Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Jessica at Trivium Academy tagged me for this. It was fun!

8 Things I'm passionate about

Discovering truths about my faith and God!

Sharing the discoveries!!!

My husband

My children

Books and reading! Oh yes!

Sunday School with the K-2 crowd *Ü* I love those little people!

Helping my children discover Gods truths!

Tapestry of Grace!!! *Ü*

8 Things I Want To Do Before I Die

To see gran babies!!!!!! Many, many years down the road... *Ü*

Go back to Ethiopia Africa

Travel all over Europe

Learn to speak, read and write Spanish and Latin. Maybe Greek too.

have a trim, lean, "don't worry about how I look" body (OK so I copied Jessica here) *Ü*

To be the best wife and mom I can be and to hear them say so. OK lets throw grandma in too.

To run a marathon.... any, and complete it. *Ü*

Surf in Hawaii

8 Things I say Often

Good grief!

Make it so number 2 ( number 2 is my husband)

I told you never ask me when I'm on the phone......*Ü* (you can relate cant you? lol)

Not unless your school work is done.

Didn't you read the instruction first?

How was youth group?

The dog ate what?!

I'm on the computer.

8 Books I've read recently

Pride and Prejudice (2 times *Ü* its like spending time w/ an old friend)

A Christmas Carol

Tales of the 4th grade nothing (those kids need a talking too!)

Pocket full of pine cones

Lewis and Clark for dummies *Ü*

Streams to the river, river to the sea

Seaman the dog

My bible *Ü*

8 Songs I could listen to over and over (OK not songs... sorry)

Anything by Jack Johnson

Anything by James Taylor

Casting crowns (any)

Barlow Girls

Jeremy Camp (one of my faves)

This is to hard... to many songs or groups to like.... sorry..

8 Things I've learned this year

That I am stronger than I thought.

I have learned that when placing boundaries in relationships , it is vital to stick to it.

I will not be bullied or belittled.

I am a better/stronger parent than I thought (honest...)

That my mom IS really my best friend.

That I can choose how to respond to people. Yes, I can.

How truly different men and woman were created and that this world is constantly trying to change who God created us to be..... (Love and Respect seminar by Dr. Eggerichs is a must for any marriage or pre marriage... ! It will change your life towards each other!! No lie.... woman are pink, men are blue....) *Ü* Can you tell I learned something and liked it?

8 people to tag

Tina in WA *Ü*

Rhonda at Imagine

Jennifer at Home is where you start form

If Jess didn't already Tag Darcy and Jennifer..... I would be at 5 now. *Ü* I'm laughing here...

Lee and her 5 wolf cubs! I hope you can play! *Ü*

Robin at my2blessings


Laughter is good medicine

Amy over at Milk and Cookies had this on her blog. I cracked up and had to share! He has a contagious laugh! I was crying I was laughing so hard...

Wordless Wednesday Pals

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tuesday in other words

One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today. If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy."~ Elisabeth Elliott ~

I love Elisabeth Elliott! I love this quote! It is so true! Especially this time of year! Party's for work, family and church gatherings, friends.... buying and making gifts, baking, creating.... you name it we as woman try to do it all, thinking we have the time.... right?

I think it is during this season we can sometimes loose focus on our daily lives and look to tomorrow. Stress can soon follow. Its hard to stay focussed on here and now..... I know this all to well! :) When I read the quote for this week this scripture also came to mind.

Luke 10:38-44 (NASB)

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." 41But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

Is this not fitting? As we move into the month of December and begin to feel the pull of perfectionism..... looking to what still needs to be done.... Let us remember Christ and take the time to sit at His feet. I know this is a cliche but, Jesus is the reason for the season! :)

So have a "Mary" Christmas!
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Monday, November 26, 2007

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Begins Sunday, December 2

This year for advent we Will be following a guide that was shared on a wonderful yahoo group. The website is called Mountian View. They offer 2 calenders this year. The traditional calender starting on Dec 2, or an alternate beginning on November 25th. We will begin the 25th, also reading Bartholomew's Passage.
This is my favorite time of the year! I love the cold weather, the decorations, traditions! Gathering with family and enjoying parties! I love it!!!
If you are looking for another resource for advent, this blog offers many resources ( free ) to choose form! The name is Ancora Imparo. You will find a free lap book and other wonderful resources to begin your Holiday celebration!
Happy Thanksgiving! I'm off to cook our feast!!
Updates as of November 25th
More Links to look through.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

How Washington are you?

