Homeschool er.. Roadschooling – Six for the Road, on TLC


I got this message from one of my Ohio Homeschool yahoogroups. It’s about a family who got “tired of it all” and decided to sell everything and hit the road in an RV with 4 kids, 3 dogs and a hamster.

They have a show on TLC, called Six for the Road, journaling their travels. It airs this week (website, dates & times below) and I’m looking forward to watching it… I never watch tv. And my apologies, lately I’ve been to sick (and getting sicker) to even do much on the computer. wah, I know.

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Hi I was wondering if you could pass this information along to your group.

Hi my name is Kati Loud. My family and I are homeschoolers. We RV full time and we have a show airing on TLC called Six For The Road It is about our life and journey. One year ago we gave away and sold everything we own and bought a fifth wheel and hit the road. We realized that we became caught up in life and became so busy with daily routines that we needed to take back our life. So we did what we have always dreamed of. We decided to leave it all behind and we have never looked back.

We love roadschooling! We have enjoyed learning so much while we are on the road. We have been able to learn hands on in the most able places. We have been from Williamsburg to the Toilet Seat Museum. We have been to NYC and experienced the big city and we have been to a small town in Tennessee to help tornado victims try to put their life back together.

We have done this as a family and we have loved it.

It is hard to go from 3500 square feet to 300 square feet. We have four kids. Two girls 15 and 13 and two boys 12 and 10. We also have 3 dogs and a little hamster. Life in an RV can get really crowded and hectic but it is fun. The first 2 episodes air on October 29 Eastern Mountain and Pacific time zones are at 10:00pm and Central is at 9:00pm. Our next two episodes air on November 5th. Same times. Each night they will show 2 episode in a row. Please watch and help us show how many homeschoolers may be interested in a show like this. We are on right after Jon and Kate plus Eight. Our production company also does there show. Please pass this info along to anyone that you think may be interested. If you would like TiVo the show and even turn all your TV’s on to help our numbers:-) We also re- air that night at 1:00am if you want to TiVo that also 🙂

We have a website at www.ourloudfamily.com We are having our site re built and it will be 100% in a week or so. We have a great forum for homeschooling info, travel ideas, etc. We have our blogs that are stories and pictures of our journeys. We do have a contest right now . We our looking for people to help us design 3 new bumper stickers. There is a $100.oo first prize for each one. Here is the link for the dimensions etc Loud Family Bumper Sticker Contest – Win Big Money

If you go to our site you can sign up as a member. By doing this you can get Homeschool deals, travel deals and updates. We also have a MySpace type program for families. This is a safe MySpace type page program without a lot of junk added. Just go and design a page. We have around 200 homeschool members right now. This has been a fun way to meet other moms and to see pics of each other’s families and learn about their styles and making new friends.

We will also be on the TODAY show October 29th during the 9:00 am hour. They may have a glimpse of the show for you to see. If and if you enjoyed the show and you would like to let the network or our producers know go to our website after the show and we will have contact info for you.

We would love to have you pass the word to all that you can.
Happy trails to you and hope to meet some of you soon our travels.
Kati Loud
mom@ourloudfamily.com
momofmy4@msn.com

Salted Flavored Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


One of my favorite Halloween-time snacks has always been toasted pumpkin seeds.

While the kids are scooping out the pumpkin, have them place the seeds into a large colander. This “duty” always falls to me.. the kids think it sounds fun, but a few minutes into it, I get to finish the chore… fun, fun!

Clean off most of the pumpkin pulp. Use your own judgement on this one. Personally, I love some of the pumpkin pulp baked with the seeds – yummy!

Rinse the seeds until mostly cleaned off.

Spread seeds on paper towels to dry them.

Use about 3 TBSP of melted butter drizzled over seeds and sprinkle with salt.

Bake in oven at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Other spices and flavors to use:
2 tsp Worcesteshire sauce
1/8 tsp garlic powder
A packet of ranch dressing powder
cayenne powder
cheese powder
cinnamon

The possiblities are endless!

Praying Mantis and Egg Casings

Praying Mantis


Early this year, I purchased a few praying mantis egg cases (3, I think). We put them in an aquarium with a screen lid and let them “hatch”. Each egg casing has between 50 and 200 praying mantis babies. They don’t tear out of the case, but instead, they come through it. The egg casing isn’t like a butterfly cocoon. The female mantis creates an egg-filled foam (or froth) which then hardens. The babies climb through this, as it’s not hollow.

