Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy (Belated) Independence Day!

I know, I'm a day late...but you can't tell about what you did to celebrate until the day is over! :P That's my excuse, and I'm stickin' to it! LOL. ;)

We went to our friends' house and shared a meal together, and visited with the baby goats. :D I got some more cute pictures to share. ;) Gracie is sweeter than ever! She even gives 'kisses' (she puts her nose up against your cheek). After enjoying ourselves outside for a bit, we went back in and had some cake and ice cream, and then the men (including Danny) shot off fireworks. Danny (who now gets a paycheck every couple of weeks) provided at least half of the fireworks, and there were four people providing! :P He does a great job at picking them out, and provides quite a show!

I was trying to get my videos to work, but they won't. :( So I'll just post the links.

Danny's Finale

Danny's Fountain from last year

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Baby Goats!

On Tuesday, I was able to see the birth of a baby goat, and just missed the birth of his two older siblings. Friends of ours have a farm with chickens, guineas, goats, and bees. One of their goats gave birth to 2 does (Hannah and Heidi) last week, and another had 3 (1 doe, 2 bucks) on Tuesday. Their names are Gracie (I named her! :D), Gilligan, and Gideon. On Wednesday, I helped bottle-feed the three youngest ones, because their mother is making a fuss about feeding them herself. :( She is getting better about it, though.

I have some pictures of them to share! :D Beneath each photo are some links to more pictures of them. :)


Hannah, about 1 week old:

Photo 2


Gracie, 1 day old:

Photo 2, Photo 3


Gilligan, 1 day old:

Photo 2


Gideon, 1 day old:

Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4

More photos:

Gracie and Gideon, 1 day old

Gracie, about 1 hour old ~ Photo 1
Gracie's unsuccessful walking attempt at about 1 hour old

Gilligan tries to stand at about 1 hour old

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

CHEF Conference 2008 ~ Part One

Well, with it being so long since I last posted, I have a few different things to tell about now. :P
Last week was our annual home-school conference (Monday through Wednesday, June 23-25), and I have several pictures and videos to share from that. :) The first batch will be of the actual conference and convention center that it was held in, and later when I get the photos fixed and uploaded, I'll post some of the hotel that we stayed at. The convention center and the hotel are both one building combined, so all we had to do was go through a door and then up an elevator to our room. It was great!

My parents are the home-school leaders (for CHEF [Christian Home Educators' Fellowship], the larger home-school group of several surrounding areas combined) for our area, so we help out with the conference. We were there early to help set up, and we help clean up afterwards. Also, during the conference we help out at some of the speakers' tables selling their merchandise for them when they're speaking or need breaks. We'll also help out vendors who are short-handed, or work at the registration table. We have fun. :)

I think this is the second year in a row that I haven't actually attended a class. We're usually busy working, and when we have free time we like to walk around the curriculum hall looking at books. I got a few really good ones this year. One is about a drummer for the Confederate Army during the Civil War called The Orphan and the Beaten Drum: A Tale of the Invasion of the Confederate States by Bryce A. Chandler. He was actually at the conference (and signed my book!) in costume. Every once in a while he would go into the foyer and play either his drum or his fife. It was great. I have a few videos, which I will upload when I can. (Uploading videos on dial-up isn't easy. :P) He also has another book that I wish I had the money to buy called A Courier For Stonewall that looked really good. I picked up a flyer from his table that has a couple of links on it: Southern Cadence Press, the Publisher, and Slice of Bryce, his blog.

There was one 'class' that I wanted to go to this year, and would have, but our Grandma showed up for a visit right before it started, and stayed until after it was over (she lives near where it was). It wasn't exactly a class, LOL. I don't know what you'd call it. :P The Burns Family was showing a preview of their newest film Pendragon:Sword of His Father and talking about how they produce God-honouring films. My sister had a nice long talk with the youngest of the Burns boys (while I was busy working a table and couldn't join, of course! :P) and told me all about it. It sounds and looks great! You can view a trailer of the Pendragon moviehere. And here's the link for the Burns Family Studios site.

There was also a class that started when that was over that we would have liked to attend (but Memaw was still there) by Kevin Swanson. We became friends with him while talking to him during the speakers' dinner on Tuesday. He and his son Daniel sat at our table. He's a lot of fun to talk to! There are some photos of his table in the album. :) 16-year-old Daniel was almost always there, and handled most of the work there...I hardly ever saw Mr. Swanson there. He trusts his son to handle it all. Isn't that great?

My sister and I helped out at Visual Manna's table most of the time. Mrs. Jeffus is very nice, and has been close with CHEF for a long time. She lives in the area. Next to her table was Genevan Foundation for Cultural Renewal. They're also from this area. A very nice family...with lots of kids! One of the boys, I believe his name was Ben (who was working the table along with his sister most of the time), could juggle. He did it often. It was fun to watch. I got a video of him in the foyer after the vendor hall closed on Tuesday evening, but I wish I had one from when we were sitting next to him. The man who was helping out Mr. Swanson (whose table was next to theirs, and it seems that they were friends) could also juggle. They would do it together sometimes, and once in a while would try tossing balls back and forth to each other. That was fun to watch, because they obviously need to work on that stunt some more! :P Sometimes others would stop and juggle with him, too. That was fun. They also have a blog, The Serven Clan.

Here's the photo album for the 24th Annual CHEF Conference :D

LOL, did you all notice, I've figured out a new way to put links into my text? I've been trying to figure it out for forever! Figure out how to get my own HTML code to work for them, I mean. All I had to do was click the 'Edit Html' tab at the top...duh! :P