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Chromosome Painting & Unexpected Heritage

I am completely fascinated with family history, DNA, and ancestry. It dawned on me once that little pieces of our ancestors are all inside of us, making up who we are today. Whether you believe in cellular memory, or simply evolutionary changes, either way the experiences of our ancestors shaped who we are today in some fashion. Not to mention culture–the culture of families that has been passed down through many generations, folk lore, physical traits. Who were these people? Why...

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Plexus: Day 2!

This afternoon I had so much energy!! I usually drag through the afternoon, drink several Cokes, and feel crappy. Not today though. It’s day two of the pink drink, so I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or what. I built an 8×8 foot garden bed in my backyard this afternoon. I took the kids to the store and got some basic supplies–landscaping cedar boards that were 8 ft. long, giant nails to stake them into the ground, and a bunch...

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Pre-Easter Fun!

Last weekend was our neighborhood egg hunt. We’ve never lived here at Easter before, so I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Egg hunts back in Kentucky kind of sucked–all the ones we went to were like frantic egg grabs, parents encouraging their kids to take as many eggs as possible, little kids crying, some kids with no eggs and other kids loaded down. After three years in a row of horrible egg hunt experiences I was leary of taking my...

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The Great Plexus Experiment.

Alright. I decided to just go for it. Against the whisperings of all my own cynical and skeptical judgmental thoughts I pulled the trigger. I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t hesitate for like three hours and then come back to it. I signed up for Plexus. Yeah, I did it. Here’s my reasoning, because if you know me you know I never do anything without over analyzing it and researching the hell out of it, then obsessing over...

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More Disney!

We went to Epcot for one of our days at the Disney parks. Traditionally Epcot has been my favorite of all the parks, but this was the first time I’ve ever tried to go with little kids. Let’s just say it was not nearly as fun to visit all the countries with little ones in tow… And at one point Henry accidentally peed on his shirt in the bathroom, which meant I had to take his shirt off. As luck would...

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!

I’m still trying to catch up on our vacation pictures and videos! We had such a great time. Did I mention that? On Tuesday of our vacation week we went to Universal Orlando to check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. SO EXCITING! I never thought I would be able to go there. Ever. A friend had connections who got us free Universal tickets. How awesome is that? My parents watched Ada and Henry back at the rental house so...

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Here to Help Learning: A Writing Program Review!

For the past few weeks we’ve been working on language arts with a program called Here to Help Learning.   The program is entirely online and consists of streaming videos and print-outs. It’s for multiple ages–there are three different Flight paths to choose from, and you can choose to do paragraph writing for younger children or essay writing for older children. Paragraph writing is intended for grades 1-3. Essay writing is intended for grades 4-6. Rosie is doing paragraph writing because...

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We’re Home! (Disney Videos!)

We made it back from Orlando yesterday afternoon. Henry was wild on the flight home. I think he was just exhausted from the entire week. He was also upset to leave my parents. :( We had a great week! The kids loved Disney World. The first day (Sunday) we went to Magic Kingdom. It was so crowded. Oh my gosh. We could barely even walk!! I thought this was supposed to be the off season! I expected it to be more...

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New Glasses!

I have a lot to write, but I’m dead tired at the moment. But I wanted to go ahead and post this– Rosie got new glasses AND she got two teeth pulled yesterday! Before I fall asleep I also wanted to add a huge thank you for everyone who contributed to Vladik’s hosting fees (previous entry). I’ll post an updated grid soon. I’m working on uploading our vlog from today. We had a big surprise this afternoon! I’ll post it tomorrow....

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Today, GO!

I am designating today as Clean Up the House Day. No school. Just cleaning. Because I am stuck in the doldrums of mid February, and my house has become a pit of random toys and disorganized clothing. Friends, it’s time to fight back and slay the clutter beast! Or at least shove all the clutter into a corner of the basement. (Just keeping it real here.) We shall fold the clean laundry mountain and rewash the mildewing towels in the washing...