Once we had several babies in our aquarium, we set it in the yard and opened it, so they could get out on their own. The babies are ravenous and will begin to eat each other if there isn’t enough food for them. The cases, because you can’t always tell if the babies have come out or not, we put them in the bushes, in a safe spot (so birds won’t eat ’em up)… this way, if all the babies haven’t come out, they have a place to do it safely.

So, the other day we were finishing up putting the temporary walls around our back porch (yay! More room for the winter, I’m loving it!) and Bob sees this 6 inch praying mantis. The mantis didn’t want to get on my hand, but I coaxed him up onto a branch and then he got onto my hand. My camera wouldn’t get a really good detailed close-up, try as I might.. but I did get a few pics that weren’t too bad.

Praying mantis are so cool. This one would watch us, her little black pupils would follow our movements. She’d cock her head as we moved the camera around, or ourselves. After about 10 minutes of playing with us, she flew off to a bush.

Praying mantis are good for your yard.. they like to eat insects that are pests. I specifically got them for the mosquitoes around our yard. See more of the mantis pictures.

Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly


There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I dunno why she swallowed that fly,
Perhaps she’ll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly –
Perhaps she’ll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird;
How absurd, to swallow a bird!
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly –
Perhaps she’ll die

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat.
Imagine that, she swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll die

There was an old lady who swallowed a dog.
What a hog! To swallow a dog!
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat…
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a goat.
Just opened her throat and swallowed a goat!
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog …
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
I don’t know how she swallowed a cow!
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat…
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog…
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat…
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse –
She’s dead, of course.

Spiced or Spicy – Cake, Cider, Yum

My oldest daughter just turned 18. One of her favorite cakes is spiced cake.


Last night, before bed, Ry (4yo) tells me he doesn’t think he likes spicy cake. I told him it’s not spicy cake, but spice cake… he waved his hand in front of his face and asked me “is it spicy though?”

How to explain the flavors of spice cake to a 4 year old. hmm.. And while my explanation didn’t really clear things up for him, it did reassure him it wasn’t spicy hot.

I told him it was fall and winter spices.. the kind you put in spiced cider, or a dash in chocolate milk (in his case, coffee), certain cookies and french toast (yum! a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg mm good).

I can’t wait to make some spiced cider – I make a pitcher and keep in the fridge and warm up when I want some. Apple crisp… I’ve already started making it. Last time, I made more crisp than I had apples!

Maybe I’ll stop at the store tomorrow for some granny smiths and a jug of cider.

I love the fall.

Pumpkin Carving Dremel Tool Winner


Thanks to all who participated in the Pumpkin Carving Dremel Tool Kit Contest / Giveaway. My apologies for the lost post and comments. While I didn’t have the posts saved, I did have the comments… and because Momma Muse was experiencing technical difficulties all day on the 30th, it worked to your advantage as less people were able to comment. Ha!

Congratulations Nikki – I hope your husband enjoys it! Sending you an email for snail mail info.

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1. Monique : Blogging MoRe

My husband would die if he had one of these. First, it’s a dremel which seems to be the tool of his dreams. He just got a new one for etching glass.

Halloween is our anniversary so every year he has to try to outdo himself with the pumpkin carving. I can only imagine what he would come up with if he had a dremel to carve with, lol.

Moniques last blog post..Um, Dad.. Don’t.. Ok… Hi.


2. Joanna Curley : Unique You

Oh my goodness I’d love one of those. Last year I carved a kokopelli sillouette into a pumpkin and my hubby did Jerry Garcia. I’ll bet we could even more elaborate things with that big bad mammo-jammo.

Joanna Curleys last blog post..The Art Zoo


3. Nikki

PLEASE pick me – I can give it to my husband for our first anniversary!!

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4. Chris : Twilight Wallpaper

Nice blog, and nice contest. I had no idea that Dremel made such a cool tool. Keep up the good work!

Chriss last blog post..Free Twilight Wallpaper – Edward and Bella


5. Monica : Oh Fer Cryin’ Out Loud

Hi there! I think Monique should get it… LOL DON’T chose me! I’m gonna run out and buy one today. hee hee

ANYTHING Dremel makes! I’m there!

