Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ellie is 6!

During all of our sick madness Ellie turned 6! Luckily, I was the only one sick on her birthday. I still can’t believe she is 6. It seems like she was just born yesterday yet it is hard for me to remember her when she was an infant. She truly has the kindest heart and is an amazing big sister!!!! She loves jokes and pranks but is scared of her own shadow. She is ever so cautious but has never met a stranger. For some reason this was an emotional birthday for me. She just seems to have grown up so much over night and I might have cried a time or two. I am so incredibly blessed to have the family that I do. Here is a little walk down memory lane.

A few days old


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Sunday, March 27, 2011

I’m Still Here

I know it has been awhile since I posted but it has been a crazy 2 1/2 weeks here. Ellie had a cold, Emily had the flu, I caught the flu which turned into a sinus infection and ear infection, and then Emily caught a virus or something that gave us a scare on top of another cold. Thank the Lord that my awesome hubby took over and took such good care of us on top of taking over most of the household responsibilities during that time!!! I am feeling back to normal and other then a little bit of a runny nose Emily is better too!! Emily was mostly feeling better Friday except for her cold so I was able to get away for the weekend. I have had a girls weekend planned for a few weeks and I thought that I was going to have to cancel but I am so grateful I didn’t because I had a BLAST!!!! I went to the mountains for a Christian women’s retreat with these two beautiful ladies. IMG_0065

It was cold but luckily the rain held off until Sat. night and it didn’t interfere with most of our activities. We started off our weekend with a big bonfire, smores and The Neighbors blue grass band! The next day we tried the rock climbing wallIMG_0070 and I went down a zip line for the first time which was so awesome!!!! IMG_0072 I know you can’t tell but that is me on the left. We also did this rope pulley swing thing where they pull you up in your harness and you pull the cord. You free fall for just a little bit and then swing in your harness. It was really cool. We also walked some and took a great yoga class and let me just tell you the food was wonderful!!! I probably gained weight because the food was so good. There was a Proverbs 31 speaker there also who gave lectures on our spiritual treasures. She spoke several times and she truly was a gifted speaker! We just might have fit in a nap or two! To finish off our weekend we went to the barn and helped feed the horses, brush and walk them and did a little bareback riding. This was much harder then I thought it would be. It was great to try it but next time I will take a saddle:) It was a much needed weekend away and I feel rejuvenated for at least a few hours.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sun, Moon and Stars

This week I had planned to start our study on space and I had so many fun things planned! Unfortunately Emily got the flu so school had to be put on hold until next week.  I found so many awesome printables, ideas ect. that we are actually going to spend the next 3 weeks on space. Week 1: Stars, Moon and Sun

Week 2: Planets

Week 3: Astronauts

To go with our space theme I made a sensory tub for the girls to play with. I got my inspiration from Counting Coconuts and 1+1+1=1. They both made awesome space bins!! I hope they enjoy it as much as I enjoyed filling it.


Here is what I put in it:

Aquarium rocks, glow in the dark stars, black pom poms, black pipe cleaners, star beads, tube of planets (I got these at Toys R Us), glass beads, marbles, and some other glass pieces that have a smooth edge (all from the $ tree). I am going to also add something new each week they play with it. This week I am going to let them play as is. Next week I am going to add some spoons and scoops etc. and the week we study astronauts I am going to add these space astronauts and rockets.

Here are the books we are using this week:

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and What Do You Know About The Sun? by Carmen Bredeson

I will post more as we go along and work on our activities!