Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Today's reading materials....

I have just figured out that 15 months isn't really a lot of time to plan a wedding. And the smaller the budget, the more time you really need!

Here is a small bonus picture of the silly chickens sitting on their own house at night instead of getting in it! There are lots of nests and places to roost inside and behind the bluish white wall.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Chicken update....

They are huge! And from what I can tell from my reading they are going to keep growing until August. They are easy to care for, the goats are still a bit wary of them. I may be losing my nerve about eating the roosters, which I am only now being able to tell apart from the hens because they are challenging each other. I am also learning they like to dig holes. Four of them refuse to go into the coop at night, they prefer roosting in the tree next to the coop.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Mom's Strawberry Shortcake...

She wouldn't let me take a picture of her, but she did let me take one of her shortcake :) For my mom strawberries are just an excuse to eat whipped cream! Here is the quick recipe we used tonight.

Make drop biscuts (your favorite recipe or Bisquik works great)

Top the biscuts with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a little crunchy sugar. Bake until golden.

Slice strawberries, top with a tablespoon of raw sugar for every pound of berries, and leave in the fridge for a couple hours.

Just before serving, whip up heavy cream, a little powdered sugar and vanilla... (or use Cool Whip) and add a tablespoon of sour cream for every cup of whipped cream.

We also added almonds to ours tonight. I like have a variety of 'toppings' like a small sundae bar because half the fun is letting people make their own. It is interesting how some people (like Athena and I) load up on the berries, while others (like Dirk and my mom) load up on the cream.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Friday, May 25, 2007

Thursday, May 24, 2007

To catch up here are few DC shots

Most of these were taken after I lost my camera, so Dirk took some and I took some. I will post some more tomorrow that I took at Arlington with my back up 35mm. If you have not been to DC recently, you need to go. We had perfect weather, the crowds were light and company was amazing!

The group shot!

This is one of the undoctored (incorrect dated) pictures that Dirk took of the group in front of the National Cathedral. Ampersand tells a cute story about it here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Lost camera!

I stupidly lost my camera on the one actual city bus we took. It was an adventure. I hope some good person finds it and turns it into lost and found. It has some really amazing photos from the Duck tour and the Native American Museum on it. I did use Dirk's camera today and Ampersand has many images that are of a similar nature. I will be will using my 35mm tomorrow on the trip home, but was talked out of carrying it around the city today.

It has been an amazing trip and I can't wait to actual get home and post pictures and write about the trip!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Leaving the house

I hope to post from the road, if it doesn't work I will be back Thursday or Friday with fun pix.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Nathan's newest project

Nathan has recently installed a new stereo and set of 'subs' in Dirk's car. I don't let them play it on property because even on low and a couple acres a way it rattles my windows! Now Nathan wants Uncle Dirk to take him everywhere..... This car is also a stick shift and Nathan (14 yrs old) is teaching Athena (17 yrs old) how to drive it, so that she can be his back up chauffer :)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

batteries missing!

My good recharageables for my camera are missing, and we seem to use AA in everything! I hope to post some new pictures soon, but here are a few more funny ones from Monday...

I just noticed the time stamps, the ones that say 5-13 were taken before noon on Monday and the ones that say 5-14 were taken after noon on Monday.

Monday, May 14, 2007

The teen cruise (Luncheon and Dance)

This is one of the best group shots. I will be posting lots of individual shots and other shots from the cruise on Musings and Leftovers tomorrow. I can't believe how much dressing up means to these guys and how much they shift into their adult roles when wearing suits! The boys try and out do each other every year. They also want to out dress all the other homeschoolers on the crusie. They want the reputation of being the best dressed crew around!

The weekend!

On Friday, Athena picked up her Aunt Telena (her father's sister). Athena and Telena look so much alike that all weekend long people were confusing them!

