Sweet Memories

Grace are you cleaning?

Mom I really wish I could but my arms are tired but don’t worry I’m making a cleaning robot.

Lydia says I love you!

She says a couple of sentences now. One is Gracie close your eyes as she pours water on her in the tub. She’s says there it is when she finds something and she has no problem yelling at the dogs.

Our sunflower finally bloomed. It is 10 feet tall!

Last night during prayers Lydia repeated all the words in her own little language and then she said AMEN! Hands folded and all.

I sneezed and Lydia said Bless You! A few days later I burped and she also said bless you lol

I told Lydia NO. But she’s not much for direction these days. So I said Lydia when I say no I mean it. In reply she scrunched up her nose and said I MEAN IT!

Mom your kisses always make me feel so loved. That’s my son. Seriously I can’t even handle it. He’s the sweetest boy.

I asked Grace if she wanted to go to ballet princess camp. All the things she loves, twirling and tiaras. And you know what she said… Mom I’d rather just spend all my time with you. Heart melted. It is amazing because we are literally together all the seconds of all the days and they still want more. The day that changes I’ll be so sad. I’m hoping teenage Grace still wants to hang out with me just as much.

Lydia is hitting that bipolar stage. One minute she’s kissing both of my cheeks like a little French doll and the next she is screaming bloody murder because NO she did not want you to take a bite of her strawberries. Sweet, crazy, sweet, crazy. That’s my life.

Sometimes when my kids talk I wonder where they learned to speak. Ether than me. 😂 I told Timmy I was going to invite his friends over and he’s says… “Sounds great mom but how long do you think they’ll stay because this evening I need to tend the garden.” Ohhhh ok sir.

Baking, Fishing & Baseball

All things we are obsessed with right now: baking, fishing & baseball.

Let me tell you giving the kids free reign on baking is way easier when you’re on a diet. I know I can’t eat so I’m not knit picking at the way they crack eggs or if I see them sneaking a double dip taste of the batter. I’m not eating soooo go ahead kids. They are actually pretty good at it all when I’m not micro managing. This day they made banana bread.

I love fishing so I’m really excited that Timmy loves it too. Our city put on a fishing tournament for kids and it was so cute.

We only caught one fish that day. But since then we go fishing at least once a week.

There’s nothing cuter than a boy fishing. So sweet. Grace is not exactly the fishing type. She sets free the worms and sits pretty until there’s a fish on the line. Then she’ll take the pole from me.

I don’t want to put stereotypes on her but she was born a princess and she’s more in her element in front of a mirror with makeup and jewelry.

For example…baseball. Lol. She begged to play but here she is sitting on the sidelines with a cone on her head.

She tries though but I don’t think baseball is in her future.

Timmy loves baseball. We play sports with our homeschool coop. Every month a new sport. It’s really awesome.

Next week is the last of sports until fall. I’m really looking forward to a slowwww summer filled with nothing to do.

Visit to River Ranch

I’ve been waiting forever to go this place. I really want to take the kids camping there. Maybe someday. My husband has bought all the gear but has yet to pull the trigger. He’s not exactly the camping type.

The baby animals were the best part. They had little chicks, calves and 4 day old goats. Even the donkeys were cute!

Grace loved the horses.

Timmy went on a sling shot and climbed a rock wall. Poor Grace didn’t weigh enough to go.

Timmy said it was the best day ever! He wants to have his birthday there.

Earth Day

We went out front and learned how to spell Earth using things from the Earth. It hurt my souls to let them pick my flowers but it does look so pretty.

Next project we learned about ocean pollution. We went through our recycling bin and used some trash from breakfast to be our pollution. Then we filled our bin with fresh water and added all the junk. We even had an olive “oil” spill.

It was pretty gross. I asked the kids if they’d like to swim in that water and they were like ewwww mom! I told them that parts of our oceans really do look this way. We discussed the importance of recycling and using as little plastic as we can. Then I asked them if they could bring the water back to fresh.

Of course it was not easy. But they sure tried. I feel like they really grasped the importance of recycling and not littering.

On our white board we talked about all the things we could do differently to help the Earth. My kids love doing this. I write the words and they draw most of the pictures.

And now I’ve created little Earth police. They are very serious about turning lights off now.

For art they colored their own Earth and added bandaids with ideas of how to heal the Earth. My kids love wasting bandaids so this was fun for them.

We ended our week with a trip to the beach to learn about Sea Beans. I was amazed to learn that these little beans travel as far as Africa and end up on our shores.

Somehow our bean search turned into hermit crab catching and now we have 2 new pets: George & Steve.

Grace caught a bunch of sea beans that looked like mini pine cones. Well when we got home apparently shrimp were living in them because we had hundreds of them swimming around.

Lydia had fun with her baby friends. I took the cutest picture of her and one of her boyfriends. Lydia only likes boys. So she has like 4 boyfriends and 1 girlfriend that when they’re together they literally fight the whole time!

Garden Update

I’m obsessed. I love my garden. It is not large by any means but this tiny rectangle of goodness brings me so much joy.

The sunflowers have just started to bloom and it brings back so many good memories. I remember planting them with my mom in our backyard on Long Island when I was a kid.

I can’t wait until they all are blooming. Up against the white fence it’s going to look beautiful.

