5I/AAAAAAAApAM/zslmZ5J0Bzoo4cJVUPNElH-vCpPaJ1OlwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/3rd%2B4th%2Bbugs.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i>In-progress pictures</i></div><br /><div>One of my classes has been learning about insect with their teacher, so I thought we'd do a bug craft in the library.&nbsp; I put out the painted tubes, <a href="https://amzn.to/3znJ7nF" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">googley eyes</a>, <a href="https://amzn.to/3lVAZ9p" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sticker eyes</a>, <a href="https://amzn.to/39haEfS" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pipe cleaners</a>, <a href="https://amzn.to/39iAr7p" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scissors</a>, <a href="https://amzn.to/39gAZL8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">black washi tape</a>, black <a href="https://amzn.to/3CGu3nl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">paint daubers</a>, <a href="https://amzn.to/2XuXw46" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">coffee filters</a>, <a href="https://amzn.to/3kkITcy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">white glue</a>, <a href="https://amzn.to/2XtJsYP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">glue sticks</a>, and <a href="https://amzn.to/3nV4Vom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tissue paper</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aRwywvBBASU/YUTXWFObO7I/AAAAAAAApAU/HlVRovJEJGY9L65nUZuBIEGaa0hFUrFcwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/VWXE4896.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aRwywvBBASU/YUTXWFObO7I/AAAAAAAApAU/HlVRovJEJGY9L65nUZuBIEGaa0hFUrFcwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/VWXE4896.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I showed the kids 3 examples of bugs I'd made.&nbsp; (There's a purple tube body under those coffee filter wings, even though you can't see it.)<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cfmQBIOMJRQ/YUTX1k1bZvI/AAAAAAAApAk/XSxZ0kti7ToMbl1qFa4kwVDyd5OrljV-QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/TFKS3917%2B%25282%2529.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cfmQBIOMJRQ/YUTX1k1bZvI/AAAAAAAApAk/XSxZ0kti7ToMbl1qFa4kwVDyd5OrljV-QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/TFKS3917%2B%25282%2529.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div>But I told them they could do whatever they wanted.&nbsp; They were actually super creative, and I feel like the craft was a success.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-F42JlJOu0RM/YUTYa95z5JI/AAAAAAAApAs/-0LN6h1_RMYJJmuWlurydYfp1wocu3T1wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3459.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-F42JlJOu0RM/YUTYa95z5JI/AAAAAAAApAs/-0LN6h1_RMYJJmuWlurydYfp1wocu3T1wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3459.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Especially if the mess they left behind is any indication.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V5WlFD_5waY/YUTYgRBIPRI/AAAAAAAApAw/ZGoZp_ZavrgHuidQK86H4efiYrw9rmjcwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3462.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V5WlFD_5waY/YUTYgRBIPRI/AAAAAAAApAw/ZGoZp_ZavrgHuidQK86H4efiYrw9rmjcwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3462.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div>Here's one of the K/1 class, student-completed puppy &amp; bus pictures.&nbsp; I like the idea of tying the book and craft together--although we don't have time to read the story, do the craft, and have checkout, all in the same visit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JFfhreTl5R8/YUTUxoP1r1I/AAAAAAAAo_s/fzIx3sU-tII2iK-0tZa1Y4mh3A2G6ErEwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3443.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JFfhreTl5R8/YUTUxoP1r1I/AAAAAAAAo_s/fzIx3sU-tII2iK-0tZa1Y4mh3A2G6ErEwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3443.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div>So it was story &amp; checkout one visit; checkout &amp; paint puppies one visit; and finally, cut out bus and glue puppy &amp; bus to larger paper the third visit.&nbsp; We reviewed the story at visits 2 &amp; 3.&nbsp; I'm hoping they can use the picture to tell their grown ups what happened in the story.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GMfolVKESwI/YUTUvj4EfQI/AAAAAAAAo_Q/dz5mPpSVSDYV-XDAqgpIxenh3k-b3iR8gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3421.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="2048" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GMfolVKESwI/YUTUvj4EfQI/AAAAAAAAo_Q/dz5mPpSVSDYV-XDAqgpIxenh3k-b3iR8gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3421.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The day I handed back their completed (and dry!) bus projects, we read a lion book.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iaNo0CLx_rY/YUTUwRoV4_I/AAAAAAAAo_Y/h7j3yPo1T7QHn2ZROHuIFboWvLDYyf9TACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3424.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iaNo0CLx_rY/YUTUwRoV4_I/AAAAAAAAo_Y/h7j3yPo1T7QHn2ZROHuIFboWvLDYyf9TACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3424.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I've been cutting yarn during my TV time.&nbsp; We'll be making lions next week, if all goes well.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Pcwr-yrOID0/YUTUwSIWRvI/AAAAAAAAo_U/oja6vcL8Xn4pmyvXrclAX7sfuqtCOlujgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3422.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Pcwr-yrOID0/YUTUwSIWRvI/AAAAAAAAo_U/oja6vcL8Xn4pmyvXrclAX7sfuqtCOlujgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3422.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />I was outside and turned around to find Fiona watching me.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xT1v4VjNQag/YUTUwSuYylI/AAAAAAAAo_c/ikq8fwZ-dfwX8Er2y36o7Q9PO5t21u4ngCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3433.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xT1v4VjNQag/YUTUwSuYylI/AAAAAAAAo_c/ikq8fwZ-dfwX8Er2y36o7Q9PO5t21u4ngCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3433.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>We've dwindled down to a single library book being picked up from the city library.&nbsp; Hannah needed <a href="https://amzn.to/3Crwaey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this one</a> for school.&nbsp; Jack's class is currently reading <a href="https://amzn.to/3ExvJBb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fahrenheit 451</a>, and Katie's class is reading <a href="https://amzn.to/3nSV2rD" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hobbit</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iEdclWa2zgY/YUTUw5J_GII/AAAAAAAAo_g/Edohvtt_hqInAbPLzLggg2nzGu2i_WfewCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3434.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iEdclWa2zgY/YUTUw5J_GII/AAAAAAAAo_g/Edohvtt_hqInAbPLzLggg2nzGu2i_WfewCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3434.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>This was a craft book project that Katie completed a couple weeks ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nhQl3kLdsAE/YUTUxIvcN3I/AAAAAAAAo_k/NC_GzRnwL1E0cxEyxrV62rLGlZXo2qUkQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3435.