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Friday, October 31, 2008

It's almost time

When darkness falls tonight, it will be game on.
 My kids are very excited about Halloween this year.
Last year was pretty anti climactic.
 We were new to this town we are in, and we weren't privy to the halloween hot spots.
 We drove around in the sticks, and barely found other kids.
 This year, I got the scoop about a lively cul-de-sac.
 We'll see...
 Anyway, we have been working our way up to this gloriously ghoulish night by decorating the house, attending a few costume parties, making cute crafts, and enoying spooky shows.
Lastly, after a quick game of made up card tricks,
Grandma and Grandpa helped us with the most important of halloweenish events!
Pumpkin picking!
carving,
scooping,
scraping, 
assisting with G-pa,
and creating our amazing pumpkins!
 K chose a frankenstein design.
scary!
My battery died, so I will grab pictures of M and E's cat themed pumpkins tonight.
Yesterday, we went to our friend, Auden's halloween themed birthday party yesterday.
 That was a creative little party!
 You know you are a homeschooler when you are invited to a party, and it's on a Thursday at 11:30 a.m!
We enjoyed a spooky tale,
We crafted with gourds.
 Look at these cute devils and bats, and masked mini squashes.
K and M chose bats, and E a devil.
 Thank you for the yumminess in our day.
 Happiest Birthday, Auden!
Hope everybody has a super sweet and spooky night tonight.
Those are oyster shells, how cute is that?-K

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Science

So we had our monthly science club the other day. We are slowly experimenting with the elements on the periodic table.
This time Helium (HE) was chosen. Atoms were discussed, and they made a model of an atom by painting styrofoam balls and tooth picking them together. 
 Next, we headed outside for some experiment time.
It was a pretty neat experiment.
We took a balloon and filled it with Helium. Next, we took a bubble wand with bubbles and blew it with the helium.
 We noticed how quickly they went high up in the sky.
Next, we blew the bubbles the old fashioned way. They kind of floated mid level and then fell.
So that was a great way to show how less dense the helium atoms were.
We had a take home experiment to monitor as well.
We took two balloons, one filled with helium, the other with oxygen.
We needed to measure the circumference of the balloons daily.
 The helium is a smaller particle and should escape the balloons more rapidly than the oxygen.
However, E popped our experiment. So we will take our friend Ryan's word, and say that yes the helium did indeed escape more rapidly than the oxygen.
Anyway, next month I host science. I have to pick an element.
If anybody knows of any cool experiments or projects, shoot them my way!-K

Monday, October 27, 2008

Turkish food

Yum..
 More than Yum. If you want to go on vacation and eat amazing food, go to Turkey.
The meat is so well spiced, and the veggie dishes so savory. The desserts are outstanding.
I will take you through a few things that we were able to enjoy.
The first one is a kind of Turkish borek. A borek is like a light quesadilla. It is so so good. It is eaten for lunch, with breakfast ,and as a snack. 
 Everybody loves a good borek.
First, A's mom makes the dough,
 Next, the filling is prepared.
 One might be of spinach or beet leaves, onions and a bit of meat and cheese.
 Or 
 Potato, cheese and spicy peppers.
 Add the filling,
 fold the dough,
Pan it over medium heat until it's golden brown and the small amounts of cheese melt. It's a beautiful thing..
 Roll some butter over it,
 chow down.
 They don't last too long once the smell makes it around the house.
Some random images before we get to the next dish. This is an old style Turkish Crock pot. They certainly do have modern crocks, but this is the real deal. You light this up and get a nice fire going. Then you put your dish in a clay pot up on top, and cook it like that.
 Cool, right?
 Lovely innards if you might want to eat them. 
 Gratefully, no one tried to serve us any.
The kids liked to look at them though.
 The desserts are alight with dramatic presentation.
 Literally.
 The kids thought the sparkler made the cake extra fancy.
 This is ice cream.
 I so liked the pretty ice cream. 
These are Turkish eclairs of creamy goodness. These were E's fave!
 Can you tell?
The kids spent a bit of time exploring candy stores. 
It is fun perusing and trying all of the unusual sweets.
 Look at these.
 Believe or not, they are jordan almonds!
 Seeds and nuts are a popular snack to have. So you will find little stands like this on the street corners.
There aren't any sugar canes in Turkey, so they process sugar beets to get sugar. We saw loads of truck leaving fields, and driving to the sugar factories.
There were enormous piles of sugar beets!
 I also wanted to touch on how pleasurable it is to dine out with kids. The restaurants were so accommodating and lax.
 They expected kids to get up and walk around, be louder in their conversations, perhaps cry.
They brought out a big bucket of toys for the kids to play with on the floor while we could relax.
 The kids played with kids who were on vacation from Israel. 
They even gave E a stringed instrument in which to woo us.
 He woo'd.
 They even had a ride on toy available.
 Enough said...
It was by far the best experience of family dining I have ever had. 
 Hands down.
 Oh, I have some more really great foods to share, but alas, it's late. My eyes are tired. I will post another part to this tomorrow perhaps. 
The food really was amazing.
 It's one of the things that I miss the most.-K


 

Funnies to share

This is good!:
 

This one is funny cause it's true!: Enjoy!

Tricking out for the treating, and other stuff


So inspired by the recent flurry of craftiness at Steph's place, we decided we best get busy.
We have spent the week recovering from jet lag by whipping this place into a halloween hangout, reading scary stories, and watching lot's of paranormal shows, and monster quest episodes.
We gathered supplies from the art room, and got to making.
 Glueing, 
painting, 
coloring.
Awesome!
E's bat.
M's ghost
K's Pumpkin.
We distributed them throughout the windows.
 What else?
 oh yeah
Tissue spooks!
And 
Monster bags!
We took a halloween break, and headed over to our dear friend, Ryan's to celebrate #6.
Wishing you a swell year Ryan!
We recycled old works of art into wrapping  paper, ribbon, and a card!
 We stayed for a great spaghetti dinner! Thanks guys!
 On Sunday, it was back to the holiday at hand.
A costume party!
 Given by our friend Myles,
Aka, Indy.
Complete with spidery pails of treats!
Stomp rockets
bobbing
Silly String!

K is a knight,
He is next to the candy corn witch, in the left front.
 I don't see E there, he was a pirate. M decided she did not want to wear a costume.
 This party was 2 min drive to our old house, which we rent out. It's between tenants, and the kids have not been there in a long time. So we visited.
It was weird to walk through all of those empty rooms.
 Next we headed out to go on a hay ride.
 Down we go!
It's in an underground parking garage
 Scary music, and lots of glowiness
Spooky!
Bones,
Halloweeny,
Graveyards!
Onto the pumpkins, we didn't luck out on a great selection,
 They were all a little mushy. So we'll hit the nursery up the street today and get to the carving!
 Lastly, we visited relatives to disperse care packages from Turkey.
 Off for home!
 Into bed...-K