Monday, April 27, 2015

We'll Just Pretend Those 6 Months Didn't Happen

I was going to try to do a recap of the past 6 months, but that's too overwhelming to think about so I'mma start fresh.  Brief update: the kids are good, we got a puppy, we've had 6 foster kids come and go (read about that at my other neglected blog, which I hope to update soon, hisplanmyhope.com).

It's spring!  Well, sortof.  It was nice enough a few times over the past couple weeks that we got outside for a bit.  Otis (puppy) is much better behaved when he's had lots and lots and LOTS of exercise chasing the kids outside.  We have taken him to 2 different puppy classes and boarded him a few times, and all of the trainers have commented on how "excited" or "energetic" he is.  Maybe some day he'll be calm enough to snuggle, cause a snuggly puppy he is not!  But he's cute, and he's fun, and he's learning his manners ~ can't ask for much more than that!

Pictures :)

It took me 10 days to convince Charlotte that this picture needed to be shared :)

Milo, on the other hand, loves cheesing it up for the camera

Sisters, secrets.

The kids at our coop singing "Thrive" at our end of year celebration

Charlotte with one of her friends, Katherine

Backyard shenanigans, unstaged




Milo performing a spell, probably "expelliarmos"



I love Milo's ingenuity ~ he needed both hands, so he came up with a water-cup-holder\




Tuesday, November 4, 2014

NaBloPoMo Day 2...Errrr...4

So I'm clearly really amazing at this blogging thing.  To be fair (to myself ;)) I've spent an inordinate amount of time cleaning the last couple of days; our foster care placement coordinator is coming tomorrow and I'd like him to see our home as the awesome and safe and loving place that it is (and not the chaotic and messy butalsoloving environment the kids sometimes create ;)).

A couple weeks ago we went apple picking at a local orchard.  It was great, the kids were great, we got lots of apples, and have made some delicious applesauce (with a fun new kitchen gadget).

















Saturday, November 1, 2014

NaBloPoMo! Homeschooling!

Well this year has just flown by, hasn't it?!  I barely blink, it seems, and it's been over 3 months since my last post.  But, have no fear!  NaBloPoMo is here!  I have a lot of catching up to do, so let's get started, shall we?

First off, my hard drive up and quit last week.  Like, one day my computer would turn on, and the next day it would not.  Fortunately Michael is a compulsive hoarder smart and resourceful husband, and had kept my old hard drive just in case this exact scenario happened.  Unfortunately, somehow in the transition Aperture (my photo editor) decided it did not want to open anymore.  Michael assures me that the photos (all 50,000+ of them) are still on my computer, I just can't access them right now.  So for tonight, you get pics from my phone :)

At the beginning of September, the journey of homeschooling two (plus a toddler for fun!) began, and I am loving so much about it!

Excited to start learning!




First day of Classical Conversations.  That's Milo and Isaac holding hands on their way to the childcare :)




Christopher Columbus craft time



Handwriting (yes, they do cursive)

Maya copies her history sentence to practice handwriting *and* memory work.

Charlotte is still working on her letters, and doing a pretty fantastic job for being barely 5 when we started!

Math with Mr. Demme



School field trip to the Akron Art Museum




School field trip to the pumpkin patch



Reading Comprehension (in case you can't tell, this is a rag doll, exactly like the ones they made in Little House in the Big Woods)



Freedom to take road trips!



Homeschool Halloween Party



Home Economics 



Milo, our free entertainment :)