I had to try this quiz! Being that I am Washingtonian! :)

You are 92% Washington State!

Are you a tour guide? High-five, man! I see SOMEBODY paid attention in their history classes. You obviously know Washington well. That's awesome.

How Washington State Are You?
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Tuesdays in "other" Words

"The purpose of Christianity is not to avoid difficulty, but to produce a character adequate to meet it when it comes. It does not make life easy; rather it tries to make us great enough for life."~ James L. Christensen ~

I love this quote, it brings to mind Romans 5:3-4

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

I remember when I was a new believer that I had this idea that Christians were always happy, perfect people. Sad.... but true.... I was in need of disciplining, but didn't even know that I did.

The first few years of my conversion were great! Peaceful even.... I was very involved at church.... children's ministry, missions.... care group at our home.... but after a few years.... and during my pregnancy with Rylee joy and peace began to slip away.... I did not understand why. I did not know if I was "doing" something wrong.... I had no idea.... but I was very depressed.....

During my last month of pregnancy with RyLee I was really bad... I remember crying the phone with my mom questioning my salvation, and feeling very far from God. I was desperate..... I know my mom felt horrible for me.... It was bad.... she asked me to read a few different books in the bible... and me.... being so desperate read all she told me too! no kidding.... right after I got off the phone I read Ephesians, Galatians and all of Romans! I was desperate....

I read and I cried... I prayed like I never did before..... I came to a passage in Romans that just lept right off the page at me....

Romans 8:26

Our Victory in Christ In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
For months, I had felt alone... even abandoned because I couldn't feel Gods presence in my life...... remember... I thought Christians were perfect, happy people... no troubles.... so since I had trouble.... I thought I didn't have God anymore... I felt ashamed of myself.... and rejected by God.... I was missing the big picture.....

That passage in Romans clicked with me for some reason..... I think because my spirit was groaning and I didn't know what to 'do' or say anymore..... I could only weep..... and as time past.... probably another year... I began to realize that it was not God who had moved from me.... but me who had moved from God...... I was a human doing.... busy at church... busy at home.... busy with friends.... busy doing church stuff..... but not busy in my devotion to the one I was 'doing" all these things for! it was the outer exterior of who I was... that I had put so much time into.... not the inner. :) like I said.... I really needed disciplining..... but never asked.... nor did it dawn on me that I needed it.... till that point in my life.....

I have been through many valleys in my life since then..... some refining walks through the valley, some trials..... but I have become reassured it is only for a season, these times do not always last for ever and fruit awaits in the end..... a realization that God is shaping me and growing me... loving me along the way.... so that I will be able to rely on Him and handle situations and people they way I should.... through Him and His love and righteousness.

My most recent trial/challenge and character forming situation has been a very personal one. Just in the last few weeks, I have come to a realization about myself and it has been humbling and liberating!

4 years ago... maybe 5.... I began to have difficulty with personal relationships and I started pulling away. I realize now I was doing more than pulling away. I was avoiding. Avoiding hurt and avoiding rejection. I felt I was being made to be the bad people. I was attacked, accused, lied about and I became increasingly tired of these situations. I was hurt and sad...... so instead of confronting, I moved away.... thinking that if I removed myself..... and just kept going forward.... it would all work out..... Ya... right.... funny thing.. God is not a God to leave things undone is He?

I was at a woman's gathering a few weeks ago, and the subject matter had to deal with hurt and rejection..... I was hopeful I would be able to gain wisdom and a plan to overcome my hurt... but didn't even consider the rejection aspect of the message, till i showed up! What I learned and realized..... I have deep hurts, hurts from 4 years ago, deeper hurts from 20 something years ago....... and they were hurts that I have not allowed God to touch in my heart. I realized I had only been giving Jesus access to pieces of my heart.... the ones I am comfortable with.... the painful pieces I had not given over to Him, or allowed anyone in.... I moved Him away from those ones.....Just like I moved away from relationships...... I am tired, and I don't want to feel hurt.... I'm trying to avoid it!

