Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mj turns 12!


12!!!!  Next year he'll be a .... GULP!... teenager!  Hard to believe!  On Monday my oldest turned 12! It really is surreal!  I feel like he and I are learning right a long with each other. I definitely don't have this mom thing down and I know I make a lot of mistakes with him. He's our guinea pig, right? ;) I love him to the moon and back! He's such an amazing big brother, big cousin, and oldest son!  He knows how to make the kids laugh when they're sad or calm them if they're scared. He has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know.  I'm so thankful for the blessing he has been in our family!  It's hard to imagine life without him. It seems like he's just always been here! =)
Mj loves all things Legos and ninjas. He has one of the most imaginative minds! I love seeing the things he creates with his Legos. He says he wants to be a Lego masterbuilder when he grows up and I can totally see him doing it.
We love you MJ!  We look forward to seeing how God is going to work in your life!  You're growing into an amazing young man.  We love you with all our hearts!
Happy 12th Birthday MJ!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Happy 5th Birthday Gabe!

 
 I cannot believe Gabe is 5 today!  We had such a fun day celebrating him.  We took the family to Jungle Island.
Gabe ready for a fun birthday!
 Jungle Island fun with these crazies!
 Can you spot the iguana?
 Checking out the birds.
 Feeding the flamingos.
 We loved the bird show.
 A lion and tiger, but no bear!
Gabe walking with a tiger.
Enjoying the park!
 
He makes my heart happy!
 Ready for another show.
 Job touched a llama.
 Jadyn loved the tortoises.
 Some silly statue fun.
 Feeding a macaw. So cool!
 Job feeding the parrot.
 Gabe's turn to feed the parrot.
 Getting up close and personal with the iguana.
 Can't believe this kid will be turning 12 in 9 days!
 Oh you know, just chilling with a manu.
 Happy guys!
 When we got home, Gabe had some gifts to open.  He was surprised to get his first lego set and it was a Spiderman set from his Uncle Dutch & Aunt Julie!

We are so thankful that God has entrusted Gabe to us!  He brings so much laughter into our lives!  We love you Gabe!!!

A Busy Two Weeks

Weekly Wrap-Up

We've had a kind of crazy two weeks.  We definitely have not kept to my nice schedule, but that's ok. At least, I keep trying to tell myself it's ok and reminding myself that flexibility is one of the beauties of homeschooling. ;) So I thought I'd just give a quick update via pictures of what's been going on the past two weeks.
 
On Martin Luther King Jr Day we enjoyed a day off since my husband had off work.  We wanted to visit some place new so we went to Biscayne National Park. We had so much fun exploring the visitor's center and learning about the aquatic wild life in the park and then going on a nature hike and getting to see and observe the animals around us.  They said there was a manatee spotted, but we didn't see it. =(
The visitors center was so much fun to explore.
 Jadyn loved getting the magnifying lens out and studying everything.
At the end of the trail was just beautiful water!  The kids had fun counting all the birds.
One day Jadyn came to me and asked if she could read her Bible.  This is huge for her.  Reading is not easy, and she usually doesn't ask me to read.  She read Genesis 1 up through the 4th day of creation.
Some spelling fun with our magnet letters.
Gabe is all about puzzles right now!
If you can't find Mj, go check his room.  He's probably in there making some sort of Lego masterpiece.  One day he made himself some Lego glasses.
 Mj has been studying electronics and circuits.  He had fun making an electromagnet.
 Gabe's love of puzzles has been contagious.  Job is starting to love them, too.
Job has been building lots of blocks recently, too.
My brother-in-law Ben spent a couple of days with us this past weekend before heading to Honduras for a year to teach at a school there. We had a lot of fun hanging out with him and he taught the kids a lot of interesting things about Honduras.  When we went to the library we picked up a bunch of books about Honduras.
Jadyn is learning about matter in science.  We've talked about solids and liquids.  She learned that some liquids can mix.
Some liquids do not mix.
And then we had a race to see which liquid flowed faster.
Job has become my little chef in training.

So we've been busy, and have had some unexpected days off of school but learning is always happening just not always in front of a book! ;)  Be sure to check out Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers to check out other homeschoolers and their week.
 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up Time

Weekly Wrap-Up

MJ - 6th Grade
 
Bible: Mj has been learning about how the Christian life is like a race. He's been reading how to run the race the best that he can.  I really love Apologia's Bible series.  It's very practical and has been a huge help in my own Christian life.
 
English: Pronouns. Mj's not a fan of Grammar, but we made it as fun as we possibly could.  We watched some School House Rock videos on youtube to review our parts of speech.
 
Math: Dividing by decimals.  6th Grade math is not for the faint of heart! ;)  We will survive this though. Do any of you have any good math apps for 6th grade?  I'm looking for some fun apps that would make this a bit more fun and be helping him, too.
 
History: Mj finished his chapter on ancient Persia.  He enjoyed reading about the Persian Wars and it was neat to be reminded how God used the Persians in the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
 
Science: Mj is learning about electricity.  He learned about different types of circuits.  We went outside and checked out our electric meter on our house, too to see how many volts and kilowatts we have used.
 
Co-op:  Co-op classes started up for the spring semester this week.  Mj is taking taekwondo and Foundations of our Nation.
 
 
Jadyn - 1st Grade
 

Bible: Jadyn learned about the Israelites crossing the Jordan river and the battle of Jericho.  She had fun making a trumpet and marching around the "walls of Jericho". Job wanted to be a part of the action, too.
Phonics & English: Jadyn learned about the 2 sounds that "c" can make.  She also learned about synonyms.
 
Math: Jadyn started learning about 2-digit addition.
 
Social Studies: Jadyn has been learning about Washington D.C.  She learned about the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial.
Jadyn had fun making the Washington Monument.
Science: Jadyn is finishing up her chapter on Wild Animals.  We talked about different wild animals and where they live and what they eat.
 
Co-op: Jadyn is taking an American Girl class and a Ballet Class. She looks forward to Tuesdays!
 
Gabe - Preschool
 
Gabe is learning about the letter "R" this week. He enjoyed some Netflix alphabet videos this week, too.
 Matching the letters to spell rainbow.
Expedition Earth: The kids have been enjoying our Expedition Earth curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler this year.  This week we learned about Canada.  The kids were mesmerized by the Hotel de Glace which is a hotel that they build every year because it's made of snow and ice.  It's absolutely beautiful.  We had fun making our own ice hotel! 
 

 
Field Trip: We took a field trip with our co-op to the Science Museum this week.  It was a blast and the kids had so much fun!  I think they even learned some things while we were there, too.
 
Waiting for our Planetarium show. That smile didn't last on Job's face.  He freaked out when the lights went out. 
Job & Gabe discovering magnetic slime.
 The kids loved the tornado.
 Dancing on a lighted floor.
 Nothing cooler than a ginormous tire.
 This was a favorite!
It's a snake!
Our fun group!
Mj trying out an exhibit with his friends.
 The "lightning" ball as my kids called it.
 Hurricane force winds.
Pilot MJ
Job loved this exhibit.  Mj was a great big brother and kept finding the balls for him to put in the hole.
So that was our week.  It's great to be back in our routine and it was even better to have a field trip to break up the week!  How was your week?  Check out other homeschooler's weeks at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. 
 
 
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