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nhQl3kLdsAE/YUTUxIvcN3I/AAAAAAAAo_k/NC_GzRnwL1E0cxEyxrV62rLGlZXo2qUkQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3435.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>"Mom?&nbsp; Can you take a picture of this so I can throw it away?"&nbsp; Okay then.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YYphqE0DFFo/YUTUxTqvtuI/AAAAAAAAo_o/sqquZGBzBMYUNprmiv1AalqS_PjhbyPxACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3438.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YYphqE0DFFo/YUTUxTqvtuI/AAAAAAAAo_o/sqquZGBzBMYUNprmiv1AalqS_PjhbyPxACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3438.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Josiah was house sitting recently, and I think Fiona missed him.&nbsp; He's her favorite.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WV2_RUUQpZI/YUTUxlDSTYI/AAAAAAAAo_w/8HTDXkk5hAMP8bg3qr4xLuRXKrfw0GUUgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3448.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WV2_RUUQpZI/YUTUxlDSTYI/AAAAAAAAo_w/8HTDXkk5hAMP8bg3qr4xLuRXKrfw0GUUgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3448.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;She's a pretty little cat.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DGr_MyN6wyc/YUTcYw5RY5I/AAAAAAAApBA/SHhoufMq-EgRBjgYnwNzMRDr1PjdPKAoQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3463.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DGr_MyN6wyc/YUTcYw5RY5I/AAAAAAAApBA/SHhoufMq-EgRBjgYnwNzMRDr1PjdPKAoQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3463.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The library white board is magnetic.&nbsp; I took the Magnatiles to school and let the high schoolers play with them as one of the "stations" I did this week.&nbsp; There were also a couple games, origami book &amp; paper, and...&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AsjNUccGp20/YUTcYxgU8XI/AAAAAAAApA8/3gplbrsh-m8ChaJ8i2jbV34v_RQzyumogCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3467.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AsjNUccGp20/YUTcYxgU8XI/AAAAAAAApA8/3gplbrsh-m8ChaJ8i2jbV34v_RQzyumogCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3467.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The <a href="https://amzn.to/3EzBo9Z" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thumbprint Drawing Book</a>, which I set out with a stamp pad and some paper.&nbsp; Some students produced drawings like this, similar to the ideas in the book, or even followed the book's tutorials to create exact copies of the examples shown.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VAsy3zf2vtQ/YUTcZ56aVGI/AAAAAAAApBM/b19CVnAEOpwhPKbyEbdgx9nFnzRPkXL6ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3474.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VAsy3zf2vtQ/YUTcZ56aVGI/AAAAAAAApBM/b19CVnAEOpwhPKbyEbdgx9nFnzRPkXL6ACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3474.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I Crikey-ed up a couple bibs and an orange sleeper.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FGkgqtRP_bY/YUTcaqjhNEI/AAAAAAAApBQ/GxNxgOytmoYI5ZJUISUBSvBSgG2cGFRMwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3475.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FGkgqtRP_bY/YUTcaqjhNEI/AAAAAAAApBQ/GxNxgOytmoYI5ZJUISUBSvBSgG2cGFRMwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3475.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The color on this is horrible, that's red on royal blue.&nbsp; I used a heart for the period.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rBta9ILeXss/YUTcbCmbHBI/AAAAAAAApBU/hTIXM0gy2xMeiRrxOhKtLF20-pJ7lm1GQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3476.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rBta9ILeXss/YUTcbCmbHBI/AAAAAAAApBU/hTIXM0gy2xMeiRrxOhKtLF20-pJ7lm1GQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3476.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div>And this is where I struggled.&nbsp; The longest word is 2.6".&nbsp; Weeding this was a challenge to my eyesight.&nbsp; Pulling off everything *except* the words from the fronting (like backing, only on the front) when my Crikey's knife is getting dull...&nbsp; Tiny green on green not quite cut madness.&nbsp; I'm really happy it turned out well, and I'm making a mental note not to attempt anything that little again.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bE3SlGNyxeI/YUThmVX_nyI/AAAAAAAApBs/5j0Gb73DuxEsW3vw6c3rJdsdXUmtnsxXwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1920/UGHQ9303.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1920" data-original-width="1080" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bE3SlGNyxeI/YUThmVX_nyI/AAAAAAAApBs/5j0Gb73DuxEsW3vw6c3rJdsdXUmtnsxXwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/UGHQ9303.JPG" width="180" /></a></div><br /><div>Snagged during a recent FaceTime.&nbsp; Lil guy is adorable, and the big guy is smitten, which I think is adorable, too.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GI7gbG9UGpE/YUd5wXZNtuI/AAAAAAAApCc/cPrQHjGfclETVDvsaMVR-AwC9K48C-S0gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3483.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GI7gbG9UGpE/YUd5wXZNtuI/AAAAAAAApCc/cPrQHjGfclETVDvsaMVR-AwC9K48C-S0gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3483.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I put out bookmarks for the students to take during checkout for all the classes from 3rd grade up.&nbsp; Which means we go through a lot of bookmarks.&nbsp; So I've been scouring the 'net for free ones.&nbsp; Sometimes government websites have them in the teaching resources.&nbsp; I also put out a request in a Facebook group for authors, publishers, and book reviewers, and that's where this pile came from.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/outreach/bookmarks.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA has some great printable ones</a>, but my new printer is lousy, and printed them with stripes that shouldn't be there.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vyQO0J6ofMo/YUd5wS-VvnI/AAAAAAAApCY/rE8aUyqCSbA8gAStFe6WXuuXf9grikHWgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3486.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vyQO0J6ofMo/YUd5wS-VvnI/AAAAAAAApCY/rE8aUyqCSbA8gAStFe6WXuuXf9grikHWgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3486.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Oh, the sacrifices my kids have made for this library!&nbsp; Kellogg's is doing a promotion giving away free books with the purchase of specially marked packages.&nbsp; So my kids are eating Froot Loops and other random Kellogg's products to do their part.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8BhhIR6M5Hc/YUd5wPVs3qI/AAAAAAAApCU/wEzxLR4TLvcyvL6Z1GbDlxtk7xx81ykggCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3487.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8BhhIR6M5Hc/YUd5wPVs3qI/AAAAAAAApCU/wEzxLR4TLvcyvL6Z1GbDlxtk7xx81ykggCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3487.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Miss Fiona climbed right into my lap one day.