Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Co-op Day

We are talking about Community Helpers for the next two weeks in school. Today was our homeschooling co-op day.  We discussed dentists.  We read Oh, The Things You Can Do that are Good for You by Tish Rabe.  We then did an experiment with what drinks are good for our teeth.  We used clean egg shells and soaked them overnight in different drinks (OJ, water, milk, coke, No sugar added Cranberry juice, Green Tea).  Everyone predicted what they thought was good for their teeth.  We then looked at the results of our experiment to determine if our predictions were correct.  It was amazing what sugar does to the eggshells and in turn how it affects our tooth enamel.  Next, Arianna and Alana cut out pictures of different foods to make a chart of what foods are good for us. We had lunch together and then went outside to play.  Alana and Aaron went home for nap and then came back for dinner.  After dinner we played and then watched Lady and the Tramp.

Here is our chart of our predictions and the actual results at the end.


Arianna and Alana cutting out pics of food DSC_0009

Enjoying lunch together


Arianna, Ryan and Layla squeezed on the gator


Watching a movie in their PJsDSC_0023

Music Class

I can't seem to get the photo album to attach to this blog entry despite doing it in the past. I have been trying to get this post up for about a week.

One of our dear friends had a music class for homeschoolers last week. The kids had so much fun learning to play the piano, the violin, the drums and dancing. Here is a link to the photo album. Hopefully you will be able to see pics there.

Monday, February 16, 2009


We are excited to have my 3 year old niece with us for the next 2 weeks.  The kids are having a blast together!  I tried to get a picture of the 3 of them together and this is my feeble unsuccessful attempt…


They are having too much fun falling to stand still for a picture!  Notice King Apollo in most of the pictures!DSC_0009 DSC_0010 DSC_0013 DSC_0016 DSC_0019 DSC_0020 DSC_0021

Last night they were playing dress up. Layla went upstairs and came down with the Buzz Light Year costume.  She put it the leg part on her head and thought it was so funny!  You can see the outline of her face.  Silly Cousins!


Making of a King

Apollo (our dog) has had an eventful weekend.  Chris and I were supposed to go to a marriage retreat.  We dropped the kids off on Wednesday.  Thursday night we have a relaxing no kids night and were excited to get a full uninterrupted nights sleep.  We are wakened at 3am with our oldest dog having a seizure in his crate.  He came out of that seizure and then went into another seizure within minutes.  He had cluster seizures for about 2 hours.  We went to the emergency around 4:30am vet and they had to give him valium to stop the seizures.  He has had seizures in the past but they usually only last about 3-5 minutes.  We went to our regular vet and he was put on phenobarbital which is an anti-seizure medication for epilepsy. 

We had to miss the marriage retreat because Apollo had to be closely monitored for the next few days.  Through the weekend he became such a spoiled dog!  He slept in our bed with us.  He went with us to pick up the kids.  He even got to go geocaching with us.  He thinks he is a king now! When we leave the house he thinks he is supposed to go with us. 

He is doing well thus far on the new meds.  He hasn’t had any break through seizures and seems to back to his normal self.  I am thankful he survived those cluster of seizures as the vet said that it was life threatening. 


Apollo was good luck geocaching.  We found a Geocoin and a Travel Bug.  In this picture, Chris and I are holding King Apollo and the 2 finds.