Thursday, July 30, 2009

A change for the new school year

We will be starting school on August 1st and I felt the need for some changes in order to make my life more simple and easier to manage.

I have left the majority of my yahoo groups with the exception of a select few in order to decrease my email inbox and the time that I spend in front of my computer just reading all of the emails.

I have also decided that at least for the time being, I will just be making a monthly entry on my blog with all of the fun things that we have done the month previous and what we have coming up.

This is what we have planned for homeschool...

We will be spending this year using the American Girl Historical books for our history. We are also part of a co-op that will meet every 6-8 weeks after we have finished the current "girl" we are reading about and have a big get together with crafts, food and fun related to that time period.

We will also be starting Apologia Young Explorers Botany study. This will also be a co-op that will meet once a week after each chapter is completed and we will be doing the experiments and more together.

We are really excited this year and the only way that I can see to get it all done is to spend less time on the computer :(

I will see you back in a month to let you know how our first set of books went as we begin our history study with Felicity 1774-1776.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Father's Day at the zoo

On Father's Day, we were finishing up our Kansas and Missouri trip and decided to spend the day at the Tulsa, OK Zoo. We were really excited since the elephants from our zoo are now at the Tulsa Zoo while we are building a larger nicer area for them. We have not seen our elephants in a year and were anxious to see what they looked like.

Entrance to the zoo.
Father's Day Picture.

Children's Petting Zoo

The tropical rain forest area with free roaming animals

I really loved the tropical rain forest area, it was so beautiful.

The tram that we used to get from the front of the zoo to the back area and then back to the front again. We really appreciated this since is was 102 degrees at the zoo that day.
We didn't get to see our elephants, they were not out while we were there, but we really love the facility they have there for the elephants.
My two favorite areas were the tropical rain forest and the cave area. This was so much fun and definitely worth the time if your in the area.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

For Tiffany

Picture from the street before.
Picture from the street after.

Picture of the front porch area before.
Front Porch area after.

Side gate to backyard before.

Side gate after. (Ran short one bag of mulch...will be added this week)

Corner of house before.

Corner of house after.

East window before.
East window after.

West window before.

West window after

Front before

Front after

Front after

Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Oklahoma Aquarium

On our way home from our trip to Missouri and Kansas, we made an overnight stop in Tulsa, OK. We took advantage of our extra time and decided to visit the Oklahoma Aquarium. It was really great and worth the trip if you ever get that direction!
Reagan petting a starfish.

They have certain touch time to interact with the stingrays and small sharks. This was really neat. The stingray felt slick and the shark felt like sand paper.

The have a section you walk through where the aquarium is over and around you with sharks swimming through.

If you ever are in that area and get a chance to see the aquarium, you won't regret it. There are several hands on type activities that the kids really love.