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Quote of the month...

"Standing tall is a very admirable thing. There are very few stories in history of heroes who slouched to the rescue. Likewise, most individuals don't look up to people who are drooped over."
from Leven Thumps and the Wrath of Ezra by Obert Skye

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Foto Story Friday #125-- scary faces

Halloween is just around the corner...... we'll not be Trick-or-treating this year since it falls on Sunday.  We will be attending trunk-or-treat tomorrow night at church.
 We are practicing our scary faces....
and carving some too!
Happy Halloween to one and all!

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Foto Story Friday #124-- delicious family time

Need something fun and yummy to do with the whole family?  Make doughnuts!!  Monday night we did just that!
First cut, by Scott.
Fry sister, Savanna!
It is kinda messy but worth it!
Buttermilk Doughnuts
2cups buttermilk, 2 eggs & 1 cup sugar
beat in sifted dry ingredients:
5/12 cups flour, 2 teaspoons soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1teaspoon nutmeg
stir in:
1/4 cup melted butter or shortening
roll or pat out on well floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick
fry in hot oil/fat (375). when starts to brown flip.
we like to roll then in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. enjoy!!
Even teenagers will get in on the fun. Especially if you don't get to eat them if you don't help!
Don't forget to play in the flour!
Shake it well in the cinnamon sugar!
keep your eye on the doughnuts :)
Look yummy huh?
Yeah they are super yum!!  Go make some you know you want to!!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Foto Story Friday #123--5th grade social studies projects

Four kids through the 5th grade and four projects on the indigenous people of north america.
(Six years ago I was using a borrowed camera, because I was between cameras and trying to make a decision on what kind to get.  Please forgive the quality of these first 2 photos!)  Cody made his first real project for school and boy was it a project for both of us!  He did a cliff dwelling.  We got a shoe box and covered it with paper mache, then painted it.  We made bricks with a bake dough and painted them.  We visited the hardware store and got some tiny fake tree branches and cut them down to size.  It really did look pretty cool, wish the photos were better so you could see.
His teacher entered into the fair and he got a purple ribbon!
It is amazing what 6 year will do for a person:

Five years ago, Shantel wanted to make a dwelling like Cody had and she wanted it to go to the fair and win a purple ribbon!  She's not competitive! :)  She worked very hard on her Long House.  First she and Grandma went to the dump and wallered around searching for bark to properly cover her house.  We needed to build a pole structure and skewers lashed together with twist ties work nicely.  Thank goodness for hot glue, as it held her house together.
She was able to take it to the fair and it got a ribbon, not the purple but at least she placed!
Fives years can really change a person!

Two years ago it was Savanna's turn.  Her teacher said she would like them to not make a dwelling so Savanna opted for a Coup Stick.  After researching it on the net we did our best with what we had on hand.  some string to pass as leather and beads and some collected feathers.
She brought antlers to display it on in class.
Just look at what even 2 years will do for a body?  Getting pretty!

Now this year is Robby's turn.  He chose to follow Savanna {I see a pattern here :) } and make a Coup Stick.  He also had to do some internet research and then set to work.
Robby chose to wrap his stick a little more tightly with the selected strings in school colors.  and place several beads on for some added flair.  Now he didn't have any luck hunting feathers outside so he had to settle for some recently removed pink ones from a dress-up boa!  He teacher loved the pink feathers.
We didn't get a finished photo..... will have to take one when he brings it home I guess.

It will be 4 years before these two will make their own social studies projects, wonder what they will make?

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Foto Story Friday #122- shower remodel

In August we remodeled our shower.  it was in major need .......
We had some nasty mold growing in there.  We also put in a fan/vent to help with the moisture.
First we had to get all the nasty stuff out.
(sorry some of these are not the best quality...) We put up some concrete board around the shower area.
Painted it with some moisture barrier stuff.
Since that is our only shower, we needed to work fast and hard..... no shower means washing my hair in the kitchen sink! :)
Measure twice and cut once.....
Our first tile job....
Clean up day 2
Mix up the grout.
Clean up day 3
Finally sealing the grout!
We had to use the shower at the in-laws for the few days it took to re-do the shower.  It is SO nice now that it is finished though!

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