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fnUXOjJZhDs/YUd5w2sDDdI/AAAAAAAApCg/NjEKnvsVatAqYmC8FFoQ8ajPZbEvQABowCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3490.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="2048" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fnUXOjJZhDs/YUd5w2sDDdI/AAAAAAAApCg/NjEKnvsVatAqYmC8FFoQ8ajPZbEvQABowCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3490.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I thought I had killed the plant Sam gave me for Mother's Day.&nbsp; I'm terrible about killing plants.&nbsp; But I started watering it regularly, and it came back.&nbsp; I'm so happy to see it blooming again!&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Zk6cgq0v6IU/YUd5xE-tHCI/AAAAAAAApCo/fbBnQ6Ods2kyXOwM5wJ5pDcc-bZbL1QdwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3494.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Zk6cgq0v6IU/YUd5xE-tHCI/AAAAAAAApCo/fbBnQ6Ods2kyXOwM5wJ5pDcc-bZbL1QdwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3494.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Jack Jack participated in a charity shoot yesterday.&nbsp; He had a great time, which made me happy for him.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uMokB17-eaw/YUd5xJn9R1I/AAAAAAAApCk/l2IrVkzCzwY8uzmU-WaIELQBrLuY7mWowCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3495.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uMokB17-eaw/YUd5xJn9R1I/AAAAAAAApCk/l2IrVkzCzwY8uzmU-WaIELQBrLuY7mWowCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3495.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div>I zapped Zach some <a href="https://amzn.to/39iU674" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon money</a> for his birthday, and he sent me a picture of the hat he used it on.&nbsp; With a little Kasen love thrown in on the side.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div><div><br /></div><div>Whew!&nbsp; That's all for this week.&nbsp; We're heading back to Shriners next week, hoping for big progress on Hannah's new leg, and maybe an ankle cover for Katie.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-76358779745510149322021-09-09T10:44:00.000-07:002021-09-09T10:44:31.589-07:00Our Not Very Exciting Week<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Js_KQe1tOjw/YTpEvXV4O9I/AAAAAAAAo-4/FS1gPsquvuQiW60NeFsaCr0n_Q69kihHQCLcBGAsYHQ/s1500/not%2Bvery%2Bexciting.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1500" data-original-width="1000" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Js_KQe1tOjw/YTpEvXV4O9I/AAAAAAAAo-4/FS1gPsquvuQiW60NeFsaCr0n_Q69kihHQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/not%2Bvery%2Bexciting.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Maybe that's just what we needed, after both Eli and Sam visiting, and traveling out of state, and the start of school--a not very exciting week.&nbsp; Things are starting to settle into our new routine now.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CUf462FXnv0/YTJhdnA6wTI/AAAAAAAAo9g/X07TEhOcoooMSPxFCbgbF4pTntvVq1RYgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3381.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CUf462FXnv0/YTJhdnA6wTI/AAAAAAAAo9g/X07TEhOcoooMSPxFCbgbF4pTntvVq1RYgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3381.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Oh look!&nbsp; A normal cat!&nbsp; One that goes in bags and boxes.&nbsp; Grumman doesn't do that, so it's been fun to watch Fiona do cat things.&nbsp; She seems to be gravitating toward Josiah as her person.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l55MXmWIWpA/YTJhdzT0aVI/AAAAAAAAo9k/Vrs4JtlW2mcglG72RCpZpcVk6vpuf9GagCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3389.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l55MXmWIWpA/YTJhdzT0aVI/AAAAAAAAo9k/Vrs4JtlW2mcglG72RCpZpcVk6vpuf9GagCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3389.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Some of the finished bookmarks from last time.&nbsp; I did the project again with a different class this week.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-90SIhN-UjBM/YTUPN0rojFI/AAAAAAAAo-I/8GArocN34NkMiWlU7WaEBH-kf6urlqVcQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3408.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-90SIhN-UjBM/YTUPN0rojFI/AAAAAAAAo-I/8GArocN34NkMiWlU7WaEBH-kf6urlqVcQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3408.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I'm pleased with how they turned out, and Kelly over at <a href="https://www.kellysclassroomonline.com/2021/09/upcycled-bookmarks.html" target="_blank">Kelly's Classroom Online</a> liked them so much, she asked me to guest post on her blog.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I also threw a map in there to make a few geography bookmarks.&nbsp; I love how those turned out, so I'll be on the lookout for an old atlas I can hack up.&nbsp; I'm eyeballing an old hymnal, too.&nbsp; Might take a second look at some travel magazines...&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wGnvhWscCbI/YTJhdkQLGCI/AAAAAAAAo9c/kwsmLrlmFlE204Ghz3zyWMMNJEdGVoHRACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3401.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wGnvhWscCbI/YTJhdkQLGCI/AAAAAAAAo9c/kwsmLrlmFlE204Ghz3zyWMMNJEdGVoHRACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3401.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I read The Puppy Who Went to School with the kindergarten and first grade, and they painted black dogs with white paint.&nbsp; The next week, I brought in simple school bus coloring pages printed on yellow paper for them to cut out.&nbsp; They glued the bus and the puppy to a sheet of 11x17" construction paper so they can tell their grown ups that the puppy followed the bus to school.&nbsp; &nbsp;(Except I notice that one child's project has the bus about to run over the dog, instead, lol.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_Nk4hw25ntc/YTJheT-M2SI/AAAAAAAAo9o/d_AM8Fr8U7AxzQYLutrl3uMTahrZjN7HACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3403.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_Nk4hw25ntc/YTJheT-M2SI/AAAAAAAAo9o/d_AM8Fr8U7AxzQYLutrl3uMTahrZjN7HACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3403.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Since it's September now, I changed out my August Notable Events for September ones.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u8CujE0Tuvo/YTJhe_qWgNI/AAAAAAAAo9s/BHCe90L5Q5s6h759JxRAXvXu5ZdFAZYtQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3404.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u8CujE0Tuvo/YTJhe_qWgNI/AAAAAAAAo9s/BHCe90L5Q5s6h759JxRAXvXu5ZdFAZYtQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3404.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>One of the teachers told me about BidRL.com, an auction site for overstocks and damaged goods.&nbsp; I was able to get both the ottomans in this picture really cheap.&nbsp; Trying to have enough seating so that we're not always at the tables.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fFBoTHrH2pM/YTJhewtNWAI/AAAAAAAAo9w/PB4guu-0U_0NuJ8OGSZsPfZNPQ9k3v3xACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3405.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fFBoTHrH2pM/YTJhewtNWAI/AAAAAAAAo9w/PB4guu-0U_0NuJ8OGSZsPfZNPQ9k3v3xACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3405.