Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
to this-in about 2 months. Monty's sack is down to 2 remaining little critters and they seem to be thriving quite nicely. Mom is looking forward to the day we can release them into the wild. My kitchen counter has seen enough of them :)
Elisha wanted to see one up close and got a little more than he bargained for. They are jumpy little things. Spring is full of new life-- the children also found some abandoned birds-- they were starting to fly, so we figure they'll be just fine. The kids loved the close-up views.
Always something new...
Friday, May 23, 2008
Nope-- our shelves are lined with vials and vials of fruit flies. They seem to have made a permanent residence here. Yum Yum-- wanna come over for dinner? Who new feeding a praying mantis would take so much food-- er, bugs? Had to rush a special shipment because they were out of food- and they aren't too fond of anything much bigger than a fruit fly- our little bugs found outside didn't seem to be good enough for them :) More pictures coming soon.
Had to throw in this picture of my tent flowers- I threw them in the ground almost 2 months ago and they are STILL living-- that's a HUGE accomplishment for my green thumb. Maybe that's why they're alive- I forgot about them and haven't touched them :)
Monday, May 19, 2008
A must see attraction is the Warther's Carvings Museum. The story behind the man responsible for the carvings is one of inspiration. Check their site at http://www.warthers.com/carving.htm. Their grounds are meticulously maintained.Full of springtime sparkle~ Amazing inspiration from Mrs. Warther's Button Collection Art.Ivory was one of Mr. Warther's favorite things to carve and surprisingly quite heavy! Mark Warther (Mr. Warther's Grandson) makes the visit even more special by spending time with the children and making them their own wooden pliers.He signs each pair. The pliers started as a solid block of wood-- he made only 10 cuts with a knife- made NO shavings... and in 45 seconds ended up with this.Pretty amazing! Mr. Warther's parting plea to the children: "PLEASE don't let the TV rob you of your life!" How true indeed! Visits to miniature playhouse 'yards' are extra fun for little ones. There are some pretty amazing ones here~ Of course this was the girls' favorite. "Mommy- we could paint and decorate the inside and eat in there too!" Until next time, dream big! How's this for inspiration? ONE man made this ENTIRELY out of wood, ivory and pearl- even the letters are carved from ivory, then placed individually by inlay into the wood using NO glue! What will you accomplish this week?
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Much to his teacher's (and Mom's) dismay, we related his playing to hammering nails on a house- there was no such thing as a 'light' touch in his vocabulary- I suppose everyone has their own signature style- pounding would be Elisha's :)
This was his favorite song.
His favorite duet:
After the graduation recital, off to karate where he and Daddy won trophies for champion of the year. Elisha won 3rd place and Daddy 1st place. (They were awarded points for each tournament they went to.) Go guys! Mom might have to compete next year to bring home some trophies of her own... look out! :)
Now that's some pretty big accomplishments in this Mom's eyes! :)
Friday, May 16, 2008
I told you not to add too many seeds-- see HOW much they multiply?
Add to salads, sandwiches or tiny hands that will make a BIG mess all over your kitchen :) Store any extra in the fridge- removing to rinse a few times a day-- and DRAIN VERY WELL. They should last a few days if you keep rinsing and draining them- if you don't, they'll get moldy.
Now, put down that cookie that you're munching on at 12:20 am and get your jar ready to fill with these yummy morsels of goodness! Not that I'm doing that right now. Nah.
PS-- just a quick disclaimer-- the key-lime pie I spoke of in the post a few days ago, was NOT raw, vegan, OR healthy :( But it was oh so good :) I know, I know.... I'm defeating only myself... Did I mention how good it was?? And when you Google 'best key lime pie' - oohhh the results! Back to sprouting... have fun!!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
There are some options to get a 'jet' experience. You could head to Russia to fly in a MIG for a mere $20,800. No offense to any Russian fans, but since I have no desire to head there, that option is out. And I suppose the price tag is just a bit high. That's pretty unfortunate because I figure that's my most likely way to get a 'make-ya-lose-anything you've eaten the past week' and 'pass out a few times' thrill :)
There ARE other options... :) Now- fully aware these are not THE jets, I figure we could settle for an L39 trainer. Check out the Millionaire's Concierge- for a nice little fee of $7800 (sorry Mark, but that's just the cost for me), you get a pretty neat ride and let's not forget the private sea-side dinner included in the cost. And that's just option #1-- you should see option #2 on their site -private island dinner ! :)
OK- more realistically -sort of- (I'm assuming a few grand -still waiting for the email quote reply), you can get a MACH.9 Dream flight right here in eastern PA--hmmmmm.....
Now that you are fully educated on Jet rides and find yourself with nothing to do with your hard-earned cash, donations are now being accepted for JuJu's jetride-- leave a comment- we'll work out arrangements :) Or even better-- if there are any military types out there- what BETTER way for great PR than to have an all-American homeschooling Mom take a ride in the best the Nation can offer??? What better way for GREAT pro-American publicity for the Nation's Armed Forces!?!?! :) Again-- leave a comment- we'll make the arrangements :)
Enough with the planes and onto dinner-- tried a new restaurant-- the children loved the island atmosphere at Bahama Breeze. Mom found another new love: key lime pie. Never had it before and I actually liked it over Mark's Chocolate Island dessert. Lucky for him- I didn't steal his like I usually do -well not much of it anyway.
And what airshow day could be complete without our first full-night's sleep in the tent-- and VERY chilly night might I add! :)