Tuesday, October 30, 2007

More Halloween Party

Kime, Miranda and Yenny
Rachel
Gino, bobbing for apples. They changed the water after he was finished!
Mummy Roman

Making caramel apples

Halloween Party at Elizabeth's

Trisha and Bree
Elizabeth
Casper Wolfswinkle
Mitchell and Roman
Virgie, Queen of the slots

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

Singing to Daddy

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Daddy's Birthday

Beautiful cake designed by Trisha. It didn't last long!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Harvest Fest

Instead of carving, the pumpkins were decorated with clay and other things. They look great!



A Great time through the straw maze!
Trolley Ride over to the Arts Festival.

Spring Mountain Ranch

We meet up with Rachel, Jim, Keegan and Quinn.
Neat Cacti!
The "off trail" hike.

At the beach...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

Lovely Day with the Big Horned Sheep

There are big horned sheep in these photos. Can you find them?

Trish built this gorgeous rock gnome home.

Getting ready for Halloween




We went to the Salvation Army last week. We spent $11 and we all got costumes plus a few records and a pyramid. We really enjoyed ourselves there. We felt so welcome. The employees were amazing and the customers actually smiled at the excitement my children beamed. Here are a few sneak peaks at costumes....
Can you guess who is who? Hint: Roman didn't pose.

Lots of Fable Reading

Trisha has been reading many fables to the children this week. They are part of Roman's curriculum but everyone loves them!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Herb Day and Cultural Festival

Jack Rabbit found in Acacia Demo Gardens!

Roman enjoys the very green artificial grass. But the beautiful sunshine was real!


Gabriel and Gino made Mexican Paper roses. We all enjoyed the Irish dancers!

We are making a rubber egg....


Roman saw this on an episode of Crash, Bang, Splat and became interested. This is a show we record and watch at odd times or for good science ideas. The episodes are on Discovery Kids at 4am. Here is a schedule: http://kids.discovery.com/tv-schedules/series.html?paid=46.14206.103142.24896.x

We started making our rubber egg today.
Here is a recipe....http://www.recipezaar.com/204868
We plan to leave ours in for a week- one of those that commented suggested the same.

POISONOUS PLANT


We finally got around to finding out what sort of plant this beauty was that Gino found at Red Rock. We had taken a photo and decided to leave it without picking it, even though Gino really really wanted to. Well, after a few minutes, Gino came up flower in hand. Come to find out, it's deadly poisonous! AHHH! It's called Jimson Weed and is one of the desert's most toxic plants. Gabriel later tore it to pieces. Fortunately nothing happened to either of them. Yikes! Some research...."The lives of many children and adults have been lost after its leaves, stems, or fruits have been ingested. It is a powerful hallucinogen that was used for centuries by Indian religious leaders, known as shamans, skilled in it's preparation. All parts of the plant contain the chemicals responsible for toxicity and hallucinogenic effects. (Be warned- modern day experimenters risk their lives by swallowing any part of this deadly plant.)" From How Indians Used Desert Plants by James W. Cornett.

Chessie- The Chesapeake Bay Monster

We lived in Maryland and would often visit the Bay. Here is some info about Chessie...

http://www.gettysburgghosts.net/chessie.htm

One of our favorite "Nessie" books...












This is a wonderful book! It shows that the "monster" in Loch Ness could be nothing more then a gentle friend.

Topic suddenly switches to Loch Ness...

"At Loch Ness a group of childen tell they have seen Nessie the monster. The group of children were in a camping near Loch Ness.
During the night a little boy awoke with a noise. He saw Nessie cating their sandwiches. When Nessi finished eating the sandwiches entered in the Loch and dissapeared."

Would Nessie really want sandwiches? Visit our poll to tell us if you believe in Nessie.

Awesome site on Monsters of Legend

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngkids/9903/monsters/map.html

More info on Bermuda Triangle...

http://www.haunteddoghouse.com/The_Bermuda_Tr.html

The boys show interest in Bermuda Triangle...


Friday, October 12, 2007

Renaissance Festival



We watched the jousting on the Field of Honor. This knight here pulled a wrestling move by landing his elbow!

The Pirate and Parrot show was fun, too. This parrot shows the trust of his owner, Captain Christopher.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Singing to Gabriel


The lightsaber- just what he hoped for!!
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Gabriel turns 4 years old

Great baseball lunch box from Trisha!

Baseball diamond cake- huge chocolate chips! (Trisha decorated)

He fell asleep with his favorite toy-Yoda's lightsaber.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Happy Birthday, Gino

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Can he blow out the candles?

Gino's 6th Birthday


Lego of his dreams!

His favorite raw, gluten free cake- the cream center is his favorite!


My friend Elizabeth's beautiful jewelry