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I found a new to me site with $2 books and went a little bit crazy, so I put the new titles on display as they were finished being processed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jAMHw_nxrBs/YTJhiYkEf8I/AAAAAAAAo90/vcm1W4hIb2ct5CVS_XVibhFVdGQwmLiBACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3400.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jAMHw_nxrBs/YTJhiYkEf8I/AAAAAAAAo90/vcm1W4hIb2ct5CVS_XVibhFVdGQwmLiBACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3400.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />The girls had another visit to Shriners this week.&nbsp; I hate for them to miss school so early in the year, but Hannah really needs that new leg.&nbsp; We go back in 3 weeks.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CBzIyNSVNZE/YTor2xHXgnI/AAAAAAAAo-U/SfMcLb6sH9kaInrtSe47U1mCrqKyB0oewCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3385.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CBzIyNSVNZE/YTor2xHXgnI/AAAAAAAAo-U/SfMcLb6sH9kaInrtSe47U1mCrqKyB0oewCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3385.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Our city library hauls get smaller and smaller, yet we're still surrounded by books.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RGEELHa919c/YTos8N4opUI/AAAAAAAAo-g/X46e4WSybMMtwguLvyIg8esYJBSQTBtgQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/spine%2Blabel%2Blesson.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1638" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RGEELHa919c/YTos8N4opUI/AAAAAAAAo-g/X46e4WSybMMtwguLvyIg8esYJBSQTBtgQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/spine%2Blabel%2Blesson.jpg" width="256" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I talked about spine labels with my 3rd &amp; 4th grade students this week.&nbsp; This was actually harder for them than I anticipated, so I'll be using this worksheet with my 5th grade class and the middle schoolers, too.&nbsp; The high schoolers got the lesson on the white board without the worksheet.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dCeSNytkbIc/YTouFkZ-uvI/AAAAAAAAo-s/14_SAFILZ24QMc5NB-sW8nLKrip44PT-wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3344.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dCeSNytkbIc/YTouFkZ-uvI/AAAAAAAAo-s/14_SAFILZ24QMc5NB-sW8nLKrip44PT-wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3344.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I'm mostly done with my library binder.&nbsp; I took pictures of the students as they checked out book the first week, and now I have all the students name, photo, and barcode sorted by class, so that I can have that class' pages open when they come in, and scan their barcode to check their books out, without having to ask, "What's your name again?"&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gbV443elJls/YTouFgsxIgI/AAAAAAAAo-o/Vl3pCTqwFlU8OeQJ1EBhyet6arc3iF1EwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3255.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gbV443elJls/YTouFgsxIgI/AAAAAAAAo-o/Vl3pCTqwFlU8OeQJ1EBhyet6arc3iF1EwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3255.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /></div><div>This is super helpful to me, because I struggle with names, and now I'm having to learn 100 of them all at once.&nbsp; (What's Katie got going on here, fashion wise?&nbsp; She decided to wear her PE uniform under her clothes that day.&nbsp; The funny thing is, I noticed the hem of her shorts peeking out from under her skirt that day, and totally missed the shirt weirdness until I saw the picture later.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Next week's lesson plans include a review of fiction/non-fiction, and an insect related craft.&nbsp; There's a lion craft I want to do, too, but I have yet to sit and chop 3 skeins of yarn into little bitty pieces.&nbsp; Maybe a little mindless television is in order.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-49334424177803597562021-08-30T10:07:00.002-07:002021-08-30T10:07:24.043-07:00Goodbyes and More Goodbyes<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CEvz0-aGw7U/YS0Ov0iPs-I/AAAAAAAAo9U/4EX1SQ59FFgY5RoUVoeQOI7XsBUa-haUgCLcBGAsYHQ/s1350/goodbyes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1350" data-original-width="1080" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CEvz0-aGw7U/YS0Ov0iPs-I/AAAAAAAAo9U/4EX1SQ59FFgY5RoUVoeQOI7XsBUa-haUgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/goodbyes.jpg" width="256" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>I'm finding it difficult to make time to blog these days, but I do have things to share, so here goes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Remember last time I showed a splotchy watercolor page?&nbsp; That turned into this:&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-K0uibyhCMuc/YSz-_DgzH6I/AAAAAAAAo6c/fq-EeJM3ELETWqBgUNmtvRysSjGJSKgoQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3210.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-K0uibyhCMuc/YSz-_DgzH6I/AAAAAAAAo6c/fq-EeJM3ELETWqBgUNmtvRysSjGJSKgoQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3210.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Super easy, yet beautiful, bookmarks.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I-gbbuTJ4XQ/YSz-_SFRPpI/AAAAAAAAo6k/NBtkJygOEy4L-_R7UDP4L6hIs4gaPsn5wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3213.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I-gbbuTJ4XQ/YSz-_SFRPpI/AAAAAAAAo6k/NBtkJygOEy4L-_R7UDP4L6hIs4gaPsn5wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3213.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /></div><div>Liquid watercolor, pipettes, Crikey, and laminator.&nbsp; &nbsp;I thought to myself, "Self, you could do this project with the second graders, it's so easy!"&nbsp; Self should have laughed at me, knowing that I have them for only 30 minutes, and also planned to go over rules, book care, introductions, etc, *and* do checkout.&nbsp; In 30 minutes.&nbsp; So that was kind of a disaster.&nbsp; But now I know.&nbsp; Honestly, one of my favorite parts of teaching is how much <i>I</i> learn.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zJ9P9kkafc0/YSz_oX9rd3I/AAAAAAAAo7o/fxxNuq6Thj4fz5lUuMMP2o94gowAzgsoQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3286.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zJ9P9kkafc0/YSz_oX9rd3I/AAAAAAAAo7o/fxxNuq6Thj4fz5lUuMMP2o94gowAzgsoQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3286.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>I split the kids into two groups, thinking one group painting, one group selecting books and checking out, and then they'd switch.&nbsp; Erm.&nbsp; I underestimated how long things would take.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-As-s3SbFmG0/YSz_oqo7yMI/AAAAAAAAo7s/ntAhRYjbmfQR7ZRgl9DpdteuOYV3lUrhACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3289.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-As-s3SbFmG0/YSz_oqo7yMI/AAAAAAAAo7s/ntAhRYjbmfQR7ZRgl9DpdteuOYV3lUrhACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3289.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><i>(side note:&nbsp; the paper towels under the pages were pretty when they dried and I couldn't bear to just toss them, so I'm using them when I clean Tuzi's cage, and they make me smile.)