Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sam is Five!

My sweet Sam turned 5 years old today! He is kind, silly, sensitive and thoughtful. He likes to build block towers and Lego castles. He loves to color, play sports and wrestle with his dad and brothers. He is the best snuggler!

Here is his About Myself survey for year five!

My best friends name is: Mya

My favorite thing to play: Dinosaurs and wii

My favorite color: Red and blue

My favorite animal: Cheetahs

My favorite book: Dinosaur books

My favorite song: I Like Your Eyes (From a lullaby record I sing to him at bedtime.)

My favorite food: Oatmeal

My yuckiest food: Tomatoes

When I grow up I want to be: A dad

Something I really like: Balls

Something I really don't like: I don't like you (mom) taking pictures of me.

My favorite thing about myself: Growing up

What makes you happy: Playing with Will.

Something I want to do this year when I'm 5: Play wii

I love you so much, Sam!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Family Photoshoot || Fall 2015

My beautiful family. Scowls, fake smiles and all.

Family photo's 2014
Family photo's 2013

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Happy 7th Birthday, Will!

Here is his About Myself survey for year seven!

My best friends name is: Gavin

My favorite thing to play: Wii

My favorite color: Red

My favorite animal: Elephant

My favorite book: The Book With No Pictures

My favorite song: Joy Unspeakable, by the one and only, Mandisa

My favorite food: Mac & Cheese

My yuckiest food: Brussel sprouts

When I grow up I want to be: A Policeman

Something I really like: You (mom)

Something I really don't like: Dad tickling me

My favorite thing about myself: I'm really strong

What makes you happy: My birthday

Something I want to do this year when I'm 7: Sledding

We love you Will! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

This is How We Homeschool. PT. 1

For me, one of the biggest perks of homeschooling is the flexibility of it. We don't HAVE to take off for Presidents Day or Spring break or parent teacher conferences or all of Summer. We can take days off as needed or when we plain just feel like it. 

Thursday's are typically grocery shopping/errand days around here. It's usually a rush to get home to put away all the groceries and get lunch on the table before nap time (for ALL of them), so no "school work" gets done then. But the thing is, even when we aren't doing "school" we are still learning. As we drive in the van we talk about highways and speed limits and the differences between cities and towns. We learn the names of the produce, and try and find things that start with A, B, C, etc.

They also learn how to behave and to politely interact with people in public. Whether it's responding to the checkout girl asking how old they are or the nice old man tickling the babies toes and telling me I have my hands full (which I never do; thank you grocery carts and baby slings!)

Dean's store, Rochester Appliance, is in the same plaza as one of the stores we go to every week. It's always fun to end our shopping day at daddy's shop. The boys can throw around a ball with dad and say hi to the fishies before we head home. 

Some days, when work isn't too crazy for Dean, I will drop off Will before I do my shopping, and he will work with daddy learning how to fix appliances. They will diagnose it, fix it and get it clean and ready to sell!

With a little help from daddy, he took pictures and posted ads on Craigslist. 

Together they have fixed and sold 3 machines! 

Their original plan was to use their profits (after repair costs and tithing) to buy a remote control car (or as the cool kids call it, an RC car), but with some persuasion they decided to buy a microscope instead!

They've had fun looking at hairs, salt, dead bugs and their favorite so far, dirty water from Lake Ontario!

I love that my kids aren't only learning academically, but great life skills as well!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Super Bat Sam!

Oh, Sam. My sweet little guy who wants nothing more than to be BIG. If Sam ever happens to tell you how big you are, you can be sure he means it as a great compliment!

Sam went though a little I-don't-want-to-sleep-stage, which in this house doesn't fly. So, one day during nap time, after getting out of bed one to many times, I told him that you grow when you sleep! It worked like a charm, and his sleeping got 100% better. Then, for weeks after that, every time he woke up the first thing he'd say was, "Look how big I am!"

Last night as we were brushing our teeth at bedtime, I told him, "I can't believe you rode your bike all the way to the park today, Sam! You are getting so big!" To wish he responds, "Am I getting huger and huger?!" Yes, Sam. Yes, you are.