A Must Watch Video

This is the best explanation of what is truly going on in Washington.  I've included the text below for your convenience.  It's 14 minutes - but you need to see it and send it out to everyone you know.

“Thank you, Mr. President.
I rise here on the Senate floor today to speak on the tremendous issue that’s captivated, and rightfully so, the attention of our country.
Let me start by saying that I do not enjoy nor relish the partisan role of attack dog. I never found any fun in that. I don’t think it’s constructive.  I don’t intend to become that here in the Senate.
I also have only been here for seven months, which means I haven‘t been here long enough to think any of the stuff that’s going on is normal. And I certainly don’t think any of the stuff that goes on around here too often is normal. So I think the fact that I’ve been here seven months has served me well in that regard.
Let me begin if I can. One of the things that I’ve noticed this week is that Washington is full of people from all over the world and all over the country that have traveled here this week to come and watch their government at work and see the monuments of the city and found themselves in the middle of this debate.
So I think it’s important to remind people what we’re debating because although it is a difficult and important issue, it is not a complicated one to understand. It’s pretty straight forward.
And here’s the way I would describe it the United States of America more or less — these are rough numbers but they’re accurate – spends about $300 billion a month. It has $180 billion a month that comes to the federal government through taxes and other sources of revenue and that means that in order to meet its bills at the end of every month it needs to borrow $120 billion.
Now, for much of the history of this country, there have been increases in the debt limit and the ability to borrow money. But what has happened over the last few years is that it’s no longer a routine vote because the people who give us our credit rating are saying too much of the money that you spend every month is borrowed and we want you to show us how over the next ten years you are going to borrow less as a percentage of what you spend.
And so that’s why, for years, where the debt limit was routine vote, it no longer can be. It’s not something that was made up in some conservative think tank. But the reality that we cannot continue to borrow 40% to 41% of every penny that the government spends has brought us to this point.
So you would think that seeing that, our government and our leaders here in both parties would react to that immediately and work on it.
And I’ve heard lot of talk today about delaying tactics and delaying votes. I would argue to you that this issue has been delayed at least for the last two and a half years.
In the two years before I even came here, this chamber neither proposed nor passed a budget. It is a startling figure that for the last two years this government has operated without a budget. So think about that. Two years have gone by without a budget. The first two years that the President was the president, no budgets.
Some people would say, well, that’s because of partisanship in Washington. Well, that’s not true. In the two years before I got here, both the House and Senate were controlled by members of the Democratic Party, which are the President’s party. In fact, in this chamber for at least one of those two years, 60 votes, 60 out of the 100 members here caucused with the Democrats. And as you recall, on Christmas Eve of the year 2009, they were able to pass a health care bill that was very controversial because they had the 60 votes in the President’s party.
Over two years, no budget. In fact you know how long it has been since this chamber proposed a budget? Forget passed a budget, proposed a budget? 822 days. That’s a long time. A lot of things have happened in the last 822 days, but proposing a budget is not one of them out of this chamber.
So then I got here – and we got here in January, seven months have passed, still no budget. Again, not budget passed, proposed, offered. Here’s our budget. Still no budget. 822 Days and every single day that I’ve been here.
Now, in the last seven days on this debt debate, we have finally seen a proposal from the esteemed senator from Nevada, the majority leader. You would think, has he brought it to the floor to vote? Not until last night. So, again, offered a proposal over the weekend and still for six days we sat around and what did we do around here? Nothing. It was never brought to a vote.
You would think these issues would have been worked on in January, February, March — nothing. This chamber has done nothing. You talk about delay tactics? They’ve been delaying for two and a half years.
Now the President doesn’t have the luxury of some of these things. He has to propose a budget by law, and he did. Let me tell you how ridiculous the budget was. Not a single member of this Senate voted for it, including the Democrats. It is a budget that didn’t lead with the debt limit; in fact, it increased the debt. That’s how absurd the budget was.
