Monday, December 4, 2017

October Memories

Hello dear blog world!

This is really embarrassing, but it’s December...and I am just NOW getting around to posting pictures from October! Next up will be November!  Agghhh! I can’t believe how far behind I am!  To say that life is busy would be an understatement.  I find that I am much more faithful to post little snippets to Facebook throughout the week.  I still like posting to my blog where I can categorize and reference things much more easily than on FB. It’s a wonderful online journal of sorts and I definitely plan to keep it up (hopefully better than I have lately!). But if you are at all interested in seeing pictures and reading things the Lord is teaching me on a more regular basis than I seem to be able to keep up with here, look me up on FB and we can connect that way too!

And now, without further ado, I bring you a BUNCH of pictures from October! :)

More handwriting practice!  Here is a picture of a dog to go with letter D. It was Isaac’s idea! ;)

New library books are alway so fun!

We studied about the artist Dale Chiluly as our preschool program recommended and made some coffee-filter snack bowls to go along with our study.

The kids had a great time painting these coffee filters with liquid water colors...

and putting them on baby brother’s head! 

Cute boy!

We had a blast visiting a new family fun farm in our local area in October!

The big slides were the kids’ favorites!

The tunnel roll.

Climbing on tractor tires.

Playing in the corn pit.

The corn maze through which Isaac led us with his play compass!

Pounding pumpkins has become a fall tradition!

The perfect fine motor activity for boys who want to copy their handy-man daddy! :)

Proud of his work!

This is what greeted my eyes one evening when I checked on Adoniah and Isaac who were out playing in the back yard.

Giant mud puddle = happy boys!

The ultimate sensory experience!

Practicing writing in shaving cream.

Apple rolling.

Making a card for cousins in Ukraine.

Josiah’s turn.

My Plexus baby playing with an empty XFactor vitamin bottle.

Such a happy boy!

“Haha, Mom! I wake you up at night sometimes and make you need lots of energy during the day - good thing you take Plexus!!!"

Adoniah has recently joined the ranks of his older brothers as a kitchen helper. Here he was helping me make healthy pumpkin bread.

Those eyes!

Sampling the batter...

We all really enjoyed hiking around our property on a crisp fall day and finding as many different kinds of leaves as we could.

First we arranged them in size order...

then we sorted them by color.  It was a fun and simple science activity!

Because even firemen need to do their math. :)

Silas has become very mobile lately! He crawls everywhere and pulls up on things to his knees. He hasn’t figured out how to stand on his own yet, but he is close!

Learning place value with Math-U-See blocks!

Lunch time! Some still eating, one doing math after having finished his food first, and Mom closing down the read-aloud books we “watched” on YouTube during lunch.

I gave Isaac the assignment to practice writing his cursive letters just in the first row on his placemat, but he decided he wanted to tackle the whole alphabet!  Since these moments rarely happen, I was more than happy to let him! :)

Preschool math.

He was SO proud of his diligent efforts!

Building a park with every wooden block we own during after read-aloud time.

Showing me his fire men going out to rescue people.

We enjoyed a visit from Grandmommy and Granddaddy at the end of October! Here is Granddaddy helping cut a whole in the top of a pumpkin for making a "pumpkin-cano.” (Like a volcano but in a pumpkin!) This has become another fall tradition our children look forward to!

Good ol’ baking soda and vinegar.

Explosions are so fun! 

We did it over and over much to the boys’ delight!

Granddaddy built the boys some impressive Duplo towers one day when they were outside playing with Grandmommy.

They really liked them and managed to keep them up for several hours before knocking them down!

Doing exercises together.


More pictures yet to come...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

September At A Glance

September was a lot of fun around here! Here is a BIG collection of pictures documenting some of our memories!

Handwriting is not this boy’s favorite activity and something that is very challenging for him at this age. We don’t do a lot of it currently, but I have been trying to teach him to write his name. We are choosing to learn cursive least for now. (I know it sounds crazy, but there is some fascinating research out there about the benefits of doing so!)  I was so proud of his attempt to write his name by himself (see bottom line) that it warranted a picture!

Brothers enjoying each other!


We kicked off our new school year with our now-annual imaginary hot air balloon ride!

Despite its blurriness, Adoniah’s delight was so cute, I had to share!

No such thing as Pinterest perfect around here! Sometimes, even my children have bad attitudes and sulk (gasp!).  

Happier times around the table making hot air balloon snacks!

I love Josiah’s careful precision. Check out his ring of fruit around the “balloon” portion.

Notice Adoniah’s idea of a creative design: very little on the plate in favor of being stuffed in his cheeks! :)

Isaac got fancy with his design.

Fine motor practice: Marbles in a Bottle

Here Josiah is counting out the amount of marbles for each container based on the number on the card. This was a great activity for him since he is learning number recognition and LOVES to put things into containers! The flower pots made the marbles have a satisfying “thwack”!

Little Bits wanted in on the marble fun too! He must have sat with this activity, repeating it over and over, for at least 20 or 30 minutes!

Isaac was pretty thrilled with the hot air balloon he rigged that night for one of his Fisher Price “persons."

One of the things our preschool curriculum suggests in the month of September is creating a “My World” book by letting the child walk around with a camera and take pictures of whatever they want, printing out those pictures, and putting them into a special book with their own descriptions. You may remember when I posted these pictures from Isaac last year.  Well, here are a few from Josiah’s collection this year:

The pensive photographer himself.


The kids loved playing with plastic bugs in their herbal tea play dough along with items from outside like sticks and leaves...

despite the fact that this particular batch of play dough was a bit of a flop! (Not sure why since I’ve made it several times before without a problem!)

All ready for church in their cute, matching vests!

My little loves.

Josiah drew a picture on the chalkboard one morning. When I asked him what it was, he said, “A snail!” I added the face and antennas, and sure enough - it did look like a snail!

One of my favorite art activities: “BIG” painting with knee-high hose thwackers!

The kids had fun with it - but I think I had more fun!

Our finished product: wrapping paper!

We ended up reading a LOT of books from the library about frogs and toads, so after the painting, we made our own sensory bin by creating a pretend pond for our toy frogs.

Isaac working on spelling. As I mentioned above, writing is very hard for him still, though we do work on it a little each day, so usually he spells using manipulative like these rubber stamps or alphabet magnets.

He’s making good progress!

One thing that’s been fun about going back through our preschool curriculum this year is trying out some of the ideas we skipped last year - like this weaving loom made with chicken wire!

Here is Isaac’s design.

And here is Josiah’s.

Back at it with play dough again!

We also used rubber stamps to spell words on the play dough...and then this lovely creation took shape.

We had a blast going on a nature walk around our property and collecting flowers, leaves, and berries to document in our nature journal.

So many pretty colors!

More handwriting practice.  It’s coming...slowly but surely!

At the end of September, I hosted a baby shower for my good friend, Korey, who is expecting her first baby (a boy) in November!  I had a LOT of help putting this together from friends and even my mother-in-law who came down for a day to help. We definitely did “have a ball!"

Gifts for the guest of honor.

Blessed by a big living room for holding lots of people!

The pretty mama herself.

We packed around 30 people in this room while we played games and watched Korey open her gifts!

I’ll close this massive post with a video in which Silas tries acorn squash as his first solid food! Despite his apparent satisfaction with feeding #1, all subsequent feedings produced looks of disgust and dismay at having to eat this stuff!  I have since had to mix everything with banana just to get it in his system!  Sweet tooth like his daddy!