Friday, September 25, 2009

Polaris Press: Apple Week

"Apple Smiles"

Picking Apples at Cook's Orchard (oh, so buggy, but fun!)

We kicked off Apple Week with the Johnny Appleseed festival...we didn't go, though. Just talked about it:)

Our basic school day consists of math, reading/phonics, writing, and then some themed thing that ties into many different subjects depending on the day. I love it! I love coming up with my own ideas (well, mostly from the internet) about what to do for our themes (unit studies).

This week was Apple week and we read a lot about apples, had a taste test (Golden Delicious being the winner), went to an orchard to pick apples, and made applesauce with Becca (thanks, Bec!) and other "apple-flavored" activities. Today we made "Apple Smiles" that the kids really enjoyed. Except Sam didn't like the marshmallows. What kid doesn't like Marshmallows?? It was really fun doing this unit. Next is Animal Habitats.

It's interesting to watch the differences between Natalie and Levi. She is 17 months younger than he is but is right next to him doing all the same stuff. Math, writing, even reading. She amazes me with her answers and how quick she is. She can also operate when it's crazy and chaotic. Chaos really bothers Levi. She hums (loudly) when she works and I think this helps her concentrate. He is very competitive and when he notices she is doing something well, he wants to win and then gets flustered and can't function well. Their ways of learning and doing are so different! It really is fun to watch!

Our backyard is now known as the "Playground"

The above was a garage sale buy. The guy took it apart, hauled it over into our backyard, dropped it in that spot and told us what to do to hook it back up. The deal of the summer!

Sorry, Blogger keeps flipping my pictures for some reason.
We finally got sand for this sand box that came with the house 2 years ago. Ha. But now, most of the sand is on the ground around it or in my HOUSE! Too bad the kids love it so much.

Name the 3 things that I have given up on in this picture...

1. Keeping the dining/school room neat.
2. Keeping Seth off the tables in our house.
3. Nuks!

Seth no longer looks like a baby...or a girl!

The bottom 2 pics are pictures of Seth's beautiful baby curls. During the garage sale, many people said what a cute "girl" he was and I knew it was time for a haircut. So, I gave him one. And now he looks all grown up like my other boys. Sad.

The after picture is the top picture, as I can NEVER get my blog pics to go where I want them to.

Speaking of Seth, he is finally in Nursery, is trying to talk (and says many words and many non-words), and his favorite place to be is in the middle of our street or on top of our dining room table. Argh. He sure is cute, though:) I love his smiles and when he is cuddly. And I love it when he is looking for Sammy. "Mammy?? Mammy?" It's really cute.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


I am feeling really random today. I really wanted to go out tonight to see the local marching band competition, but our babysitter pulled out. You know how you have expectations? Blah.

The garage sale was SO GREAT and most of the stuff has not come back in the house:) I can't help it! You know when you look at stuff and say, I could make some money on EBay? That's why I have stuff. To be gotten rid of very soon!

I got to hang out with a bunch of friends last night and watch a chic flic! So nice. Good times!

This is a very weird update, but thought it was time to post something else. Maybe soon I will post info about our Apple themed week coming up.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

More Clean-out! and some Polaris Press

The rest of the kitchen, the other upstairs closet, Seth's closet and room, the top shelf in the TV room, and the game closet (scary!) are now done. There are piles and piles of stuff going into this garage sale. I hope that you all come and buy! I am not letting any of this stuff go back into my least, I think I'm not:) There are MANY things that would sell well on Ebay, but I am not sure that I want to go through the trouble. Argh. I just want it all gone!

School has suffered a bit, but we are just calling it a LONG weekend:) I LOVE homeschooling! The days will get made up with no problem eventually:) We had an awesome time visiting the local Debrands chocolate factory and tasting all of their yummo chocolates and fillings! We brought George some chocolates for his birthday on Monday. We didn't get any pics (I just don't think about the camera...too much other stuff to worry about!) but we saw people mixing and pouring and filling and wrapping and decorating. You know, if you work at Debrands, you get to eat as many irregular candies as you want? Nice benefit!

On Friday, Levi and I went to the library's Homeschool Bookclub, which was lots of fun. We sat with some people that we had met before and I was happy to see Levi participating, listening, raising his hand, and waiting his turn to speak. Lots better than last April where he was so shy, he didn't say 2 words! Natalie chose to stay home and watch a movie with her younger siblings and Becca's kids. I am not sure how much to push her..she would be in Preschool this year. Here academics are way high, but her attention span is normal 4 year old level.

On Friday night, Geo, Levi and I went to see a TIncaps game. I have to say, I complained loudly when FW decided to build the new stadium downtown. I thought it was a huge waste of money and resources. But that place was PACKED! And is was so much fun! The Tincaps won 1-0 and the other coach got thrown out of the game...that was fairly exciting:) It was also a fireworks game...we didn't get home until 11pm! Pretty late for Levi. I love hometown baseball. I wonder how much season tickets are for next year....

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Veg-out Movie and the Clean Sweep!

Have you all seen this movie? It was too cute. I have really liked a lot of the movies we have seen produced by Halestorm. I never thought I would get into them, but I like laughing at all the Mormonisms. Perfect for a night after a fun, crazy and busy day! Speaking of which...

The clean sweep has taken the laundry room, half of the kitchen (I was supposed to finish that tonight...oops!), my bedroom and the 2 closets in it and one upstairs closet! SO exciting! And liberating! I even started on the storage room, but that was too scary:) Please spread the news...

Garage Sale
September 11&12
We have some of everything!
Kids clothes
Kitchen Stuff
Stampin' Up!
Home appliances
Home repair and cleaning
and LOTS of FREE stuff