Wednesday, June 4, 2008

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Mad Libs

Today Mad Libs turned 50!

Our family has always had great fun with Mad Libs. We have ones that are based on vacations, movies, Halloween, and even Scooby Doo just to name a few themes. At times we have even made up our own. It's a great way to teach the parts of speech.

This article tells the history behind these fun sentences/stories. It includes a Mad Lib to complete. And here's a link to be able to purchase the original Mad Libs book.

So have some fun today with Mad Libs.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Early Morning Acts of Kindness

You're never really sure how the day will go when it starts off without your morning coffee because there is no creamer for said coffee. You don't? Well I do and did this morning.

To the rescue... my husband who graciously went to the store before heading to work and came back with the liquid gold to add to my much needed morning coffee.
Along with the liquid gold he brought back this surprise for me...

Three golden sunflowers, my favorite! To fill up the vase, he also went out back to clip a few branches from our bushes.

Such simple acts of kindness, yet acts that have put a new and more pleasurable spin to the start of my day for which I am very grateful!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Wind, Soup and a Good Book

With winds at 20-35 mph and gusts reaching 50, needless to say, it is just a might bit windy here today. Ah, spring here in the desert of Las Vegas. At least it is only 80 degrees out. A relief from yesterday's 92!

Taking an easy day today, we headed out to the library after working on some Math. Josh finds it just so amusing that I am always on the lookout for new picture books in the kids section. I love picture books! He had to laugh when I spotted a new one titled, What to Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerly.
Teddy Roosevelt is a hero of Josh's and he often shares his favorite TR quote about Alice, "I can be president of the United States, or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly DO BOTH." This picture book of TR's daughter is a little gem. I love reading about historical figures in this format. It makes the stories of our nation and its people accessible to those young and old alike! I shared a few things with Josh that were in the book and even he learned a new thing or two.

Lunch was a bowl of leftover 15 bean soup made using the ham bone from the Easter ham which I had frozen ... yummmm....

good food, a good book.... life is good!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

This is the life!

Knowledge is being soaked up here. Learning is taking place because he wants to learn. He is listening to a college course lecture from The Teaching Company for FUN!

Joshua is 14 and and passionate about History and Literature. We have listened to the American History lecture from this company that I had ordered years ago for his oldest sister and he really enjoyed it. We get their catalogs periodically and Josh browses through them each time they come in the mail. Recently he found one of special interest, The Italian Renaissance, and asked for it for his birthday.... INSTEAD of an upgrade on his hand-me-down cell phone. Hey, mom was good with that. Older sister who works at Abercrombie & Fitch, she figured she'd better keep him too far out of nerd-dom with a few things from their store.

He has been listening to the lectures, one or two a day, since they arrived and then shares with me all of the things he is learning.... not because I require him to but because he wants to. I had suggested that we use the lecture for our World History studies but he asked to be able to just listen to them for his own personal enjoyment. Not something this mom could say no to.

I can't say enough good things about these lectures. They are well-delivered by professors of various colleges and contain a tremendous wealth of knowledge. Josh already has his eye on a few other lectures on different topics.

The lectures can be pricey depending on which lecture you are interested in but they always have some great sales they offer. Joshua's lecture was on sale and I was even able to use a $10 off coupon that had come with my catalog when I purchased it. They have a great satisfaction guaranteed policy too.

Now I just need to try and get the headphones off his head so I can listen to some of the great things he is hearing all about in this lecture!