Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween 2015

I have some other things I need to catch up on around here,
but wanted to document this day right away.

First, the costumes.
I'm more of a "go pick out a costume from the dress-up box" kind of mom,
than a "what do you want to be for Halloween" kind of mom. 
Alice decided to wear her butterfly, so we thought we'd make Clementine into a caterpillar.
A Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Total: $3.

Then, the pumpkin.
Alice said, "Mom is the best cleaner in our family, so she should scoop out the pumpkin."
(She's right. I really am the best cleaner in the family. :) )
She drew the face.
Ben carved it.

Next, trick-or-treating.
We just went to some houses on our street and that was perfect!
I LOVED hearing Clementine say, "Twickortweet!"

A picture with our house. :)

Alice couldn't wait to go to this "spooky" house this year.
It was fun to see her see Halloween differently. 

Lastly, passing out candy.
This was my favorite part of the whole day!
Clementine went to bed and we sat on the front porch,
cuddled in a blanket, 
drinking hot apple cider (a glass of wine for me!), 
and passed out candy to the trick-or-treaters. 
Alice kept giggling and saying "THIS IS SO FUN, MOM!"
And it was!

Halloween success. 

Monday, September 21, 2015


We thought we'd go ahead and add "homeschooling" 
to that little sidebar list of how we're a little weird.

Homeschooling is the best choice-
for our family-
right now.

We've only been doing it for about 5 minutes,
(just over a month)
but so far, we love it!

Here's what our days kind of look like:

That's our little dining room/school area. We don't spend a ton of time there, though.

Sensory science with a blacklight,


practicing Hebrew with Daddy,

and more science.

Sorting, counting, and weighing bears,

and an impromptu playdate with a friend- making trophies.

Writing and mailing letters,

 picking veggies from a very generous friend's garden...

then making pickles.

Even more science.
(It's my favorite.)

We read Madeline and then talked about symmetry and the Eiffel tower...
then built her own.

Making her own lunch: roast beef, olives, strawberries, cheese, honey mustard.
She LOVED it and named it "Alice's famous sandwich".

LOTS of reading,

and sometimes even naps.

We also still go to the gym. 
Sometimes she goes in with the kids (crafts, games, outside play, etc.), 
sometimes we sit in the cafe and read together.
Sometimes I just need an hour of not talking. :)

My greatest goal for Alice this year is that she loves learning.
I want her to be passionate about discovering things.
I want her to always be curious about the world and know how to find out more.
I want her to learn by doing, experiencing, tasting, touching, hearing...

I love when she excitedly asks, "Mom, can we do some school now?"
(We typically do most of our one-on-one activities while the babies nap.)

She shocked me the other day when she picked up a book and started READING it!
We're going through the "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons",
but we're only around 1/4 through it. 
She's excited about reading! I so, so, so want that to stick.
I'm trying really hard for it to stick; 
to keep reading fun and not a job, chore, or subject to be taught.

So, that's what we're up to most days.
It's a good fit for us. :)

Simple Homeschool has been my favorite online resource so far.
If you have other favorites, send them my way!


Dear Alice,
In a blink of an eye, 
you became a Kindergartner!

(She's enrolled in a 1 day/wk school program for homeschoolers.)

Here are some things about you at almost 5 1/2 years old:

You would wear pajamas or a costume 100% of the time, if you were allowed to do so.

You absolutely adore your little sisters.
You are helpful, patient, generous, and (almost always) kind to them.

You have insight about foster care, and our role in it, that often catches me off guard.

You love Jesus.

You are an auditory learner.
(Ex: You learned 8 Awana verses last week just by listening to the CD in the car.)

You love reading and writing.
(You are significantly less passionate about math.)

You could spend hours making art projects and building with magna-tiles.

You are very sensitive.
You can be easily hurt by friends' words and actions.
(We're working on that...and believe being sensitive is a good thing. :) )

I'm pretty sure Daddy is your favorite. 
That's okay.
He really is awesome and I hope and pray your future husband is just like him!

We absolutely adore you, sweet girl!
We love watching you grow up, but wish we could put it in slow-motion for awhile.

Love, Mama