Friday, November 13, 2009


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Ryan loves doing things by himself especially if it involves a knife!  A little bread with his butter!  He was so proud that he cut the butter for his bread.  (Look at that dirty face—he closes his eyes when he thinks the camera is going to flash--hence the funny expression)

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

When My Children Sleep

When My Children Sleep

One of my favorite things at night
is to watch my children when they're sleeping.
As I watch them one by one,
I wonder what dreams they are keeping,
and hope their little minds embrace
the good ones,
and keep out the bad- that come creeping.
The moonlight plays shadow games
on their faces, as an occasional smile
teases upon their lips.
I listen to their breathing,
as it slows and becomes deep.
This is a time I'll always treasure,
and a peaceful moment I'll forever keep...

by Jamie Lynette Edson


I came to check on the kids one night and this is what I found.  Arianna at some point had crawled in bed with Ryan.    sleep overs (2)

Yes this is for real…A friend and I were up scrapbooking and the kids were in the living room watching a movie.  This is the scene I found.

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A Boy and His Dog

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The Kids heart sleepovers (as long as Mom is there)

Car Schooling

Today we were Car Schoolers.  We went on a field trip to the Planetarium which is a good 45 minute drive there and back.  Ari did her Math and writing lessons in the car on the way there and back.  Ryan was excited that his “reading lesson” (what he calls school) was going to be at the planetarium.  Later, Ari read her book while waiting for Daddy to meet us for dinner.  We really enjoyed our time at the planatarium!  The program was Sol & Company which discussed the sun and the planets which was great since we are currently discussing the Solar System in our unit studies. 

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Ryan and Ari in replicas of some space seats from the past (such a vague description:)  I honestly can’t remember how long ago and for exactly which space craft).  I do know that they had to sit in this spot for a good 14 weeks.  How uncomfortable!DSC_0009

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Ari feeling mucus.  We discussed how mucus affects lung function.DSC_0011


Arianna is reading while we wait for Dad. She is doing really well reading!

In car schooling, she also wrote a letter to the Tooth Fairy…which is a huge victory since she is very resistant to invented spelling.  She wants to be right and therefore doesn’t want to write her own words for fear of messing up!  Where in the world does she gets this perfectionism from **blush**. Funny thing is that she knows I am the tooth fairy. Not sure why she is so motivated to write a letter to the tooth fairy when I already know she lost her tooth! But whatever works!  I am excited that she took the leap.  This is the second time she has done invented spelling.  The first is with her last name.  A couple of days ago,she comes to me and says look Mom I spelled my last name…Dotin (it’s actually Dalton). I didn’t want to correct her since she finally took a chance.  Of all things to misspell:)  I figure one day she will figure out that her last name is not Dotin:)  Until then I will keep encouraging my perfectionist. 

Her letter to the Tooth Fairy…

I Lost Miy Tooth.  Ples Lef Me A Gif. 

She then drew a picture of her missing tooth.  I tried to take a picture but it is in the envelope ready to be delivered under her pillow:)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Camp Flintlock Field Trip

We went on a great field trip today to Camp Flintlock with other homeschoolers. Our dear friends run the the camp. Ari and Ryan enjoyed learning more about Colonial Days hands on. The kids got to many fun activities including see a musket being fired, play colonial games, throw tomahawks, write with quill pens, dress up, make cords, make necklaces, dance, learn about drums and their use in the Colonial Military, see a cannon being fired as well as many other fun outdoor activities. It inspired me to begin book 2 of Laura Ingills Wilder(Farmer Boy).