Chord of Three Strands
Thursday, September 08, 2005
  HOWDY! Hawaii pics!!!!

here are a few pictures from Maui. I guess this is so NOT homeschooling topic. I'll just call it a teachers retreat......

So without further ado.... some photos to brighten your day. I'll have a link at the bottom for morepictures. (pics of me too, LOL)

from the resort:

some scenery:


for MORE pictures go HERE

Saturday, August 20, 2005
As you may know,we nolongerhave the internet at our house. So I getonline about twice a week for a limited amount of time. I don't have the time for mulitple lists or blogs. So I will, finally, transfer all homeschool blog stuff to:

It is a homeschool blog site. I like my friends here, but the HSB site is easier to post at and right now I need TIME EFFICIENT placesonline.So I won'tbe posting much here, I guess. At least not charts, it's too time consuming.
  Chart #1

Bible StoryBible StoryBible StoryBible StoryBible Story
Latin RootsLatin RootsThinking SkillsThinking SkillsLatin Roots
ScienceThinking SkillsScienceScienceConnor-G.Goo
Ki- Game GooKi-EarobicsKi-EarobicsKi-EarobicsKi- Game Goo
Gavin-EarobicsGavin-EarobicsGavin-EarobicsConnor-ErobicsGavin-Game Goo
C-Leap PadC-Leap PadC-Leap PadG-Leap Pad

Thursday, August 11, 2005
  One bad cat
One bad cat

Bad as in… ‘The terror of the neighborhood’, ‘no one messes with me’, ‘I can take you ALL on’ type of cat. I always knew Soksey was going to be trouble from the time he bit holes in my credit card and would attack on command. He often finds a way to sneak out at night and will come home with a little scratch here or there and we’ll see the cat across the street and he is in worse shape.

Yesterday I rescued the gerbil 3 times. Connor rescued the gerbil once. Onetime the gerbil was dangling between Soksey’s teeth as he high-tailed it out the room. We had to duct tape the lid all around.

This morning Soksey comes in and he has blood in his claws and blood drops on his front paws. Connor found a patch of fur in his claws. Soksey has no scratches on him though.

Yesterday I also chased the iguana down the block. Hubby left him out again and he got away. 3 gerbil saves, fixed the gerbil lid 3 times, gave the cat a flea bath, chased the iguana home, took kids to gymnastics (worked out myself while there- I seriously hope those gym room scales are WAY off), did a big grocery trip and took the boys on a field trip to the fire station (where they got to shoot the fire hose! It was COOL). See, this is why I never can keep up with the house work. And I did get a couple loads of laundry done and went through 3-4 boxes of school stuff.

Wow, I don’t think I’ve been online for awhile. Aside from the 15 minutes I was online Wednesday to do Ebay Email, it’s been about A WEEK. I really don’t miss it much. It’s amazing how spoiled we get. So now I can’t just look up anything I want to, the minute I want to look it up. So now instead of leaving the laundry in the middle of folding a load to look up gerbil care (because it just came to me as I was folding the sheets) I just tusk it away I n my memory to look up later on when I get a change to get online.

Ki just came in with the new package of mini-sub buns for me to read to make sure he could have them. It’s a kind we haven’t gotten before and he didn’t recognize them, so he wanted to check with me. So I read the ingredients (like I did at the store before I bought them, LOL, but Brian doesn’t check before he buys things and Ki knows to always ask me if he’s not sure)
Saturday, August 06, 2005
  new laptop
This is so cool. Last night I was online at Barnes and Nobles on my NEW laptop! Then I sat out in the parking lot a little bit longer after the place closed. It turns out B&N doesn’t have free wireless connections. I paid for 2 hours and the store closed halfway through, so I figured it was OK to sit in the parking lot using their wireless. Panera supposedly has free wireless, I’ll have to check them out.

Right now, I am sitting in the kitchen typing this up. On my new laptop. I don’t need a $3,000 necklace. A $700 laptop is just fine with me! Actually I would have been fine with the $400 laptop, but Brian wanted to get me the better one with upgrades.

It is a rainy Saturday. That means it has been dark out since I woke up. My melatonin is very controlling and powerful. As long as it is dark I SLEEP. If I have to wake up and it is dark, I am SO tired and just can’t wake up! So I will be sleepy all day long and feel like I am walking in a dream.

I keep hitting the cap-lock key on the laptop. Other than that it’d not hard at all to get used to typing on. Brian keeps saying he wants to get me a mouse for my laptop. I kind of like it like it is. I don’t want a finger pad mouse on my regular computer, but it seems right for the laptop.

I want to walk the fen tomorrow, if it’s stopped raining. The last few times we’ve been there it has been so dry. It’ll be nice to actually have water under the boardwalk.

