Monday, December 28, 2009

Article about OHSU

There is a great article about OHSU in the SL Tribune, it a great article and give insight into the schooling Corky is getting.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Chanukah!

We have a wonderful family that we are friends with especially our daughters, and they are Jewish-so this year to share and celebrate the last day of Chanukah and also their Shabbat they opened their home to friends and gave us gentiles a taste of a different culture and I was happy to have been invited.

I got to see and rekindle an old friendship there as well, the boys behaved fairly well for the chaos going on and the older girls got a long as well. There was food and cider and Peter made wonderful latkas with applesauce or sour cream.

They lit the menora and sang their prayer in Hebrew which was reverent and calming. Bogan loved the candles and didn't try to blow any out, somehow he knew before we reminded him not to.

We talked and caught up and had a wonderful time.  Thank you to them for a wonderful new memory.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Do you hear what I hear?

Last Night was great we had a traveling family night as it were.  We started with Phun with Physics, a 2 hour program put on by the University of Utah Physics department at the City Library on Foothill Blvd in Sugarhouse, more information here; copy and paste in your browser).  It was great they worked with some of Newtons Laws of Physics, action and reaction and then one which they described as everything is basically lazy, state of motion, which you see PT testing and the dishes are still in place. They also worked with liquid nitrogen, balloons, and motion with a lazy Susan. They poured out the nitrogen onto the floor to let the children feel the evaporating nitrogen and how cold it was then they felt where it was poured to see how cold and dry it was. At the end they put a rubber ball in the nitrogen for about 10 minutes and dropped from the stairs with one that was not frozen and with a loud POP the ball broke off into a dozen pieces, while the other bounced. Its a great program and the children enjoyed it if you can you should see it, they have it there and at the Natural Museum of History on the first Monday of the month which is free Monday.

Then we got some pizzas for dinner and headed off to the South Jordan Library where we saw the Intermountain Christian School Bell Choir and Chorus.  The program was simple and lovely there where 2 bell numbers then chorus then bell and so on.  The Choir did both bells and sing and the members also traded bells frequently for each number, so many of the members learned all of the bells played.  The boys where in awe at the size of the bells, small to large and loved the blocks to play the "horse feet". a long with the wood cracker "cracking whip", during the Christmas Song, and they had a lovely medley from the Nutcracker.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Free Craft Pattern 90661AD Stamped Gift Wrap : Lion Brand Yarn Company

Love this Idea I can use it throughout the year, yay.

Free Craft Pattern 90661AD Stamped Gift Wrap : Lion Brand Yarn Company

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The War on Kids

Watched this film on Saturday it was an eye opener, but most of it I knew-it was done very well.

A review of the documentary;

Film (The War on Kids) Probes Public Education in America

(8 Comments) The award-winning feature documentary, THE WAR ON KIDS, launches a nationwide grassroots screening tour that will bring the debate about public education to dozens of campuses and communities nationwide.
In 95 minutes, THE WAR ON KIDS exposes the many ways the public school system has failed children and our future by robbing students of all freedoms due largely to irrational fears.  Children are subjected to endure prison-like security, arbitrary punishments, and pharmacological abuse through the forced prescription of dangerous drugs.  Even with these measures, schools not only fail to educate students, but the drive to teach has become secondary to the need to control children.  Not only do school fall short of their mission to educate, but they erode the country’s democratic foundation and often resemble prisons.
School children are interviewed as are high school teachers and administrators, and prison security guards, plus renowned educators and authors including:
Henry Giroux:  Author of Stealing Innocence Corporate Culture's War on Children
Mike A. Males:  Sociologist, author of Scapegoat Generation
John Gatto: New York City and New York State Teacher of the Year
Judith Browne:  Associate Director of the Advancement Project
Dan Losen:  The Civil Liberties Project, Harvard University
Watch the trailer here
if this link is not working let me know.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Desserts

For part of our lessons Wednesday we made desserts for everyone.  We made Pilgrim hats and Indian Tee pee's,(I know the Indians who are back east did not live in tee-pee's, it was just for the image and  5 and 7 year old).  And believe it or not the boys where so excited to show all our family on Thursday that they even waited to eat the desserts. They didn't take long to make and were very yummy.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Black Friday: everything that's wrong with society - Viewpoint

Please visit this link;  

or click on link below.
By the Way I think out of all the ads I have veiwed I saw 2 items I would like at a great price but not so great as to be a part of the madness.

