Thursday, February 19, 2015

Where Does The Time Go?!??

Hi All!

A slump?  Yes, I'd say it's been a little slumpy around here lately.  Not tremendously so but enough that things like daily blogging have taken a back seat for a bit.  Besides the insane weather (so tired of talking about it! lol), school, life and whatnot, I've been heads down creating wedding shower invitations for my brother and his fiancee.  I love doing it for them (and volunteered to do so!) but it was a rather intricate invitation that took a LOT of time.  Again, I'm not complaining it's just that any "free" time I've had over the last month has been dedicated to that effort.  I'm happy to report that the invitations went out in the mail today!  YAY!

In other news, we've been very busy studying Ancient Greece.  The kids are LOVING it and we've found wonderful resources to support our studies.  The one that has sucked the kids in the most is an amazing series of lapbooks that I found.  I purchased one on and found another free on Pinterest.

We've been reading and reading and reading some more.  Lots of awesome books.  We've been working on fractions and multiplication.  Tyler has been practicing cursive.  Both children started a 4 week science class today with other kids.  Today's topic was on chemistry.  The kids listened and did hands on experiments learning the differences between mixtures and compounds.  So cool.

I do feel like we're all sluggish and slogging through the mire both mentally and physically but we're doing the best we can!!

#perfectforwinter, #stews
amazing storms
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library time!!
South African art history class
Kendall made this for Uncle Timmy
trying to help them grasp the enormous amount of time we're working with
starting our Ancient Greece lapbooks
I do this with him when he gets a little unruly!  
lots and LOTS of reading =)
Thank you Grandma and Popeye!!  
Heading into our homeschool Valentine's Day party
he's scrumptious if I do say so myself
I gave them a choice - iPad time or's what they chose (swoon)
creating with Kendall's best friend!
ty's daily drawings
scouring through our Valentine's Day party haul
awesome cards from 30 friends!
daily drawings
impromptu sleepover with Mere
rosey cheeks from snow play
valentine creating
story time over lunch
we made chocolate dipped strawberries!
and watched Hercules and the Book of Life 
and had some school
and then played dressup!  (I love that they're 10 and STILL play dress up...just awesome)
this photo doesn't even do this enormous snow mountain in our local supermarket parking lot justice
two words - cake.pop.
Valentine's morning breakfast - donuts, whoopie pies, sugar covered strawberries and munchkins...
little gifties!
candy, silly slime and a new snack bowl!
um...ty's birthday list - the first thing on the list is my FAVORITE!!  hahahaha - "rubber lizards with floppy chin skin"  hahahahahha....
Usborne sticker book play after a family trip to Barnes and Noble!!
Ty's learning how to make burgers

macaroni and cheese burger!!
nightly snuggles 
my Valentine's day gift from Ian - best watercolor paints ever!!  total swoon
we {heart} Eric Carle
my sweet puppy girl
from Ian for no reason - more swooning
he LOVES this book
she's SO good with Ari...he simply ADORES her
shower invites done and done!
online math
tee pee reading
group reading 
lapbook work
lapbook work
pretend play
not matching on purpose!  
This was the day when my Dad asked Tyler on the phone "what did you learn in school today?" Ty's response?  "Nothing".  Seriously?  Score one for the homeschooler!  (insert sarcastic thumbs up here)
he did manage to invent a "strawberry" car at dinner however...
they LOVE being "roommates"

hahahha...sleepy chocolate face
on our way to science class today!
waiting for class to start
SO much fun!!  chemistry was today's topic - mixtures vs. compounds
can't beat having only 7 kids in class...was so totally awesome
hahaha...don't ask
working with magnets
making molecules
she totally made a new friend and was so excited
This afternoon we watched an amazing NOVA show on Petra.  The kids were COMPLETELY entranced with it.  Kendall even took it into her afternoon art and found wonderful inspiration from the concept of the Lost City.
Love - Ty's "Rainbow Tornado"
hard at work
I know she's my kid but I think it's amazing....

The Treasury in Petra made from magnets!
mmmmmmm chocolate banana swirl for snack (frozen bananas, a couple of tablespoons of milk and 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder) blend it up and voila...sooooooooooo good.  
Until next time!