Thursday, January 13, 2011

My Message!

This is what Braydon surprised me with after he completed his morning work!  I LOVE IT!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Only In The South!

No window scrapers needed when there is cardboard around!
Gassin' Up!

This is an Arkansas snow plow....HAHA!

Snow + Braydon = Happy!

When it started to snow...I just let him stand in it....we did not know we would get as much as we did!

Let It Snow!

It happened! We actually had snow...and a good amount of it.  At our house, I think there was around 6-7 inches of accumulation.  It was wonderful!  We went outside and Braydon was able to play in the snow for the first time ever!  He probably shouldn't have went out because he really wasn't completely rehabilitated from the flu yet, but this opportunity doesn't come along very often, so I used my "fun" judgement indicator rather than my "mommy" indicator....and we PLAYED!! Chris pulled down our sleds from the attic and the kids had a blast...good times.

But, as I predicted...the town did shut down, and Chris didn't have work on we let the kids skip out that day too!  The locals got out an extra day (not sure why, roads were totally clear), but our kiddos were hitting the books again on Tuesday. Anyway, we needed to get new tires on the truck, so we drove to Kana and delved out the cash (SO NOT fun) for big ol' tires for the beast of a truck that we have! It was so pretty driving through the country seeing all of the snow covered farms/trees....I miss that! We had a great family day....and we were able to share it with our good friend, Steven!

Who knows how long we will be in this town.....maybe forever, but thank you, Lord, for letting the kiddos experience the least this once!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


There has been a winter weather advisory for our area starting tomorrow morning!  It is possible that we may accumulate 4, count them, 4 inches of snow!! What shall we do??  It is a blizzard in the making!! AHHH!

Ok, so you have sensed my sarcasm!  I hope we do get the weather, but grocery shopping is usually a chaotic event when this sort of weather is coming. Of course, it would be time for me to go! Wal-Mart will be out of water, milk, bread, and the canned goods aisle will be close to bare, but I will push and shove with the best of them.

 The city will no doubtedly shut down and turn into a ghost town....except for us hoosiers, we will be out checking things out...and maybe getting out our sleds (coated with cobwebs, I'm sure, located in the attic)for some playtime!  I wonder if kiddos down here have ever seen sleds ? 

This should be exciting.....

Friday, January 7, 2011

The "Ick".

Poor Braydon has been struck again with the "ick"!  He has had quite unfortunate luck with sickness the past few months....but we are praying the plague will soon be over! :)

David is trying to stay clear of him because he is going to Alabama with our church next weekend to the Youth Ramp...he is very excited about going, so we are praying that the germs do not spread his way!

Braydon will be missing his JBQ (junior bible quiz) meet tonight and is quite upset about that, but like we are telling him, there is always another meet!  He has been practicing so hard on his questions/answers....he is even able to do the interruptions for the ten point questions! We just keep telling him how proud we are and it seems to be helping him cope with missing the meet and his friends tonight.  Well, that, and we told him we could watch a movie of his choice tonight!  A little bribery never hurts...:), haha.

Oh and our fish, a midas cichlid, really does have what is termed, Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, or in short, "Ick".  This is a parasite that attacks a fish and is better known as white spot disease!  He is getting better, though, as my wonderful hubby is nursing him back to good health.  He is on our prayer list as well, per Braydon's request!

The turtle, dog, cat, and parental figures are still well and trying to get the rest of the household back to "norm"....or at least what we call normal !

Our Engineering Competition!

One of the families in our homeschool group has devised a toothpick bridge building competition!  This sounds really fun and we cannot wait to participate....David will start constructing this weekend!  Here are our guidelines:

This will be a fun and exciting project provided you, the participant review these rules closely and keep in mind this is a competition of you using your entire mind. Skills used are; thought, reasoning, hand to eye coordination and interpolation.


Each bridge must satisfy the following requirements:

R 1. Each student will submit one toothpick bridge for testing.

R 2. The bridge will be constructed only from

a. Diamond or Forster flat, round, or square tooth picks approximately 6.5 cm in length from a box labeled accordingly: Flat, Round, or Square Toothpicks;

b. Elmer'sTM woodworkers glue.

R 3. Toothpicks may not be broken.

a. Imperfect toothpicks may be traded in for new ones.

R 4. The mass of the bridge shall not exceed 35 grams.

R 5. While resting on a table the bridge shall allow for a 5 cm x 5 cm x 30 cm board to pass under the bridge parallel to the length of the bridge, and with the movement of the board perpendicular to the roadway along the table top.

R 6. The roadway of the bridge shall be a minimum of 4 cm wide along the maximum length of the bridge and at a height from the table top of not more than 10 cm. The roadway shall consist of at least a rail along each side, which is continuous along the maximum length of the bridge. It need not have a travelable surface. When a 3.5-cm wide by 50-cm long 1.9 cm board is laid along the roadway, there shall not be more than a 1.0-cm vertical gap between the board and roadway on either end.

R 7. The bridge shall allow for a test rod of 2 cm x 4 cm x 15 cm to be placed across the bridge at the roadway level and with both bottom 15 cm edges within 3 cm horizontally of the center of the 30 cm span roadway. A 5/16 thread eye bolt, 7.62 cm long will be placed in the center to pull downward.

R 8. The maximum bridge height shall be 22 cm.

R 9. The bridge must be "free standing".

R 10. Specified tooth picks and glue are the only materials to be used.

R 11. No discoloration of the bridge will be allowed.

a. No paint, stain, markers, etc.

b. Other decorations may be used, but must be able to readily remove the decoration(s) so the judge may review the bridge.

The Competition –

The bridges will be tested as follows:

C 1. The bridge shall be placed on a testing stand, which will consist of two flat level surfaces, which will be level with respect to each other and separated by approximately 25 cm.

C 2. The testing apparatus will be placed on the bridge with the test rod placed on the roadway as specified above. (Maximum bridge height is 22 cm.)

C 3. Force will be applied slowly by the student adding weight to a bucket while the judge calls the scale reading until the bridge breaks or the maximum weight is reached. The bucket will be weighed.

C 4. The bridge must be free standing or it will be broken on its side.

C 5. All bridges will be broken.

C 6. The bridge that is able to hold the most weight before breaking wins the contest.

Will let you know how we do......