Light-Relight Experiment

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This experiment requires adult supervision. Your child will need two tall glasses, hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, baking soda, dry yeast, a teaspoon for measuring, a craft stick and matches.

First, add one teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of yeast to each glass and mix well. Second, add a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to one glass and a small amount of white vinegar to the other glass. The vinegar is the extinguisher and the peroxide is the igniter. Light the end of a craft stick and follow Marcus’ example in the video.

Early Christmas Decorating

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We are nearly packed for our return to Peru. Next week, we’ll be back in our apartment in Lima. We’ll spend Thanksgiving and Christmas there. We plan to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu in December.

I love to decorate for Christmas, but we didn’t have the movers pack our holiday containers since that seemed like too much to bring to Peru. Since I’ve been home, I decided to put Christmas up a couple of weeks ago so I could enjoy it while I was here. It’s the first time ever that I’ve decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving.

I have 4 display cut-outs around my fireplace. They are fun to decorate. Remember my Christmas craft
from an earlier post? It inspired me to put together a woodland theme.

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Wish me luck back in Peru. I’m actually looking forward to the simplicity of our lifestyle there. Do you ever feel like you’re rushing around too much? That’s how I’ve felt these past several months. There’s just been so much going on here. But in Peru, my life has this way of slowing down. It’s really nice! Hey, thanks for stopping by. :)

Greek Mythology Unit- Week 1

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I’ve been so consumed preparing to move back to Lima, Peru, in 9 days, that I decided to wing our Greek mythology unit and just jump in with both feet.

Marcus and I are using this book-

Treasury of Greek Mythology

National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology. I really like this book because of its elaborate, beautiful illustrations.

This week we read, starting at the beginning of the book, about Gaia (Mother Earth), Uranus (Father Heaven), Cronus (Titan King), Zeus (King of the Gods) and Hestia (Goddess of the Hearth).

We also discussed our personal religious beliefs verses what the ancient Greeks believed. We believe in a perfect godhead made up of Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. We worship our Heavenly Father, and pray to Him in the name of Jesus Christ. We know that Jesus Christ created this earth, under Heavenly Father’s direction.

Marcus has also been learning a little about ancient Greece, using this book-

Encyclopedia of World History

The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History. His crafts this week were inspired from this book.

First he created this paper Greek vase-

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He made this by coloring an entire sheet of white cardstock with crayons and then painting over his coloring with black tempura paint with a drop of dish soap mixed in. Once that dried, he etched his vase and cut it out. Marcus featured a Cyclops on his vase.

Maybe next time, we’ll try this more elaborate way to create an etching-

Crayon Etching.To learn how to create a vibrant Crayon Etching like this one, see the step-by- step tutorial and photos on the How To Arts and Crafts.com website.

He also created these Greek tragedy and comedy masks-

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We followed the examples from Mrs. Crosbie.

Craft Night

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I love to host craft events with a small group of women in my neighborhood. My friend, Steph, has a lot of wood just laying around at her house and she gets her husband to cut it for us. In the past we created this laundry sign, which now hangs in my laundry room-

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Last night, in my kitchen, we created this set of fall pumpkins-

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We also took these owls that I purchased from Walmart in the craft department-
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and transformed them. I wish I had thought to take pictures of all 5 as they were each very unique (just like the women who designed them). I was having too much fun to even think about my camera, though. Next time I’ll have to remember to pull out my camera and take pictures from start to finish. But, here is a picture of my owl-DSCN2589

Craft events are a fun way to get together with friends and create something with our own hands, which is very satisfying.

November Blessings

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November is the perfect time to count up our blessings. Here is a starter list of some of mine-

1. I am incredibly blessed to have an amazing husband, who is tirelessly working in Lima, Peru, to support our family. We’ve been living apart for several months now, which has been necessary, but lonely, especially for him. Luckily, I’m moving back to Peru in 3 weeks. Yay!

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2. I am blessed to be the mom of two lovely daughters and two awesome sons. My oldest two are entering universities in January and my youngest two will move back to Peru with me. I love that I have a healthy relationship with each of my children and that they have close relationships with each other. So, there are six blessings right there.

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3. This beautiful Autumn we’ve experienced here in Utah has been a treat for me. I don’t always get to live where there is a distinct change of seasons. And yesterday, we saw the first signs of winter, which was especially exciting for Marcus, who is hoping he can sled at least once before returning to summer.

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One of our backyard views from our balcony.

4. A great blessing to our family has been the freedom to homeschool and the freedom homeschooling gives us. Homeschooling rocks!

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5. I am blessed to have a house of my own in a country setting within a beautiful valley. I am not a city girl so living in an apartment in the middle of a huge city like Lima, Peru, is a big adjustment for me.

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Backyard view of my house.

There is so much to be thankful for, and I’ve only just begun counting up my blessings. What are some of your blessings?