Friday, October 19, 2007

Windy Day

Today it was very windy here.  How windy?  Let me show you what happened on our deck :).  We had a big umbrella open above our glass picnic table.  This afternoon I heard a loud noise while I was upstairs.  I came down and looked out the back sliding glass door and this is what I saw:

Yep, the glass was completely shattered and the umbrella was blown to the roof of our toolshed…all folded neatly :) .  Well, we had a windy day today.  How was your day?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Collection of Poetry written by Josiah

Below are some of the poems written by my 8 year old son (now 9):-

dark, powerful
destroying, traveling, twisting
so exciting to watch

Bear is a mammal
Bears can be very fearsome
Bears can be cuddly

Acrostic poem
Fall is a time when leaves fall off trees
All of the leaves turn to beautiful colors 
Lots of leaves flutter to the ground
Leaves are then ready for raking

Acrostic poem
Lovely beaches
International Worm Fiddling Contest
Down tip
Atlantic Ocean

I want to go hiking everyday
Because I enjoy God’s creation
I like the animals and plants
Hiking is lots of fun

Noun Verse
beautiful, forested
raining, snowing
    My state

big forests in green
meadows in bright profusion
high desert in bloom
rivers flowing clear and blue
ocean waves crash on the shore

The forest is nice in summer’s delight
The forest is great in winter’s splendor
The stars sparkle in the cold forest’s nights
The mountain’s east side is often drier
The forest has sprung up when spring begins
The forest in fall bursts with bright colors
Of every hue that you could imagine
These are all made by God our Creator
The ocean’s big waves that crash on the shore
Carve away the hard rocks and sand sculptures
The tiny microscopic mushroom’s spores
Are taken by the wind to wherever
How great and diverse is God’s creation
He made everything from bugs to the sun

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Game Night and Party Day

Last night, we hosted another game night for the international students.  We invited our homeschool friends to join us, too.  We were introduced to 2 new students from South Korea.  We had a delightful time playing foosball, Apples to Apples, Whoonu, and Charades.  We’re so glad that they felt at home here and that we helped ease their homesickness a bit.  One of the students told us more than once that spending time with our family made her so happy.  They all love our kids :) .  Speaking of our kids, after the church service tonight…as we were leaving, someone (we don’t know her) came to tell us that she’s so impressed with how well-behaved our kids were.  How true 1Timothy 4:12 is!!! 

Today we had a birthday party for our two birthday boys (see the Wordless Wednesday post on Oct. 10th).  The weather was beautiful so we played games outside.  We played Jelly Bean Hunt, Bean Counter Relay, Broken Down Car Race, and Rocket Launching.  Instead of a traditional birthday cake, our middle pumpkin (9 year old son) picked a pumpkin cheesecake, and our youngest pumpkin (6 year old son) picked a pumpkin pie.  My husband and I did the frosting writing ourselves.  They came out okay (barely) :).  We also had ice cream bars, ice cream sundae cones, ice cream sandwiches, varieties of crackers, jalapeno & garlic hummus dip, varieties of chips and grapes. 

Our birthday boys were showered with piles of presents.  Our 9 year old son received a box of Topps 2006-07 NBA trading cards, a Tim Duncan jersey card, 3 Zoo Life videos, an all star sports pillowcase,  Discovery Toys’ Bankit, a cowboy gun playset (plastic balls, ball shooter, and plastic barrels for targets), collectible coins, money, candies, marbles, an air pump powered missile, a DVD titled, "Discovering Nature’s Beauty", a wooden bubble blower made from red oak, bouncy balls, an Oregon State mini-football, and a beautiful book called, "Oregon: A Photographic Collection."  Our 6 year old son received a box of Topps 2006-07 NBA trading cards, a LeBron James jersey card, 3 Zoo Life videos, books and a read-along CD, candies, a wooden bubble blower, a cowboy gun playset, an Oregon State mini-football, Jenga, Brain Benders (3 solid wood puzzles), a box of illusion show kit, bouncy balls, money, and a DVD titled, "Strangers in the Woods."  I didn’t realize it would take 12 lines to list all their presents (yikes!) We all had a wonderful time visiting with relatives and friends.  The two birthday boys are so thrilled with and thankful for all the great gifts.  My husband and I are very thankful to the Lord for blessing us with these two terrific sons. 

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Guess What...

Yesterday, we stopped by the local Barnes & Noble store.  They were having a contest: guessing how many peppers were in the glass jar sitting on a table there.  The first prize was a sweatshirt and the second prize was a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card.  We enjoy playing this kind of game (estimating).  All five of us wrote our own guesses on the entry forms.  Later when we were home, we received a phone call notifying us that our youngest son (5.98 years old) won the first prize!  There were 95 peppers in the jar and his guess was 96.  A minute later the phone rang…and the same lady who just called, said that our daughter (14 years old) won the second prize!  Her guess was 91.  Wow…we were so astonished :) .  I think that lady was, too :) ; she couldn’t help laughing when she called the second time because it just dawned on her that she was calling the same number again!  We are so proud of our kiddos.  They are great guessers.   In January, my daughter also won a $10 gift card from guessing M&Ms at Grocery Outlet.

Another astonishment: my daughter has recently won two $100 Barnes & Noble gift cards from getting the highest scores on two science contests at PixLit.  Before that, she won a Playstation 2 from MathMovesU.  We all have been so blessed; we’re very thankful, indeed. 

Susan at SuzyScribbles is having a guessing contest.  The winner will get to choose one of her books.  The deadline is Oct. 15th.  Have fun guessing!

Update: My 14 year old daughter is one of the winners at Susan’s guessing contest.  Woo hoo!