Beautiful weather and the outdoors called to us this weekend, so we headed over to Pixie Boulder. Daddy and Munchkin wanted to attempt to tackle several of the lines on the boulder. Munchkin was a little more hesitant than Daddy, but she did well for her first time out climbing in quite some time.
She was happy to make it to the top of the boulder, but she wasn’t all that thrilled with needing to climbing back down. (I tend to agree that the trip down tends to be a bit more nerve-wracking.)
Daddy had a blast trying different techniques and problems (lines). His height gave him advantages on some lines while it gave him fits on other lines.
“You want me to jump? From here?” There were several conversations back and forth throughout the climb as Daddy encouraged her to try things that were within her skills but slightly outside of her comfort zone.
This line was quite tricky and didn’t get defeated this time out, but some progress was made on it.
Daddy and Munchkin did a scramble up the face of the boulder shortly before we called it quits for the day. It was a fun family outing.
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Over the years, I have tried a variety of different items to label and organize my food pantry and food storage. For many years, I used Tupperware Modular Mates for all of my food storage needs and just applied small labels to the containers. (Here is a picture of my gluten free pantry while using modular mates.) This worked great as it made for easy moves and kept our food bug-free, but as I learned more about some of the concerns with plastic and food, I decided that I no longer wanted to use plastic with food whenever possible.
I gradually transitioned to using glass jars for my pantry storage. Our food actually tasted better when stored in glass. It was a bit of a pain to move, but everything made it without an issue. (The military movers would move our food if it was in Tupperware, but they wouldn’t move the glass jars of food as they weren’t sealed. We ended up moving them ourselves.) For my other bulk food storage, I transitioned to using 2, 3, and 5 gallon buckets with mylar bags and gamma lids.
One of the issues that I have had with using glass jars and buckets is labeling. I’ve tried a variety of different products, but I couldn’t find one that allowed for flexibility in what was stored in the jars. While there are some things that are consistent in my pantry, there are other things that are in constant flux. I loved the look of paper labels, but they didn’t allow for changing of jar contents nor washing of the jars.
When I found the chalkboard labels, I knew that I had found my solution for the jars. My only issue was writing on them with regular chalk. It looked bad, and it was hard to read. When I saw the Colore Chalk Markers, I thought it might be the answer to the issue. They came in a variety of colors and worked on different non-porous surfaces. Each marker has the option of two different tips – chisel and bullet. You just flip the tip to use whichever style you want.
I found the chisel tip to be a bit of a pain to use, but the bullet tip worked well for me. Now, I don’t have fancy handwriting, so it may not look as pretty as something that is printed out. Even so, they work for me. I can easily wipe off the label when I want to put something new in the jar. I can even write directly on the jar if I want which is nice for those times that I’ve run out of labels.
Since I’m still in the process of switching my labels to the chalkboard labels, the jars in my pantry don’t look quite as pretty as they do when they all have the same labels, but I’m liking the new chalkboard labels especially now that I’m using the chalk markers. I look forward to when all of the jars have the new labels as it looks much nicer when they all match, but for now, I’ll just switch out the labels a little at a time.
For my buckets, I’ve started using self-adhesive poly pockets. I just stick them on the buckets and then insert the business sized cards that I have printed on cardstock. It allows me to change out the labels easily when needed. I can even change the style/design/color of the labels if needed/wanted.
These two labeling techniques have allowed me to get my pantry and food storage organized in a way that works for my eat-what-you-store, store-what-you-eat method of food storage. My food storage is basically just bulk storage for the items that are in my regular pantry stores.
Munchkin is my future paleontologist if all goes as planned. She has loved all things dinosaur from a very young age. In fact, it was her love of dinosaurs that originally lead us to find the resources from Master Books and Answers in Genesis. I wanted some resources from a biblical viewpoint to balance out all of the evolutionary content of most of the dinosaur resources that we had on hand.
Needless to say, when the Awesome Science series decided to visit Dinosaur National Monument, Munchkin was rather excited. She previously wanted to visit the national monument, but after watching the video, she has decided that we definitely need to take a trip. It also solidified the idea that she really wants to go on a dig.
We’ve been watching the Awesome Science series from the very beginning. It’s been fun watching Noah Justice grow up as the series continues as he and Munchkin are close in age. While much of the original footage was filmed when he was younger, the film has been put together in a manner that shows the footage with an older Noah. When you view the behind the scenes footage, you see a much younger Noah. The bloopers contain footage of both the younger and older Noah. You’ll want to watch the additional footage under the bonus features as it provides even more information as well as some entertainment.
In Explore Dinosaur National Monument with Noah Justice, viewers are given a look at some of the formations and fossils at Dinosaur National Monument from a biblical, seven-day creation viewpoint. It gives an alternative perspective into how the formations and fossils were formed. Just be warned, if you have dinosaur fanatic in your home, they may walk away from this video really wanting to go to the Dinosaur National Monument.
