Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Solar System


This year I tried teaching science to the boys but the topic they chose was the human body. It took us way too long just to get through the intro and some of the first chapter thus I quit. It actually caused Matthew to become a germ-a-phobe.

After some thought, however, I realized it wasn't science but the topic that was making learning hard so I decided on a new topic without the boys input and I chose space.

What a great choice, if I do say so myself. I chose Exploring Creation with Astronomy from Apologia as well as their Junior Notebooking Journal and it is so much fun. We do little bits at a time and we have only finished two chapters; the intro and the Sun. The model above was after the introduction. We learned the name of the planets and also learned to use a mnemonic device to remember their names.

Here is the one we created together:

Matthew Vacuums Every Monday Joyfully, Sometimes Under New Plants

We have included Pluto for now because as we study each of the planets, we can decide what we think about its Planet-tude (invented this word).

Just thought I would share a little snap-shot of our schooling thus far.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lipstick Anyone?





No, Don't Worry!!! I didn't let him play with my makeup...

He sucked on a marker!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Candy and Costumes

Please forgive the quality of my photography. I am a point and shoot kind of photographer with a very poor tool at my disposal. Sometimes I get a decent shot, but most of the time they are... blurry and sad. Oh well. the moment is caught to some degree.


Declan as a puppy.
  

 Matthew as a fireman.


Levi as the bumblebee (its been around for many years!)


Ewan as a giraffe. 
As you can see he will no longer be able to wear this as it is much too small.



The 2014 crew. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Projects

Its always a feat to try and do anything creative when at home with little ones. However, I find it one of the greatest rewards when I actually finish a project. It gives me a sense and creative accomplishment.

I've never been terribly gifted in the area of fine arts but I still enjoy trying. I've also found I have a passion for needle work (knitting, sewing and embroidery) which can still be classified under art in some way, shape or form.

Currently I have 4 projects on the go. Three days ago I would have has to add another to that list. Its finally finished, however.

Cohens baby blanket!





How sad is it that it is only NOW just finished? I've been working on this for over a year. It took so long because it was a little bit boring. Knit, purl, knit, purl... The duck was fun. I had never made a picture before. That's what made this project new and exciting.

My sister also showed my a picture that I found inspiring and decided to give it a try. She found this woman who turns regular things you wouldnt think about into art. One of these ideas were leaves. She would take them and paint on them, making them a new kind of beautiful. 

Here is the first one I did (and the only one I have finished):


This one is my Oak leaf that is not finished yet but you can get the general idea. I have to add embellishments with black pen inside some of the coloured layers. 


 As it is the first time I have every really painted with acrylics, I am very happy with the project. I plan on doing a number of leaves I can find in my backyard and them string them together in a garland. Something happy to look at during the long winter coming upon up.

I hope you are all finding time to be creative. Its amazing what it does for your mood.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanksgiving and Pumpkins

It was a very fine and beautiful day this year for our Thanksgiving celebration. It began quite cold but the sun was out in its full beauty and the kids were thrilled to be with one another. 

We spent the night over at my sisters place ( a bit of  sleep over for us all) and then started our Thanksgiving Monday together. 

We took the kids to a pumpkin wagon and grabbed a few pictures as well as some pumpkins to decorate. After that, the kids found their own fun for the rest of the day.


The kids found it hard to keep their eyes open in the bright morning sun. Matthew is here trying hard to smile.


Declan is attempting to carry his own pumpkin... with little success.


Levi figures his makes a wonderful seat until someone else is willing to move it for him.


Declan is stuck a midst the pumpkins, the perfect opportunity for me to get a picture without him moving. 


I made three attempts to get a picture of all the boys in the photo and not a single one was perfect. This is the best one of Ewan from the whole morning... that says something doesn't it? Matthew is trying hard again but the sun is winning. Levi is chilling just to get it over with and Declan is considering how he might escape off the wagon. A puzzle that left him still for a moment to snap a few photos.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing with family, eating wonderful, non traditional thanksgiving dinner and chasing Declan around. He is trouble I tell you. Into absolutely everything. 

Thank you Jo and Aidan for such a lovely time. It is always so nice to get together and enjoy food and company with little to no stress. I just hope I didn't get you all sick.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Friday, October 10, 2014

Older, Much Older

Can you believe it has been over a year and a half since I last posted??? I don't have much to say right this moment but I thought I could show you a few pictures of the boys now. Much different than the last post I did.

Declan- 1 1/2

Levi- 4 1/2

Matthew- 6 years

Ewan- 3 years