Sunday, June 29, 2014

School and Life: Late June 2014

Doodles and Bug have been gone almost as much as they've been home lately. They went to the beach with my aunt. They are with her again today. They are enjoying summer break! For the rest of us, things have been a little more relaxed. We have our air conditioner back in working order, so that's GREAT news! Here's a look at the past several weeks:

Planning school for next year: some of Baby Girl's things here.

Happy Baby Girl hanging out in the kitchen while I cook.

Baby Girl waits to try a plum.

Baby Girl LOVES music!

Helping Daddy play the guitar.

Playing with Daddy on the mattress...when air conditioner was out.


New haircut!

Bug tries a plum...

I don't think he likes it...

Nope, definitely does NOT like it!

Doodles is studying Forensic Science this year.

She loves it!

Here are the books and the slides we are using for Forensic Science.

Doodles studies a slide.

Bug got in on the action, too.

Notes that Doodles took for science.

I found this skeleton of a gecko when I cleaned out my closet. Of course we took this as a Forensic Science opportunity and studied this little guy under the microscope.



New Haircut

I am taking baby steps to a pixie cut...maybe....LOL    I got this cut last week & I really like it. It feels good and my hair looks much healthier when it's shorter. It is also super easy and quick to fix. Just wash, condition, smooth on hair balm, dry, spray on straight iron heat protector, and straighten it a little. Done! And, believe me, when you have kids, especially when one has special needs, it's all about low maintenance hair that still looks cute.





Saturday, June 7, 2014

Homeschooling and Life: May 18-June 7, 2014

We have had a good beginning to June, other than the fact that we are dealing with a broken air conditioner in our house right now...yep, since Tuesday. It's not a good thing, to say the least, in 90+ degree weather down here in the south. The good thing is that we do have a window unit and a (purchased yesterday) rolling unit, so we're all just hanging out together in the dining room/living room area. We are trying to make the best of it, but I am failing that a lot of the time! As for other things, we have done some winding down of most of our school subjects as we prepare for "school lite" for summer.  Here's a look at our recent life:

Bug helps Baby Girl on her iPad

I help Baby Girl cut with her safety scissors that came with her Sonlight package.

More cutting

Our first cutout! We found this lapbook here.

Bug enjoys the first book of  his summer reading: Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief.

Bug mixes ingredients in a blender to do a color mixing activity.

Color mixing time

This was cool and fun. I found the idea here.

Next we decided to make ice chalk.











Doodles wrote a paper about adrenaline.

She also created a totem for our family.

We got a jumpstart on next school year's Harry Potter unit study by planting some of the seeds for our carnivorous plants.




Doodles did my makeup...Cleopatra, anyone? 

Baby Girl gets some air! 
And this is how we sleep in the one room with air conditioning!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Faith



For my 39th birthday, I got my second tattoo. It is the Chinese character for faith.  If you recall, for my 38th birthday, I got my first. Now...suggestions for my 40th? I'm thinking of something a little larger next time. We'll see!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Homeschooling and Life: Week of May 12-17, 2014

This week has been challenging. I have been tired because of our busy whirlwind schedule of appointments, out-of-town events, so many things to do at home, etc. Also, Baby Girl has had a few meltdowns this week, as well as a couple of VERY early risings (one morning it was 2:30 a.m.) Bug and Doodles have been hit with a combination of spring and summer fever, and we still have lots to do. It's been a struggle, but we've managed to make it through another week & learn in spite of the difficulties. On the plus side, we've had some very nice weather days, so we took advantage of that and spent time outside, which always boosts our moods! Here's a look at our week:

Bug's watercolor painting

Doodles' painting

Baby Girl's painting

Baby Girl's books and schedule for this week

We played the "drum" per a suggested activity in Baby Girl's guide.

Baby Girl "slides the beads."



Baby Girl loves to run and play outside.

Checking out the "green grass."

Cuddle time with Mom on the swing



More playtime!

Sheer joy!


Sand and water table


Beep! Beep! Here comes Baby Girl.


A ride in the wheel barrow




Doodles learned about probability and odds in math.


Doodles studies the Mayans this week and we played a game like they did....

and I could NOT get the ball through the hoop without using my hands!

Bug is working on creating the Tabernacle on Minecraft.


If you look closely, you can see a woodpecker on the right side of the tree.