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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
L.E.N.S. Photo Challenge *Summer Treat ~Winners!
So glad you joined up with us this week!  Loved the different takes on *Summer Treats!  Most centered on enjoying food, but we had a few treats from nature, also :)

Here are the photos that really stood out to me this week:

1) Our Peculiar Lives

I love the vibrant colors of the peach, the softness, and how tight she cropped this shot.  His little, soft boy hands are so sweet, too.

2) Janet Rose

You can just taste how cold and refreshing this treat is on a hot day.  Love the bright colors on his shirt!

Thank you everyone for playing!
I hope you will join us on Saturday when the challenge will be:

the view from here


posted at 11:56 PM

Planet Jenn ~OC Fair edition
Goodness, I haven't done much blogging lately, but I've been busy doing a lot of living!  ...and just hanging...reading...whatnot....

oh the places I've gone and the things I've been doing when not here on the ole' blawg...

Who's the biggest loser now, Jenn??

The Home crew went to the Orange County Fair.  It's tradition!!

Sky entered a wood-working project for the very 1st time.  It was a console cabinet for the
flat screen t.v.  We were so excited to see if he won a ribbon.  And, he did!!
He won an honorable mention :)

Josie entered her wood burning project.  It's not the sun in the photo, but it is laying down next to her, looks like a log.  She won a blue ribbon! 


Here's a closer photo of her entry, back when she was working on it....

Dragons. She is an artist, even with wood!

The fair is a family tradition for us.  Sadly, we go mostly for the food.  And to look around at neat stuff...and to people-watch.

 I'm embarrassed for you all, Orange County...

This shocked me.  People were sitting in chairs having their teeth whitened.  Sitting there in the middle of this big exhibit room, with something propping their mouths open, for all the world to see. Has our society lost all sense of dignity??  I think the answer is yes.
Lucky for us, I had my iphone handy to catch all the scandal. 

We ate:  Greek Gyros.  Chicken strips. Fries.  Corn dogs. Beef steak sandwiches.  Funnel cake. Chocolate drizzled popcorn (which I'm pigging out on in the top photo...) I have to admit, no vegetables were consumed.  Usually we have the roasted corn, but we peetered out. I did have a chocolate frozen banana- I'm all about healthy eating...

So lovelies, what have you been up to this Summer?? 

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Monday, July 25, 2011
Vote for Pedro
Here's my shameless pitch.  Bloggy best-y friends, would you hop over to the Circle of Moms site and vote for my lil ol' blog for Top 25 So. Ca blogs?  Because, I have a blog...and I'm in So. Ca...and I'm a mom, and I'd love to be included with the best... it would almost be as good as chocolate. Okay, I lied, it would actually be better!

You can click the link here *Circle of Moms top 25 So. Ca Blogs  or you can click the little pink button on my sidebar.

While you are there, give my friend, Caffeinated OC Mommy a vote too!  Her blog is kind of new, and very large on over, you'll have a good time!

You can vote once a day till August 11th!


posted at 8:28 PM

Sunday, July 24, 2011
awesomeness on the internet
Here's stuff I visit when I'm not here blogging..somehow surfing takes up less energy/brain power... :)

{Number 10 on this list says it brilliantly, one of those "I wish I wrote that" moments...}

10. "...J.K. Rowling took an enormous risk, gambling the climax of her epic series on her ability to build up Snape’s ambiguity to a screaming point and then pull off an unspoiled reveal at the end. And what do we see when all is revealed? A vision of love so white-hot that it dazzles....


posted at 12:22 AM

Saturday, July 23, 2011
L.E.N.S. Photo Challenge ~Summer treat

Welcome to the LEarning Never Stops Photo Challenge.

This week's theme is   ~Summer Treat. 

Linky will close 10 p.m. Monday night, 2 winners will be chosen/displayed on Tuesday night.  Please link to your entry page, not your main blog page.  Photo sharing sites are welome, please visit around to be neighborly :)


posted at 5:37 PM

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
L.E.N.S. Photo Challenge ~You are my sunshine *WINNERS!
I loved looking at all the photos for this challenge.  I say almost every week that it is hard to chose just two, but this week it was really hard to narrow it down to just two picks. 

Here are the picks for this week:

1) The Missionary Mama

I can see why this little guy is her sunshine!  This photo has so much personality, and  I love how her subject is in the forefront, grabbing our eye. 

2) A Meg Moment

A fun action shot.  I love the beautiful scenery, and how she caught the swing of the subject's hair, and the golden sunlight bouncing off her hair.  Wonderful shot!

Thank you everyone for playing with us!  We had some new participants this week, I enjoyed getting to know you a bit on your blogs :) 

I hope you will join us on Saturday, when the challenge will be:

{Summer Treat}


posted at 11:55 PM

Monday, July 18, 2011
Summertime learning- Magic Tree house passports & more...

I'm sharing today over at The Homeschool Village about sneaking some learning in during the Summer. Have you heard of the Magic Tree House Passport Program?  Check it out, and inspire your children to read!

So, bloggy friends, do you have a deep-seated need/compulsion to keep the learning happening even during the Summer? Or, do you give your kids and yourself a much needed break?  Or, do you do a light schedule with lots of down-time? 

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At Home
Who we are: Jenny & Sky, Meg 14, Josie 12, Demi-Sky 9, Amie 7,Bonus Student Teddy 9. Who is with us; 4 hens, a cat named Oliver and Emma the Labradoodle. Why "home is where you start from"? -because as a homeschool family our adventures and dreams all begin and end at home. This year we are schooling 2nd grade, 4th grade, 7th grade and 9th grade. Who we will become: changed from something normal into something beautiful.

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A spacious place
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Augustus Caesar's World
Story of the World vol.1
The Ides of April
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Favorite Poems old and new
Children's Bible Field guide
Story of the World vol.1
Usborne Encyclopedia of world history
Mystery of the Roman Ransom
The Trojan War
Favorite poems old and new
*Aloud to Demi,Amie& Teddy
The Awesome book of Bible facts
Usborne book of World History
Window on the World
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Beginner's Bible
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