Sunday, April 28, 2013

Homeschooling, Life, and a Birthday for Bug: April 22-28, 2013

We had another good week. Doodles finished her study of India, while Bug and I started the next book in the Narnia series: The Silver Chair. Baby Girl continued with her verses, plus we added a new one this week. She is still loving her Circle Time. The weather has been very nice, so we've also been able to spend a lot of time outside. We also celebrated Bug's 10th birthday...so hard to believe he is that old now. I am so thankful to be able to capture some of our best moments in photos, because the time surely does fly by! With that being said,  here are the highlights of our week:

Treat of the week

I made Bug's birthday cakes: Mine craft characters Creeper and Hero brine

Mine craft TNT cupcakes that I made

Present time

Bug's birthday breakfast

Bug's birthday lunch

Baby Girl takes a break from swimming

Baby Girl crashes on the floor-this girl can sleep anywhere!

Baby Girl tries to open the door

New verse we added for Baby Girl. It is from this book.

Laurel tree that Bug drew as part of his Narnia unit study.

Bug works on a Narnia assignment about adjectives

Bug and I read about Trafalgar Square

This is a live web cam of Trafalgar Square

Doodles read these books as part of her India study

Doodles drew these Indian instruments after listening to Indian music

Doodles gathered these leaves as part of her science study.

Then Doodles made this leaf painting.

And Doodles made this leaf collage

Lovely nature scene in our yard

We added more "flowers" and Doodles' leaf collage to our spring nature table.

Doodles separated eggs to help make Bug's birthday cake

Bug watches as Doodles mixes his birthday cake batter




Sunday, April 21, 2013

Homeschooling, Life, and a Mini-Vacation: April 15-21, 2013

We had a very good week this week. It started last Sunday, on my birthday, when I got everything I asked for (see my previous post.) Then we had a great day at homeschool co-op on Monday, followed by a glorious (YES, REALLY) week of homeschooling. And I am so happy to report that Baby Girl is doing much, much better! Her meltdowns have significantly decreased, so we pray that it will stay that way. Also, Doodles and Bug cheerfully did their school this week. Then we topped it all off with a mini-vacation to a nearby campground for the weekend. If only EVERY week could be like this! I have lots of pics to share, so I'll get on with it. Here they are:

Treat of the week

Baby Girl stretches in the morning

Then she crashes on our bed!

Doodles' wet on wet painting of a sunset

Bug's wet on wet painting of a sunset and waterfall

Baby Girl used yellow for her wet on wet painting

For added fun, we did some more painting, and Baby Girl used blue and yellow.

Doodles painted and labeled a flower.

Bug painted a sea horse.

Baby Girl enjoyed her pool.

Bug helped Baby Girl get more water in her pool.

Bug did his math outside, while Doodles ate a snack and hid her face.

Bug recreated a scene from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

More of Bug's scene

Doodles created a slide show of nature pictures she took (for science.)

Doodles listened to music from India

Doodles wrote a report about four of the Hindu gods, and we also watched The Life of Pi this week since she is studying India.

Doodles sketched during some free time

Bug and Baby Girl "wrestled" on our bed.

Our spring nature table: this week we added rocks and acorns.

Baby Girl checks out the floor of our cabin upon our arrival at the campground

Doodles enjoyed the view from the back deck

Bug enjoyed the view as well

I felt so peaceful...it was a beautiful place!

Baby Girl also enjoyed the deck.

Bug helps Daddy get the grill ready.

Another view from "our" back deck

Another beautiful view

Bug tries to catch some fish

Still trying...no luck this time.

More views

Hubby tries his luck at fishing...nothing for him this time, either.

One of Doodles' favorite spots: the back swing overlooking the water

My boys (too bad my older son is stationed in Hawaii, wish he'd been with us)

The back of our cabin

The front of our cabin; the round window is on the second floor. It's right above the bed hubby & I slept in...beautiful view in the morning!

Side of our cabin

The other side of our cabin

Another view

I love the way the sun shines through the trees.

Living room area of our cabin

View outside our cabin

Another view looking out the windows of our cabin

Part of the deck on the back of the cabin

Baby Girl took a nice nap on the comfy couch

And you can always count on Bug to find little critters like this!
 
Another view in the back of our cabin

Baby Girl claps and sings with Daddy on the swing.

Doodles and Bug enjoy some sibling time

Daddy and Baby Girl explore nature around the cabin

Hubby, me, and Baby Girl...I can't express how much this moment made my heart smile.

Me and my Doodles

Me and my Bug man

Pine cone we found on the trail

Little creek area

Another pretty view

Bug and Doodles take a little rest during our nature walk

Enjoying a gorgeous view on a peaceful day

View on our nature walk

Another view

Enjoying the campfire at night

More sibling love

Night views

Helping to keep the fire going

Daddy's little girl!

Again, she LOVES her daddy!

Baby Girl enjoyed her last breakfast at the cabin

And I enjoyed one last cup of coffee on the deck before we had to leave.
 

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