Preschooler {3 yrs old} and Toddler {23 mo old} Summaries

(Written Thursday, August 28, 2014)

17 days until baby wright #3 should be here (September 14th) … of course it could be more or less than that, only the baby and God know the plan.  I talked with my very sweet friend that is going to have Bug and Mister while I labor, and it feels good to know my babies will not only be safe and taken care of, but that someone else is praying about this for me.  God knows our circumstances, and theirs and we know He will send baby on when the time is right.

I woke up this morning, about 2:30am, to more storms.  We have had a TON of rain here the last 10 days, so much the trail and parks we enjoy most are flooded terribly.  (Good thing we decided not to have the birthday party at those parks, just in case in rained).  I couldn’t go back to sleep so I hopped in the shower and am drinking my first cup of coffee since July 2nd.  I quit coffee, mainly because I like it with cream and I am doing no dairy for baby, so this is really nice even if it is with rice milk.

I can’t believe that next week  my babies will be four and two years old!  I will begin with Lexie’s summary.

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Proud of her birthday dress

To say Lexie is vibrant, happy, and full of silliness is an understatement.  She loves to play in her dressy dresses, go “camping” with Max, and read books (all. day. long).  She is currently reading the Bob Books: Advanced Beginners books.  You can read a bit more about that Here.

She enjoys our learning time together, helping me bake, and playing downstairs.  Of course outside is usually her very first choice of play time, especially if it involves water.  Developmentally, her language is amazing.  Her fine motor (writing) skills are improving, and her confidence has grown by leaps and bounds.

If there is anything I can say about being a parent for the first time, it is that you can definitely go with your gut.  Lexie has always been very social, but despite being in daycare and Mother’s Day Out when we lived in Arkansas, she was/is still very introverted in a group.  Whether it is at daycare, library story time, or gymnastics, if it wasn’t her close friends and family, she wanted to sit by the grown up in charge and watch (she is my people watcher!) or play mostly by herself.  Today, she starts out that way in a new setting, but quickly warms up!  And just a few weeks ago at the neighborhood block party she jumped right into the festivities without needing us to encourage her at all!  My point is- we have never rushed her.  We did not push her to stay the night with family before we felt she was ready, participate in things she didn’t feel comfortable with, and here she is learning within her OWN boundaries how to feel confident.  There are definitely rules to raising an introverted child, and being an introvert myself I understand her insecurities and what makes them “flare.”

I love watching her grow and change, but am very sad my baby is almost four and not such a baby anymore.

Lexie and Max are sleeping in the same room now; it is going surprisingly well!  Hopefully it continues to go well after baby arrives …  Lexie wakes some nights needing to go potty, and sometimes that wakes Max up, but in the last few weeks he has gotten used to her being in the same room and he sleeps through it.

He naps in his crib from 12:15-2:30/3:00.  J.Tom comes home for lunch and Lexie spends that time with him; at about 12:45 she goes downstairs and has “rest time” on the bed down there.  She is allowed her books on the bed with her but must be quiet.  She does pretty good with it.

As for Max Payne, well he is a little “stinky pot,” as he calls himself.  He is TT potty trained; we are still working on poopy, which he usually does after he wakes up at nap time, but some days that isn’t the case.  I am not sure he has distinguished between having gas and needing to potty, or if he is just a bit afraid of using the potty?  Either way, he will get there and we have aaaall winter inside to get it down!  haha  In the mean time, we are down to using 2 diapers a day (nap and night time) and that makes this mama a happy camper!

He does and says everything big sister does.  Everything.  They are a mess together and I am thankful they are such good friends (for now..) and pray we can continue to foster that relationship as they grow.  He can identify many of his letters, but not all.  He just hasn’t been interested in learning them like Lexie was, and if there isn’t interest it just isn’t going to happen.  So I haven’t been pushing it.  He loves to count and read nursery rhymes.

