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New Bibles – Wordless Wednesday

Our Bibles were getting ratty and worn so it was time to buy new Bibles for just about everyone.

 
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Sour Dough Starter From a Friend

February 2014

 

I have been wanting to try sour dough for awhile because it is one of Sean’s favorite breads to use when making hot sandwiches.  I tried to make my own starter and had no success.  My friend Jo Ann offered to send me some so of course, I took her up on it.  She send it frozen and it arrived in the mail 2 days later.

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Look at the beautiful goodness.

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My beautiful, assistant, Olivia, poured the starter in the jar.  It was roughly one cup of starter.

 

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We measured out one cup of flour and one cup of warm water to add to the starter.

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She is licking her lips and we have not even baked any bread yet.

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Mixing it all together, but not too much mixing.

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I put the cover on loosely.  I let it sit for a day and then got rid of half of it and added equal parts of flour and water.  I continued the process for one week.  Then I started making things with the sour dough starter, including bread, donuts and brownies.

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The donuts were excellent and I will share our results next month.  The brownies were horrible.  I also froze a bit of the starter in case mine failed at any point in time.

 

Susan

And Then He Turned 16

Every good birthday starts with a hearty breakfast full of meat, eggs and hash browns.
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Too big to lay down anymore, he is way taller than his blanket.
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I just love this pictures.
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Nice head shot.  Can you see his whiskers?  Crazy how time flies.
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Uncle Ted came over to bring a gift every 16 year old needs.  No, not a car, an electric razor.
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Licking the cake batter.
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He even shares with his siblings.
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Birthdays wear Elianna out, even when it is not her birthday.
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Pioneer Woman’s Man Sandwiches.  Seriously, what could be better than a sandwich full of meat and cheese and meat?
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Everyone enjoyed the feast of chips, dip, soda and sandwiches.
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I often tease Thomas that he will never be too old to sit on my lap, here we are, proving it to him.
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Present time.  His own bag of salt and vinegar chips.
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Levi thinks Thomas got a movie that should be his.
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And a bag of Kit Kats, just trying to put some weight on his body.
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Girlies waiting on the couch, hoping Thomas shares his treats with us.
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Nathan giving Levi a free ride by throwing him up in the air.
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Of course, Levi loves it.
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Levi wanting to be right where the action is.
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All the gifts.
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Drinking leftover soda after all the other kidlets were in bed.
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We waited until the next day to have cake and ice cream.  We were all still full from supper.
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Happy, Happy Sweet 16th, Thomas.
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It was  a wonderful and fun filled Day.  Happy Birthday Thomas, I hope you continue to grow in the Lord and in wisdom and stature .

 

Susan

My Story Theater – Kiwi Crate #6

November 2013

An oldie but a goodie, the Movie Theater Kit.  Caleb and Elianna and their helpers colored in the cartoon strip and the stickers to create their own unique story.

 

 

 

Lots of options for stickers to add to the story board.

 

Those don’t look like Elianna’s hands.

 

 

Caleb does a good job supervising.

 

This was a fun craft to do because it did not make a big mess and more than one child could do it at the same time.  These are fun craft projects.

 

Susan

 

 

The Marine Museum – Leaving DC – Tuesday – Pt. 3

February 11, 2014

 

On the way home from DC, we stopped at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
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Here we are at the very modern looking entrance.  Some were very excited about seeing the exhibits.

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In the entry foyer they had a number of military vehicles including several planes which were hanging from the ceiling.  We went up the catwalk and took some cool pictures.

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A view from above.

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The museum was divided by different time periods from the Revolutionary War to modern times.  Here is a peek at several of the exhibits.

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Here is the exhibit that mimics what a recruit goes through once they get on the bus to leave for bootcamp.  It was fun to have Ted along with us to see how accurate it was.
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Nathan trying to lift a “full” weight marine backpack.  It was heavy.

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There were lots of interactive exhibits.  Here you could listen to former Marines talk about their time in the Marines.  Elianna just thought it was cool to talk on the phone.

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I think this is a display of bunks from a Marine ship in the Revolutionary War time period.

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Several painting picturing the history of the Marine Corps.

 

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A Civil War period uniform.

 

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The kidlets taking a break.  It was a lot of walking.

 

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Levi didn’t mind all the walking!

 

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A recreation of a battle.  I think it may have been from the Spanish-American War.

 

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Olivia is all dressed up and ready to fight for her country.  (To all my germ-a-phobia friends, I did have a fleeting thought that we would bring lice home with us.)

 

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Miriam enjoys trying on a hat.

 

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Olivia and Elianna enjoying the museum.

 

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What life was like during WWII.  The entire reason I took this picture was the radio instead of TV or computer for information and the lamp with the attached ashtray.  Priceless relics that the kidlets needed to see again and again.

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The kidlets unloading from a model of a troop transport.  Caleb is having a blast!

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Now it’s Elianna’s turn!