Where is the President plan? We haven’t seen it. We haven’t seen it.  Here‘s the President’s plan: a blank sheet of paper. He doesn’t have a plan. He hasn’t offered a plan. Again, if this were a Republican president, I would say the same thing.
I do not understand how an issue of this magnitude, of generational importance, the President of the United States has not offered a plan. If someone has seen the president’s plan, please send it to me because no one else has seen it. It does not exist.
So this has been the plan all along, by the way. The plan all along was not to take a position, to let the days count down until we got to this point with 72 hours to go and then force a vote on something that they wanted. I believe that that has been the plan the entire time. And you can see it carrying itself out.
You want to know why people all across America get grossed out about politics? It’s by watching this kind of stuff happen.
And instead let me tell you what we’ve seen for the last few days. First of all, for today and for much of this time I have heard all these attacks and name-calling. If we had $1 billion for every time I heard the words “tea party extremist,” we could solve this debt problem.
So all this name-calling, so I said let me read some quotes about this debt limit and I found some pretty extremist quotes.
Here’s one.
It says, “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt.” A quote from a tea party extremist, right? No. This is a quote from March 16 of 2006 from Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
I found another extremist quote. This one says, “Because this massive of accumulation of debt was predicted, because it was foreseeable, because it was unnecessary, because it was the result of willful and reckless disregard for the warnings that were given and for the fundamentals of economic management, I am voting against a debt limit increase.” Well, that must be from a tea party extremist member of the House, right? No. This is March 16, 2006, from Senator Joe Biden of Delaware.
And last but not least, here’s a quote from September 27 of 2007. It says, “I find it distasteful and disturbing to increase the debt limit yet again. Clearly we need to change course and this debt limit bill is just another reminder of that.” And that is from the distinguished Senator from Nevada, the majority leader. On that date in 2007.
And yet now these same quotes in this context, what we’re talking about raising the debt limit more than has ever been raised in one vote, is extremism? This name-calling is absurd and it sets this process back.
The other thing I hear — oh, it is not reasonable. This is a waste of time. This bill can’t pass the Senate when they talk about the House bill. So now it disqualifies the bill the fact that it can’t pass in the Senate.
Well, guess what? The Senate bill can’t pass in the Senate —  the Senate bill can’t pass in the Senate.”
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA): “Will the Senator yield for a question?”
Sen. Rubio: “Yes, I’ll yield.”
Sen. John Kerry: “I thank the Senator for doing that. That’s become somewhat unusual in the Senate today. So I truly appreciate it.
I would ask the Senator, as ironic as it may be that on occasion people in the past have indeed voted against a debt limit — both Republicans and Democrats alike — is it not true that in those situations those votes did not hold the nation hostage, did not come at a moment of enormous economic fragility as we are in today, and did not run the risk of default because it was going to pass overwhelmingly every time?
Is that not true?”
Sen. Rubio: “To the Senator from Massachusetts, I would say two things.
The first is that those votes — put it to you this way. If the Senator from Illinois at the time, Senator Obama, had had his way, we’d be in the same position we are in now. Because he had voted against the debt – and I recognize the President has now said that the debt limit is — he made a mistake and he wouldn’t have said that were he here today.
My point, I would say to the Senator from Massachusetts, is that rhetoric two years ago was not considered extremist language and now that rhetoric, which by the way I have not found. I think it is a myth. There may be a handful of people in the building both in the House and Senate perhaps that believe that the nation doesn’t have to raise the debt limit. But by and large everyone recognizes that something must be done about the debt limit.
What we have also said – I speak for myself. Let me not speak for any other member of this chamber or the next.
What I have also said is that it would be a terrible mistake to lose this opportunity to do something meaningful about the debt. And that the debt limit gives us an opportunity to do something meaningful about the debt, because the crisis that America faces is not one that I have defined.