The other thing I realized, was that because I had not dealt with these hurts.... when rejection and or hurt arose..... I would see the situation through old wounds.... The woman at the conference related it this way... she put on her gramas sun glasses..... and these old glasses represented the hurt and rejection in our heart..... now realize they were also sun glasses.... glasses that were hard to see clearly out of. I could not see clearly through my hurt and rejection either... and because it was so far hidden in my heart I did not deal with it... and now I too had blurred vision!

I needed to give God access to the hurt and rejected pieces of my I can have clear vision when things arise.... not rely on my old vision.... but a new vision..... to respond.... not pull away.....
I could always talk about the hurts... but I have never really dealt with them. This has been a liberating realization....... and I didn't want to keep God from these places in my heart any lobger..... but to give it to Him completely.... I was very devastated when I realized I truly had not done this yet. Its been 13/14 years my friends.....
I am not a perfect person, nor am I with out fault. I look back at the last 4 years and now realize I could have handled things so much better..... but I was looking at them through blurred vision of old hurts.
I love this verse.
Philippians 1:6

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Im so glad!

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Menu Plan Monday


Breakfast: Berry Smoothie w/ ground Flax ( Thanks Lee) 1 boiled egg

Lunch: 1 banana, 1/2 a mango, 1/2 can tuna on spinach salad

Dinner: Spaghetti ( I get spaghetti squash the fam pasta) green salad and the fam garlic bread


Breakfast: Hot oatmeal w/ raisins, 1 banana and yogurt

Lunch: Beef broth and baby carrots

(snack) cheese and summer sausage

Dinner: Halibut and peas, Basmati rice


Breakfast: 2 eggs and 1 sausage

Lunch: left over spaghetti

Dinner: Lentil stew w/ sausage, hamburger mix.


Do my best to not over do it! lol


Breakfast: Mango, banana yogurt smoothie w/ flax

Lunch: Left over Turkey with salad

Dinner: Left overs !!!

I'm going to try and add some more protein to my diet, but want it to be lean. Maybe a powder like Tami over at AmblesideClassical uses.... I guess I need to ask! I still have not gotten on a scale for this week, but i can truly tell a difference and so can my fam! :) It is not a huge difference, but we can tell. I am entering week 3 in my journey!

Goal for exercise this week is 4 days on the treadmill, and also to walk to our mailbox with Rylee every day. Its about 1/4 mile from our house... so that's another 1/2 mile at least added to my walking! :) Here is to good health during a difficult season for anyone to eat right! LOL

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Koinonia Academy weekly Report # 13

Greetings!Can you believe it? only 23 more weeks of official school left for us! I cant believe how fast time has flown by.... I cant believe that its almost Thanksgiving! It seems like just a few weeks ago we began school!

This week... I had some devastating news!! My computer died! Yes died! At first, we thought it was just corrupted files,now its drivers gone bad! :( Sadness. No pictures to share... sniff... how boring! Post I must though... I honestly hate it when I dont.... I miss the bigger picture of our week.

So, on my sons laptop I type....

Koinonia Academy's weekly report, and maybe a few side notes too!

This weeks subjects that we stayed on task with....

Bible study

Life skills for the week

Cooking from scratch mac and cheese
Accountable kids (responsibility)

Fun activities

Turkey hunt with youth group

New season stuff

I began my first day of work for my business. ( nothing to go OOOO about, but will share more in the post)

Ok, for History because I knew I would work this week I decided a few weeks ago to continue our review of unit 1. Christian has been enjoying the review! I had her read Bob Jones Chapter 8 2 weeks ago and week 9 this week. She also wrote out all the review questions in BJ and answered them.

RyLee has been using SOTW 3 as a review, because we have used it so little this year. Good accountability and she didn't seem to mind. Although she would rather move ahead. :)

Literature: Christian is finishing up Pride and Prejudice. This has been by far her favorite for the year, and mine hands down! The more I read it, the more I love it!Although this is not my first time! :)

RyLee has finished her series (6 books) from the American girl collection for Josephina. This has always been RyLees favorite character, and now she finally read the books! Her gramma bought her the doll when she was 5 I think. So that has been out this week too!

Science: we are behind technically, but then again, not. As Long as we keep up from here on out we will still finish 2 weeks before we need to begin Zoology 1.

