Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Our 1/2 week in review: February 21-23

We didn't have a theme in school this week...well we did...packing.  We are heading down to Southern Missouri to visit part of my husbands family.  We are all super excited as it has been 6 months since we have been down there.  They haven't met Weston yet, so it will be fun showing off the 4th cutest kid in the world (a little biased I know!).  We tried to stay busy with the three days we did have at home.
Memory verse for this week:
1 Timothy 4:12-- Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young.  Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in faith, and in purity. 
Practicing handwriting and writing a portion of their bible verse. 

The kids emptied out their piggy banks and sorted their money.  The girls then made predictions as to how much was in their piggy bank and then we worked together counting their money to see how close they were to their predictions.  They were both way over.  Easton even "pretended" to sort his out.

Weston looking on as we do school
 We then played store with a few items around the house.
The girls worked on reading words of things around the house and put the flash cards to correspond to where it said.

 They then read off cards with color names on it and had to find an object that matched the corresponding color.
The girls worked on telling time.  They matched up digital times to what their clock flashcards said.

Their spelling words are on my iPad, so they practiced writing them on their dry erase boards.

and we had a photography session in our basement for the 3 older kids...not really school, but I just had to show off the cutest 4 kids in the world:)
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What to do with all of the crafts, pictures, and trinkets?

My girls love to do arts and craft activities.  They love to color pictures, paint, and make things.  I was such a good mom when Jocelyn was little.  I made a little binder with all of her first pictures that she drew.  I kept all of her little things that she made and then when Katelyn came along it all went down hill from there.  How on earth was I supposed to keep everything.  I felt horrible for tossing things away and I would often have to sneak things to the trash...of course after displaying them proudly for a few days on the fridge, window, or in their toy room. The girls get so devastated when they see their things in the trash.  I often encourage them to give pictures to friends, my parents, our mail lady, or send them away to family members (I know you all love it:)) Considering now that I will have works of art from four little ones...that will become quiet a few things to try to hold on to.  So what to do?  Take pictures!!!  Ok, I know that isn't the same, but think about takes up less space, they can't rip or fade (digital ones), and I won't have a ton of totes or binders full of things.  Also I have this wonderful blog for everyone to see (ok my mom is probably the only one who cares....or pretends to...thanks mom!)  Now what to do with the huge tote that sits in our garage of all the wonderful things my mom saved for me that I made when I was look at, to show my kids one day....that gathers dust, gets other totes piled on, and is now buried I can't even begin to tell you what tote their in...I should probably take pictures of my old things and toss it out.  Here are some pictures of a few of my girls' things...
(disclaimer....some things I have kept)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Coco Keys Water Park!

I took the girls to Coco Keys Water Park in Omaha.  Jocelyn invited a friend to come along.  It was really dark in there and I didn't want to bring our good camera because of the water, so the pictures are what they are.  They had a really fun time!  Luckily it wasn't as crazy as the last time we went and I was able to leave my boys with my parents, as Sean was in New Jersey.  

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A little bit of craftiness!

I found this idea on the blog Make it and Love it.  I thought it was really cute, so I made my girls one for easy transport of their crayons.  It was a spur of the moment idea and I didn't have very much extra fabric on hand, but I think it is pretty cute.  The girls love it!

 I didn't have any ribbon to match my fabric, so I sewed my own tie.