Sunday, April 20, 2014

Resurrection Sunday

Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o'er his foes'
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

I love singing the Resurrection Sunday hymns. I love the reminder of the victory that was won over death.  Our Savior is risen. We serve a living Savior.

We went to visit a friend and her family. It was a bit unplanned but she was gracious and welcoming. It is wonderful to have friends like that especially when you move to a new country. 

The plan had been to have an egg hunt outside but the weather was rainy so we changed it to inside. I was surprised how many eggs they missed finding. We found a number of eggs as we were sitting and visiting. 

Miss K loves chocolate and so it was love at first sight when she found the bunny.

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A day at the park

Monday was a beautiful day with temperatures in the high 60's Fahrenheit or about 20 Celsius (I am going to have to switch my thinking to Celsius again.) I decided that it was perfect to go to the park for one more outing before we left.

I think the kids were wishing they had swimsuits or at least shorts. They played in the sand and then at the playground.

The found a big frog to climb on. It looked like a perfect place to take a photo.

We saw a bald eagle flying around.  It is amazing to just sit and watch him circle around and around.

This guy was just walking along the beach.

I am glad that I took the time to do something fun with the kids. As I was busy with all the last minute details needed to do before leaving, I also knew that it was important that I spend time with the kids.

Bob told me that we didn't have to worry because we can trust dad and God. It is encouraging to hear his insights and thoughts and it was a good reminder.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kitchen Chemistry

One of the fun things about homeschooling is the community. A large part of the community is sharing. Someone shared a link to a Kitchen Chemistry course and I thought why not. We are studying chemistry so let's try it. This is from a university in England and is about six weeks long.

The first experiment was about density using hot and cold water. The hot water is colored. When we place the hot water on top of the cold water there is no movement. Here he is putting the cold water on top of the hot water and we found that the hot water rises into the cold water. It was very cool and a new experiment for him to do.

We needed CD's to use to flip the water glasses. I dug a few CD's out of the bags ready for the thrift store so he could do the experiment.

The next thing that he did was make a hot air balloon using a plastic bag and the toaster.

He put the bag on and then we sat and watched. "Is it moving. I think it might be." And then look at it go.

There was one more experiment which involved burning an empty tea bag. When it burned we were able to see the heat cause the ash to rise.

I have to say that these were easy to do, worked, taught something, and don't talk all morning . My son thinks I don't like science because in his mind science is about experiments. I don't like experiments that take forever, don't work, and make a big mess.

This was fun, we learned something and we are looking forward to next week's lesson.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Treats and Fun Times

When we lived on the East Coast,  some of our favorite treats were soft pretzels, Rita's, and Sonic Happy Hour. There were two soft pretzels shops in our town. Rita's water ice was a regional favorite with flavors changing all the time. A Limeade from Sonic during Happy Hour would make me happy.

Well, here in the northwest we have to find new treats.

Krispy Kreme is in the area. We will sometimes go for donuts. Bob likes the chocolate eclair.

This time Miss K spied the chocolate and that smile tells you how she loved it. Actually, I should have taken a photo of her after she ate it.

When we lived in Asia, there was a Krispy Kreme there. Of course, since it was Asia they had some interesting flavors.

Aunt Bea introduced us to Yogurtland during one of her visits. For us I have limited the kids to just a small amount and one topping. Yogurtland is a self-serve frozen yogurt with a topping bar. You pay by the weight. I actually got some once just around $1.

Bob likes to add a gummy worm or two to the top of his yogurt. I think he got cheesecake and strawberry.

Miss K usually gets chocolate but this time it was chocolate with birthday cake. You might have noticed that Miss K likes chocolate, no I should say loves chocolate.

I really like the strawberry lemonade sorbet. When we were there last week, they also had an orange citrus sorbet. Yum!

I think Miss K needs a haircut, it is so thin. Her bangs are long. She wants long hair but that means that it needs to be pulled back and it is not thick.

Another fun place to go here is Ivar's. Miss K has been asking to go there. She loves baby shrimp. I love clam chowder.

I wonder what fun treats we will discover in the UK.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Week in Review - April 11, 2014 - Our visas came

He was a bit scared when he saw the package as the package he sent was thick. The only thing they returned were our passports and original birth certificates and marriage certificate.

