pinterest-dd591.htm Oak Creek Academy: November 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Not a Wordless Wednesday

I have been working on this baby blanket since, I think the beginning of August; granted not every day.  A couple weeks ago, with just three and 1/2 panels finished, I decided I wanted to get it finished before Thanksgiving (and have my hubby bring it to work for one of his co-workers).  Was almost there,  if I hadn't been so sick yesterday, I would have taken the photo's and the blanket could have been delivered.

Not that anyone particularly cares, but each panel is 32 knit stitches wide and 62 rows (or 31 ribs) long.  When I had 4 panels of each color, I had to figure out which color would be the X and choose the multi colored yarn.  I whip stitched them together in cream, as it was in both colors, to varying degrees, and then a stocking stitch around the edges.  A stocking stitch is one row knit stitch, one row purl stitch, until a desired length is reached - 5 rows here.

I think it turned out well and hope hubby's co-worker likes it.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Finally Friday!!

Science Friday's just aren't cutting it.  Occasionally we have good experiement's that are photo worry, but more often, not.  Being the last school day before Thanksgiving Break, it was hard to get through.  We managed and everyone was more than happy to put school supplies away for a week.  Still amazes me though, that they'll sit and listen to books so easily, or watch an "educational" video without batting an eye.  Having taken the stress out of most of the school day sure has helped the overall school experience.

For fun today, we started snapping photo's for possible Christmas cards.   First round wasn't to bad, but may need to redue the family ones to have the letters show up better.  Will see what we can do.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday Musing's

I've been working on Christmas decorations the last few days.  I have been painting the letters in the word "NOEL" gold.  I'd seen this in a Southern Living Christmas 2008 book and really liked it.  Hoping to getting some family photo's with each of us holding a letter and some individual shots, too, for a frame that has been on the wall (for a while now) with four empty slots.  I've taken a few pictures of the letters in my dining room window, which turned out really cool, but realized that my Five in a Row ornament's were in the shot.  I might be able to crop them out but haven't taken the time yet.  I hope to try a little later in the day.
 In the same book, there was a photo of hung stockings with a letter dangling with the stocking.  Thought this would be a cool thing to do as well.  So, the eight letter are almost finished. 
It's amazing how many coats of paint are needed, when using gold, to get it covered.
Got to the pictures, as you can see.  The gold doesn't show up well.  But when we get to family photo's taken, I'll post those.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Proud Parent Moment

Today's post won't be about Science. I know it's heartbreaking (hehehe, maybe not). Pack 683 had a uniform inspection at our Pack Meeting last night. Our Thing One won for his den. Woo Hoo!! He was excited because the prizes for each winner were a "I'm Proud of My Cub Scout" bumper sticker, a box of Boy Scout Popcorn, and a build a car type thing - similar to pine wood derby cars. He really liked the sticker because "Dad's car doesn't have one yet!!" This morning all he wants to do his build his car. Thing Two is kind of bummed because he wanted a car too.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wonderful Day!!

Have you ever had just a wonderful day and it's not because of any one thing?  That is our day so far.  It's just been a day when things seem to be going well.  The boys had fun while I was at bible study, made many connections while reading "Cranberry Thanksgiving" for Five in a Row, the deer came for a snack (in the neighbors yard), and we're finishing up school in front of a fire.  Not such a bad day.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday Musing's

So, I have been trying to add more fun stuff around the house for school.  I'd seen metal put up on a wall on FIAR ladies blog.  It looked like something the boys would have fun with using letters or words to create stuff.  My problem is that we decorated our house long before we began homeschooling and have limited wall space.  I was able to find a couple pieces, about 2' x 3', at Home Depot and they fit under the cork board puzzle I'd put up on the "stair case wall".  There isn't much use for the wall, other than photo's, so adding the metal sheets was easy enough - other than having to work around an outlet.  

It should be fun, just need to order some words or buy some magnet sheets and make our own - or both.

Friday, November 7, 2008

"Our Piece of Earth"

I have been so distracted during school today by the flurry of birds coming to the feeder.  There's been a change in birds about every 10 seconds it seems, with some "sitting" on the hook, porch roof, or ground, just waiting their turn.  It does seem we have a few bullies - pushing others out.  Kind of neat that some of the pictures, I was able to get the birds with their wings fully extended.

Look at this bird coming in; just amazing!!

This was a pretty picture from our deck looking into the park land.  It's this view that makes it hard to move from an awkward layout of a house and narrow lot.  The fall colors are such vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds.  Not to mention there are plenty of places to go hiking.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

So excited!!

Yes, I've fallen into the homeschool decorating scheme.  My wish list for Christmas includes bookshelves and Five in a Row manuals and Books.  We also bought some metal sheets from Home Depot to hang for magnets (Thank you Heather W. for the inspiration!!)  so the boys could work on language arts in a different way.  It will probably be used for more ways than just language arts though.  

Hope to get them up today and have pictures blogged soon.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Monday Musing's

In the past few month's of the school year, I have visited a number of Five in a Row ladies blogs.  I have been inspired at their creativity with homeschooling and their blog.  One of the things I want to try is "Wordless Wednesday" - posting a picture, with no text, of something - anything - that inspires you.  I may try to keep up with my Science Friday's, too, and Musing Monday.

Not much to muse about today though.  Will be very happy, though, when the election is over and any fall out dust has settled.  

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Pictures

Here are my young padawan's. They were dressed as Qui-gon and Obi - won. Their Jedi robs were going to be Christmas gifts, but when they asked to be Star War Jedi for Halloween, the robs came early.

Family shot of the "boys" dressed for the day. Kevin was dressed as a "Nerd Herd guy" from Chuck. His tie was home made, too.

Yes, I am posting a blurry photo - Thing Two had just eaten a tart piece of lemon candy and this was his reaction.

Thing One was working on a Tootsie Roll Pop!!