And I agree with this viewpoint though most won't, try and remember it is just that a viewpoint.

Black Friday: everything that's wrong with society - Viewpoint

Monday, November 23, 2009

This Years Thanksgiving; Simple

Well for this years thanksgiving we are going to take it easy, and its about time.  I am not doing a whole lot of big dishes just the Turkey.
So Heres our Menu;
1/2 of a Applewood Smoked Turkey
Homemade Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Small Australian Squash with Cornbread Stuffing
Green Salad
Green Beans
Macaroni and Cheese

And for dessert
Cherry, 7 in
Pecan, 3 made in 6 inch dishes
Lemon Meringue Pies, same as pecan
and Cheesecake
and Ice Cream and Whipped Real Cream

I am still thinking about a relish dish, its a maybe.  Smiths has their Glad and Ziploc on sale this week so that's where I picked up a few extra freezer containers for Thursdays leftovers yay!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Movie Night

On Tuesday one of our daughters asked us if we could look into getting the movie Passage to Zarahemla.  We have always like the Tennis Shoes Series so we told her that we would look into it.  Well my husband went to our favorite place to look for for great deals first, classifieds.  He came across a copy that was N.I.B and a great price, only $7.99.  Not only was this new but signed by the author/director himself.  So we thought yeah that sounded great and to go ahead and call and get it.  My husband then realized that the name next to the phone number was Chris, hmmmmm.  And sure enough it was Chris Heimerdinger-author, director himself.  It was great to meet him for my children, since they learned how down to earth and real writers can be-regular house in Draper with a yard that looked like ours, swingset and bikes on the lawn of different sizes.  He was gracious and let us come in he signed the DVD, and then he signed one of our copies of Tennis Shoes among the Nephites books on tape, and posed for a picture.  We watched the movie and it was a good movie for families, and an all around good experience for us.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lessons I have Learned from Homeschooling

When someone usually says homeschooling no one really realizes the enormous responsibility you have taken upon yourself, and no one realizes at first how much you will learn.  Most peole just think that you are going to replicate a public school system at home, with desks, chairs, a lot of paper work and memorization.  But for the everage homeschooling parent this method of homeschooling does not fit your family or lifestyle.

So things I have learned are this that the homeschooling classroom is vast it is everything around you for this family it was a summer adventure that made memories and learning experiences along with coming closer together because we had to depend on each other.  We learned a thing or two about tending a big garden and reaping the rewards.  We learned more about fishing and how 2 little boys love to do it and can sit in a boat for 6 hours waiting.  We learned that when you take on the responsibility to raise rabbits and care for them then find them good homes you feel accomplishment and then get to have a little spending cash that was well earned.  We learned that dinosaurs are in all sizes, daddy's are really silly with a bike and a lake, and that a dirt road can take you to many places and make many memories-without money. 

I have learned this about homeschooling, my children are great and have finally embraced this lifestyle with both hands.  They have learned now to look at things very differently and ask why either aloud or with those eyes that you see the wheels turning.  My eldest has done great she is doing online charter school, she is also running a online shop and has kept the responsibility great. Her time management skills are great.   She is keeping a 3.7 gpa and is the VP of her class.  My second has overcome a hurdle in her life and now has a goal to attend the online school as well and learning all that she can.  As for my boys I have learned how free they are, they do learning time every day and then they have their chores, but they do have play time-real play time-
not just 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon to go home to a mountain of homework.  The are reading, exploring and becoming best friends.  They interact and love their sisters and there is no competition. 

