Saturday, December 17, 2011

 So I am still working on November here...

That first cold spell came in and boy oh boy was it a doozy!  LOL  We went from extreme heat to "Oh my goodness it's cold out here"!  LOL  So what better than a bowl of chili and of course some home made heart shaped biscuits, right?  Yum!
 The boys and I worked more on our nature books.  We added the leaves that we found on our nature hike at the park.  We found names of them in a really cool tree book we got at the library.  
 In school Bug's been working with a lot of story maps.  He read this book Dino-Hockey then filled out the story map with words and pictures.
 This sweet orange kitty came to visit our house a few different times.  What a precious boy he was.  We gave him milk and hot dogs - you know standard kitty fare and all.  LOL - he seemed to enjoy it!  He reminded me so much of my Big Orange!  I miss you Big Orange Kitty!
 One afternoon I decided to make a cherry pie, well since I didn't have any crusts in the freezer, I figured, how hard can it be, right?  Ha!  Not as easy as I dreamed, but it was not too hard.  I got it done anyway, although it looked really weird.

I couldn't figure out how to weave the strips.  So I did my best!  :)

So I forgot the foil around the edges thing - pooh!  But I do have to say that the pie itself was yummy - even the homemade crust!
Red had the first piece!
I am so proud of my Red - he's doing so well with his reading.  Although he will still say "I can't read!!!".  LOL - he's in that denial stage - scared to death that he's going to fail - but really doing so very well!
Bug is still working on his typing program.  He's getting really good at it!  I am so proud of him!  
So being November and all we have to fit some turkey's in there right?  We made cards for the family using various turkey making ideas.  We did hand print turkey's first.  The boys got a kick out of painting their hands.

Hand Turkey Magic!
While we were in the middle of turkey making we heard the dogs going nuts in the back yard.  We thought perhaps Lady and Sadie were having a barking contest again!  But when we ventured to the back yard, we saw the cause of all that commotion!  Horses! 
And here is the finished turkey's - Bug's is on the left and Red's on the right.
Well being November - its time to vote right?  So we headed to the polls to vote on amendments and have a quick lesson in responsibilities and using your voice for good in the community.
Check out all these beautiful ornaments that the GA's made!  We began working on a project to raise money for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  The girls are making ornaments and collecting donations to send to the offering.  These were the first ornaments we made.
On another trip to Blanco County to visit Uncle Mike we stopped off in the tiny almost ghost town of Cypress Mills, Texas.  It's quite funny because at one time this was the largest and most thriving town in Blanco County!  Now the entire town consists of a church and this little building that poses as a "store".  Oh and the town kitty - love him!
Here is the very very friendly town kitty!
And the beautiful church!
They have a really cool path that you can follow and there is signs and crosses to read as you walk - it's really cool.
The cornerstone - gotta waymark this!
The church itself is made of rocks and stones and we found this very cool fossil in the front side of the church.  It's looks like some sort of egg or something, right?

The sweet little church.
Bug and I walked the path and on our way back we found this really cool marker - is it a benchmark?
It looks like a benchmark, right?
On the way out of Cypress Mills, we passed over a small bridge that crosses a beautiful creek.  Check out this view!

The view from the other side of the creek.

When we go to Blanco, we stopped at the EMS station to say Hi, to Uncle Mike.  Well it just so happens that the bakery across the street is home to a geocache.  So of course we had to head over to hunt it down!

