Saturday, March 31, 2007

Athena and Victoria

This is the first of 3 or 4 proms this season. It will be a busy spring!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Computers in my head self portrait!

Too much computer work and none of it very much fun!

The kids however have taken some great pictures today and they are posted on Musings.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

April's Student Newsletters are finished!

This is the monthly newsletter the students produce. It has their articles, reports and photographs in it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

While running errands today...

I was just extra aware of all the intense colors that are blooming around the city. Very warm days, with wet nights have led to an absolute explosion of color! It is hard to get great pictures while driving :)

Monday, March 26, 2007

Gravity? What's that.....

I think I should start requiring him to wear a helmet unless he is asleep.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Another Good, Bad and Ugly kinda day....

This first one is The Good, he is wearing his helmet.
Then, The Bad, busted! No helmet......excuse 'it's not as dangerous over here'......
And The Ugly, the upstairs toilet overflowed last night and this was the thump that woke us up at 4:30am!!!! I am glad there is only one week left before spring break!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Healthy never looked so good!

Athena and I have been cooking up a storm today (more about that on Ponderings, later). We were given a package of Pamela's Products Chocolate Brownie Mix, and decided to follow the bundt cake recipe on the label. This cake is basicly rice flour, honey, and molasses. It tastes as good as it looks.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Flowers at night....

I am not happy with the focus, but I love the sky behind the flowers a lot.

Thursday, March 22, 2007


When we got back from the musical today this pair were in the driveway just waiting for me to take their picture! I think they are the pair that use our creek every spring. It is good to see them again.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Dinner with my favorite toddler again.....

I really love going to church on Wednesday nights. There are usually about 20 of us that range in age from almost 2 yrs old, pushing 100 yrs old. We sit around and eat family style and then talk about different topics for an hour or so. During Lent we have really been focusing on Creation Theology. Cool stuff and good people!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Double bouquet

I loved looking at the reflection all day.
These came out of the goat pen! The ones in my yard don't even have buds yet. Guess I know the value of fertilizer now :)

Monday, March 19, 2007

He knows how to use a land phone :)

When you no longer have use of a cell phone, you learn to adapt to ancient technologies.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Harp Music...

We had harp music at church today. Actually, we had a whole chamber quartet. It was for a Requium, that was just amazingly woven through the service.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

First Fire of the Year... the outside firepit that is. Athena had a few girls over after the dance competition for a late birthday party. Nathan built them a nice fire in the pit. They didn't stay out too long though because they got cold.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Movie night with Nathan....

Nathan asked me to take him to the theatre to meet some friends and since it is fairly far from our house I decided to treat myself to a movie too. 300 was sold out again, I was a little too late for Ghost Rider, way too early for Daddy's Little Girls and Bridge to I ended up at I Think I Love My Wife. It is worth watching, but not paying theatre prices for unless you can afford it and want to encourage movies that make people think deeply about family and choices. It is not for those under 13 even though my showing was full of them, the language is a bit rough and a few scenes are suggestive.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Gabe's Boston Cream Doughnuts

Gabe decided that he was going to put Krispy Kreme out of business today after making the best doughnuts any of us had ever tasted! They had a light and fluffy egg dough with a perfect vanilla cream filling topped with just a bit of dark chocolate glaze.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Caught in the act....

...of sneaking more stuffed grape leaves.....

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Feeling creative....

Athena taught me a few things about paint shop and I taught her a few of the things I have been learning about photoshop. It was time for another self portrait.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Athena's new sign....

I came down this morning and saw that Athena had made a new sign for the kitchen. I thought, "Ha! That will never work!" Yet, here it is 10pm and when I went in to clean the kitchen this is what I found. Maybe she's on to something :)

PS...I am doing the deadly sins, but I decided since I want to write so much about them I am posting them on Ponderings so that the 365 stays mostly about pictures.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Another Dance Competition

This is Nathan lifting Athena during their group jazz dance. I will have other dance pictures on my Leftovers page sometime tomorrow. I am wiped out after another 14 hours of straight dance...and I do is watch and take care of costumes....

Saturday, March 10, 2007


Kindness (Latin, patientia) (peace, opposes wrath, Latin ira) —
Forbearance and endurance through moderation. Resolving conflicts peacefully, as opposed to resorting to violence. The ability to forgive; to show mercy to sinners.

I have been trying to catch the kids solving a problem together all week, but they have had such a great week that nothing was obvious or I missed it. So I took a picture of the books I use to teach conflict resolution and the ones that have taught me patience. I thought they would improve my parenting and teaching,b ut they imporved ALL my relationships.

I was telling a friend that this was my last virtue picture and he said maybe I should tackle the 7 deadly sins next. Given that is Lent and I am really like the challenge of matching words to pictures I am going to do it. I will post the seven sins and their definitions on Ponderings.

Friday, March 9, 2007


Humility (Latin, humilitas) (modesty, opposes pride, Latin superbia)
Modest behavior, selflessness, and the giving of respect. Giving credit where credit is due; not unfairly glorifying one's own self.

I thought this would be a kindness picture, but when I read the definitions again I changed my mind. These two decided themselves to 'clean-up and put the books back in order' to make sure they were all there. I try and 'catch' the kids doing these little selfless acts of kindness and they are giving respect to me and their study space.

We take a break from our regularly scheduled virtue....

Happy 17th Birthday!

All she wanted was a DQ Ice Cream Cake, so she got it and shared it at lunch time.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

More photos....

I know you all just can't get enough, lol, so I just posted my very own spring flowers on Leftovers and a few new shots from the kids on Musings.


Patience (Latin, humanitas) (satisfaction, opposes envy, Latin invidia) —
Charity, compassion, friendship, and sympathy without prejudice and for its own sake.

Not only do ALL these word describe Em, she inspires these traits in others. I have seen the roughest, rudest teen boys you can imagine spend just a few minutes with Em and they are changed least in her presence :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


Abstinence (Latin, frenum) (self-control, opposes gluttony, Latin gula) —
Constant mindfulness of others and one's surroundings; practicing self-control, abstention, and moderation.

1/2 a mug of chicken noodle soup and a few it fits moderation :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2007


Diligence (Latin, industria) (ethics, opposes sloth, Latin acedia) —
A zealous and careful nature in one's actions and work. Decisive work ethic. Acting energetically without excessive reflection.

This puzzle is being worked on each day during Literature time. I thought it went really well with the Acting energetically without excessive reflection because they are really listening and processing the story, the puzzle just keeps their hand active so their minds can be still.

Monday, March 5, 2007


Liberality (Latin, liberalitas) (will, generosity, opposes greed, Latin avaritia) —
Generosity. Willingness to give. A nobility of thought or actions.

Sunday, March 4, 2007


(Latin, castitas) (purity, opposes lust, Latin luxuria) —
Courage and boldness. Embracing of moral wholesomeness and achieving purity of thought through education and betterment. Practicing proper love and its expression due to one's spiritual vocation.

I know it is kind of corny, but after more than 23 years he still completes me and makes me whole because of his love.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

March moon

I was inspired to try again. The full moon was so pretty tonight, glowing through the clouds.

Friday, March 2, 2007

My Knights in Bright Armor :)

These two worked so hard today! They made triple berry scones in the morning, read about knights, researched helmets and shields, made their own and then spared all afternoon. Not to mention that they cleaned up not only their kitchen mess, but also their construction mess without being asked! They lighten my heart everyday they are here!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Nathan leaving for FL.

Nathan and Athena are dancing this weekend at a National dance competition in FL. Athena and my sister are already there, Nathan is riding the bus down with the team. It will be a very quiet weekend.