Thursday, April 23, 2009

That's not exactly the point, mom...

Oh when did she get so sophistocated?

Grandma and Grandpa took E to the museum this week to view an exhibit by Joe Fafard, a fabulous Canadian sculptor.   She had a great time looking at all of the detail in his work, and later playing in the discovery room.

Anyways, when she got home, she showed me a flip book that illustrated how he created a huge horse image in a field of various different grains.  It's only recognizable from the air, and it's quite interesting. 

I joked with her about how it wasn't gluten free, and she shot back, quite quickly:

"You know, that's not exactly the point, mom"....  "It's ART, not food!".

This from a tiny little 8 year old, who apparently is growing up faster than I thought LOL.

Monday, April 20, 2009

a wee update

We've been busy with school these last few months getting down to the basics of:

  • reading (Z is doing so good now!),
  • learning to write letters (little H is now 4 and wants to do school everyday, so we've been following Serendipity plans for Along the Alphabet Path.)
  • grammar (E is slowly working her way through First Language Lessons 3...)
  • history (The middle ages)
  • math (E is starting to learn long division already. Z is almost done his Horizions K book, H is learning about big/small, long/short)
  • latin (the verbs to be, to be able to, the Lord's Prayer, the Table Blessing, The Sanctus, Gloria, and lots of vocab)

E is still in choir and piano lessons, and getting ready for her final concert and her piano recital. I can't believe the year is passing so quickly.

I am going to be an AUNTIE!! Woohoo!! My little sister is pg and due two weeks before me. This fall will prove to add lots of excitement to our little side of the world.

We have just about made it through the spring rush of birthdays and holidays. We still have my dad's birthday, my birthday, mother's and father's day, and sean's mom's birthday. Then early on in the summer is my mom, grandma, and brother-in-law. Phew! What a busy time of the year.

Anyways, here are some of the latest art creations. E has been inspired by the flower fairy book to draw and paint some of them, and there are always veggie tales drawings on the fridge from various kids.

Z has become quite the little artist as well.. this picture is a creation for the girls. It was a surprise for them. He worked very carefully in the homeschooling room for quite a while before he proudly gave it to them. What a sweetie!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Easter!

This blog has had many seasons. Some busy and full of pictures, some bursting with homeschooling goodness, and some slow, and restful breaks.  

I allowed myself time during Lent this year to take a slow, restful break from the internet. It was very good and given me space to just be.  

What have we been up to all this time?

A new baby is on the way for October!! That's certainly exciting news around here :-)  The kids are beyond excited and we are slowly trying to wrap our minds around the twins not being the 'babies' anymore.

We moved them into the same bedroom and they have since been delighting in each other's company day and night, and late night.  I love listening to them on the baby monitor.  Their favorite game is to take off all their blankets, sheets, clothes and diapers and toss them overboard onto the floor (they are still in cribs). 

Z just turned 6. Can you believe it?  And H my baby just turned 4.  Easter was lovely. We had lots of family over for an early supper and then celebrated the birthday kids with goodies, presents and cake.  

I finally made a birthday cake that didn't fall over, ooze all over the edges of the plate, or make people laugh.  My life is complete.

I've been gardening a lot this spring.  The new greenhouse is a delight, and I can't wait for my husband to build me some raised beds in there so I can get my little baby plants into the ground soon.

I'm growing tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli (for the big garden we have yet to dig up), lettuce, sugar pumpkin, peas, delphinium, lobelia, painted daisy, and a few more.  We'll see if I kill them all before harvest time, or if I can manage to actually be a real gardener this summer.  I don't have a heater for my greenhouse, and since it still keeps dropping below zero at night, I've been bringing my babies inside each night.  ... and then of course today it's SNOWING. argh! When is it going to be spring?????

I'll leave you with a big promise of pictures and more fun homeshooling info.  For now, I have to go eat (i'm always hungry) and help Z build his Kinex car that he got for his birthday.

Happy Easter!