Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter/Resurrection Day

by Robin

I didn't want the weekend to go by without writing on the blog. My eldest went to a Youth Group lock-in with our church. He had an absolute blast and didn't sleep the entire night. So, all day, he's sleeping. LOL I thought since he's sleeping & Jack is working, I'd do all my cooking for the holiday.

What do you feed hungry fishermen who don't love turkey or ham? We're eating some of the best dishes from around the Caribbean Islands.

Here they are:

Bahamian - Trinidad Coconut Conch Chowder

(add a 2nd can of coconut milk to substitute for the half-n-half)

Coconut Shrimp

Puerto Rican Pernil (Pork Shoulder)

Rum Cake (this wasn't my exact recipe but very close to it)
Also, I chose to burn off the alcohol before making the glaze and to omit some recipes that used fruit & nuts in the glaze. We used Venezuelan rum.

Cuban Black beans (liberally use bay leaves, minimal vinegar, black pepper, salt, garlic to flavor)

Cilantro & Lime White rice (not sure if this is Cuban or Puerto Rican)

Lots of fresh bread, extra shrimp to either Scampi or Cook & Cook for Shrimp Cocktail. Yum. Oh and crab cakes..... because they were on-hand.

We will attend church services in the morning, eat like kings, and lay poolside.

God bless you!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


by Robin

I thought that you may like to see this video by Third Day about the thief who died alongside Christ at Calvary. Very powerful lyrics.

Friday, April 15, 2011



by Robin

Today is my birthday!! I am such a blessed woman to be surrounded by so much love from family and friends. Thank you Jesus! Anyhow, Andrew won a couple of heats at the AWANA Grand Prix the other day. It's hard not to be happy because all your friends win and you're happy for them too.

After the races were over, they announced winners for Design and Andrew took 1st. That was so special to him. He beamed the whole drive home. It was his idea to make a Hummer, have it cut out and pick the colors.

Congrats Sweetie!! You're a winner in my book and in God's Book of Life!


Thursday, April 14, 2011


by Robin

A few weeks ago, we did our last of the dissections. The kids had a great time digging into their specimens.

Crayfish - looks similar to dinner.


Then, they did a perch next - also looks like dinner or bait.


Last, they dissection their frogs. It was very cool because you can figure out the organs a bit easier because they seem to be more similar to the human body than compared to an earthworm or crayfish.


Nearly 2 weeks ago, we got back together for more experiments. We did a lot of slide/ microscope work first. Then, plant ID. But, the funnest part was the pH experiment where we boiled up red cabbage into a certain amount of water.

Cabbage water on left, windex in center (suppose to be clear but the blue did work) and white vinegar on right.


As we poured in Windex in, the pH changed!!

VIDEO REMOVED because it refuses to wait to be played when asked.



Then, we could pour vinegar back into it and revert it back to it's original color.


Very fun for all of us. Before we knew it, a few hours had passed and class was over. On Friday, we meet together one more time for more plant - flower labs. I'm trying to decide if we want to continue into Chemistry or Physics for next year. Hmmmm, decisions, decisions.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


by Robin

Check out Robin's Reports if you haven't seen the recent fishing trip.




Saturday, April 9, 2011


by Robin

It totally slipped my mind that I forgot to post up pictures & news that our AWANA team took 2nd place at the Games last weekend. Yeah!!

This weekend, our church is hosting a derby car race called the AWANA Grand Prix. Usually, we do 2 cars - one for each son. However, we're down to one this year.

Meet the 4-STAR GENERAL!!!!


Normally, it is Andrew's design cut into the car. This year it is a Hummer (Humvee ?). Then, Jack does his best to get the wheels on and put some weight onto it. My job is to paint it to Andrew's specifications.

Well, this year, Jack has been recovering from near-pneumonia and still having to work. I took over duties of adding the weight. I did a bang-up job, even if I do have to pat myself on the back. I made sure we went to a shipping depot and maxed out the weight. HA! Then, it was a combined job with spray painting the base and I did the details for Andrew. Overall, we're pretty happy with it.


