Sunday, February 27, 2011

Homeschool this week

this week was different. we took off monday and tuesday to switch out winter clothes for summery stuff, but left a little bit of the long sleeves. it was nice to be relaxed but as i have learned, structure and routine are our friends, so back to a semi normal routine we went on wednesday. we did devo, math, writing and reading and a bit of science that they all begged for. usually the kids 6th and under do KONOS units, but wehn we hit the human repro unit i decided to springboard into the new apologia anatomy book, and we love it. this week we made a model of the human heart with grahams and marshmallows after learning the function and structure of the heart. we also did some more history. we are combining mystery of history with story of the world for a 4 year cycle. once the kids hit 7th grade we doa modified version of sonlight core curriculum. when they hit 9th, that will be their routine full time, so it is good prep, thoguh they are still welcome to join the KONOS and history stuff. i like the independence i have seen this year and the curriculum we have chosen. some have learned by leaps and bounds. we also decided to go year round sicne some are on a staggered schedule anyway. works better for eveyone. i signed us up for a field trip to the dr.pepper plant in waco for next month. i may regret that given the long drive but i think they will love it. besides, it will get them ready for the trip i want to take to the athens fish hatchery! so, back to our wednesday night elizabeth was having more bad cough--after a long trip to the park on one of our days off---so we headed to the dr on thurs where we foundshe has some mild asthmatic symptoms and was put on a 3 month dose of singulair...she tested negative for flu which was good. then we headed to ballet and when we got home the garage door had broken..big fun. the next day was friday and we had co-op fromm8 to 1, then picked up some DQ for lunch and headed to sam's club for the march groceries. we got home just in time to unload whiel clay clalled a garage repair man, and then we headed to theater class and came home to a house of boys for games and snacks. busy! saturday came with a shock though......................jacob woke up vomiting at 6am and kept it up until i got back from hip hop class with liz...then we girls had to get ready for a banquet at church and right as we were about to leave kim began runing a very high fever. i had to call her dad to come get her from the banquet. he wasn't home when we left or i would have left her at home.after the banquet she got really sick and motrin wasn't helping. she began vomiting. this went on all night and into today. and this mornign liz woke up feeling bad, and by 10am she had high fever and still does, but no vomiting yet. so now i am wondering if we picked up flu at the dr? oh well, a new school week starts tomorrow and we will see what it holds for prayer is wellness.
prayers this week for wellness for my kids, the Bonney family, Libya, Egypt and Korea, freedom, the Word to spread, safety for all of us, the Estes family, our co-op and for the Lord to use us and direct our paths in His ways.
Blessings to all!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What Happpened in February

As usual, these are out of order. This is the fabulous group of kiddos.
One more of them. Getting so big! See why I cry over their growing up so much???
We had a trip to see the Dallas Symphony play Peter and the Wolf and Squirrel Nutkin. Very fun!
Our baby boy turned 7. SEVEN! Can you believe it??? I can't. He is such a neat kid. Very private, not terribly social, rough, tough, lover of guns swords and combat. Smart, sneaky, loving, tenderhearted.
He had some friends over for a party with brownie sundaes. He seemed to have a great time even though he wouldn't look at anyone while we sang to him.
The local homeschool group also had a Valentine Party for the preschool thru 2nd graders. That was fun and tasty! Our homeschool group also had registration for classes which start soon. We love that!
We have been studying human anatomy. Here are the kids with the Somebody game. A family favorite!
As you can see, Kimberly's person has some issues with one side of his lungs and his stomach. Maybe he is in surgery? And i think Jordan's guy has a kidney on his foot.
We also had a second BIG snowstorm. Lizzie stayed inside that day, but Jacob climbed a tree by the creek.
Lizzie has really been doing great with her reading! I am so glad to see that!
Jordan and Kimberly love working on school together, too.
And these are our ballerinas--obviously one lost her leotard!
so, I guess I am going to be a monthly blogger...well...probably not. But I do have much going on and life doesn't lend itself to a bunch of computer time. So with the passage of another month it was time to post some pictures! Hope you enjoyed a peek into life at our house! Blessings to all!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

January Stuff

This month has been COLD. There has been a lot going on. We have had ballet, hip hop class and pinewood derby, a parade and a birthday party. So here comes lots of photos! The above is the pinewood derby race. Jordan had a great car, even though it didn't win. He likes to wear the scout shirt, though.
This was Emily's pirate party. I cannot believe she is 11. She had 6 girls come for pizza and games and crafts and a crazy talent show.
This is part of the talent show.
Jacob got in on the talent show and games by being Joker.
Duck Duck Goose is always big fun...
Pirates eating pizza.
pirates working on treasure chests with chocolate gold coins to go inside.
This is what kids do when they are imaginative. They make your bedroom into fru fru land and act stuff out.
They also help make lunch and set up themed tea parties for siblings.
And very often they leave the room before cleaning up. Is that really my room????? Yes, yes it is!
Sometimes we take kids out for ice cream on thier birthday. Apparently it makes them act strangely.
This is Jordan with his great grandma at the pinewood derby. Note the extreme excitement on his face. Mostly he sat in a chair to watch. Not much emotion. Calm and cool as always.
Her is Elizabeth with grandpa at the mall. She was showing off some hip hop moves.
Here is grandpa with Kimmie. She was acting crazy as always...giggling all the time.
And this is just schoolwork. They had just learned about nutrition as part of a human anatomy lesson and were cutting out pics for a food pyramid.

Well, that sums up the month....