One last 'break a leg' before her final recital!
Getting ready for Senior Prom at JC Pennys, she had less than 30 minutes between the end of recital and the hair appointment. She had left the dress in the wrong car, so I had to track that down while she got her hair done. She slipped on her dress posed for a couple family shots.
Here they are outside the Mall! She had just enough time to slip on her dress and stand still before they had to leave to get make their dinner reservations.
One quick close up.
Graduation! This is her and Edward standing in front of almost 200 people. They were renewing their Baptismal Vows and adding a few about accepting the mantle of adulthood and all the responsibilities that go with it.
Here they are actually getting their diplomas!
Nathan was serving during the service. He was very serious the whole time. Athena and Edward had requested and written Communion into their Service. It was really special to see people from all walks of faith sharing in this tradition.
Of course there was a party/reception right after! My sister and Edward's mom made enough food to feed 500-600, the 200 made a dent in it, but I think we will be eating graduation leftovers for a long time!!!
And here is how that cake came out. It was half chocolate and half vanilla with a whipped cream icing. I still can't believe you can get this done at Sams, with 24 hours notice for under $40! And it tastes better than any expensive cake I have bought.

I have just sorted though a few hundred pictures to give an over view of the last couple of days. I will probably be adding many pictures to the leftovers page all week.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Chickens in a tree....

It was just really funny to me to see the chickens in the lower branches of a tree.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

In the yard....

I don't know what these delicate little guys are, but I really love their color. They are growing randomly in the middle of my yard.

It is so funny to watch the goats trying to figure out what these stange new creatures are :) They roam the goat pen by day, and spend the nights in their nice new outdoor coop!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Music (Reason #8)

I could spend the day listening to Dirk play!!!

Bills! (for Tuesday)

This is what I spent the majority of the day dealing with, but the good news is I was able to do a little ahead, so that nothing is due until mid-June. I feel like I can breathe a bit better. I am not sure why the camera recorded the image upside down, but the more I looked at it that way compared to rightside up, the more upside down conveys my feelings :)

Monday, May 7, 2007

Monday's picture!

This is the picture that will be on the service bulletin and airbrushed on the reception cake. They took almost 50 pictures together this morning to get 'just the right one'.

Athena and Edward.... they are this year's seniors! They have been studying together since 5th grade. I have been their primary mentor that entire time. Where has all that time gone! Are they really 8 years older?!?! Am I?!?!

They have pushed each other all these years. They are so competitive that if one got more roots one day the other would have to 'beat them' the next day. If one got a higher math test score or Latin quiz score one week the other would have to top it the next. Even this year, Edward had to make sure he beat Athena's last research paper grade so he did an amazing 15 page paper on how Law Enforcement in the US has changed since 911. He ended up with 105% average after three different mentors scored it. Athena's paper this year was on how the Beatles change the way artists controlled the rights to their music... while very good, Edward did 'win' the last academic challenge they set for each other.

I can't believe it is over. It really is just sinking in that they are going their separate ways in just a couple weeks.

(No pictures for Fri, Sat, or Sun because I spent the weekend too sick to do much of anything)

Thursday, May 3, 2007

After the storm

This is a better picture of my favorite bush.
This is just so you can see how big (over 10ft high) it is.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Research Paper Deadline.....

Here are a some of the research papers turned in yesterday. I still have a few students who have a hard time understanding deadlines. They will be very angry with me when I won't accept them tomorrow or Friday.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Outside my bedroom window.....

I don't like the flash look, but by the time I got outside to take the picture the sun was on the other side of the house. THis is a huge bush that grows under my window, most of the bloosoms are still closed, but this one openned today. I may try again when the whole bush is in bloom.


This was the only actual picture taken yesterday.

However, these are stills taken from the video of Athena's audition.
They were created on Monday ;)

It is hard to tell I am proud of her, isn't it" :)

Yes, Becky, they are a College Dance Team. Here is a little blurb about them.

The University of Louisville Ladybirds dance team won its sixth national title in 2007. In 2004, they successfully defended their crowns from 2002 and 2003 at the National Dance Alliance Collegiate Championship and U of L also won the Universal Dance Association title in 1995 and 1997. The Ladybirds have long been successful, placing in the top five in the national competition 13 of the last 19 years.