The lettuce was a fail. From far away it looks like the healthiest thing but I never pulled out the weaker links and now it’s just jam packed and covered in aphids.

The tomatoes are doing ok as long as I caterpillar pick every day. Those things are relentless but I can’t kill them. So every morning I go out and toss them over my fence into the neighbors yard. It really is hard to garden without pesticides but we are doing it. Some tomatoes have been sacrificed because of it.

My pride and joy though is these carrots! You can’t see them growing so it’s so rewarding to pull out a big orange carrot. Like every time more exciting than the next. You might say I’m a little crazy about these carrots. I am.

And they taste even better. We have so many that we let friends come over and pick their own.

My second favorite is the sweet peas. For awhile they just looked like a huge messy weed but then they started flowering and now everyday we pick 6-8 pods. My kids love it.

My cucumbers died. I am in mourning. I think the peas choked them out. And the eggplant even tho they were all planted the same day is still a small plant. I guess they just grow slower. This has been such an awesome experience for my kids. I let them take care of it from weeding the beginning gardening and planting the seeds, making the compost dirt, watering and pick off caterpillars to the harvest. They always ask me, “Are we real farmers mom?” We sure are guys.

The Last Supper

Celebrating the Last Supper with my babies and their friends is the best tradition I’ve ever started.

This is our third annual Last Supper. We get mini plastic “wine” glasses, we break bread and read the story of the Last Supper.

After we went outside with our pitcher of water. We sat in a circle, read the Bible story of the washing of the feet then we passed the pitcher around washing our friends feet. Listening to the giggles and the story come to life for them just makes my whole day.

Seeing Lydia be a part of it this year was the best. Every year builds on the year before and my kids will always know the truth of Easter. That Jesus died for their sins and that He loves them more than they will ever know.

And while we still celebrate with the bunny and the eggs, nothing is more special than the day we celebrate the last supper.

This year I tried it with just Lydia and her little friends. And you know what, they totally got it. They loved the wine glasses, the sharing of the bread and the washing of the feet. They may not know the reason behind all this but next year they might just remember a little bit of it and smile.

Butterfly World

Our spring unit ended with a trip to Butterfly World. It was a such a treat because Madeline, Max, Ben, Brynn and Jolie met us there.

The tour guide was so great. She caught several butterflies for us to see up close and we got to touch a caterpillar.

But nothing beat the Butterfly that landed on Max face!!

He looks like the poster child for Butterfly World.

They even have a big museum 🤢

We took home some milkweed plants and were lucky enough to find 2 monarch caterpillars.

Easter Celebrations

I love Easter, it’s all the Jesus minus the stress. Christmas is beautiful but Easter has a more laid back vibe. No big presents, no extreme baking and easier part… I don’t host this holiday. We go to my sisters.

Lydia’s baby class started off the holiday with a little party. We had bunny booty pancakes for snack.

I read to them One More Tickle and Biscuits Easter. They actually listened. I was stunned. I tried all kinds of things today to keep them happy. I brought bubble wrap and bubbles, an Easter egg sensory bin and stickers. I’m pretty sure this little judges were impressed and they are a hard group to please. .

The homeschool celebrations continued with a Park day that I put together with pin the tail of the bunny, bunny hop races, “egg” and spoon races and an Easter egg hunt. The kids had the best time!

Even the Easter Bunny made an appearance!

Easter with my family was so sweet. There are so many little babies. Check out this cousin crew!

They don’t even know how lucky they are. Soon we will be adding little Matilda to the group. It’s crazy in one year we’ve doubled cousins.

But where it all began… my faves of all the world!

It’s sometimes sad to realize we don’t all live in the same house anymore. We aren’t fighting o we sharing clothes or eating the last of the English muffins. We blinked and we all have our own families. But these people are my first loves. My bffs.

Sweet Memories

Tonight there was a storm and it’s been months since it’s really rained here. So we took the kids out in the yard and all laid on the futon and watched the storm roll in. I always loved doing that as a kid. We counted the seconds between thunder and lightning and I told them how when I was little my grandma told me that thunder was just the angels bowling.

There is nothing I love more about our homeschool than snuggled up reading with my kids. Right now we are reading Winnie the Pooh. It makes my day when they make a connection and retell the story to me.

My pretty little farmer girl.

Lydia loves her little rocker. Sitting on the front porch is our new nightly thing before bath.

Timmy wrote a book today. He says he’s an author now. I love his drawings..

I just love Lydia’s baby walk. It a belly first kind of a skip hop run. Like she’s bouncing along to her destination. It’s so cute.

I am starting to understand her baby talk. Yesterday she asked to to close a door and open a snack. She’s so happy that I finally can translate her language. Her new word for No is NUH UH with a head shake. Her favorite thing to eat is apples. Eats them just like a big kid.

We picked basil from the garden to add to our soup. The kids watched as I cleaned and dried it. Then came the cutting. Grace is like, “Mommmm what are you doing? We didn’t just grow it so you could kill it!”

Our first Sunrise

I love the sunrise and I really want my kids to love it too. So I woke them up at 6:30, packed us a breakfast, some baggies for shells and their paint set. It was the most beautiful sunrise ever. This time of year is a good time to go with the time change. Just add it to the list of the amazing benefits of homeschooling. I kept them in their pjs and that’s how we started our school day.

When we got home they made seashell necklaces.