Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Funny

As I was reviewing the ACTS model of prayer that Nate studied in Trail Life this year:

Adoration
Confession
Thanksgiving
then Christmas!

Happy Friday,

Kristy

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Funnies

Gabby, on dropping an egg: "Despite my best efforts, an egg was broken."

Ellie, after bumping her knee, "I have to hop like a flamingo!"

Nate, while eating s'more dip, "This is like nachos for marshmallows and graham crackers!"

Happy Friday,
Kristy

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chaos

Last week I took Gabby for an orthodontic evaluation, as recommended by her dentist the week before.  We've done this in the past.  No big deal.  She looked, said we'd need to plan for braces some day and sent us on our way.  This past week was different--she needed braces ASAP.  So there is that, scheduled for later this week.  And Katie is getting spacers in preparation for braces.

Justin 'took off' (he's a professor, so no students right now as summer session hasn't begun, but he still works most days) so we could go to the zoo.  Over lunch we discussed a rearrangement of bedrooms that we had talked about before, but we decided to do it right now, while he was home.  We got about a third of the way through the rearrangement before we had to get dinner together and head out the door for a class we were taking at the church.

When we got home, we had an Ellie that wasn't sure about the new plan (which she was very excited about by the light of day), and a hissing sound that I kept hearing in the kitchen.  I finally decided the sound was coming from the dishwasher.  A few minutes of investigation led us to find that there is definitely a leak.  We shut off the water to the dishwasher and started the process of drying it all out.  We'll have to assess further once the sub-floor is dry.

So it's been an expensive, discombobulated week here!  It's all small stuff in the scheme of things, and we are grateful for that, but it is a lot of little stuff at the moment!

Kristy

Monday, May 15, 2017

Troop Time

The big girls finished their AHG troop year recently and Nate's Trail Life troop will be finishing very soon.

Katie and Gabby were both awarded their Presidential Service Award (for the second time).  Kate moved up in age levels and in trying to make the ordering easier (all the girls' awards were ordered at once in March, but her new year didn't start until April), she didn't get to count quite a full year of hours, so she stayed at bronze, with over 50 hours of service last year.  Gabby earned silver, being in a younger age group, also with over 50 hours of service.

This year also was Kate's turn to be up for a level award.  She was able to earn her Lewis and Clark award before she moved up to the Pioneer level (7th & 8th grade).

I'm taking on a new role in the AHG troop at the end of the month.  I will pass off the bank bag and take on the position of coordinator.  I've done bits of that job as our out going coordinator had a family crisis that took her away for portions of the fall, but soon it will be mine and our vice coordinator's in full.  It is a big job.  There are currently over 40 girls, 10 unit leaders, and 5 other board members to make the troop run!

Nate has been plugging away at earning leaves to turn into branch pins for his uniform--Trail Life is set up in a different way for earning recognition than the badge program at the younger levels, though the older boys do earn 'patches,' but instead of sewing them on shirts, vest, or sashes; they are driven into a large walking stick, called a standard.

We've done some camping.  The older two girls and I went to a Camporee in April,

 
and Justin took Nate to a Trail Life Rendezvous recently too.

 The older girls tagged along to find service opportunities, and were able to be sure everyone got the water they needed.

 
Our troop took home the top prize, for winning the most events, our family was the only one who stayed late enough to receive the awards, so they came to our house for a stop before heading back to the troop.
Ellie and I stayed home for the Trail Life camp out, where we cleaned, shopped, went to the zoo, and worked on her 'project,' as she likes to call the wind chime she painted.

That's life around here these days!

-Kristy

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tot Theology

Ellie: I got Jesus in my heart.

Me: Do you?

E: We talked to Jesus at Gam and PawPaw's house.

Me: We talk to him here too.

E: Did we leave him there?

Me: [realizing she's talking about our empty tomb figure] No, we brought those back with us. We talked about how He died and rose there.



E: He's dead?!

Me: But He rose again.

E: Where is He?

Me: In heaven.

