Wednesday, June 18, 2014


This morning we made slime. We followed loosely the recipe for Frozen Silly Putty . I went to search for glitter and of course found it AFTER we finished so we went without. 

 We used
  • 1 bottle 4 oz of glue
  • about half a cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of HOT water
  • several drops of pink/purple food coloring
  • about 1/2 tsp of borax

 In the first bowl we mixed the half cup of water, glue and food coloring and in the second was the hot water and borax.
 Mix it all up, kind of slow at first and more and more. It thickens while sitting. 

throw in a selfie by a little girl who was bored while waiting.

And we get slime! 

This will only last awhile before a ton of stuff gets mixed in and gets to become unusable.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Out of the mouth of babes

" Mama, can you do my hair today?" came from a little voice over the weekend.

" Well depends on what you are wanting. I can try" ( she has been known to ask for ornate crazy things for hair that is super long and impossible with her little bob)

" Mama, I want you to do my hair like black people"

............. * kids and husband chuckling in the background*

" Well what do you mean honey?"

" Like a little BLACK GIRL MAMA!" as she hands me her hands overflowing with colorful barrettes and half of them stuck in her hair as is. 

After over a half hour searching Mr. Google. we finally figured out together that she really only wanted rainbow beads and or hair clips in her hair. It is amazing to me how children do not think negatively about other races and embraces it and wants to share a similarity, like rainbow hair. It was a very proud mama moment for me as our families come from some prejudice backgrounds and to have my daughter want to look like that encourages me that I'm doing something right with her. So sure enough we are going to have "black people hair". 

After 3 attempts we only were able to get her hair braided but she seems quite happy with the results. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Photography project - May

I am making a conscious effort to create a new month long project for Koda for her photography. She is often the type of person that needs a push to step outside her comfort zone before she will come out and say " oh that was really cool and fun. I like that."

Our first project I found on Pinterest ( go figure). Many have seen the type of cool, trendy word art that is created in black and white photography as they piece together the letters individually.

Koda's word for this project was "forever". 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Getting closer to the end- Highschool

As the school year draws to a close I am noticing more and more of my "flaws" for the year. Between feeling rushed and that I have not completed everything I have to stop and remember often that there is always next year and they can and probably will learn it eventually.

I have prepared Koda's transcript and got a nice dose of what we did accomplish in the last 2 years. Between moving several times, bad PPD and adjusting to new jobs we have a nice long list of what we did get done. It was a great indicator of success. She has impressed me with her knowledge of what she has even picked up on without a formal "class" and we are adding it to her transcript as well. Human reproduction ( her knowing 80% of what there is to know about home birth and why positioning is important and why water birth can be more successful than land birth) and Child development with a focus on special needs as she has been highly instrumental on assisting with Nanner's OT and continuing it with preschool. Not everything has to be learned from a text book but when you overhear your kid explaining SPD using propper terms to her grandparents and WHY it is important; you know you are doing something right.

Working has also been a big change for her as she joined me in the local park district.I have gotten nothing but compliments on how hard of a worker she is and that means a lot.

And a picture of the youngest just for good measure.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fiar- Peter Rabbit

We are officially a FIAR ( Five in a Row) family. I had been on the fence about it for Nanners and Ryguy as our family has some specific and unique needs. Between being adaptable for both of their short attention span, enjoying quality books and reading and nothing overly complicated prep wise FIAR seemed the way to go. Pinterest has been the gold mine of resources with activities I can have pulled up and printed and all ready to go if Daddy needs to do these with them.  Basically in this curriculum you read the same book 5 or more days in a row and each day focus on a different aspect or activity. Our first week we "rowed" Peter Rabbit which Nanners has wonderfully renamed Mr. McGreggor's Garden.
We drew some bunnies which were great practice at following directions and she crossed her midline wonderfully and only used one hand.
Our little helper as we cut up a seed catalog and found what foods Mr. McGreggor grew.  
Next week we are working on Madeline.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Prepping for the ACT

Well the ACT test date is creeping up on us and it seems that we are fairly confident at the moment. Mind you I am positive it will change on the 12th when I wake Kota up early to get ready. Here are some big things that I learned in prepping her for this exam.

Online practice tests are your friend. Recommend them take a few a week in different  subjects and mix it up.

Remember to upload your picture. DO NOT FORGET. We almost waited until the last minute and if you do not submit it in time you lose your spot and all of your money.

Big breakfast the day of. Even though she normally does not eat in the mornings she will be stuffing her face to make sure she does not fall asleep halfway through it from waking up so early.

Any other tips/tricks to prepare my test-hater for the ACT?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Chem lab-bonding

This lab wasn't as fun as our las candy bar lab. For this one we were investigating chemical bonds in household items. High school science is still completely possible with homeschooling.