Field Trips Local to Western Washington

August 2, 2013  


Here it is friends!  These were all the field trips I could think of.  I searched the web high and low and couldn’t find a simple list with links so I decided I needed my own.  I hope this will be really helpful to all homeschoolers.  If you don’t live in Washington state you are sure to come up with ideas from this list but also check out my simple list posted HERE.  If you would like a listing of all the Washington state museums visit HERE.

Albertsons Healthy Eater Tour
Amtrak Schools on Trains Downtown Seattle to Portland, Oregon
Argosy Cruise Ballard Locks Seattle
Berry Picking
Birch Bay Waterslides Birch Bay
Boehms Chocolate Issaquah July-September
Boeing Factory Tour Everett
Center for Wooden Boats Seattle
CenturyLink Field Downtown Seattle
Cold Stone Ice Creamery
Corn Maze
Cougar Mountain Zoo Issaquah
Creation Station Lynnwood
Dawn’s Candy and Cake Kirkland
Eastside Audubon Kirkland
Edmonds Marine Sanctuaries Edmonds
Experience Music Project Seattle Downtown Seattle
Flying Heritage Collection Mukilteo
Fortune Cookie/Noodle Factory ID Seattle
Franz Bakery Seattle south Seattle
Future of Flight Mukilteo
Group Movie
Great Harvest Bread Company Everett
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
Jetty Island Everett
Jungle Playland Mt. Vernon
Jump Planet Bothell
Kids N’ Clay Lynnwood
Microsoft Visitor Center Redmond
Mt.Rainier Scenic Railroad
Northwest Treasures
Northwest Trek Eatonville
Outback Kangaroo Farm Arlington
Paramount and Moore Theatre Tours Seattle
Pioneer Farm Eatonville
Pump It Up
Pumpkin Patch
Radio Station
Remlinger Farms Carnation
Reptile Zoo Monroe
Ride the Ducks of Seattle Seattle
Safeco Field Seattle
Seattle Aquarium Seattle Waterfront
Seattle Bug Safari Seattle
Seattle PI Newspaper Bothell plant
Skyschool at the Space Needle Downtown Seattle
Snoqualmie Falls Snoqualmie
Snoqualmie Train Museum Snoqualmie
Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center Downtown Seattle
StreamKeepers Academy Everett
Theo Chocolate Seattle
Washington State Ferry **
Wild Waves Federal Way (Homeschool Day in June)
Willows Rainbow Run Putting Course Woodinville
Wolf Camp Snohomish
Woodland Park Zoo Seattle

Pumpkin Patch
Corn Maze
Berry Picking

For a general listing of field trips go here

**SCHOOL GROUPS – Passengers traveling in authorized school groups for institution-sponsored activities will be charged a flat rate of $1 per walk-on group or per vehicle of students and/or advisors and staff. All school groups require a letter of authorization. Vehicles and drivers will be charged the fare applicable to vehicle size. The special school rate is $2 on routes where one-point toll systems are in effect. Due to space limitations, authorized school groups will not be permitted to use one of the passenger-only routes without prior WSF approval.

Million, Billion, Trillion…

August 2, 2013  


My husband works with numbers a lot in his line of business and has demonstrated for me many times the difference between a million, a billion, and a trillion with the following example which I find fascinating.  With these types of numbers flying all over the news lately I thought it would be a good resource to put these numbers in a way you can wrap your mind around.

Million, Billion, Trillion

1,000,000 seconds
11.57 days
00.31 years

1,000,000,000 seconds
11,474.07 days
31.71 years

1,000,000,000,000 seconds
11,574,074.07 days
31,709.79 years

Take a moment to consider the difference between a billion seconds and a trillion seconds.  31 years versus 31 THOUSAND years.

He has recently found the following example on this site that will give your mind a great visual:

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

All this talk about “stimulus packages” and “bailouts”…

A billion dollars…

A hundred billion dollars…

Eight hundred billion dollars…

One TRILLION dollars…

What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many doggie treats, so I thought I’d take Google Sketchup out for a test drive and try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like.

We’ll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.


A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2″ thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decadent fun.


Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.

$1,000,000 (one million dollars)

While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet…

$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars)

And $1 BILLION dollars… now we’re really getting somewhere…

$1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)

Next we’ll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we’ve been hearing so much about. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it’s a million million. It’s a thousand billion. It’s a one followed by 12 zeros.

You ready for this?

It’s pretty surprising.

Go ahead…

Scroll down…

Ladies and gentlemen… I give you $1 trillion dollars

Notice those pallets are double stacked.
…and remember those are $100 bills. (also notice how small that man has become)


So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase “trillion dollars”… that’s what they’re talking about.


