The Poop on Who Won!

June 30, 2008 at 11:54 am (Uncategorized)

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Hehehehe 

We have a winner on the Everyone Poops book

Before I tell who won I do have to tell you all that I WISH I had done this where everyone had to tell me WHY they should win the Everyone Poops book.  I mean, most of you told me anyway…And I have never laughed so hard in my life!  LOL  (I even gagged a few times I must admit! LOL  All I will say is that if someone starts talking about watching Gorillas poop at the zoo…RUN!  LOL)

Here is what I learned…many of you have children who are MUCH more gross than mine!  I think God knew what he was doing when he gave the prim and proper kiddos to me!  (I tend to be a little easy to gross out myself!)

Thanks so much for all the laughs! (You know who you are!  LOL)

And the winner is….

Kristina who emailed me at on 6/27/08 at 8:20 a.m.  I will be contacting her ASAP and getting this book out to her.

I am telling you I will be on the lookout for more copies of this book to give away!  This was my best giveaway EVER! (Thirty one people signed up to receive this book!  LOL) This even did better than my Capri Sun purses giveaway!  LOL )

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Progress

June 27, 2008 at 10:47 am (Uncategorized)

I have been feeling really discouraged lately because I just don’t feel like we are making any progress getting settled after our move. I am tired of feeling displaced and I just want this new location to feel like home NOW!  So I sat down and decided to make a list of things we HAVE gotten accomplished in the 8 weeks we have been here.

  • We have found a doctor and a dentist and at least one member of the family have had appointments with both.
  • We have unpacked 75% of our boxes.
  • We have met several of the neighbors who live right around us.
  • We have tried several grocery stores and decided on a favorite.
  • We have found a lot of shopping areas around us and I can drive (Without using the GPS!) to all of them!  LOL
  • We have found a church and have already taken the first 2 membership classes.
  • I have joined a Beth Moore Bible Study.
  • We have found an Awana program and started attending.
  • We have made friends with one homeschool family who we meet each week with at the park. (And have done this for 5 weeks now!)
  • We have found a homeschool group! (And listen to this…When I introduced myself on the yahoo list to the group the very first person who emailed me back is a subscriber to my blog! Hi April! Now, if that isn’t a God thing I don’t know what is!)

When I read this list I start to realize that we are really doing pretty well with making progress.  I mean, yes I would REALLY like to be DONE unpacking! But, all in all in “only” 8 weeks we have done quite a bit.

Whew, I do feel a little better…

Everyone keeps asking me if we are all unpacked yet.  So I thought I would post this and confess that we are not!  But, we sure hope to be someday! LOL

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Everyone Poops Book

June 26, 2008 at 11:53 am (Uncategorized)


Okay here is the deal.  My kids are weird!  They don’t like anything "gross".  I came across the book Everyone Poops at a thrift store and snapped it right up.  All 3 of my children are appalled that I would buy such a thing!  No one wants to read it and they all want it gone!  LOL

So, I figured I would give it away on my blog.  It is a used book and the binding has a small peeling place on it.  It is not in perfect order, obviously the kids that owned it before us appreciated it more than my kids do! But it is the hardback version that sells for $11.95. Other than the small peeling place on the cover the book is in good shape. (I would be happy to repair it with Duct Tape for you before I mail it though!  LOL) Anyway, if you want it and you live in the U.S.A leave a comment.  I will have one of my kids draw a name from a hat on Sunday and will announce who this lovely book will be going to live with next Monday.  If you are a subscriber you can just hit reply and email me to add you to the list.

Once we draw a name I will email you to get your address. (So be sure to leave me your email address.)

Let’s see if anyone out there wants it!  LOL

 

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THIS CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED YOU CAN SEE WHO WON HERE.

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Cookie Update!

June 25, 2008 at 11:38 am (Uncategorized)

Apparently I am the only person on earth that did not know cookies could be made from a cake mix!

Here are a few of the variations of this recipe I received after I posted about our cake mix cookies yesterday.

From my Mom:
I have used this recipe for years.  Add choc. chips to a yellow cake mix for Choc. Chip Cookies.  Yummy!   

From my sil:
It has been several years since I made cake mix cookies, but I use to do the lemon ones and dust with powder sugar. Now I’m getting hungry.

From a reader:
I have used this recipe in many a pinch when we had unexpected drop in company. My recipe is a little different than yours.  But the mix ins open up a whole ‘nother realm of possibilities.  It’s really yummy to use spice cake with raisins and nuts.  We’ve also done white or yellow cake mix with a dash of extract (orange, lemon and almond are especially yummy!).