Oddly, he isn’t a big fan of messy play or crafts.  He gets most interested in painting, but even that doesn’t hold his attention long.  He would rather be driving trucks and engines around on the floor and furniture.  =)  Or playing in water.  The boy still loves water, and being outside.  He and Lexie will spend what seems like hours downstairs playing pretend together.

At this point (well, for a while now), he is jumping with two feet, climbing everything he can get a foot on, and LOVES to bounce on the trampoline.  “Dog dog” is his buddy- poor Charlie girl puts up with a lot from Max!  He refuses to say Charlie, although we know he can.  She is just “dog dog” for now.  She doesn’t seem to mind.  =)

Best Buddies

loving on his “dog dog”

His personality has just blossomed in the last 6-8 months- he is funny, rowdy, and so sweet.  He and Lexie are both obsessed with their Daddy, and we are so thankful we have had this summer home with him.  It has been wonderful watching him do nap time with Lexie during his lunch hour every day, and eating dinner with him every night.

The Bears (that’s the boys, per Lexie) spend time together every night when Daddy gets home, just rough-housing and being “bears.”  Lexie gets a bit jealous; she is very much her daddy’s girl and wants to join them, but she loves to laugh at them and their silliness.  We try to encourage her to let daddy and Mister have bear time.  Both of them are super snuggly and I think they will do great with Baby #3!





trip to the county fair

petting the “baby cow” at the fair

enjoying the cool mornings

enjoying the cool mornings and teaching Max to swing


enjoying the cool mornings

Silly babies!

I really can’t believe we will be a family of 5 soon- Lexie and Max will both be such good big siblings.  *feeling blessed*

Weekly Wrap Up: July 11, 2014

The last week we have finally gotten back into a routine form our travels to AR and TN. We got all the hard stuff (unloading, unpacking, laundry, etc) done the afternoon we got home and madly did it pay off! We had the rest of that week to menu plan, get groceries, pay bills, and just get things back in order. The last thing we want to do is find payday loans in Texas, United States. However, if we have too, we will.

The following week we started back on our learning time routine. We did a quick review and a lot of playing. We have spent all morning, every morning, outside playing in the back yard, playing in the pool, eating apples, and playing with the dog. It has been wonderful!

Here are a few snaps I managed to take during this week:

Lexie found a picture of blocks in the back of her Highlights magazine and she wanted to build what they were building. I helped her with a few pieces- but I was amazed at how well she would perceive what they had done. Some of these were HARD!:

building blocks {Quiet In The Chaos}

We have read more books this summer than I think we did while stuck inside last winter. Mister has really become obsessed with reading books, and of course Bug wants to (read or) be read to all the time.

reading together {Quiet In The Chaos}


My children *love* to be outside- we spend most of our time outside when the weather permits. Lexie had a great idea when she wanted to combine their love for books with the great outdoors!

reading in their


Our sweet Charlie girl:

Charlie Our Springer Spaniel {Quiet In The Chaos}

Charlie Our Springer Spaniel- 11 months old, July 2014


As you know, we *love* the free and fun curriculum from This Reading Mama (we use it with our AAR). Here, Lexie is working on her new sight word, “me.”

Sight Word

The week wouldn’t be complete without baking something yummy. We made (whole wheat, NO refined sugar) chocolate muffins. Lexie just had to lick the spoon. =)chocolate muffins {Quiet In The Chaos}

Last week was a lot of fun- during all this fun, we also started potty training Max. I do have some SUPER cute pictures of that, but they’re probably not appropriate for the blog. haha

Monday the painter comes to paint Lexie’s room; then the kids will start sharing a room! *so scary* Just praying they get used to each other and sleep through the night fine. Lexie wakes up needing to potty and sometimes with night terrors, so that could be a problem. After Mister’s room (aka the nursery) the nursery is painted, I can begin decorating, organizing, and playing in the nursery. YAY! Eight More weeks until baaaby!


