Wednesday, November 20, 2013

5 Random Things That You Don’t Need To Know, But I’m Gonna Tell You Anyway

I’ve had a horrible case of writer’s block lately. Every time I come up with an idea for a post I think to myself: no one wants to read about that. Add on top of that Homeschool, Photography, and the Salon and you have the perfect storm of craziness. I think we all know the best way to get over a block is to just start writing….about anything…so that’s what I’m doing tonight. Here are 5 random things that you don’t need to know but I’m gonna tell you anyway..

 

1. I’ve been addicted to making scarves.

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No really.

I’ve made at least 4 in the last 2 weeks and I get a little twitchy when I run out of yarn. I have no idea why but it’s kinda been my thing. On the bright side, my fingernails are looking fabulous.

2. My fingernails are looking fabulous. Well, maybe not fabulous, but better than normal. I am a habitual nail picker, biter, destroyer. It’s my nervous tick. When my hands are busy (see #1) I tend to leave them alone. It’s a win win.

3.  I am also addicted to reruns of Will & Grace. I tend to do a couple loads of laundry every evening and I take the dry laundry and sit on my bed, watch T.V. and fold til my heart’s content. Now normally I don’t watch much television but why I am sitting there, I turn it on for a few minutes. It’s during this time that I have run into reruns of Will & Grace and I find myself laughing hysterically. Now, I look forward to watching every evening and everyone is happy because their underwear drawer is always full. It’s also a win win.

4. I’ve been busy getting ready for 5 photo shoots in the next couple weeks. I’ve been putting together several new backgrounds and learning some new trick on Photoshop. My eyes are now crossed from all the screen time. ..not really.

5. I feel like I’ve been waiting on Thanksgiving forever!! I don’t know why but it seems like it will never get here. I love Thanksgiving. In fact, it may be my favorite holiday. I need me some turkey and I need it now! I’m not sure I can make it another week.  *sigh

Alright, that’s all for now. I know you’re super glad I shared all that nonsense with you but hey, it could have been worse. I could’ve told you about how I haven’t shaved my legs for two weeks.

Oops.

Sorry.

Happy Wednesday.

Love,

Val

Sunday, November 10, 2013

How an Engineer Peels an Apple

 
A few weeks ago my Mother's apple tree was going crazy with apples. There were so many that the tree was losing branches that were too weighted down with the apples so they were breaking off. Needless to say about every 3 days or so, I would bring home a 5 gallon bucket of apples.

The deal in my house is that if you want a pie from this Momma, bring me the peeled apples and it shall be done. So a couple years ago my Husband bought a hand crank peeler to make the job easier. Well, this year the handle broke off the peeler and the Hubby wasn't very happy about that.

One Sunday afternoon the Hubby and my son Ben decided to get the peeler out and peel the whole bucket so I could make several pies up. I told them that is fine with me but they better get to peeling cause it was going to take a while. I was in the kitchen doing... something, who knows... and the guys were outside quietly peeling away, when all of the sudden the door whips open and down to the basement they go. Two seconds later here they come back up the stairs with the drill and Ben is laughing hysterically.

At this point I was mildly curious, but not enough to stop whatever it was that I was doing. A few minutes later, when I heard the drill and still the hysterical laughing, I decided it was time to check out just what was going on out there. So here is what happens when you tell an engineer to peel apples....

 
Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did.
 
Happy Sunday.
love,
Val

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Homeschool Update

So homeschool is going well.

It’s been almost 2 months since we’ve started and I have to say it’s been a wild ride. I think I’ve finally figured out how to balance my life at home with teaching. My family is particularly happy about this since the laundry piles were getting a little  out of control for a while. Now their underwear drawers are fully stocked once again so everyone is more at ease.

I have to say it isn’t as weird as I thought it would be. In fact it’s surprisingly normal. One thing I really like about homeschool is that everyday things become learning situations. A trip to the grocery is a great way to learn about money and prices. If we go to the bank, I have my son write out the deposit tickets. There are hundreds of situations that now become teachable moments in our lives.

There are also fun things we try and find to do. Last week the local community college had a family science night that the math and science departments put on. It was quite impressive and my kids loved it so much that they didn’t want to leave.

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Every station was set up with something scientific for the kids to do. One station was set up so they could make slime, another station they could look at worms through a microscope.

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At the station above, Ben was identifying fossils with a magnifying glass.

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Chris (my little dragon) is trying to identify what the picture is. Then, the girl put a special mirror up to the picture and you could see a ballerina dancing.

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Above, the kids were learning about cells.

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I think these pics speak for themselves.

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Here the boys made paper helicopters and made them fly with a fan. In Ben’s words, “It was awesome!”

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The boys also got to make rockets and then launch them and see how far they would go. They voted this as the best thing they did all night.

There was so much to do that we couldn’t possible do it all in one evening and we literally had to pry the boys out of there to go home. There are things like this all the time going on in our community and they are wonderful extras for our homeschool family.

I’ll keep giving reports on how we’re doing.. and hopefully they are all good!

Happy Wednesday.

love,

Val