Archive for October, 2007

Manners-Tamara films, Tabitha directs

The cousins didn’t know they’d be getting a lesson on manners from Miss Manners herself.  What a treat!


Science – Magnetism

We’ve been plowing through a book of experiments on magnetism. The girls have done about 10 different hands on tasks. Here is an example of a few.

Yes. French bread and salad go good with science experiments. Moses is just a bit concerned.

Aren’t the illustrations just darling?

Serious attention to detail.

Results of the next experiment. Once the compass was completed, then they used it to map out the room to scale. Each corner of the room was recorded (live) for positioning (e.g., corner A = SSW). Then the “map” was checked for the same exactitude.

Recording the results.

Not recording the results.

Slicing through numbers and Tough days

Math has been thrilling this year.  In the past, I’ve done spelling.  Math wasn’t even a factor.  I gotta admit, math is way more fun!  Though we only have 4 days of school, each child is either just ahead of the pace or far out stretching their classmates at BCS.  Just today we took tests and everyone passed in flying colors: 93%, 99%, and 98%.

All this doesn’t mean that there aren’t difficulties.  There are.  We get tired and frustrated.  Math can be a bear, especially since we do it at 7:45 in the morning (usually).  But with some patience and perseverance, we all progress further down the road…even on the tough days.

Pflugerville Lake Video

Throwing rocks. Just listen to that.

Big Bend – Days 1.5 through 5

I can’t really fit all the rest of the stories into 1 post. Hopefully, my precious girls and Judah will help to do this over this week in their own blogs.

We’re off. Bye Dad! (Chill. Dad is trying to add a few days to the life of the van! And this gets a lot better mileage.)

Are you crapin’ me negative?

I guess not. The might Rio Pecos!

Spanning the Pecos. (Uncle Bob would have been in heaven.)

Careful there little missy! Judge Roy Bean is one of the most renown far west figures of the early 20th century. This is his actual courtroom and saloon. Gives a new meaning to the phrase “Belly up to the Bar”.


And here we are…finally!

Our first sight of real Texas Mountains, the Chisos.

To get to the lodge, we twist around the edge and up into those mountains. This is just one of the many majestic peaks within the range.

From the porch of our room. Mama mia!

“The Window” is the gap in the mountains where the Chisos drains its run-off. The drop off into the desert floor is hundreds of feet.

Off to hike “the window trail”.

We found a few of our little friends along the way.

The “Mule Ears”.

Do you think we could stand in the shade, cause I don’t think I want to swim. (The Rio Grande)

Most of these are bear tracks, but that’s as close as we got to one. Shucks! Papa was gunning for a mountain lion!

More Rio Grande

Out of the mountains. Across the desert. Over the horizon. Through the window. (Thanks Charity!)

We’re ready…

…well, maybe not!

Papa made it out, but just barely.

If that’s the window, I wonder what the door looks like!

Great photo!

Here comes the sun. Here goes the Crew. Bye Big Bend!

For all the Big Bend National Park photos, click here.

Big Bend – Day 1 and 1.5

Like most of the Field Trips, everyone’s going except dad. Even Mimi and Papa (Tam’s folks) are going! They met up in Pearsall to spend Wednesday evening. The Crew got there early to play with cousins, Joseph and Jacob, and to see Joseph’s new baby hogs. (Pictures to be posted later.) If things go well, as it did last year, Joseph will show them in next Frio County 4H Livestock Show.

At this point, I’ve received 4 phone calls from the Crew en route. The cell phone signal is sketchy at best and have been cut off each time. The first from Tabitha, “Dad, I’m a little tired of driving all….” The second was from a Milton notifying me of all phone numbers and those of the lodge to be forwarded once they arrived.

The third from Sanderson, Texas where they lunched. At the local Dairy King [Yes, I got the name right. No, the owner, I suppose, is blissfully protected due to his remote location and unaware of the fact that only cows=queens actually give milk=dairy], a young child struck up a conversation with the Crew, obviously starved for social interaction (again due to his remote location). When asked about his schooling he declares “those school folks is all crooked. Mama says they just ain’t right. And you know, they don’t likes me much on account of the fact I’m gonna be in law enforcement round here. They’re obviously a bit scared o’ me.  So, how long are you in for?” I suppose he was asking about the trip and not a future incarceration. Tamara said he was about 5 years old.  Also, at this location, a local Pest Control service was advertising their ability to rid your property of skunks, beavers, cougars, and coyotes. Wished I had a picture of that ad.

The fourth was from Papa’s satellite car phone saying that they had just crossed into Big Bend.

I don’t like being left out. So much fun to be had. So many new experiences.