Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Father's Day (belated, of course)

Let's see... where to begin.

Friday was our "science day". As expected, our experiment of building a tower with straws and marshmallows was over pretty quickly. We did manage to build a couple of structures that stood upright, but they quickly wanted to move on to simply eating the marshmallows. And what a sticky mess it left on the table!

They told me that they wanted to learn more about frogs and tadpoles because of our new "pets", so I printed out a bunch of frog lapbook stuff and they worked on that until they were bored... they finished the rest of it up today (Monday). Abigail got such a kick out of it that she asked to do another lapbook for her report for this week.

Speaking of reports... Abigail chose Helen Keller for her first report last week. She's not much of a writer, so I am proud of her for at least finishing what she set out do even if it isn't as long as I would have liked.

The Life of Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880. She died on June 1, 1968. A couple of months before her second birthday she became ill and lost her sight and hearing. She learned how to read in Braille. Her teacher taught her a lot in her life.

Helen Keller ran for women’s rights. She helped people with disabilities. She wrote books. She was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Thousands of people came to hear her speak. Helen Keller was a wonderful person.

She did do all of the pre-writing worksheets that I printed out for them, so I know she learned a lot more than what she shared.

Sabrina's report was on Walt Disney, and she just finished handwriting it tonight. I'll share it with you after she gets it typed up.

Friday afternoon we attended "Science Friday" again at the local educational supply store. This week's topic was gravity, and they learned about air pressure and how it reacts to the lack or presence of gravity... which included the science assistant dropping bottles of water from the roof of the store, and having the kids swing buckets of water around upside down. Wet, but fun!

Saturday afternoon we took our goffin cockatoo, Rexi, to the bird store to be groomed. The kids and I also got to meet my hubby's new baby, a sweet little cockatiel that is still being handfed. We'll bring him home as soon as he is weaned. His name is Twitchington, with the nickname "Twitch", after Twitch and Kherington from the last season of So You Think You Can Dance. I suggested that name in jest while we were watching SYTYCD last week after he said he loved that name, and it just sort of stuck.

On Saturday night, the hubby took me out on another "date". We went to Medieval Times and had a fun time enjoying the show together. We got back home at nearly 11pm! So late for a couple of early birds like us.

Sunday... we just hung out around the house. Nathanial picked a massive amount of nectarines off our tree and made nectarine smoothies and fruit pops, and cut up a whole bunch of nectarine slices for us all to enjoy too.

For Father's Day dinner, we had bacon-wrapped filet with steamed asparagus and cauliflower "faux-tatoes". Yummy!!

Today (Monday) was library day. We turned in our 14 books from last week and picked out 17 for this week. Two on peafowl, two on ancient egyption women and ancient egyptian fashion, and a whole bunch of fun books & books from their summer reading lists. That was one heavy book bag! After the library, we did our weekly grocery shopping with my dad...

Rough menu plan for the week:

Monday: Steak with fajitas veggies (onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes), whole wheat low-carb tortillas, brown rice, homemade guacamole (plus corn for the kids)

Tuesday: Grilled salmon roast, steamed broccoli

Wednesday: Chicken with homemade salsa, brown rice, peas

Thursday: Italian sausages with onions and peppers (hot dogs and veg for the kids!)

Friday: Roast cornish game hens with brown rice and mushrooms (chicken soup for the kids)

...menus subject to change on my whim.
This is our first week adding carbs back into our meals for dinner, hence the brown rice so many times over. The low-carb diet really has worked out well for us, so I'm curious to see how this transition is going to end. I lost 15lbs over the last 9 weeks, and the hubby lost 17... and that was with us having every Friday as our "cheat day" where we went ahead and ate whatever! The first week was kind of rough, but we quickly fell into the hang of it. If you'd like to try it out yourself, it's the Rite Aid Rite Weight Plan in conjunction with Lindora ( - a free 10 week program where you can lose up to 10% of your body weight (I actually lost a little more than 10%, but I'll take it!). I'd like to lose another 15lbs, but I'm happy with the progress we've made.

Well, I am heading to bed. I just finished up making and printing out all of the lapbook parts that Abigail wanted for her report on Peafowl. I couldn't find a ready made one so we had to make our own which required having her list out all of the info that she wanted to include, figure out how to present it, and find good clipart, etc. That was a lot of work! ;)

Tomorrow is park day and I have picked out a park that we have passed many times and remarked "I'd like to go there!" - a cute little "Wilderness Park" with two small lakes and the opportunity to fish AND play on the playground. Before drifting off to sleep, I'll read a little more of Fragment.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Twitchington is an adorable name!

Congrats on the weight loss!!