Thankful for all my April blessings

We started off this week by going to The LaFollette Public Libary’s storytime.  We have gone to Caryville’s storytime several times (which is wonderful, by the way), but thought we’d try LaFollette’s since it is more convenient.  We love both libraries and visit them weekly!  The girls enjoyed getting lost in crafting and creating things.

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It happened to be Earth Day so I colored this while they crafted.  I was also thankful that the storytime lady talked about Earth Day a little bit since I didn’t plan anything.  (oops!)

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I braved up and took the kids to the zoo again by myself!  You might as well call me Super Mom! haha

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Our hands-down favorite part of the day was some up close interactions with the baby chimpanzee George.

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He pressed his mouth (full of food) against the glass for a funny face.  You should have heard the laughter erupt in that moment.  It was priceless.

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He held the pose for me to get a shot.

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And a smile-

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After some playtime, he went up and began to nurse!  We didn’t even know it was his mom or that he was still young enough to be nursing.  It was incredibly sweet and funny altogether.  The mother kissed him and groomed him while he nearly nursed himself to sleep.  I’m not sure that we will ever witness anything as cool as that was ever again at the zoo.  Lucky us!

 

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Rea playing vet!  The “Wee Play Zoo” is awesome for open-ended, hands-on play!

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A nice evening outside at Gran & Papaw’s riding-

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Meanwhile…..Reagan was enjoying some cake batter-

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Online spelling test (super cool at readingeggs.com)

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Me trying to figure out what curriculum I want to use with Reagan for 1st grade next year!  You would never realize how many choices are out there until you start researching!  I’m still not completely decided, but feel like I’m almost there…

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Slowly, but surely enjoying my time reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp-

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I found a new, fun way to help Reagan lean her blends/chunks on Pinterest.  I say the sound and she throws the ball at it.  She loved it.

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2 kids + 2 dogs = 4 bodies altogether in the spaceship (now that’s some math!)

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One things that I’ve done with Reagan to practice sight words is using this spiral bound index card book.  Each card has a word.  If she gets it right, she gets to add a sticker.  She mastered her first book of words so we just started another one a few weeks ago.  We might do this once a week.  She almost knows all the 2nd list now!

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One afternoon, she passed this note to me during homeschool.  She said, “Mom, this is for you.”

Wow.  I didn’t know whether to be offended or proud.  haha

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Bedtime reading-

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We got each of Reagan’s teachers a fabulous cupcake from The Cup for teacher’s appreciation day!  Yum.  Best cupcakes EVER.  These are the ones we picked out for us.

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A little lipstick and blush application before we go in at the zoo-

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“Hey, Mom!  Take my picture!”  (She’s starting to enjoy seeking out her own photo locations!)

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After having this rental car that we named “The Red Tomato”, we sadly had to return it for my explorer.  The girls were sad to let it go.

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The Legals’ 1st win!

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Who knew the trampoline made for such good pictures?!

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Reagan doing some language arts on the trampline.   LOTS of distractions as you can see.

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Reading on the porch swing-

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March Madness, indeed!

It would be fair to say that it is madness in our home no matter the month…

The girls spent the night with Aunt Mona-

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Me and my cuddling buddy-

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Dying eggs again at Gran’s-

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We started a solar system study.

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We borrowed a bunny for my Easter portrait sessions at the studio.  Her name was Flora.

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Surprise flowers from a good friend of mine!

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Pretending to sleep with Flora-

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Emmy & I discovered a new frozen yogurt place called Yogli Mogli that is right beside The little Gym.  The yogurt is good, but we love going to play the board games!  She beat me at Candyland and Chutes & Ladders!

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We hit up Krispy Kreme after we picked Reagan up from TC.

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Baby Chicks and ducklings at my studio-

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We got to have a play date with some of our favorite friends.  The girls loved meeting Hazel the Hedgehog.

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Self-Portrait

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Max got his first big boy bike at Gran and Papaw’s house.

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We gathered a lot of sticks in Gran & Papaw’s yard just for Max to dump them.  Typical.

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I tried a panoramic shot from my spot in the yard at Gran’s.

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Reagan’s writing (that she did all by herself)-

“My brother is a robber.  He robs girl scout cookies.”

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A trip to the library to check out some books on the solar system-

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Reagan and Emmy pulled all these turnips at Gran & Papaw’s-

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Another Thursday Yogli-Mogli stop!

