Apr 20, 2017

Marbles, Easter, and Tree Roots.

 April is already over half gone.  Oh what a glorious month.  So much outside time to play, observe and learn.  I am amazed at the breadth of science happening in our own backyard...
 ...and around town.
Our most recent nature journal time with friends was at the Cecil Birding Trail.  We did not see many birds, but the kids did stumble upon this tree with washed out roots.  
 Their fort with a slide entrance.

 I spent Easter at home with a sick Aliza, but the other kids had a great morning, other than the fact that I made them wear dresses. :)

This amazing young girl turned 9 the next morning.  Nate and I had a blast making her gift of a homemade marbles game board, made to match the one my Dad made for our family, and that also served as the template for the one my brother made for his family.  Keeping the tradition alive!
 We took some dear friends to Tuttle Creek park...
 to paint...
...and grill out.
 Then home for chocolate cake with chocolate frosting with chocolate chips and marshmallows on top.
 And post cake was a late night viewing of Star Wars Episode 1.
We are so very thankful for this sweet bunch of kids that celebrated Josie with us!

Mar 28, 2017

Summit and other happenings...

 Birthday dinner for Angie and I with dear friends!  We love Happy Valley. :)
The girls' friend wrote a play and the kids were able to practice lines, put together costumes and props, reserve a stage, add music (Malia), and perform their show in the middle of tornadic weather.
Dez's birthday!
 Painting the gorgeous "worm moon" we had a few weeks ago.
And what is becoming our annual trip to Summit!  This year, Aliza and Ezra came along.  They did awesome, I can't believe how well the trip there and back went.  It totally helped to have Nate's parents caravaning with us. 
Nate's birthday.
The ride home involved an accident and the 8th seat in our new van (Clifford :) getting used.
No one was hurt, our friends van was totaled (which has a happy thing), and the everyone traveled great even considering the full vehicles.
 Summit was a sweet time of connecting with God, friends, and students.  We are grateful for the opportunity to go!

Feb 22, 2017

Applesauce, Running Stitch, and Valentines Day

I taught FACS class this block at co-op.  Here we have a little running stitch practice for the K-1 class.  And some applesauce making for the 2-3 graders.
 Park weather in February!
Plenty of indoor time too.
 Pie-making with friends (me not involved at all.)
  My birthday gift from Josie.
 Valentines Dinner with the ladies and kids!