Saturday, October 24, 2015

Week 8

We had a bit of a rough start to the week with some really challenging attitudes carried over from last week that made our school time difficult.. I was feeling very discouraged but a beautiful thing happened when Jeremiah woke up reeeeally early the next morning. I put him back to sleep and got to have an extra hour and a half with the Lord before the family woke up. That time in prayer (asking for the Holy Spirit's help in both changing hearts and giving me wisdom to know how to respond to these challenges) refreshed me and gave me a new focus. I'm so thankful! 

Jeremiah is growing up fast! Rolling all around and pulling himself across the wood floor until he bumps into something, poor guy! 

Silas wanted to do "real adding" like Bella and Leo do:

Isabella got to be the flag bearer at the American Heritage Meeting this week. 

The three oldest have been really excited about writing and illustrating their own informational books. Isabella's is about horses, Leo's is all about weapons, and Silas is making a book about baseball:

Samuel got ahold of this toy and figured it out immediately. I'm always amazed at the fine motor skills that toddlers can have. 

At work:

Samuel wants to be just like the big kids: "Read please!"

The girls attended their third annual Father-Daughter Royal Ball, escorted by their handsome date :) 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Week 7 Baking, Hiking, and other adventures

The week began with a birthday party celebrating Isabella turning nine. The weather has been beautiful lately so we were able to enjoy being in the backyard!

One of Bella's gifts was an Easy Bake oven, so she's had fun trying out recipes. Her first creation was a little pizza. Everyone had a bite :) 
They also made baked apples with cinnamon sprinkled on top. Those were so good that we had to make a full tray in the real oven. 

We read about Columbus again since this Monday was Columbus Day, and added him to the timelines. 

Elsie showed up to schooltime that day looking like this...(yes, she has wings on)

Silas enjoyed helping me with dinner that night:

On Tuesday (Isabella's actual birthday) Jason left work early and we took a family trip to the new IKEA. Bella spent some of her birthday money and since it was "kids eat free night" we had dinner there too. 

The biggest challenge during school time is keeping the chaos under control. Certain individuals seem to enjoy causing a bit of a ruckus.
On Wednesday Silas stayed busy making a target on the chalkboard. He even wrote numbers in each of the rings, which took a lot of concentration for him. Afterwards they shot Nerf darts at it, and took slow-motion videos to see where the darts hit ;)

Leo lost yet another tooth this week. He actually came to me in the middle of the night frantically saying that it needed to be pulled out. By the time I woke up enough to understand what was going on, he had "pulled out" the tooth...but I have a feeling it practically fell out on it's own. This boy has the strangest tooth stories!

Baking continued this week with making our own pretzels. The kids were really thrilled with that activity!

We've been trying to spend afternoons in the backyard. The weather is just so wonderful. 

After our CBS classes on Friday we spent the afternoon at Mastodon State Park. 

Putting on their tough faces before the hike...

We took the picture in front of the STL250 Cake, of course. 
Two photos down, 248 to go. ;) 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Week and teeth

The theme of our week was TEETH! After much effort, and some sleepless nights, Jeremiah finally popped out his first tooth! He's also been busy rolling around and trying to scoot across the floor. Way too busy for 4 months old! 

Monday started off with the girls turn for dental visits. Our children are very odd in that they love going to the dentist. In fact the boys (who played at Aunt Amy's house) were sad that they didn't get to go too. Next month guys!

The school week went pretty well. We learned about the Vikings discovering new land (present day Canada) and added that event to the history timelines. Of course, after the boys colored their Viking pictures they had to make them "fight" before they could be glued onto the timelines. Never a dull moment!

Elsie is great at occupying long as no one interrupts her it's all good! 

Samuel busy in the playroom:

And speaking of dramatic moments, Leo was crawling under the table instead of starting his math homework and accidentally knocked out his loose tooth. The show must go on though! Not going to get him out of doing his math work...

Elsie's chalkboard creations get more elaborate all the time! 

Taking a school break to play whiffle ball 

Our tables are covered with schoolbooks AND babies ;) 

Elsie worked on a "five senses" worksheet 

Happy with one tooth at last! (Now if that other one could come through!)

One morning the weather was so very beautiful that I sent the kids outside instead of heading down to the basement classroom. They occupied themselves in the garden, where they came up with a plan to surprise me with sifted dirt. (I just never know what they'll think of next!) They filled an entire 5 gallon bucket by sifting dirt through the screen for our fire pit. 
After I was "surprised" we spread the dirt out and planted lettuce, spinach and kale seeds. We're hoping Jason will build a simple cold frame around them so we can enjoy a few greens before winter. 

Samuel on the swings. He is such a big boy now! Potty trained and doing great! 

More of Elsie's chalkboard art: 

Minus one day that I wanted to crawl in bed and hide till the next day, it was a pretty great week! ;) 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Week 5 Fall Fun

This week has flown by. Some of us had a case of the grumps on Monday so we ended up not getting all our schoolwork done...which led into a busy Tuesday! On Wednesday we had a little visitor at our house, who needed a place to stay for the day while his single dad was at work. He was absolutely adorable, and the kids all fell in love with him. That day was a big milestone for us...our ten year wedding anniversary! We had some awesome friends let our kids play at their house while we went out for lunch all by ourselves! ;) Wednesday night we packed up our kids plus our new little buddy and headed to church for supper and worship. 
Thursday, as expected, was a "kids had too much fun/not enough sleep yesterday" hangover, as I refer to it. Jason had to work late, late that night which made it a long day for mom. But we got through, did our schoolwork and organized our playroom besides.
Friday morning brought CBS yet again and then a quiet afternoon before the much anticipated Fall Fest. Our kids had been looking forward to it for months. And the weather was just perfect! 

At work in the schoolroom with our little tag along friend. 

Getting a fun package of school supplies in the mail from Aunt Debbie: 

Jeremiah turned 4 months old! He's also been stuffed up and coughing at night which means he wants to hang out with mom every hour or two...but that's a story for a different blog. 

Waiting with other homeschooled kids for the Azure truck to arrive. We love this once a month delivery because we stock up on lots of yummy groceries. 

Brothers hanging out. 

Helping mommy in the kitchen 

Ready for some fun at Fall Fest!