Beginning Sonlight P4/5 Part I: new schedule/routine

Monday, May 26th, we began our Sonlight P4/5 curriculum.  You can read more about my first impression when we received everything here and why we chose what we did, here.

I wasn’t sure if we would begin in the summer, or closer to the fall when baby #3 arrives.  I have been so excited to get started, and in desperate need of a new routine for Lexie’s learning time, that I decided to start now.  I am glad we did!

Had we waited until fall, we would probably be all the way through our current math (which is Singapore early bird) and would begin Saxon.  But, since we are starting early, we are just continuing on with Singapore.  I am not super impressed with their program, and don’t find it challenging for Lexie at all cognitively; but it does keep us in the routine of doing some math thinking skills so we will continue with it for a bit.

We also began our All About Reading Level 1– to say I LOOOOOVE this program is an understatement.  Love love love.  Honestly, everything she is doing now she has been able to do for months; almost a year, actually.  But it is giving her a great foundation and building her confidence in literacy SO much.  Lexie has been sounding out CVC words (like “cat” “cup” “pig” etc) at least since her third birthday, but when I would introduce a reader like Bob Books, she would always say, “I can’t read the words.  You do it.”  So, while we played around with decoding (and reading by sight words), I didn’t push her.  (besides, she has many years before she needs to be a fluent reader!)  I just follow her lead on what she is comfortable with at this point.

All About Reading has built her confidence so much, and in just the first week.  She has been reading any cvc word I put in front of her, loves the short activities that go along with the program, and looks forward to getting everything out of her workboxes each day!  (well, we don’t do learning time every day, but when we do do learning time …)

(In addition to AAR, we are still using our little curriculum from ThisReadingMama.  I will talk more about how we incorporate it in my following posts in this series.)

Like many children her age (under 4) her writing and fine motor skills are still developing.  Her cognitive development is way beyond her writing abilities, so we are practicing fine motor skills and handwriting (just how to form the letters and numbers, not making them perfect).  She does not like to color very much (bummer) and prefers to “write,” in her special books daddy brings home to her.  She is still enjoying Logic of English, but we are only using the handwriting portion (because we love AAR).

So here is what our schedule looks like now for days we have learning time (it’s a little detailed ..):

  • 7am- wake/brush teeth/milk and snuggles/breakfast/clean kitchen
  • (we do our memory work and Bible verse during breakfast)
  • 8am- kids clean up any toys they got out.  I get our Sonlight read alouds for the day and potty chair for Max, we all go to Lexie’s room and read while Max plays and practices pottying
  • 9am- Max to independent play, Lexie’s learning time, then independent play for a few minutes while I clean up, get laundry changed over, and do other chores
  • 10am- walk to park, play outside, pool time in backyard, play games, chores, run errands
  • 11:15- lunch, clean up, free play, baths if necessary
  • 12:00- nap for max.  depending on our morning Lexie will either have a little more independent play here, or she will go down for nap
  • 1:00- Lexie goes down for nap if she had a low key morning
  • 1-2:30/3:00- everyone is napping, including myself if I am super tired (and at this point I usually am)
  • 2:30/3:00- up and go to the pool, park, play outside, or run errands
  • That’s it until dinner, baths and bed!

So, you can see learning time doesn’t take up our whole day, or even a whole hour usually.  We are also doing some lapbooking (which is SO fun) , on days we lapbook or do puzzles or something during learning time it takes a little longer to complete.  But we have FUN and play a lot. On days we don’t do learning time, the kids play out back, either with me or together while I do chores.

I live by routine and schedule; my kids need the structure and so do I.  I don’t do chaos well, however we alway have fun!  We are always dancing, playing music, singing songs, etc.  But we just do it in a controlled-chaos kinda way!  😉

I like this routine, because Max can be involved with our read alouds; but during the time Lexie needs to focus and have my undivided attention Mr. Rambunctious is having his down time in his room.  I would LOVE for him to sit in on learning time, but at this point he is way too hands on wanting to be in the middle of everything she is doing; it just makes it harder for her (and me).  So we play and learn with Max later during the day through songs, puzzles, outside, and just good ole conversation!