This week she completed earth. :( sadly No pictures of anything! Christian has been keeping up with Biology at an ever slowing pace. She focused on it this week a bit more than normal, so she is getting herself on track. I'm sick of nagging.... and she is sick of hearing.... so the threat of no Turkey hunt on Wed if she didn't bust a move motivated this child to unbelievable study habits this week! Ha! Gotta do, what a moms gotta do!


Lesson 3 for RyLee. She is truly loving this Spanish program! Its fun for her and something she can do almost all on her own. I am able to help Christian along more and practice with her. Christian has been memorizing and reviewing all her vocabulary and simple phrases to date! Writing them all out and in conversational style. Keeping up with her notebook etc. she is motivated in this subject!

For a refresher Christian is using The Easy Spanish and RyLee is using La Clasa divertida

Math... yup... getting her done.... Christian was having a mini melt down because no computer.... no computer no cds.... so my son has been gracious enough to leave his laptop home (he uses it at CC) so she can use it! What a guy. Math is math and we keep moving on... Same with Ry.

Bible study this week was great. Reading out of Romans 5 with Chris and Luke Chapter 3 with RyLee. RyLee had map work this week too and she liked that being added in.

RyLee was proud of herself. She made homemade Mac and Cheese all by her self. She used 2% milk instead of whole milk or cream, and she has decided cream next time. I chuckle at this... who is this child Betty Crocker? :)

Accountable kids
RyLee missed 2 tickets this week. She was a bit slothful in the morning. She was so disappointed. :( She keeps trying and will let you know as soon as she completes her first 10 stars.

Turkey Hunt! This is a main event of the week for Christian. Her youth group goes on a scavenger type hunt each year in search of the Turkey. Its a rubber turkey that the Associate pastor hides in down town Bremerton. The entire Sr. High youth group is broken up n teams with 2 leaders. They have a list of "things" to do and they have to take a picture to prove they did the task. As they finish each task they move on to the next clue on the list. Its a hoot! For example they had to sing under the sea by a big fountain and take video. They made up a rap about french fries... crazy goofy things like that! They find out Sunday who truly one the hunt and completed all tasks. ahh to be young and carefree hu? :)

My Health:

I walked on my treadmill 3 times this week and RyLee and I went on 2 outside walks. I even took pictures on our walk.... but I cant show you because my computer died and I dont have what I need to download on my sons pc.

I followed my menu I posted earlier in the week. The only day that changed was Wed dinner and Friday Dinner. Wed I had clam chowder again. Youth group always makes for a later night and both older kids are gone... so we eat light. I forgot about that when I made up my menu. Friday hubby and I went on a date to Silver City. Our favorite yuppie place to go! I splurged and we split an order of Fish and chips! Ohhh it was so good... even the coleslaw!

I have not weighed myself yet this week. I don ot own a scale and do not want to buy one. So I have to Wait till I visit my mom. :) i am feeling good, I have had great energy all week. Other than Friday night I have stuck to my plan and my calorie goals for each day! 2 weeks down! 4 more to go before I add bread back!

Now my new job! Thursday was the first day of my new business. Koinonia Kleaning. :) Hows that for corny? LOL I clean homes.... but only after remodels or new construction. I bid by the square foot not the hour and I am able to only work 1-2 days a month if I want! it took me 8 hours to clean the entire house and 3 more to clean all 21 windows! Inside only thank goodness.... but I was home by 4:30 and the girls did great! Christian really stepped up to the plate and even helped and did Rylees bible study with her amongst other things!

Its a new season in my life... I dont like that I have to work, but grateful that I can... and make my own hours... and a few full days a month is nothing....compared to having to be gone for 3 days a week and those are mostly nights. Oh, I hated that. My heart was wanting to be home. I can handle 2 days a month.... so can the girls. They are old enough to have a light day of school and a full day of required tasks to keep them busy! :)

Well, that's about as much as I can remember w/o visuals! :) Maybe next week I will have my pc back.... although we are seriously considering going MAC. What do you think? Maybe I will let my business buy it. :) Hows that for a perk!?

Till next week, my weekly reporter friends! Have a wonderful weekend and new week ahead!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What Christmas Ornament are you?

