Thursday, December 20, 2007

these guys rock.

... 'nuff said!

The Receiver - MySpace

a december day.

Our morning started with more of the story of Christ's birth.
The girls drew pictures to go along with their copywork.
(actually, the day started with lots of "cushion forts" and fighting...)

Parker helps roll the giant snowball.

Big sister jumps in to help...

Push, Carly!

Look who has to go potty!

The weather is gorgeous, sunny and 40.
The snow melts a bit and becomes PERFECT for packing!
Only a few more days until Christmas.
We are all really looking forward
a weekend full of family, friends, and fun!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

she's crafty.

I'd like to thank Amy for the sudsy inspirations.
I find it amusing that I went from "inspired" to finished product in less than 24 hours.
It was so easy and affordable - how could I not?!?

Take a look!
There was no special formula here. I used the melt & pour method, used goods from my own cupboards (cinnamon, vanilla, honey, oatmeal, coffee, molasses...) - AND VOILA!
Fresh, yummy soaps!!
(and just in time for Christmas!)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

i'm a mom. i'm in a band.

Silent Violet at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.
Wanna see?
I love it. It's one of the things on my "must do before I die" list.
Now if Clay Aiken would only sing a duet with me...

learning in a new year.

I've gotta be honest here... our first semester was kinda wishy-washy as far as curriculum goes. We learned! We had FUN! We did not have much structure. As I've said in the past, my children respond well to SOME structure, and I believe it is very good for them.
New year, a few new adjustments to OUR SCHEDULE.

We still use Five In A Row. Love it. Plan on continuing.
Still enjoying Math-U-See, both girls are doing math - AND NOT HATING IT!
We are going to add the "Burgess" books and create a real Nature Study!
I am so excited about this. Spending the day outside - exploring- it really reminds me of WHY I keep my kiddos with me.
I will be using the Ambleside curriculum for our Nature, Hymn, and Composer Studies.
I'm also looking into Rod & Staff for Language Arts. A friend recommended it, and I think I'm sold! So far, we've just been using random workbooks, which have worked well, but I can tell the girls are ready to kick it up a notch!
They love using the Explode the Code books for Language Arts, too. I plan on purchasing the next level.
History? Eh, we'll just read cool books and rent fun videos from the library. They are still young and I don't see the need to learn it now only to RE-learn it again in 4 years.

We're enjoying our Christmas break. Learning about advent has really helped us get excited for MORE than just the gifts under the tree. While the kids make paperbag puppet shows to the music of "Hairspray", I am eagerly anticipating a new year of learning!

oh yeah, i have a blog.

I would like to keep this going, I really would... I just have a hard time fitting it into my schedule!
We are well.
The kids are amazing.
Life is beautiful - it really is...