Ant Colony – Part 1

For Christmas last year, Isabel got a gel ant farm for a gift and the company where you get the ants from doesn’t ship in winter. So we had to wait 6 months for the idle temperature.

I ordered the ants and we got them last night, and her little colony has been busy during the night.

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They have already begun to add tunnels to the starter holes we put in before the ants were added to the colony.

The green gel is supposed to sustain the ants inside. So we’ll see how that goes.
Right now she has about 30 ants with what appears to be 2 queens.

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The base of her colony lights (with batteries or an adapter) up so you can really see the
tunnels as the ants dig.

Sweet Dreams

Our baby girl sleeps…

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord,
make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8

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“When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down,
and thy sleep shall be sweet.” – Proverbs 3:24

Making Her Own

Isabel surprised me with how tall she has gotten and today was one of those days.

I was busy cleaning and she asked me a few times to eat lunch. I kept agreeing with her to eat but saw something else that needed to be done and would get side tracked.

She eventually got hungry enough she went make her own lunch! (Which got me to stop and eat as well!)

She’s a growing girl!


She got out all the items she needed to make her PB&J!
She’s growing!

First Grade: Day 179 – Graduation

Nothing more needs to be said about first grade because it’s over!


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Last day of school with Daddy.

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Last day of school with Mommy.

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Teacher Mrs. B telling us what we already know… Isabel is a great kid!
Awarded in academics, rising reader 2 with A.R., reading and spelling, Bible verses
and her Character Trait.

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Superior Academics Award.
This would be the equivalent of Honor Roll or straight A’s.

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Teacher Mrs. B gave Isabel a special award (never given before) for learning all her Bible verses throughout the year and getting 100% on the test!

“With my whole heart have I sought thee; O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.” – Psalm 119:10-12

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Character Trait Award: Thoroughness.
( I didn’t catch all the Teacher Mrs. B said; I should have been video recording!)

1. extremely careful: extremely careful to include everything that is needed.
2. done fully: complete in every detail and carried out with care.
3. absolute: being so to the fullest extent or in the truest sense of the word.

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Rising Reader 2 award and reading and spelling academic achievement!

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Her diploma!
She got one from the school and one from Teacher Mrs. B.

She’s headed to second grade!!

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She’s done a lot of growing this year and continues to surprise us with her beautiful spirit. We pray that as she keeps heading down her path in life that she will draw close to Jesus and let him lead her down the path. As the theme verse for the school year states…

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30

In and through Him will she only find the answers to all her questions. She only needs to slow down and listen. Have a great summer!

First Grade: Day 178 – Field Day

It’s Marvelous Monday!

Today was FIELD DAY at school. A day to get outside and play games with your classmates!


Each student was selected to be on a team; red, white or blue. Can you tell what team Isabel is on?

Each class routed through 6 different relay games and points were award for whichever team won in each class. After every class went through each game, the points for each team from each class was added together to get the winner. The white team won first place, the blue team won second and red won third.

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The days events were written on the chalk board in class.
Sounds interesting…

Before heading outside to the games, we had lunch together in the classroom.


Game 1: Day at the beach:

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At the start line run down, carrying a beach chair and beach bag.
Set up beach chair, put on sunglasses (in bag), cover yourself with beach towel (in bag)
and “read” beach magazine (in bag).
Put items back in bag, fold up chair and then race back to start and hand items to next person in line.


Game 2: Pizza box race:

2013-06-17 014_edited-1Carry a stack of (empty) pizza boxes to the finish, leave one box, run back with remaining boxes and hand to next person. The game ends when all the boxes are at the other end. The class did this game twice. Isabel’s team won this game.


Game 3: Plunger challenge:

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Carry a plunger with a ball on top to the finish, run around plunger finish and run back to start.
Hand plunge “torch” to next person in line. The class did this race several times.
(if the ball falls off you had to start over!)
Isabel’s team won this game too.


Game 4: Marble toes:

2013-06-17 020_edited-1Run down to the pool and grab a marble with your toes. Place it in the bucket, run back and the person goes. Isabel got to be first for this game and everyone enjoyed this one the best.

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Isabel is great with her toes!
She got the large marble (worth 5 points) the first try!


Game 5: Potato race:

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Get your potato down and around the cone and back again.

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Working hard on getting it back to the start.
Her team didn’t do so well on this game, but they all had fun.


Game 6: Ping pony relay:

2013-06-17 037_edited-1Walk down (forward) to the finish with a ping pong ball on a spoon. Walk around a cone and back to start. Isabel’s team won this game.

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Isabel making her way backward to the finish line!
The class did this relay forward and backward!


Game 7: SNOW CONES!!!

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A warm day calls for a snow cone!


Isabel and I eating our snow cones.
(photo from the school – not my photo!)



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Blue team got second place over all!
Way to go!


Fathers Day 2013

Today we celebrate all our Dads and all the wonderful things they do for us.
Thank you Dads!


“Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It is not rude,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.
Love never fail.”
– I Corinthians 13:4-8a


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Isabel with her Daddy!

2013-06-16 097_edited-1Daisy with her human dad.
She had to get a quick kiss!

First Grade: Day 177

Today is Fantastic Friday!

Today is the last full academic day of school and it was filled with tests in the morning and with a classroom year end pizza/ice cream party in the afternoon!

There was a phonograms, spelling and Bible test. Isabel got 100% on all three tests!

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Phonogram test on the left and spelling test on the right.

2013-06-17 006_edited-1Bible test with the school theme verse for the year.

Other Classwork…

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Front: borrowing numbers and then color the serpent.

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Back: borrow numbers and then coloring the winning boat.

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Front: 5’s in the ten’s place and 2’s in the one’s place.

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First Grade: Day 176 – Field Trip: Zoo

Today is Thankful Thursday and it’s P.E. with Mrs. S.

Today’s P.E. class was cancelled due to…


I have been waiting for this day since I found out that I was able to attend! It’s my first field trip with Isabel and her class all year! It was a great day; it started out with a whole lot of rain but when it was time to head to the zoo the clouds began to clear up and the sky began to turn blue! Enjoy!

I didn’t get many pictures because I had to keep an eye on my 3 kids!

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At the new stingray cove with Atlantic, blue spotted and yellow stingrays.

Isabel finally touched one after I did! She didn’t want to leave after that, so we came back again before we finally left the zoo. Not what you expect when you touch a stingray, feels like jell-o or jelly in a jar.

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Enjoying watching some big fish.

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I thought these were pretty but I didn’t get their name.

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Reaching out and touching Puget sound creatures in the discovery center.
We came back here for another round of touching.

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Sumatran tiger.

We got to see the new Sumatran tiger cub, Kali born in April 2013. In another area were Berani (burr-rani) and Dumai (doo-my) born days apart in August of 2012.

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Isabel, Maliyah and Tyler.
My 3 kids. They were great!

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White Falcon.

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Australian Budgie buddies.

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2013-06-13 019_edited-1Meerkats.
The meerkats had kits (5) born on March 18th (not pictured here).
The meerkats were fun to watch, until they all got sleepy.