Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Kids' Halloween Party '09

Here are a few pics of the kids' halloween party downstairs. Paul was also lounging and watching his favorite part of "The Great Pumpkin," the WWI Flying Ace.

Halloween 2009

We've been so busy cleaning house getting ready for the Feast of All Saints tomorrow that I'm glad the kids handled their own Halloween costumes. They've prepared a party for themselves downstairs, and I'm staying behind with Jane to make their dinner. It's about 40 degrees outside so they're bundled up underneath their costumes.

Here they are:
A nun, a pioneer girl, Dorothy, a spider, a knight, and a papoose

Cute stuff!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes A Day

A few days ago, I decided to make up a batch of artisan bread dough. I took this recipe from "Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes A Day" which says little work yields great rewards with this one. I decided to bake a loaf today. It's in the oven now, and the kids are excited to have it for lunch. I can't say how much I love the smell of freshly baked bread and no kneading is an absolute triumph! I just might buy the book, but for now this recipe just might work fine. Here's a link to their website:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Recent Homeschool Projects

Here are a few pics of a few recent homeschool projects.

1) Homeschool bake sale at our neighbor's garage sale
2) Ancient Civilizations puppets the girls made for Ancient History
3) Monica baked a Parkin cake for Am. History with a friend
4) Monica baking blueberry muffins for her MN History project
I guess most of our projects are History projects.:)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Winter That Came Too Soon

Paul challenged the kids to compose a poem to commemorate our Fall snow day. Here's what we all came up with:

The Winter That Came Too Soon

One Fall morning in a quiet house,
The snow crept in as quiet as a mouse.
It fell on the ground and on the fence.
And on the geraniums that had no defense.

The Fall colors weren't out.
Halloween had not come.
We were caught unawares.
Our Fall was now done.

Snowy hayrides,
Frost on a pumpkin,
Frozen apples,
And wet leaves to jump in.

We were not prepared for Winter so soon,
But maybe the snow will melt before noon.

Monday, October 5, 2009


n. the art of coming to terms with a changing season, a child that has surely grown a size larger, and a labeled bin that is somewhere in your home that needs clothes changed out of it and into said child's drawer. Of course, this takes anywhere from 20 mins. to an hour. Know that you will surely lose your mind if you have more than 1 child to change seasonal clothes around for. This is advised for those who live on 1 level, are not pregnant, and have a husband that works from home.

Damn, that's not me!!
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