I will have to let you know how we do at the races Sunday afternoon.

God bless,

Friday, April 8, 2011


by Robin

I have killed 6 of these in less than 3 weeks.


I may have to hire myself out as a Black Widow exterminator. I know exactly where to look, how their webs look and their egg sacs. Fortunately for us, it's early in the year and we killed all the females before they laid their eggs sac. I did kill one male.

Three of them were found on our boat!! Oh, the joys of living next to a vacant lot with a big oak tree.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


by Robin

Do you remember that song?? It's old, old, old, even for my generation. Anyhow, it's true he didn't promise me one, but he gave me one a couple months ago. After careful tending to, they began to produce new life; and, this week seems to be the week for blooms opening up. Five of my six roses are all purdy today.

We bought some of them without tags or blooms on them, so we knew we were taking a chance but God has DELIVERED!!!

There is this beautiful tie-dye type of rose. It will remind me of the blood Jesus shed for my sins and how it turned me white as snow.


This one reminds me of a rose climber I used to have called a Joseph's Coat. I was hoping to buy one of them this year, but didn't see one. So, God gave me a tea hybrid variety that looks very similar. It has a coat of many colors. I took this picture in the morning and it has already gone full peach by evening. Just gorgeous.


Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to stop and smell your roses. Robin

Friday, April 1, 2011


by Robin

Andrew (and the family) is headed over to Oviedo with our church's AWANA team. We would covet any of your prayers for safety, fun and good sportsmanship.

AWANA stands for Approved Workmen are Not Ashamed (of the Gospel of Jesus Christ). These awesome kids had to qualify for their teams not by running a race quickly but by memorizing God's Word in their hearts. I'm so very proud of all of them!

Last year, our church won for their region, so I guess you could say they're defending their championship. LOL.

I found this video on U-Tube that shows you the type of games the kids will be playing. I do not know the maker of this video or the kids in it, but though it neat to share with you.


by Robin I love homeschooling my boys. It has been mostly a joy to me for the past 10 years of our lives. I am very thankful to have a husband that supports the decision and sees it as the best way for our family. I don't take this lightly because I have seen many families fractured or fighting over homeschooling woes. God has willed it for our boys to learn at home. He has given me a heart for being at home, which wasn't easy for me at first. I dealt with a lot of guilt of not earning an income. I had a lot of guilt of not using my 4 year degree, although that is debatable some days. I just felt guilty for having a job that seems like fun. But then, Jack reminds me that it isn't always easy. There are days of frustration, which are quickly washed away as soon as he gets home. Sometimes we liken it to child birth. There are good days & bad days, but once the baby is born, all those bad days fade in your memory. For years, Galatians 6:9 was my best friend. It has to be read in the King James version, for me. There is just something very applicable to homeschooling in this version. "And let us not be wearing in well doing: for in due season, we shall reap, if we faint not." I'm seeing the fruition of those words with Simon Peter. He's a great teenager. He makes me look like a better parent than I am. He's cheerful and loves to learn. I threw him into various co-ops this year and he has turned out to be the sole male survivor in Algebra and Biology. Photobucket We had a pretty good laugh at this a couple days ago. He has learned that working and studying hard has put him in the midst of *ladies*. Granted, he has no urge to date any of these young ladies, at least not yet, but it hasn't gone unnoticed that he's in the presence of them. Photobucket Possibly God is teaching him how to handle himself around ladies, which is something that I could not teach him with giving him a single brother. I am not certain. However, I noticed that every time I left our Biology dissection group, that there were plenty of giggles. I returned and everybody was serious again. I'd leave and there were giggles. It was so cute & innocent. Photobucket I am so thankful to be raising such a good young man that young ladies feel safe to be around. I guess I'm also very thankful that we're not at that stage where he's going on dates yet, either. I may be holding tight to Gal 6:9 again. God bless & have a wonderful weekend!