Living History at Ft. Tejon

Friday, May 31st, 2002
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Be careful with that hammer Amy!

Eric, Wendy and Amy attended their annual Ft. Tejon living history overnight field trip.  This is a homeschool event that is organized by several of the parents in our group. This being their second year, things went smoothly, and they had a wonderful time living for 24 hours in 1850.  Eric ran the wood shop as the town carpenter.  Kathy, Emily, and Kelly joined the group for the evening camp fire.

Eric and Kathy were able to get away for a weekend (thanks to Kathy's mom and sister) to the annual Christian Home Educators Association convention in Santa Clara.  It was a good time of reinforcing our decision to home educate our daughters. We learned many new skills, and came home excited about teaching the girls what we learned.

Our homeschool drama group put on a performance of "Noah's Ark."  It was a grand production, and we had so much fun doing it.

Once again, Amy and Wendy were honored to be asked to join a choir ensemble that would meet throughout the summer.  

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Careful, I'm armed and dangerous!

PMC Lilac Festival - Eric toots his horn

Saturday, May 18th, 2002
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Eric recently completed building a computer-controlled calliope powered by, of all things, our Oreck XL vacuum cleaner.

Eric and the gilrs brought the calliope down to the Lilac Festival to share with folks at the festival. It ws a big hit.

This video clip is a treat. Eric has completed building his computer-controlled calliope powered by his 8 lb Oreck XL vacuum cleaner. The video clip is in RealMedia format and you can watch it by clicking on the link below. During the video, be sure to watch for the Mack sisters, our American Bear, the vacuum cleaner (which you can hear in the background) and the laptop computer that controls the entire performance.

Watch Eric's vacuum cleaner powered calliope play a patriotic greeting!
(Click here for low-speed version)