So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Luke 1:45

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Zoo Day and Girl Scouts

 A few weeks ago, we got to enjoy Rugrat's first patch earning program at the zoo. We began in a small auditorium type room with a boatload of other Daisy's. A lot of the Daisy's from our troop came too. We all dressed in our new green Troop 358 t-shirts.

The lady in charge showed us a lot of animals and talked about important things like habitat, environment, shelter needs, and diets

In fact, when she asked if anyone knew what a "diet" meant, Rugrat blurted out to me loudly (in a voice that carried across the auditorium room) -- "I know what that is. It's soda!" That was followed by laughter across the room and even the lady had to chuckle.

After shaking my head in my hand, I looked up to find a thumbs up from our troop leader who thought it was great.

Later, we all went out back and made a treat for the birds -- a sweet gum ball covered in lard and rolled in seeds.

It was a fun time for all our Daisy's. But getting them to all stand still and look at a camera was a little more difficult.

 The program fee included entrance to the zoo so of course we had to go check out Rugrat's favorite animals.

By the time we got home, we were ready for a more substantial lunch than the snack of french fries and a slurpee that we shared at the zoo.

It was a pretty good first go around as patch earning programs go.

Friday, April 10, 2015


 School has had less bumps and bruises but still has a few. This year has had significantly less pressure but I still catch myself putting expectations for our progress in my way. I am slowly learning, both by hard knocks and prayer, that I need to stop that.

I have noticed that the more relaxed I am, the better a day she has. But we always have to have that time when we begin that she gets frustrated and I find myself gritting my teeth some. I can tell that God is working on me though because I grit my teeth less now.

I also think that, in the last month, it has finally hit her that the more cooperative she is, the faster she is done for the day. We have enjoyed multiple days recently when we are done shortly after her lunch (which is usually around 11:30) giving her several hours of freedom to do whatever she wishes as opposed to my getting up from doing school with her so I can begin dinner.

We both enjoy those days.

She began spelling this semester. She has discovered and enjoys Find-A-Word worksheets. That works for me because I can leave her working on it when I need to leave for work (don't worry, her brother and sister are here with her).

One of her favorite things lately has been Math. She has been using Base 10 blocks and can work out just about any problem that gets thrown at her.

She has gotten very good at 'story problems' (word problems) and can do almost any of them without any guidance or help from me. In fact, I had a revelation the other day and realized that she has been learning basic (very basic) algebra.

She reads the story, translates it into a 'math sentence' and solves it -- often by changing it so that the numbers are both on the same side of the equal sign. The curriculum teaches her to use a question mark rather than 'a' or 'x' and, of course, she is only doing addition and subtraction. Nonetheless, she is currently quite the whiz at it and I am pretty impressed.

One of her fun handwriting assignments recently was something I found from Disney. I am curious to know if it will work. They gave an address for your child to send a letter to his/her favorite Disney character. Supposedly, they will receive a 'signed' photograph back from the character.

It was no surprise that she chose to write Anna from Frozen. We get to view that movie almost every Saturday without fail. She has the songs on her leappad and can sing along in parts to many of them.

I have to admit that the curriculum is pretty cool in that it provides a lot of these kind of activities. In this one she had to cut out houses, then arrange them in a way that would impact the forest and lake less.

She often gets to do paper dolls or other cut and play kinds of things.

And there you have it. Some of our school days are better than others. But they are good in the end.

LTC 2015

Dude stretched himself this year and joined in on two events he had not considered before -- Drama and Chorus. He decided to give the Drama a try on his own.

But Chorus was more of a result of constant begging from an organizer and obvious need of his voice in the group.

As a result though, he only got one practice with them -- the last one. Fortunately, he knew all the songs and fit well into the group.

I was kind of surprised by how many parents commented on his deep voice. I knew it was deep but I guess I had not realized just how deep until other people commented on it. One dad even told him how much he would love to have a deep voice like Dude's.

It's funny how you get so caught up in your own world sometimes that you don't notice things like that.

Adding Chorus put him at 5 events this year. And gave us the latest departure time we've ever had. Which also meant we didn't make it home until around 10:00.

We gave ourselves permission to skip Sunday School on Easter morning since we were all exhausted and just enjoyed worship the next day.

Easter Fun

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Schooling at Home

When Rugrat cooperates during the day, Hubby comes home to find me feeling like this:

or this:

When she doesn't cooperate with school though, Hubby comes home to find me feeling like this:

Today was definitely a day like the latter. I'm feeling a little bit like:

I guess tomorrow is another day.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Rugrat's annual picture with the Easter bunny at our church's egg hunt

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monday's Menu

I have finally, I think, found my favorite biscuit recipe. I have tried and stuck with Angel Biscuits for the longest.

Most recipes for plain old biscuits never turned out as soft and fluffy as I liked.

Others used self-rising flour which I dislike buying simply because, in addition to forcing me to buy and store two different kinds of flour, is also very limited because different recipes call for different amounts of baking powder, baking soda, and salt. It is easier to me to mix up what I need using basic ingredients than to deal with what is essentially a mix.

My problem with angel biscuits is that they require yeast because they are intended to be mixed up the night before and stored in the fridge until morning so that you can make them quickly.

Then I saw a recipe on the back of my Bob's Red Mill unbleached flour -- "Bob's Old-Fashioned Biscuits." This is the one I have made regularly for the past couple of months or more with very good results. It is quick and easy with only six ingredients. And all of the ingredients are basic stuff.

The one tip for making these is to NOT use a baking sheet despite the directions on the bag. They make a little extra butter when they warm up. Until I learned to put them in a pan with sides, I kept setting off my smoke alarm (not something you want to do on Saturday mornings at 8 am) when the butter leaked off the pan onto the bottom of my hot oven.

And these are light and fluffy. Even Hubby has remarked that these are the best biscuits in his opinion. I also like that whatever is left the next day is still soft -- not crumbly like angel biscuits were.

This one is definitely a keeper! Let me know if you give them a try.

Bob's Old-Fashioned Biscuits

2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons butter
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter with pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and stir until dough comes together. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead about 15 times. Pat to 1 inch thickness. Cut biscuits out with biscuit cutter. Place into pan with sides. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown.