First Day of School 08/25/15

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Piano Practice

Here are some videos of the children’s latest performance pieces.

September 2015 Life

This girl loves popsicles!

This girl loves popsicles!

 

And so do her brothers and sister!

And so do her brothers and sister!

 

Marie, Lucy, and Lydia when we kept the Carlson girls!

Marie, Lucy, and Lydia when we kept the Carlson girls!

 

I love this picture of everyone "reading."

I love this picture of everyone “reading.”

Little sis with big bros.

Little sis with big bros.

Connor’s 10th Birthday

We had a small family celebration of Connor’s birthday this year.  There were balloons and cake and a couple of presents from Grandma, including his own watch!  His big present from us this year was a trip to Busch Gardens with Daddy.  They had a caricature done of the two of them, which I hope to post soon.

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Emma

Emma is two and a half now, and she LOVES swinging–at the park, in our backyard, across the street on the neighbor’s swing.  She asks to be pushed on the swing all the time.  And now that the weather is cooling, everyone wants to spend more time outside :)

Swinging at Miss Robin's house

Swinging at Miss Robin’s house

CCH Science Subgroup

In our co-op this year, the children are learning science (Apologia Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day), geography, history (Story of the World Volume 4), and Writing (Institutes for Excellence in Writing Intensive A).  So far it is going so well, and the children are learning a lot as am I.  I teach the 4th-6th grade science and writing twice a month.  I love how this co-op is a support to what we are doing at home and how it keeps me accountable in getting science and history reading done.  And I am SO thankful for my co-leader Julie who is so organized and encouraging.  We have had a great partnership the last few years, and her friendship is a huge blessing.

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The children learned about the country of Uganda and got to experience eating a traditional dish of beans and rice with only hands and no utensils.  Some took to this more than others.  It was not really Tyler's cup of tea ;

The children learned about the country of Uganda and got to experience eating a traditional dish of beans and rice with only hands and no utensils. Some took to this more than others. It was not really Tyler’s cup of tea ;

Field trip at Morningside Nature Center--learning about first inhabitants of FL!

Field trip at Morningside Nature Center–learning about first inhabitants of FL!

 

Learning about Timucua technology

Learning about Timucua technology

 

Sorting beans and seeds with Isabella Grancagnolo

Sorting beans and seeds with Isabella Grancagnolo

 

Lucy and Leo--I already forget what they were doing in this picture.

Lucy and Leo–I already forget what they were doing in this picture.

 

Serious Pokemon Card trading at co-op

Serious Pokemon Card trading at co-op

 

Tyler making his passport for geography class

Tyler making his passport for geography class

Trying Hard Tack in history class.  It turned out to be a big hit!

Trying Hard Tack in history class. It turned out to be a big hit!

Fall Baking and Soccer!

Connor, Lucy and Tyler are all playing Upward Soccer this fall, and they are all having a great time.  It was a little chaotic at the start of this year, because there were a plethora of children and an unfortunate dearth of parent volunteers for coaches and refs, but everything is going smoothly now it seems.  I really need to remember to take pictures and videos of the children playing.  The picture below was taken when Lucy’s team played against her sweet friend Lydia’s team.  I am also including a couple of random October pictures of Lucy helping me make cinnamon rolls. Notice Emma’s princess dress.  She is loving dressing up as a princess or a ballerina.  Every day she asks to change into some sort of gown or leotard, at which point she dons high-heeled plastic slippers and finds a bag to carry–then she dances around the family room.  It is quite a sight!  We love it :)

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Mr. Jeremiah Carlson holding his daughter Violet, niece Mia, and our Emma with Lydia in foreground.

Mr. Jeremiah Carlson holding his daughter Violet, niece Mia, and our Emma with Lydia in foreground.

 

The four beans ready for a soccer game!

The four beans ready for a soccer game!

Worley Visit 2015

Our good friends the Worleys usually visit us annually during the fall for a long weekend.  This visit was a bit different because we were not their final destination, but we had a great time despite the shortness of the visit.  Unfortunately, I failed to take any pictures of the kids (doh!).  I did capture one of the husbands battling it out in an intense chess game.  The children all played really well together all weekend.  The highlight for the boys was probably playing Splatoon! on the WiiU.  Missy and I also got the chance to do some yard saling on Saturday morning during which she treated me to a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte…yum!

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TCBY treat 10/11/15

For Connor’s tenth birthday this year (2015), he chose an experience over presents.  The experience was a trip to Busch Gardens, Tampa with Daddy–just the two of them.  They had a blast!  They rode all the roller coasters,  including the new free fall ride Falcon’s Fury twice, they got a caricature picture made, and they one prizes playing the midway games.  Their day culminated in cheeseburgers and shakes from Steak ‘N Shake.  While they were away, the three younger beans and I took a little cruise in Daddy’s jeep and treated ourselves to some delicious frozen yogurt (Lucy’s request).  It was the perfect weather for riding in the jeep with the windows down!

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Aunt Lydia’s visit (August 2014)

We were so happy when Aunt Lydia came and visited us for a few days.  She played lots of games with the children, and accompanied me on a trip to Bouncin’ Big with the kids.  We really enjoyed her visit.

 

Aunt Lydia and Tyler

Aunt Lydia and Tyler