March 30, 2007

Things you never knew about Australia...

Anna Marie and Kathleen are currently studying the cultural and physical geography of Australia.

Anna Marie just reported a couple interesting tidbits today:

Kangaroos are called kangaroos, because when the early explorers asked the Aborigines the name of the animal, they responded "kangaroo," which means, "I don't know."

All Barramundi, large scaled fish found in Australia, begin life as males. They live as males for the first seven years. Then they become females.

Who knew?

Homeschooling Moms

Here is a piece I just couldn't resist sharing. A must-read for homeschooling moms (and dads). Thanks to St. Therese Academy for posting this on the 4Real boards.

March 29, 2007

On the Air

My hubby, Joe, was the featured guest on our local 1640 am hour-long business show last Friday. He opined about patent, trademark, and copyright law. The kids and I had fun listening to Daddy on air as we ate dinner. Those who know Joe will not be surprised that he had plenty to say.

To hear for yourself, click here. If the link to his guest appearance doesn't come up directly, type "leone" into the keywords box at the top right.

March 26, 2007

Proudly "Inland North"

So, what can I say? I'm from Wisconsin. And yes, I call carbonated beverages "pop."

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Midland
The Northeast
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

March 20, 2007

Takin' His Mama Along...

My six-year-old son, William, and I were having a conversation today about growing up. He said that when he grows up, he wants to live right next door to his mom and dad.

"Wow, William, you want to live next to me? That's so nice!" I exclaimed.

William's response: "Yeah but, just so you know, you'll have to live in Djibouti."

I guess we're moving to Africa.

March 11, 2007

Spring Has Sprung!

There is nothing like a 45 degree March day in Wisconsin to make you want to kick off your shoes.

March 1, 2007

The Speller Who Wasn't

Our Anna Marie would have been in the Madison All-City Spelling Bee last week, but for that nasty flu. What a disappointment. Here is a link to the newspaper article and photo. The nice thing is that Anna Marie's good friend, Madison, went as an alternate and performed very well. Here is a photo of Anna Marie and Madison after the Holy Family Homeschoolers spelling bee.

More blizzard photos

Just had to share a few more blizzard photos.

The first photo was taken by yours truly as the blizzard was just getting underway. I don't know precisely what the wind gusts were on top of our barren hill, but suffice it to say that we've never had to remove the closed umbrella from the table on our deck. Usually it just sits there closed through the winter and does fine. However, we were certain it was going to snap off at the point where it met the table, so Joe and Anna Marie went out there in the blinding snow (note the ski goggles on hubby), and attempted to remove the umbrella. Joe was standing on top of a slippery, snowy table in some 40 MPH winds, near the deck rail, approximately 14 feet off the ground, making his wife just a wee bit nervous.

The second photo was taken the next morning, with the snow blown and drifted up against our deck's sliding door. Yes, the wind did all that overnight -- the same wind that was giving me gray hairs while Joe was standing on the table the night before. (Note that the umbrella remains. It was sticking and we couldn't muscle it out in that wind, despite about 20 minutes of trying. Glad it didn't break!)