Resurrection Rolls:

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Wow…Tuesdays wear me out!!!  Today has been BUSY and it’s not even over yet!  I don’t have much time to write tonight since I’m heading to Bible study, so here’s a quick overview of today’s  pictures:

Justin helped Brendan review some of the math that he’s been struggling with (I’m sooooooooo thankful that Justin is wiling and able to help, because math is NOT my thing 🙂 ).

We made Resurrection Rolls today :  the marshmallow represents Jesus, the melted butter represents the oils of embalming, the cinnamon/sugar mix represents the spices used to anoint the body, the wrapping of the marshmallow in crescent rolls represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death, and the oven represents the tomb….after the rolls cool, we cut them open and the hollow space (where the marshmallow melted) represents the empty tomb – very cool!!!  If you’re interested in making Resurrection Rolls, you can just do a Google search and find lots of sites with directions.

The kids got to play flag football during P.E. today and I finally got a picture of Brendan since he has started his new coaching position!

We also watched a video about the crucifixion and another from a medical doctor’s perspective of the trauma caused by crucifixion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-EVfxABSoU ).

Leaky Faucets and Life Lessons:

We got back into the swing of things this morning after our glorious four day weekend in the mountains.  Brendan and Ryan are doing great with their memory work from Romans!  We studied skulls for science, learned about the temptation of Jesus in the desert, drew hands for art, had a grammar lesson about homophones, watched a few sections of Drive Thru History, and completed all of the “regular subjects”.  Then God blessed us with a leaky faucet (otherwise known as a “life lesson”) 🙂 !

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For some reason, these little incidents always seem to happen when Justin’s not around.  After Ryan got out of the shower, the water wouldn’t cut off and was trickling out at a pretty good pace.  Well, it was going to be a few hours before Dad would be home (and water’s not free), so I called Brendan in to help, found a video on YouTube, gathered a few tools, put Justin on Face Time so he could see what was going on, and got to work.  It’s pretty cool that you can just Google a video and find out how to fix common household problems – thank goodness for technology!  It was just a broken piece of plastic that can be easily replaced, but it was a great bonding time with Brendan.  I told him that this was his “life skill” lesson of the day and that it was great practice for being a husband someday 🙂 !

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Trick or Treat!

We went up to Staunton this weekend for the annual Halloween Fest at one of our favorite campgrounds. It’s hard to believe, but this was our seventh year!

Shenandoah Family Campground (http://www.campingisfun.com) is owned by a sweet, hard-working family who do a great job of making everybody feel “at home”. For their Halloween themed weekends, the campground offers a donut-on-a-string contest, hayrides, karaoke, site-to-site trick-or-treating, costume contests, and a huge potluck barbeque dinner! Each family brings a side dish and the campground provides paper products, drinks, and delicious barbeque sandwiches. It is like being part of a huge family! There are also cute little rabbits hopping around, a stocked fishing pond, playgrounds, and a beautiful river and waterfall!

It was a little chilly this year, but we had tons of fun anyway!!!

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Look who caught the biggest fish – LOL !!!!

All The Better To See You With:

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Ryan started studying eyes for science yesterday and all I can say is that God’s creation is AMAZING!  So many things take place in our bodies every second, and so many times we take these gifts for granted.  Just to think about what it takes for our eyes to work is mind boggling!   Next time you watch a beautiful sunset, look at a blooming flower, or gaze into your child’s eyes stop and thank God for the incredible gift of sight!