Brooke’s Last Day of School Picnic!

For the last day of school families could come have a picnic with the students. I took the kids and some food and we sat out burning to death in the heat. haha. But it was fun! I got to meet Brooke’s best friend and her family and the kids got popsicles at the end so it was practically the best day of their lives 😉

After the picnic we got to go say goodbye to Brooke’s teacher and visit the book fair.


It was the last day of the book fair and the sale was buy one get one free so we got a bunch of books 🙂
As if the day wasn’t fun enough we got ice cream cones before going home! Geez! Now that’s how you do a last day of school!

Brooke’s First Day at Antelope Trails!

After so much talking and considering Brooke starts school again here in Colorado. This is a month ago now so she’s adjusted and everything is going great!! I wish so much I would’ve taken the time to research more last November and moved her into this school rather than homeschooling. Her other school, The Da Vinci Academy was horrible. The worst school I’ve ever been to (for a million reasons) and it was critical that we get her out of there.  photo 443eresized_zps8gg8c3mw.jpg photo 444eresized_zps7gczqck3.jpg

Late to School

We were running late to school that day.  photo 126eresized_zpsbc1c8c32.jpg

Since we were late despite my best efforts I took a picture before heading into the school to sign Brooke in.  photo 142eresized_zps36eac54c.jpg

Ember hurt herself on the way back to the car so we bandaged her up once home.  photo 146eresized_zps24293d7c.jpg photo 154eresized_zps3b3655f4.jpg photo 158eresized_zpsb1fc2c22.jpg photo 159eresized_zps7ea80ade.jpg

Sometimes we do formal school first thing but most of the time we ease into it. We started our day off with a game of Tenzi this day.  photo 168eresized_zps48359b34.jpg photo 175cloneeresized_zps97df10c0.jpg

Everett had fun watching from my lap.  photo 177eresized_zps522314cf.jpg

And by watching I mean lunging for the dice. ha  photo 182eresized_zpse5f019d7.jpg

Everett doesn’t crawl just yet but can get anywhere in the room he wants to by rolling.  photo 189eresized_zps4a32005f.jpg photo 193eresized_zps3adb7066.jpg photo 194eresized_zps6d4946e7.jpg

I put my camera under the table set up with the timer to take these. Everett LOVES cameras so went for it.  photo 195eresized_zps9931fc23.jpg

Later in the day I did a little twist do in Ember’s hair. And she took it out immediately. Thanks, Ember.  photo 200eresized_zps84c63254.jpg

Cleaned up the kitchen! photo 009eresized_zps4311a491.jpg

Tuckered out after a long day!  photo 001eresized_zpsf9c0fc6c.jpg photo 002eresized_zpse8232c4b.jpg

The Very Normal Little Parts of Life

DISHES. D I S H E S. Dishes, dishes, dishes, and more and more and more dishes.  photo 264eresized_zps6f893d3b.jpg

Baby playing. Baby toys.  photo 272eresized_zps11be6586.jpg photo 279eresized_zps7cbc87aa.jpg photo 281eresized_zpsf9e8bcf0.jpg

Paper, markers, crayons, scissors, tape, glue, scraps… all day every day.  photo 285eresized_zpsb37bb3f0.jpg photo 287eresized_zps1caf67b5.jpg

Binkies. Lots of binkies. Mostly giraffe Wubbunubs but also some lone binkies.  photo 304eresized_zps86b3afd7.jpg photo 318eresized_zps3db9f35a.jpg

Brooke’s school decides to start charging for bus rides. $1 each. So we now drop off and pick up exclusively. This day was a roooough day so we got Taco Bell before heading to the school. We got there early and Sierra and Payson sat on the grass outside the school eating their tacos.  photo 327eresized_zps1e92f42f.jpg photo 333eresized_zps1e9cdcb0.jpg

Grabby baby hands. Everett’s in the lunge-for-everything-he-sees phase. Doesn’t matter what it is, where it is, he wants it!  photo 344eresized_zpsa35d289e.jpg

First Day of Homeschool 2014

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Brooke arrived home on the bus right as we were taking these.  photo 357eresized_zpsa4b64fe1.jpg

She wanted some time with her baby brother.  photo 370e2resized_zpsb57e0900.jpg photo 378e2resized_zps5cda36c0.jpg photo 383bwresized_zps610a0ba7.jpg photo 391eresized_zpsc0d945bc.jpg

Back inside Ember played with her lamb pillow set.  photo 422eresized_zps313c8500.jpg photo 434bwresized_zps44269cd9.jpg

And Everett cried and cried and cried so finally I stuck him in a box by me at the sink so I could get a load of dishes done. This weirdo kid LOVES being in boxes! haha  photo 003eresized_zpsc317f06e.jpg

I managed to get dinner ready… I think this was one of the first real dinners I made in our new rentals.  photo 016eresized_zps23b35e1f.jpg

And I stared at our new view and felt really happy.  photo 020eresized_zpsf9065492.jpg

Brooke’s First Day of School!

Brooke was so excited! She wasn’t nervous this time around to start school! We looked around a bit, paid for her lunches, met her teacher, and then she was off to class!
I’m so proud of her and how brave she is being… this is her fourth school she’s attended in 2014. I can’t wait until we move to our forever home (hopefully next year) and she feels secure and stable in her school situation!  photo blog01_zps0467f9fc.jpg

Gah, isn’t she so gorgeous?! photo blog02_zps21781444.jpg photo blog03_zps55d6b5c0.jpg

Last Days of School, Teacher Pictures!

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For memory’s sake:
Everett was very sick and on antibiotics for an ear infection during that last bit of school and I didn’t want to go into the school if I didn’t absolutely have to… to avoid him being exposed to germs. So I sent the point and shoot camera with Brooke and she got all of these photos taken. She took Sierra and Payson’s and had a fellow classmate take one of her and her teacher. I’m so happy to have these pictures and proud of Brooke for responsibly taking them!

Brooklyn’s Rendezvous Project!

Brooklyn’s big project at the end of the year was to make a presentation about an event in Colorado’s history. They had a list to choose from and Brooke chose the rendezvous. I’d never even heard about it before though it was such a big thing in the early 1800s! She taught me a lot about it.

I was stressed out of my mind the week she was making her project from other things going on but decided to help her out a lot anyway. I spent quite a few hours and even more dollars on this presentation and diagram with her but it was worth it because she was so proud.
I wish I could have given her more attention about the finished product but sadly I wasn’t as involved or attentive as I should’ve been. It’s a busy, chaotic time in our lives and I suck at giving quality attention to the older kids when the little kids are stressing me out. I need to work on that a lot!  photo 049eresized_zps89713e3a.jpg

I randomly remembered to take a couple of snaps of the work in progress diagram and I’m glad I did because it’s fun to look back now on the process!  photo 051eresized_zpse17dcda7.jpg

The finished product!
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Honestly I’m so proud of Brooke and how seriously she took her project!! I need to bring it up again tomorrow and tell her about how proud I am and maybe even let her present it again. She had wanted me to buy candy for her to pass out to her classmates when they answered questions right at the end of the presentation and I never remembered to buy candy. Maybe I’ll give her some to pass out to her siblings when they answer the questions!  photo blog06_zps2f0faa3e.jpg photo 077eresized_zpsde710c82.jpg

I’m making myself sound like a much worse mother than I am about this! haha. I was involved and gave her attention. It’s just as a mother of five and having your attention pulled in that many directions, it feels like far less than I would like to give!  photo 079eresized_zps9ba3ce52.jpg