E: Can I go see Him?

Me: Someday.

E: Can you drive me there?

Me: [thinking, 'I sure hope not!'] No, honey.

E: So we walk there.

Me:  No, you have to wait until God calls you to heaven.

E: But where is He?

Me: He's everywhere.

E: [looking suspiciously from side to side] Where?

-Kristy

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Funnies

Ellie: You[sic] a girl.
Me: Yes.
Ellie: There are 4 girls and 1 boy in this house.
Me: Two boys: Daddy and Nate.
Ellie: No!  Daddy is a boy.
Me: Well, then I guess that means I'm a woman.
Ellie: I love you, woman!

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Ellie: Why did we make that ske'ton?
Me: It was fun and we learned a lot.
Ellie:  It creeps me out!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

9 1/2

 Happy half birthday to our Gabriella!  She is funny, giggly and motherly.

We hope you have a day as beautiful as you are Miss Gabby!

1. What is your favorite color? turquoise
2. What is your favorite toy? Barbies
3. What is your favorite fruit? raspberries
4. What is your favorite tv show? A Series of Unfortunate Events
5. What is your favorite movie? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? overalls and a baggy shirt
7. What is your favorite animal? dog
8. What is your favorite song? "Boat Song"
9. What is your favorite book? Land of Stories
10. Who is your best friend? Mia, Acacia, Victoria, Ariana, Nichole, Siddah, Emily, Chloe, Larson, Ruby, and Rubi
11. What is your favorite snack? chocolate chip cookies
12. What is your favorite drink? root beer
13. What is your favorite breakfast? pancakes
 14. What is your favorite lunch? pizza
 15. What is your favorite dinner? spaghetti and eggplant Parmesan
16. What is your favorite game? Risk
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? climbing on big rocks
18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
19. What do you sleep with at night? stuffed animals: Honey (a stuffed dog)
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? a mom

Kristy Stace

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Oh Dear

Ellie (to Kate): You're a pot head.

Me: Let's not say that.

Which leads into a whole discussion of weed, pot, Mary Jane...  The legal, the illegal, the medicinal, the questionable, and how it affects brain chemistry.  We told them that some people smoke it and some people even bake it into brownies.

Gabby: What?!  Illegal brownies!

Because brownies is where we were going with that...

Kristy

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ahh

Ellie (arms around Justin): Your my best.

J: Best what?

E (looking sideways): My best friend!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

'citement

Ellie: What's tomorrow?

Me: It's Sunday.

Ellie: Yes!  That so 'citing!

Me: You are so fun.

Ellie: Yes, yes I am.

[much giggling, finish bedtime songs]

Ellie: I so happy

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Funny: Justin's Favorites

As I was asking the bookends all their favorites, Justin became overwhelmingly jealous that I never asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up.  Ha!  So for all of you who have been waiting with bated breath, here are his favorites...

1. What is your favorite color? black
2. What is your favorite toy? chainsaw
3. What is your favorite fruit? blueberries
4. What is your favorite tv show? Longmire, The Civil War, The Unit, Nova, Parks and Rec
5. What is your favorite movie? 2001, Patton, and Gran Torino
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? jeans and a t-shirt
7. What is your favorite animal? balrog
8. What is your favorite song? "Now that We're Dead"-Metallica, "Psycho Surgery" -Tourniquet, "Behold a Trumpet Will Sound" -Handel
9. What is your favorite book? Romans
10. Who is your best friend? *me*
11. What is your favorite snack? salted, roasted mixed nuts
12. What is your favorite drink? IPA
13. What is your favorite breakfast? all your bacon and eggs
14. What is your favorite lunch? burger, fries, and a beer
15. What is your favorite dinner? pizza
16. What is your favorite game? Risk and Settlers of Catan
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? Frisbee Golf, chop wood
18. What is your favorite holiday? Resurrection Sunday
19. What do you sleep with at night? my wife...
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? a machinist

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Eleven and a Half

Our Katie is half way between 11 and 12 now.


