Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Our Garden -- posted by John



We are exhausted from planting our garden. We got started late for some reason so we are working extra hard. Mom wakes us up early enough to finish breakfast before the sun comes up so we will get started in the cool of the day. She offered us young guns a 1/2 cup of coffee to get us moving. We love coffee but we aren't allowed to have it except for a treat. She lets us have cafe au lait at the beach when we get up with her to watch the sunrise over the ocean.

It is hotter than usual planting the garden so we wet our shirts and wore them on our heads. Mom calls us her "little ragheads" or her "burqa boys."

Georgi looks like he has a little Captain in him in one picture.

I had to crawl in a drainage pipe to bust out the dirt because Mom wants to plant cantaloupes and watermelons in an area where it will flood if the drainage pipe is clogged, which it was, so that's what I did most of the afternoon.

Sarah Grace looks so pretty working in the garden with her hat and purple bandana. She looks like someone I've seen in a movie but I just can't remember who.

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You should check out Georgi's post on www.milkandhoneyacres.com about the armor James made for us. He also made a movie of us marching and battling with the Gladiator theme in the background but he is having trouble editing it. It is really cool.





Greeks and Romans -- by Georgi



After we studied ancient Greece, we started studying ancient Rome. We study history a lot but certain times are our favorites. James made us armor out of scrap sheet metal he found under the house. There is lots of it so he is always making things out of it. Look here and here. It's really, really, fun to study it and play it.

Baby Kittens -- posted by Richard

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We watched a cat have kittens. It was Punkin's wife. We watched the kittens come out and there were three of them. Them first started out black but now them is black, dark gray, and gray.

We might name them Dusty Bottoms, Ned Nederlander, and Lucky Day. Or we might name them Publius, Cornelius, and Scipio.

Today my brother Will was looking for me and I popped out and scared him. He had a funny look on his face when I scared him.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Baby Hands -- posted by John

My friend, Mrs. Sarah from England, made a good point about Russell Brand. Although I praised his performance in Bedtime Stories, he is known for inappropriate language and behavior. Sarah Grace had warned me that he might disappoint me, since I was all into him. I'm not saying he's all good. Still though, we didn't have to turn our heads at that movie and he was hilarious. Mom said the Lord gifts both the righteous and the unrighteous. She thought he was funny, too.

Guy Pearce was also very funny. I wish I had seen him in Memento like Will, but I'm not allowed. That was a serious role. He was also in The Count of Monte Cristo, which I saw last night. I love that movie as well. Jim Caviezel was The Count. He seems to always be getting whipped and falsely accused.

After Easter Sarah Grace melted her chocolate bunny that Ma gave her, and dipped strawberries in it for us. It inspired me, so I gave her my bunny to melt and she dipped bananas and almonds in it. They were much better than a chocolate bunny! Delectable!*

Today I was remembering when Richard was first born and I would get up early and get in Mom and Dad's bed with him. Mom would get up very early to nurse him and then she would leave him in the bed with Dad while she made breakfast. I would get in the bed with them to hold his hands because they were so soft. I would fall back asleep holding his hands. I hope I never forget those times.


*vocabulary word again

Monday, April 13, 2009

I Love Spring -- posted by John

Guess what I got in my Easter basket. Two of those Hostess cupcakes I told you about! I loved the squishy cream center with the cake part.

Another great surprise was a chunk of cranberry Wensleydale cheese that Mom and Sarah Grace picked up. It's my favorite cheese and we only get it every now and then. Same with Boursin cheese.

We had Easter left-overs tonight and the house smells all yeasty.

We saw Bedtime Stories and it was one of the funniest movies ever and we didn't have to turn our heads or mute it! Adam Sandler was very funny but Russell Brand was hilarious. I don't want to say one was funnier than the other but you shouldn't miss this movie.

We learned about spiral, lenticular, and elliptical galaxies today. We didn't fall asleep like last time.

James killed a rat on Saturday when we were cleaning up the deck and yard. When I saw it I was afraid it was going to jump on me and give me rabies so I held a bucket in front of my face. It was huge and grey with a long naked tail.

What I've Been Doing Lately -- posted by George

The day before the day before Easter we were studying astrophysics and Mom asked us what was the name of the North Star, and when I said Polaris, they gaped.

Dad and I went to Blockbuster and picked up Marley and Me and Bedtime Stories.

Marley and Me was funny and emotional.

On Easter we got water squirters and we went to Ma's and we were amazed at all the candy we got and Mom was angry that we had so much so now we have to ask permission before we can eat it. (No offense, Mom.)

We saw a rainbow when light was aimed on a cd with a flashlight because white light is made of colors.

We made a telescope and everything was upside-down.

James painted a constellation box.

We made a night vision light, too.

When we camp out, we will night gaze at the sky and Polaris is on the end of the handle of the Little Dipper.

Will is going to make an icon for me on the side of this blog with a bullwhip because I'm into bullwhips since I got one for Christmas. I've been practicing. I never had my own icon before.

That's the end of my story. By Georgi.

Friday, April 10, 2009

A Good Friday -- posted by John

Last Sunday was Palm Sunday and we visited a new church. They had a guest speaker who gave his testimony and it didn't take me long to realize that he had not yet been born again. He gave himself away during his testimony. It was disappointing because we were so hopeful.

The church seemed to be very busy with programs and such and they were all religious acting but the singing wasn't really worshipful and it all gave me a bad feeling.

Mom is convinced that the true church is meeting in homes and on patios and under shade trees just like the early church. Jesus never told anybody to build buildings, and believers participated in the meetings, they didn't sit like an audience for a show. Our Bible studies are much more like the meetings of the first church. You can read all about those meetings in the New Testament.

