Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wow! It's Been Awhile....

Ok, so my last post was March 21?!?! Can I just say that the past month and a half has been absolutely crazy. Here's what's been going on....

The end of March, I ended up with what we thought was the flu. A trip to the ER, we discovered it was not the flu, but a virus.  I was sick for about 2 weeks.
The day I finally started feeling better, MJ & Jadyn had their Enrichment Showcase for their classes they've been taking at LIGHT. Jadyn was a beautiful ballerina and MJ did great with his Tae Kwon Do and we got to finally see his finished project from his Stop-Motion Animation class. (My husband started feeling sick on this night - keep reading...)
We enjoyed counting down to Easter Sunday using Sense of the Resurrection.
My husband had to miss Easter Sunday service because he was sick, but these four were feeling great and we so excited to celebrate our risen Savior.
A couple days after Easter, my husband ended up in the ER with a very sore throat that was getting worse. Come to find out he had an abscess on his tonsil and had to be admitted to the hospital. We are so thankful we got to the hospital when we did and for the doctors who took good care of my husband.
We got to take a field trip with our Co-op to the fire station.
Job was in awe of the fire truck and fire fighters.
We thought our sickness was finally over, but then Mj & Job got the stomach bug right after my husband starting feeling better. We seriously had someone sick for 5 straight weeks.  I wanted to cry at times.
The one day that Mj was sick, I decided to take my princess to see Cinderella. Such a good movie!!!!
We did get some school in during the 5 weeks of sickness.  Mj learned about genes and DNA.  We actually extracted some of his own DNA. I love when a science experiment works! =)
We got a surprise - Uncle Jonny came for a couple of days from NYC. The kids love spending time with him and we had a blast!
We took a beach day while Uncle Jonny was here! I love living close to the beach.
We're starting to finish up some of our curriculum, which is a great feeling!
And our new curriculum is starting to arrive.  I can't believe that Gabe is going to be in Kindergarten! He has been looking at his "teaching" books every day!
I love to see the progress the kids have made this year.  This is Jadyn's handwriting of her name. She writes her full name on the first of every month. 
Jadyn has been learning about gravity.  Job wanted to get in on the fun, too.
It's been beautiful here in Miami, and we are enjoying the unusual cool weather for a day or two.
So that is very quickly what has been going on around here. We're thankful for healthy and that we have 2 more weeks of school left for the school year! It will be nice to have a break and get my house clean again! LOL I feel like the house work has fallen behind and I'm looking forward to do some spring cleaning that first week off of school.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Great Week!

Weekly Wrap-Up

This week was great!  The kids were really cooperative, school wasn't a "chore", we had some fun activities.  It was the best week we've had in a long time. 
We started our school week at the beach! Maybe that's why our week went so well! ;)  One of my favorite things about living in Miami is going to the beach.  This was the first we had been to the beach in a couple of months, because believe it or not the days we would plan to go to the beach would be cold (I'm talking in the 70s - and yes, that is cold to us in South Florida ;))

MJ - 6th Grade
 Mj has been working really hard.  He's learning about the space shuttle and International Space Staton.  We had a lot of fun looking up youtube videos about exercising in space, sleeping in space, eating in space.  Lots of fun learning going on! 
Mj also finished up learning about ancient Rome.  We both loved the Drive Through History videos on ancient Rome.
Mj's been working on measurement in math and adjectives & adverbs in English.
Jadyn - 1st Grade
Jadyn has been writing books.  I love to watch her trying to spell words all on her own and she has been reading a lot more. 
She's been loving her chapter on metric measurement in math.  She loves using a ruler.
In heritage studies she started learning about Jamestown. She thinks it's pretty cool that I've been there.
In science she's learning about the sun, moon, and stars.  One day we got some Oreos out and learned the phases of the moon.  I won mom of the year on that day! ;)

Gabe & Job - Preschool & Totschool
Gabe has been learning about the letter "T".  He loves to sing his "T" song. 
Job has been working on his colors.  He loves sort his cars by color. 
This week we started watching a live Eagle cam.  My kids are addicted.  We leave the Ipad on the counter and they check on the momma eagle throughout the day.  They've gotten to see both the mom and dad at least once a day.  We are anxiously waiting for the 2 eggs to hatch! 

 On Friday to celebrate the first day of spring, we bought some flowers and planted some seeds. We talked about what seeds and plants need to grow.  It was a messy and fun activity to do together!


That was our week!  Check out other homeschool families at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Fair

We look forward to the fair every year! So the kids were so pumped when we told them yesterday that the fair open that day and we were going!

We started our fair experience watching the high divers.
They were very fun to watch!
Jadyn & Gabe got their pictures with 2 of the high divers.
Jadyn and Gabe were so excited to find their artwork they entered for the craft exhibits had both one first place! Their pictures are the Egyptian pyramids behind them. (We looked all over for Mj's project but couldn't find it.  We'll look again when we go to the fair again in a week or so)
We were glad to go to the fair with our friends Ali & Zoe.  They loved the fire truck.
Cute tomatoes.
Mj and I checking out the fun stuff at the fair. Ummm... he is seriously almost as tall as me!
Gabe loved the butterfly exhibit.  This butterfly stayed with him the whole time.
Hello camel!
Job loves animals!  He loved mooing at the cow.
Fun with friends at the fair!

I'm So Behind!

I've gotten so far behind on my blogging. My blogging has taken a back seat the past couple of weeks since life has just been... well... busy!  Here's some pics of what we've been up to.  Learning is going on.  Flexibility has been going on.  I have to remind myself that when my day doesn't go as planned, it's ok! The kids are learning life lessons and life skills and homeschool is not just about learning from a book!

Mj and Jadyn learned about Greece for their co-op's geography fair.  They did a great job on their presentation! 
We've had a blast at the zoo.  Right now the zoo has dinosaur exhibits throughout and the kids are loving learning about the different dinosaurs!
Gabe loves the ABC's of God app.
Most days you can find Job either playing cars or playing balls. He's a man on the move.  He seriously only stops to sleep at night.  He's even given up his afternoon nap! =(
Gabe has really gotten into Legos and I'm thankful that Mj's such a great big brother and helps Gabe put his sets together!
Mj & Jadyn competed in the Awana games a couple of weeks ago.  It was Mj's last Awana games so it was the last time they'll be competing together.  They did great! I was so proud of them!
Gabe loves different kinds of puzzles.
We've had some fun learning about frogs and this frog has been hanging out on our back porch. I love that they can get up close and personal to all the fun wild life in our own backyard.

So that was a very quick summary of what we've been doing.  I've started working on getting next years curriculum and I have decided that next year we will homeschool year round.  I'm really excited about it.  I think it will be a great fit for us. 

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!!!

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