was so quiet today. he perhaps has a bit of a cold and wanted to spend some time resting. yes, he actually went into his bed for a few moments. but now, he is outside playing in leaves. so there you go....
and he also sincerely likes Ella's best friend, Keturah, but somehow manages to pick on her constantly when she is there. so i think he REALLY likes her. hmmm.....
we took food over to her mother after she had surgery and brought Keturah back home so she could visit Girl Scouts with Ella last night. it was a great time for Ella and Keturah to spend with each other. i managed to bake cookies as well, something i don't do regularly, because i do not wish to EAT THEM ALL. plus, i hate cleaning up after baking. but, pumpkin cookies are just delish. ella said i was the best food maker she knows. that says lots because she has grandmothers!!!!!
little Will David, well he isn't sooooo really little anymore. he's two TOMORROW! but we had a party at Chuck E. Cheese for him on Sunday. Elmo themed. He loves Elmo. and all his new little toys. This coming Sunday we will celebrate WD's and his cousins second birthday as well at Rich's parents' house for that side of the family.
some words from WD:
pretty (said in high pitched voice and then a great pause...) mama
mar mar lo (marshmallow)
abby and ella are names he says perfectly
and so many more every day. just love him to pieces. he's certainly so sweet and so smart.
and ella is a darling big sister to them both. that's a big job...she gets picked upon but loved as well. and her and keturah can comismerate together, because she has a younger brother and younger sister.
so as far as some creativity, here's another set of papers i just put in my etsy shop.
it looks like my days just allow me a few moments to spare for this type of fun, but it is a delightful few minutes. hoping for some time this weekend to work on actual scrapbooking, and other digital kit works.
oh! i really would like to update my blog with homeschooling news, although there's not much "new" news....we've been plugging away, and this is week 11. i have some major reorganizing to do of papers but looking forward to it. it's relaxing to me.
philip is reading better and better each day. he was doing an evaluation today, and the rest tomorrow, with phonics and has scored 100% so far. with Ella, i have doubled up her reading assignments because she completes them quickly and efficiently and 99% correctly. and with Buddy, his math is being double as well. so, i suppose that is going to mean so more book buying after Christmas, or perhaps end of January/beginning of February. this is called "loop scheduling" and will help with staggering homeschooling costs even if it sounds confusing to others. think of it as overlapping of grade/material. just going with the flow with each subject, depending on the student's abilities.
we excavated and found fossils, built an enchanted garden and more the past few weeks...and today we started learning about deserts. we kinda abandoned our geological excavating last week but need to finish that this week as well. these little hands on projects have really been fun for them.
for the desert topic i want to accomplish two fun projects- colored sand layering in a jar/bottle and another idea we read today in our book- making a polymer clay pendant signifying layers of the desert. so, a trip to the craft store will be in our near future.
i am thoroughly content with Ella's math abilities at the moment. i love how Philip is deciding he WANTS to learn when he wants to.
i am busy with my kids- that is what the Lord is giving me at this point in life to cherish and minister to. it's a constant learning process. and leaning on God for his wisdom and peace and love. i treasure my family, and am thankful for MY PARENTS who have given me sound examples of love, respect, and of God. truly, i am blessed.