</i></div><div><br /></div><div>But most of the students got to paint, and everyone eventually got a book, and all's well that ends well, right?&nbsp; Their bookmarks turned out beautiful, and I was able to Crikey cut 2 bookmarks from most pages, so everyone will be getting a finished bookmark.&nbsp; I'm going to try this project again this week with another class, and more realistic expectations for what else we can accomplish.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ym2V4nWDihU/YSz-_cQyJrI/AAAAAAAAo6g/466AE_vcVtYVj7orVKxl-lnoRMgbG1MAwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3214.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ym2V4nWDihU/YSz-_cQyJrI/AAAAAAAAo6g/466AE_vcVtYVj7orVKxl-lnoRMgbG1MAwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3214.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Mid road trip potty stop.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Iv5GGelVI5A/YSz-_hRL6hI/AAAAAAAAo6o/B0EMM4vbrJk5X_H4mDFOHyGuE2hsJzh-wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3219.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Iv5GGelVI5A/YSz-_hRL6hI/AAAAAAAAo6o/B0EMM4vbrJk5X_H4mDFOHyGuE2hsJzh-wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3219.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>We went to Nevada for a funeral.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aOO2Ej9be54/YSz_AGxtx7I/AAAAAAAAo6w/8RXwSYJ5krMVBE4hpXskGpF1vcagoPOPACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3231.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aOO2Ej9be54/YSz_AGxtx7I/AAAAAAAAo6w/8RXwSYJ5krMVBE4hpXskGpF1vcagoPOPACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3231.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>It was nice having most of the family together, even though it was for a sucky reason.&nbsp; Bri tried to make it, but their flight was cancelled.&nbsp; Zach's got a new baby, so they elected not to travel.&nbsp; But 7 out of 9 is really impressive for my crew, so I enjoyed that.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qb4qVPp365Q/YSz-_xTuA5I/AAAAAAAAo6s/MHh9THI2REEKizWhf77dZPob2eH7sGl8wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3221.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qb4qVPp365Q/YSz-_xTuA5I/AAAAAAAAo6s/MHh9THI2REEKizWhf77dZPob2eH7sGl8wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3221.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Even just seeing them interact with each other warms my heart.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RjwRl4tZIWY/YSz_AX__ofI/AAAAAAAAo60/2ES3xvcu2pcZhS4gZCMSdwyUJgRSW9F8wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3233.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RjwRl4tZIWY/YSz_AX__ofI/AAAAAAAAo60/2ES3xvcu2pcZhS4gZCMSdwyUJgRSW9F8wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3233.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Later, at the hotel, swimming happened.</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ke3XZZkpNxA/YSz_mSVRXMI/AAAAAAAAo7M/7rnWmizXqzsF3FYOAmatXlIKNGtKQhHyQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3234.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ke3XZZkpNxA/YSz_mSVRXMI/AAAAAAAAo7M/7rnWmizXqzsF3FYOAmatXlIKNGtKQhHyQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3234.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>And lounging.</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kiQ2fotoODE/YSz_mDFgIRI/AAAAAAAAo7I/MJ5EpZuUlJ89QKEygqnu3o7aMTJWQ8-QQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3235.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kiQ2fotoODE/YSz_mDFgIRI/AAAAAAAAo7I/MJ5EpZuUlJ89QKEygqnu3o7aMTJWQ8-QQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3235.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>And socializing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hkdkds8mIto/YSz_ma4BPOI/AAAAAAAAo7Q/ge6fK4YCaG0DZkromFoz8luoAWf6H6zaQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3238.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hkdkds8mIto/YSz_ma4BPOI/AAAAAAAAo7Q/ge6fK4YCaG0DZkromFoz8luoAWf6H6zaQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3238.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>My Dad and step mom, beautiful examples of what I'd like to be more of.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-POmg6AAQM2k/YSz_myJMwUI/AAAAAAAAo7U/JTrvrQAbKqIYNIxqidKyGwoUilCjtl7vgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3239.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-POmg6AAQM2k/YSz_myJMwUI/AAAAAAAAo7U/JTrvrQAbKqIYNIxqidKyGwoUilCjtl7vgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3239.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Katie got pretty brave in the pool with Jack and Eli.&nbsp; Hannah wasn't having it, so she got out.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_RjoXkB7cbw/YSz_nUikqNI/AAAAAAAAo7Y/eJEH6L48YvAFul9izIbVzHSx3zCkPoE3QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3244.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_RjoXkB7cbw/YSz_nUikqNI/AAAAAAAAo7Y/eJEH6L48YvAFul9izIbVzHSx3zCkPoE3QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3244.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Relatively new on the scene is Josiah's lady friend, Miss M.&nbsp; I'm glad she was there to comfort him, as he was the closest to the deceased from our nuclear family.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-twBywGyBJ6Y/YSz_nSPioWI/AAAAAAAAo7g/h8p3YQR07kMD2q5oL-mQXnqb2sZqv8pNwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3246.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-twBywGyBJ6Y/YSz_nSPioWI/AAAAAAAAo7g/h8p3YQR07kMD2q5oL-mQXnqb2sZqv8pNwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3246.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>We drove through horrible smoke both ways.&nbsp; This is daytime.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NR9hpJZw0Io/YSz_nTTJlHI/AAAAAAAAo7c/7MlSeZymOIYeRTPYU6ZKw7IC_KsKJQFdwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1280/IMG_3248.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1280" data-original-width="960" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NR9hpJZw0Io/YSz_nTTJlHI/AAAAAAAAo7c/7MlSeZymOIYeRTPYU6ZKw7IC_KsKJQFdwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3248.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>As we started getting further from the fires and closer to home, you can see it got much brighter out.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tWvw3nkWihk/YSz_qqT2F4I/AAAAAAAAo8M/GY2MSk6YeMQ32IogPEGVgQhitDkNnEOpgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3356.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tWvw3nkWihk/YSz_qqT2F4I/AAAAAAAAo8M/GY2MSk6YeMQ32IogPEGVgQhitDkNnEOpgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3356.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Sam was home with us for a few days before heading off on his next adventure, so he and the girls started watching Lord of the Rings together.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bMdy_1byEOM/YS0JbIE9PAI/AAAAAAAAo88/8M78ews2NKMImQI9X6M15CwSH5bmDtCRwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4680.JPEG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bMdy_1byEOM/YS0JbIE9PAI/AAAAAAAAo88/8M78ews2NKMImQI9X6M15CwSH5bmDtCRwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_4680.JPEG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div>Eli's visit came to an end.