It feels like all I’m doing any more is trying to catch up. This blog has certainly suffered because of it. I’m not actually prepared to write much today, either. I did finally upload 800 photos off of the camera, though, so I thought I’d at least throw up some highlights.
Filed under: Bubba
It’s been about a month since I have updated here. There have been lots of changes at our house.
I was laid off from my job in late September. It was speculated to be a temporary lay off, but it has since become permanent. So, I have been looking for full time work.
Bubba was enrolled back in the school where she attended kindergarten and where Mimi currently attends. Last week was her first week and she has acclimated well and is enjoying her time with friends there.
It has been a bittersweet but relatively easy transition for us all. Even though the title of the blog will no longer be relevant, I think I’ll keep it going with life updates for the family and friends that read here.
We’re not sure what the future holds for us or if homeschooling will be an option again, but you never know. Right now we’re focusing on how much we enjoyed the year and a half that we had. We are also integrating some of our homeschooling stuff into our everyday play and family time.
I’ll leave you with some photos from over the holiday break.
Filed under: baby, Bubba, christmas, mimi, preschool, rocks, school, science, vacation, winter
We’ve been super busy around here with all of the holiday activities going on. There has been a ton of holiday baking as well as holiday parties and gatherings with friends and family. The girls are giddy for Christmas. Tonight was their Christmas program at church. Mimi and Baby chose to be angels. Bubba was asked to be one of the 3 Wise Women. It was a beautiful evening with the dim lights and all of the children dressed up and excited.
In school we have continued on with geology. We did some easy experiments using Bubba’s rock collection.
We’ve also started to talk about next year. She is thinking about going back to public school. She’s very divided on the issue, though. So, I’m going to work hard on the areas that I feel she’s not as strong in so that she can be ready to re-inter the school in the fall if that’s what she decides. I don’t love the idea and would be happy to keep homeschooling her forever. But, we’ve always said that this was a choice for the kids after first grade. We’ll see what she ends up deciding for certain as it changes hourly.
This coming week will be our final week before taking a holiday break. We’re all looking forward to sleeping in and spending time with our extended families and friends.
Filed under: baby, Bubba, christmas, craft, math, mimi, reading, science, spelling, writing
I usually buy a small cheapie advent calendar for each of the girls every year. I have wanted something more permanent, but most of the nice ones that you can buy won’t hold a treat for three kids at once. Most of the ideas I saw for making one had the same problem or they just didn’t look like they would hold up to many years of use. Until I saw this idea. It looked perfect as it was completely customizable and could be made whatever size I needed. So Bubba and I set to creating them with some $1 wrapping paper that we found at Target. They turned out great and it has been a great motivator for the girls to get up and ready in the mornings.
I used a tiny kitchen curtain tension rod to hang them across the doorway off of the living room. They look really festive there and are easily accessibly to only dad or I. (Which is important because last year a certain two-year-old snuck into the advent calendars and wiped out a couple of weeks in one sitting.)
Mimi has become a reader lately. She brings home books to read to us. She sounds out every word that she finds and spells things to us incessantly. It’s so fun to watch her with this new skill. She has wanted to be able to read for a long time and has surprised us all with how quickly she has picked it up. She is the youngest in her class, so we expected it to be a slow process, but she keeps making these great bursts of progress. There are a lot of phonics games played in the car. She will instigate one by calling out, “Ok, give me a word that starts with the ‘ch’ sound,” and we all have to go around and around until we exhaust our vocabulary. Some of the family got to play a few rounds of this over Thanksgiving.
Bubba is currently studying the Ancient Aztecs, geology, writing a book report, Rosa Parks, regrouping and (x,y) coordinates in math, and is working on an embroidery project for her Secret Santa in Brownies. Between those subjects, reading, spelling and guitar, and all of the holiday baking and wrapping that we have planned, we have a full three weeks ahead of us.
Baby is… Baby. I think she has gotten sassier with the new haircut. She successfully wrote a couple of letter “A”s at preschool yesterday and was really proud of herself. She is gearing up for Christmas and is doing better at leaving the ornaments on the tree than she did last year. Within a week of putting it up last year, the tree was bare on the bottom third due to her little curious hands grabbing them every time she walked past.
We began with some creative writing today. Bubba had to choose two words from a list randomly and then write a story about them. She chose “bird” and “love”. The story goes like this:
Once upon a time ther was a bird and a evil villain and a girl named hannah. So one day the evil villain was in his lair bilding an evil machine. When he had finish bilding his evil machine ther was a panel and on the panel ther wher two level’s and the level’s on the panel wher evil and love. the evil villain put the switch on evil and he aimed the machine at a bird but right wen he was about to shoot his mother called him to eat soup so wen he was eating soup hannah swicht it to love. So wen he shot it the bird wa full of love. The End
(We began and finished with creative writing today, as a certain someone was not a fan of the project and she drug it out all. day. long.)
After Mimi got home from school, the kids took a look at Baby’s Thankful Placemat from preschool and decided to make their own pages of things they are thankful for. I drug out a bunch of old magazines and all of the scissors, glue sticks, crayons and markers.
It was a fun project and the kids were having a ball with it. I want you to notice something in that photo. Look really closely. See this part?
Looks great, right? So, I thought it would be fine to go around the corner into the kitchen and whip up some banana bread. All of a sudden the older kids all begin yelling that…
It’s the first self-inflicted mullet at our house. She was awfully proud of herself. I don’t think she’s going to be as happy about it when we remove the “party in the back”. The good news is that we just had some great school photos taken of her. The less good news is that we have a family portrait scheduled for Saturday. I’m not sure yet if we will get her hair fixed before then or just run with a bad hair day theme with the photo shoot.
Doing your work cuddled up next to the warm fire in the fireplace while still wearing your cuddly warm pajamas at 10:30 in the morning.
I usually have us all get up and fed and dressed by 7:45 in the morning, as we tend to be more productive when we do that. But there are some days that it’s just nice to take it slowly (especially when it’s cold out and nobody wants to get out from under the covers).
Also, Ms. T and Bubba finished up the teddy bear that they had been working on. Now the sleepover trio of items is complete and there is talk of the actual sleepover happening this Friday.
see the earrings?
The photos don’t give you a very good idea of how large this bear is. It is almost as big as Baby.