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The Marine Corp Museum was a wonderful experience for the family.  It is really well done and definitely worth going to see if you are in the Washington DC area.  It was a great way to finish our trip to DC.  This was by far my favorite museum that we saw during our trip.

 

Susan

 

Susan

Departing DC – Tuesday – Pt. 2

February 11, 2014

 

Just before we left DC we needed to take a picture in front of the wonderful house we stayed in on Barack’s Row.  It was a lovely row house that had original hardwood floors and more tv’s than the kidlets have ever seen in one house.  It was great staying in a residential area.
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Wide shot.

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Close up.

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Silly

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It was such a tiring and fun few days in the Nation’s Capital.

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The Pentagon.  I was a bit surprised how it was right off the roadway, yet looks fully secure.

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Seriously close to the road.

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Very secure.
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Arlington National Cemetery.  We would have liked to make the trip out there, but time just did not allow for it.
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I know there is more I should write, but I just cannot think of anything.  Until next time.

 

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sing Unto the Lord – Thankful Thursday

It was a day, just like any other day, normal, nondescript.  We were traveling, somewhere, the girls and I.  The weather was peaceful.  We were listening to music, not an uncommon occurrence while driving in the van.  The next thing I hear is some loud singing from the back of the van.  It was not like typical singing, it was more immature than that.  I asked the girl sitting in the shotgun position if that was Elianna singing and sure enough, it was.  Here Elianna is singing, with all of her heart, unto the Lord, praises to Him.  The other girls were singing, too, but her voice was the one that caught my attention.  It blessed my heart.  She did not care who was listening or whether the notes were perfect, she was just singing.  Thank you Lord for the little blessing of the day given to me through my child.

 

 

Now the comical part, because it was so cute, I had my shot gunner try to get a video of it, but Elianna would have nothing to do with it, even with the encouragement of her sisters, she was not going to sing again for the camera.  Oh well, I have the memory in my heart forever.

 

Susan

Violins – (Somewhat) Wordless Wednesday

Miriam has wanted to learn violin for years.  Every year we try to “invest” in some bigger things with out tax return.  This year it was a group of violins and a couple of mandolins.  We had great success at a second hand music store.  We were able to purchase a 1/4, 1/2 and 2 full size violins.

 

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Here the girls are learning how to hold the bow and the violins. Miriam definitely has the best bow hold.  It is very natural and relaxed in her hand.  I think part of it is the pure joy of doing it and not worrying about being perfect.

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Yes, there is joy.

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At this point and time, we only had one full size, so the big girls had to share one.  That was fun.

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I wish I had video, but I don’t.  We are learning very slowly, using the “Online Piano Tutor” who is from England and has some great violin lessons on YouTube.

 

Until Next time,

 

Susan

Wordless Wednesday – Snow in February

 
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Susan

Congress and The Library of Congress – DC – Tuesday – Pt. 1

February 11, 2014

 

Today you will see those inexpensive shirts we bought outside the Smithsonian modeled by some of the kidlets.   Tuesday morning, Sean and Ted took 6 of the kidlets to see Congress in “action”.  I say “action” because they were seriously debating and discussing such trivial things.  One would think with the economy the way it is and the unrest across the world there would be more important things to discuss.  But alas, politicians don’t live in the real world, they live in their own little bubbles with little real life experience day to day what it means to be a normal person in the United States.

 

Any who, back to the topic at hand.  Bethany was sick, so I stayed home with her and Levi and Elianna and we packed up the house while they went to Congress and the Library of Congress.

 

Olivia and Miriam.
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Abigail, not wanting her picture taken, but look at those beautiful marble walls.

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Sean, Thomas and Caleb waiting patiently to be able to head in and see the action.  They were unable to take pictures in the House and Senate chambers.  Caleb, only 5, was not allowed in the Senate, only the House.  Funny because Sean said he would have been more respectful than some of the other adults that were in there observing the proceedings.

 

 

They said the Senate chamber was much smaller than they thought it would be.

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Then they walked to the Library of Congress, which is actually just across the street from the Capitol Building and connected via an underground passage.

 

Nathan and Caleb with Ted photo bombing.

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Thomas, Sean and Olivia looking at something important.

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I love this pictures.

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Posed?  Maybe.

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Dome above the reading room.

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Reading room.  It looks so formal and cold, that does not mean I would not enjoy spending some time in there.

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View of the Capitol.

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View of the Washington Monument to the left of the Capitol.

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Detailed walls.

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Gutenberg Bible.

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Map, of course.

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Sean said he was going to try to sneak it out, but he was concerned that he might get caught.  Ya think.  (You know he would never seriously consider stealing it.

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Sean was in heaven with all the maps.

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One of the Founding Father’s book.

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It is in great shape for it’s age, at least I think so.

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Boys tired after a long morning of a lot of walking.

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It was a nice wrap up for our last morning in DC.

 

 

Susan