Eyes Open for Engineering

Our class STEAM work helps us to notice cool engineering everywhere we look!  Here are three interesting ones I came across this week.  What have you seen in your summer adventures?  Hope you’ll comment!

An engineer friend from church lives next to Lake Sunapee and made friends on her walk “with a guy who was putting his gorgeous wooden steamboat in at the harbor. Then that guy offered us a ride! The boat, named the Sunapee Zephyr, is finished with cedar and the engine is wood-fueled. The sounds and smells were amazing! It’s way quieter than a typical motorized boat.”  Thank you, Emily, for sharing this!

Engineering helps us solve everyday problems.  One problem my parents have, living next door to a farm, has been the manure spreaders splashing liquid manure on their road as they go back and forth to the fields with each load.  This week when I drove by the field, I noticed the tractors now are attached to the tank back at the barn with a gigantic hose!  It looks like a huge umbilical cord that allows them to spread all the manure without ever transporting the manure.  I looked it up online, and they make hoses up to five miles long for the giant farms out west.  Sounds silly, but try having a picnic when your whole neighborhood smells and you’ll realize how genius this is.

We are redoing our barn roof, and we didn’t want to squash our flower beds.  Look at this nifty shingle slide.  We use our problem solving skills every day in life.

So what engineering have you spotted?

Fourth of July Fun

Our house is right where the annual Fourth of July parade comes around to start the parade on Main Street, so our yard has a perfect view.  Look at all our friends watching with us!  It was so happy!  (Can you spot Mrs. Shedd?)

Living in a small town is such a treat.  Our town parties from the pancake breakfast in the morning until the fireworks at night, and it is perfect.

My favorite float after teaching fourth grade NH history for so many years.

My wonderful pastor and his wife (on the ends in row one and two) being spectacular in the Kearsarge Community Band.

E-mail some of your summer adventures or book talks to share on our blog.

Loony Days

One of my favorite summer blessings is my sunrise swim.  This year at least one of my bird friends has joined me each time so far–a Canada goose family, the blue heron, or the loons.  (Loon photos courtesy of Donna Baker-Hartwell and the Highland Lake Protective Association because they only come around to feed after I’m IN the water so I have no camera.) 

(one day old)

(one week old at “my” beach)

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Summer Fun First!

Hi everyone!
I am in the Chicago area for a conference – yes, even principals go to classes!…and on top of that during the summer! I am also able to enjoy a few special vacation days too!

I was very excited to take my niece for her first time to Wrigley Field for her first Cubs game! Although she is not a baseball fan she had a lot of fun and asked a lot of good questions and now understands a lot more about the game, the Cubs, and why her Aunt Debbie loves❤️ the Cubbies so much!!! And a big bonus was the Cubs first batter hit a home run ⚾️ and the Cubs won!!! You know what that means!? We got to sing 🎶 Go Cubs Go with 41,000 other fans!!! Hey Chicago – and my MVCS family – what da ya say…the Cubs are gonna win today! Go Cubs Go!!!
Here are a few pictures until I get to show you more in the future!
Hope you are enjoying your summer!
Love, Miss Hellickson

Missing Them Already

So summer cleaning is always bittersweet for me.  I love the big housekeeping that brings a lovely, fresh start to each fall, but I miss the children so very much.  Here are a few peeks at today . . .

I keep a file of “keep forever” notes to look through when I need a shot of encouragement, and here’s one I’m adding in today.  “Your joy level is so high you could touch the sky.”  Seriously, these young people are irresistible!

So then I’m cleaning in the hall, taking down the ivy from the coat hooks, and there are hilarious surprises that I never knew the kids had put there.

A tiny frog, . . .

. . . and one of our rock climbing geckos!  I laughed out loud.  My kids delight me every day, even when they aren’t actually here!

Finally, this surprise made my day!  We had school tour visitors, and it was just what I needed.  My heart is full.

Compassion Experience

The Compassion Experience is coming to Riverbank Church this weekend, and it would be a wonderful thing to do with your family!  I’ll be volunteering on Friday from 4:00-8:30, and it would make my day to see some of my dear students.  I miss everyone already!

Here is some information about the Compassion Experience as well as a link for signing up, although you can drop by anytime as well.

The Compassion Experience:

Interactive exhibit for ages 5 and above

Take your kids on a unique adventure to the developing world—without leaving home! Through the Compassion Experience’s 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, you will step inside the daily life of a real Compassion-sponsored child and be guided by that child (through the use of an iPod and headset) on his or her journey from poverty to hope. This educational and fun family activity is coming to a city near you soon.

June 23-26 at Riverbank Church in White River Junction, Vermont

Other Compassion family activity ideas