Journal: Camp Time

Outside my window:

It rained last night and it looks like we will have a mild start to our week.

Around the house:

Laundry on Mondays.  I also have been making my way through my for sale and donate piles.  Sold some old toys last week and plan to list some more things today.  Really need to steam clean my carpet.

The kiddos:

Annika had her first day camp experience last week.  Her camps focus was on horseback riding and she loved every minute of it.  She definitely wants to go back next year.  My house was a lot quieter without my chatty girl around.

Jude is doing a Lego camp this week that is Space/Star Wars themed.  It is an afternoon camp program and he has really been looking forward to it.

Jude and Annika finished their 2 week session of swim lessons.  They both did really well.  Jude was dissappointed that he did not pass the class and Annika did.  He is really close and just has a few things to work on.

Zane has been continuing with the once a week Mom’s Day Out program, which makes him feel like he gets to do something fun of his own each week.

Our summer schedule is going really well.  It seems to be a good balance for the kids and they are doing really well at keeping the house tidy.

In the kitchen:

On the Menu: Chili, Golden Honey Chicken, BBQ Pork Sandwiches, Tuna Noodle Casserole, Meatsauce and Spaghetti, Pizza, and Breakfast for dinner.

Crafting:

I have done a little bit of knitting.  I did teach Annika’s friend, that is our neighbor, how to knit and she learned very quickly.  I have been seeing her knit quite a bit.  Annika goes in spurts with her knitting.  I would like to do a little sewing now that my sewing area is cleaned.

Learning:

We are on our summer lesson schedule.  Annika and Jude and both doing Math and Math Fact Drills this summer.  Jude is trialing a new spelling program and so far we are really liking it!  We are also doing some fun science experiments and reading lots of books.  Zane has been picking out different activities to do each day.  Mostly we are reading, doing puzzles, and playing games.

I made my list of curriculum that I need to purchase for our upcoming school year and now have been browsing my favorite used book resources to get some good deals.  So far so good.

Bringing me joy:

Outdoor activities with the kids, Jude’s impressive Lego creations, and seeing the kids play with each other.

Thinking about:

I have been listening to the weekly Podcasts for The Little Oratory and really enjoying these.  I did get a copy of the book last week.  Lots of good food for thought on living our faith at home.

Pictures to share:

This is what Zane picked out when we shopping, the hat and tie.  He has wanted me to buy him a tie for a long time and well the hat was really cute.  He has been wearing them a lot.  Oh and the face!

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Annika’s First Day of Camp

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From Father’s day.  We went to our local botanical gardens and enjoyed their kite festival.

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Journal: Summer Break Begins

Outside my window:

Feeling like summer!

Around the house:

Today was laundry day.  I do our laundry and most of my household chores on Monday so that I can focus on other funner things the rest of the week.  I still have a few organization projects that I am working on but it has improved a lot the past two weeks.

The kiddos:

They are enjoying summer break.  The older two start swim lessons tomorrow for the next two weeks.  I took them to the waterpark at the YMCA last week and that was lots of fun.

I took Annika to get her ears pierced over the weekend and enjoyed some mommy daughter time with her.  It is hard to believe she is growing up so much.

Our summer schedule seems to be going well.

In the kitchen:

On the Menu:  Turkey and Rice Casserole, Tacos, Garlic Chicken, Opee Sea Crunch, Pizza, and Breakfast for dinner.  Made Roasted Garlic Cauliflower for the first time a few weeks ago and oh my this is seriously yummy stuff.  This is now in our regular veggie side dish rotation.

Crafting:

I went through my yarn stash last weekend and Annika enjoyed picking out some yarns.  Now that I have everything organized hopefully I can start a few projects.

Learning:

We have been on a two week break after finishing school and are just starting our summer lessons today.  Working on spelling and math over the summer.  With some fun science and Spanish added in.  Zane is going to keep on with Reading Eggs.  All the kids are signed up at the library for their summer reading program.

Bringing me joy:

Sunshine.  Swimming with kids.  Growing my own veggies.  Taking walks with the kids.  Spending “date nights” at home with the hubby after the kids are in bed.

Thinking about:

How much the kids are growing.  Would like to put the breaks on it sometimes.

Pictures to share:

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End of School Year 2013-2014

We finished our school year on May 16th and have been enjoying our break from school the past few weeks.  A couple years ago I came across this idea on a few blogs to do interviews with the kids at the end of the school year, so I put these together.  I am putting these in a folder with a list of what they did that school year and a few of their school projects.

Here is our first end of school year interviews.

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AnnikaSchool2014
ZaneSchool2014

 

I also took the time to put together a list of books, activities, and curriculum for each of the children from the school year.  These will go in the folder with their interviews and some of their projects for the school year.  Here is what they completed this school year.

Annika’s 8th Birthday

On April 8th Annika celebrated her 8th Birthday.  My little girl is growing up so much.  Here is what Annika likes at age 8:  playing with friends and siblings, Webkinz, handsewing her Webkinz clothing, knitting, crafting all sorts of things, making her room messy, animals, nature and various creepy crawlies, being silly, dreaming big, gymnastics, swimming, and living life to the fullest.  We sure do love her bunches!

