Sunday, September 6, 2009

Failures and successes

Brindy was having trouble with the number 12. She decided she would quit home school because it was too hard. So I let things simmer down that day and the next day I asked her to help me make a poster of the twelve dancing princesses and write a fancy number 12 on it. I gave her a flashcard to copy and she had a great time practicing writing 12 and drawing princesses of course! Today the kids had the sniffles so we stayed home from church and boredom set in quickly. I gave Brindy an old workbook and told her to find a coloring activity to do. She found a color by number page that used the teen numbers. She was very excited to see the number 12 and had no trouble naming it! Then at noon, I yelled to her in a very excited way to come see the clock. I asked her what time it was and she said 12:00! I think we are ready to move on now, but this is important to post about, because it reminds us that sometimes we need to just let anxiety simmer down and then come at something from a different angle. I think I will be doing some things differently in the future. The kids are leading the way!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Today was another fun home school day. We did a cooking project today. We made Jell-O with pears for our afternoon snack. We also had the whole world in our hands as we put our hands on the north pole, south pole, and equator of our new globe. The kids really enjoy playing with their calculators too.

Brindy built a balance during recess using pvc pipes, roller skates and a bathroom stool balanced on the top rung of the slide ladder. She called it her "invention" and Brian destroyed it in one, no actually in two fell swoops. At least I got this picture first!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

First day of home school!

Wow! So much to think about. Note to myself first of all: don't wait until 9:30 the night before to start putting together a bulletin board. Today we did table work, science, and art, and had recess and two story times and a snack. We had lunch too of course. I think the kids did well. They were impressed with my calendar/ bulletin board, and they really loved painting. We used black and white and no water for dipping because we wanted to mix the colors to make different shades. For science, we discussed absorption and tried different materials to see if they would absorb water or not. School officially started at 9am with a prayer/devotional and the pledge of allegiance. School ended by 1pm with a final story time before naps. Everyone slept so I was able to get some serious house work done! That was my favorite part of the day (besides recess, 'cause I really had fun jumping rope with the kids)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Staycation Pix

We spent the last two weeks staycationing from home. Most days we did things for free, so our total two week expenditure was only about $120.00! (does not include food and gas, both of which were minimal because we came home for lunch most days) Here is the breakdown and some photos of our fun filled time!
Monday August 17 - Letterboxing at Wright Park. We played on the playground and chaised squirrels. We had FHE with our friends the Hellyers and played our fishing game!
Tuesday August 18 - Picked blueberries for two hours at blueberry park. Yum!
Wednesday August 19 - Here are some pics of us at the McKinley Playfield sprayground.

It's a pluot!

On Thursday August 20th, we went fishing!

Here's our catch.

Friday August 21st, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

The girls were very brave to ride that big camel at the zoo!

We got to feed the budgies bird food on a stick. What is the problem with the kid in back?

Saturday August 22, Mt. Rainier National Park

Playing in a stream.

We hiked the Longmire trail and Natalie did the whole .8 mile on her own!

Monday August 24th we found a letterbox at Hyde Park on the waterfront, and we also played on the little beach there and got our kite up with very little breeze.
Tuesday August 25th we went to the library and then walked the trails of Orange Gate park which is just down the street from us. We scouted out some spots to hide a letterbox of our own.
Wednesday August 26th, we went to Dash Point State Park and played on the beach at high tide. At first I was dissapointed the tide was in, but it made a much smaller beach for me to keep track of my kids on:) Here we are at Dash Point

Chocolate chip cookie with just a hint of sand. Mm!

Brindy has no feet!

On Thursdays in the Summer the Children's Museum of Tacoma is free! Here are a couple pics from August 27th.

Friday August 28th was our Ferry Boat adveture. We rode to Vashon Island and back on the Rhododendron. We got red vines from the vending machine as a special treat. From the boat we saw jelly fish and seals!

After our boat ride we stopped at Vassault Park to play and this time the wind was just right for kite flying. If you look closely you can see the line is paid out all the way!

Thanks for sharing our staycation adventure! Look for more next week as we start Home school for the first time ever!

Friday, August 28, 2009

I want to add a post about letterboxing. It's my new hobby and it has taken me and my family to some fun places. Brandon and I even found one on a date! Here is the best place to go for information and to find letterboxes in your area. Have fun!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine's and Chore assignments.

Here is Natalie on Valentine's Day in the outfit Aunt Amy sent.

Here are the kids taking turns wearing our new "Work Hat" we decorated with stickers. They each have a chore assigned to them now, and they decorated something to help with their chore. Brian takes out recycling with Dad, Katy sorts the silverware from the dishwasher into the tray, and Brindy swishes the toilet with the brush with Mom's help. Everyone is happy to help!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I have to get better at this.

I have to establish a habit of blogging here. I have another blog but nobody goes there. Maybe this will be better. I am pregnant with my fifth child due in July, although it is only my fourth pregnancy because I have twins. I love my kids and will post pics soon.