&nbsp; Miss Adorable's family loves him, and they all went to Tahoe together and had other fun adventures.&nbsp; I'm glad they had a nice time.&nbsp; It's good to see him happy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aPkSd5zZ4ec/YS0JPwlJwsI/AAAAAAAAo80/iSGyD11SusA-GRHEPoQ_Mm6iinING8MIwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4812.JPEG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aPkSd5zZ4ec/YS0JPwlJwsI/AAAAAAAAo80/iSGyD11SusA-GRHEPoQ_Mm6iinING8MIwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_4812.JPEG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div>Eli left on a Tuesday,&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jsH2FoPR6Tg/YSz_q5GUQuI/AAAAAAAAo8Q/h_jtB2c6Tb4AplUUj3l5PSmq6LTLW6j8QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3359.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jsH2FoPR6Tg/YSz_q5GUQuI/AAAAAAAAo8Q/h_jtB2c6Tb4AplUUj3l5PSmq6LTLW6j8QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3359.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>and Sam left on Sunday, so my heart is a bit achy, and the house seems quiet and empty without my boys.&nbsp; (Yes, even with 4 kids still at home.)</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GDThV6JJZpE/YSz_ozUZyDI/AAAAAAAAo7w/zxlDoKXQDQMaLL62TXjKARyHBHXdi1wdwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3296.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GDThV6JJZpE/YSz_ozUZyDI/AAAAAAAAo7w/zxlDoKXQDQMaLL62TXjKARyHBHXdi1wdwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3296.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Warning light, eh, tire looks fine.&nbsp; Next day, still on.&nbsp; Paul put some air in it for me.&nbsp; Next day, light was back on.&nbsp; Meh, looks okay.&nbsp; Next day...</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-548hv1bZOrc/YSz_qglT1hI/AAAAAAAAo8I/qRqavcU3Qn0YShDIIqtBz-xfsd9elYp4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3353.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-548hv1bZOrc/YSz_qglT1hI/AAAAAAAAo8I/qRqavcU3Qn0YShDIIqtBz-xfsd9elYp4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3353.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Reading a book at Honda for over an hour, waiting for Matilda to get a new tire.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TXXUTHstWbE/YSz_qQN-MJI/AAAAAAAAo8E/k4rn9asaQow2M5fS4lpqLjIH7T0TL4l2QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3351.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TXXUTHstWbE/YSz_qQN-MJI/AAAAAAAAo8E/k4rn9asaQow2M5fS4lpqLjIH7T0TL4l2QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3351.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Box of new books for the library.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XjG1VsZjweE/YSz_pyzV8tI/AAAAAAAAo78/fZGpOwK865Yd3Um74ZEztoWKV7PmiXSpACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3346.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XjG1VsZjweE/YSz_pyzV8tI/AAAAAAAAo78/fZGpOwK865Yd3Um74ZEztoWKV7PmiXSpACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3346.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Speaking of which, here it is again.&nbsp; This arrangement seems to be working for the moment.&nbsp; It's still very much a work in progress, of course, but we made it through week one okay.&nbsp; I'm going to need more bookcases eventually.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AkewbhiRQ6Q/YSz_oP8s9NI/AAAAAAAAo7k/02PvHam964k3KKicDzF_Chy-I1X1dqruACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3250.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AkewbhiRQ6Q/YSz_oP8s9NI/AAAAAAAAo7k/02PvHam964k3KKicDzF_Chy-I1X1dqruACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3250.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>My classes have different numbers of students, but between table chairs, ottomans (ottomen? lol), the rug, and chairs requisitioned from the class next door, we make it work.&nbsp; I do some rearranging between classes to accommodate various group sizes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Lq23kM9zNjw/YSz_pr4mErI/AAAAAAAAo74/XzOcBun95xwxvFIO4s9ZzLPOFCQj0lZvwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3300.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Lq23kM9zNjw/YSz_pr4mErI/AAAAAAAAo74/XzOcBun95xwxvFIO4s9ZzLPOFCQj0lZvwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3300.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I'm rocking my new Hello Kitty lunch bag.&nbsp; Because I can.&nbsp; The older kids would have rolled their eyes at me.&nbsp; These last few stragglers seem to accept Mom's just a lil weird.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fwZIXnW2Dqo/YSz_o_ZETOI/AAAAAAAAo70/k4cT1RKEM4o05C1h6_NfvYWSMyLHbzXFACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3298.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fwZIXnW2Dqo/YSz_o_ZETOI/AAAAAAAAo70/k4cT1RKEM4o05C1h6_NfvYWSMyLHbzXFACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3298.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I was having a rest when I heard a noise and opened my eyes to this.&nbsp; Yikes!&nbsp; Oh Grumman.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Heading back to Shriners this week.&nbsp; I wish the girls didn't have to miss school already, but Hannah <i>needs</i> to get that new leg going, and it's quite a process.&nbsp; Katie's looking forward to a less conspicuous ankle.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Sorry the formatting is a bit off this week.&nbsp; Blogger put my photos in reverse order, which was a pain to semi-straighten out.&nbsp; I figured posted but imperfect was better than not posting at all.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-626820356307919755.post-53793481601572155522021-08-22T12:32:00.003-07:002021-08-22T12:32:47.329-07:00Our First Day of School Week<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yUFY2oDG9KE/YSKdKeria3I/AAAAAAAAo6U/orqu6lAZ4PY8Nh0TJEeZQNG6F_xuFk7vwCLcBGAsYHQ/s763/first%2Bday%2Bschool.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="763" data-original-width="611" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yUFY2oDG9KE/YSKdKeria3I/AAAAAAAAo6U/orqu6lAZ4PY8Nh0TJEeZQNG6F_xuFk7vwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/first%2Bday%2Bschool.jpg" width="256" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I know I skipped a week, but it's been busy around here!&nbsp; Here are the highlights:&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_j0up1971Rw/YR-pL2-9qhI/AAAAAAAAo38/QOnbpIAYwCwdvGzM2yegZeVT5hdp6yBUACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3148.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_j0up1971Rw/YR-pL2-9qhI/AAAAAAAAo38/QOnbpIAYwCwdvGzM2yegZeVT5hdp6yBUACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3148.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>We had a visit from Grammy &amp; Carl.&nbsp; They made the drive up to see Eli while he is here.&nbsp; We went out to lunch and then...<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ldN5qTKBQGo/YR-pL9BfdrI/AAAAAAAAo34/3B6UfPL3zjIo0nO761O9RcXEgyMVa_6-QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3154.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ldN5qTKBQGo/YR-pL9BfdrI/AAAAAAAAo34/3B6UfPL3zjIo0nO761O9RcXEgyMVa_6-QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3154.