GREAT post sweetie!

I still say Monique should get it… but there will be others that will comment I’m sure!~ So I’ll have to check back to see who won!

Thanks again for your comment… {{{{ hugs }}}}


6. Rachel

Wow! That’s a really neat tool!


7. fragileheart : FragileHeart’s Journal

I’m so glad the winner is going to get picked Randomly because my nerdy wants do no compare to the girls with anniversaries!!

I would LOVE this!!


8. Gail

I do pumpkin carving all year round just about. When pumpkins aren’t in season, I do the fake ones. Getting pretty good and right now using a big dremel, with cord and all. This looks awesome!! Would love to get my hands on this and try it out!


9. twinmama : Bringing Up Twins

That sure beats frantically searching for something to carve a pumpkin with the night of Halloween and only finding a butter knife or a screwdriver…(both highly ineffective with opposite results.) Very cool tool!

twinmamas last blog post..Promising Pieces


10. Elle : Blue Monkey Butt

This is so cool. Way better than the carving kits you do by hand. By the time I’m done helping the kids with their pumpkins my hands are so sore!

Elles last blog post..Nature Unleashed


11. Carolsue

Boy, what an improvement this would be over the way we carve our pumpkins now! I’d love to win!


12. Nona : Rattitude

I wonder if it works on fake pumpkins too?


13. Kristy

My son would LOVE this. He is 6 and is hosting a pumpkin carving contest for his friends. I am sure this would be be most popular tool of choice.
How Fun!


14. FireMom : Stop Drop and Blog

Hmm. I’d love to win. Love carving pumpkins!


15. Janelle : Brimful Curiosities

Like to try it on our pumpkins this year. We love our Dremel. Blogged about it at http://brimfulcuriosities.blogspot.com/2008/09/dremel-pumpkin-carving-kit-giveaway.html

Janelles last blog post..Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit Giveaway


16. Karin

DH once told kids he had a degree in pumpkin carving–they believed him until they saw his work!
This cool item could only help!!
Thanks!


17. Pelmers

My wife is looking for one of these in an attempt to out do our son’s carving skills.


18. Christina : Christina’s Everything Else

What a fun giveaway!


19. Heather Liebensohn : Lieben Photo

Wow this looks great! It seems like it would make a toilsome project MUCH easier! It would be even better if all the other dremel stuff worked on it – the perfect addition to my crafty life =)


20. Hollis

I used my regular corded Dremel two years ago to make 4 different pumpkins. They turned out awesome and I got some great pics. If you thought that regular carving was messy, wait until you can do it at 7,000 rpm! You will want to wear goggles and have a little squeegee nearby!


21. Scott Hack : Old Ham County Wired

Very interesting! I’m going to have to look this little tool up now!

Scott Hacks last blog post..Oldham County Dollars for Scholars


22. Chrissy

I would love to try this out! Thanks 🙂


23. Heidi : Healthy Kids Snacks

Let me Stress – Make Back Ups!

My hosting company – whom I typically never have complaints about – was having some server issues yesterday (and about a month ago).

Apparently the issues were bad enough they moved all the sites on that server to a new server. About 9 or so last night, all my sites were up and looking good. I made a post about the down time, about the pumpkin carving kit giveaway and 20 minutes later, poof. Momma Muse was gone. Literally, everything was gone… well, my 350+ posts from the past 3 years, hundreds of comments.. all.. gone.

I called my host and to make a long story short, I was told I’d have to start over. They do backups, but don’t guarantee them. Great. I cannot tell you how hard I cried last night.

This morning, I found a back up as recent as July 18 of this summer… and a woman from the hosting company got it imported for me. In the end, I’ve only lost 2.5 months of posts. I wish I had all my posts emailed to me.. I could copy/paste them.. Oh well. I will be subscribing to my own email rss feed though, and scheduling regular backups.


I highly recommend you do regular backups. You don’t have to keep the older backups, just keep the last couple (in case of other issues). But really, back up your stuff, posts, database, whatever is important to you. It is NO fun to lose so much.

Thankfully, I have all the comments for the Pumpkin Carving Dremel tool kit and will take of that today. Unfortunately, the contest information is, well.. gone. I’ll be working on a new post today and taking care of comments and announcing the winner.