Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Sunny Day At The Zoo

We hadn't had sunshine in about two weeks and we were getting tired of the gloom. Trips to the zoo had been spent dodging rain clouds, and many of the animals stayed in their night houses. Yesterday however, the sun shone, the sky was blue, and the animals came out to play.

Black Bear
Bald Eagle
Bongos & Gazelle
Komodo Dragon
Prairie Dog
Boa Constrictor
African Penguins & Handlers

In case you haven't guessed we love the zoo!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday 13 From The Pink Palace

Thursday Thirteen

We went to the Pink Palace Museum yesterday for field trip day. There is an IMAX Theater, a Planetarium, a wide assortment of permanent and temporary exhibits and then there are displays in the main house.

The main house was being built for Clarence Saunders, inventor of the self-service grocery, before he went bankrupt attempting to maintain control of his company stock. One of the exhibits is a to size replica of Clarence's first Piggly Wiggly.

What struck me the most as we wandered through was not how small it was, or the lack of choice, or even the way you were herded through like cattle; instead what I was struck by were how many things on those few shelves were things I have in my home today.

    Kellogg's Corn Flakes
  1. Kellogg's Corn Flakes
  2. Cream of Wheat
  3. Quaker Oats
  4. Quaker Oats
  5. Gold Medal Flour
  6. White Lily Flour
  7. flours, cornmeal, sugar
  8. Domino Sugar
  9. Quaker Corn Meal
  10. Log Cabin Syrup
  11. Log Cabin Syrup
  12. Jello Brand Jello
  13. Del Monte Green Beans
  14. Del Monte Green Beans
  15. McCormick's Cloves
  16. Morton's Salt
  17. Morton's Salt
  18. Lava Soap

Funny isn't it how so much has changed in our world and yet we still use these things. Makes me feel a little closer to the past, if only for the moment.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

So Bad With This...

This poor blog really does suffer. I am trying so hard to keep the main one up and get my websites back up and running, add to that the homeschooling and...

Good thing I don't have tons of readers to be mad about my lack of udates...


Friday, September 4, 2009

For Next Week

My goal for next week is to get an earlier start each day. Somehow, we have traveled beyond the "normal" late start that we were having (between 10am & 11am) and we are now starting between 12pm & 1pm. While it doesn't really matter in the sense that she does the work, I do see it affecting the amount of time she spends playing with friends. So here's to slightly earlier starts and more time outdoors.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

I've Been Lost In Wordpress Land

So getting my other blog fully functional on wordpress has been slightly time consuming. I still have some design work to do, but it no longer needs constant attention.

Of course, to celebrate my shared hosting server is screwed and I can't ftp! Somedays I just have to wonder.

"School" has been going well, and I think we have totally turned the corner with the addition & subtraction debacle. I'm trying to decide what 2nd grade math topic I want her to cover next, and whether I will use Kumon (assuming they cover it) or something else. I am still sort of debating investing in Horizons.

Since we are schooling year round I decided to give her a "report card" every 2 months. This is definitely a hold over from her ps days; but not one she is ready to give up yet. She was thrilled with her report card and loves that everything she gets for "school" has penguins on it.

We are continuing weekly trips to the library and zoo, and are trying to add at least one other field trip type event to each week. The Mississippi has won the draw that last 2 and may win again another just for ease and cost ($0).