Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Montage

Happy Halloween!

 Halloween started off this year with Gymnastics class. Two spots opened up and we grabbed them. Bonus was that the girls friend from storytime, Riley, is also in this class.(Riley, Izzie, Maddie.)

 Trampoline! (Impossible to get a clear shot.)

 After a very long day, it was finally time to get dressed up! Izzie and Maddie, Princess Rapunzel! I worked so hard on those dresses and wigs and I think they came out great. They got tons of compliments and most importantly, they loved them. (Izzie is pointing to geese flying by.)

 Izzie is not that much shorter than Maddie, it's just how she's standing.

 And they are OFF!

 Knock Knock! Trick or Treat!

 Izzie checking out her loot with Popo.

Maddie sorted her candy by type. Izzie and Nanna are watching.

Cookies at Grandma's

 Yesterday afternoon I took the girls over to Grandma and Grandpa's house to hang out. Their cousin Sabrina was there too and the girls had a very fun afternoon. Grandma even made Halloween cookies with the kids.

 Then of course they all put on a show for Grandma and Grandpa.

 When Sammy came over after school, the kids decorated the cookies with sprinkles.

Big Cousin Sammy showing the little kids how to play Angry Birds on the iPad. It was a fun afternoon spent with family.

Spelling Bee, here we come!

Izzie just came in from playing and said, "Mom, I can sound out Celebrate!" I listened and she slowly sounded it out and came up with these letters: selobrat

Not too shabby! Proud Mommy Moment. We've been working on reading lessons but we have not worked on sounding out words we aren't looking at. Well we've done C-A-T and D-O-G and a few other three letter words in the car while driving, but not a three syllable word. I was so proud that she tackled it all on her own initiative.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Carvin'

 Maddie playing at the park during a house showing. This day was pretty funny because we actually ran into the lady who was going to look at our house. We were at the park maybe 5 minutes when and SUV with a mom and two kids gets out. I say Hi to her and she asked me if I lived in the neighborhood. I laughed and told her I did, but that I had my house up for sale and we'd be moving soon. She said she was actually looking at houses that day but her realtor was running late so she brought the kids to the park. Found out, she was my showing! So of course I talked up the neighborhood and the house a bunch but she didn't end up making us an offer.

 Maddie and Izzie

 Later that day we went to the bookstore with my mom. The girls saw this poster of Brave and wanted to pose in front of it... such hams!

 Maddie has suddenly taken an interest in fashion and has started to put together outfits. Before she'd always just grab what was on top or let Izzie pick something out for her. I actually thought this outfit was sorta punky cute. Today she decided to wear two different tennis shoes to have "crazy shoes" on.

 Almost everynight when I go to check on them before I go to bed I have to remove books from their beds. Maddie.


 About to carve our pumpkin... the sun was too bright! Maddie and Izzie

 Ew... I don't wanna do the seeds Mom!- Izzie

 Drawing eyelashes is so much more fun. Maddie

 Izzie dancing on the picnic table watching her shadow dance with her.

 Maddie and Izzie making banana muffins for the Halloween Playgroup Party.

 They came out so pretty! I'm really starting to get the hang of this baking thing (minus birthday cakes which have still been a dismal failure.)

 Izzie and Maddie
 Izzie and Maddie

 Maddie in her Rapunzel costume. I finally finished the wigs! They came out pretty terrific too. I made the dresses too. Izzie, unfortunately did not get to attend the party. She was serving out a punishment at my moms house. I think I remember my mom telling me that sometimes things were harder for her than for me growing up and I am starting to get it. I was crying as much as Izzie when I had to drop her off so she didn't get to go to the party. But she hit me and that is not acceptable. She needed a consequence that would actually, hopefully make an impact.


 Pregnant Melanie and Pregnant Erin, and Alison.

 Maddie liked this rocket launcher.

 Wee! Gabe watching on.

 I love that she fell asleep reading a book about the Human Body. I showed this photo to mom and she said I need to keep it and give it to her when she enters medical school... she started studying early!

This morning the girls RAN into my room. Momma! Momma! They were so excited. They'd seen some of the sunrise from the family room window and wanted to look out my window where the view is better. They started yanking on the blinds. I rolled out of bed and was happy they didn't let me miss this wonderful sunrise.

Monday, October 29, 2012

House for Sale

Selling a house takes patience. I apparently do not have any. I love this home and I am sad to have to leave it. I'm going to miss this view and "my" horses out my back window. But I'm ready to say goodbye to Texas and start my adventures in Washington. This is a long and emotional journey.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Projects Galore!

The girls and I are doing a Native American unit. We checked out a bunch of books from the library and read about Indian culture at a very basic level. They love hearing about "the olden days." I started the unit by reading them The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola. Izzie did not like the story since the little girl had to give up her very prized possession. We also read Tomie DePaola's book The Indian Paintbrush, and both girls liked it a lot better. In that story, the little boy, paints the sunset. A few days later the girls brought me a drawing they did with a yellow sky. They told me it was the sunset. I love it when they are thinking about lessons we did days or weeks later.

Our next big thing was to talk about some of the people of the Indian Tribes. We talked about the Chief, the Shaman, the Warriors and Hunters, the Gatherers. I showed them a picture of an Indian woman with a Papoose. Then we got to work making Indian Chief Headdresses. I took them to the art store with me to pick out supplies, which made for some very interesting color choices as far as the headdresses went... but I have to admit, they do look pretty cool. We still have a few things left to do before I close out the Indian unit until next year when we will go in more depth!

 Maddie and Izzie giving me their best Chief looks.

Izzie's and Maddie's Headdresses.

 Homeschool means you get to study at the park. Izzie looking at Native American photos.

And reading one of the Tomie DePaolo book. 

 Next we talked about how the Indians would use vegetables and berries to dye their leather clothes and use those pigments to make paint to draw on their tepees. So we went to the grocery store and bought some spinach, kale, carrots, tumeric and some beets and made green, orange and red dyes. We dyed some white t-shirts. I didn't want the dye to get all over them so I bundled Maddie and Izzie up pretty good!

 Working hard.

 Here are the finished shirts before I washed them. Unfortunately almost all of the dye did wash out. Even though I soaked the shirts in vinegar before hand and hand washed them in cold water. They still had a fun time with the process. I may go ahead and buy some Rit dyes and let them "redye" them so the colors will actually stay.

Izzie and her Popo.

 This was the sunrise outside my window a few mornings ago. Love this photo!

 Making a Rapunzel wig for Halloween

 I won an iPod Nano from my awesome Chiropractor at Southwestern Chiropractic. Dr. Reif  and his staff totally rock!

 Izzie coloring. In the middle of the table is a big bucket of colors. Then they pick out the ones they are using and put them in their "sorting tray." This way I have less colors that roll on the carpet and get stepped on. Look at the shades of important colors that Izzie picked out!


 Maddie and Izzie working on a puzzle on the computer.

 While Daddy was out of town he read them a book on Skype. Pretty cool! (You can see them in the top right, and John is peeking in the corner to try and read the words and hold the book up to the camera.

 The other day I was working around the house and the girls were down to some serious arts and crafts, completely on their own initiative. They got out some Popsicle sticks and were cutting characters out of coloring books. They taped the characters down to the sticks to make puppets. They embellished with stickers. They were doing some serious work. They stayed at it for well over two hours and then cleaned it all up without a fit. Amazing. Izzie and Maddie.

 Izzie riding trikes at Nanna's.



For you Mom!