First day of school 2009-10

The kids all ready for school and waiting for Jordan's bus

The kids all ready for school and waiting with Jordan for his bus

Close-ups

Close-ups

Hot chocolate - steamed milk and whip - YUM!

Maltby Cafe tradition on the first day of school. Hot chocolate - steamed milk and whip - YUM!

The girls!

The girls!

We started the year with a family meeting the night before and began a new schedule for the first day of school which included everyone at the table at 8:00. Working on improving that family time! Jordan had an “awesome” day and hardly used his walker all day. The girls dug in and got their work done without too much complaining as well. To glorify our Lord, that is our goal.

My Favorite Person poem by Bekah

Momma

Black and curly hair
Brown eyes like tree trunks
Tall
She likes to scrapbook, talk with friends, and do school with me

Season Poem – by Bekah

Summer

Bright sun

Warm water

Fresh trees

Yummy blueberries

Sydney & Max laughing

It’s summer

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Using her senses, she described her favorite season. Nice work, girl!

Science: Strong stems and zylem

Bekah’s most recent science unit has been on plants and we’ve been experimenting with celery. A few days ago we left a celery stalk out on the counter so it would wilt overnight. The next morning, we added some food coloring to a glass of water and stuck the celery in it so it would perk back up. Within a few hours, the blue water could be seen in both the stem and the leaves. We left it there a couple days and then today cut it up and created Ants on a Log at Bekah’s request. 

Zylem: tiny tubes that act as elevators to carry water up the stem and to the leaves

Look closely at the cross-sections of the celery and you can see some blue…

Blue-tinted leaves from the zylem carrying water up the stem

Blue-tinted leaves from the zylem carrying water up the stem

Cross-section of zylem (the blue spots)

Cross-section of zylem (the blue spots)

More ants and blue dye

More ants and blue dye

Hope you enjoyed your science lesson!

Ashley’s Illuminated lettering project

 

Drawn free-hand and started just with an idea, Ashley created this in just a few minutes.

Drawn free-hand and started just with an idea, Ashley created this in just a few minutes.

“Seattle 6th” Franz Bakery tour

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Yesterday, Bekah and I donned red hairnets for a VIP bakery tour. First, we navigated Seattle traffic to arrive south of downtown at the Franz Bakery factory on 6th Avenue. We’d planned on a girls’ outing, but with Ashley on her 5th day of fevers she had to stay home with Dad. Bekah and I attended with our home school group, HHW, for the two-hour tour through the deliciously warm bakery.

We were permitted on a walking tour alongside many of the machines and workers, and were inundated with the smells of freshly baked bread. Each day, the factory bakes 40 different kinds of bread, and each week they put out 900,000 loaves!!! While we were there, cinnamon swirl bread passed from dough to ‘sponge’ to kneader to loaf to rising box to oven and onto a mile-long cooling system before being sucked out of the pans, sliced, and then popped into bags. It is a 4-hour process that rises high overhead during its cooling process and twists and turns to accomplish what needs to be done in the least amount of space.

Beside the fact that the bread travels a mile to cool and goes from 220 degress down to 100 when it is bagged, I also loved the fact that it passes through two  metal detectors!! Since all of the machinery is metal, it is important that any metal shards that could possibly come off are detected. Three different types of metal are tested for down to a size smaller than that of a pencil led. The detectors must be periodically checked as well and are done so with a rod inserted inside one of the loaves which is then placed inside a plastic bag. When the metal is detected, a large burst of air blows the loaf off the line. It is placed inside a bag because the air is strong enough that it would basically blow the loaf to bits otherwise – ha!

Bekah’s favorite part of the tour was hanging out with her friend Jasmine throughout the tour and then getting her own loaf of bread to take home – which he had with dinner.

I’d never been on a factory tour like this and would love to find other ones to attend.

Sharing love – Valentine’s Day 2008

Bekah works on Valentines with friends Genna & Molly

Bekah works on Valentines with friends Genna & Molly

Our Valentine’s celebration began with a party with our home schooling group on Friday the 13th. Jordan had the day off and attended the party with us as well! Being some of the oldest kids, Ashley and Rachel were helpers and had baby holding and general assistance duties. Activities included Valentine making, decorating cookies, eating snacks, matching the kids’ current photos with their baby ones, and games in the gym of Canyon Hills Community Church.

Jordan works on a Valentine for Mommy

Jordan works on a Valentine for Mommy

A couple of the girls try to match photos. Katie and Rachel are H & C respectively and 9 & 5. Ashley, Bekah and Jordan are on other boards.

A couple of the girls try to match photos. Katie and Rachel are H & C respectively and 9 & 5. Ashley, Bekah and Jordan are on other boards.

Jordan races in to participate in the 'pop the balloon' game

Jordan races in to participate in the 'pop the balloon' game

Bekah, the game too loud for her, sits it out with a smile on her face.

Bekah, the game too loud for her, sits it out with a smile on her face.

The next morning, Willie made pink, heart pancakes for all of us. The kids love these! Then we opened a few cards and gifts and went on with our day. Ashley had her first Stewart Little performance that night, so the highlight was dinner at Denny’s afterward with the Mansfield clan. Quite the romantic evening!

Tada!

Tada!

Daddy and daughter early Saturday morning

Daddy and daughter early Saturday morning

Typical morning at the Bodgers!

Typical morning at the Bodgers! Bekah thanks Ashley for her V-day present.

Love for Jordan...

Love for Jordan...

Bekah got a pink heart monkey

Bekah got a pink heart monkey

What did Ashley want as a $5 gift? A huge Costco box of gum!

What did Ashley want as a $5 gift? A huge Costco box of gum!

We got a package later in the day from Gammy & Pa, and another on Monday from Wes & Kara. Once Stewart Little was done, my camera went away for awhile so I have no pics of those. Thanks, you guys, you’re all so sweet!

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