I have learned that my patience is great but my love for them greater and that I would not have my life anyother way because I would be missing to much.  I like to see their reactions when they learn something new and it clicks, I like to reward them and make them feel important.  But what I like most is how my family has come together and how much I can see that we love each other, and that makes my heart so full.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Reason My Dining Room Table will never be free of Clutter....

I have a Dining Room with a large 8-10 person Table.  It's great everyone fits and room for company when needed.  But today I decorated the table with scriptures of Thankfulness that I printed up and framed, and then I put them out for display-
Well my Dining Room table is always a gethering place and not just for food but for learning, games, chit-chat, reading and art.  Of course we all help out when it comes to meals for the clean up but it all seems to make its way back there.
My little Bogan has been carrying around paper and crayons for weeks and his favorite drawing place is the chair right by the window at the Dining Room table, despite that there are desks and other places available. So the table will always be cluttered with art or for the other children-books and what needs to be there-but I don't mind because I get to see and hear about what is going on and at the end of the day an uncluttered table just seems empty and mine has family togetherness and just makes me smile and feel all loving and warm inside.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

Just a prayer of thanks to those who are brave enough to serve this country for our freedom and to remember those who have given their lives.

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln"

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Homeschooling Benefits Children less preoccupied with peer acceptance

Just read this great article and thought to share it.

William R. Mattox Jr.

Friday, March 19, 1999

MOST FOLKS who have never met a homeschooling family imagine that the kids are about as socially isolated (and as socially awkward) as Bobby Boucher, the Cajun ``Momma's boy'' Adam Sandler portrays in the recent hit film, ``The Waterboy.''

But some new research by Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute suggests otherwise. Indeed, Ray's research helps to explain why the number of homeschoolers in America continues to grow and now totals more than 1.4 million children. Ray reports the typical homeschooled child is involved in 5.2 social activities outside the home each week. These activities include afternoon and weekend programs with conventionally schooled kids, such as ballet classes, Little League teams, Scout troops, church groups and neighborhood play. They include midday field trips and cooperative learning programs organized by groups of homeschooling families. For example, some Washington, D.C., families run a homeschool drama troupe that performs at a local dinner theater.

So, what most distinguishes a homeschooler's social life from that of a conventionally schooled child? Ray says homeschooled children tend to interact more with people of different ages.

This is actually more akin to the ``real world'' -- what businessperson's social interaction is largely restricted to those born in the same year? It reduces the degree to which children find themselves constantly being compared to, and comparing themselves with, other kids their age. Interestingly, this reduced consciousness about age tends to help homeschooled ``late bloomers'' avoid being stigmatized as ``slow learners'' -- which is one of the many reasons homeschoolers, on average, score 30 to 37 percentile points higher than conventionally schooled students on the most commonly administered K-8 standardized tests.

Moreover, homeschooled children tend to draw their primary social identity from their membership in a particular family rather than from their membership in ``a tribe apart.'' That's the phrase author Patri cia Hersch uses to describe the conventionally schooled kids she followed through adolescence. According to Hersch, many school kids today feel isolated from the grown-up world and alienated from parents who fail to take an interest in their lives and to set boundaries for their behavior.

Now, Hersch's intention isn't to make a case for homeschooling. (She doesn't significantly address the issue.) But the angst- ridden teens she describes in her book closely resemble the peer-obsessed students Seattle public high school teacher David Guterson talks about in his compelling book, ``Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense,'' (Harcourt-Brace Jovanovich, 1992). Guterson reports that the kids in his conventional school often have difficulty navigating the turbulent social scene at school, with ``its cliques, rumors and relentless gossip, its shifting alliances and expedient betrayals.'' Guterson says that their preoccupation with peer acceptance often encourages young people to become ``acutely attuned to a pre-adult commercial culture that usurps their attention (M-TV, Nintendo, fashion magazines, teen cinema)'' and frequently fosters a sense of alien ation from people of other ages.

