Saturday, February 25, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
On February 10th we went with two other homeschooling families and toured the Blue Bell Ice Cream factory. It was a very interesing tour, although I think it was a bit abbreviated because there were so many younger kids there. In all, we had 10 kids with us, ranging in age from 17 months to 6 years, so it was quite a noisy group! All of the kids thought the best part of the tour was the ice cream that we got to sample at the end.
We made sure to take a picture of all of us in front of the Big Sign!We also took a picture of all of the kids in front of The Wall of Containers which shows all of the flavors that Blue Bell makes!
And then, of course, the BEST PART - SAMPLES!!!! This picture is of Bear and Deco, eating their samples with Emma and Alana.
In the first pic, Bear is showing me her bag; in the second, The Moms are stuffing the bags (all the kids did some stuffing but we finished it up for them); in the third picture, they're gathered around their snack!
It was a good day!
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Ched was on vacation this past week and so we didn't do a lot of "official" school. The great thing is that I can count the trip to the animal sanctuary on the 4th as school, as well as our trip the we took to The City to see their zoo, which is INCREDIBLE! It simply blows our zoo away! The funny thing was that I thought that we could save some money by bringing sandwich stuff and making sandwiches before we went in so we wouldn't have to pay to eat there. So I packed up the meat and mayo and cheese and some chips....and forgot the bread! So we had to go to MickeyD's, which The Kids thought was GREAT, but which didn't save us any money at all! Oh well, live a little! Bear loved seeing the gorillas, which were pretty neat, and she loved the sea otters and the beaver.
The Kids loved all the brass statues that they could climb on, Deco got a little tired and tried to sleep in the wagon, and Ched posed for at least ONE pic by himself! Poor guy, he was actually pretty ill that day, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday, but he was such a trooper!
A week ago, Saturday, I was as sick as DOG and Ched, The Kids, and my mom went to an animal rescue sanctuary here in town. (Well, actually, it's on the outskirts of town, but who's keeping track anyway?) There were lions, regular tigers, a golden tabby tiger that used to be Mike Tysons, a bear, a cougar, deer, llamas, donkeys, birds, reptiles, wolves, assorted monkeys, and...a liger...yes, I said a liger - half lion, half tiger! Ched said it was over 1,000 pounds!! Most, if not all of these animals were rescued in one way or another, lots of times from people who are idiots
This is Ched and The Kids by the golden tabby tiger,
and think that a tiger or a baboon would make a GREAT pet!! The awesome thing is that you can feed the animals! You pay $1 for a frozen chicken leg, stuck it into the end of a pvc pipe, and thread it through the fence - actually, there were two fences about 6 feet apart - and the lion or tiger or liger chomps it off of the end of the pipe. Ched and The Kids were dazzled! Nani (my mom) was a little freaked out, but she had fun all the same.
This is Nani helping Bear feed a lion.
And this is a
close-up of how it looks
to feed a lion!
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
I've decided to have a Valentine's Day party!! I was walking past the Valentine's day aisle at Wal Mart and thought, "Awww, that's one of the things that my kids will miss by not being in public school! Class parties!" So I decided to invite two moms with HS'd kids and two other friends who have kids to have a party here! If everyone comes, there will be 12 kids! :o I think I'm going to have them decorate paper bags to collect their valentine's in and have some cookies and punch. I told the other moms that they could bring lunch for their kids and some type of snack for the group if they wanted to.As I type it, it all sounds very Martha Stewart-y, but it's going to probably be very loud and messy!! But fun!