Spring Break Martial Arts Camps 2012

March 13, 2012  

Week 1: April 2-6 (Edmonds School District Spring Break)
Week 2: April 16-20 (Northshore School District Spring Break)

Gung Fu for Christ and Refuge Church present:
K-6 graders
Our fun will include Bible teaching with Pastor Tim, Gung Fu training with Sifu Steve, nunchucks, star throwing, archery, spear throwing, crafts, games, and much more!

*Please bring a lunch, water bottle, tennis shoes, and comfortable clothes each day!

$80 EACH for first two siblings and 1/2 price for each additional family member.
*Scholarships Available
*A $15 non-refundable deposit is due at sign-up
Call or email Lisa @ 425-512-6225 or

Refuge Church (formerly Church of the Good Shepherd) Lynnwood, WA

March 10, 2012  

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True Love ~ Agape Love

February 12, 2012  


The fruit of the Spirit is love.  This is the first quality of the Spirit divinely inspired by God. You will find two kinds of love in scripture.  Philos love which is a friendly love or the love one has toward a friend or companion.   Agape love which is a caring love, the first quality of the Spirit.  Agape is a divine capacity to love.  Only God is capable of perfect Agape but we should strive to love as He loves us.  Agape is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, and it is not proud. 

Agape seeks the highest and best for another.  It is not self seeking, thus the ability to be slow to anger.  Agape keeps no record of wrongs and does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  Praise God for His Agape upon us!

If you want to learn more about Agape love and other qualities of the Spirit, I recommend taking Beth Moore’s study Living Beyond Yourself, Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit.

Happy almost Valentines Day!

Here are some bible verses in the romantic King James version to help you celebrate this holiday of love:

Fill your heart with Gods word

Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. 

For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness. 

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. 

Search me, oh God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts. 

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart

Verses that speak of God’s Love

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee. 

God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

Behold, what manner of love the father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. 

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 

We love Him, because He first loved us. 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. (ESV)

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. (ESV)

11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. (ESV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. (ESV)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (ESV)

10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (ESV)

30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (ESV)

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts! (ESV)

Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. (ESV)

For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)

the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (ESV)

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)

3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (ESV)

10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (ESV)

19 We love because he first loved us. (ESV)

“No Bible, No Breakfast” ~ In His Word 2011 (repost from 2010)

September 7, 2011  


– “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (ESV)

– “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.”  (NKJV)

“No Bible, no breakfast.”  Watchman Nee

As we reflect on this past year and contemplate the new year, we’re considering our plans for reading His word daily.  We just read an encouraging sermon about the “Morning Watch”.  There isn’t a more biblical or beneficial way to begin the day.

My husband and I have recently found that we can learn better and stay more focused by combining sight and sound, listening to the bible being read while reading along or reading out loud ourselves. Did you know it only takes about 70 hours to read the entire Bible out loud?  I didn’t.  And we can normally read silently much quicker than that.

The internet provides a myriad of ideas for reading and listening to God’s word.  Below are several Bible reading plans:

  • Bible On Radio ~ You can listen through the Bible in a year with Tom Dooley.  It’s free.  Simply go to this site and push play while you are near your computer. This is a great addition to your own reading.  Turn it on while working on the computer.
  • Bible Reading Plans ~ You can have your daily reading emailed to you.
  • One Year Tract Bible Reading Plan ~ You can read, listen, or both.
  • Bible Reading Plans from the beginner to the advanced reader.  I will be using the 180 Day Plan Guided Tour of the Bible first this year.
  • Choose your own plan ~ Many choices of different books to read through the year.
  • Discipleship Journal Plan ~ “Few things discourage us more from reading the Bible through in a year than falling behind. This plan gives five catch up days every month. This is absolutely golden!”
  • Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers and Slackers ~ The advantage of this plan is that it provides guidance as you read each day but does not put you on an internal guilt trip if you miss a day.
  • Prof. Horner’s Bible Reading System ~ Unusual, challenging, and life-changing (click read more from the facebook info page for details of the system).   The Ten Lists is a great little application for the web or your internet enabled mobile phone or iPod that sets up and keeps track of this system’s daily readings.

“I ought to pray before seeing anyone. I feel it is far better to begin with God, to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another.” – Robert Murray M’Cheyne

May God grant us all a deeper relationship with Him through the reading of His Word.

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (ESV)

12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food. (ESV)

How Great is our God ~ Please Watch

March 20, 2011  

National Poison Prevention Week

March 14, 2011  

This year National Poison Prevention Week is March 20-26th

What is National Poison Prevention Week?
Public Law 87-319 authorizes the President to designate annually the third week in March as National Poison Prevention Week. This act of Congress was signed into law on September 16, 1961, by President Kennedy, after which the Poison Prevention Week Council was organized to coordinate this annual event. Congress intended this event as a means for local communities to raise awareness of the dangers of unintentional poisonings and to take such preventive measures as the dangers warrant.