When the baby comes along, his/her naps and feeding schedule will go right along with everything we already do.  I am not worried about that at all.  I am actually looking forward to it!  =)

coloring by SIght Words

(I did the red as an example for her, she did the rest)  activity from Reading The Alphabet

  •  My second Beginning Sonlight post will be about how I organize all our materials for everything.
  • My third Beginning Sonlight post will be more details about our Sonlight curriculum and how exactly we use it as well as along with our other programs.  Every Sonlight family uses it differently, but we are really enjoying it this way so far; of course if that changes, I will let you know.
  • And, look for my post on our workboxes!

Preparing for Next Year’s Homeschool: PreK 4/5 Curriculum Choices {2014/2015}

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Well, for years months and months I have gone back and forth over what we will use for our curriculum next fall.  What curriculum, what style suites us best, what will keep Lexie’s fire going, her passion for learning; what will also work for Max so we can reuse some materials, etc.

I have also had to consider what will be easiest to fit into our life, with baby #3 due in September of this year.  =)

As you know I have mostly decided on a classical/Charlotte Mason education style for our family because it just fits us (and our love of the outdoors, learning, and books); but I have also been contemplating joining Classical Conversations.  There is a community not too far from us that a dear friend is also a part of.  I really enjoyed the open house I attended and Lexie did AMAZING sitting in the room with me for the 2 hours we were there.  However, I just don’t know if we are ready for it yet.

love the Charlotte Mason approach to learning.  It encompasses everything I believe about education and family uniting.  It is Biblically based, and literature rich (so is classical education).  It is truly where my passion for learning and educating my children comes full circle.

Charlotte Mason is also what I see in my children.  I see Lexie loving books- asking questions about everything we read; wanting to know more and making connections from her books to her world.  Max is beginning the same process- he didn’t love reading books at first, but at about 13 months old, he became obsessed with them, just like big sister.  When I sit on the floor, he will bring me a book and say, “boo-k,” turn around and plop into my lap.  He then proceeds to open the book and I will read.  He really likes for me to take his finger and point to everything in the picture and say its name.  He loves reading.  And that tells me he will also love learning.

I want to keep their fires burning, but I need to do that in a way that will fit our young family’s lifestyle.  As a busy mom of soon-to-be 3, there won’t be much time for the intense planning that a combined classical/Charlotte Mason style education can require.  So in the fall, (well, really in January probably) I think we will begin with Sonlight’s P4/5 curriculum.

Sonlight P 4/5 includes: read alouds and language arts, science, Bible, rediness skills, beautiful art books and studies, and introduces world cultures.  One thing I love about classical education is it begins history at the beginning.  So children not only learn there is much, much more to their world than just their immediate surroundings, but they also learn where it all began.  Sonlight does an amazing job of choosing wonderful children’s literature and living books to teach every subject, which is where the Charlotte Mason style comes in.  Another point I love is that Sonlight is fairly adaptable.  You can supplement with as many books as you’d like, whatever math you prefer (although they sell a few great curricula), and you can make it work with just about any style of education, if you really want to.  Their book list is what has driven their popularity for years, but as more and more families have used it, the more it has become known for being a wonderful core curriculum.  (no, this is not a review and I am not being paid to say any of this!).

We already have a phonics/reading program we will use, which we haven’t started yet.  I chose All About Reading because it is so child friendly and hands on, which I think will be fine for Lexie (as I am mostly sure she has a photographic memory) but I know will be great for Mister, because he is my 100% tactile learner.  We will use this with our Sonlight, along with Saxon or Horizon’s math, and a few supplemental activities in science.

I have many friends ask me about two things :1) homeschool curricula and options and 2) converting to a healthier, real food lifestyle.  #1 is mostly why I am writing this post.