1 package of cake mix (any flavor)
1 large egg
1/4 cup of oil
1/4 cup of water
1 cup of chopped nuts, raisins, oatmeal, coconut, chocolate chips, M&M’S® etc. (anything you like in cookies)


And from an inventive reader:

hi, jamin’–we are going to make these tomorrow with chocolate fudge cake mix.  i’ll toss in some chocolate chips and substitute applesauce for the oil.  (i hope it works like that!)  these will go great with the ziploc bag ice cream recipe we love.

So there you have it! 

All kinds of cookies all from a cake mix!

Thanks so much to everyone that shared their variation of the recipe with me!

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Cake Mix Cookies

June 24, 2008 at 9:40 am (Uncategorized)

Since I really don’t like to bake I am always looking for simple baking ideas.  I don’t even know how I got to this blog, but there was a recipe for making cookies using a cake mix.  It only had 3 ingredients cake mix, 2 eggs and 1/3 cup oil.  This is a recipe I can handle!  LOL  So my littles and I made strawberry cookies.


This was SUPER simple and made big soft cookies.  The kids really liked them and the flavor possibilities are endless. (I am thinking chocolate fudge cookies sound great next time!) Other than mixing up the ingredients all you do is bake them for 10 to 12 minutes at 375 degrees.  We ended up with 16 cookies.

One thing we can always count on….
If we make cookies there will be a certain teenager who shows up to eat them! LOL

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Click HERE to read my Cookie Update with variations of this recipe sent in by my readers.



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Let Them Play!

June 23, 2008 at 8:25 am (Uncategorized)

In last weeks The Homeschool Minute Dr. Ruth Beechick says:

"I’m not going to add to the summer fun ideas that is the topic for this week. Instead, I’m going to suggest that you turn off your schooling mindset sometimes this summer. Do things for yourself and let the children do for themselves.

Homeschool kids aren’t usually the ones who say "I’m bored. What can I do?" But if one ever does, he needs to learn how to get unbored without somebody planning all his time for him."

This was so good to hear!  I have been having a lot of guilt lately because I am so busy with trying to unpack, keep up the house, do my work at TOS. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to do things with the kids!  I mean I am here, but I am not entertaining them that is for sure! 

Then last night when we were saying prayers my daughter caught me by surprise! She said "God, thank you that my little brother and I got to play all day in our room and do whatever we wanted!"  WOW! What they had done all day was dress up ALL their stuffed animals and had a wedding!  There was a bride, groom, flower girl, ring bearer, etc and of course all the guests.  I know this because I was the one who got to put on all the shoes and button all the clothes that were chosen for each participant.  (We have a HUGE bag of Build-A-Bear clothing and accessories I found at a thrift store last summer for $6.00!)  They had a blast and literally kept themselves busy for several hours.

I am so glad that my kids can entertain themselves!  I love to do things with them, but knowing how to keep yourself busy and happy is a real life skill!

Thanks again Ruth!

(Oh, and BTW if you don’t get The Homeschool Minute Newsletter you should!  You can subscribe by clicking HERE. )


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HWTB – 6-20-08 – Freebie Finder – Puppets!

June 20, 2008 at 9:24 am (Uncategorized)

My little ones love puppets!  We have a big bin of them and I just love to sit and listen to them playing with the puppets and using their imaginations.  This summer I thought they would enjoy making some of their own puppets, so I went out looking for free patterns. I found an awesome website!

This site has over 40 links to patterns and instructions!  You will find information and free printables to make paper bag puppets, sock puppets, hand puppets, stick puppets, finger puppets, shadow puppets and even marionettes! 

I cannot wait to get started making these with my kids!  I hope you and your children enjoy them too!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

This article is from the Home Where They Belong Blog.  If you are interested in more freebie’syou can subscribe to The Homeschool Minute as well as the Freebie Friday Newsletter HERE.  I will be passing along FREE goodies for your homeschool each week in both of these newsletters.  (Not to mention all the other great info you will get from The Homeschool Minute!)

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Snow Album

June 19, 2008 at 10:23 pm (Uncategorized)

This is completely off the topic of homeschooling…But, it’s summer so I figure it can be a what I am doing on my summer vacation post!  LOL

I LOVE to scrapbook!  However, in the last 18 months since our lives turned topsy turvy I have had very little time to scrapbook.  So when the new church we have been going to had a scrapbook night.  I HAD to go! I am painfully behind on my chronological scrapbooks.  It seems that when everything went crazy the end of 2006 I just stopped scrapbooking.  So Intead of trying to get caught up I decided I wanted to try and do a whole album in one night!  LOL Okay, it is not a BIG album.  It is just a 12 page one and I decided to make the topic the snow we had last March. 

I had bought this little acrylic album at the last scrapbooking convention I had gone to in Las Vegas.  It is very simple.  Just 6 pieces of acrylic help together with 3 metal rings.  Here is where the challenge comes in…It’s see through!  So whatever you do on one side you can see on the other.  This made for a interesting time putting it together. You have to constantly think about where you are placing adhesive and what the other side is looking like!   I really like how it came out though.  Here are the pics.