Last Friday we ended the week with a phone call to the visa expediter who stated our visa was not finished and the consulate doesn't issue visas on Monday. Okay, that meant my husband couldn't fly on Tuesday so he changed his flight to Thursday so he would arrive for his meetings on Sunday. Since the airline we are flying only flies on Tuesday and Thursday he needed to be able to go on Thursday. Monday afternoon my husband sat down to check email and called me to look at four emails he received. We received emails from the Consulate stating our visas had been issued. The expediter picked up the visas on Tuesday and then my stalking tracking the envelope across the country began. I am very thankful for overnight delivery even when we are on the other side of the country.  We received our visas just in time for my husband's flight. God is faithful and we trust that after all the waiting that this is his timing for us to go.

Bob won 1st Place at the Dr. Seuss inspired art. This was a project that he had done in the art classes. The store where the classes was held had their 1st Youth Art Contest and asked the customers to vote.

His artwork is the upper left corner. He received a box with art supplies as well as $15 gift certificate. I love buying good art supplies for the kids.

Schooling - well that happened in bits and pieces this week between a few meetings we had, tracking Fedex, and trying to pack. Our books are in the suitcase so we are pulling out what we need.

I posted my review of Star Chronicles. We have enjoyed that study and still have a few more constellations to study.

We are reading through the library books. I will miss the library as we have used that quite a bit here.

We had our last piano lesson here. Praying that we will find a new teacher as well as a new flute teacher.

We did a bit of our Greek Myths. We did a bit of math. Maybe we will just call this spring break.

Not sure how much school will be done next week. We are doing our lasts and packing.

Next week we will be in the UK.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars - Review

Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman

Psalm 8:3-4
When I consider they heavens, the work of they fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou has ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

We have spent the past few weeks reviewing this new book. One of the interesting things included in the introduction of this books is "What this book is NOT". There the author is very clear that this is not about zodiac, astrology or horoscopes. I love that she is upfront about what the book is not about. The book is about the constellations and the scriptures.

This book introduces the constellation then tells about some of the stars, giving their name and the meaning along with scripture verses. For example, Virgo holds a sheaf of grain which could be the symbol of her seed.

I read the information about the constellation while the children colored the picture. There are note-booking pages included for each constellation and I did have Bob write something for those.

When we began this book, Bob wasn't too sure about it. I am not sure what he was thinking it was and what he was expecting. It did get better. We had some discussions maybe not as deep as I would like. I have to say that I learned quite a bit. This book took the mystery out of the constellations and gave me an understanding based on the Bible.

The book includes coloring pages, notebooking pages, and suggestions for scrapbooking and drawing the constellations. We just used the coloring pages and the notebooking pages.

We read about one of the constellations each week. It was easy to just fit into to what we did together. This would be perfect to add to an astronomy study or even a creation study. There are numerous ideas of activities and crafts while studying the constellations. This is a great resource for studying the stars.

This book can be purchased in PDF directly from Fogelman Forerunner.

The discount is good until 4/20/14.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Living through Transitions - When the end is in sight.

The end is in sight. After more than a year of transitions, we are seeing the end to our transition. As we view the end it is interesting how things change. The emotions are excited but sad. We are moving on but sad to leave.

It is different when the end is in sight. The stress begins to increase as there are physical things to be done -- packing, cleaning, and last minute shopping. The emotions play into how we are feeling as we have to say good-bye, we are leaving things. There is also a spiritual element as we are preparing to serve in a new place.

We need extra patience at this time. For me it seems that as the stress increases the patience decreases. While that might be the natural tendency but I need to depend more on the Lord to give me the patience.

We have lots of little things to do but at the same time we are also trying to place some fun good-byes. We went to Yogurtland for the last time. We still want a trip to Krispy Kreme. We are using up our gift certificates. I have asked the kids what they would like to do so that we attempt to have some good-bye time here.

Just as we have gotten through this time of transition by resting in the fact that God has called us that is what continues to carry us through the last challenges. The last year has been a journey of faith and now we are beginning to have sight.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 
Hebrews 11:1

So we pack our suitcases, say our good-byes and begin a new journey of faith as we move. It is exciting to be at this point.

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