Thursday, March 31, 2011

Co-op today, and pitas yesterday

Today I had a lot of fun. Every other week, our family does a co-op with 3 other homeschool families. This year, my group of 5 is doing chemistry, a book study, and hanging out. We had one of the most fun experiments today. It had to do with the reaction rate of a chemical reaction, and we used toilet bowl cleaner and TUMS. :) One of the test tubes gave us a little...surprise. :) We had put toilet bowl cleaner about 1/2 of the way full in a test tube, and then put the test tube in hot (almost-boiling) water so the reaction would heat up. Then we dropped a 1/4 of a TUMS tablet into the toilet bowl cleaner in the test tube, and we anticipated it would get bubbly. However, we were in for quite a surprise. The reaction proceeded so quickly (because it was hot) that the toilet bowl cleaner bubbles went everywhere!! So, this is really powerful toilet bowl cleaner, and we're trying not to let it spill on everything because it will eat it away. But then, we couldn't even move the test tube to put it somewhere else because it was too hot even to touch!! Overall, there was a lot of chaos for a few moments until the reaction was complete. :) Fortunately, everything was fine in the end; we just had a few moments of frenzy first. :)

Also, the book we're reading is SO good, I would highly recommend it to everyone. It is called Is That Really You, God? and it's written by Loren Cunningham. He was the guy who founded YWAM (youth with a mission), so it is essentially a story of his life and the way God led him to found YWAM. However, the main principle is hearing God, and there are innumerous ways that it is applicable to everyday life. It is a great book to have a discussion on.

After that, we had free time for awhile. My good friend Erin and I have found that she loves to play the piano (and she is outstanding at it!!), and I love to sing, and we both love musical soundtracks. So, she will play the accompaniment and I will sing. We will often sing harmony together, too, which is BEAUTIFUL!! Lately, we have been playing/singing songs from Little Women the Musical, and we played/sang a few songs from Seussical the musical today as well. Overall, I had a ton of fun with her. :)

And as a sidenote, I thought I would also mention that I made pita bread yesterday from the same dough that I was talking about in my previous post, and it turned out fantastic!!


Monday, March 28, 2011

A Great Bread Book

So, you may be wondering from the title what I mean by a "bread book". Well, the book is called Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day. It has tons of delicious recipes and tips for making all sorts of breads, such as bagels, French bread, sandwich bread, pitas, pastries, flatbreads, and even pizza crust! I made one of the simpler recipes this afternoon for dinner tonight, and it turned out WONDERFUL!! It looked just like a nice bread you would get from the store, except it tasted even better - it was SOO good. Plus, it even had the delicious crispy outside that I had never previously been able to achieve. And guess what? The recipe only had 4 ingredients - flour, water, salt, and yeast - so it's healthy for you, too! :) And yet, I was amazed at the way it turned out. It was one of the best breads I have ever had in my entire life!! I actually do not own the book, I got it from the library. I think, though, that I will buy it soon, or at least ask for it for my b-day. :)


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Catch-up from the past couple months!

Hello, everyone!! First, I want to sincerely apologize to all of you out there who have eagerly been waiting for pictures from the show. I got sick the week after show, then schoolwork piled up, then March got CRAZY busy...But now here I am, ready to post once again! (And, yes, this post is full of lots of pictures for you picture-loving people. :) So, my life...

~In January, before the show, my sister Leah and I got baptized!! It was an incredible experience, and I am so glad I did so. :) Here's some pictures:

~Me and my sister Leah

~My dear friend Hannah was able to spend the night and come to my baptism in the morning, and it was great to have her there!

~Then was the show!! Now, you have to realize that my dad took over 700 pictures, so to narrow them down takes a ton of work. :) But, here are some of my favorites (that I'm in) On the left, is one of my favorite scenes - Lon's going-away party. Here, we had just arrived and were chatting - in particular, we were discussing particularly bold young lady,
thinking she not have been so bold. :)

~This is the same scene. We are dancing (and singing!) Skip to My Lou, which was a really fun song.

~(using stage names) Virginia and I thought it was so cute when little Tootie (not shown) started singing a song about how she was drunk, but Lacy (on the right) was disgusted. :)

~This was the Christmas Eve ball. I'm waltzing with my partner.

~This is at the ball as well, at the beginning of The Banjo. It's a new dance that Lon is teaching to us, so right now we're just watching him, fascinated with this new kind of dance.

~This was my other costume, that the costume moms decided they wanted me to have a half hour before opening night. So, they made and had this dress for me by the time I needed it that night!! The costume moms were AMAZING. :)

~In February, my little sister Hannah, who's now 16 months old, was dedicated at our church. Her bonnet was so cute!

~Lately, Hannah has been going through a new phase where she pulls Naomi's undies out of the laundry, and thinks they were meant for her head! You have to admit, though, that it is cute! :)

Well, that pretty much sums up my life for the past couple of months. Hopefully I be able to post more frequently than I have been! ;) lol

In Christ,