Friday, September 12, 2014


We did the Chemistry version of tie-dye today in class. It is really simple. Pick a shape. Put it inside the t-shirt, wrap the material tightly around it, use a sharpie marker to color a dot in the middle, drop rubbing alcohol on the dot and watch it spread. The alcohol separates the pigments that make up the color so even though you might have a purple dot, the colors that spread could be pink, blue, even green. It's interesting for the kids to see. And, of course, there's always that one boy who is such a ... BOY!

You might remember the time one of them did this:
 He thought he was so clever rolling his dirt into the shape of turds. Look at that smile!

Then there was the time one of them asked me how long they had to date a girl before they could fart in front of her.

And now today there's this:
Yep. Nipple boobies on his chemistry t-shirt.

This is my life.

Monday, September 8, 2014

My New Lodgers

I have two Chinese students staying with me this year, Kira and Allen. They are cousins so I don't have to worry about how they will get along. They act more like younger brother, older sister. Kira is a student at my school and Allen is attending a nearby community college. I was a little hesitant about having students live with me again because last time it ended up costing us quite a bit of money and extra work. So far, this time has been a pleasant surprise. They want to cook on weekends for me because I work all week and when they are done they even clean their mess! Amazing. Hope it continues.

And here's the IchaBAD shot of the week. This is him trying to get into the bathroom. He does this everytime I close the door. He can't stand to be away from his people.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The End of Summer

Summer school is over, so for a last hurrah I took the kids to a Mariners baseball game. Megan and Marcie came with us...we lost, but the fireworks were fun. Many of the kids listed it as a highlight of their summer with some never having been to a stadium before. Here are some pics:


MomMA and WA Dad went to MO for a wedding so I got my little shadow for a couple of days. He and Sissy had lots of fun. Wherever I went, he went. He napped with me, cleaned with me, went for drives and walks with me...I love that boy. Yes, I do.
Napping with Sissy

Coast is clear. No cars my way.
The last piece of news is that Kira moved in yesterday and school started today. This evening we all went out and picked vegetables from the garden. Kira and JP worked on making tomato juice and pickles. Yum. Can't wait to try it all out.