She is full of energy and enthusiasm.

This year she's been planning a diaper drive to help some families in a community near where we live.  It is completely her idea, and she made all the contacts.  I can't wait to see how it goes!

She has been helping a family at church by serving as a Mother's Helper once a month.

She has a big heart and big ideas!

1. What is your favorite color? purple
2. What is your favorite toy? star bear
3. What is your favorite fruit? grapes and lemons
4. What is your favorite tv show? Worst Year of My Life, Again
5. What is your favorite movie? Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? my ring
7. What is your favorite animal? cute puppy doggies in baskets
8. What is your favorite song? Make Some Noise
9. What is your favorite book? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
10. Who is your best friend? Hope, Elese, Sianna, Victoria...
11. What is your favorite snack? chocolate chip cookies
12. What is your favorite drink? root-beer with vanilla
13. What is your favorite breakfast? chocolate chip pancakes and whipped cream
14. What is your favorite lunch? tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
15. What is your favorite dinner? spaghetti and garlic bread
16. What is your favorite game? Monopoly and Apples to Apples
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? make houses
18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
19. What do you sleep with at night? star bear and a million other stuffed animals
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? kindergarten teacher or author

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Three and a Half

Today is Ellie's Half!


She's in a fun stage.  Three-and-a-half year olds are a lesson in contradictions.  She tosses her apple, the biggest, by her request, in the trash after one bite.  Then she cries when I throw away the tiny little disposable hairband (the only ones that will stay in her fine hair) at the end of the day because she wanted to keep it.

She has opinions.  She has preferences.  She has a voice.  While we can't always do what she wishes, we get to know what is going on inside her head more often.

She is also getting better at understanding us.  She notices people's tone and body language, and can point out how she thinks someone else feels.

All kids have their strengths, and one of my favorites of Ellie's is that she remembers names.  She can list off many of the little friends in her Sunday School class.  She talks about them during the week and makes them cards.  She learns her sisters' friends' names too.  Another favorite of ours is that she still calls our AHG troop coordinator, "A atch G."  I think we will loose that in the next few months, so I want to remember it!

She loves her pink rain boots (and all boots in general), still isn't a big fan of sweets, and loves to go to church.

1. What is your favorite color? pink
2. What is your favorite toy? doll
3. What is your favorite fruit? 'nana (banana)
4. What is your favorite tv show? Unfortunate Events
5. What is your favorite movie? Frozen
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? dress--brown with pink polka dots
7. What is your favorite animal? kitty cat
8. What is your favorite song? "Twinkle"
9. What is your favorite book? picture books--I Love you, Stink Face
10. Who is your best friend? Katie
11. What is your favorite snack? 'nanas, again!
12. What is your favorite drink? lemonade
13. What is your favorite breakfast? chocolate cereal, I love pancakes too
14. What is your favorite lunch? peanut butter and macaroni
15. What is your favorite dinner? hot dogs and pasta
16. What is your favorite game? Uno Moo
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? ball
18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas (I wanna present!!)
19. What do you sleep with at night? a dolly
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? I wanna be in a booster!  I wanna be a doctor.

-Kristy

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Anatomy IV

Next Up Sk-ELLIE-ton got a brain thanks to Ellen McHenery's Basement Workshop.

Here is Nate modeling our brain hat!

The older girls each took a hemisphere to color.  Then Nate and I did the cutting and taping.

Kristy

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Anatomy III

After our study of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, we were moving on to the digestive system.  It also worked out that Kate was studying how to make casings in Home Ec.  How often to Home Ec. and anatomy converge, unless your getting stitches in the ER?

I bought a yard of pink fabric that we cut into two inch strips.  I sewed about half of them together in to a very long strand (a yard was too much).  Then Kate got to work sewing them as a casing.  We kept all the seams on the outside, with the home of a smooth interior.  We cut a very thin elastic to half the length of our casing intestines.  This gave our intestines that bunched appearance.

