G'day mates! We had a beaut time studying Aussie for two weeks. In fact, it's been requested that we take a vacation there someday. Yah, we'd better start saving up!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
We belong to a homeschool group that gets to gether several times a month for park days and field trips. This week, the park day was at our favorite park in Garden Ridge.
The boys' favorite thing to do in the park is to build canals in the creek. They bring milk or water bottle tops to float down their canals. This is the kind of 'homeschooling' learning that I love. I hope one day we will live somewhere where our backyard will have areas for the kids to explore God's beauty in nature.
We are fortnuate to have had a good amount of rain this year to keep some water in the creek, although this is the lowest it's been in a while. Last summer, it was so dry that we didn't even know that there ever was water in the creek.
One of the mom's in this homeschool group organized a scavenger hunt for this park day. The kids worked in small groups to find a list of about thirty items that could be found around the park, including snail shells, bugs, seed pods, certain types of leaves and other things like that.
Leah wanted to help find the leaves even after we moved on on our list.
Until she discovered the rocks down by the creek that needed to be thrown into the water.
It's getting really hot in Texas now so we tend to do indoor things or just stay home, but this park has a lot of shade and it gets a good breeze blowing though it so I'm sure we'll continue to go there a lot through the summer.
Besides, we need to get our fill of trees before we move down to Tucson at the end of the year. We've been looking at houses on the internet down there and it looks pretty brown and treeless for the most part. We're excited to be going though.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
We hang out at home a lot more than we used to. Getting out with five little ones is a little more challenging to say the least. Add to that the traffic of going into a big city to do most things, as well as the intense heat of these Texas summers, a five month old who is finally taking great naps twice a day, and we are happy to hang out at home most of the time.
Our big living room couch is where we spend most of our day when we're at home. Lots of kisses and hugs happen on this couch. Anna and Leah may be the most kissed and hugged little girls when it comes to brothers and sisters. And Christopher especially likes to hold Anna. She couldn't have asked for a more devoted big brother.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Most of them weren't hiding after all, but rather, their points weren't sharp enough for my boys' liking and since pencil sharpeners just don't last in our house, we're giving mechanical pencils a try.
While Chris and the older boys were at Kids' Camp, and Gabriel was at VBS one morning, I took the girls and spent two glorious hours at the Container Store. My very first time there. It was wonderful. A bit overwhelming, and I could easily blow hundreds of dollars there. Actually, thousands. But, much to my husband's relief, I did not. I did get some good things for our homeschool shelf that's in the dining room, which houses our most used school books and supplies. I didn't take a before picture, but just picture a couple of notebooks full of paper going through a tornado. Throw a handful of pencils, crayons, markers and glue sticks into the mix. Pretty much like that.
But here is what it looked like after I had my way with it.