Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Hairsylist in the Making

Dd11 fixed dd4's hair this morning.

First Haircut

Thursday, August 21, 2008

School as It Should Be

It's so fun when they love their little brother.
It's too bad the impish smile doesn't show up very well.

My Guys

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cindy's Porch

My sister sent me the link to Cindy's Porch last week so I thought I would pass it along to you.

I printed out the pantry and freezer inventory sheets and filled them out today. Turns out I have ingredients for about 14+ meals. It's a great way to see what you already have and maybe you don't have to go grocery shopping right away after all.

Monday, August 11, 2008

To the Sea - Week 5 Project

To the Sea

After going a great distance, the soldiers came to a large city named Gymnias. They didn’t bother to look around, as they were quite weary from their journey. However, when they left the city, they were earnestly marching forward, for the guide had said that they would catch sight of the sea in five days, or they could kill him. So they were in high spirits as they traveled through the hostile country, pillaging and burning whatever they saw, with great encouragement from their guide. He obviously had come for this, the destruction of an enemy country.

On the morn of the fifth day, as they were climbing the mountain called Theches, some of the men in the front of the regiment, catching sight of the sea, cried out in progressively louder volume as they got nearer to their destination. Xenophon, however, in the rearguard, did not know what was going on, and hearing their shouts, was afraid that enemies had attacked them. This should have been expected, for they had left almost nothing untouched in the land behind them, and the angry inhabitants were following them. In fact, the rearguard had killed some and captured others by lying in ambush, and had taken about twenty shields covered with the hides of shaggy oxen.

Having come to the conclusion that they were under attack, Xenophon quickly assembled the cavalry, and taking them and Lycius with him, rode forward to save his comrades. However, as he got closer, the joyous shouts of “the sea, the sea” put aside all his fears and sent him rushing to see that which was making everyone else so happy.

As he came thundering to the summit, Xenophon saw a sight many others would never see. Everyone was crying and hugging. Rank was forgotten as generals hugged soldiers and everyone hugged everyone else. Having reached their destination, the soldiers set about building a great monument of stones to commemorate the occasion. With this done, their guide put all twenty of the enemy shields against the cairn and began hacking them to pieces. He encouraged the others to do the same and they did.

With the mission complete, Hellenes dismissed the guide and gave him many presents. A horse, a silver bowl, a Persian dress, and ten darics were the aforementioned gifts. However, what their guide really wished to have were their rings, and many of them gave their rings to him willingly. After this, he pointed out a village in which they could find quarters and the road back to Macrones. Then he left.

Frogs Desiring a King - Week 4 Project

Here is dd13's writing project from week 4. The original was from the Aesop Fable The Frogs Desiring a King.

The Frogs Desiring a King

The Frogs were perfectly content in a marshy area that was ideal for their lifestyle. They led simple lives where no one bothered with them and they left everyone else alone. But for some of the amphibians, this just wasn’t enough, and they decided to do something about getting a set of rules and a ruler to enforce those rules. So they sent a request to Jove. “Give us a king,” they whined,” for we are unable to govern ourselves.”

Jove roared with laughter and sent down a great oak tree, which caused pandemonium to break out as it landed among the frogs. The terrified frogs scurried for the shore as if more trees were going to fall on top of them. For a few minutes, the frogs perched on the bank, waiting for the terrible monster to do something. But the log stayed still. After a moment more, two of the most courageous frogs in the group hopped into the water and swam cautiously toward their new king. Seeing that their approach did not disturb it, the greatest hero of the frogs leaped on top of the log and began to dance. Soon all the others joined him on top of their ruler, dancing a making merry.

For a while, the frogs were happy to ignore their new King Log. But once again, some of them became dissatisfied. “Jove,” they demanded, “give us a real king, one who does something.” Jove, finding this insulting, became upset and sent down a stork, who lost no time eating its subjects. By the time the frogs apologized, it did no good. They realized that no rule was better than cruel rule.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Tough Scrabble Game

All My Books

So I am doing a 30-day trial on a book catalog software called All My Books from Bolide Software. I am wanting something to keep track of both my paper books and my e-books. I especially want it for the books I use for school but it would be nice for my personal books as well. For school I have many living books for history but have no way of knowing what they all are so I can make use of them when we are studying a particular time frame. Using a book catalog would let me know what resources I have available and also allow me to put the books together by category so they are easy to find when I need them.

Here are the features I like about All My Books so far:

All you need to do is enter an ISBN, book title, or author, and it will search for books online that meet that criteria.

When you enter an e-book it not only lists the information on the book but puts a link to the file so you can access the e-book directly from All My Books.

You can group books by category including what series they belong to.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Online Grocery Guide - Free

Just enter your zip code and see what stores it covers in your area:
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