Friday, December 11, 2015

Advent Activities

December Fun

I hope you have been enjoying all this month has to offer.  We've been working through our Advent Calendar we have a good mixture of baking, movies and crafts and so far everyone seems to be enjoying our time together. 
We're about pictured out this December.  Last month we did family pictures with cousins, then we did our yearly Christmas card pictures, and finally went to get pictures made with Santa.  Lots of fun, but tiresome for little people.  Expect for the price tags in the background I really like this year's picture with Santa.

 When L-bug was little we used to hang the stockings on the Christmas tree, but once the other two girls came along it just didn't seem like such a good idea anymore.  Last year L-bug had the idea to hang them up on the guitar hooks.  Everyone chose their favorite instrument and we hung them up above the TV. I love the way it looks now.
 Last weekend the weather was so nice we took a trip to the park.  Everyone had so much fun getting out and enjoying themselves.  This week the weather should be even nicer so a return visit might be necessary. 

 L-bug decided in November that she wanted to buy an American Girl doll.  Just after she decided this they did a promotion, that for every doll sold they would donate a doll to a girl in need.  At that point she knew she just had to buy a doll.  Her dad told her he'd match her dollar for dollar.  She made rainbow loom bracelets and little yarn hat ornaments to sell at work, the library, PE and gymnastics and she managed to earn her half of the money.  Her doll arrived today, she chose Kaya.  This picture is actually her posing in her new hat, scarf and gloves with the little hat ornaments she was making at the time.  She thinks she might keep selling out of her box and use any more money she earns to put together cancer care packages for the local hospital.  I still need to look into this and see if the hospital is interested or not. 
 Here are a few random pictures of the girls decorating the tree.  Each year we get a special ornament.  This year each girl got a princess in her favorite color.  Every year as we unpack the ornaments they ask where we got all the ornaments, or as L-bug gets older she takes over telling some of the stories. 

 Ro-bear had the bright idea that she wanted roasted marshmellows one day, but was too lazy to hold up her roasting stick.  So L-bug had to copy her proper upper device.

 I was working on a fleece tie blanket when Boo and L-bug decided to play Nintendo on it.  They were very careful not to wrinkle. 

 November Highlights

L-bug decided to join the Lego club at the local library.  Her dad didn't get off work in time to keep the small fries so they came along.  Luckily there were some bigger blocks for them and their friends to play with as well. 

With L-bug's Little Passports box we decided to do an embroidery for each country we 'visit' so far she has done Japan shown here, an outline of the islands with Japan written at the bottom. Some reason I don't have a picture of it completed.  And she chose a fleur du lis for France with, of course, France written at the bottom. 
 Finally, L-bug has gotten a new round loom to knit hats on.  She managed to make two little red hats for my friend's baby shower for her twins due in January.  I wasn't positive L-bug would get them both finished in time, but she did manage and they turned out very cute. 

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and I hope to see you here again after Christmas as we bring in the new year.  Share pictures of your tree below, I love to see how others decorate for the holiday!

Friday, October 23, 2015

A wedding, a trip and a bug

A Wedding

On the 11th, we were lucky enough to go to the wedding of one of my best friends.  She's been out of country for years, so getting to see her was exciting to say the least, but a wedding just makes it that much better.  We also got to meet her now husband, whom we'd only met online. I must say it is a shame they do not live closer because they are both such wonderful people.

A Trip to Cincinnati

Our trip to Cinci just happened to correspond with Books by the Bank, which was a book festival to say the least.  The girls got to get face paint and do different crafts and activities.  Adults could shop for books from lots of authors, get signatures, and attend panel discussions. 

We also did our yearly trip to the pumpkin patch.  Boo and L-bug used some of their tickets to hold baby animals, but Ro-bear wasn't having any of that.  She chose to play on the playground and buy a sucker with her last ticket. Boo held a bunny and L-bug a chick.  Boo didn't want to hold onto her bunny, so I didn't get a lot of pictures because I had to keep catching the rascally rabbit.

This year the girls are dressing up as Anna, Elsa, and Artemis from Young Justice.

A Sick Week

 One our way home I noticed I was getting sick.  I was down with a cold all week, relying on Librivox for our school readings Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday Ro-bear and L-bug both got struck down and spent the whole day asleep on the couch.  Thursday was a little better, but they were still pretty tired and blah.  Finally Friday they seemed better, but we still didn't do a traditional day of school.  Ro and Boo started out the day playing bingo, memory, and the snap circuits.  Miss L got up and joined in the memory and pick up sticks.  She then made a case for why pick up sticks can count as physics and math for the day.  Then said we could play concept with historical figures for history, and Halloween figures for fun. The best story of concept was me trying to have L guess Harry  Houdini.  She got it was a magician, then goes hmmm, its that magician you like... Zucchini!

