Friday, December 27, 2019

Handmade Christmas 2019

This year we had a quite crazy Christmas break with lots of chaos and lots of sickness.

 But all the time off from any normal schedule meant lots of time to do handmade projects.  I got the crafty bug and got it bad!  And it ended up being some of the most fun we had all month.

We made these beautiful hand-rolled candles for everyone while watching a lot of movies while I was sick.
Then the kids got sick and I made a bunch of these fun little essential oil diffusers for everyone.

They sit in the heater vent of a car and you add a couple drops of oil to the wool balls and as the heater blows it will send the lovely scents of your oils throughout the car.

Next up - cookie tins for the neighbors:

We made tons and tons of cookies for all our neighbors while we were off of school for the holiday.  The kids ran around and dropped them off to all of our wonderful neighbors.

I also made a tiny gift for each of my students for the last day of co-op before break.  A sweet baby Jesus in a walnut shell.  <3 p="">

And last but not least, the ornament for 2019!  I made them for all of the kids co-op teachers as well as a few for the tree ornament box.  It goes perfectly with all our other years of handmade ornaments!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Halloween 2019

Our costumes were not coordinated this year but we still had a ton of fun putting them together.

 Logan decided to humor me and go as Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas.  He is going through a very slender phase and it lends it self PERFECTLY to this type of costume.  Plus, I got to make Zero.  It was SO much fun!

It turned out so well!  We are keeping Zero so that we can hang him up on the porch next Halloween.

Cyan and her best friend decided to go the creepy doll route.  They have been working on their make-up skills and they have gotten really good with shadows and things.  They both look awesome!

We had all the kids at our house for Halloween this year and they had a great time sorting and trading their candies for hours afterwards.


Monday, September 16, 2019

First day of school interviews 2019-2020

It’s amazing how things can change in such a short amount of time. I went from having 4 kids in my house and homeschool to having one move out, then move to a different state, than the other graduate and start college, and now, seemingly all of a sudden, I only have two kids in my homeschool. It’s beautiful and also very bittersweet. This phase of having adult children.

These two boys are what’s left and I plan on enjoying all of the time I have where they are the only ones I am responsible for. They are both such incredible humans!

Luke, age 8, third grade

Food - Besides Donuts??  Huh.... Cake!
Color - Glowish blue or glowish purple blue
Animal - Wolf
Season - My birthday party - winter/cold - yes - cus you get to make snowmans just like a holiday.
Music - Spider-man in to the Spiderverse songs.  There's lots of different songs but I like the one we only listen to sometimes... in the van.  Oh!  "Start a Riot"

What do you want to learn this year?
My favorite thing about school right now id yesterday I did school on the computer.  Which was really fun.  I'm excited about starting school with you after a really long time.  Ive been excited to learn how to read good because I'm looking forward to reading VERY good and better.  I'm looking forward to almost being a Boy Scout and going with my brother on camping trips with him.  But that will be in two years.  I'm excited about learning to camp for my 5th time maybe? and I really like camping so I'm excited about that.

Logan, age 12, seventh grade

Food - Crab - There's a casino at Ocean Shores where you can buy bottomless crab.  That sounds awesome!  That's what I want to do with Boy Scout leadership is to go there and buy 3 of those and eat crab and talk about random crap.
Color- dark purple
Animal - Panther
Season - December - because it's cold and it snows.  I like being in a house and having it snow but I don't like being in a tent when it snows, like at Klondike.
Music - Alternative rock.  Like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, PANIC! At the Disco, and Weezer.

What do you want to learn this year?
I want to learn how to have better arguments so that I can be a lawyer when I get older.  More technical stuff like how to work on  computers and get them working better.  I want to practice leardership in Boy Scouts.  I want to get better at AirSoft and work on my buisness so I can buy a new AirSoft gear and a new keyboard too.  That's my goal for this year is to get a good gaming set up so that when I start streaming at 13 I'll have a better set up.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

1940's USO graduation party

The war is over!  High school is done!  The gals in the USO are ready to throw a huge bash in celebration, complete with a potluck dinner, live music, and a swing dance!  The guests came ready for fun dressed in 1940's attire, complete with victory rolls, suspenders, and cherry red lipstick. 

Invitations were telegrams from this Etsy (username: idoityourself)-

I love the details in this!  I even love that the type text is slightly crooked.  It seems so authentic! 

Table settings were incredibly simple.  We had been searching for vintage coke bottles at garage sales the entire summer of 2018 and ended up finding enough for an entire dining hall worth of tables! We used those as vases, and placed them on top of with my great, great aunt's and grandma's handkerchiefs and some old vintage quilts, it was the perfect setting for a USO party!  After all, a huge theme of the USO and the 1940s was using what you have and making it beautiful anyway.

We also decorated with vintage posters and real newspaper articles from the 1940s including V-E Day!  

(Cute boy added for scale)

The dinner was a traditional pot luck where we provided Coke (in glass bottles), deviled eggs (very popular in the 1940's), and cake.  Everyone else brought everything else and it was AMAZING not to have to make food for the 50 people that were there.

We made the party into a potluck because it was the custom of a party during the war. No one would dare throw a big party themselves in the 1940s. It would be showing that some had a lot in a time when so many had so little. In fact, people didn’t dress up, or wear much more make-up than lipstick made from grease and red food coloring with which they made a stain. The one thing that many people had was an abundance of eggs. Back yard flocks like mine could give a large family a decent breakfast every day, fed on very little beyond kitchen scraps. Back yard chickens became a staple, as did “victory gardens” like mine. In true 1940s form, I made our backyard eggs into as many deviled eggs as I could to share, garnished with sun burnt parsley and dill from my “victory garden”. 👩🏼‍🌾 (The deviled egg plate is also historically correct and I own 3 I found at thrift shops. “American egg plates were first made in the 1930s in popular Depression glass patterns. Duncan & Miller Glass Company, most likely made the earliest version in their Early American Sandwich pattern.”)

I think I went over 20 recipes for deviled eggs to find the very best vintage one to turn our 4 dozen backyard chicken eggs into.  It turns out that pickle juice, like the juice from the dill pickle jar, is the secret ingredient for success!  If you ever make deviled eggs, be sure to add a little pickle juice to smooth out the filling.  The flavor is amazing and the texture is nicer too! 

Some of my favorite details were on the bible verse table.  I set my daughter's bible on this table and had different highlighters so that friends could highlight their favorite bible verse for her to come across later in her spiritual journey and remember her friends from this amazing time in her life.  


On the wall above the bible table was a vintage poem from the winter of 1941 printed in one of the newspapers we found.  I just think it's so lovely that I may frame it for the wall!

A few more shots of the decor and friends:

We called this the "Oh Johnny!" shot:

This outfit is a genuine Boy Scout uniform from the 1940's.  I was SO excited that it fit Logan perfectly for his sisters party!  

After the potluck dinner, we had some live music and swing dancing.  Half of these kids are in the swing club and the other half were willing to learn, so they danced the night away and took turns singing until the wee hours.  It was so fun to watch!

Rosie the Riveter smiled down on us!  It was an incredible day to celebrate and incredible girl and her accomplishments.  


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Senior Photos for our Graduate

Another graduate. I can hardly believe it.  She will be finishing her first year of college and her last year of high school at the same time, so it feels like a long time in coming and a total surprise all at the same time.  One of the best things about senior portraits is that it can incorporate a lot of her different parts of her life.  It was so fun to set up and showcase all the wonderful parts of our girl!
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