Wednesday, March 28, 2012

King Breadius III

Orville just finished his IEW unit on writing from pictures.  You can read the finished work, King Breadius III, over at The Write Brothers.  He is anxiously awaiting your comments!


Monday, March 19, 2012

I thought my house was clean....

That is until my friend, Joy, came to my house to demonstrate the Rainbow Cleaning System.

In the hours before she came to my house 2 days ago, I gave it a thorough cleaning- meaning dusting, vacuuming, mopping, etc.  Here is what my Rainbow Cleaning System just picked up after vacuuming a few feet of my hardwoods for about 2 minutes.

Eeew... sorry.  It's gross I know.   

And it gets worse.

Here is what it removed from an area rug.

I clean my house regularly, really!

This was clean, clear water 1 minute earlier.

BUT... the real reason we bought the Rainbow Cleaning System is because it is an air purification system powerful enough to clean the air in a Wal Mart store.  You would not believe the amount of dust and debris in the tank when we run it to clean the air.  This is something I really need since I suffer from allergies and asthma.  It will also kill 99% of airborne bacteria by adding a fresh-smelling liquid to the tank.  You can also use it to wet clean floor, shampoo carpet, vacuum upholstery, dust....  The thing is AMAZING!

To understand how good the Rainbow Cleaning System is, you really need to see it for yourself, though.

Would you please consider setting up a demo through me and the sales rep I purchased from, Joy?  You can email me at  homeschooldawn (at) gmail (dot) com, and Joy can set up a demo for you in your area, as long as you live in the contiguous United States.

You will receive a voucher for a free 3 days/2 nights stay at one of several resorts in exchange for your time, and you can earn free products like I am trying to do.

Disclosure:  I am earning points to receive a full rebate for my purchase price.  If you set up a demo through Joy by emailing me, I will receive points toward that rebate.  You would truly be helping a friend out. 


Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Royal Invitation

Hear ye!  Hear ye! 

Squire Orville of The Olive Plants Academy,
under the tutelage of Lady Homeschool Dawn
and the advisement of the royal Institute for Excellence in Writing,
hast run the gauntlet of the five-paragraph essay.

 His skill art hereby displayed for thy wonder
at the bloggy court of

Thou art cordially invited to witness
his act of bravery and prowess.

Should Squire Orville be dubbed
Sir Orville
of the Knights of Rhetoric?

Leave thy proclamation hereafter.

Fare thee well!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Korean Birthday

One of my students turned 9 a few weeks ago.  His precious mother invited Michael, Orville, Wilbur, and me to the party.  On the way there, we grabbed some McDonald's because, being the Americans we are, A) we take any opportunity we can find to stop at McDonald's and B) we assumed the party would have cake and ice cream and maybe a few finger foods.  We thought it best to have a small lunch before arriving.

Um... we should have skipped Mickey D's.  My Korean friends are so hospitable and really know how to set a lovely table....

The table in foreground has dumplings, sushi (made with crab),
chicken wings, chicken tenders,
watermelon, and a second set of chicken wings.

Each of the two tables in the back were set for four people and each had three platters filled with a variety of meats and vegetables.  We dipped rice paper into bowls of hot water to soften them, filled them with the meats and veggies of our choosing, and then wrapped them up like a burrito.

It was SO good. 

The front left platter contains red, yellow, and orange bell peppers
as well as shredded cabbage and zucchini.
To its right are carrot shreds, red onions,
egg slices (these were the consistency of an omelet),
and shrimp.
The platter to the back right has chicken, ham and avocado.

The next time I go to Atlanta, I plan to stop at the Korean food market and buy some rice paper.  On a smaller scale, this would make an excellent lunch.  I haven't looked it up, but imagine the rice paper is very low calorie and carb.  They are papery-thin, just strong enough to hold a nice amount of fillings, but not thick and chewy like the other wraps I have eaten.  So healthy and so scrumptious!

However, the highlight of this party was not the food.  The company was wonderful.  There was lots of laughter and chatting.  Even though we could not understand most of what was being said, we felt very comfortable, as if we were at a family gathering. 

We took turns talking to each of the moms in English, and God blessed our conversation.  One of the ladies wanted to tell us immediately that "I know God, too." and we exchanged testimonies of our salvation experiences and shared how God is working in each of our lives currently. What a blessing it was to talk about the Lord with believers from the other side of the world.  We may have some cultural differences, but the unity we have in Jesus Christ was apparent.  It was such a beautiful thing to experience that it brought me to tears.

How good and pleasant it is
when God's people live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1

And, in case you're wondering, there was a birthday cake, too.  We sang Happy Birthday (in English, phew!), but with Korean flair. 

Daume bayo!
(See you next time!)