Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Park Kind of Afternoon


It was a beautiful afternoon here, so we decided to go check out a new park.ย  We haven’t done much park exploring since we moved, so we figured the time had come. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The park we “discovered” is 100% fabulous, and I’m sure we’ll be returning frequently. ๐Ÿ˜€ย  Today was all about hopscotch, geocaching, hiking, exploring, and poking stuff.ย  Futureย  visits will include pedal boats, beach time, and mini-golf…woohoo!!!


Playing a little hopscotch.


A nifty bridge on one of the hiking trails.


Playing with the gunk at the edge of the water. ๐Ÿ™‚


Fun with the swings!


Hanging out on the dock.


It’s pretty cool that the park gives you a trash bag when you enter. It’s not very cool that this is how much trash we picked up while meandering about.

Face Cream Ads: Comparing and Contrasting




Grace’s most recent writing assignment was to find two ads for similar products in a magazine and then write a short essay comparing and contrasting them.ย  She found these two ads for face creams that will supposedly help you look younger.ย  (I could easily go into a rant about how much I despise our society’s love for this sort of thing, but I’ll spare you.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, here’s what Grace had to say about the two ads she chose:

The brands OLAY and Origins each have an ad for anti-aging cream in a magazine. Both of these ads make their products sound scientifically advanced, using micro-sculpting technology for OLAY and raspberry plant stem cells for Origins. Also, they both have the bottle of cream in the picture to let you know what to look for in the store.


Origins seems to lean toward a bright, natural feel, telling you that nothing can actually erase wrinkles, but their cream uses natural ingredients to help your skin stay healthy while making you feel good about yourself. OLAY presents a flashy, modern feel, telling you that their cream uses the latest technology and ingredients to make you look younger fast.


Also, OLAY focuses your attention on a model, practically telling you that if you buy their cream, you will end up looking beautifully young, like her. They don’t have very many words, so that they won’t distract you from the picture-perfect user. Origins has no model, and focuses your attention toward the small paragraph they have about the cream. They use statistics to tell you that lots of people use their cream. They also tell you, honestly, that their product won’t erase your wrinkles right away. They say that their cream actually protects your skin, making you look and feel younger.


In conclusion, OLAY says their cream makes you look younger, and Origins says their cream makes you feel younger. Which cream would you choose?



Rest in Peace, Little Rue


We are sad to report that our second mouse has gone on to mouse heaven. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  Rue was a sweet, fantastic pet, but she had been in bad health for quite some time.ย  We’ll have a small funeral for her this evening and bury her next to her buddy, Katniss.

Sorry for the fuzzy's hard to get a mouse to pose.

Sorry for the fuzzy picture…it’s hard to get a mouse to pose.

Blogging Differently


Life is getting pretty hectic in these parts.ย  Hectic in some pretty awesome ways, but hectic nonetheless. Due to our super-crazy busy lives, we’re going to start blogging a little differently.

We’re actually planning to update the blog more frequently than we have been, but with shorter posts and more pictures…like micro blogging or some such thing.ย  Of course, we’ll still include Grace’s writing and stories, but we’ll be dropping the “What We’re Up To” and “The Week in Pictures” and whatnot.ย  Instead we’ll be focusing on what Grace is reading and posting pictures more often (but fewer at a time).

We hope you’ll stick with us through the changes! ๐Ÿ˜€

And please don’t forget that Grace is still raising money for St. Jude’s … she’s doing a great job practicing math with her Mathathon.ย  We’d love your support in helping Grace reach her goal of raising $250 for this great cause.

Mathathon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


Grace is raising money for children’s cancer research and practicing her math skills…but she needs your help!

St. Jude’s is an awesome organization that has helped make tremendous progress in the treatment of children’s cancers.ย  As if that weren’t enough, they treat patients regardless of financial situation…without sending huge, scary bills to add to the stress of it all.

Grace is aiming to raise $250.00, and she just knows that some of our fabulous readers want to help out!ย  All you have to do is click this link to go to her little web page for raising funds.ย  You can also click on the banner at the top of this post.ย  Once there, click the orange “Donate Now” in the upper right corner, and you’re on your way to helping a fabulous establishment.ย  (We’ve also included a button/link over there on the right side of our blog.)

And Grace promises to complete every math problem put in front of her for the Mathathon! ๐Ÿ˜€

One more thing!ย  Don’t have a lot of money for donations?ย  We understand…we don’t either. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  But we do want you to know that every little bit helps.ย  Even donations of $1.00 are fabulous and appreciated. ๐Ÿ˜€

What We’re Up To


After almost two weeks off, we’re back to full-speed-ahead style school. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Here’s what we’re up to this week…

Language Arts:ย  Grace has started reading Ender’s Game this week…she’s also testing out a Nerd in the Brain literature guide to go along with the book.ย  She’s just getting started on a compare and contrast writing unit.ย  Of course, grammar is also in the line up.

Math:ย  We’re still working on charts and graphs this week.ย  We may finish up the topics in this area and move to statistics before the end of this week.ย  As always, we’ll also be playing some games and practicing with XtraMath.ย  Grace will also be doing some math for fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but we’ll post more about that in just a few minutes.

Science:ย  We will carry on with Middle School Chemistry and begin a new unit on life science.

Social Studies:ย  We have finished up all of our ancient Greece resources, and we’re moving on to ancient Celtic, Roman, and Viking cultures.ย  We’ll start with a focus on ancient Rome with History Pockets and Hands on History.

Grace’s Choice:ย  Who knows what she’ll choose?ย  Right now she’s watching a documentary series about oceans for fun…she’s not showing any signs of stopping in the near future. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Field Trips:ย  Grace has a science class at the Science Center this week.ย  Other than that, our field trips will likely be taking place in our back yard. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a fantastic week!

The Week(s) in Pictures


And we’re back to blogging!ย  Grace had a fantastic visit with Grandma, but we’re back to all of that pesky school stuff tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are a few pictures from the past couple of weeks: