School Picnic and Performance!

Today was Sierra, Payson, and Ember’s bring your own picnic and watch the kids perform event. They passed out awards, had all the grade levels perform songs, dances, poems, and play instruments, and also passed out the kids’ yearbooks to sign.

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The school passed out popsicles.

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I snapped a few pictures during the performances, they’re weird on the blog just because I blurred out everyone else’s faces. But my kiddos show. haha

After all the school kids performed it was time to get yearbooks and just hang out. The kids had fun playing around the school grounds.

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Sierra and Ember showed me where their part of the school art projects were.

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And then Sierra, Payson, and Ember showed me their art work in the building.

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It was such a fun time. I had wished it was after school so Brooklyn could have been there but she didn’t mind missing it anyway she said. I missed her being there, though.

Here was a group shot I took before we went home. I love that the three kids who went to the school this last year have their yearbooks in hand 🙂

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Blog Struggles and Complaints.

I’m having a really hard time dealing with the formatting on my blog lately. I don’t know if wordpress did some updates or something but one day I noticed that two years of my blog photos are just not showing up at all. I spent a little time searching for solutions but quickly gave up. I don’t have time to mess around with a blog. I used to, but I don’t anymore. I have zero patience and desire to fight with something.

It used to work, JUST WORK! Ugh.

That’s why I haven’t been blogging. I get massive motivation to, I feel like it again, I have hundreds of photos edited and resized and ready to go and I open my wordpress site and start adding photos and trying to type and it’s just a total MESS. I HATE it. And being busy and having this JUST be a hobby means that the second there is a struggle and it looks like total crap after the effort of uploading and writing… it takes the wind totally out of my sails and I angrily shut the web window and tell myself, “Forget it, just go make chatbooks and social books from your other social media accounts.” And that’s exactly what I do and it works fine, I have our life documented in books in our apartment for us to flip through, yay for that, BUT I genuinely like looking through photos and stories on my blog. My old blogging is entertaining to me. I LOVE being able to go to the search bar and type in a keyword I’m looking for and find the photos and stories in literally two seconds! “Ember’s birth…” boom, Ember’s birth. “Sierra’s first foot doctor appointment…” boom, first doctor visit to look at Sierra’s toe walking.

I’m mad at my blog. I wish I had time to invest in figuring out code better but I can’t and I’m just plain old sad about it.

(Here are some random photos, just so this isn’t 100% complaining. haha)

We used dots and toothpicks to make things, just like we did in 2016. (That link perfectly shows how some of my photos just disappeared. Grr)

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These were for school when we were learning about colonial times. Hornbooks. Colonial children used them to learn from.009efbblog

I thought I already posted these next photos, if I did, sorry. I traced the kids’ bodies on a large roll of paper and they’re drawing and coloring their organs and body parts for science.011efbblog017efbblog020efbblog026efbblog

Library Trip!

We went to the library to load up on books! I follow Sarah Mackenzie at Read Aloud Revival mostly because she’s so cheerful I feel inspired with positivity any time she posts, and I finally got around to printing out one of her book lists to bring to the library and we’ve read the books already and LOVED them so I’m an even bigger fan now and highly suggest following her and checking out her book lists! Even if you aren’t obsessed with books, she’s just so fun to follow on instagram, so cheerful!

We love the library so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These were the first ones we read. So fun! (We’ve already owned/read I Want My Hat Back, Rosie’s Walk, and Turtle Splash but checked them out anyway!) 

Remember when I was such an organized blogger?

I would have a complete list (with links!) for you about all the plans I have for Everett’s preschool this year. I’d have a schedule and so many feelings to share and maybe encourage with.

Now I’m like… hey, I did a boatload of research for Everett’s preschool and found a perfect fit and I love it so much but all I can muster to share is this picture of maybe 1/4 of the books and say, maybe you’d like these? Maybe google the titles and buy them? Or not, money’s tight. But they’re great books!

BUT I did link ALL of the foundation of what I’m using in the curriculum tab at the top of my blog!! Maybe I’m not light years away from my old blogging self after all?

But seriously… if you can find these books you and your kids would probably love them. Me and my kids love them 🙂

The odds and ends post.

The kids having hot chocolate with whipped cream and watching Elf.


 
I went with Ember, Everett, and Lyla to buy the big kids’ Christmas presents. One of the stores we shopped at was Barnes and Noble. We had a blaaaast!


 
Payson and Everett draw on the white board a lot. Everett looks mad in this photo but he wasn’t at all, just turned to look at the last minute and was caught half looking.

 
What homeschool looked like this day.

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Allan left to go hiking with Kevin this week. It’s just me and the kids. Here are pictures from that first day.
 
Early morning, me and the girls watched Good Mythical Morning together.


 
Lyla breastfed and slept in my arms.

 
And then woke up.

 
And spent some time with her big sisters.


 
And played with magna tiles.

 
And cuddled with mom.

 
Payson pretended to talk on a phone.


 
He was really into this face he was doing. haha!


 
We went to Costco to stock up on food for the week.


 
Lyla had a huge blowout diaper in the car so I used the stroller to hold her in hopes that the fact that she was only in a diaper would be less noticeable.

 
Everett brings Blue Blue everywhere we go.

 
The way he eats his pizza if I don’t cut it is so cute.


 
Lyla was really cranky at this point because she wanted me to hold her but I didn’t want to stand up with her in a diaper for everyone to look at so I let her climb in the stroller while I watched her. She liked that.


 
Before heading home.



 
When we got home Sierra worked on her school work.