But one that has been defined by the rating houses and rating agencies who have said if you do not get your spending in order, we don’t care whether you raise your debt limit or not, we will downgrade you.
And what that means for every American is an increase in their interest payments.”
Sen. John Kerry: “Will the Senator further yield for a question?”
Sen. Rubio: “Yes.”
Sen. Kerry: “Mr. President I appreciate what the Senator is saying. I would just say first of all that everybody understands the danger of the rating agencies right now.
The problem is, we got to reach across the aisle and negotiate. We’ve got to come to agreement. Right now there’s not a lot of negotiating going on.
I would ask the Senator, if he doesn’t agree that there is an enormous difference between — the Senator a moment ago said if he had gotten his way. But the whole point is, everybody knew he wasn’t about to get his way. That was a truly symbolic vote.
Today, however, is it not true we are on the brink of a default and the absence of negotiation or the absence of a settlement presents us with a far more serious consequence to the unwillingness to raise the debt ceiling today?”
Sen. Rubio: “To the Senator from Massachusetts I would say it‘s impossible to negotiate with someone who doesn’t offer a plan. How do you negotiate with someone who will not offer a plan and will not put it on the table?
But the finger pointing of who has a plan and who doesn’t have a plan is relevant, but it’s not the central issue here.
I would also say that in March of this year, March 30 to be exact of this year, I wrote an op-ed piece that ran in The Wall Street Journal and it outlined the things I was looking for to be a part of this debate. And I was told on March of this year that we didn’t have enough time to do all those things. Although later on we found out perhaps we did, this grand bargain and I am prepared, as I stand here today, if there is a meeting going on right after this, I’d love to be a part of it.
I am prepared to discuss the things that I believe we need to do not just to raise the debt limit. Raising the debt limit is the easiest thing. That’s one vote away. The hard thing is to show the world we are serious about putting our spending in order so we can show people we’ll able to pay our bills down the road.
And that is a combination of things that I have outlined very clearly, not just on March of this year in The Wall Street Journal, but in repeated speeches on this floor.
And those are the things, we need to do two things.
Number one is we need to grow our economy because while the debt is the biggest issue in Washington, jobs are the biggest issue facing America. And if we could get more people back to work, we would have more people paying taxes, and if we had more people paying taxes, we’d have more revenue for government.
And so that is the first thing we need to do, is figure out how to create jobs in America and I think there is bipartisan agreement on things we can do to do that.
The President himself mentioned regulatory reform as a necessity in the State of the Union. Let’s do it.
We’ve all talked about tax reform. Flattening and simplifying our tax code. And if there are things in that tax code that do not belong there because they are the product of good lobbying instead of good policy, then let’s go after those things. We’ve talked about that. Let’s talk about that.
I think we all agree that there has to be some changes in discretionary spending, but we also agree that doesn’t solve the problem. That’s a small piece of our overall budget. That we have to save Medicare because it goes bankrupt if we leave it the way it is. That we have to save Medicaid because it goes bankrupt if we leave it the way it is.
And I can tell you that history will back up what I’m about to say and that is that there is no government run by conservatives, Republicans, put whoever you want there, if you give government the opportunity to spend more money than it has, it will do it. It will do it every time.
That‘s why I believe there are at least 20 members of the Senate in the other party who have supported some version of the balanced budget amendment and yet it’s something we cannot even get a vote on much less discuss in the Senate.
So I believe there can be compromise on those outlines but here’s the last thing I would say.
I believe my time is about to expire so let me close with this.
Compromise is fantastic.
I would love nothing more than to leave this building tomorrow night having said the republic still works. I was able to stand shoulder to shoulder with people from states far from mine with views different from mine but who love their country so much that we were able to come together and save it when it faced this catastrophe.
I would love nothing more than compromise. But I would say to you that compromise that’s not a solution is a waste of time.
If my house was on fire, I can‘t compromise about which part of the house I’m going to save. You save the whole house or it will all burn down.
We either save this country or we do not.
And to save it, we must seek solutions.”


