A lot of the pictures below are from my cell..via facebook so they are BIG or slightly distorted..I apologize!
I am working on getting myself blogging at least once a week now.. I need a new point and shoot camera.. the DSLR is great..but too big for when we hike and such.
We are going back to Disney in the fall.. can not wait!!
The kids are taking their end of the year test in 2 weeks!! Thats exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. Ziah has caught up reading wise but is still “behind” in math.. taejan..well he’s still Taejan and “behind” in everything.. it is what it is..lol
I have been very bad at taking pictures and blogging..I’m horrible..here’s a quick look at some of the things we’ve done over the last 11 months:
We dissected cow eyes:
Cantered the Country:
started our new Baseball season:
went to Disney again
spent a crazy amount of time with friends:
Had a great Christmas:
we’ve enjoyed Xander a lot:
and lots more!! Oh and in August I stopped bartending so I’ve been a much happier ( and poorer) mom!
I’m BACK.. at least for today. So how is everyone? We are most excellent here. We just finished up our school year and are on a short break. We will start up “Summer school” in a week or so. During this down time I have been getting ready for next year .. one thing we had done for half of this past year was a varied version of Workboxes, and we had a chart for each kiddo that they would move various topics along each day as we completed them. At the end of the week each space each subject moved was worth a point. The points were for spending at school store ( items I have purchased on clearance or at the dollar spot/store). The poster we used to keep track was LARGE.. I wanted something smaller so here’s what I did!
I bought 3 of these:( note they are the SMALL tri-fold’s)
Then I spent and afternoon cutting up construction paper and decorating them:( this one is Taejans)
this is what the “finished” product looks like:
I kept it low color and low key.. I figure the kids can add more stuff if they desire and it also leaves it expandable as we add other topics.
I used the workbox tags, shrunk the printing scale and laminated. I also purchased small velcro dots as the “normal” size ones are too big!
On this side are our 5 day a week subjects:
then the center has the tasks we do 5 days a school week
and then the subjects we only do 2 days a week.
The kids advance each item ahead for every day they complete a subject or a task. The smaller size and ease to store these has me excited for using them in the fall!
I know I don’t blog much anymore..does anyone?heck does anyone read?
So we’ve been busy..basketball and life and oh yeah…On Feb 9th Noah and his fiance had their son! Alexander Deric 7pounds 4 oz and 20.5 inches long..he’s perfect!
Every year my kiddo’s do a Gingerbread house..and they drive me nutso. There is never enough frosting with the kits to both secure the houses and decorate them. This year I decided to try something different.
items needed.. pre-packaged Gingerbread house ( or village as we had this year), and a pack of marshmallows like these:
You the microwave them in a bowl for 45ish seconds and you can dip or spread the warm melted marshmallow on your gingerbread and stick it together like a pro!
Since the marshmallow is instantly sticky the houses are set and ready to go right away. We then used the frosting to decorate:
I melted more marshmallow and spread it like snow around the “scene” and stuck the ice cream cone tree’s we made earlier in the week in the snow :
And there we have our new Village!