Did You Know…

…poisonings just surpassed traffic fatalities as the leading cause of injury-related death in Washington State and the third leading cause of hospitalization?

…91% of poisonings take place in the home?

…the WAPC answers more calls about medications (specifically pain killers) than any other potentially harmful substance!
(facts taken from The YUK Report Winter 2008)

Here are some activities to incorporate into school this coming week:

Mr. Yuk Word Search

Poison Safety Checklist

Fact Sheet on Plants

More on Plants, A list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants

Fact Sheet on Animals

You will be able to find these and many more educational resources on your local Poison Center’s website.  The website for the Washington Poison Center is here.

What is a Poison Center?

A Poison Center is a knowledge resource center, set up for the benefit of you and your
community.  Up-to-date information about millions and millions of dangerous products and raw
materials is available here for quick, easy retrieval, 24 hours a day, every day.  The person who
answers your call to the Poison Center is a dedicated, highly-trained poison information
specialist with access to the latest medical research in toxicology, the study of poisons.  Through
regular research and continuing communications with national toxicology specialists, the Poison
Center makes itself a resource for the latest information on the treatment for exposures to
hazardous substances.
The Poison Center is an education center.  The staff helps train and update medical professionals
on new toxicological research and treatment.  The Poison Center reaches out to the community
with valuable education programs for families at home, day care centers, schools, service clubs,
civic organizations, etc.  The Poison Center serves everyone and animals, too!.
The Poison Center serves the community by saving money.  When the public—you—learn to
call the Poison Center first, at 1-800-222-1222, when you suspect a poisoning, thousands of
needless hospital visits and unnecessary use of emergency transport vehicles are eliminated.
With the Poison Center’s knowledgeable help, most poisonings can be successfully treated at
home.  This saves each community hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in medical costs
and frees-up police, 911 and other emergency personnel for other people that need them.

Call the Washington Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or for information about
preventing poisonings.  This is a national phone number so whatever state you live in you will be connected to your local center.

Planning Ahead: Presidents’ Day

February 1, 2011  


Presidents’ Day, originally known as Washington’s Birthday, falls on the third Monday of February.  As the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, the holiday was celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday,  February 22. By the mid-1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term “Presidents’ Day” began its public appearance.  This day has since expanded the focus of the holiday to honor another President born in February, Abraham Lincoln, and often other Presidents of the United States. Although Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, was never a Federal holiday, approximately a dozen state governments have officially renamed their Washington’s Birthday observances as “President’s Day”, “Washington and Lincoln Day”, or other such designations.

There are many websites to read about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  President Washington is almost universally admired.  President Lincoln is viewed from several different perspectives which I won’t go into in this post, but may be worth further study.  Below are two sites that interest me and that I will be using on Monday with the kids.

Read about George Washington here.

Read about Abraham Lincoln here.

Now for some activities to help celebrate the day.  Dress up like the Presidents of the past with this fun “Powdered Wig“.  This looks so easy and fun.  We don’t do a lot of crafts in our home but this one has to be done.  I just need to run over to the paint store to get the paper painters hats. I think it will be fun for all of us to put on our wigs and read about these two popular Presidents.

If the wig isn’t easy enough, you can fall back on these wonderful coloring pages.  I am thankful that I downloaded these last year from the White House Kid’s website.  The Obama administration has since removed them from the site.  You are free to use and pass them on as long as they are used for personal use and not for profit.

Download a full coloring book of all 41 Presidents:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Download a George Washington coloring page only

Download a Abraham Lincoln coloring page only

Happy Presidents’ Day!!

Original posting February 13th, 2009

Martial Arts Spring Break Bible Camp 2011

January 21, 2011  

Martial Arts Spring Break Bible Camp 2011
Gung Fu for Christ and Church of the Good Shepherd present:

Martial Arts Bible Camp for
K-6 graders
April 4-8, 2011  Monday-Friday
Our fun will include Bible teaching with Pastor Tim: Pathway to Peace, Gung Fu training with Sifu Steve, nunchucks, star throwing, archery, spear throwing, crafts, games, and much more!

*Please bring a lunch, water bottle, tennis shoes, and comfortable clothes each day!

$80 EACH for first two siblings and 1/2 price for each additional family member.
*Scholarships Available
*A $15 non-refundable deposit is due at sign-up

Call or email Lisa @ 425-512-6225
gungfuforchrist at hotmail dot com

Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 2609 Larch Way, Lynnwood, WA 98036

You can view photos from camp last year here.

Gung Fu for Christ is really fun and energetic.  I highly recommend this camp and the weekly classes as well.  Your kids will absolutely love it!  If you are interested in signing up for homeschool martial arts classes with Gung Fu for Christ you are welcome to enroll now as well.  This is a great way to get your kids moving and in shape while learning self defense.  You can find more information and pricing at their blog or at their website

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