Friday, June 26, 2009

Diamond Mining in Arkansas

We were in Idabel, Oklahoma for three weeks accompanying Humble Dad while he's working hard. Oklohoma is where most of the remaining Native Americans live and when you enter the state, their presence is immediately felt. We loved going to the store, for a walk, to a restaurant and seeing Native Americans everywhere.
While in Oklahoma, we went to the Museum of the Red River and saw some nice artifacts. Then we took an hour road trip into to Arkansas, which was another cultural lesson. At many of the stores and on the roads in that part of Arkansas were Amish people. We started homeschooling this summer and everywhere we went, we found something to study. In Arkansas, we were headed for the Craters of Diamond State Park, the only public place to search for diamonds. It was smoldering HOT outside! But, they were well prepared with an attached water park.

We also went to a Native American Mound and the following picture were taken in the museum and store, the last three were at the Diamond Mine.

Friday, June 19, 2009

S Man & Lil A's Special Day.

Most Muslim's do not celebrate birthdays. Most Christians (some still don't) did not start to celebrate it until the 4th century dismissing it as a pagan holiday. And spiritual Jews still do not celebrate birthdays. This is something that I have struggled with throughout my children's life.
On one hand, I am not a pagan, I believe in one God, and therefore try to stay away from all pagan traditions. On the other hand, I want to acknowledge the changing of each year in my child's life. So what do we do, we acknowledge it in an intimate family setting.
 This year we needed to go into the big city- Dallas, and take a break from our small town. Since S Man and Lil A's birthdays are soon we went to the Rainforest Cafe today.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Howdy, Library!

S Man & Z Man wanted to send a big "Howdy, Partner" from the Tyler Library. We are loving the theme this summer. We are learning about Texas, through stories, movies, and non-fiction books.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Boys and Snakes

What is it with boys and snakes? S Man & Z Man are so proud of the snake they caught. A day at the lake is always an adventure for our children.

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