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Uh oh- this makes twice that this little boy has sat beside Emmy in The Little Gym and put his arm around her!

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I got Reagan in all the classes I wanted for Thursday Connection!  I was so excited.  We’re most excited about the “Critters” class.  Each week the Knoxville Zoo will bring an animal to class for them to study!  How cool is that??

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Spring weather = Happy Kids and Dogs

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Jared gave us an old broken guitar.  That’s all I really know to say about this picture. ha!

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Tony took the kids on four wheeler rides around mom’s yard.  They loved it!

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We practiced baseball with the kids in the backyard.  The girls did pretty good, but Max still has a ways to go…

(Turn blog music off on right sidebar.)

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Sunday afternoon nap-

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After church- cutie…

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Here’s Reagan’s art-

“X-ray Style of Norvell Morrisseau”

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“Zentangle”

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….January days continued…

An afternoon nap for Emmy and Max might feel wonderful at the time, but they will rise and keep you up all hours of the night.  Beware.

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Reading eggs time for Reagan.  I have absolutely loved this online reading program.  I have started Emmy on it this semester, too.  They enjoy it so much.

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Writing words in shaving cream!

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Watching the clay volcano she made erupt with her Magic Schoolbus class…

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Finally, a snow day!!  Barely enough snow to do any serious playing, but still enough to make a mini snow man. 🙂

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Painting at Gran’s while Kay Kay was in town!

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Working on word families-

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Making an activity to go with Jan Brett’s The Mitten

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An activity based on Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On

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We talked about what animals do during the winter and sorted out all these animals into categories-

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Working on ending sounds-

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Dying easter eggs in January (only at Gran’s!)-

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Working on some “chunks” (st, sk, sn)

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Sight Word Bingo

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Sight Word Bug Splat for Reagan and Letter Bug Splat for Emmy!

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Looking at the US on the globe.  I use Abeka’s social studies program for K, and Reagan really likes it.  It is easy enough to use and fun for her.

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Watching tv upside down (at Gran’s)-

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Reagan pretending to be the teacher and reading to her two students.  You can see Max was wondering- not a very good listener.

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Trying out her telescope that she got for Christmas.  She looked at a “Bee Wing” and then drew a picture of it.

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We made our own “chunk” chart.

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Emmy drew a her own big tree with her, Mona, and Kay at the bottom.

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Playing hide-and-seek at Gran’s.  Gran picked a funny spot this time.

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Homeschooling with youtube videos-  The “THE” song.

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Here’s a video clip I caught while they were doing youtube homeschool (turn blog music on right sidebar before playing video)-

Pedicure-

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A few of Reagan’s writings from the month-

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Reagan’s other January art pieces from Miss Margaret’s class at TC-

“Robots getting into Geometrical Shapes”

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“Hundertwasser Lollipop Trees”

 

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January days…

As we were walking out the door to go to Gran’s for dinner, Emmy grabbed her umbrella and said, “Mom, I hope it’s raining outside!”

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Our weekly trip to animal shelter- Emmy brought some milk bones from home…

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When I asked Emmy about what she did to her Bible, she replied, “But Mom, I like it that way!”

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Here I am with my babies stuck like glue-

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When I say my life is full, it really IS full!

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Emmy- “Feel my temp and see if I have a temp.” (notice swimsuit in January)

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Home-made hair wraps by mom!

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We studied “Animals in Winter”.  We made a shoebox cave with a hibernating bear inside.

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Where do animals go in the winter?

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Em’s new Brave wig from Gran-

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I got to volunteer in Reagan’s Magic Schoolbus class at Thursday Connection.  They studied bats and then did an echo location activity.  It was really neat to see the kids pretending like they were bats and using the echo location method to find their food.

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Emmy and Reagan enjoyed lunch together in the cafeteria at TC.  Emmy was excited to have brought her lunch.

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Rea’s art work from her TC Art Class with Miss Margaret- “Indian Sunset”

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Chuck E. Cheese

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I was so proud of my cousin Roston (aka Rosner) for his accomplishments as a leader for the Cougars basketball team.

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Psalm 23 with playdough

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Emmy was “sending emails”.  (really just regular mail)

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A little laughter never hurt anyone!  Watch this cute video of Emmy making Max laugh.  (Turn blog music off before playing video!)

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