Friday, February 27, 2009

Hey Sisters!

What do you think about making some of these in a summer get together? Fast and easy plus really cute. I am making hearts and a few other shapes as well. This took me maybe 20-25 minutes to make from start to finish. How about posting some of your ideas?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Another Year Older

Happy birthday to Loretta. We love you.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Note to Nieces and Nephew

So Jordan, Lexie and Addie I am telling you the crafting gene was never bestowed upon me like other normal people. You made those cute little paper clip hearts on that valentine (see post below) and your mom told me that they were SO easy. Yeah right!

I go on line and find a nice little tutorial and thought to myself, "self, this looks easy just like Kristi said". Ha!
I bent that paperclip this way and that way and here is what I came up with.

My heart is a little twisted kind of like your old twisted Aunt Vonda. 

So there you have it. My own special valentine craft. 

Hey don't laugh.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Be Still My Heart

Look what I found in my mailbox the other day. Jordan, Addie and Lexi sent me a valentine...hand made with love. See those little heart paper clips? They made them. I tried to bend a paperclip in that shape and it looked like something Dracula made to stab himself in the heart.

Thank you kiddos! I love it and I hope you all had a very happy Valentines Day. Love you!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Maybe We've Been Doing a Little Too Much Dissection!

As you may know by reading previous posts, we have been studying anatomy in our homeschool and have dissected several things (cow eyes, heart & lungs to name a few). A few things have happened recently to make me think - hmmmmmmmm - maybe we've been doing a little too much dissection!!! Recently we took my daughter Lexie to receive an MRI so that the neurosurgeon could look at her cranial shunts and make sure they were working. It has been a while since she has had an MRI, so she didn't really remember what it was like. I had told her that they were just taking a picture of her brain - I thought all was good - until we were in the waiting room and she turned to me: (stone faced) "Mom, are they going to cut me open and rip me apart?" Hmmmmmmmmm - yes, maybe those dissection lessons are a little impressionable on a six year old!

As you can imagine, I've kind of gotten to "know" the butcher because of all the dissection. It's not every day you ask for 16 cow and deer eyes. However, the local butcher is a very "unique" person, and didn't bat an eye (excuse the pun)! In fact, his response was quite witty: He said "We'll keep an eye out for you!" This man has a big heart but is of the simple nature. After all these strange requests of mine, he ask if I wanted him to let me know if he saw anything else "interesting". Well............... it happened.

Let me set the stage for you: I am teaching a Bible quizzing team of 9 children at my house. There comes a knock at my door. Of course, naturally, I expected it to be one of the parents so I said "Come on in!" Here enters Mr. Butcher (with 9 pairs of children's eyes glued to him). Now you have to imagine what the butcher looks like. He's a big hairy guy with a beard. He is wearing his butcher rubber boots and coveralls and of course he smells like the animals he has been butchering all day. The aroma is "gently" filling my home. He says in his big booming voice "Do you want some pig fetuses?" Well, what am I to say? (The kids are chanting "I want to see, I want to see" in the background) The pressure was on - how can I say no to the guy who has dug 16 eyes out of skulls for me and lugged two sets of cow lungs and hearts to my front door? So, of course, I said "sure!" as I was thinking: How in the world am I going to explain this one to the parents of the Bible quizzing kids?

I managed to keep the kids contained until after their quizzing lesson. Then we stampeded to the kitchen to see these itsy, bitsy, little piggies. The owners were unaware that the pig was pregnant and so the reason for their demise. These little pigs had hooves no bigger than a pencil lead. They were still in their individual sacs. What to do - I know - let's have a lesson about life and the value of it! We discussed that these little piggies sure did look like they once had life - they were fully formed - very cute little piggies. This discussion lead into human babies and how they truly are a life inside the mother and the lie of abortion that many are led to believe... it actually turned out to be a pretty cool lesson. Then came time for the kids to leave. One boy was begging to take a pig home - so I had him call his mom. It was quite funny - all he could get out was: "Hi mom, um, um,ummm, um, um, um, um........................" I asked him if he wanted me to ask, so of course I did. Believe it or not, the mom was great - she said bring it on home! You might have guessed, she homeschools too! About that time, another mom showed up, and she asked to take one home. Yep, she's a homeschooler too. Woo hoo - go homeschoolers - welcome to the wild frontier!!!!!!

So, feel free to come on over the Flanagan Funny Farm Homeschool. You never know what you might learn!

Happy Birthday Addie Mae!

Happy birthday to my daughter, sweet Addie Mae who is 8 today! This is the girl who is excited about life - every day is a new adventure! She is also my food monitor - I can't eat a piece of chocolate without her knowing about it! She can smell it a mile away!!!!

She's growing up so fast. We'll be doing a birthday party this weekend for her - she can't decide between a castle cake, ballerina cake or ballerina slipper cake. I think she might have to be satisfied with whatever she gets! Fondant here I come!!!!