Interestingly, educational researcher Susannah Sheffer of Cambridge, Mass., says facilitating peer-dependency is part of ``how schools shortchange girls'' (to borrow the title of a highly publicized report issued several years ago by the American Association of University Women). In a recent study of self-esteem among adolescent girls, Sheffer found that unlike their conventionally schooled counterparts, homeschooled girls did not typically lose confidence in themselves when their ideas and opinions weren't embraced by their friends.

Now, none of this means that every homeschooler is socially well-adjusted. Or that homeschooling is the only way for parents to raise children successfully. Or that good things never happen in conventional schools. But these studies do suggest that homeschooling offers more than just educational benefits. No wonder a growing number of families are now giving home education a try.

This article appeared on page A - 23 of the San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day 21~Thanksgiving Decor

This is a great Idea for anyone who is interested!

Day 21~Thanksgiving Decor

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Squidney turned 13 on the 31st, Teenager at last!

The things that I love about Squish,

She has a beautiful Smile
Loving sister
Tries to make others laugh
Has taken control of her schooling
and improving her reading and math a lot
Always Helpful
Loves to Watch old Movies

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Great and Quick Cold Weather Soup Recipe

I came across this recipe and then decided to make it turned out great although I did modify a little, instead of rotel I used fresh tomatoes I had and used S&W Chili Beans that had garlic, onion and chili in them. And I threw in a few more veggies when sauteing the onions, I had peppers and celery in there too.  Here is the recipe I hope you try it and enjoy!

Willy Strange's Good Soup
Several years ago, our church congregation did a community service project and cleaned up an overgrown cemetary in Rockwall, Texas.  The care-taker, an elderly woman, couldn’t afford to pay for our services but gave us something much better.  This recipe came from her.  It was an instant hit with everyone who took a copy, and has continued to be a family favorite which we share with our special friends.  I’ve decided that it’s just too good to keep under wraps.  So, sometime when you need to make a main-dish in just 10-15 minutes, give this a try.  You won’t be disappointed.
  • 2 cans Campbell's Minestrone soup
  • 1 can Ranch Style beans *
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes (Mild or hot - you choose) *
  • 2 cans water
  • ¼ cup catsup
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 small diced onion
  • * Rotel and Ranch Style are brand name products of ConAgra Foods. Their web site has a search feature to help you find a retailer near you that carries these two products. It's worth your time to find them.
Sauté the diced onion in a dutch oven.  Add the hamburger and brown.  Drain off the excess fat.  Add the remaining ingredients, heat and serve.
We sometimes add an additional can of tomato soup with an additional ¾ can of water.  You can control the spiciness of the soup by using the spicy Rotel tomatoes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Our new SBO!

Last Friday Corky was voted Freshman Vice President at OHSU, and they are planning big time first thing they will be doing is a school trip to Lagoon for Frightmares!  There is a great deal that I will post as to how you can help OHSU raise funds just by going to Frightmares, a portion of your ticket price goes to the school.  But they are planning a night when they can all meet in person.  As far as I can tell they are very anxious to have this. I will be adding a few links for that.  We are all excited yeah Corky!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Well we have moved back to our home of 13 years after a 6 month break.  It went smoothly and my DH can be quoted as saying its great to move back into somewhere you've already been then you know where it all goes.  I will still be blogging and we will still have fun!  Make sure you keep up to date!

Harvest 2009

Well it finally froze and so with the move I decided to go ahead and pull all of our Winter squash and anything left in the garden we could take.  As you can see we came out a little too well.  Those darn plants not all where supposed to live, I had actually planted them a little close together because of my homegrown transplants not all usually make it.  I didn't loose any, until the deer ate 3 of them.  All of the seeds are ones I have saved from last year, I have learned how to do this it's easy and an essential garden know how.  I did however buy Connecticut field pumpkin seeds and my sister gave me some pumpkin seeds as well.

