Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Abi's 13th birthday!

Obviously I am way behind getting this post up considering Abi's birthday was in September. Oh well! This year I thought it would be fun to throw a surprise party for Abi. She thought we were going away for a mother/daughter weekend but I invited some of her best friends to spend the night with us at Great Wolf Lodge. A great time was had by all!
 
These girls have been Abi's friends since the 1st grade!
 
I didn't take any pics at the water park but it was so much fun! We came back to the room for pizza and cake and then the girls headed back out to ride water slides until they closed them for the night.
 
Opening presents!



 



 



 
So thankful for all of these sweet girls in Abi's life!


My baby is a teenager!!
 


Monday, October 6, 2014

Getting crafty

This month we are taking some time off from learning about letter of the week and spending time learning about fall and doing crafts. It has really been a lot of fun!

 

Since Hayden is only inviting her two best friends to her birthday party this year, I decided it would be fun to make the invites myself instead of buying them. She wants to have a donut party!


I volunteered to be one of the spirit reps for Abi's cheer team this year. Basically we help get the parents to make a lot of noise when our gym performs at competitons. That includes providing signs and noise makers. I'm still working on getting them all done but I've got a good start. Some of them will be filled with dyed pasta, some with bells and some with beads.

 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Welcome to our learning space!

We finally have an entire space devoted to school! Almost nothing makes me happier. At our old house, there wasn't any 'extra' room for school supplies so we kind of had it all over the place. It was very unorganized. I like this system much better!
 
On our alphabet wall is where we keep all of Hayden's toy bins and her play kitchen. A lot of preschool is learning through play and pretend, so we do a ton of make believe! (To the left are stairs; to the right the girls' rooms and bathroom.)
 
This is the cabinet where we keep our school supplies, curricula and more toys.
 
Top shelves: Craft supplies, markers, crayons, colored pencils Hayden's math bears.
 
3rd shelf: Abi's school books. This year we are using Apologia-Exploring Creation with Physical Science, Teaching Textbooks-pre Algebra, Easy Grammar 8-Daily Grams, French Essentials-level 1, and Time 4 Learning-World History. I create the rest of Abi's LA curriculum myself.
 
This shelf is where both of the girls put their completed work and where I put graded papers. I also keep Hayden's writing practice papers and her workbook here as well.
 
The bottom 2 shelves hold Abi's literature and more supplies. This year she is reading The Yearling, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, and Lord of the Flies. The bottom shelf is where all the paints are. Hayden likes to paint, glue and cut paper regularly so I like these things to be readily available for her to use on her own.
 
The opposite side of the cabinet holds more toys!
 
Across from the ABC wall is a sitting area. Lots of reading goes on here :)
 
And right next to the couch is our desk nook.

 
That's it! This is where we do a lot of our learning and playing!!
Happy homeschooling!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Autumn has arrived!

It's been fall in my house and my heart for weeks now. But I know it's officially the autumn season when Pumpkin Village is back at the Arboretum. We got up early and got there right at opening to beat the crowds. Love this fun and beautiful tradition. We will of course go back several more times once the weather realizes it's fall too :)
 

 

 

 
Hayden was leading us through the hay bale maze!

 


 
We finished our morning with brunch at a yummy diner in Dallas. Already looking forward to our next trip out to the Arboretum.


Monday, September 22, 2014

A day in the life: Our homeschool journey

It's been a while since I've documented a day in the life of a homeschool family.
We don't typically follow a schedule of times to get things done. We just sort
of roll with the punches and embrace what each new day brings.
 
When I do these posts, I am reminded of the many reasons I love being a homeschool mom.
Welcome to our day!
 
My alarm clock came down at 7:15am. She enjoyed a glass of milk and a couple of cartoons in my bed.
 
 When we got out of bed Hayden had a snack and watched tv and played upstairs while I had my coffee and watched Good Day.
 
Abi typically wanders downstairs around 8:30am. She had breakfast and took a shower and did her own thing for a little while.

I made a to-do and to-get list and did a little budgeting.

Both of the girls did a little school while I got ready for the day. Hayden was playing with her counting bears and Abi was reading a chapter in The Yearling.

All ready for errands around 10:00am.

First stop Sports Authority. Hayden asked to take a picture with the mannequin.
 Second stop, Target (I know, shocking!).

Back home at 12:15 for lunch and part of a movie.

Time for both girls to get some more school done. Hayden learned all about the letter B this week. She used her safety scissors to cut paper and glued them to a butterfly. She also worked on tracing the letter B.
 
Abi (who does her work independently in her room) worked on World History.

Once Hayden finished school we had some play time while Abi continued to work.

When we were done playing Hayden helped me pick up our mess downstairs. Which basically means everything goes into piles on the staircase.

Time to put some chicken in the slow cooker for dinner later.

Hayden went down for a nap at 1:40.
 Right now we are reading Charlotte's Web and we sing Chin Up before she's down for the count.

Abi finished up school during Hayden's nap.

The next 2 glorious hours are ME time. I will usually read or watch tv (sometimes both). Depending on the day sometimes I'll use this time to shower. On this day I watched a couple episodes of SVU.

Hayden woke up at 4:00. We had a snack and watched a cartoon while I looked over some of Abi's school work.


It was overcast and not a million degrees outside so we headed to the park to play.

Back home to finish prepping dinner while Abi unloads the dishwasher.

6:00 dinner is ready. Some days Eric is home for dinner, others he isn't. On this day he was home shortly after we sat down but headed out about 15 minutes later for a softball game.

After dinner it was bath time for Hayden.
 I took my makeup off and put on my comfies while she played in the tub.

After bath we played together until bedtime.

 8:00 time for Hayden to go to bed...

...while Abi did the dinner dishes.

Hubs got home and showered!

Time for a sweet treat and a show.

We said good-night to Abi (who usually watches tv or reads upstairs until 10:00-ish) and went to bed.
This is the exact time my head hit my pillow. I did stay up for an hour or so watching tv.

Have a great week peeps!