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>...Hannah played a song for them on the piano.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-41ugUOGK6A0/YR-pL1Az9YI/AAAAAAAAo4A/ycQYIMTeC8oMJvqDZAHLD6LllZd1m_cigCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3155.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-41ugUOGK6A0/YR-pL1Az9YI/AAAAAAAAo4A/ycQYIMTeC8oMJvqDZAHLD6LllZd1m_cigCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3155.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>And we played Apples to Apples.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OdCvRRiKKVQ/YR-pNns26dI/AAAAAAAAo4E/i2WCwRb5mEE_eTC2fbKih9W1PvUnxvargCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3156.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OdCvRRiKKVQ/YR-pNns26dI/AAAAAAAAo4E/i2WCwRb5mEE_eTC2fbKih9W1PvUnxvargCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3156.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Josiah won, again.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Z5Xls3nJwt8/YR-pORL2CNI/AAAAAAAAo4I/MRgdKUmUT3gIBR2F9QGXpwBxjr4uPHeKACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3158.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Z5Xls3nJwt8/YR-pORL2CNI/AAAAAAAAo4I/MRgdKUmUT3gIBR2F9QGXpwBxjr4uPHeKACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3158.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Poor Fi.&nbsp; She's a decent cat, but Grumman is just not having it.&nbsp; She wants to be where he is, and he wants nothing to do with her.&nbsp; I often walk into my room to find him up on his perch, and her in the rocking chair, as that's about as close as he'll allow.&nbsp; Eli's not a fan of her either; she peed in his duffle bag.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A8i6lFmd0bM/YR-pOrpcXMI/AAAAAAAAo4M/6qC4VSFwIOI8WTiT6n72sZcONYkEHK3NACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3160.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A8i6lFmd0bM/YR-pOrpcXMI/AAAAAAAAo4M/6qC4VSFwIOI8WTiT6n72sZcONYkEHK3NACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3160.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Speaking of Eli, this was taken while we were on a wild goose chase for his favorite Japanese canned coffees.&nbsp; We went to 5 Asian markets before a google search confirmed that it's not sold in the US any more.&nbsp; So he had to go with another brand.&nbsp; He says he's going to use his household goods weight allowance to ship a pallet of the stuff to his next duty station.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_ic-y01I-2k/YR-pPcpX_xI/AAAAAAAAo4Q/a1E1QloGU94Fj5s6mmGgSlVzi3jqrnKDQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3147.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_ic-y01I-2k/YR-pPcpX_xI/AAAAAAAAo4Q/a1E1QloGU94Fj5s6mmGgSlVzi3jqrnKDQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3147.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Donations are starting to trickle in from the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/39FGHYBIMJGJT?ref_=wl_share" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">library wish list</a>!&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A-og3hC7XTg/YR-pP6S4cKI/AAAAAAAAo4U/RMBxvLEKG8AWduI3g1GgbBArkLFuFvJxACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3186.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A-og3hC7XTg/YR-pP6S4cKI/AAAAAAAAo4U/RMBxvLEKG8AWduI3g1GgbBArkLFuFvJxACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3186.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>This makes me so happy!&nbsp; Other people believe in my project!</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3v7AP379wb8/YR-p10c6iEI/AAAAAAAAo44/MvITHqB1aHoLbVrnL0-3v6vAHxaFKaSMACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3174.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3v7AP379wb8/YR-p10c6iEI/AAAAAAAAo44/MvITHqB1aHoLbVrnL0-3v6vAHxaFKaSMACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3174.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Before the pandemic, I was volunteering at Book Den.&nbsp; They graciously allowed me to come pick out a box of books for the library.&nbsp; I <i>packed</i> that box, lol.&nbsp; They donated 85 books!&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YYK4bDX3L6Q/YR-p0K8gl2I/AAAAAAAAo4w/qb4zbgcipB44XSpp8lZ9ILlSwfc67FfsQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3175.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YYK4bDX3L6Q/YR-p0K8gl2I/AAAAAAAAo4w/qb4zbgcipB44XSpp8lZ9ILlSwfc67FfsQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3175.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>We had a 5+ hour visit to Shriners.&nbsp; Katie had x-rays.&nbsp; Looks like we'll be facing surgery soon, but I have yet to hear from the scheduler.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xdcUkWM5ZT4/YR-p0dyShAI/AAAAAAAAo40/MnyjbUyCdNoiGMs8SgR2y7Nol3bfVDroQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3176.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xdcUkWM5ZT4/YR-p0dyShAI/AAAAAAAAo40/MnyjbUyCdNoiGMs8SgR2y7Nol3bfVDroQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3176.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Hannah will be getting a new leg.&nbsp; Katie's leg got lengthened a whopping 1.75"!!!&nbsp; I made this appointment in April.&nbsp; They hadn't been seen since February of 2020, and this was the soonest they could fit the girls in.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9wXOSiRMsK8/YR-p2RxABlI/AAAAAAAAo48/VYogRKmb9BYpFSaxsUDOILg6b3fWdejUQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3178.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9wXOSiRMsK8/YR-p2RxABlI/AAAAAAAAo48/VYogRKmb9BYpFSaxsUDOILg6b3fWdejUQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3178.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>First we did x-rays, then we did "clinic," which was seeing the doctor and prosthetist downstairs.&nbsp; Then we went upstairs and saw a prothetic tech, to lengthen Katie's leg and do some repairs on Hannah's.&nbsp; Then we went to the cafeteria to pick up lunch while we waited for our regular prosthetist to be done with clinic.&nbsp; The cafeteria is reasonably priced.&nbsp; We got a plate with 2 pieces of fish, 2 hush puppies, and spicy rice, plus a soda and 2 juices for $8 something.&nbsp; I had brought snack bars with us, just in case, so everybody got a drink and a bar, and we split the fish &amp; rice.&nbsp; Then the girls played in the sunshine on the rooftop playground.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lqL_ipaDJ8E/YR-p25BcIaI/AAAAAAAAo5A/rdHKLAfoDDw_-Cd438LrqKJ4grhjup5mACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3180.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lqL_ipaDJ8E/YR-p25BcIaI/AAAAAAAAo5A/rdHKLAfoDDw_-Cd438LrqKJ4grhjup5mACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3180.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Hannah said, "Mom, don't you have a picture of me sitting in this?&nbsp; Take another one!"&nbsp; Last time, she actually fit in the half bubble.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GuBGaL2MkIg/YR-p6D288tI/AAAAAAAAo5M/tgEwmZPIF0M4vaPNrYEXPAg-LapzLkQDQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3182.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GuBGaL2MkIg/YR-p6D288tI/AAAAAAAAo5M/tgEwmZPIF0M4vaPNrYEXPAg-LapzLkQDQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3182.