My winter squash included;
Australian Butter Squash
Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck, mine never seem to crook though
Spaghetti squash
and Pumpkins, Connecticut and white

And other things in my garden;
Corn,(deer and grasshoppers got it)
summer squash:
  sunburst patty pan
  yellow straight neck
carrots, red, orange, yellow and white
Onions, red and yellow
green beans (deer got them)
swiss chard
peppers, bell, banana and Anaheim
red potatoes

I was so glad to figure out that we pulled more than a thousand pounds of veg from the garden, a lot more than I was expecting-but then again you never know what you are going to get!

One turnip I pulled from the garden was 15.5 inches around!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Our Last Weekend in the Basin

 Sunday right before leaving
Last Weekend we stayed at the Limber Flag Yurt.  It was great cheap and secluded.  We had a lot of fun.  There were 2 full size bunk beds in the yurt and a woodburning stove and propane stove.  We cooked our dinner outside on the fire with M's family the first night and on the woodstove the next.  The kids just loved running around the yurt on the deck.

On Saturday we went to the Gorge and did the Dam tour, and ate our packed lunch.  Then we went to a beach and fished and went swimming.  With the kids all worn out we had them fed and in bed by 8:30 when the sun went down.

On Sunday everyone helped out and cleanup went fast.  This was our last great thing we will be doing before leaving the basin and it was great fun.

Our Family Reunion

Why is it boys always know how to shoot things?

We had a great time at our the family reunion, but sad to see that there were not a lot of family there this year, either they left early or didn't make it.  I think it was mostly just bad timing or something.  We hope to see more next year but had a blast anyway.


Just thought that I would share with all who cares.  This egg is one of the biggest we have ever gotten in 3 years. It wouldn't even fit in a carton.  We opened it the next morning and sure enough it was a double yolker.  It is also a surprise because we have pullets who lay small to medium size eggs, but occasionally you get one like this, of course I think that I have a hen who does this a lot because I have gotten 2 more since this pic.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Science Project

Well we had our first science project of the year which was building a 2 liter water bottle rocket launcher and rockets to launch. We did this and learned about newtons 3rd law of motion. 

It was a lot of fun we had a picnic, and M and her family joined us.  The boys decorated a 2 liter bottle for the little ladybug and her birthday, they were cute about it when we went to get the decorating stuff for it they had to get the beautiful stuff because she is a girl.  So it was all pink and soft and had some faux jewels on it too.
                                                            Ladybugs Rocket
PT's Rocket had a funnel on the end of it so it looked more like a rocket to him and it had some playdough in the end.  When that rocket flew it did a great job at going straight up then when it came down the funnel stuck in the ground at a slant, it looked neat.

All the rockets flew and were a fun success!

Salmon Running up at Strawberry

Well we went into SLC for Labor day and got there on Sunday.  It was great I got to move some more items into my garage-making the move easier.  And on the way we got to see the salmon running up the river in Strawberry.  It was great the water just looks pink.  They have a discovery trail which you can walk on and look at the scenes with trail markers, and over looking the river.  Some of the kokanee salmon go to the hatchery and are milked and some salmon get to go on and run naturally.

At the hatchery they were just jumping all over the place.  So if you have a chance and are up by Strawberry Reservoir between August and October you should check them out.

Yeah my DH did it most all of the pics where recovered!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Court orders Christian child into government education

Court orders Christian child into government education

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Flaming Gorge

Well after the girls got back from camp, O's brother and their family came up for the night and stayed and then we went into SL.  We dropped the girls and Bman and KT off at my parents to stay for a week and a half. 

The next Saturday we went fishing all day.  First we went to Cottonwood and then we went to Flaming Gorge.  I have to tell you that the drive is just beautiful.  We even saw a ram crossing the road.  And I guess right now they are having open grazing up there which wasn't so bad going up but coming home in the dark we had to be careful not to hit any steer because they were black and hard to see.  There was a bit of rain so after that cleared we were in a great spot to see the rainbow over the Gorge, it was beautiful.

