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Circuit City

Hannah’s physics class studied electrical circuits last month. To illustrate their newly acquired knowledge, the students were required to design and construct two-story, four-bedroom houses, wired for lights and a door bell, using series, parallel, and complex circuits. Here’s a sample of some creatively embellished houses. Click on individual pictures to enlarge.


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Last night our Sunday School class celebrated Valentine’s Day with a special dinner and entertainment. One husband from each table was selected to serenade his wife with a love song. We listened to some interesting renditions of I Want to Hold Your Hand and Close to You. Mark wasn’t one of those chosen to sing, but I told him that if those men could sing at a moments notice in public that I figured he could sing a love song to me with a 24-hour notice. He has a few more hours until the deadline :).

In January, we held a family meeting to discuss keeping the Christmas tree up until Valentine’s Day. The vote was unanimous in favor of a Valentine tree. (Mark’s vote carried a lot of weight.) We dismantled the tree a week ago, and I miss the cheerful lights.

Woven Hearts

I experimented with different kinds of paper to make woven hearts this year. My favorite paper was Mark’s old navigational charts.

Woven Heart

Today is the first day of March, and I suppose the February 14th celebrations are officially over—but Valentine’s Day continues in our hearts because “love never ends” (1 Corinthians 13:8a).

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Woven Hearts

Hannah and I are having much fun making woven hearts for Valentine’s. We’ve made dozens of these every year since she was in second grade. That was the year that we went to the grocery store to purchase a box of valentines for her to exchange with classmates, and she couldn’t find any that were special enough. I discovered a Denmark site with woven heart instructions that seemed do-able for a second grader. It recommended using glazed paper, and provided beautiful patterns with metric measurements. I didn’t have a source for glazed paper and my mind wouldn’t comprehend centimeters. So, I created simplified hearts using high-quality constuction paper and familiar inches.

Weaving heart pockets was do-able for 8-year-old Hannah—her fingers intuitively wove over and under—but her mother had to follow the step-by-step instructions several times before mastering the weaving method.

Hannah included a joke in each heart valentine that she gave to her friends; they’re listed at the bottom of the post.


Cutting the Paper Pieces
1. Cut two rectangles, each one from different colors of good quality paper, measuring 3-inches x 9-inches. (Regular construction paper tears too easily and cardstock is too heavy. A high quality construction paper is TRU-RAY Heavyweight Construction Paper made by Pacon Corporation.)
2. Fold each paper rectangle in half, forming 3-inch x 41/2-inch rectangles.


3. Measure up 3 inches from the folded edge of each rectangle. Draw a light pencil line parallel to the folded edge.
4. Draw a semicircle above the pencil line, reaching from one edge of the paper to the other. The semicircle forms the curved top of each half of the heart shape.


5. Cut along the curved line with scissors.
6. Place a ruler along the folded edge of each paper and make a light pencilmark at 1 inch and 2 inches.
7. Cut with scissors from the 1-inch mark straight up to 3 inches to the pencil line drawn earlier.



8. Repeat with the 2-inch mark. The bottom section of the paper will now be cut into three strips, each 1-inch wide.
9. Label the white strips 1, 2, and 3. Label the pink strips A, B, and C.


Weaving the Heart
1. Place the pink paper directly on top of the white.
2. Rotate the red piece 90 dgrees.


3. Row 1: Insert loop 1 into loop A.  Insert loop B into 1.  Insert loop 1 into C.



4. Row 2: Insert loop A into loop 2.  Insert loop 2 into loop B.  Insert loop C into loop 2.




5. Row 3:  Insert loop 3 into loop A.  Insert loop B into loop 3.  Insert loop 3 into loop C.



6. Cut a strip of paper 1/2-inch wide by 8 inches. Glue to the inside of the front and back of the heart to from a handle.

— Before weaving, erase all pencil lines and refold paper so that erased pencil marks are inside the heart.
— If you have trouble weaving the last row, you may need to go back and cut deeper into the heart so there is enough room for all three strips both ways.
— Vary the size of the heart and the number of the strips.
— Use different colors of paper.
— Fill woven hearts with tissue paper, candy, love notes, cookies . . .


Hannah’s Collection of Jokes

With which hand should you stir your cocoa? With neither. Stir your cocoa with a spoon.

Why did the tomato blush? Because she saw the salad dressing.

What kind of cheese do dogs like on their pizza? Mutts-erella

What kind of vegetable goes “ding-dong?” A bell pepper

How long will an eight-day clock run without winding? It won’t run at all. It doesn’t have feet.

What starts with T, ends with T, and is full of T? A teapot

Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? At the bottom

What is is that is always coming but never arrives? Tomorrow. When it arrives, it’s today.

What question can never be answered yes? Are you asleep?

What did one eye say to the other eye? There’s something between us that smells.

What did Old Mother Hubbard say when she opened the cupboard?
O. I. C. U. R. M. T.

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Debbie who?
De-bee stung me.

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Harry who?
Hurry up and answer the door

Knock knock
Who’s there?
Wendy who?
Windy today, isn’t it?

Tongue Twisters

fried fresh fish

shredded Swiss cheese

rubber baby buggy bumpers

toy boat toy boat toy boat toy boat

We shall surely see the sun shine soon.

big black bear big black bear big black bear

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers

She sells sea shells by the sea shore

crisp crust crisp crust crisp crust

Fat frogs flying past fast

three free throws

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