Sunday, October 28, 2007

The shed

Yesterday Stan, with the help of a few friends and the kids, rebuilt the shed. Before it had a wood and pvc (on the roof) frame and was covered with plastic. It looked something like a greenhouse. With the high winds we have here, we had to replace the plastic 3 times in the last year. He decided it was time to replace the plastic with something more solid.

They started at 9am and by 5pm they had a complete shed with metal siding and shingled roof. That should hold up to the winds this winter :) The friends that came started calling Stan a master scrounger--we paid $25 for all the materials that we bought (some of the plywood). All the rest of the materials he found used for free (roofing nails, felt, shingles, plywood, 2x4's, metal siding...). It came from freecycle, burn piles, and a friend of ours with a roofing company. The roof is in 4 different colors of shingles (they were leftovers) but it's solid. It's amazing what you can find when you start looking around.

Stephen and Shane used this for a project for the Family Life merit badge. It fit right in at the right time.

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Day in the Life of a Home School Student

Here's a cute homeschool project I came across:

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Boffer War

Here is a video from our first hsing Boffer War (last Friday) that one of the dads filmed.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Missoula Children's Theatre

Jessi, Jacob, Joseph, and Sarah had auditions to be in The Pied Piper this morning. Jessi is Council Member #1 (the town council), Jacob is a Townskid, and Sarah and Joseph are Rats.

They will have practice everyday this week from 10am until 2:30 pm. The performances are Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm.

Our homeschool group brings in Missoula Children's Theatre twice a year. Hopefully we will be able to participate in the Spring also. Here is a description of what Missoula Children's Theatre does. And here is how it all was started.

Friday, October 12, 2007


Shane has discovered the wonderful world of boffer fighting. Here is a picture I found of some men having a battle (no one I know) .

They take pvc pipe and cover it with swimming noodles or pipe insulation. Then they cover the whole thing with duct tape. Here is picture of just weapons.

Shane was sssooo excited about the whole thing that he decided to start a medieval war group with our local homeschoolers and see how many show up. Today was the first meeting (at the park since it was warm). We had about 20 kids, which is pretty good for our little town. They all had fun, we had no major injuries and everyone wants to do it again . We decided to meet once a month at the civic center gym to war some more :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

I'm baaaack....

Yesterday was my last day of work :) The first three weeks I worked outside, but the last two days I worked in the seed room. I found that I am definitely allergic to barley. I was supposed to work through the end of the week, but couldn't take being in the seed room anymore.

Today we are going to go over what the kids got done for schoolwork and clean house. Both deteriorated considerably in the last week or so.

Stan brought home some black wheat a while ago for Jacob to sell at the farmer's market. He didn't get it ready in time for the farmer's market though. Last night he took a couple of bundles to our local grocery store to see if he could sell them there...They said he could! They are going to take 30 bundles and sell them for $2.50, then Jacob gets $2.00 for every one that sells. I need to find a ledger book for him now to keep track of his business.