Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Anyway, it was a perfectly lovely day so I told the kids if they were good I'd go buy some cheapo sand toys and a box of cheese crackers and we'd head to the park for an hour or so. Well, lucky for them and me, they were good so we had a great little outing that only cost me 2 brain cells, one handful of hair, and $5. Not a bad deal in retrospect...
One of Lillie's friends (whose a very generous child) decided to go into house cleaning mode and gifted Lillie with a great doll house and furniture and all manner of girly pleasures. I only wish my kids would be so giving...the only thing they ever give me is a hard time. Now, I am apt to notice small things that really don't mean much and totally overlook things that probably require more attention. But while the kids were playing with the doll house this morning, I noticed something on the porch that just made me bust a gut laughing. Of course, being a photo junkie, I had to take a picture. I'm not sure if they meant to put this there or not...
Got the sewing bug again, finally. Made this today, sans a pattern.
You know...one side of that tie is lower than the other...hmmmmmmm. Okay, that's driving me nutso. Gotta fix that.
Okay, this is ridiculous. Something is off with that skirt...I think it's too long and needs to be seamed down a bit. It is tied in the back...guess I need to see what it looks like on Lillie. Oh yeah, and in case your curious (but not the least bit shocked) that is the cord from my disconnected fire detector...it makes a wonderful place to hang up finished goodies...
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Jack's cards are pre-printed, but Lillie's are trivia, fill in the blank type cards she writes in by herself. As much as I love lapbooking, this is alot easier on me and serves the exact same purpose. Lapbooking will be alot more fun when the kids are old enough to read and write and be trusted with sharp objects and glue. We made paper bag puppets of the animals we've studied and the kids put on a puppet show for me which mainly consisted of the animals arguing about who was prettiest. It was quite amusing, but I wouldn't nominate it for an Academy Award for best screenplay anytime soon.
You'll thank me for not having audio on this one...
After we study an animal, we add them to our animal classification chart...
I did not know this, but no two zebra's stripe pattern is the same. See how educational homeschooling has been to me? This reminded me of this activity on fingerprints that I had been looking for an excuse to use. The activity quickly went from scientific to artistic as the kids started going nuts with the ink pads and making fingerprint pictures.
Everyone's fingerprints, though different ,will fall into one (or in my case, more than one) catergory: Loopy, Whirly, or Archy (those are my technical terms for it). Low and behold, everyone in the house is Loopy except for me...funny, I always thought it was the other way around. I had a little of all of the patterns.Well, I found a neat book at the library about being a nature detective and it was focused on animal tracks, so we read that one and plan on making some plaster casts of tracks next time we go to dad's on a nature walk. We've had alot of storms and rain recently, so the other morning we read a book about lightning and thunder, a book about how animals sense the weather, and one of our fave books "Thunder Cake" by Patricia Pollacco. It's a really great book and you should check it out if you haven't already. There is a recipe for Thunder Cake in the back you could make during your next storm!
Played outside alot this week as the weather has been very pleasant. Planted a truckload of hostas the other night and the yard is shaping up. I love my front yard when it's in bloom and the grass is mowed and the bird's are swarming the feeders...especially early morning when it's quiet.
On a side note, if you don't mind...say a prayer for my sis-in-law Cassie as she should be in the hospital and ready to welcome her second baby, a boy. We can't wait to see Gavin Lane!!!!
Have a Blessed Day!!!!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
This is Josie and I know it's hard to believe from these pictures, but the kids adore her.Not a lick of road rage in this one...She's having a "MOMMY MOMENT" ( "Where are my keys???? And, where are my kids???)Josie and Tucker in a disgusting display of affection....Tucker loves his puppy.Nature Walk at Dad and Mom's. The kids ran hard and played hard literally all day.A little artist...Some nosy brother trying to tell her that that looks nothing like a dog...Little artist lamenting that no one understands her creativity...Lillie is a very good sketcher (She'll bring you a picture and you'll ask what it is and she'll tell you, and it actually looks like what she says it is...AMAZING) and has really taken to drawing , so I am encouraging it. I can't draw...at all...a lick, so it would be nice to see her become a master of the pencil.Jackson...on the other hand. I love this goober...he spent 10 minutes staring off into the woods and then scribbling furiously on his paper. I thought, "Man he is really in the groove of things. " When he emerged from his creativity I asked what he had drawn. He looked at me like I ought to know what it was and said "It's a dinosaur" in a very condescending way. I smiled. Wasn't aware there were dinosaurs in these here parts. Round these parts, we believe in the value of hard work. It's something we want to instill in our children...that and it means I don't have to clean out the scummy garden spot pond :) Jackson is a HARD worker (except when it comes to cleaning the house) when he's outside. He stayed at my parents a weekend or two ago and helped shovel mulch and was just as happy as a hog in a slop bucket...even earned $2.00 (of which I informed him that it bumped him up into a higher tax bracket (like 97%) and that I'd gladly hold onto it until it was time to file his return. He agreed. He didn't care about the money, he was just pleased to have done the work. Here's proof that my boy don't shrug work at all and that he's a pretty tough little goober... Ladies, rental fees start out at $10 an hour, if you're interested.