You Are a Snowman
Friendly and fun, you enjoy bringing holiday cheer to everyone you know!
What Christmas Ornament Are You?

This was my second attempt. It was hard to choose one answer sometimes because more than the one answer fit...

You Are an Angel

A truly giving soul, you understand the spirit of Christmas.

Monday, November 12, 2007

All in good health... right? Menu Monday

Breakfast Day 1:
2 eggs scrambled
1 apple/Gouda sausage

1 low fat yogurt
1 banana and a little cheese

Basmati rice with cranraisins
Mix of vegetables
Grilled chicken with a chicken rub
Green salad

Fresh Mangoes

Day 2 Breakfast:

Hot oatmeal with raisins and date sugar
1 banana


Tuna with cubed tomatoes
½ an apple


Clam chowder with corn

Snack: mandarin orange

Day 3 Breakfast
Cup of mixed fruit
2 eggs


Roasted chicken salad, little raspberry vinaigrette

1 mandarin orange


Flank steak marinated in garlic and onion, red vinegar and evoo
Roasted red potatoes
Baked carrots with a touch of honey

Day 4 Breakfast:
Hot oatmeal repeat from above
1 apple sausage link


Chicken broth soup

Baked Halibut w/ lemon
Basmati rice with onion

Day 5 breakfast:
Yogurt and granola
1 banana

Left over grilled chicken or Halibut
Tomato and cucumber salad light evoo salt and pepper to taste

Fend for yourself! I love these nights!
Please see others posts here at Organized Junkie *Ü* I'll let you all know Friday how well I did! Garfield always said diet is spelled die with a T. *Ü*

Los Vocales

Here is the video I tried to post in my tri weekly report.... *Ü*

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Koinoia Academy Tri Weekly Report

Hello Weekly reporters! *Ü* This is a bit long this week. The last few weeks of October were fun. We traveled to Oregon and toured Fort Clatsop, went to Seaside and Astoria. It was just a weekend trip, but good. You can read about that in a post further down below.

The girls had Harvest Parties. Christian went to the Jr/Sr. High school party the Friday before Halloween at church and RyLee went to a local church Carnival on the 31st. Christian and her dad made her costume and her friend’s costume. They turned out cute.

Even Snickers helped out

The finished product

RyLee made a lemon pumpkin cake. The cake was lemon and shaped like a pumpkin. We were so busy the day she made the cake. I helped her out with making frosting,but we made it to thick, so I asked good ol dad to help thin it out, because I needed to get dinner going. Well, they made it to thin and Ry jumped the gun so the frosting didnt turn out well, but the cake still looked and tasted great....... even though the frosting wasnt stiff...

*Ü* When we traveled South to visit Fort Clatsop.... we picked up and continued our study of Lewis and Clark for week 10 and a little of 11. Week 11 we began a review of Unit 1 for TOG year 3 while continuing regularly scheduled subjects. We will be finished with our review next week, complete week 10 (of TOG)after that and finally move into unit 2! Yeah Koinonia Academy team!

This week Christian and I both began Pride and Prejudice!! My all time favorite book and author! Did I mention I love this book? I also love the BBC version of the movie! The one with Colin Firth! They stay true to the book... sometimes word for word. No other version can compare... anyway... did I mention we love this book and movie? *Ü*

RyLee reviewed both weeks 1 and 2 for Spanish this week. She reviewed the beginning of a vowel song in week 1 continued and completed the song in week 2 and began colors. Along with some vocabulary, and a recipe to make plantains!

*Ü* She loves her Spanish now! Here are a few pictures of her cooking Plantains! ( I tried to post a video of Rylee singing her Spanish vowel song, but it wont load or something....) :( It was so cute too...

Slicing them medium thickness

Getting ready to fry on Med-Hi.

After frying, mash them with a cup or a mug.

Time to fry them for a second time.

Place on paper towel to cool.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

whala! Yum!

Last week we went to our second play in Seattle.

It was called the BFG. The big friendly giant. It was terrific! As always. *Ü* We wont go back to Seattle now till Feb 08. :( I love these plays! They are always well done!

