Friday, February 28, 2014

John's Birthday

 John holding both girls up!

 Maddie making a chain to help decorate for Daddy's birthday celebration.

 Izzie working on the chain too.

 They made a pretty long chain, and another one over by the front door. Then we blew up a bunch of balloons.

 I totally impressed myself with this homemade ice cream cake that I made over the course of three days. Homemade chocolate cake, with homemade strawberry ice cream and a chocolate gananche topping.

 The girls also decorated a Happy Birthday Sign.

 I made John's traditional Chicken Parmesan... I think I've made it for his birthday almost every year we've known each other.

 We were FaceTimining with his parents when we sang the Birthday song.

 Then lots of playing with the balloons!

We had so much fun celebrating!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


 Maddie giving me a look as she works in her handwriting book.

 Maddie drew a picture of our dining room and then wanted to make a frame for it. So she made the yellow frame out of construction paper and then studied a picture frame to figure out how to make hers stand up.

 This was what she came up with to make the frame stand up.

 The girls having a picnic in their school room. (Not juice, they are drinking kefir.) We had a free consultant come out from Home Depot to give us an estimate on updating our kitchen. I had cleaned the kitchen and dining room table and wasn't about to let the girls leave crumbs! I wasn't that impressed with the guys selection or his quote, we'll definitely be shopping around if and when we do an update!

 Izzie modeling one of the scarves I knitted for them.

 The girls are in an hour long Ballet/Gym class. It's 30 minutes of Ballet and then 30 minutes of Gym. Their triplet friends Makena, Isaac and Kayla are in the class too.

 Maddie working on some addition problems using a dice game.


 Izzie and Maddie.

 Izzie reading a book. They like the Oliver and Amanda series, they are the perfect reading level for them.

 Playing a game they got a while back, it's a bit too easy for them now, but they still had fun with it.


 Maddie and Izzie at storytime. The day after their first cheerleading class they asked for bows in their hair! Along with Ballet/Gym they are taking a Cheerleading class that Grandma and Grandpa got them for their birthday. Busy girls!

 They made toolbelts at storytime. Maddie and Izzie.

Izzie and Maddie at a cookie booth. I forgot to take a picture of them in front of the booth, they were catching customers coming out this door, our booth is down a bit. So they currently are in Ballet/Gym, Cheer, ACE Homeschool Group, Storytime and Girl Scouts, we stay busy!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

KURA beds and first trip to the skating Rink

 After much debate and discussion beds have finally been picked out for the girls. John and I narrowed it down to a few different choices and let the girls pick the final bed. They decided they both wanted Junior Loft Beds. This is what they look like:
KURA Reversible bed IKEA Turned upside down the bed quickly converts from a low to a high bed.
It is a pretty basic bed, but if you search Google for the KURA bed there are a million hacks to personalize it. It is tall enough for me to sit underneath, but just barely. We plan on putting a curtain around the bottom to make forts. And I thought that I was also going to spray the nude furniture white. If I had a way to see in the future I would not have bothered. My mod has been a FAIL. But the bed will survive.... 
KURA Reversible bed IKEA Turned upside down the bed quickly converts from a low to a high bed.
Another cool thing about this bed is that it can be flipped upside down. So if they decide in a year or two that they hate climbing the ladder it becomes a canopy bed. 

 Maddie and Izzie waiting for Daddy to get the van so we can load the boxes.

(looks good until you flip them over...) 

Here, I spread out all the pieces to spray paint them. DO NOT do this, this way. Put the boards up on blocks. The spray paint seeped under the boards and made a mess that I had to sand. Adding a second coat before the first one had a chance to dry, created a chemical reaction in the paint and it bubbled up, creating another layer for me to sand down. I tried this several times, waiting days in between and still kept getting the reaction. Then as I was stacking the boards in a corner to start the second bed and give them extra time to cure (they were dry, just not cured.) I started noticing scratches. Sure enough, banging two boards together and the paint scratched off. A flick of a fingernail, same thing. I figured the beds would look horrible in two weeks. I had bought primer& paint in one, but it did not stick on the lighly poly'd surface of these boards. IF you are going to attempt to paint the KURA beds, you better find a better way than what I tried. Now I've spent the past two weeks sanding and paint stripping all the work I did. What a mess. I do have one of the beds put together though... 

 On the way home from IKEA we noticed this on the street outside of our neighborhood. Sure enough, the power was out in our entire neighborhood. They got it fixed up pretty quickly though.

 Our friend Hanukkah and her daughter Esperanza invited us to go roller skating. Here is Maddie, Izzie and Esperanza about to go out on the floor. Maddie and Izzie have had fisher price strap on skates for about a year, but this was their first time to a rink.

 They hugged the wall at first, but soon got up the courage to let go for short distances.

 Izzie and Maddie got a package in the mail from Popo, it was lego kits! They were quickly put together in a flash.

Just a picture of Izzie and Maddie helping me sort socks. I'm so glad they are finally to this age!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Part(ies)

A couple of us homeschoolers got together and had a Valentine's party that would rival any public school party. We had a grand ole' time! I started the whole thing up, but then my friend Angela offered to host and gladly handed the party to her capable hands. We actually all pitched in a bit and that made the party just perfect. We had two art projects, a Valentine's Bingo, a "Cake" walk, a card exchange and a snack of fruit and cupcakes. 

Here Makena, Kayla and Evelyn are working on the Secret Message Hearts that I brought for the kids to water color. I wrote "Be Mine" or "Sweet Stuff" or "Friends 4Ever" type of messages in white crayon on each heart. Then the kids used watercolors to make the messages appear. 

 Angela, mother to three teens and three 5 year olds also is a Nanny to these sweet twins. They were having a great time watching all the big kids. We had 10 kids ages 5-9, two of the teens and these two babies, not to mention the four moms all partying in her house. That is one thing I LOVE about homeschool. The girls are with all ages of people when we get together, just like life. The nine year olds help the 5 year olds with their projects, the 15 year old was helping us adults with some of the games, the 5 year olds were entertaining the babies at one point. It was just life, fun, messy and full of love. Kind of like how Valentine's Day should be.

 A "Cake" walk game with whistles and pencils for the prizes. (Although when all 10 kids had whistles in their hands the volume went up exponentially!)

 Ashley, helping direct the cake walk, Maddie and Izzie checking out what they won.

 The group of kids.

 Kids playing Bingo.

My favorite picture of the party. Angela with all the chaos around her, just soaking it all in and being okay with it. She's just an awesome lady!

We also had another party the next day, but I forgot to take any pictures of it! It was with our regular homeschool group, ACE. We also did some art, card exchange, play and snacks. What lucky kids to have two parties! As for John and I, we took advantage of the girls girl scout meeting the day before Valentine's to try a new restaurant. Way less crowded and just as special. We went to an Indian place, my first time to try authentic Indian food and I really loved it! And of course it was nice to be able to steal some alone time in a quiet restaurant with my hubby!