Monday, August 29, 2011

Three Names Wrap Up

All that work to put all of our pages in one picture and then it turns out like this. Sorry about that. Anyway, we finished up Three Names Friday, which isn't exactly Five in a Row, but that's how life is sometimes. We used printables from Homeschool Share and I also printed off pictures of things like our tornado in a bottle and our Woolaroc field trip.

We finished up our mobile of prairie animals.

One day for lunch we had cookies that looked like Three Names--that's the name of the dog in the story, in case you haven't read it.

Friday we tried our hand at some pioneer cooking by making homemade bread in a bag.

After the dough started rising the kids wanted to use their bags as pillows.

We also made homemade butter to go along with the bread. We decided we were glad we lived today so we wouldn't have to go to so much work for all of our meals!

Snack time!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Still Not Back to School / Starting School

Living in the boonies, we are in the odd situation of (technically) living in Town A but being part of Town B's school district. We do pretty much everything in Town A, though, which is why I was caught off guard when Town B started back to school a couple of weeks ago. Town A started back Thursday, and since that is where most of the people we know go, we had our official Not Back to School celebration.

We started off at IHOP for breakfast with friends and then moved on to the splash pad.

No crowds and the weather was just about perfect.

Friday morning, though, I loaded up the kids and took Jack to school. After a year of speech therapy when he was 4, he tested out, but it looks like it's time to start it up again, so he will be heading to the elementary school he would be attending (you know, if he weren't going to the splash pad) for speech--and we found out his speech teacher was homeschooled! After his evaluation was done, we tried out a nearby park since both kids were dying to get on the playground at the school.

Jack would probably tell you that the best thing about the morning was finding out that the splash pad was still on. For me, it was the look on Jack's face when he thought he was going to be drugged at the school. We were waiting in line behind a couple of kids and their dad and the girl was supposed to take some medicine before she went to class. The dad was getting on to her and saying, "You'd better get over here and take your medicine!" and then the nurse came out and got on to her about it, too. Jack looked up at me, horrified, and asked if he was going to have to take medicine, too. I could hardly keep from busting out laughing because it was clear he thought this was going all wrong. Hopefully he will find that the drug-free speech sessions aren't too awful!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Guess Who?

Guess who had a birthday today?

Happy birthday to that boy from my English class!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tornado in a Bottle

Since we are rowing Three Names, we have been delving into tornadoes this week--an appropriate topic for our area of the country. I found this book at the library and we tried it out today!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Friday was our first field trip--a little road trip with some friends!

We went to Woolaroc, the country home of Frank Phillips (brother of Waite Phillips, who owned Philbrook). Those Phillips boys knew how to build a nice house!

As you drive toward the lodge, you pass all kinds of animals. According to Jack, one of the big highlights of the trip was getting to unbuckle to move around the car and see all the animals--we were only going about 3 miles an hour on a one way road, so my main traffic worry was being approached by a buffalo.

You also see signs like this on the way in. They give you a CD to listen to, but my CD player is broken, so that stunk.

Highlight number two: climbing the rock wall around the parking lot.

We started in the visitors center.

Upstairs they have some displays about the buildings and also one about stickball, which Jack remembered from our trip earlier this summer.

There is also a good sized petting barn.

Hey, kids! Watch out for all the cars! Oh...well...carry on!
Between most of the area schools being back in session and the temperatures back over 100 degrees, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

You can tour a small part of the lodge. Most of these animals used to live on the ranch except for six that were gifts.

One night Frank Phillips won a circus in a poker game, but since he didn't want a circus, he deliberately lost it back to the man the next night. The man sent him the elephant head later as a reminder of the day he owned a circus. The lion was a former circus animal who lived at Woolaroc when he got too old for the circus. His mouth is closed because he had lost all his teeth.

Someone at Woolaroc (I'm not sure who) invented this way to put bark on stuff and got a patent for it. Almost every picture frame there has it and they even covered the Steinway piano in it. I told the docent that was taking the decorating a little far, and she said, "Well, if you have the money..." If I ever have the money I have a lot of other things I will do with it before I cover my piano with bark. A lot of other things.

Not a shabby front porch view, eh?

We hiked a bit on this rocky area.

Jack with the "Indian action figures" he found in the museum. The museum is huge and has a bit of everything.

A rather morbid bronze of a pioneer woman holding her baby and a rifle while standing over her husband, who has been shot with an arrow. Good times, good times.


Part of the lease house exhibit

Shrunken heads--I told you this museum had all kinds of things. I didn't even include the wall of all kinds of dolls next to the other wall with all kinds of guns.

Alice tried so hard all day to keep up with the others (two 9 year olds, two 7 year olds, and a 4 year old) and she was successful until we got back on the highway on the way home!

We had a great time!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The First Week of School

We've made it through the first week! We had a lot of fun with Three Names, including trying out a marble kit I picked up on vacation.

Alice (shown here putting in tons of the marble pellets--which were actually more like bouncy balls than marbles--and making Jack laugh) has been joining in the fun. She has skipped a nap three days over the last week, and on three days that she did nap, it was late in the afternoon and we had been out much of the day. I think a change is coming, and I don't think I'm prepared!

She tried some sorting and we read many, many books.

We also took our first field trip this week--pictures will be coming soon!

Monday, August 15, 2011

The First Day of Second Grade

Today was the first day of second grade! I remembered to make a sign for Alice, too, since the last time I left her out and it didn't go over so well.

We got some things done in the morning and then stopped for lunch--mac and cheese with rainbow jello, at Jack's request.

This year we are starting out with Three Names!

There was a lot I didn't get done around the house that I had hoped to over the summer, but we are pretty organized for school. I have our FIAR stories mapped out for the year and many things already printed and ready to go in a folder. I hope stay organized this year--or at least until Christmas!

Happy Back to School!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Not Back to School

When I saw the school bus go by this morning, I realized that it was our district's first day of school. Since Alice and I were in our jammies and Jack was in bed, I guess it's a good thing he didn't need to catch that ride. Instead, we went to the bookstore and stopped off for a little CherryBerry and SpongeBob. Hopefully I'll remember our first day of school on Monday!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vacation: Friday

See that police car in the upper left of the picture? They gave us our wake up call Friday morning.

Someone decided they just had to have a roadside assistance bag, of all things. And the computers in another guy's car. Would it be terribly uncharitable of me to hope they had to use those tools in the 100+ degree heat?

While Jay went to get a new window, I took the kids to the library.

Alice took a music class while Jack scouted new books.

Jack went to his last class. Alice was so upset about missing him that the teacher gave her a fossil like the big kids got.

When we finally made it home around 5:00, we found that other that a few telltale footprints, Bobey had been a good cat while we were gone.

A week's worth of laundry!

Now it's time to tackle a few last things before we start school on August 15!