Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pig Socks

Aunt Kristi and Uncle Pat along with Jordie, Addie Mae and Lexi gave the grandkids these cool socks that expanded when put in water. Lucy has a little message for you. Thank you everyone!

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Three Layers of Skin - By The Flanagan Funny Farm Homeschool

We at the Flanagan Funny Farm Homeschool are studying cooperation and systems of the body. Our first lesson was the skin. I would like to introduce you to the 3 layers. First, the Epidermis or the "dead layer" (notice the dead skin hanging off of her - aka corn flakes):
Then we have a live layer, with muscle attached to the hair follicle in the Dermis:

Then their is the Subcutaneous layer, full of fat and sweat glands (notice the big, fat belly and arms):

And a picture of the three layers connected together:

Now, we bring to you a lesson about the skin:

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

We're Back - The Flanagan Homeschool With Bridge Engineering

School is back in session and we've been studying the character trait of determination - thus bridge engineering! It took a lot of determination for those engineers to build the massive bridges that are out there. Here is a few pictures of what we've been doing. First, here is a picture of us getting a close-up view of an arch bridge - we needed an excuse to go to the beach!

Here the kids are practicing being a cantalever bridge - a bridge that is supported on one side. Jordie and Addie are the cantalevers - Lexie is the beam bridge in the middle!

Yes, we sometimes do homeschool in our pajamas! Here are the kids displaying a beam bridge and the principle of compression.

The kids have now made the beam bridge stronger by putting an arch in - just like the Romans!

Now we're experimenting to see what shape is the strongest.

Definitely not a square!

We did find out what shape is strongest (triangle) and made this bridge:

So, here is a video of the Flanagan Bridge Engineers giving you a lesson on bridges:

Happy Birthday Dear Sister Vonda!

We're a few days late but the Flanagan Funny Farm wanted send you this birthday wish:

Coastal Get Away

Barb and I spent a few days at the coast last week. The owners of the beach house where we stayed offered us a few nights if we would clean the stove and refrigerator. Now mind you I don't believe these two appliances had been cleaned for many years. The freezer portion was so iced up that it looked like the entry to an igloo and the gunk burned into the stove top and oven were pretty scary. Of course these are early 70's appliances so no frost free refrigerator and self-cleaning oven for us.

While I worked on the stove and refrigerator Barb, the busy little bee whipped through the rest of the kitchen cleaning and cursing whistling while she worked. She also cleaned and dusted everything in the living room as well....even the light fixtures, pictures and cobwebs. I am sorry now that I didn't take a picture of the before and after of these extremely filthy fun chores. But perhaps it is better if you don't see the before.

After cleaning for one morning we had the rest of the time to relax. Kristi and Pat and the kiddos came to visit on Thursday afternoon. They were camping at the coast and it was so good to see them. 

Kristi having too much fun teasing Jordan. That boy is so grown up now. He will soon be 12. I can't believe it.

Lexie and Addie Mae. Sweet little pumpkins always with smiles.

I love this photo of Pat with Jordan. It shows how close they are.

That day ended with a pretty sunset. 

On to the last day. After resting, reading, resting and reading we decided that we would drive to Newport to have lunch. When we were about to cross over into Newport there was a sign posted on the bridge beside a yellow light that said "when flashing bridge may sway". I didn't think too much about it until I saw Barb lift her shirt to flash people in cars. I asked what in the world she was doing and she said "I am just following the instructions on that sign.  It says the bridge will sway".  

I kid about her flashing but the rest is true. We did have a conversation about being stopped by a policeman for flashing people and explaining that we were only following the rules of the road. I think they had better change that sign to say "flashing yellow light" for those of us who are special.