Plans for 2011/2012 - Princess E

Tonight, Princess S said that she wished school started on Monday!  I wish I'd been recording her, because I can guarantee you that by September 1 she will be quoting the opposite.

Here is the curriculum Princess E will use this year:

Tapestry of Grace DE Year 1:  We are using this for history, literature, church history, and some geography.  I plan to incorporate more narration this year.  Also, she will be doing her history and church history discussions through the Lampstand Learning Center.  I will be having Princess S do some of the D level literature books this year, so she will join us for discussion for those books.  I also am going to attempt to read all the literature books myself before they are assigned.  I've got the first one read already.

Math-U-See Epsilon:  She will continue where she left off, and then move on to Zeta.

Latin for Children Primer B:  I debated whether to move her on to Latin Alive.  But since I have all the other girls behind her, I decided to stick with this series for now.  She will still have time to complete Primer C and all three Latin Alive books.

Apologia General Science:  I have the entire curriculum on a computer CD.  If this doesn't work to do on the computer, then I will be borrowing the book from a friend.  I'm quite nervous about this.  I think it's going to be a lot of work for my non-science minded or interested princess.  But it is important for her to have it.

Globalmania:  As mentioned in my post about Princess S's curriculum, I'm hoping for a better global mind in respect to where things are located in the world.

As I said before, I'm a language arts fiend.  So we have a lot of overlapping, multi-textured stuff going on.  With the MCT, I'm using his level 4 materials over two years, so what's listed may seem a lot, but we're going slow and only doing half the book this year.  As listed in Princess S's curriculum, she will be using Practice Town, McCall-Crabbs Book B, and Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons from IEW, and Fix-It Grammar - though she will be doing The Frog Prince instead of Tom Sawyer.
The Magic Lens Volume One: This is intense but fun grammar.  We'll do the first half of the book this year.
The Word Within the Word Volume One: This vocabulary program should put her in good form for the eventual college required standardized tests.
Essay Voyage: Instead of going with the level four writing (especially since we're doing the IEW writing besides) I am having her do level three.  This is such a rich program that we are going to take it slow and easy.  

That's it for our curriculum tour for the year.  Wouldn't you know it, I've already had to change our daily schedule that I posted earlier as I realized I forgot about piano lesson day.  So I had to make some minor changes.  I put together milk crates for each princess today with their school stuff all nicely squeezed into a crate.  Each has a different color, and they should be able to move the crates around to wherever they end up doing their schoolwork.  I'm also working on cleaning out the school room and when I have it all spruced up I'll post some photos.


Princess M (Endearment)

** Normally, I would title posts like these Princess M Funnies, but as this contains the words of a prayer, I thought endearment a better term. **

Princess M's lunchtime prayer today:

Dear Jesus,
I love you when we go to church but (aside - this is how all of her prayers start) today we didn't go to church.  We didn't go anywhere - we stayed at home.  And tonight we'll stay at home because it's cold outside, even though there's no snow.

** Reader's Note - It's been in the triple digit heat index for the past several days.  Not sure where she's getting the cold idea. **


Plans for 2011/2012 - Princess S

It's only eleven days until we begin our school year.  I need to finish my curriculum posts so I can get ready for the new year.  Here is what Princess S will be using for next year.

Tapestry of Grace DE Year 1:  We are using this for history, literature, church history, and some geography.  I plan to incorporate more narration and copywork for her this year.  She will be completing the UG level for most of the year, but I plan to begin the transition to D level part way through.  I will have her reading a few of the D level literature books this year and including her in our discussion times for it.  

Math-U-See Delta: She will continue on from where she ended the year.  I anticipate she will be moving on to Epsilon about halfway through the year.

Latin for Children Primer A:  This will be her first year with Latin.  I'm hoping we get through this in one year, but I am going to be flexible.  I'd rather go for mastery than finishing a book in a year.  In fact, I really think we will only get about 2/3 of the way through.  Last year, I had all the pages in page protectors for Princess E and she wrote on them with an ultra-fine permanent marker.  I used an Expo board doctor to get that off.  However, because I had waited until the end of the year it took a long time and lots of elbow grease.  I finally gave up and threw away about 40 page protectors.  This year we will use wet erase markers.   I also purchased the activity book used, so that will give some more variety in the assignments. 

God's Marvelous Works Book One:  The last two years we have done science together.  This year we are trying science separately.  So Princess S will be working on this book.  I plan to incorporate narration and notebooking with this subject.  She will do the reading and answer the questions.  I entered the vocabulary words on Quizlet so she can study them there.  I also bought the test booklet.

Globalmania: We are going to add in this program for our geography studies.  My hope with this is that they will be able to have a better grasp of where things are in the world.  We will be setting aside a little bit of time each week to work on this adventure.