Today is Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross. Sunday is Easter, the day he came back to life... the day death died!

Mom let us have a little coffee this afternoon because we were falling asleep during our lesson on nuclear fusion and nuclear fission. The cool breeze through the house with the sounds of spring in nature make us sleepy. That was a treat because she rarely lets us have coffee. We have teatime, though, and that is a wonderful tradition in our homeschool.

After a long search, we found the patterns for us younger kids to make our summer shorts. And now guess what. In the meantime, we lost the big bag of fabric!

I saw the movie Rudy for the first time and I loved his relationship with his friend who bought him the Notre Dame jacket and put the match in his Hostess cupcake. (I've always wanted to try one of those chocolate cupcakes with the white swirls.) I don't want to have any spoilers but one scene horrified me and I keep remembering it. You should see this movie.

We had a big treat after church. We went by Ma's for a visit and got to see Ma and Mrs. Dee. When we left, Ma made us take some money for lunch so we all agreed to go by Zorba's and get some turkey subs. We got five sandwiches to split with a sixth one for the big boys to share if they wanted more, but half a sandwich is very filling. Thankfully, they give two slices of pickles for each sandwich so we all got pickles. What makes those subs so good? Is it the mayonnaise? I don't know but they are a big treat.

Also, we usually make our baked goods from scratch but since it is a holiday, Mom and Sarah Grace picked up a big box of pastel colored cupcakes with colorful sugar confetti sprinkled all over them, with some having plastic egg shaped decorations stuck into them. The icing is only a little bit too sweet for me (but I can eat it) and the cake part is good. The colors are beautiful and it was exciting to look down through the cellophane lid of the bakery box at all the decorations and celebration. We were aghast* and gaping*.


* Two of last week's vocabulary words

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Baked Oatmeal -- posted by Sarah Grace

Since I last posted I've been doing a TON of experimenting with whole foods and studying nutrition so I haven't had much free time to share. I'll try to do better.

A few weeks ago I ordered Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price, and have been devouring it ever since it arrived. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in nutrition and the diets of our ancestors.

Anyway, I'd like to share a recipe for baked oatmeal that I've developed. I originally made this as a delicious way to incorporate oats into the diets of my nameless brothers who don't like regular oatmeal (you know who you are). This recipe passed the test with flying colors.

The oats are soaked overnight to make it easier for the body to digest and assimilate the nutrients. Virgin coconut oil is used instead of butter, but if you don't have it on hand, by all means use butter... NOT MARGARINE. Coconut oil builds muscle and speeds up metabolism plus it has a whole slew of other health benefits, but that's a post for another day.

Baked Oatmeal

3 cups rolled oats
2 Tablespoons whey or buttermilk
1/2 cup sucanat or Rapadura
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons Rumford baking powder
1 teaspoon RealSalt
2 free range eggs, beaten
1/2 cup melted virgin coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 apples, chopped
3/4 cup raisins

Place oats in a bowl, cover with water, stir in the whey or buttermilk. Cover and let sit at room temperature overnight. Next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain the oats in a colander and return to bowl. Blend in remaining ingredients and spread into a greased 13"x9" pan. Bake for 40 minutes until brown around edges and a knife comes out clean. Serve with heavy cream. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Heavenly Happiness -- posted by John

Monday night all of us boys cooked supper while Mom and Sarah gave us instructions. It was a great night and one of my most fun times ever.

George and I were in charge of the salad and we were excited about that because it is our specialty. It was made of spring mix greens, banana peppers, black olives, mandarin oranges, yellow peppers, diced apples, and tomatoes. Sarah Grace made honey mustard dressing. George and I also buttered the casserole dishes for the chicken cannelloni.

My brother Will cooked the noodles, thawed the spinach, cut up the chicken, and layered the dish. We did it lasagna style since it takes too long to stuff the shells for a family our size. Also, they don't have big whole wheat shells here. Will was disappointed when the frilly edges came off his noodles from stirring them too much. When he layered the cannelloni, he placed the frilly edges where they ought to be. Will is a perfectionist.

James was in charge of the sauce and Spencer was in charge of the filling. The kitchen got crowded but that just added to the excitement of the night. When all was done, we had a nice salad, crusty French bread, and deliciously rich cannelloni. It is the kind of dish that tastes wonderful but you know you shouldn't eat too much or too often.

After supper we were planning on watching 50 First Dates since Will and Spencer had never seen the whole movie but the DVR didn't record the whole thing. Dad picked it up at Blockbuster the next night since we were so disappointed. It is a very funny movie but they have to mute certain parts and we have to turn our heads away from inappropriate scenes. WHY CAN'T THEY MAKE FUNNY MOVIES WITHOUT INAPPROPRIATE SCENES? One of my brothers held up his middle finger to me the next day, when I asked him to get me a glass, because he saw it in that movie. He didn't know it was bad- he thought it was funny. Mom didn't think it was funny at all.

Those are the times when I know this world is not the place for me. I don't fit in here. The ways of this world sicken me and I get a homesick feeling, if you know what that is like. I know heaven will have no yucky feelings and I feel like I'm just sticking it out here until we finally get to go. I know I won't miss anything here because the Lord will never disappoint us.

I used to think that heaven might be boring with all the floating around on clouds and walking on streets of gold. Although there are streets of clear gold, I think the floating on clouds part is just in commercials and cartoons. I know he has prepared a place for us and all the Christians will finally be together with the Lord and I imagine it to be like the feeling I had when we were all together cooking in the kitchen Monday night, except we will finally have Jesus with us, and we will see his face, and disappointment and yucky feelings aren't allowed, and none of us will ever disagree on anything.

Monday night was happy, but heaven will be even better.