Friday, January 29, 2010

Field Trip Friday

We usually use our Fridays as a catch up/ field trip day so I am happy to join in with Field Trip Friday hosted by

Today we finally went to our local drive through animal park WildLife Safari and activated our membership the kids got for Christmas from Grandma and Papa. I grew up practically within walking distance to this park and for several years as a child my older brothers even worked there. I sometimes don't remember how spoiled I am to have become so accustomed to seeing real live Lions and Tigers and Bears oh my!

Today the excitement of it all was renewed as my kids became so overjoyed by the sights, sounds, and smells. It should be a really exciting year getting to go through the park often and see what new animals we discover each time. Maybe we will even get to see the elusive Hippo out of the water.

Here is a link to the park as I wasn't able to locate my camera this morning but next time we go I will make sure to grab it. :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Weekly Wrap Up it's 2010

Reading time with Sissy

Her first completed verse

Wow it has been awhile since i wrapped up anything.
A new year has rolled around and we are slowly getting back into the swing of things.
My 3rd grader is doing great and we are both learning so much from her Easy Grammar curriculum. It's relatively fast everyday and I can't recommend it enough.
She is picking up Math a bit faster than she was before the break as well. Her Handwriting for a Reason is great too. Her cursive is really coming along nicely as you can see from the pics and she is always so happy to have a nice pretty verse at the end of the week. She is giving them away as gifts. So far they have gone to her Grandmas but I hope to take some to a nursing home very soon.
In her Prairie Primer we have moved on to Farmer Boy. It has been really nice to read about Almanzo instead of Laura for a bit. Gives us a bit of a perspective change as they grew up with such different experiences.

My 1st grader is another story completely. He is not so enthusiastic about learning as his sister. :)
We have had a lot of hair pulling and time outs trying to understand each other recently. Things are improving though and I have come to the conclussion that he simply needs a lot more one on one time than his sissy ever did also I am ordering him the Kindergarten Math from Horizons. I started him with the 1st grade math but it has been a struggle all year long. I was a bit naive at the lack of Math education he had last year in public school. I have a peace about the decision and since I have stopped pushing the more difficult math the days have gone much smoother.

My to tots have been getting a short video in mommies room on the bed each day and that bit of quiet time has allowed the older kids to concentrate better. Also we have incorporated some story time with sissy which gives me a bit of private time with Timmy my 1st grader.

So that's about it for now. Hopefully we are back on track and I can get more pics in the weeks to come.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

9 years a Mother

So my baby girl is 9 tomorrow. We celebrated today with family and friends and I took a bit of time to think back and be ever so greatful that God has blessed me with this highly intelligent, creative, and organized soul. God has made raising her a blessing and surrounded me everyday with the family and friends I need to get me through each day with there understanding, support, advice, and fun.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Ringing in the New year

New Years Eve Midnight Madness
Cornish game hens
A girl and her dog
Loud party poppers
Get this crown off my head

Birthday Bear for the Birthday Boy

New Years Eve 2009
Haven's 2nd Birthday
Off to Build A Bear w/ Grandma for his very own friend
Way to many choices for my thoughtful little guy
Now to pick a sound (we ended up with 2 a giggle and I love you)
Handed the nice lady his bear!
Putting in the heart
Looking for accessories
The Birthday boy and his bear ready for a nap on the way home. And that's just what they got. :)