Language Arts - I am a language arts fiend!  I was an English major and this is my love and comfort zone.  But finding something that works for all my princesses is difficult.  These choices below may seem like a lot, but Princess S really needs repetition as well as variety in order for concepts to sink in.  She also needs lots of hands on practice.  So I am blending a variety of programs together.  We won't be doing all these each day, but we will be working with each thing at least twice a week.  Most of these I purchased used.
Caesar's English 1:  This will be our first year using MCT for vocabulary.  This is an intense program.  We are going to take it slow, but hopefully finish in one year. 
Grammar Town:  This is the next book that follows Grammar Island, which we did this past year.  They enjoyed the story aspect of learning grammar, so I'm hoping this will be the same.  As per MCT recommendations, we will be "front loading" this program.  She will complete the book in five weeks.
Paragraph Town:  She will use this after she completes Grammar Town.  There are so many different activities to choose from with this one.  We will be choosing those that look the most fun and the most helpful.  (Yes - this might overlap some with IEW - but the approaches are different and like I said, she needs the constant review.)
Practice Town:  Last year I purchased the student books for each princess.  This year, I am going to be including this exercise during our meeting times.  I only purchased the teacher's manual and will be dictating the sentence to them.  Then they will be working through the four level analysis.
Fix It! Grammar - Tom Sawyer:  This will be an additional grammar exercise.  Princess S is a very good writer as far as creativity - but her mechanics and usage need some real work.  I am hoping that this will help her become more conscious these aspects in her own writing.
McCall Crabbs  Book B: We will be continuing this exercise this year.  They will complete it during our half hour meeting time.  They will be alternating between this and Practice Town.  We may need to double up for about three weeks spread out through the year in order to finish. 
Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons (IEW):  This will be done with a friend's sixth grader.  I will be teaching my oldest two princesses along with her third DD, and she will take my youngest two princesses with her youngest DD to do the Tapestry LG literature book and a craft.  I really like the looks of this program and am hoping that Princess D will spur my two princesses to excellence.  Princess D really enjoys writing and it's one of her favorite subjects I'm told.

Well, there you have it.  Princess S's school year in a nutshell.  I'm actually getting quite excited for it.



This morning, Princess E performed a song she wrote for the offertory special music at church.  It's not the best recording from the vantage point I had, but I think it gives you an idea of the gift God has blessed her with at such a young age.


Princess E's Extreme Room Makeover

Last year, my mom (known to the princesses as "Nanny") decided that she wanted to gift the eldest two princesses with an extreme room makeover.  Part of the reason was because she knew they wanted a more grown up looking room, but another part was that we hoped they would be spurred on to want to keep their rooms clean and neat.  Here is what the room looked like when they started.




So in June, Nanny helped Princess E with her extreme room makeover.  They painted, decluttered, and replaced old furniture with much nicer old furniture.  Almost all of the things that were purchased were second hand, except for her new bedding, and a picture and frame over her bed.  Princess E is so pleased with how it turned out.  Check it out!


(This is a dresser and dressing table in one.  As we have four girls, we anticipate that the older they get, the more difficult it is going to be to find bathroom time.  So having a dressing table in their room is a must.)


Princess E picked out this comforter set.  She thought it looked more sophisticated than the other choices.  The picture they found matches one of the flowers on the bed spread, but brings other colors into the mix.



Finally, Princess E wanted a music corner so that she could work on her music writing.  She has her keyboard and guitar set up there.  She received a new CD player for her birthday (which isn't in the photo as she hadn't received it yet) that is setting on the ledge.  Also missing from the picture are the new curtains that we hung the next day.

The last thing that Nanny did was to have Princess E sign a contract.  Since she had put a lot of time, money and love into the room makeover, she wanted Princess E to agree to some rules that had been decided upon ahead of time.  So she drew up a contract and had her sign it.  Then Nanny made a scrapbook of the whole thing and gave it to Princess E for her birthday.  What a wonderful gift!  In a few weeks, I'll show you the transformation of Princess S's room.


Princess L Funnies

Yesterday, I told Princesses S, L and M I would take them to Dollar Tree to pick out birthday gifts for Princess E.  Princess L got really excited thinking about what she could get.  Then she stopped short and said, "Wait, I don't have any money.  (Princess E) you need to give me a dollar so I can get you a birthday present."


Plans for 2011/2012 - Princess L

Princess L will be in first grade already.  (Insert sad sounding yiddish fiddle music.)  Where has the time gone?

