My new Tattoo

Yay! I finally got my orchid tattoo. I guess I’m on the 5 year plan for tattoos, it started when I was 30 with my first tattoo, a fairy on my lower back (before the term tramp stamp existed!) then 5 years later I finally had the fairy colored in and re-outlined since it had been so long. And now, actually 6 years later, I’ve gotten another one. It hurt about as bad as I remembered although the shoulder is not supposed to hurt as bad as the lower back.

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Practice that deep breathing.

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Here’s Beth and my mom enjoying a lollipop while I was being tortured. Dan was taking the pictures BUT he did get sent home since he didn’t wear shoes and the tattoo guys told him that wasn’t safe. Ha! he never listens to me. Luckily we live just across the street so he walked home got his shoes on and came back.

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I LOVE it! Even though it looks a little pink that’s only because it’s a fresh tattoo. When it heels it will be all black and grey. I wish there was a way to keep the subtle pinks it has now but I guess there’s not.

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Dan has his first tattoo scheduled for Sept 1, then mom plans of scheduling hers (well maybe.) I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Cary at Memento Tattoo and Gallery.

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The wood is on the move

Ha! a good portion of the pine tree that had been dropped in our front yard has been moved back to the wood pile (take that you naysayers.) Due to some unpaid debts Daniel has become our indentured servant, during his days off, for the rest of summer. He has a long list of things that need to be done and that wood was moved to the top of the list. I was expecting some complaints about chopping the wood but he actually said he wanted to do that, go figure.

Apparently, Daniel’s idea of chopping wood is actually tearing it apart with his hands. I can just imagine my BFF Melissa saying “homeschooler!” (her favorite response whenever my kids do something dumb, and of course it’s said with love and said quite frequently.)

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He was surprisingly successful with his bizarre methods. He actually split all this wood by his Herculean attempts. Some of it really needs to be split a bit more but it’s a start.

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This piece did not get thrown down, it was crazy heavy. But it was impressive watching him lift it.

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He managed to roll the 6 foot log just a bit…

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but try as might he could not lift it up.

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Dan and Thomas built this totem pole like structure up in the front yard. Can you guess what they’re using it for?

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Yep there’s that throwing ax yet again. It’s been sharpened and is ready to throw.

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I’m so happy this is in the front yard so all the neighbors can watch the kids use a throwing ax.

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A few more photos from the Martinez Lierah’s Lookbook

The talented fashion designer, Martinez Lierah has just released her Fall Winter 2011-2012 lookbook as her debut in fashion. Martinez Lierah’s Fall Winter 2011-2012 Collection featured Bethany Terry as a model ad campaign and photographed by Rainer Torrado. Well, let jump to check out Bethany Terry in Martinez Lierah’s Fall Winter 2011-2012 lookbook bellow:

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Posted by fashionable on July 29th, 2011

The neighbor’s fir tree

You might remember me writing about the neighbors tree that broke in half during the wind storm. Well it is finally time for the remaining tree to be removed. Here’s is the tree removal company parked in front of our house. They were her for about 9 very noisy hours cutting and chipping.

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Dan wanted me to ask the guys if they would bring over some of the logs for firewood. And also if they would give him a 6 foot length of the trunk that he could turn into a bench. They were nice enough to use a dolly to wheel over the very large pieces of wood. I did count the rings on the tree and it was 45 years old. To bad it was growing in such an inhospitable spot for such a big tree.IMG_3402

That 6 foot piece needed to be brought in by crane

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Down it comes to join the rest of the logs in my front yard. One has to wonder if it took a crane to put it there how will it ever be moved?

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The tree guys said they would give me their card so that in 6 months when those logs were still sitting in my yard I could call them to come haul them away. Hey, how do they know us?

The Yeti cooler

What is a Yeti cooler some of you may ask, just the KING of all coolers if you ask Dan. Of course, no one that was at our 4th of July party will be asking that question after seeing the signs that were placed on our non-Yeti coolers:

This cooler is not Grizzly proof. Studies have shown that items stored in this cooler are susceptible to attack by Grizzly Bears.

No fear the Yeti has arrived, holy cow that is a big box!

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Dan is just beside himself with excitement. He’s jumping around the house and yelling like a kid on Christmas morning.

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Oh thank goodness it is officially Certified Bear Resistant by the International Grizzly Bear Committee. Wait is that a real thing, the International Grizzly Bear Committee???

YETI® Tundra™ meets Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) standards for bear-resistant containers. They have been thoroughly tested in both controlled bear simulations and with wild grizzly bears. With locks in the integrated padlock ports, on two corners of a YETI®, grizzlies get nothing but frustrated.

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Yes, it is actually big enough for Dan to fit in, sadly we can not close the lid so Grizzly’s could still get him.IMG_3371

Thomas on the other hand is almost safe from Grizzly attacks!

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Happy Fathers Day and Happy Birthday and for that price Merry Christmas too!

Tattoo’s

No trip to Seattle is complete without someone getting a tattoo. This trip both Beth and Daniel got their first tattoos. It was a family affair with Dan, Thomas, my sister, Aunt Chris and me all there to witness the event. In the end my sister also decided to get a tattoo. I was feeling very left out but I had left it up to fate (meaning I didn’t make an apt) and the tattoo artist didn’t have any more openings that evening. No worries though, Dan and I have a tattoo artist in our neighborhood and I am already scheduled for my orchid tattoo.

Daniel was first on the table, his design ended up being a little larger than he anticipated meaning it took about 2 hours and cost a bit more than he was expecting. I think he was a little shocked by how much it hurt but he held up just fine, not needing any breaks.