RyLee began her accountable kids program this week! Finally, since I bought it back in June at the WHO convention. *Ü* She has been so motivated to accomplish her daily work and tasks all week. I have not nagged, nor reminded! Gasp! Here reward after 10 days of completing all 3 sections every day was a date with either mom or dad. She chose me! Yeah mom! *Ü* So we will take in dinner and a movie when she gets her stars all filled in. Its been a good week. We have been really busy around the house, and schooling a bit in the evenings to get it all finished. One of the distractions for me this week has been quilting. I have only made one quilt top ever.... and this week I attempted my own thing....

I cut my points off on the side because I didn't watch my 1/4 inch seem allowance... but didn't notice or pay attention till I was all done. Live and learn! It has been a while since I have quilted.....I'm still green. *Ü*

Health wise... I am doing good in my diet, but not so well with the exercise. I have lost 4 and 1/2 pounds so far. *Ü* I a pleased.... but need to be more consistent with the walking! Remember now... I want to be a runner like my friend Jennifer! *Ü* I will keep it up, and keep moving forward.... It is my goal and desire!

My scripture memory selection to help with this task all week has been

Hebrews 12:11

" No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."

Christian chuckled when I read it to her. It was perfect! *Ü*

Well If you stayed with me, thanks.... I won’t post anymore... lol I could add a few things but I want you to come back sometime! *Ü* So I will leave it at here for now.

Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you all next week!

Friday, November 9, 2007

A bit More Lewis and Clark

Sometime this last summer, I read an email about a website (I'm not sure who i got it from) that had traveling trunks you could rent and view during the year. The trunks are filled with items from that event in history and a great teachers guide to explain and give background to each item!

I rented the Lewis and Clark trunk and was able to keep it for 3 weeks. Good thing because I didn't actually get to it till our time was almost up! This fit in perfect with our Lewis and Clark study with Tapestry of grace year 3. Below are pictures of what was in the trunk and rylees lap book. I didnt include the entire lapbook, but a good bit of it. The folds were placed on card stock and placed in her TOG binder under the correct week in Tapestry of Grace.

This was a cd we listened to one afternoon. It has music of what songs passably sung by some on the expedition. At least popular at that time. It had a bit of a Celtic sound to it.

Here is Ry sporting a bear claw... and no I don't mean a doughnut! *Ü*

Here is a photo of Sergeant Patrick Glass (1771–1870. He was the oldest ( lived the longest) of anyone from the expedition.

The guide in the trunk was written like he wrote the guide and was sharing the content of this old trunk with his grandchildren. It was pretty cool!

Here Christian is pulling viewing canisters of things that Lewis and Clark would have saved and sent back to Thomas Jefferson. From vegetation clippings to rattle snake rattles, grain....

RyLee holding a moccasin.

Sinew *Ü*

Buffalo pelt

Beaver pelt

I cant remember what this was exactly, but it was tanned so you could make a moccasin or clothing.

This was a peace medallion that Lewis and Clark would have given the Indians along the trip. Rylee is holding one side.

Christian holds and shows the other side.

RyLee made a picture. It was to represent what her medallion would look like. Can you tell she loves Neopets?

RyLee used Live and Learns: The Corps of Discovery: The Lewis & Clark Expedition. Here are a few of RyLees Lapboook folds.

Books read: (Ry read some, Chris read some, but they both did not read every book.)

Going Along with Lewis and Clark by Barbara Fifer

How We Crossed The West: The Adventures Of Lewis And Clark by Rosalyn Schanzer

Lewis and Clark (History Makers Bios) by Candice F. Ransom and Tim Parlin

The Lewis & Clark Expedition: Join the Corps of Discovery to Explore Uncharted Territory (Kaleidoscope Kids Book) by Carol A. Johmann and Michael P. Kline

The Lewis and Clark Expedition (Landmark Books #15) by Richard L Neuberger and Winold Reiss (Hardcover - 1951)

Lewis and Clark (Cornerstones of Freedom) by R. Conrad Stein

Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O'Dell

What's the Deal by Rhoda Blumberg.

Here are a few online resources that could help you in your own study:


Lewis and Clark:

National Geographic:

Science expedition: ( people dont realize this aspect of the trip, but science was a big part of the exploration on this journey.




Enchanted learning:

Oregon Road trip! Lewis and Clark

Can you believe it? I cant! It has been 3 full weeks since I last reported anything! Oh man, I have so much to share... but I'm going to really try and stick to the highlights for this trip and post other things later. First things first..... when I last reported, we were heading out of town and traveling to Oregon for the weekend. Just me and the girls! 5 of us in all. Christian and RyLee were allowed to each choose 1 friend to come.