I have had a difficult time figuring out what to do with this little one next year.  Some things were no brainers:  continue Math-U-See Alpha for math, begin Tapestry of Grace LG level for our humanities rotation, and Awana Sparks for Bible memory work.  But I've been flummoxed (I just had to get that word in there) about what to do for Language Arts.  (I will continue to have her work on the Explode the Code workbooks as they are a good seat work activity that she can do on her own.  I can hand it to her to do while I am correcting her work, or if I am unavoidably needed during her schooling by one of her sisters.)  Because of the speech issues that she has been working through this year, she is a little bit behind where her sisters were in reading ability.   At the same time, I have learned through experience that just because you can read a book (or a list of words) to get a graded reading level, it doesn't mean that you can comprehend or remember what you've read.  This has been an ongoing problem with my eldest two princesses.  I have come to embrace Charlotte Mason's ideas of narration and dictation as a method for training kids toward the stage of dialectic thinking.  I didn't really do much with that with my eldest two princesses, and as a result, moving up to the dialectic level in our Tapestry studies has been a bigger challenge than it should be.

So what to do?  When I first heard that IEW was going to be coming out with curriculum for the K-2nd grade set, I was excited.  As an English major, I really like their method for training kids to write well.  What held me back at the homeschool convention is that I didn't know where she'd be by the end of the year.  I decided to spring for it because even if the reading lessons will be a bit easy for her - it will be a good review of the things that she has learned.  And most importantly, I can use it the following year with Princess M.  The writing lessons, however, are going to be right up our alley.  This will allow us to work in the narration and dictation that I missed with my older girls at this stage.  And it will set her up for a wonderful transition to be able to complete SWI-A in her third grade year. 

When she is done with PAL-Reading, I am going to have Princess L begin Primary Language Lessons.  I like the outlay of this version of the book.  You can print it however you want - color, B&W, one sided, two sided, etc.  And it can be done either orally or written down.  The original version of the book would require separate paper to complete any written portions.  When my elder girls tried this, they would either lose their place in the book or on the paper making the assignment take forever, or things would get skipped as they moved back and forth.  This version allows them to write their answer immediately below the question.

I've already posted our master schedule, but here is a closer look at what Princess L's personal schedule will look like:

Princess L Schedule

This is what we will start with, anyway.  It seems like the more the plans seem set in stone, the more things come up that require changes.  I believe that's called "Murphy's Law"?  You'll notice our schedule will be different on Mondays.  That's because a friend and I will be kid swapping and team teaching on those days.  I will take her 6th grader with E & S to do IEW's Ancient History Writing Lessons, and she will take L & M with her 2nd grader to do the Tapestry LG literature book and a hands-on craft or experiment.  I'm really excited about it, though I enjoy the hands-on stuff myself, I think it will be good for L to have the opportunity to learn from someone other than me.  One other thing on the schedule that is new for her is piano.  She will begin her lessons in October.  She is so excited and cannot wait to be like her big sisters.  I have scheduled her a 15 minute practice session for this year.  Those beginning lessons can get a little bit too much for me to listen to for half an hour.  And it's also too much time for them to fill.  Until her lessons actually begin, I will have her review Awana verses, as much of the first part of each book is a review of the previous year anyway.


Plans for 2011/2012 - Princess M

This will be Princess M's first official year as a student in our homeschool.   She will be a pre-K student.  We will be using the Letter of the Week curriculum.  While you can get all the downloads free from the site, it is well worth the $10 to download everything zipped and organized.  I also purchased the K4 expansion pack a while back.  I do not know how much of it we will use with Princess M this year, but I can also use it with Princess L for a fun review.  I have decided that, although I'd love to print everything out in color on heavy weight cardstock and then laminate it, it really was not cost effective to do that.  Princess M is my last student, so that would be a big investment.  If I still had one more behind, I would most certainly spend the money to make things last.  So I went through the list of activities and decided which ones really would be best in color, and which ones I could get by with B&W.  Princess M can color some of them in before we cut them out to play with.  I'm printing out all the activities I plan to use, a letter a day, until I have all that I need.  I've also gone through the list of suggested books and marked which ones I have available at our library.  I will be working with Princess M immediately after breakfast in the morning.  I plan to have some activities she can do with me and some that she will learn to do on her own for a few minutes.  She is very excited about being an official student, something that her sisters find very funny.  (I remind them that they were once excited about school as well.)  Princess M will also be a first year Cubbie at Awana this year.  I think she is most excited about that fact.  It has been a long wait for her to join in on the Wednesday night fun.  I will try to remember to take some photos of the activities and post them on a regular basis.  (I have such a hard time remembering to take pictures.)