Now I am sitting in my car typing. Isn’t this just the coolest!? I just got back from shopping. Well, I guess I’m not back yet, huh? I bought summer clothes for next year. I spent $54 after taxes. My total savings???? $161 How’s that? Food by bleed us dry, but I can save in other places. I love shopping the end of the season clearance racks. I can get brand new stuff for Thrift store used clothes prices!

O.K. I am in Paneranow. FREE wireless, no hidden strings. I could just sit in the parking lot if I wanted too, but that doesn’t seem fair. I am having a bagel and a chai latte.

AND am online TWO days in ROW!!!
Friday, August 05, 2005
  construction site survey pics

(update entry before this one)

They are building a huge outdoor mall close to us. I decided to try to take pictures 1-2 times a week. We went Monday and took some pictures. We went Today as well. I think it will be neat to go through and see how it all changes over time. The guy driving the belly scraper honked at the boys and waved each time he passed. Today it was drizzling and there was no work being done.Here are the pictures from Monday.

Here are today's picures. See that hill being plowed down......... It is TOTALLY gone today!!

here is where the hill WAS

  Wednesday's update
Today, we got a package from our friend Down Under! A COOOL book called Who Did That. It shows pictures of different footprints ns poop dropping and the next page it tells about the animal the left them. All Australian animals, too. Very cool!~ And she send a package of gummy candies. NOT just ANY gummy candies either! These were NO articial colours or flavours!!!! She knows Ki gets hives from that stuff. Ki was so happy to get candies that HE can have!


We had our homeschool assessment/portfolio. The lady who does ours is a homeschooler, but also teaches in the public school and tutors. She knows what kids of areas the kids should know and also knows which ‘grade level areas’ aren’t really that important. And what areas to work on and HOW. It’s always nice to hear that Ki is smart, LOL. I sometimes wonder about him. Being that she in ‘that teaching business’ she can see what Ki does and says and plays and tell my why that means he really is smart, LOL. Because he can’t spell well or write well so it’s hard for me to see sometimes. (when we had him tested it showed he was really smart- but I still have trouble seeing it). And I like how she asks about the other stuff. Their personality, they caring for others, their love for God.

Yesterday we went to the lake. It was fine. I was very antisocial, but am fine with it. I wasn’t mean or anything and I did talk to people. I just kept to myself and read (listening to my CD with earphone plugs). Brian took me on a wave rider ride. We went around the big lake, under a bridge, down a little river, through overhanging braches, through a sandbar… that clogged the motor and we were stranded. It was 90+ degrees. Brian was in the water for at least 45 minutes trying to check the motor and stuff. I got HOT I am guessing at least 95. Took my top off (we were totaaly isolated down a secluded river 'back alley'), which fell in the water. So I am topless and all these damselflies keep landing on me. I think they were copulating. But the top damselfly puts his tail behind the head of the bottom damsel fly, like in her ‘neck’…. We finally saw some people fishing (good thing the life vest is a full coverage one, LOL). The pull us to the coastguard marina area. We call and Brian’s dad comes and gets us. Brian mom was all worried (of course). She had them calling the hospital and driving all over looking for us. She said we were gone 3 hours, but I think it was 2 and ½.

Today Brian’s friends from Florida are up. I am getting ready to go meet them (with the boys) at the Air Force Museum.
  SATURDAY July 30
This morning I read through a circular for a local Christian bookstore .I want to get some books about missionaries on the reading level of about 5th-8th grade. The circular had some coupons. As I was planning my day mentally Brian came in and said he was taking off to Meijers for a new toaster oven, but no specific time. He then went to organize and count little metal figures.

Connor was the first child up, like always. I had him strip his sheets and scrub his hands. Then he decided to count all of dad’s melee figures. He was counting up how many in each group. (how many orcs, how many hobbits, how many humans archers, how many ladies….) Next he’ll add up the groups.

Brian took Ki to get doughnuts. I folded sheets and started the dishwasher. After breakfast I tried to organize a house cleaning. I tried to organize a family housecleaning time late night, but Brian had them watch TV instead. I got all 3 to do a 27 Fling Boogie this morning, but as soon as that was done, Brian sent Gavin out to mow the lawn while Connor, Ki and I cleaned in the house. Gavin gets fun job while the others get stuck cleaning the house. I feel like my efforts to be a housewife and homeschool teacher are constantly sabotaged.

We saw three snakes in the cage this morning and thought we had found the missing snake. I hadn’t realized my dad had brought over a FOURTH snake!

We went to a BBQ for the older boys’ Bible Class to discuss the new curriculum. They had water balloons and a trampoline. Gavin was bringing a water balloon into the trampoline (has that mesh around it) and Brian told him not to. Gavin’s reply is something like: “Oh, water is good for trampolines. Have you ever had a trampoline? Water makes them bounce better.” The boys talk like this all the time with Brian. I don’t allow it with me. It is rude, it is talking like they know more (there are Bible verses that speak directly to this) , it’s disrespectful. See, Brian allows the boys tot talk that way to him, they thin it’s fine, they talk that way to Sunday School teachers and Gymnastic teachers, who then come to me and talk about how they have problems with my kids being disrespectful and not following directions. It really upsets me.

