Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pompeii Powerpoint Presentation

We are so blessed to have family who love to share their life experiences! Our Pawpaw and Nana like to travel to Europe. They recently went to Italy. They had a chance to tour the ruins of Pompeii.

Since we are studying Ancient Rome in homeschool, we thought it would be awesome to learn more about Pompeii, which was a wonderful town full of all sorts of people and culture!

Since our Pawpaw and Nana don't live close, our Nana decided to put together a power point presentation for the girls. We opened it up at home, and had a "conference call" with her to hear and discuss each of the 15 page presentation.

She shared some of the amazing pictures Pawpaw took. She shared the sights and wonders of the ruined city. Here are a few slides she shared, one on the computer and one I made a picture of. (click to enlarge)

These last two pictures below were in the presentation and really moved both the girls a
nd I. The first picture is of a ruined temple. But if you look in the background, you will notice Mount Vesuvius. Just amazing to see Pompeii in the shadows of the volcano.

This other picture is of the objects found in the buried town. Things like a helmet, bread, a cast of a human body. Truly amazing.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Latest Happenings.....

"Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams

Last week went by way too fast! We are a homeschoolin' family, so Spring Break doesn't mean a whole lot to us, cause if we wanna break- we will break-whenever we want to! But since we have cousins breaking for Spring Break, we thought we would too. So we schooled and took a few days off also.

Tuesday we stayed local and visited the Mammoth Site with our Papa & Granny and our two cousins. Pretty amazing to see the real remains of these huge mammoths. We spent the day enjoying the weather and eachother.

we traveled to Fort Worth with our Brittini and had a great time with our Nana, Aunt Breezy, and other cousins. We visited the Science Museum and had a blast. We picnicked at Trinity park and rode the train. We then travelled to Pawpaw and Nanas house for dinner and to celebrate our cousin's birthday and to listen to our Nana play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" on her cello.

Then Friday Joel and I relented and let the girls have a sleepover. We camped out in the backyard. We grilled out for dinner, had a fire (pic of fire taken with the new camera-love it!) with smores, and flashlight hide~N~seek. I captured this trampoline picture the morning after- all still in their PJ's.

We spent most of our Saturday afternoon working in the garden. We doubled the size of our garden! More to grow and experience! I guess our next step is to just move on a farm!

Sunday, March 7, 2010


I've been enjoying taking pictures with my new Canon Rebel camera. It's not new, but new to me for sure! A huge upgrade in quality!

is one of my favorite things to take pictures of.

A birthday post

It was Joel's birthday over the weekend and we had a wonderful opportunity to celebrate it in Austin.

The kids went away with Don and Jo who live there while Joel and I hit the town together alone. (So thankful!) Jo even made us a goody basket- with fruit, muffins, and cookies.

We enjoyed exploring Austin. We went out on the town and had some steak, we enjoyed our stay with a jacuzzi tub, we loved the opportunity to sleep in, toured lots of bike shops, had lunch at the Whole Foods and did some mountain biking at Bull Creek.

We later picked up the kids on Saturday and had a birthday dinner. The kids each had a card and present to give. It was a great time had by all!

We love and appreciate our dad for all that he is and all that he does for our family! We would be lost without him. Literally!

Here are a few pics from our biking a
t Bull Creek, it was BEAUTIFUL.