I tell you, I cannot wait to get started next year.  We might begin in August, to get a head start, then take off in September-Christmas with the baby coming, holidays, etc., then start back in January.  Or we may just begin in january and go through part of the summer…  I know me, and I know Lexie, and chances are we will not want to take that much time off.  We both crave structure and our learning time together, so I imagine we will get back to it pretty quickly.

One thing I am really looking forward to is not having to plan and print every thing we do in this season of life.  Right now, I am using a printable curriculum (that we both love) and we are doing Five in A Row which is Charlotte Mason style, but requires all the planning be done by the parent. So it requires a lot of time on my part.  Sonlight has done most of the work for me, meaning I can enjoy my time teaching, learning, and snuggling, all three of my babies this fall.

So, I have to get busy filling orders in my etsy shop, since that is how I plan to pay for this curriculum!  haha  If you haven’t noticed I haven’t been writing much lately.  There is a two fold reason for this. 1) The first trimester of this pregnancy has kicked my butt!  Between the extreme nausea and exhaustion, I am just now catching up on household duties! and 2) I have been very busy making baby blankets in my etsy shop.  I keep saying I am going to slow down, finish my drapes for the kitchen, and make a few dresses for Lexie, but so far that hasn’t happened.  Hopefully soon!

Strawberry Allergy

Last week we discovered Lexie has a strawberry allergy.
So here’s the thing …  Lexie constantly has an eczema-type break out on her face (which we know is allergy related).  When she has too much dairy, or really acidic foods like tomatoes, the rash becomes actual fluid/puss filled sores that hurt.  Because of this, we water her milk down- half water, half milk- and limit her dairy intake.  The break out is always there, but doesn’t flare up like it used to.  (we had to completely stop grilled cheese made with Kraft singles- it always triggered a bad flare up).
So after she ate the strawberries, within 20 minutes her face was broken out all over.  We gave her benadryl, she took a nap, and when she woke up her face was COMPLETELY CLEAR.  The constant breakout/eczema she always has on her face (which again, we are sure is dairy), was gone too!  This tells me something she always eats/drinks is causing that breakout on her cheeks.

So, I think this week we are going to wean her onto almond milk and see if her face improves completely.  By the evening that same day, after having had milk after nap and with dinner, the eczema type breakout was back, and has been there since.  She tested positive at the chiropractor for dairy allergy, so we know she has it.  It just isn’t as intense as Mister’s, so we were letting her have the raw milk, but now my gut just tells me we need to stop cow’s milk completely.  Having your body constantly fighting like that is not good.

The challenge will be to get her to stop drinking cow’s milk…  she does not like Max’s coconut milk, so I am not even going to try to get her to drink that.  We will try almond I guess?  and see what happens.  I hope her face improves!

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Nov 3, 2013

Welcome to our weekly wrap-up!  This is for the first week of November.

This week we continued what we worked on last week:

Reading Katy No Pocket, working on sight words, writing her name and family member’s names.  She is pretty much obsessed with sight words and writing names. Shes finds sight words in every. single. book she reads, or we read together.

Lexie did a great job!  She did this while I was making their lunches…
She is obsessed with writing!

Rainy day fun- bubbles!


this week Max started coloring with crayons.  He mostly just wanted to eat them ….


Lexie’s bears were riding on the “bus”- that’s daddy bear, middle size mama bear,
and little Lexie bear hopped on next.

This week we made our blessings tree.  It looks a little bare, because J.Tom was out of town when we made it, so his hands weren’t up.  We managed to get one handprint of Max’s, but it wasn’t on yet either.  Lexie decided Max would be thankful (if he could tell us …) for: his lovey, dog dog, dada, Lexie, Mama, and  bubbles.  In that order.