In 1909, a huge deposit of dinosaur bones were found on the western side of the Rockies, in a vast area of western Colorado and eastern Utah of which 200,000 acres have been set aside as the Dinosaur National Monument. Explore this mysterious area and learn:
Which are the most common dinosaur fossils found at this huge site
What are the various rock layers in which the fossils have been discovered
The significance of fossil Unio clam shells, Native American petroglyphs, & more!
This series is produced by Kyle Justice, whose work has appeared on such networks as National Geographic, ESPN, and the Outdoor Channel, along with his creative homeschool-family team. Teen host Noah Justice serves as your guide to truth on the ground at national parks and other geologic locations, bringing you an educational and entertaining adventure!
Actors: Noah Justice
Directors: Kyle Justice
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Special thanks to Intervine Technologies for providing a sample of their product for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links.
No matter where you live in the country, you always need to be prepared for natural disasters. Throughout our time in the military, we’ve lived in places that have been hit with floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, mudslides tropical storms, blizzards, and a variety of other weather related situations. We’ve also lived in areas where the power went out on a regular basis for no apparent reason. Because we’ve been through all of these situations, we’ve found it important to have a variety of different lighting devices available at our house as part of our emergency kit.
We have flashlights, candles, oil lamps, and lanterns available for use as they all serve different purposes. I tend to stay away from candles and oil lamps when the power is out when possible, but we have them just in case. I prefer to stick to either battery operated or handcrank units for our lighting when the power is out.
Recently, I had the opportunity to test out the SuperNova 300 LED lantern in our home. Thankfully, we haven’t had any emergency situations lately, so it was more of an every day use test. Because we live in a location where there are no street lights, it’s nice to have portable lighting available on a regular basis.
I was pleasantly surprised at the smaller size of this lantern. It stands a little over seven inches tall, and the base is roughly 3.25 inches across. The square, rubber base provides stability and grip. In addition, the required 3 D sized batteries in the base provide weight, so the lantern does not easily get knocked or blown over. (That’s important when you live in an area that has high winds on a regular basis.) The batteries can be a bit of a pain to install unless you line up the slot on the base to the ridge on the battery compartment before trying to twist on base onto the battery compartment.
The lantern has 3 different settings: high, low, and strobe. You switch between the settings by pressing the power button. You can also remove the top of the lantern if you want a more focused light. The lantern has both a normal handle for hanging/carrying as well as a bottom hook for hanging upside down. The lantern has a small green blinking light right above the power button that can not be disabled. It’s not overly bright, but it’s bright enough that locating the lantern in the dark is easy.
The lantern comes with a 5 year warranty. I always appreciate when a company stands behind their product with a solid warranty.
Overall, I’m impressed with the size and brightness of the lantern. I like that it is durable and sturdy. We tend to be in a lot of windy locations, so having something that has a little weight to it is a good thing. It provides ample light for most situations including camping and power outages.
Whether you’re looking to add a lantern to your camping equipment or to your emergency supplies, I have no problem recommending this compact lantern.
Special thanks to Family Christian for providing a review copy of this movie. This post contains affiliate links.
Most of us have either read or heard the story of the prodigal son in the Bible. It’s a story of heartache, love, and redemption. It was told to try to help us understand the love of our heavenly father. Confessions of a Prodigal Son is a modern take on a timeless story told from the perspective of the prodigal son.
Because it is the story of the prodigal son, it’s not necessarily suitable for younger children. It has drinking and partying as a main theme while the son, Sean, tries to figure out what he wants out of life. A college professor gives Sean’s class an assignment – to see their life as a story – which leads Sean down a path of contemplation and discovery, but it isn’t until he hits rock bottom that he truly begins to reflect on what his story will become.
I enjoyed this different look at the parable of the prodigal son. It was interesting to see the story from the viewpoint of the prodigal son.
A coming-of-age tale following Sean (Nathan Clarkson) as he rebels and leaves his home, family and father (Kevin Sorbo) to figure out life on his own. Two years later–while still on the journey to find life’s answers–Sean suddenly finds himself questioning everything he thought he knew as he is confronted by a professor (Darwin Harris) who challenges Sean to see his life as a story; a best friend (Azel James) walking a dangerous path; and a strong and beautiful young woman (Rachael Lee) who is on her own journey to answers. Each one of these elements causes Sean to greater examine the choices he is making. The story is one of drama, laughter, relationships, faith, and redemption, ultimately asking the question “Can broken stories have happy endings?
Actors: Kevin Sorbo, Nathan Clarkson, Rachael Lee, Azel James
Directors: Allan Spiers
Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)