Monday, January 31, 2011

My Baby's Big Day: Part 3

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Butterfly requested to go bowling for her birthday...

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I think she had a great time...


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...but of course, watching the balls come back was the best part.


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Cake and presents next post...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

My Baby's Big Day: Part 2

More 5th Birthday Fun: "Sunrise Service" :):

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Birthday Conga Line:
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More next time,

Saturday, January 29, 2011

My Baby's Big Day: Part 1

I know someday I will probably regret posting these pics SOOC and without cloning out all the mess in my kitchen, but I'm somehow not in an editing mood tonight and am feeling dangerous. So here's the Keepin' it Real, Making of the Birthday Cake edition of my baby girl's 5th birthday celebration. More to follow soon...

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Friday, January 28, 2011

HAPPY is...

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...the first "warm" (49 degrees) day after a snow storm


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...finding an empty basket all to yourself.


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...putting on a successful magic show.


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...fun on the playground with friends.


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...simple pleasures (pizza and ice cream night at Sam's).



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...finally getting some alone time with mom.

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...skating lessons with dad.


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See more HAPPY captured at this week's You Capture Challenge.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

5 years

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My baby girl, 5 years ago

Time flies

When you're having fun
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the first twelve months


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first birthday

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2nd birthday


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3rd birthday (in Colorado!)


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4th birthday

...and I've certainly had fun
with you in my life baby girl!

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HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY, BUTTERFLY!
I love you,
Mommy

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

last day

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In honor of my baby girl's last day of being 4.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Homeschool Highlights

I haven't posted any homeschool updates in awhile, I guess because with the holidays, illnesses, visitors, and snow over the last month, we've mostly just squeezed in the basics. But here's a few things we've been doing that I remembered to snap pictures of...

We're using Ann Voskamp's (of A Holy Experience blog) book, A Child's Geography for our geography study this year. In it she describes plate tectonics as the Earth's dance. So the kids decided to demonstrate the steps...

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Here's the Continental Bend (convergent boundaries)


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And the Slippin' and Sliding' step (transform boundary)


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and the Sea Floor Spread (divergent boundaries).

And by george, the kids actually remember them. Ann is a genius.


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We're studying birds through our Apologia Zoology study, so we were thrilled when the recent snow (and umm, remembering to fill up our feeders) brought birds in droves.

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We spent an afternoon recording the types and numbers of birds.

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And even discovered a couple of new visitors to the farm, like this purple finch,

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and this towhee, which I think was just passing through, because we only saw him for a couple of days, but it's always a thrill to see a newbie at the farm (...we don't get out much).


We also began (for the third time) a year long tree study, using suggestions from Barb's Handbook of Nature Study blog. Hopefully this time we can remember to record our trees for all four seasons...

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The girls all chose fruit trees (BeachPea decided to get up close and personal with her peach tree :)) so they should have fun in the Spring with the pretty blossoms and in the summer with the fruit. I'm glad we started in the winter, so they can see the "skeleton" first, then add to it as the year goes on.

Hopefully now that life is slowing down a little we can focus on the homeschool "extras" a little more. This final winter stretch is always tough, so a little extra fun is required to help us keep our sanity. Hmmm, maybe it's time to quit talking and go do some planning...

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