My Birthday Girl

Annika's 8th Birthday

She decorated the table
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She really wanted this barbie
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She is beyond excited about having her own tools and the set is purple her favorite color.  She also got the wood and c clamps she had asked for.  She recently read a book about woodworking and is excited to start some projects.
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Snorkel gear, something else she has wanted for a long time.  She enjoyed walking around the house like this.
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Zane’s 5th Birthday

We celebrated Zane’s 5th Birthday on March 25th.  He was very excited leading up to his birthday about turning 5.  It is hard to believe that he has hit that milestone birthday.  We celebrated his birthday with family and he loved his presents.  He had been wanting a Lego set from the Lego movie and was excited to finally have one.

What size likes at age 5:  Legos, play battles with “weapons”, swimming, mom’s day out program, gymnastics, playing outside with neighbors, playing with siblings, learning to read with Reading Eggs, singing and choir, nature walks, going to the zoo and botanical gardens, making potions, and cooking with me.

Zane’s birthday cake.

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Blowing out his candles.

 

Zane's 5th Birthday

A big birthday smile!

 

Very happy about his Lego movie set

DIY Outdoor Plant Stand (AKA The Plant Crib)

I have been trying to decide what to do with my old drop side crib and of course checked pinterest for some inspiration.  At this same time I was also looking for ideas on what to use outside as a plant stand for my new vegetable container garden.  So after some looking around and seeing others using their cribs outdoors I came up with what we are calling the “plant crib”.  Here is a easy tutorial on how to make your own plant crib.

Materials you will need:

Old Crib
Plastic Drop Cloth
Sandpaper
6-8 cans Krylon Paint + Primer Gloss (I purchased at Walmart)
Drill
1/4″ Sanded Plywood 2’x4′ (I purchased at Menards)

Here is a good video on preparing your furniture and spraying technique.  The kids sanded the crib and then I went over it again after they were done.  The crib was then wiped down and ready to be spray painted.  I used a plastic drop cloth and placed the crib on this outdoors.  I took the metal part of the crib off and painted it first and I then did the inside portion of the crib.  I placed the metal part back on and finished by spray painting the rest of the crib.

Here is a photo of the crib spray painting in progress.
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Since I had some leftover house paint my daughter painted the plywood with this.  I then placed the plywood on and started to use it, my plan is to to finish it with some Krylon soon.  *Since I made this last month I would recommend that you drill drainage holes in the plywood before using the Krylon.  I had thought about that before I did it and as I suspected the water pools too much on the plywood if you do not.

Here is my daughter painting the plywood
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The finished project
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I love the look of it and I love how it makes the plants easy to water.  I like that mine is on casters because I can push it onto our covered patio when the weather get crazy.   Having the plants off the ground is nice too because I don’t have to worry about rabbits.  I left the drop side rail off and plan to make this plant stand with it next year.  So happy to have this crib not taking off space and making it useful again!

Journal: It’s hot here

Outside my window:

Warm and the birds are chirping.  It’s going to be another hot day.  I am ready for the temperatures to cool down a little and get back to spring temperatures.  We have had some summer weather the past 4 days.

Around the house:

I have some organization that I am wanting to do once we are done with school next week.  Ready to do some more decluttering before summer break.

The kiddos:

We are finishing some of our activities for the school year.  They all had their choir concert last week and did a great job.  Annika had her first Confession last week and first Communion on Sunday.  It was such a great day.  I have some really great pictures that my sister took that I will post sometime this week.  We will be done with our official school year next week and take a few weeks off before we start our summer schedule.  The kids are signed up for most of their summer activities and they are excited about them.

In the kitchen:

I have taken a couple cooking classes this past month with the executive chef of a local vegetarian restaurant.  These classes have been so much fun and I have definitely learned some cooking technique that I did not know before.  I am looking forward to one more class in this series.  It’s been fun to take a class for an activity that I enjoy!

On the menu:

Fish with oven fries and veggies, tuna noodles and veggies, pizza, golden honey chicken with rice and veggies, chicken tacos.

Crafting:

I have all my yarn pulled out right now and added some knitting patterns to my queue on Ravelry, now I just need to commit to a project and start.  Annika and I are going to start working on sewing a skirt together.

Learning:

As I think about our school year coming to an end I am really happy with our year.  No year will ever be “perfect” but it has been really good.  I have seen them all grow and learn so much.  We really do enjoy learning together and I am very grateful that homeschooling is part of our families journey.

Bringing me joy:

Watching my kids play together.  All three of them have such great relationships with one another.  Seeing my kids play in the sprinkler for the first time this year.  Jude reading like crazy, he is finishing the last Harry Potter book.  Annika receiving her first Communion.  Zane learning to swim and being so comfortable in the water now.

Thinking about:

My prayer life, it has been pretty blah for a little while.  Too many things on my mind make prayer difficult.  Blogging and making time for that again.  My laptop was not useable for a few months and now that I can use it again I am trying to get into the routine of blogging again.

Pictures to share:

Here is one of Annika’s First Communion pictures.  I will share more in another post.  She wore the same dress that I wore.  My Aunt made this dress for my oldest sister 34 years ago and Annika is the 8th girl in our family to wear this dress.

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