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>It felt good to be out in the sunshine.&nbsp; The a/c is too cold in the exam rooms.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gtZ86dkgELE/YR-p5Mruv1I/AAAAAAAAo5E/ouJmspVl37QrdVxfbAuTAIU3RqfZLJBcwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3184.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gtZ86dkgELE/YR-p5Mruv1I/AAAAAAAAo5E/ouJmspVl37QrdVxfbAuTAIU3RqfZLJBcwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3184.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I finally got around to pouring paint on the smaller letters.&nbsp; You can totally tell I did one row at a time.&nbsp; The top is much more blue and the bottom is much more red.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--7nieNMM5OE/YSKZo5KgF5I/AAAAAAAAo6M/zqMkPmvKuHgdhro4i74Ccg9sjPRTR8a6ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3203.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--7nieNMM5OE/YSKZo5KgF5I/AAAAAAAAo6M/zqMkPmvKuHgdhro4i74Ccg9sjPRTR8a6ACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3203.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>But it looks okay now that it's all up on the wall.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OFjgxaz1sUw/YR-p596artI/AAAAAAAAo5I/k4bKEdgaqZo4McJuijBLusJal6LGWN1bACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3185.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OFjgxaz1sUw/YR-p596artI/AAAAAAAAo5I/k4bKEdgaqZo4McJuijBLusJal6LGWN1bACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3185.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Books from the city library.&nbsp; Jack is currently reading Art of War.&nbsp; He's been sharing insights with us.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zbgaH-F3S9w/YR-p8EOlY3I/AAAAAAAAo5Q/ZDVQLCo7ywsjiE88JDkfkLTohvkA8QD8wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3190.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zbgaH-F3S9w/YR-p8EOlY3I/AAAAAAAAo5Q/ZDVQLCo7ywsjiE88JDkfkLTohvkA8QD8wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3190.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The picture book section has filled in quite a bit, and the rug has changed since you last saw this corner.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ks5_th17E8c/YR-p8dnETsI/AAAAAAAAo5U/5sUtFh-YzpMfQDJTq0V6JUE4i6YMOal3ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3193.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ks5_th17E8c/YR-p8dnETsI/AAAAAAAAo5U/5sUtFh-YzpMfQDJTq0V6JUE4i6YMOal3ACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3193.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>The abyss has disappeared.&nbsp; I finally switched from trying to <i>process</i>&nbsp;all the books, to trying to <i>hide</i>&nbsp;the unprocessed books before school started.&nbsp; And I brought in the 3 bookcases that are where the tables covered in books used to be.&nbsp; The white ones have our early chapter books, and the pink one currently has a display of August Notable Events and books relating to those.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J-_tmme_Wm4/YR-p8l1SsrI/AAAAAAAAo5Y/NiNM5rElNOwt4JXnkQjB3RcaMoWDP0j9wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3196.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J-_tmme_Wm4/YR-p8l1SsrI/AAAAAAAAo5Y/NiNM5rElNOwt4JXnkQjB3RcaMoWDP0j9wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3196.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>I decided to get in the Back to School picture this year.&nbsp; Paul took these for me.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Vcs6ZCnYoQo/YR-p-N4BF5I/AAAAAAAAo5c/L2_t1SMDHXQGiSw9JjJD7_0UYdACuXjDgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3201.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Vcs6ZCnYoQo/YR-p-N4BF5I/AAAAAAAAo5c/L2_t1SMDHXQGiSw9JjJD7_0UYdACuXjDgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3201.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>6th grade, 9th grade, 12th grade, and library.&nbsp; I am a little concerned with how the transition will go for the girls.&nbsp; Socially, they lost an important year.&nbsp; When they were in school before, Katie was a 4th grader--now she's a Middle Schooler.&nbsp; That's a big leap.&nbsp; When they were in school before, Hannah was a 7th grader, now she's in High School.&nbsp; That's also a big leap.&nbsp; They've been At Home for over a year, whereas their classmates mostly continued attending school.&nbsp; I feel funny even saying this, as a homeschooler at heart, but there's a certain amount of social peer pressure that helps them understand what normal behavior looks like.&nbsp; They've missed 15 months of developing those cues.&nbsp; Hopefully, they'll do just fine, and I worry for nothing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qzJdb24Hq50/YR-p_X7dzLI/AAAAAAAAo5k/gJeX0IlVl-4hXB-rytLXIwi9c8SS9IUggCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3204.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qzJdb24Hq50/YR-p_X7dzLI/AAAAAAAAo5k/gJeX0IlVl-4hXB-rytLXIwi9c8SS9IUggCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3204.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>I was *delighted* to have someone offer to put these up for me.&nbsp; I'm very happy with how it looks.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q4nMYpb40IU/YR-p_d2Ye7I/AAAAAAAAo5g/xJqKBW0LBBkKJfHJPEwBlAE6lbB6Rsx3ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3205.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q4nMYpb40IU/YR-p_d2Ye7I/AAAAAAAAo5g/xJqKBW0LBBkKJfHJPEwBlAE6lbB6Rsx3ACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3205.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>This is Grumman supervising me Crikey-ing up 30 black dogs (art project) and some bulletin board pieces.</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xmGkBwd-t1Q/YR-qBIGUOuI/AAAAAAAAo5o/fNyfrbykeasjtrzU2ucWnvSjPH01ErJ7gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3206.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xmGkBwd-t1Q/YR-qBIGUOuI/AAAAAAAAo5o/fNyfrbykeasjtrzU2ucWnvSjPH01ErJ7gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3206.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Sneak peek at my October/November board.&nbsp; I bought an autumn garland from Hobby Lobby to go with it.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-McMUpZ09QRs/YR-qBluLCkI/AAAAAAAAo5s/cr3W6Hji0jE4d8JUUFaUpr8mTdE8SGgzwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3207.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-McMUpZ09QRs/YR-qBluLCkI/AAAAAAAAo5s/cr3W6Hji0jE4d8JUUFaUpr8mTdE8SGgzwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3207.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>This is step one of an art project I'm going to do with the students this week.&nbsp; I really love how the finished creation turned out.&nbsp; I'll share those with you next time.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Very excited to get students IN the library this coming week.&nbsp; I've been working with the books and the catalog and the decor for so long, it's time to shift my focus to the library's patrons!&nbsp; I'm very excited to see kids start checking out books!&nbsp; &nbsp;</div>grtlyblesdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18386260509307925901noreply@blogger.com3