Monday, October 29, 2012

Girl Scout Bridging

On Friday we had our Girl Scout bridging ceramony. We had girls bridging from Daisies to Brownies, as well as from Brownies to Juniors.

Dh took the pics since I am a leader and was participating in the ceramony as well. I was so proud of A and all my Brownies. They did a great job and really enjoyed themselves. It was great to see all the parents and families there to help us celebrate.

What a special night :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall homeschool update

Hello all. I have been meaning to post about what we have been doing lately in school. We have been having a lot of fun and learning a lot along the way.

We are studying earth science this year, and we decided to start off the year by studying mapping. We read about maps, looked at maps of all kinds, and then made our own.

A decided on Town Park for our location, so we headed there and she got to work.
She did a great job, and was so proud of herself.

We also talked explored weather a map of the earth is just the globe spread flat....using and orange of course.
Peeled it....
and doesn't. So then we spoke about how map making has to compensate for the curvature of the earth.
After mapping, we moved on to weather. We have started off studying the atmosphere, air, and pressure.
We have watched several videos from BrainPop (which I can not recommend strongly enough as a resource!)
We did an experiment to see if air has weight which I didn't take pictures of, but that involved a thin rod, 2 balloons and a string. We proved A's hypothesis that it did.

And we studied air pressure, and demonstrated it by the classic egg in the bottle experiment.

As you see, the egg did not fit of course, so it could not go in.
But by changing the pressure inside the bottle by changing the air temperature inside, the egg was forced inside.

A was fascinated as you can tell by her face!

We've been memorizing our multiplication tables in math. And played a fun memory game with the 3 tables the other day. She's also been working on elapsed time word problems, and solving equations with variables.
We are almost finished with explores of the New World in American History, and will be starting early settlements and colonial times in the next few weeks. A and I worked on a posted map of the world. I drew the continents and she colored it. Then she has been adding the routes that each explore took as we read about them. She was fascinated by Hudson's second voyage and how his crew mutinied against him and left him stranded in a small boat off the coast of Canada. I caught her telling DH about it several days later.
For language arts, we have switched curriculum  and A is in love. We are now using 3rd Language Arts: Tracking Down Good Grammar by Winter Promise. A can't wait to use this and dives right in everyday. It was the best money I spent this year. If your looking for something new, I highly recommend it.

And well, we've been reading of course. A always has her nose in a book. She just finished Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, is almost done with Ramona the Pest, just started Ralph S. Mouse, and is in the middle of Pocahontas and The Stranger for history.

Alright, that's a small glimpse into what we have been doing. I am going to try to post more frequent homeschool updates, but sometimes life just gets in the way. 

Have a good night everyone.
PS...there may be's late, I'm tired, and I had to take several of my medicines to get rid of the awful migraine that the weather triggered for me today.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

My Brownie

Well the internet is finally working, so over the next few days I will be showing you what we have been up to lately.

A is a Brownie this year and earned her first two badges last week!

 If your familiar with girl scouting and are scratching your head trying to figure out what the two badges are, it's because they are unique to Alaska. She earned the dog sledding badge and the traditional food badge. She was so proud. Especially of that dog sled one since she is absolutely obsessed with all things dog sledding!
 Our troop has started a recycling project and we are trying to get the word out to people in the town. All the girls worked on posters that will be hung around town.
 Here is A's- The RECYCLE was written by one of the Juniors, but she wrote and decorated the rest.
 This week we had one of the boy scouts come and talk to us about survival skills and fire starting.
One of the wonderful thing about out troop is we meet all together- Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. We break into groups to work on our own things, but often we all share moments like this and it is wonderful to see the older girls sharing their knowledge and helping out younger troop members.

 The girls even wrapped up in an emergency blanket that they all thought was pretty cool.

We've been having lots of fun! Stay tuned tomorrow for what our school weeks have been looking like!
Good night all.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Spotty internet and snow?!

Sorry I have been missing from blogland. The internet has been acting up here. It keeps going out and stays out for hours or days. They say it is because of the position of the sun behind the satellite and that it should be over on the 17th. We shall see. 

I have a ton to update y'all on, but I guess tonight I will start with the big news here. 

The first snow fall of the season. This is what we woke up to this morning and it stayed around for the greater part of the day! 

 A was so excited that she had to throw on a fleece and run outside as soon as she woke up.
 I can't help but get excited at the first snowfall of the season no matter how early it is. I guess it is the southern girl in me who grew up never seeing snow and getting excited at a few flurries LOL.