Gavin has been talking lots about spiritual matters and I was asking him if he wanted me to get a Bible Study for kids his age or a devotional book. He could help me pick it out. He said he’d rather I choose verses for him to read and what to do, because I know him better than any devotional book, so I can choose verses that would apply to him. I guess I can’t argue with that to much I guess.

Connor got in trouble for throwing water balloons at Ki’s back. He hit me in the back earlier and in the back hurts. I told him not to throw at people’s backs (or heads). He didn’t think it was fair to get in trouble because he ‘forgot’. Well, forgetting isn’t a good excuse. I feel like the only one who bothers trying to teach the kids to obey and be respectful.

chocolate cookies!

· 1.25 cups room temp butter (2.5 sticks)
· 2 cups sugar
· 2 eggs
· 2 teaspoons vanilla
· 2 cups flour
· .75 cup unsweetened cocoa
· 1 teaspoon baking soda
· .5 teaspoon salt
· 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
· sugar for the top

DIRECTIONS: (preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

1. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well.
2. In a separate bowl, mix flour cocoa, baking soda and salt.
3. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
4. Stir in chips.
5. Drop rounded scoops of dough onto a cookie sheet. Use a flat bottom glad dipped in the sugar to flatten the drops of dough. Cook for about 8-10 minutes.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
  My Survey thingy.
10 years ago: I had a 5 month old boy (Connor) and Gavin was about to turn 2. I was changing diapers and ding laundry and trying to stay a little sane.

5 years ago: Connor wasgetting ready to enter Kindergarten- this would be his ONLY year at public school. Gavin was getting ready to entrt 1st grade. Ki's asthma was pretty bad and he often couldn't even walk to the end of the driveway without collapsing on the ground- out of breath and fatigued.

Yesterday: It rained, but was cooler. In the morning we had Y classes- Gymnastics, swimming and I spent 20 minutes on the elliptical machine.The boys had Royal Rangers class in the evening and Brian and I went the Y to work out.

Today: I cleaned cat puke. We went to the library. The Connor when to the dr to get a prescription for pinworms. Then a fast lunch. Aftr that we went to the investors to talk about college savings/investments for the boys. The talked me into going to Subway afterwards. We got home, I did some laundry, then took Connor to Violin class. Ki and I went shopping. Gavin stayed home. Brian is working late and Gavin is reading a book to his brothers.

Tomorrow: A 9:30 work out at the Y. And a picnic tomorrow for Brian's work place. Connor was supposed to interview my dad, maybe he can in the evening.

5 snacks I enjoy: Twizzlers, Chai Latte, Apples, Twixt bars, Those fruit chew candies like "orange slices"

5 bands I know most of the lyrics of their songs: Sting, Sting, Steve Taylor, Newsboys, Sting

Things I would Do with 100 million dollars: a gift to our church maybe yo help wit their mission trips. Buy a house on 10 acres. Use the rest for kids' savings, our savings and to buy some things for the new house.

5 bad habits I have: Not eating breakfast (or a good one), not drinking enough water, Not having my devotional time with God, being overly task-oriented,stubborn

5 locations I would run away to: my house- minus kids and hubby, A desserted island, Austraila, a cabin in the mountains, Barnes and Nobles

5 things I would never wear: Orthopedic shoes, jockcup (like guys wear in sports), a bathing cap with big flowers on it, Pantyhose, socks. 5 things I like doing: sleeping, hiking, doing fun things with my kids, scrapbooking, writing lessonplans

5 biggest joys of the moment: not having to make a big dinner, listening to Gavin read to his brothers, my hubby is getting things worked out for us to go to Hawaii, having an almost clean kitchen, and planning for lessons for next month

5 famous people I would like to meet: Sting, Steve Taylor, that'd be aboutit.I'm not much on famous people..... Einstein would be neat, but I don't know if deadpeople count...

5 movies I like: Silence of the Lambs, Memento, Star Gate, Conspiracy Theory, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

5 TV Shows I like: CSI, CSI:Miami, CSI:NYC, Quincy (haven't seen that one or awhile), Star Trek.

5 favorite toys: my new scrapbook stuff, My iTunes-Media window, Microsft Excel (yes for some of us it is a fun toy!),My digital camera,not sure what else.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
We are having our internet disconnected Saturday. No More Blogging here! Well, I'll check in from time to time.

Take care everyone! See Ya round!

Location: Ohio, United States

Ecclesiastes 4:12 "Though one may be overpowered two can defend themselves.A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." This is our 4th yr homeschooling in Ohio with 3 boys.

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