Ry and Jess on the way down.

Christian a bit hungry on the way down and thought Jessica's feet would fill her up.... This is Sam, Christians budd.

The drive down was interesting for sure. 1: we left about 2 and 1/2 hours late! 2: it was the week that the Pacific coast was to get some stormy weather as an after effect of some Typhoon. I cant remember where, but our coast lines were getting the tale end of it.... silly me! Not only did we drive through rain so think my windshield wipers could not keep up with the rain, but we literally drove into and through a thunder and lightning storm and then... get this... hail! Yes hail. The car in front of us spun out of control. He was way a head of us, so we were never in any danger, but it was so strange to see tail lights.... then head lights.... then tail lights again. At first I didn't understand what was happening.... but when we got closer... it all made sense. Someone else stopped to call 911 for them, and they were not hurt physically, but the car was.

We stayed at KOA camp in Astoria and arrived (finally) a little after 9 pm. It rained all night.... and early morning I was still hearing thunder and lightning. The first thing we did was get up eat breakfast, get ready and headed to Fort Clatsop!!

We had a great break in weather and I wanted to take full advantage of that. As we pulled up to Fort Clatsop, Christian began to remember she had been their before. I think it was 5 maybe 6 years ago now that we were their. RyLee only remembers getting to fold the Flag with her friend Silas. Nothing else seemed familiar. She was around 4 at the time... so I didn't expect her too. *Ü* Right when you walk into the museum portion of Fort Clatsop, they have dress up close. Here are the girls wearing coon skin hats and possibles. (side bags to us)They were called possibles because they put everything they passably could into them!

We then went and watched a great movie. It was about 34 minutes long and it was the Lewis and Clark trip from start to finish. Great refresher for my girls and good for their friends! Then we toured the museum portion a bit and hit the gift shop! *Ü* Here is a scale replica of the Fort they camped at. We read that of the 4 months they stayed here only 12 of those days were with out rain. Only 1 of 12 days did they actually see sunshine in the 4 months they stayed! Yikes! Pacific Northwest winter weather at its finest eh?

Chinook Indian woman and child: read here (Chinook Indians PN)

Most Chinook people had a flat forehead because babies spent most of their first year in a cradleboard. A cradleboard is something the put their babies in to reshape the babies forehead without hurting them. This is a picture of a Chinook cradleboard.

When we were about to leave the museum it was pouring down rain. I was so disappointed! So we went and made lunch in the van, and by the time we were all done, the sun actually came out for a bit and we enjoyed the fort and a good 2 mile walk down to Canoe Landing. Here are a few pictures of that walk and the actual Fort.

Here is a site where they an actual video to watch.

Lewis and Clark: then and now Its pretty long, but if you let it play and then walk away... after it has played you can skip back and forth to what you really want to watch. Here is another site of pictures of the museum and whats inside. Its easier to post this than all the ones I took.

Fort Clatsop Oregon Are ya still with me? lol Here are some pictures from our 2 mile walk. 1 mile to Canoe Landing and a bit beyond and then 1 mile back.

After Fort Clatsop we went into Seaside. Its about 15 minutes, maybe 10. The weather was looking great for a bit, but soon began to rain again. We had shops and the girls were able to enjoy a few rides!

While in Seaside we also went to the aquarium. It was nothing like we thought... but it was fun. It was very small, and we felt sorry for the animals.... the sea lions were cute.... this little one below was a show stealer and new how to look cute!

We were in seaside for a long time... and the weather seamed to hold out... but alas... it began to rain again.... so we headed back to the cabin, ate dinner and the girls got to swim in the indoor pool that evening. The next day we packed up and headed to Astoria. We stopped at the Astro tower for a look. The Astoria colum is 125 feet high and has 164 steps! This tower was patterned after the Trajan Colum in Rome. This column displays 14 scenes commemorating important events of history in Astoria.

Once we finsihed our little tour, we had lunch and headed home!It was a good trip! Wish I would have braved a few more of the beaches...but I was happy with the trip, my girls had a good time and so did their friends... and we learned a few things along the way...