Thursday, September 16, 2010
This evening we celebrated our youngest's 12th birthday - and continued a legacy. I passed on my Honda 50 Mini-Trail, after a few days in the shop it was running again and just in time. It still needs a little work, the muffler has seen better days and the lights don't work . . .yet; but we're on our way now.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
We had a great time at Camp Raven's Knob. Over the course of the week I was able to earn my BSA Lifeguard certification - I am reminded why most lifeguards are in their late teens and early 20's. Working at the swimming area was a lot of fun, I was able to see many of the Troop members when they came for open swim and also was able to help several scouts earn their swimming merit badge.
There was a lot of walking, our camp site was the farthest out of any and we estimated our troop members were averaging 10 miles a day.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The movie included all of the excitement that I've come to expect from the Marvel franchise; how can you miss with fast cars and lots of firepower?
Beyond the action it was particularly interesting to consider the positions taken during the congressional hearing. If you consider the framers intent, Tony Stark seemed to be standing largely on the 2nd Amendment when he refused to turn over the Iron Man suit to the military.
Being home educators (every activity is an opportunity to learn) discussion following the movie provided a springboard for lessons on physics, business management and government.
If you go to see the movie, make sure you sit through the credits - there is a scene at the end that resolves one of the unfinished threads in the story (no spoilers here).
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
For the past two years at Contra Costa Community College he's been on the on the dean's list every semester; still he didn't believe us. This past week he was accepted to all three of the 4 year colleges that he applied to - with merit scholarship offers from each. He was surprised, we weren't; we're just excited that he's starting to feel what we see - that the Lord has blessed him with great abilities and he has unlimited opportunities!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
|The girls near Capetown South Africa.|
The last night before they came home was spent in a preserve for lions rescued from captivity but unable to be returned to the wild because of injuries.
Here are some of the students and our missionaries at one of the schools in South Africa after a True Love Waits presentation.
The stories are the same there as they are here, abstaining is as valuable here as it is there. Please continue to pray for the lives that will be changed for the better as a result of this trip.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
After an hour with Google and mixing, matching and cutting recipe's we came up with our first candidate. We set the following goals for our recipe:
- Needed to be quick to fix so no yeast.
- Minimal number of liquid ingredients.
- Simple enough to put together in camp with minimal work space.
By the end of the weekend we'd worked out a pretty decent pizza that cooked up in about 20 minutes on our kerosene camp stove in an MSR aluminum pot.
Camp Pizza Crust (makes one 9" pizza):
Mix the following dry ingredients in a zip-lock bag:
- 1 c. All purpose flour (If you use wheat flour you will need more liquid).
- 1/2 tbsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1/8 tsp salt
When ready to prepare add the following liquid ingredients and mix/knead:
- 1/3-1/2 c. of warm Water
- 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
Pour about 1 tsp. of Olive Oil in the pot and spread around the bottom to keep the dough from sticking.
Spread the dough in the bottom of the pot making a slightly thicker crust around the edges.
Camp Pizza Sauce (enough for two 9" pizzas):
- 1 6oz. can Tomatoe Paste
- 3 oz. (half can) Water
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Basil
- 1/2 tsp Rosemary
- 1/2 tsp Thyme
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
Spread the sauce on the the pizza crust.
- 1/2 c. Mozzarella Cheese
- 1/2 sliced Green Pepper
- 1/2 sliced Red Pepper
- 1 sliced cooked Italian Sausage
Cover pot and put on stove to cook at a very low heat (flame should be orange not blue) and check every 5 minutes or so. Once the cheese melts it should be done.
Friday, February 12, 2010
It must be following me from Minnesota, we actually have enough snow on the ground to make a snowman!!
After the the East Coast was buried earlier in the week it was the South's turn for the weekend. The snow followed me back on my return from Atlanta and shortly after I tucked my car into the garage the melting snow started to freeze and stick - made it back just in time.
The challenge is that everyone I know, myself included, got rid of our snow shovels when we moved here so it looks like we'll be waiting for a thaw before we can get the walks cleared.I guess we'll need to move farther south or import some snow shovels - now about that global warming ...
Friday, February 5, 2010
This year the weather wasn't as cooperative regarding some of the outdoor opportunities but we had a great time anyway. My children took me to the Yorktown again where we visited the Medal of Honor Museum and read many of the inspirational stories of personal sacrafice over our nation's history.
We also hit several resturaunts and one of our new favorites is The Buccaneer in downtown Charleston.
While I was toiling away Elizabeth and the kids visited a number of plantations, a great out of the classroom addition to our history program.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
As a father it has been wonderful to see her excitment at being accepted into this new role. For years we've been telling her how capable she is but for some reason she thinks that we're biased so its great to have our opinions confirmed by an outside source.