 Beautiful isn't it?
Hopefully I can post more of what we have been up to tomorrow. For now, goodnight all!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A letter to Katie

I just had to share this adorable letter A wrote to a friend of ours who moved off to college this fall. A and Katie and her brother Donald have always had a special relationship. She loves them both and loves to be around them. She really looks up to Katie and loves that "Katie is a girl who likes worms, and mud, and fish, and all kinds of cool stuff like that."

I know Katie will smile when she recieves this. We mailed it off yesterday. Notice the drawing of Katie and A pushing the broken heart back together. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Duck Season

Today was the opening day of duck season. Dh and his friend headed out and he got his first duck of the season, despite the rain and 50+ gusts of wind.
 A was absolutely fascinated.
 Then came the icky part...luckily dh handled that.
 And A of course was fascinated with the organs. So we need to examine this heart close and it is now in the fridge until tomorrow.
 I don't know where she gets this? A fascination with all things organs....Look at that face. In her hands she holds the heart and some intestines, and she's smiling!
 Now the great hunting dog...she's scared of the little duck. It completely freaked her out, so I guess Bella won't be hunting anytime soon. She jumped away from it and wouldn't come near it again.

Guess we will be having duck soon. 

Night all.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


I just had to share this picture of our little island. This was taken by a local gentleman, Rich Bye. 

I am truly blessed to be surround so totally by God's majesty.
Have a wonderful day everyone!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

101 ways to cook fish #11 and 12= 2 amazing dishes!

As I sit here wheezing, waiting till it is time to do another nebulizer treatment, I thought I would share a few dishes I made last week that turned out amazing. If you have been following along, this is my attempt to find 101 new ways to cook all that fish residing in my freezers and not get tired of it.

Super Easy Salmon Noodle Casserole
3 cups dried egg noodles
2 cups frozen green peas
1 jar Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp dill weed
1 small salmon fillet, cooked and flaked.

2 TBS bread crumbs
1 tsp butter, melted

Boil egg noodles per instructions on package. Add frozen peas in last minute of cooking. Drain noodles and return to pot. Add Alfredo sauce and milk and dill, stirring well. Gently mix in salmon.

Transfer mixture to a greased 8x8 baking dish.

Mix bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle over casserole and bake 25 minutes.

Simple, delicious, and quick.

Amazing Halibut Enchiladas
Oh my goodness....these were amazing. I think they are my favorite dish I have ever made....EVER! Just looking at this pick makes me want to whip up another batch right now even though it is 10pm. This is dish is going into regular rotation at our house and I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine did.
2 lbs of halibut fillets, skin removed
dash of garlic powder, salt, and pepper
1 bunch chopped green onions
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 jalapeno, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
2 cup shredded cheese
2 10oz cans red enchilada sauce
8 large flour tortillas

Season halibut fillets with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Pan fry in a little oil until partially cooked. Chop halibut into bite size pieces.

In a medium bowl, mix mayo, sour cream, bell pepper, green onions, jalapeno, cilantro, and 1 cup cheddar cheese. Gently fold in halibut.

Grease 9x13 baking dish. 

Pour 1/2 can of enchilada sauce in dish. 

Pour 1 can of enchilada sauce in a bowl. Dip each tortilla in sauce, then fill with several spoonfuls of halibut mixture. Roll tortilla up and place in baking dish seam side down.

Repeat for remaining tortillas.

Pour all remaining enchilada sauce over enchiladas. Sprinkle with 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 45 minutes.

Enjoy with a side of Spanish rice and sour cream. Absolutely delicious.

Monday, October 1, 2012


I am sitting listening the wind and rain pound my house, the windows buckling, the house is shaking. It has been pouring and blowing over 50 mph all day. At least today it is just rain. Last week we had sleeting hitting the windows all night...we woke up to this....
 Definitely a bit early

 But that's alright. I have been busy preparing for the winter. I dried some more blueberries and some apples, and even canned some spiced apple rings. I still need to get some apple pie filling canned.
 The good thing is that this cold snap has made the cranberries ripen. A and I went out this weekend and picked a bunch. I only got to two of my patches so I am waiting for the weather to clear so I can get back out there.
 Needless to say, with this weather we have been spending a lot of time indoors. A has been keeping busy. The legos have been pulled out and she has been a happy child.

Night all!