Friday, March 30, 2012

A Little Break

I'm a bit tired, wishing this baby would come out so I could drink some beer, trying to remain peaceful as my now 2 year old throws tantrums daily, know. So I'm taking a little blog break. Probably be back next weekend to review Anni Daulter's Naturally Fun Parties for Kids. Think we might throw our own little Easter Egg Dyeing Party and try out some of the recipes...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Our First Week of Kindergarten

So we started Kindergarten on Monday, Eaden's 5th birthday. On that same day, Simple Homeschool posted this article. I enjoyed the article and looking at the past links she mentions. I read the one about stepping off the grade level path and I enjoyed it as well. We will still do grades simply so we can communicate with people (about "school") and I don't think there is anything wrong with them. In the end I don't think it really matters how one goes about learning as long as it is wanted and desired. Talking about it so much leads to a lot of confusion in my mind. Confusion about terms and what they mean, confusion about what is right and wrong, confusion about whether one is a "good" parent or not. Who cares? Well a lot of people I know...Oh well. So with that confusion planted firmly in your mind, here is some of what I will label "planned Kindergarten activities" that we did this week. Our theme was healthy eating and where our food comes from.

We made grocery lists, or if we want to be hip and green, farmer's market lists (although we will later learn that our grapes come from Chile).

 We purchased the items from our lists.

 We made patterns using fruit.

 And then I forced Eaden to do these worksheets (only kidding) so we might learn where said fruit came from and how we should try and eat local (but not today).

Happy Birthday Eaden!

My Facebook post from this morning : "On this day 5 years ago I squeezed out the 1st of what I never knew would be this many adorable little rascals. I have no clue where I would be without them and I don't want to know. My life is the best! Motherhood is the best! I could not ask for anything more. Happy birthday Eaden! You are 5 for real now!"

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring in Texas!!!

Today was another great day here in Texas! What better way to celebrate than go to one of our favorite places, Mercer Arboretum. I've posted on here about Mercer quite a bit...I love it. Especially this time of year! I wish this weather would last forever, but I know we are about to lock ourselves inside, crank up the a/c, and drink lots of beer (and lemonade for the kids). I know we won't do that, we'll be pool and beachside, but you get my drift.

 Nothing says Spring in Texas like bees on Bluebonnets! Makes me happy.

 There were a ton of lizards.

 There were also a ton of butterflies, but none of them would be still enough for my little point and shoot camera, lol. However, we did study this Eastern Tent Caterpillar (we think) for quite some time.

Taven LOVES water fountains!

 "Please girls, just say cheese and take a nice picture....come on, I'll take you to the park." ...Never works.

 But we always go to the park anyway.

 And sometimes eat bar-b-q for lunch.