We started our conversation about Thanksgiving, but will dive in more the week before thanksgiving.  We are only have 2 BFIAR books to complete, and then we will start working on Five in A Row, after Christmas.  We will spend December mostly doing Advent and learning about Jesus, like we did last year.  Then in January we will being Five in a Row, and I cannot wait!

This week I finished a peasant top that is now offered in my etsy shop.  Lexie LOVES this blouse; she thinks it is just so pretty, and had to wear it to violin Friday.  I can’t wait to make her some solid white ones to go under dresses and jumpers for the winter.  I will soon have the ruffle pants in the shop as well! 



I hope everyone had a great week!

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Weekly Wrap Up: Homeschool Preschool Week of 9-30-13 with Sensory Play

Here is our weekly wrap up for the week of September 30, 2013

This week we continued reading about apples and fall.  We also started discussing the 5 senses.  I LOVE to hear Lexie describe things!  She does a great job, and just loves to talk,

Bowing- we always begin violin with a bow, and applause

Our Bible verse for the next few weeks is  I John 4:19.  She requested I take these pictures, as she “wrote,” while I read the verse from our Family Bible.  haha

I am trying to convince her to hold her marker correctly … she says it feels better when it sit on her pinky finger.  Any ideas?!

Lexie is very much into tracing, so instead of coloring the cross, she wanted to trace it!

We have started unit two of the Singapore Kindergarten Early Bird book.  Again, she didn’t want to color, she wanted to trace the rectangles, so I let her.  This math is going to get pretty tough here soon, so we will probably either skip around, or just do our own thing, then go back and review.

To prepare for a beginning letter sounds activity, she wanted to cut out the pictures.

We talked about the five sense, and continued the discussion during play.  Lexie described her counting bears to me this morning, using all her senses.  They “felt hard, are kinda bumpy, didn’t taste like anything, smelled like plastic” (haha), and when she looked at them she “saw lots of colors and faces.”

This week we played with vinegar and baking soda, for sensory play.  Lexie LOVED it.  As in, eventually I just put her in the tub with a bottle of vinegar and a bowl of baking soda.  haha  She liked the gritty feeling it had, and enjoyed the vinegary smell.  She didn’t mind tasting it etiher.

For Max, I prepared a baby sensory bag of shaving cream and paint.  Then I taped it shut and let him enjoy.

 Lexie loves her letter building set, and has played with it a lot this week.

Lexie and Max dumping the counting bears (this is when we used our sense to describe them).

Today we went for a 3 mile jog, and ended it with 2 hours of outside play.  We stopped at the end of our run to pick leaves that are changing colors already!  We just love fall!  

Then we collected a caterpillar in hopes it will make a cocoon and become a butterfly.  It is in a jar on my kitchen counter as we speak.  =)

That has been our big week!  What have you and your family done this week?  Share in the comments!

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Protecting Little Hearts

You know, I am an honest person.  Sometimes brutally honest, but I try to do it nicely.

But something that gets under my skin, like really gets under my skin, is when people are mean or “passively aggressive” towards my babies.

I am praying about it, and probably thinking about it more than I should; but you can never pray too much, right?

Why do people do that?  Why do they use your kids to get at you?  Why can’t they just be HONEST with me, as an adult.

You don’t like the way I do things?  Say so or be nice.

You don’t like how I raise my family?  I’d really rather you keep your opinion to yourself, but if it’s between hurting my babies and being honest with me, BE HONEST WITH ME.

My daddy says not to let ’em get me down.  But it’s so hard sometimes.

Daddy says, “Meg, you’ve got the Most High God, a good husband, and two great kids. Everything else good is icing on the cake; and take it for what it is because most everything else is doo doo!”  

I love my daddy.  But he’s so right.

Why do I even care how people feel about me?  I don’t.

It’s not me I care about- it is my babies.  I care how they are treated.  Both of them are sweet, sensitive, a little reserved, and neither of them understands sarcasm.

They certainly don’t understand being forgotten or left out.  But Lexie is old enough to know she has been mistreated, or treated differently.  And she questions everything.

