The following is a Santa plate that I painted this year. I've had the privilege of being invited to join a group of older women who get together at Terri Axness' house to paint once a week. For those of you who are not familiar with Terri, she is a very accomplished artist in our area who has had her paintings made into prints and they are sold for a "pretty penny". Anyway, being the youngest at the age of almost 40 - yikes did I admit that? - is very interesting indeed. These ladies are all much older - and quite talented to boot. One lady is very into painting naked women - she is a crack up! She recently painted Christmas cards with these "ladies" on them. Of course there were Christmas lights in "all the right places". They are definitely comfortable in their own skin and have no problem expressing their opinions! I'll have to blog about some of my adventures with these "seasoned" ladies! Anyway - here is the plate:
Most of the sewing you see above (the applique) are from "Art to Heart". This company is truly my fav when it comes to these cutsie type applique and quilting projects.
Ok - your turn gals (and guys?) - share your talents!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
One of the things I made this Christmas is a crayon roll that I found using the tutorial from Skip To My Lou. These are so cute and very easy to make. I still have two more to make for Byron and Ayden. They are so handy to take with you on car trips, in restaurants, etc. I also thought they would be cute little favors for birthday parties.
Let's sew sisters!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Over this busy holiday season I have been absent on the blog - lets get back into the swing of things with a Christmas Wish from the Flanagan Household to all you - we love you!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Jill came to sew something for her boys for Christmas. Byron loves that movie, Monsters Inc., and Jill had ordered a couple of hand made monsters from a lady on Etsy. However, they were in pretty bad shape when she got them so she decided that she would make her own pattern and sew them herself. She did a great job. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that she has hardly any experience sewing. She just plunges in and this is what happens. Success!
Two silly monsters finished. She used a combination of rice and fiber fill. They turned out very soft yet heavy enough to sit alone.
She refused to pose with them. Told me she looked worse than those monsters. Ha! She always looks good.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Here are some still shots of the kids in action:
The eye - poor Molly Cow is still staring at us! This actually helped the kids see the muscles and fat attached to the eye (gross).
I can't believe my little 7 year old doesn't mind dissecting things like this!!! Here is the lesson - don't limit your kids to what you think is gross or "un-do-able"!
These 2 (not my children) are having a great time holding parts - see it's not just my kids that are enjoying this!
Here is a close up of the back of the eye - if you look close you can see the lens in the middle - and the shiny green at the back of the eye. Animals have this reflective coating to help them see at night - we don't have this - this is why animal eyes glow at night when you shine a light on them!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The things you do for your kids education!!! If you've read some of the recent posts, you know we have been studying the systems of the body and learning about the character trait of cooperation. Well this week, we've been finishing studying 2 systems that really have to cooperate - the circulatory and respiratory systems. We have all learned so much!!!!
This first video is a "walk-through" model we made so each of the kids could act out being a blood cell and understand how the blood circulates through the body, specifically how it goes through the heart and how it is oxygenated by the lungs. I can't believe how much my kids understand (and mom too), now that we've physically walked through the circulatory system.
Now, warning for the squeamish, this next video may not be for you! Come on, give it a try, it is actually not all that bad! For the grand finale, we dissected cow lungs and hearts yesterday. The following is a video of my family and another homeschooling family putting air in the lungs to see them expand. The kids reactions are pretty funny!
I do have to say, that I'm doing things I would never have dreamed I would be doing. I'm definitely not the nurse or doctor type much to my mother's dismay (she's a retired nurse). For all of those moms out there who have thought about homeschooling but think you just couldn't do it - let me say this: Oh, yes you can!!! I was the last person to ever think I would home school - no way, not me!!! Through health circumstances of one of my children, I was kicked between the shoulder blades into homeschooling. I am so glad! It's one of the hardest thing I've ever done in my life but has definitely given our family huge blessings and lessons in the process! I always tell new homeschooling moms that its more about stretching and growing the mom than about teaching the kids. Although, your kids will be smarter than smart! So, if your a mom sitting on the fence - JUMP! Your life will never be the same - you don't even have to wear rubber boots and a denim jumper! Or, if you are just someone that likes to be entertained by a crazy homeschool family's antics, sit back and enjoy! Sister Vonda, this video is for you! (wink, wink).
Well, after we watched the lungs in action, we dissected them along with the heart. We found the bronchioles in the lungs and heart strings, chambers and valves of the heart. Jordan was amazed at how hard it was to actually go through the valve the wrong way - God is an amazing designer. We were able to identify which side of the heart was the left side (its the stronger side because it pumps the blood throughout the body, not just to the lungs). The muscles on the left side are thicker. It was amazing to see how this wasn't hard for the kids to dissect - I think it has a lot to do with how I, as the mom react. If I'm grossed out, they will be too. Addie, my 7 year old, just had a grand time hacking away at the heart! Take a look at her little sly smile as she is dissecting!Future Heart Surgeons:
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Spray the inside of the mug with cooking spray.