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Everyone was getting orchids to show their solidarity to Bethany and Isa. Both the girls share a genetic mutation that Shauna and I are carriers of. While it’s not a life threatening condition it is life altering and this was our way of showing our support. I think it is incredibly sweet that Daniel wanted his first tattoo to be an orchid and that he was doing it just for his sister.

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Bethy was more than a bit nervous when her turn came up. She was really excited to get a small tattoo and had been talking about it forever. But after seeing her brother’s pain she started questioning it. After several attempted starts only to have her stop the tattoo guy it wasn’t looking like she would go through with it. But she finally pulled herself together and let him begin.

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Eventually, after the initial pain, she didn’t think it hurt too bad after all.

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Here’s Beth sporting her new orchid tattoo:

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She decided to not have a black outline (thank you cousin Nicole for that idea.) Since it’s in her bikini area and will not ever be exposed to the sun it should not fade away.

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Shauna has several other tattoo’s so this was no big deal for her. I think this was the first time that I’ve been with her for one of her tattoo’s though.

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Everyone was very happy with their tattoos and there are many plans for future tattoos…far, far into the future!

How we homeschool

I hang out with a few different homeschooling groups, some are structured homeschoolers and others are complete unschoolers and the rest fall somewhere in-between. I call what we do community-based homeschooling. We’re not quite unschoolers and we’re definitely not structured homeschoolers. Thomas is free to do what he wants 95% of the time and a few days a week I ask him to do a little math (thus the disqualifier from being a true unschooler.) The other day I asked Thomas his thoughts on doing math, he said he planned to continue doing it, using the same curriculum we’ve been using. He said it was something he needed to do. In the past we tried going for a year without doing any math and he forgot a lot of it. I’m glad that he’s choosing to do the math and that he sees the benefits. It makes my life much easier when he chooses to do the work.

At the end of the year Thomas and I go through our calendar and make a list of everything we did. It helps him remember all the fun stuff and gives him something to talk about at our assessment. Plus it’s really cool to see it all put together in a list, it really makes you feel like it was a full year of learning. Last year was the first year for this “year in review,” I blogged about it here.

One thing about all these classes and events, before I sign Thomas up for anything I ask him if he wants to do it. These are all things that he wanted to do. I’m lucky that I have a very easy going child that loves to do all sorts of things. When we saw how many fewer shows we went to this year, he chastised me because he really wanted to see the Cinderella ballet and it was my fault we didn’t go. Having a child that is interested in all of this makes it much easier, if he didn’t want to do any of these programs for the most part we would have skipped them. Occasionally there’s something that I really want to do that he may not be crazy about but even then he’s a good sport about going.

So here’s this years list of activities in no particular order:

Science classes at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery:

  • Animal Diversity
  • A-Mazing Sea

Gym & More Fri Co-op:

  • Literature Class: Beowulf, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, The Lady of Shallot, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll, Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Overview of Medieval Times & architecture
  • Medieval science and scarecrows
  • A day in the life of…
  • Armor and chivalry
  • Medieval Feast
  • Holiday Party, Gingerbread Castles
  • Gym Class
  • Musical Class
  • Math Lab
  • Wrote and performed 2 musicals: The Gothic Canoe Musical and The Legacy of the Cookie

Columbus Metro Unschoolers Co-op:

  • Art
  • Tennis
  • Manga
  • Hip- Hop
  • Floor Hockey

Sports:

  • Soccer
  • Indoor soccer
  • Floor Hockey
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Gymnastics
  • Bowling
  • Homeschool Gym
  • Rock climbing
  • Field Day
  • Sailing

Zoo Classes:

  • Polar Expedition
  • Year of the Tiger
  • Rainforest Adventure
  • Circle of Life – Food Webs
  • African Safari
  • Treasure Quest: Handheld Computer Quest

COSI:

  • Volunteering
  • Youth Volunteer Winter Event
  • Boys Discover…Engineering!

Trips to:

  • Seattle (Pike Place market, Waterfront)
  • North Carolina (Beach, need I say more)

Shows:

  • Nutcracker, ballet
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow, play
  • Just So – The Musical
  • BalletMet Up-close, various types of dance
  • Harry Potter (parts 1 & 2, how awesome is that!)

Columbus State Community College, Science Days

  • Polymers
  • Acid/base testing
  • Metals
  • Circuits
  • Effects of an Oil Spill I & II

Tours of:

  • Orville & Wilbur Wright Bike museum
  • Loveland Castle, aka Castle de Laroche
  • Mac-O-Chee Castle
  • Cedar Bog
  • Circle S Pumpkin patch
  • Ohio State House, judicial process in Ohio
  • Darby Creek, Bison
  • Newport Aquarium

Additional programs and classes

  • Went shooting at a shooting range
  • Science/ Interest Fair (did a project on yo-yo’s)
  • Chemistry classes (high school level Chemistry class)
  • OSU Football game
  • Pioneer Day at Mohican School
  • Homeschool Dance
  • Yo-Yo Event
  • Sky Zone
  • Zoombezi Bay
  • Columbus Art Museum (homeschool day)

Additional Art Classes

     Art with Heather

  • Polymer clay
  • Starry Night recreations
  • Encaustic wax artwork
  • Basics of drawing
  • Master Study class
  • Color Theory
  • Two Dimensional Art
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Master Study: Claude Monet
  • Chalk Pastels
  • Photography classes

     Art at Tuttle

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing & painting

    Art at the Riffe Center

  • Deep Space, photo collages

Volunteering

  • Halloween Party at Tuttle
  • COSI (250 hours)
  • Game Day with Somali immigrants