So I try to protect her heart and feelings for now.

And it angers me.  More than anything, it hurts my feelings for them.

So I am praying about it.  Because I know it is something that doesn’t matter, it’s “doo doo,” 

and quite frankly, so is anyone who deliberately tries to make you feel bad, hurt, or “different.”  Christ wouldn’t treat you that way, because you are worth more to that than Him.  

What you are worth to others doesn’t matter One. Little. Bit.
So, I will leave you with this: 

Don’t let someone make you feel less than what you are.  Because it boils down to pettiness and jealousy on their part, and neither of those traits look good on anyone.

Pray about it instead.  

Pray for them.  

Pray for yourself and the situation.  

Because that’s really all that’s worth doing.

Always know that if you are doing what your heart is being pulled to do, and you can sleep with it at night knowing God would be is proud of you, then you don’t have to answer to anyone outside of your four walls (and I say that, because I do believe in answering to my husband, even though, like most all of us, I struggle with it sometimes). Other than that, it’s all you and God.

Have a great week, we have lots of fun planned around here!  

A Year With Frog and Toad: The Musical (and a little lady)

A few weekends ago, the Yorkshire Playhouse put on the Musical, “A Year with Frig and Toad,” which is based off the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel.  We have Frog and Toad All Year, and Lexie LOVES it.  We have read it several times, and she likes to flip back through it and “read” it on her own.

So, when I saw the playhouse here in town was putting it on, I was SO excited!

Getting ready to go!

Waiting for Frog and Toad!

 Here they come!  So excited!

During intermission:

She had SO much fun and her favorite character was the snail (and he did an outstanding job!).  I really didn’t think she (very much a two year old) would sit through the entire 2 hour production- but she DID!  She was a perfect little lady, I was SO proud of her!

At the end, we got to meet all the cast as we walked out.  It was such a wonderful experience for her.  She was the only child in the theatre, everyone else was an adult (or teenager) and she was on her very best behavior.  =)

In the spring the Lied Performing Arts center in Lincoln is doing The Very Hungry Caterpillar and a few shorts of Eric Carl’s other books, and a ballet!  I already have our tickets reserved, I can’t wait to take her!

Do your children enjoy plays and musicals?  Tell us in the comments!

Weekly Wrap Up: Week of August 11

This is a review of what we did the week of August 11th … we are only a little behind!  =)

We started the week by going to Lincoln for a dentist appointment.  The kids got their teeth cleaned and all checked out.  Everything turned out great!

Lexie has never been one to want to draw.  She sorta freaks out because she “doesn’t know how” to draw pictures like she sees in books.  SO we have been walking through the things that pictures need.  She comes up with some GREAT stuff!  =)

This is a picture of Daddy with big daddy hair  haha

She really enjoys our patterning block cards.  Thanks to my mom we have what seems like hundreds of patterning blocks!  (There’s nothing like having a teacher for a Mia!)  They are so much fun to sort, stack, and make pictures!

We got all ready for gymnastics one Thursday, only to arrive and realize the last week for summer session was the week before!  So, we decided to hit up the library where she got books all about what?  Why, trains of course!  And I grabbed the wonderful book, “The Well Trained Mind,” which is about classical education.

She loves free time downstairs with all our learning toys.  One of her favorites is the etch a sketch, which was mine and my brother’s when we were kids.  One day she brought it to me and said, “Look!  I made a Nebraska and Arkansas!”  Arkansas is reversed, but I gotta say, it looks pretty good to me!

ANd in our free time, we watched daddy work on his smoker:

We made pallets on the floor to watch The Sound of Music, Lexie’s favorite!

Max got his first peanut butter: Yum!

 Max learned all about driving the Cozy Coupe:

And eating mud:

Then at the end of the week, we built a fort in the living room!

So, that was our week for the week of August 11th!  What have you and your family done this month?  Share in the comments!

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