We went to the Sheep Creek Canyon area.  And are going to go back because the area we went to is a sockeye salmon spawning area and is now closed to fishing because of that.  It should be great to see all the red in the water with the fall changing foliage.

We did catch some trout both O and PT did.  And it was funny because they like the worms but only with the trout gravy on them.

The day was great and beautiful.  I love spending time with my guys.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Its Time to Throw Out the Throwaway Economy

Its Time to Throw Out the Throwaway Economy

For all of those who are wondering whats going to happen to all that trash.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Schools Starting!

Well we have school starting here at the Parry's next week! And we are all excited. We will be super busy and to let anyone who didn't know we are moving back to Salt Lake by the end of September, yay!

Corky has already started we are excited she got into Open High School of Utah it is an online charter school that is fully accredited and she will earn credits toward graduation. They have also provided her with a laptop. And she will also be taking some BYU IS Courses, that is one thing she is very excited about. Also that and she doesn't have to get dressed for school!

The other children will be starting on Tuesday. And everything is in place for them. Bogan is ready to read and PT is going too. Squid will be learning and doing most of her studies by herself she is excited for that.

And Me, I am so glad that this is the year I have been the most organized for this and know it will be a great year.

Our blog will still be going, so we will still be sharing with you all, Thanks-E

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bman's Cooking

The Menu;
BBQ Roasted Chicken Breast
Yellow Squash
Baked Potatoes
Cherry Coke Chocolate Cake

The week while the girls were at Rough Camp, Bman and O decided to do some scout stuff. Building a fire, cooking on that fire, motorboating, swimming and such.

One of the items fire starting and cooking over it produced a pretty good fire and meal in our fire pit in the back yard, one night we did utensiless cooking-I like this way because there is no clean up. And another Bman did dutch ovens over the fire and it was so yummy! We ate on paper plates so the clean up was simple there as well! Hope you don't get to hungry from the pics.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Is it Fun or Corruption?

Well I vote for both, but the children always know they have to have adult supervision when playing. Earlier this summer O built a potato cannon. But it was having a hard time firing after many different types of fuel we learned that static guard is the best and fires great. The kids love it and shooting at targets, they play at who can get the most points. Finally we put a laser pen on it so that it is better to aim. We have shot it at the deer that come into our garden but they still don't move, I guess that they are to used to humans and noise to be really cautious.

Weekends not over, the 25th of July!


On Saturday we took them on the Auto tour at Dinosaur National Monument, which was very informational and fun they got to feed antlions, they are very sneeky and ruthless and I had never heard of them before. O remembers feeding them when he had visited as a child so the fun has been passed on.

left;Green River

right; Feeding the ant"lions"

We also got to see an old cabin that lies in the bottom of the canyon in dinosaur a Miss Josie Bassett Morris lived there(thats the end of the tour).

After then we stopped at the Visitor center in

Jensen and while the children and I picked the wild strawberries in the flower beds O got a crazy idea to go to Fantasy Canyon, which was cool but very far out there. After getting there they all followed each other in a line and explored reading the posted signs, that was great.

Needless to say we got home late and had to finish packing the girls for camp Monday morning. But it was a great fun-filled information packed family weekend.

Here is where I am going to Share those moments that just come whether it be night or day and we take the time to seize every opportunity-

Just a quick chuckle; I was putting my sons down for the night and little Bogan asked for another drink of water, and I said no you have already had a large glass and used the bathroom-he said oh yeah-so I chuckled and said haha your plans to stay awake have been foiled, and he said yeah Mom you folded my plans.

The other night my boys were playing with their legos and when I walked by, PT had made a pyramid and asked me where the little guy was that he had, I said I don't know? And then he showed me he had hidden it under the pyramid-I thought and then grabbed that moment- I went and got out the history book and opened up to the ancient Egypt era when pyramids were built and why it was similar to what he did. He was amazed at the significance. We read and read and learned about them for 2 days.