More Redhead school work - making the letter F with bingo markers!
So on pinterest we found this idea for making microwave popcorn using popping corn and brown paper bags.  So of course we had to try that out, right?>  LOL
Bug helped measure the corn.
And put it all in the bag!  Just a plain old brown paper bag.
Daddy added a pat of butter and folded the top down two times. 
After about 2 and a half minutes in the microwave - wah lah!  A nice bowl of yummy scrummy popcorn!
Here it is!
While in Blanco, we went to story time at the library to listen to Thanksgiving stories!
We also worked some puzzles and looked at lots of books!
And put together the train!
We also did a puzzle of some gray kitties!  It was a hard one, but we finally got it together!
While roaming around the town square we found a gigantic oak tree in the city park.  
We found out it's actually a little famous.  The second largest Oak tree in the county.  It was a camp ground for families way back when - there used to be a natural spring right behind the tree the families used for water.
geocache!  We also took the new bird book we bought at the library book sale for $.25 and identified birds we saw!
While out exploring we went down to check out a river bed that we saw under a bridge. It was awesome to see up close the way the water has eroded the rock over the years.  It was a great discussion starter!
We were very amazed to see all the little trees that were growing right up through the riverbed.  What a amazing testimony for that tiny seed!
We also found some really cool shells!
The boys had a great time wandering down the riverbed picking up rocks!
Check out this cool little tree that was growing on the side of this large rock.  Notice the twist in the stem at the bottom?  
You can imagine this was the favorite spot!  They boys played a king of the mountain sort of game (without the pushing).  
They found a large piece of concrete that was round (like it had been poured into bucket) and liked rolling it down the cliff to see if they could break it.
And there it goes!
We attended a BBQ benefit and live auction for the local fire dept while we were in town.  This sweet miniature horse was part of the auction items.  
Mr. Iz came to visit while we were down and made his famous cream corn - boy was it yummy!
Since it was Veterens Day weekend they were having a parade in town - Uncle Mike took the boys to ride in the new ambulance!
All loaded up and ready to roll!
Hubby and I went down to the square to watch the parade and we walked around the courthouse while we were waiting.  We found this while exploring - a horse shoe that the tree had grown around almost completely.  Can you imagine how old this shoe must be?  It was quite a large tree.

Ready for the parade!
Here comes the parade!
Check out this cool vehicle!
And here comes Uncle Mike and his "team"!
Another cool car in the parade!
Check out the wagon and horses!
He's one of those mini Clydesdale!
Here they come again!
That same weekend Uncle Pickle was moving to a new house in town - so we figured we'd help out!  It only took a couple of loads and we had it all moved! Woo-Hoo!
This is a funny - Uncle Mike has this gorgeous carpet in one of the rooms.  It's the good stuff - the wool shag kind!  LOL  He even has a carpet pick - called the perky picker!  LOL  We named this the hamburger helper room! LOL
Getting it all in the house!
Still getting it in the house!
And still....
The boys decided to make a fort with the mattresses!
Introducing the perky picker!  LOL  I can't help it, I have to tease Pickle about this!
So after a long weekend of moving and packing and unpacking and setting up - Bug and Uncle Iz settled at the table for an epic game of battleship!
Uncle Iz is working on his strategy!
Then it was on to a game of war!
After all the moving was done we had to go back for Uncle Mike's for his Kayak!
Here's some more November memories!  We made birthday cards for some of our Homeschool Swapping Adventures Friends.
Here's the finished cards!
Oh and more turkeys!  LOL - here's some of the finished turkey cards we made for all the family!
A combo of markers and bingo markers.
Bug's did his with markers and bingo markers too - we used the draw write now curriculum to make the drawing of the turkey first.
Here's some more GA's stuff - making more ornaments for our Lottie Moon Christmas offering project!
We worked on beaded ornaments too!
And beaded Christmas trees!
Health class for Red - continuing our unit on fire safety!
Oh my goodness I have a lot of books!  Ha, this isn't even half of them really - I decided I needed to overhaul the school shelf, so I pulled the books off the shelf that I needed to plan with and piled them on the table.
Then I started working on putting them back on the shelf neatly.  Can you see my very creative shelf holder-upper?  LOL
Have you ever heard me say that my puppies love puppy treats?  WEll they do!  LOL - I made 4 batches of peanut butter puppy treats for the pups!  They were very happy let me tell you!  

Although we found out later that Ladybug is allergic to peanut butter so I had to cut her off the treats.  We are currently treating her with pieces of hot dog.  I need to get a peanut free recipe for Ms. Lady!
Hubby went to the bread store in Dallas to get bread to donate to the church holiday helper baskets.  The sweet ladies at the shop gave him 40 bags of rolls to go with the 40 loaves of bread.  What a sweet gesture!
A trunk load of bread!
More ornament making.  The GA's painted the sticks and I glued them together.  Then each girl was able to decorate the "tree" with various objects and baubles.

Have you ever played clue junior?  It's a great game - we love love love it!

Well, I think that may be all of November finally - lol - perhaps, I will have to go through my pictures again and see.

Until one another...we-

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