Miss G got her first haircut!!

I can’t believe it but this past week G had her first haircut. Husband and I agreed it was time as Miss G had developed a mullet…well more of a layer that didn’t work. I think G had gotten into the habit of pulling on her hair rather than the stuffed animal tags like she had done before. So as a result, G had this weird layer of short and then a lot longer in the back. After googling some ideas, I bravely attempted to give G her first haircut. Because of the layers she had given herself with hair pulling, I cut the bottom and layered it a little bit to match the self-given ones. It turned into a cute little bob. Not too shabby for my first girl haircut either.

Gs 1st haircut Collage



Catching up- Part 2

This will be a picture heavy post so be prepared!

We have had some catching up to do to finish out our letter of the week curriculum. We didn’t do everything I had originally planned; but that is ok because it gave more time for the boys to just play. No need to push into longer school time just yet. I’ll save the “teacher card” for when it needs to be done- like math and grammar.

So we finished out the alphabet:

U for umbrella:


V for vegetables. I loved this because it made trying new vegetables fun for J. It also helped him realize that he likes more vegetables than he thought.


W for woodpecker and wind(windsock)

woodpeckerCollage windsockCollage

X for eXplorers, taXi, and X-ray

eXploreCollage taXiCollageXrayCollage

Y for yak (E was feeling shy that day so no pictures- but he did trace yak very well)

Yak Collage

and last but not least, Z for zoo. The kids all made little zoos with animal stickers. Then, we went to a small county zoo that actually takes the rescues that had no hope of rehabilitating back to wild or the older animals that the big zoos no longer want (I guess visitors want to always see the cuddly or very active so old animals often get left behind). I don’t mind if the animals lounge a bit more than usual. It still is a great experience for the kids.

zoo Collage

zootrip Collage

It has been a wonderful year full of learning and getting to know my boys’ personalities a bit better. I know that J loves to write while E will do it but not as willingly. E wants to be able to do everything himself. I pray that I did enough  to start a love for learning and that God gives me the strength and patience to continue on this amazing journey. (But really, isn’t that every homeschooler’s prayer?!)

Next up…unit studies! Still piecing things together but I am actually excited about how it is coming together. I also like the fact that it could go on as long as we want it to. If they get really interested in one unit topic we can dive deeper. I also am excited that I am moving some stuff up a half level for J. He is just excelling so much more than I imagined. So E will be preschool level again and J will be pre-K. 🙂

The beginning of the end

Know what this is?


It is the beginning (gathering of supplies) of the end of diapers in this household! I can not believe that Miss G is old enough to start potty training. She has been showing signs of readiness so we are going to dive in again into the whole training program. I have been told numerous times that it clicks faster for girls so I am hopeful. G is almost a year younger than the boys were when they showed this many signs of being ready. So I may drop off again as we face this new step…but hey this time I know, when I am done, I am done for good! Crazy how fast the time has flown.

Seriously? I am not that old.

So I am about 3 weeks into training and well, my knee is tender. What the heck! Now I am used to ankles aching from injuries back from high school. But my knees? Never had a problem. Its weird too that my knee doesn’t hurt while walking or jogging. When I feel the tenderness is when I bend my knee or try to kneel down to change a diaper.
I feel so old complaining of pain. I am not that old so this feels odd.  So I will watch it and work through the pain. It has gone away a little bit. I am still going to do this. I am going to check half marathon off my bucket list.

Playing catch up-part 1

So we stalled in homeschool back in April when I lost my computer to the blue screen and all the craziness of moving entered into our lives. We still managed to find time to learn about the letters Q,R, S, and T before we moved though. I just didn’t have a computer to update. So is what we “sneaked in” before our move.

Q is for quilt.


R is for rain, rainbow, and racecars.

rainbow1Collage rainCollage rainbow2Collage Racecar Collage

S is for snow.

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T is for turtle