 We also played wits and wagers for reading and social science.  We finished the day off playing Splendor for fun.  We also tidied up the house, because we don't want to clean too much this weekend.  

I hope you have had a germ free time and hope you enjoy reading about our adventures in the Blue Rabbit Academy.  Join us again in two weeks for the next installment of homeschooling.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Princess Pumpkin

Library Programs

Every year the library has a pumpkin decorating contest.  This year we waited until the last minute to buy and paint our pumpkins.  They are due Monday, and the girls spent Thursday night and Friday morning painting away.  L-bug's pumpkin is named Princess Pumpkin.  Boo wanted to make hers a crown too, though not in these pictures.  At first Boo's pumpkin was named Special Kitty. We all asked her why Special Kitty was green, but she didn't care to tell us. Special Kitty is a stuffed animal she has that is white, black and pink.  

Tuesday at story time they had a firefighter come in to read the kids a story and show them around a fire bus.  They girls had a blast.  Even L-bug wanted to make the little craft.  She helped Boo with her glue first though, she's a good big sissy.  

Kingsport Carousel

Sunday was free ride day at the carousel, so we brought the girls.  They loved it so much that we stayed for close to an hour.  The people were so nice and let them ride as many times as we wanted.  We must have been there at a slow time, because when I talked to a friend later she said they waited in line in between rides.  We lucked out and were able to just keep going.  

Backyard Fun

We finally caught the little guy who has been eating the last of our tomatoes.  Due to all the rain we've been getting the tomatoes were split open anyway, but it was fun to see the squirrel who has been enjoying our garden.   

The girls found badminton rackets so we brought them to the backyard to play.  L-bug was pretty bad, but she kept trying and got better.  Ro-bear decided to keep score for us, but her idea of score was- L-bug is always winning.  

Crafty Buisness

I've seen the trend on Pinterest about Sharpie markers and mugs, and was interested in it for a while.  I finally found some plain white mugs marked down and read up on the process and knew to not use regular sharpies.  I bought a paint pen and drew these for out as presents.  I have a couple mugs left to draw on so we'll see what other mugs I get to make.  I was really happy with these though. 

The only other craft I've been working on lately is this cross stitch.  I believe it was designed by Sisyphus or maybe the energizer bunny.  It just keeps going and going and going.  I'm almost finished now though, I'm very glad its a Christmas present.  

I hope you've been having a wonderful two weeks.  Come back and visit us again in another two.  We'll be here, singing ABCs and counting our 1,2, Fluffies. (Boo doesn't have a good grasp on numbers yet, and adds Fluffy in at random intervals)  

Friday, September 25, 2015

Getting Crafty

Miss L has taken up hand sewing again.  She's been making little faces.  She wanted to make some for the twins my friend is having, and I didn't realize who she was making faces for.  I offered her some beads for the eyes and she fussed at me that those would fall off and kill the babies... oops.  

After all the sewing L-bug has been doing Ro-bear decided she needed in on the sewing and pulled out her lacing shapes.  She did a very nice job sewing up her teddy bear.  L-bug also sewed a felt shape picture and a diaper for her new koala bear.  

This is the set I made for the above mentioned twins.  There are two blankets, but they are both the same fabric.  I love the bunny hats. Boo wants a pink and white one now.  She's waiting rather impatiently for me. 

Ro-bear got a book out at the library called something about Frozen hairstyles.  We've tried a new hair style almost everyday since.  Here are a few I remembered to take pictures of:

L-bug loves doodling.  She is designing a line of clothing in this picture.  The clothes are all fall colors and the line is named autumn.

Boo is finally old enough to help in the kitchen.  She can stir and mix and add some things to the bowl. 

Ro-bear learned about place value this week.  She loved moving the shapes into the different houses and taking numbers and putting the shapes in the right houses to make the number.  Boo just thought that the shapes were neat. 

L-bear's PE class was at the YMCA this week, and the little kids were allowed to swim in the little pool.  They had a blast.

I found a few magazines and gave them to the kids to play with.  L-bear made an ad.  The 'milkshakes' are asking "are you in?" and the cat, cookie and woman are answering- "I am"  the ad made me laugh.

Some random funny things from this week.  I'm cross stitching a house that says Mom's Rules on it.  Ro-bear looked at the house with the M on it and says:  Why did you put the McDonald's sign on this house? Is it a mcdonald's? yummy.

In  other news: L-bug bought a retro-bit with her birthday money.  L-bug and Ro-bear were playing and Ro says "watch out bad guys, we kill you for reasons" 

Boo learned something listening to L-bug's physics lesson this week.  She, very annoyingly, learned that she can tough L-bug and yell "Stop touching me" because we learned that everything is pushing back with an equal force.