You will need the following:
2 Tablespoons cocoa
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil
Whisk together flour, sugar and unsweetened cocoa. Then add the remainder of the ingredients. I did this in a separate bowl because the first time it did not blend well in the bottom of the cup.
Pour the batter in the mug. Now you may lick the bowl, the spatula and your fingers. But only when mom is not looking.
Tip the cup over being careful not to burn yourself. The steam from the cake is hot. Then you can have your whole cake and eat it too. Talk mom into making a little glaze for it. Yum.
Cake in a Mug Gift: Get a large mug with no metal trim (because the cake is microwaved). This cake is kind of a brownie consistency. It is one serving and made in a microwave.
Cake in a Mug (makes 8)
18 ¼ oz. Chocolate Cake Mix (box, any brand)
3.9 oz. pkg. Instant chocolate pudding mix
3 c. powdered sugar, divided
4 ½ T. hot cocoa mix, divided
Place dry cake mix and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl; mix together. Divide and place a ½ cup mix in 8 plastic Ziploc sandwich bags; label as cake mix. Tuck one bag in a large mug that will hold at least 1 ½ cups of water. Place 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons hot cocoa mix and ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder in 8 plastic Ziploc snack bags; label as glaze mix. This makes 8 individual mixes for coffee mugs.
Tie a gift tag with instructions onto the handle with raffia or a ribbon
Spray inside of coffee mug with nonstick vegetable spray. Empty contents of cake mix bag into mug and add one egg, 1 Tablespoon oil and 1 Tablespoon water. Mix until well blended. Microwave on high for two minutes. While cake is baking place glaze mix in small mixing bowl and add 1 ½ teaspoons water, mix well. When cake is done, pour glaze over cake in cup and eat while warm or not.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I'll try to keep posting finished projects in the upcoming weeks - but sister Vonda - it is definitely your turn!
Friday, November 14, 2008
I know, I know I have been absent from this blog as well as the Wee Ones. I hope to do better but I have two older sisters that never keep up with us at all. So until they hop on board again I guess this will be the Vonda and Kristi blog.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Have you ever noticed that some of God’s greatest gifts come in oddly wrapped packages? No one could have told me five years ago that a child that was given no hope of survival could end up being full of the greatest gifts and lessons we have had in our lives.
Lexie was fed by IV’s and tubes for the first few weeks and slowly grew a bit bigger and stronger. We taught her how to nurse and she steadily improved. Her heart issues resolved, one with a medication to close the valve and the other issues miraculously resolved themselves. Along with her growth, her head grew too. We held our breath every day to see how much her head had grown, trying to decide if she would need surgery to place a shunt in her brain to drain the fluid. Lexie steadily improved and we were able to take her home 4 weeks later, although her hydrocephalus hadn’t resolved.
During this time, Lexie’s system reacted badly to the multiple surgeries. She went through many tests as the doctors were trying to determine what was going wrong. She was in the ICU many times in severe pain which we later determined was due to morphine not working for her - she went through 3 brain surgeries without pain medication. It was so heart wrenching to watch such a small baby go through so much and not be able to do anything about it. At one point, Lexie was having difficulty breathing and keeping her oxygen levels up. Pat and I were trying to make the difficult decision of whether we would put her on a ventilator or not if it came to that. She had been through so much and was in so much pain. You could not even touch her without her screaming. Would it be better to just let her go?
Lexie’s favorite song is very fitting for her. It is called "Life Song" by Casting Crowns. And, its truly the message I would like to leave you with: Every Life Was Created for a Purpose.......... Every Life Has a Song to Sing.
(You can watch the video now!)
Here is a little video of Lexie at 4 years old singing her "Life Song". She's a little shy and quiet at the beginning, but keep watching, she cuts loose at the end! Update: Lexie is now six years old and has been eating on her own for a year. We pinch ourselves daily - what a blessing!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Elizabeth at Pigtails and Snails is having her very first quilt giveaway. And what a quilt it is. You must go enter today (the last day) by leaving a comment before 7:00 pm (MST). I love this pattern which is her own exclusive pattern. It is so comfy and sweet looking....just right to snuggle up with Byron, Lucy, Emma and little Ayden to read stories this winter. Oh and I guess I could snuggle Dave too.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
We've been studying the nervous system this week as part of our study of cooperation and the human body. We've made the brain out of playdough, learned what each part of the brain is responsible for and even learned about Lexie's shunts and why she has them. It's been a very educational week! What better way to remember the neuron cell and how it sends messages than acting it out:
Friday, October 10, 2008
It's hard to believe, but we had our first snow fall today on October 10!!! Here are the kids enjoying it!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I can't believe it's been over a week since I've posted - school is keeping us very busy!!!! Here is our next lesson for you on the human cell. One thing I love about Konos is it makes very complicated things easy to understand for the kiddos - and the mom too! To understand the parts of the cell and their functions, the kiddos chose household items to represent what the parts do. This video shows you what the kiddos chose to represent each cell part and why. Get ready to expand your brain!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Then we have a live layer, with muscle attached to the hair follicle in the Dermis: