Friday, February 16, 2018

CC Valentine's Day Party

The day before Valentine's Day, our CC had a party during lunch hour. Crafts, valentines, pizza, desserts, photo booth, and playtime - couldn't have been better!

Birthday #36

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. ~Psalm 16:6

Birthday breakfast, no school, homegroup :)  It was a wonderful day with so many favorite people and just the little joys of this sweet life.

Father-Daughter Dance

Paige and Meredith (and probably Jason too!) have looked forward to this dance all year. This year, the girls went to the Friday night dance. (The church puts on 3 dances - Friday night, Saturday lunch, and Saturday night, and they all sell out.) All of their CC friends and our good friends the Gs went on Friday night also, so they had a total blast!

Before the dance, I had fun doing nails, hair, and lipgloss :)

This hilarious little girl needed her nails done and a "fancy" dress also! She'll get to go next year.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Art Museum Field Trip

We're studying Wyeth, O'Keefe, and American history in CC currently, so another CC mom put together a field trip to the art museum to see Wyeth, O'Keefe, and paintings depicting American history! We had 4 docents and split into 4 groups for the hour-long tour. The kids were good and engaged and asked great questions.

Our little tour group in front of the Wyeth and O'Keefe paintings:

Learning about a wealthy family from Boston during the Revolutionary War:

Our whole group:

Monday, January 29, 2018

Day In the Life Video/Vlog

I wanted to do a "day in the life" video for a couple of reasons:

1) We want this blog to be something to look back on, and I know I'll forget all the little details of our days
2) People often ask "how I do it," and this is basically it, day by day!

I put together video clips from our very normal day today. I didn't start right when we woke up (like I probably should have) and I ended right before dinner - since that's pretty much the whole of our homeschool day.

Today's schedule (of clips shown in this video) was:

8:45-9:30 - Russell Occupational Therapy (girls stayed home with Jason)
9:45-11 - schoolwork, including spelling, Bible, handwriting, MathSeeds (computer program)
11-11:30 - lunch and getting ready for swimming
11:30-12:15 - swim store for new goggles
12:30-2 - swim practice
2-4:30 - more school (reading, math, CC presentation prep, music theory, silent reading)
4:30-5 - cleaning playroom and kids' rooms
5-5:30 - educational TV show (Liberty Kids was today's show)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Snow Pics

We actually got 5-6 inches of snow yesterday - a rarity here, and made for some excellent playtime! I brought out my Nikon (which, unfortunately, is also rare these days, and every time I get it out, I realize I need to do it more!)

Play time/sled time with neighbors:

Big icicle!

Front yard tree branch:


Just rolling around in the snow:

Daphne was ready to go in at this point:

(Meredith took this picture.) 12.5 years later and we love each other at least as much as we drive each other crazy ;)

(Pic from Adrienne) Georgia and Paige had fun sledding today too:

Just because we had tons of fun doesn't mean we skipped school! After a morning of schoolwork and sledding, it was time for hot chocolate during silent reading:

I'd say we've enjoyed this snow to its fullest! Now bring the warmth, please!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Itch for Redecorating

Recently I got the itch to redecorate. We are home a lot because of homeschooling (obviously), and with Jason working from home too, it makes it very important to me that 1) our spaces are kept clean (clutter especially drives me crazy) and 2) our spaces are asthetically pleasing (at least, to me)! I haven't done a lot, but this is what's been done so far:

1) We (okay, I) added a sitting space to our master bedroom. 

Before: I have no before pictures - just imagine an old leather ottoman there and no window treatments.

After: It's so calm and soothing and I love sitting there with a hot cup of coffee and reading my Bible :)

2) Before: (just look past the homeschool table into the living room!) I know you can't see all the furniture (like the end tables next to the couches), but you can get the idea - it's a lot of cherry, dark, brown, wood, early-2000s-style furniture.

During/After: I'm calling this "during/after" because there are a few more things I'm planning to switch up but haven't yet! But this is an improvement, at least!

I painted the tray white (below) and finally, all of our kids are old enough that I can have a coffee table centerpiece :) (Meredith added my J coffee mug on there before she took this picture - it doesn't stay there.)

End tables and bottom part of coffee table have been painted a light gray and distressed  - makes me happy!

End table with a tidbit of Valentine's decor :)

More to come! ;)