Thursday, February 19, 2009

Steven Curtis Chapman on 'Huckabee'

Amazing Faith and powerful testimony

Found at Huckabee




Friday, February 13, 2009

Sustainable Sushi

Okay I am not a huge Sushi fan, but I have enjoyed the it a half dozen time. I thepought that this report was interesting. Okay call me a tree-hugger ... or just a good steward.

Sustainable Sushi

Also a link from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Homeschooling IS fun!

It was just this month that I concluded that homeschooling is fun. This photo is from one of our recent nature walks. We went out to the pond and looked for the colors of winter. It is great to get outdoors and enjoy our beautiful weather.

Our school name is Life Learning Center because we believe learning is a life long venture occuring in our day to day lives. This past month one thing we studied was snowflakes and winter. Did you know that all snowflakes have 6 sides and form around dust particles and winter is the result of the Earth tilting away from the sun. We also read several great books. The children especially enjoyed the old classic "The Boxcar Children"--I remember this book form my school days. We read the book and then found the audio tapes at the library and Emry has listened to them over and over during her afternoon quiet times. I even heard her say to one of her friends "let's play The Boxcar Children." We also read a Magic School Bus Book about the human body--did you know our bodies have 206 bones? For fun on cold and snowy days we danced the Hokey Pokey and learned the Chicken Dance from a YouTube video.

Homeschooling is fun and there is so much to learn. This month we are doing a unit study and lapbook on George Washington--I am excited to take the virtual tour of Mount Vernon. We will also continue working on our gratitude lapbook, measurement, time and read the biography of George Muller (a missionary in England who started several orphanages and day schools in Bristol, England) and perhaps the second installment in the Boxcar series.

What's Jay been up to?

This photo is decieving, one might get the impression that Jay is enjoying his winter lounging about on the couch but nothing could be further form the truth. This picture of daddy and the fellas was a brief day where Jay got to sit with Ayden and watch one of their favorite science shows--Robo Cars.

He cleans up well, doesn't he? Here is Jay in all his fancy apparel heading out to work. I know, I know you are saying I thought Jay works from home, he does but in this slow housing market he has started working for H&R Block as a tax preparer. We are so blessed that this job is possible and here locally in Truckee. It is strange to have Jay out of the house and I look forward to every night when he gets home.

Also this month Jay has finally perfected making sourdough bread. I wish I had a photo to show his beautiful creations but trust me they were beautiful and tasty. Next he aspires to making homemade ricotta cheese.

Brady Brayd is the best.

Brady is now a bright and aware 4 month old. He is busy rolling over, sucking his pointer finger, making vocalizations, spitting up (a lot) and still not sleeping through the night.

The verdict is in, Brady is a small little fella--12 pounds and in the 5th percentile for his head size and 10th percentile for his height and weight.

Brady loves bathtime--Jay says "is it bathtime?" and he smiles and kicks with glee.
Have we mentioned how beautiful his blue eyes are--look out ladies!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Trasferring Executive looking to buy a home ...

In the depressed Market many of our houses are actually under valued when considering future values (two years or so). Tammy and I receive many letters like the following :
Dear Friend,

We are a firm that relocates executives from around the country and are looking to purchase a luxury home in your area We noticed your home and would like to know if you are interested in selling?

Please contact my assistant at (area code) xxx-xxxx at your earliest convenience so we can get the necessary information we need to make an offer on your property.

We look forward to hearing from you.


John Doe

P.S. If you are serious about selling, please don't hesitate to contact us as our window of opportunity is closing quickly.

While this is not illegal it is misleading. these letters are from people wanting to "flip" under valued property for a profit, so talk to me first before selling, I may be interested (joking).

Here is a link to a descussion about such letters

Is this a Scam?