Cover:
To make things simple I chose one main paper and a theme of blue, white and black.  The tag on the front is something  picked up in a clearance bin for 50 cents. (The price tag was still on it.  LOL)

Other than the main paper all the accent papers are paint chips from the hardware store!
I punched them, put rub ons on them, sanded them, etc.  It was kinda fun to work with them.  (Plus they were free from my vast collection I have amassed over the years from all our decorating projects! Yeah, I don’t throw anything away!  LOL)

I also had some BIG snowflake stickers left over from a past project.  I used a lot of velum sayings that were about happiness and joy. The little trees are quilling. Quilling is something I like to use in scrapbooking but rarely do because they don’t lay flat.  With this album anything goes since it is bound with big metal rings and doesn’t need to lay flat.

My son really liked the picture of him hitting his Dad’s best friend with a snowball!  I used the scrabble tiles to draw attention to that one.
I tore all the background paper because I thought it added to the soft snowy look.  (Plus if you cut you have to measure and stuff and who wants to do that!  LOL)

More paint chips, stickers, velum sayings and some snowflake punches.

On the back I journaled the whole thing with those old time office letter punches.  I really love using these in my scrapbooking!  I think it gives it a quirky retro feel.  (These would be really great for lapbooking too!  Wow, I never thought about that until now.  Stay tuned, we will be using these in a lapbook soon!  LOL)

This is my favorite type of project to do.  I didn’t buy anything special for this album, except the acrylic album itself.  Everything else is leftovers from other projects and thing I had on hand. I am very happy with how it came out!

I put a cup hook on the wall over my desk and have it hanging there.  I would like to get more of these acrylic albums to scrap. (Wouldn’t it be cool to have a whole wall of these?) Now every time I look at it I want to scrapbook more!  (Which is NOT good because I really need to get the house unpacked first!  LOL)

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Superman and the Gospel

June 18, 2008 at 8:22 am (Uncategorized)

My husband bought our 13 year old a book called The Gospel According to the World’s Greatest Superhero By Stephen Skelton.  I had never heard of this book until my husband brought it home.  Since all the boys in this house are superhero fans it totally made sense for this book to be in our house.  Some of the things I found interesting as I glanced through the book are:

1. Superman film and TV writers have confirmed that they modeled Superman after Christ.

2. Superman and his Father share the last name of El, which is Hebrew for God.

3. The Superman stories contain deliberate parallels to Christ’s death, resurrection and even his second coming.


My son just finished the book and he really enjoyed it.  I asked him to write a review of the book for my blog. Here is what he wrote:

The Gospel According to the World’s Greatest Superhero
By
Stephen Skelton

I thought this book was very good. It deals with the similarities betweens Superman, and Christ, and why Superman is a Christ figure.  It is very very sure to make sure you understand he is a Christ FIGURE. Not Christ. It deals with the fact that Superman lived (And eventually died and rose again) for others, risking (And eventually losing) all, for truth justice and the American way, and that Jesus lived (And eventually died and rose again) for others, risking it all (and eventually losing it all) all, to forgive us of our sins. It deals with why it’s ok to see Christ in a fictional character, it deals with the fact that Jesus used parables, in the Bible, which were lessons inside of stories, or entertainment.

Here are a few parallels between Christ, and Superman:

“On the Superman: The Special Edition DVD the writer of the film says, ‘the metaphor was clearly there when Jor-El (The Father) sends Superman to earth, with God sending Christ to save humanity.”

“On the Smallville Pilot episode DVD the director of the episode says “I thought there were a lot of metaphors between Clark (Kent) and Jesus actually. And I tried to throw in as many of them as I could.”

“In Wizard magazine, the director of Superman Returns says, “Superman is the Jesus Christ of superheroes.” and in entertainment weekly he says that Superman returns is, “A story about what happens when messiahs come back…”

All three of these quotes were taken from the book.

This book was quite good. It goes through the comic books, the movies, and the Smallville TV series, all separately. It goes through all the godlike qualities he has, and even says why he’s like Jesus, and there are no parallels to other false gods. In short, The Gospel According To The World’s Greatest Superhero, while a bit unorthodox, is definitely worth picking up, don’t disregard this as being some silly little joke. It’s a very good book and I recommend it, especially if you are a comic book fan.

 


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Free Olympic Lapbooks

June 18, 2008 at 8:00 am (Uncategorized)

We haven’t had time to do this yet, but I wanted to share this free Olympic Lapbook just in case someone else is more organized than me this Summer!

http://www.homeschoolshare.com/summer_olympics_2008_lapbook.php

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