From the top down, we placed our esophagus (a pipe cut to length) and glued it in place.  I whip stitched a stomach out of felt, which slid over the end of the esophagus.  In the back of the felt, I cut a couple of slits and Nate zip tied it to the cardboard sk-ELLIE-ton.  I hand stitched the intestines to the base of the stomach opening.  Then we made three slits for zip ties one each side of the cardboard.  Kate and I worked the intestines back and forth and caught them up with the zip ties.  The plan had been to pull them loosely so we could drop a marble through the esophagus, and work it through the system, but one of the children was a bit over zealous and pulled too hard on the zip tie!


Supplies:
1/2 yard of pink cotton fabric (cut into 2' wide ribbons)
elastic
pink felt
1" pipe
thread
sewing machine
needle
Sk-ELLIE-ton

Kristy


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Anatomy, continued

So, when we last left our Sk-ELLIE-ton, she was just a bag of bones.

After that, we studied muscles

And gave her a working hand, via Be the One

Then she got a lung transplant thanks to Spell Outloud.  After several uses, we switched to a cut up ziplock bag and taped the bag on for more stability--instead of a grocery sack held by a rubber band.

We also created her a heart based on Mommy-Labs.

To that we added arteries and veins that led to and from the heart down one arm, and also to the lung.  Those attachments were made with knots and rubber cement.

Here she is on transplant surgery day.  Everyone was gloved and ready--from left to right: yarn (veins and arteries), scissors, rubber cement, and enthusiasm!  Her heart is enlarged to show texture (or just because our balloons are a bit big).  I did not pop the balloon because I wanted the extra stability while we were working on other organs.

I was so glad to find those links through Pinterest.  I can't say anything further about the sites, as I didn't spend much time there though.

Next time, I'll share some of the things I created for us myself to stick with our sk-ELLIE-ton learning tool.

Kristy

Friday, February 24, 2017

Extra Friday Funny

Gabby: ...when spring comes, and it cools down.

78 degrees in February?!  Even in the south, that's odd.  Don"t worry--tomorrow our low will drop down to 26 degrees (high in the forties).

Friday Funnies

As Ellie played with her duckies:

Pirate duck: Will you marry me?

Princess duck: No, I will marry my Daddy.

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As Ellie was telling us a story about camping last fall:

Ellie: Climbing da tree was so danderous [fake shutter].  My boy helpt me.

Me: Who is your boy?

Ellie: [pointing a finger at Nate] Dat my boy!

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I think it is safe to say, that Ellie loves the fellows in her life!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sk-ELLIE-ton

We're studying biology this year in our rotation.  We spent much of the fall learning the kingdoms and studying a little more specifically about bacteria, plants, and animals in specific.  We spent much of our time doing experiments from The Science of Life and reading library books about whatever we happened to be studying.

We've moved into the very specific genus of homo sapiens.  Our first step in human anatomy was to study the skeletal system.  I decided the best way for the kids to be involved and really understand it was to build a basic skeleton.

I traced our Ellie on one of the boxes and cut her it out.  Then I cut bones from the foam that was used to pack the pieces.  It was a bit simplified, using one piece in place of a few in the cranium and leaving out over lapping bones in preference for one layer of the bones as seen from the front.  Our rib cage is open so we can continue to add organs as we learn more.  The finger, toe, hand, and foot bones, being so small, I cut from paper.  I labeled the bones, and then the kids put them in their proper places.  We used school glue to hold them in place.

Meet our sk-ELLIE-ton (named by Gabby).

-Kristy


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Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Funny

So, I went to tuck Nate in the other night. I asked if I could still kiss him on the cheek if it wasn't in front of his friends.

He laughed and agreed to this.

Then I asked what I should call him in front of them.

N: Son.

Me: What about Nate?

N: Yes.

Me: How about Nate the Great?

N: Yes, or Alexander the Heartless!

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Some digging led to learning that's what Gabby took to calling Alexander the Great because of the way he would leave his troops behind when there was nothing more that could be done for them.