Tuesday, October 30, 2012

305 to 40: Chance of Bubbles

So Miss Esmé has been practicing her weather forecasting skills with her Noeo weather station.  Today she predicted:  “Cloudy with a chance of bubbles.”

Cloudy with Bubbles

Sounds a lot better than what Sandy is bringing to the east coast, huh?

Monday, October 29, 2012

306 to 40: Munchies

In all the time we’ve lived here, we’ve never been to Munchies in Glide before.  Miss Esmé and I remedied that with today’s expedition.Munchies


Grilled Cheese

Then we came home and made more munchies:  pumpkin “pies” from Esmé’s pumpkin patch pumpkin - for her to share with her Kindergarten class…

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.
~ Jim Davis

Sunday, October 28, 2012

307 to 40: The Incredible Hulk

Every girl needs a boy for a cousin – to kick off the princessy stuff for a moment…

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While no one is expected to leap tall buildings in a single bound, our aspiring heroes will be tested on their courage, integrity, self-sacrifice, compassion and resourcefulness - the stuff of all true superheroes.
   ~Stan Lee

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Monday, October 8, 2012

327 to 40: Flame’s Shadow

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Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.
~ Garrison Keillor

Sunday, October 7, 2012

328 to 40: Sunset Bay

With significant persuasion by Miss Esmé, we decided to squeeze in another beach adventure while the sun still shines…

Sunset Bay

You can shake the sand from your shoes, but it never leaves your soul…

Saturday, October 6, 2012

329 to 40: Cheer Camp

A good cheerleader is not measured by the height of her jumps, but by the span of her spirit. 

~Author Unknown

Cheer Camp

Note to self:  Do not dose kiddo with cold medicine 1 hour before the game.  Lack of cheeriness doesn’t suit cheerleaders…

Friday, October 5, 2012

330 to 40: Angels By My Bed

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Sleep dear child and peace attend you, all through the night
Guardian angels God will send you, all through the night
   Soft and drowsy hours are creeping,
   Hill and vale in slumber sleeping.
   God his loving watch is keeping,
All through the night.

While the darkness may surround you, all through the night
Angel care will there be found, too, all through the night
   May your dreams be far from bad ones,
   Chase away each thought of sad ones,
   Bring you only peaceful glad ones,
All through the night.

Till the morning comes to wake you,
And wherever the day may take you,
May God’s presence ne’er forsake you
Through day or night.

~Sylvia Nelson Clarke; 1st verse is Welsh folksong

Esmé is one of those kiddos who NEEDS something playing in order for her mind to shut down for the night.  For the past few weeks, her sole final request is a CD gifted from her grandparents: Angels By My Bed by Sylvia Nelson Clarke.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

331 to 40: Roses

It’s one of those days – where I reach the end of the day and suddenly realize I haven’t captured that glistening moment yet.  (There are a lot of those days.)  So I rush outside where the sun is gone, and catch a glimpse of the last roses of summer.

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'Tis the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions

Are faded and gone.
~Thomas More

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

332 to 40: Noeo

(Is there something wrong with the fact that some of the most exciting moments of my days revolve around books?)

We got the shipment I’ve been antsily waiting for!  Have you ever seen something you just HAD to have, though you didn’t even know you needed it before you saw it?

That’s the way it was for me seeing the Noeo Science curriculum. Lots of books, lots of prepackaged hands-on experiment kits, just plain good science. Nicely organized and ready to go.  Absolutely perfect for our house!


Isn’t this Biology I set gorgeous?

We started on Day 1 right away. 

And Esmé didn’t want to stop there.  But we did.

From the www.noeoscience.com site:

What does 'noeo' mean?

Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
(The original Greek word, noeo, is translated here as 'understood')

Noeo   (no-eh'-o)
1. To perceive with the mind, to understand, to have understanding.
2. To think upon, heed, ponder, consider.
(Source: The New Testament Greek Lexicon)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

333 to 40: Picture Day

Smile every day like it’s picture day!

We have our first batch now.  Those shots that immortalize forever the annual progression of baby teeth making way for grown-up ones in mouths that are still child-sized.school photos

Love it!

Monday, October 1, 2012

334 to 40: Desert Weather

If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens.
  ~Grandma Moses

Painting Desert

Esmé’s weekend homework project was all about the weather. She chose to do a watercolor desert night scene for her picture, complete with nocturnal coyote and night-blooming cactus – and we all know you can’t paint without swim goggles on your head, correct?

Desert Scene