Saturday, January 27, 2018

Today 12 years ago we saw this baby face for the first time and our hearts were forever changed~

We all stayed home from work and school to wait to see her.
She's grown into a beautiful almost teenager and just look what makes her excited...

About 3 months ago a beautiful cardinal flew into our sunroom window and died.
EK had been wanting to find a skeleton of some kind so I suggested we put the bird into a container and wait for it to decompose. So we did.

We researched and went through lots of steps to get it to the skeleton stage.
Today she came to the final stage of taking it out and cleaning it for her nature shelf. Armed in surgical gloves and an exacto knife, she went to work~

Finally done, we let it dry out in the sun while she taught all the sibs the bones~

Then we placed it in a jar for our bird shelf of nests and feathers~
 Such an awesome project from beginning to display.

 AND the hammock girls~

The Newest Bike Rider~

Friday, January 26, 2018

SO proud of herself and we are too!!!

Morning Time~

Mornings are very much improved when things are set out the night before.
Morning Work is left on the kitchen table
and reading items out on the coffee table in family room~
 We continue to love the Playful Pioneer study!

And work on our Around the World with Picture Books from Beautiful Feet as well~

Calla is in to it some days and others, she just wants to be held or pout on the floor~

Some mornings breakfast is eaten while reading with Kindle and listening with Audible~
Whatever we are doing, we are doing it together!
As was the case for reading the Wonder books~
Then watching the movie together!
Thank you to Mimi and Logan for giving us an Amazon gift card for Christmas!!!

Home Learning~

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Today we talked about Native Americans and their headbands~

Evie has really gotten into drawing horses lately and see Payne?
 This is his first REAL book he's read all on his own! We are celebrating!!!

Instead of making bead necklaces, we made bird feeder bracelets~

Good job Ev~

SO fun watching the birds come to our tree and snack~

Lego Boys~

Monday, January 22, 2018

If you're looking for the boys~
You can usually find them adding to their amazing lego nation!

A Grand Day~

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Our day was made when our sweet Rosie surprised everyone for the weekend~

And then the grandboys came for the day~
Marshall is 11 months!
 It was the most beautiful day and we played outside ALL DAY LONG~
 Catching little lizards~
 Riding stuff and playing football~
A Grand Day!!!

More Pioneer Study~

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Never a day of the same and who knows where we will end up schooling~
 Today we listened to Little House and sketched birds~
 These are our favorite Little House books~
 Beautiful sketches~
 EK and SJ are reading The Sign of the Beaver and as they come to a highlight~
it is copied into their journals.
LOVE their handwriting!


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

We woke up to snow on the ground and a house full of ecstatic kids!
Getting everyone dressed is such a big deal in the south~
 Once out, everyone had super fun throwing snowballs at dad~
 Sweet snow faces~
 We even did a little sledding~
 EK made a little snowman and placed him right outside the playhouse~
The perfect amount of snow and gone by afternoon!

Exciting Things~

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

To brighten up my kitchen, we are having glass put in the cabinet doors~

And our 2017 blog book arrived and THIS is why I write all our stories here~
SO they can read them over and over!!!

Playful Pioneers~

Monday, January 15, 2018

We continue to enjoy all the Little House books and today we learned about fireplaces~

 We sketched them and wrote from the book~
 CA and I made playdough to build chimneys for our Lincoln log homes~

 Such a fun day!

EC's 5th Family Day~

Sunday, January 14, 2018

We arrived home just in time for EC's 5th family day~
She wanted me to take photos of her and afterwards I asked her to heart the ones she loved.
I think it is safe to say, she loves herself and what could be more wonderful???
Happy EC Day!!!!!!

Winter Beach Trip~

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The condo just happened to be open for the week we needed a place to hang
so we loaded up and hit the road~
 Seeing snow along the way and made it in time for seafood for dinner~

Everyone slept so good so we schooled a little~
 While it warmed up outside~

It started out pretty cool but we loved it~

It was so wonderful to celebrate PC being home for 5 years~

Sunrises at the beach are my favorite... EC too~

The next day we went out in stocking hats for a little while~

And before we knew it, they were barefooted and jumping tide pools~

 We stayed out all day only in for lunch~
 And ended the day with a foot soak in the hot'pool'~

The next day dad left to go back and oversee the floors so we were at the beach dadless~

 We had a sand creation contest and everyone won~

 We went out for lunch and a Target run~
 Went to a nearby pond to watch the wildlife~
 And long beach walks~
It was a perfect getaway and went home to those beautiful floors you've already seen!!!