Monday, February 13, 2017


RSV hit our house hard. It took down my little guy for over a week and he's still recuperating. W developed fever, wheezing, and a horrible cough... doctor diagnosed RSV and bronchiolitis. It ran through the house and took all of us down, but no one as hard as him. It's been a rough few weeks. 
Thank goodness for a great big sister....

....modern medicine....

....and comfy couches....

Sunday, February 12, 2017

AWANAS derby

A goes to AWANAS every week and loves it. They recently had their derby races. A had so much fun designing her car. 
She named it Meals on Wheels.
It was a wedge of cheese with two mice from her dad's fly tying kit. It was so AWESOME.
While it didn't win for speed, she did win 1st Place in the Design category!

 It was a great night with great friends. I love watching how she is blossoming and becoming more comfortable with herself in group settings.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Little W and Preschool

Oh man, it has been months since I posted. Life has gotten in the way. We moved to a new house, had Christmas, family to visit, my violin students had there recital.... well just life.
But I'm back and thought I would share what the little guy has been up to the last month.
We officially started our homeschool preschool at the beginning of January.
Look at that smile on his face!

He is so like his sister was at this age. Into everything, wanting to learn, reading sight words, and wanting to do school just like his big sister.

I found this letter game in the dollar section at Target and little W loves sounding out each letter and building words.

I picked up these musical instruments in a safari toob at Michaels and printed out some instrument cards for him to match. He's enjoying learning the names of all the instruments.

He's been sorting coins. We started with just pennies and quarters but have moved on to all coins.

I have a bunch of preK/K file folder games that he LOVES to work with although they are pretty easy, so I need to purchase some more difficult ones. He reminds me of how his big sister would fly through things at this age.

We are working on tracing. He loves the Usborne wipe clean books. He's definitely not where A was on writing at this age, but every kid is different and just like with her, I follow his lead.

We've been working on beginning letter sound. I love these felt letters from Target. They are so much fun to use.

Matching is such a huge activity for him right now. Here W is matching close up of animal skins to their matching animal.

I think we play this game "That's Not My Underpants" everyday. It is a total favorite in our house.

W is into finding letters in everything...lines, shadows, you name it.
He is even building letters with his cars.

W keeps himself pretty busy. Transferring activities are a lot of fun and we use pom poms a lot. LOL

I picked up some felt numbers at Target too, and W decided to put the correct number of pom poms on each one.

Sequencing with our wood bead set is always fun.

We are working on rhyming words and W is getting pretty good at it.

Puzzles are always fun. You can see big sister working on school work in the background.

W got a set of pattern blocks for Christmas and loves them.

I also made some pattern strips for him to use with them. I remember doing this activity with his big sister.

He pulled out the Qwirkle game that A and I play and decided to use the blocks to make patterns. 
I love how his little mind works.

Well that was a long update. I hope you enjoyed the peek into our life. I promise to keep up with the blog more. 
Tomorrow I will post about what A has been doing.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What we've been up to- homeschool part 1

Thought now was a good time to play catch up and focus on a few things A has done in school this year.
She wrote this research report on leaches after becoming interested in them from her online class.

We are using Build Your Library as our main curriculum this year, and this awesome book is part of the 8th grade curriculum.
Several sections are assigned each week and it opens up a new way of looking at math and mathematicians.

A read this section leading up to our study on Fibonacci....

...and then illustrated the story with her own comic.

After reading about both Fibonacci and the golden ratio...

...A graphed her on.

Stay tuned for more of what we've been up to!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Growing so fast

Little W is growing so fast. He's not a little baby anymore. Everyday he is more and more his own little person. He knows all his letters and their sounds, can count to 30, knows a few sight words, and is constantly exploring an on the go.

We had an exceptionally warm November day last week. The temperature soared to almost 70. The sun was out and A went fishing with dad. Little W and I took a walk and enjoyed the wonderful day.

So like his sister; he hates to stop long enough to get his picture taken, but I did manage to get a few.

This little guy makes me smile.

I love the beautiful sky. It's no wonder Montana is called "Big Sky Country". The Rocky Mountains on the horizon make my heart sing.

My little guy looks so grown up in this picture.

It was nice to have some one on one time with this little man.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Grasshopper dissection!

I am so glad we found Athena's Academy ! A absolutely loves the online classes she is taking this semester. She not only is exposed to so many new ideas and concepts, but she is retaining so much as well. She honestly can't say whether she likes Microbes or Comparative Invertebrate Anatomy more.

She does love the dissection labs in CIA though! Last week was her second lab and she dissected a grasshopper. Now let me tell you, that was tricky! Even thought this was a massive grasshopper in terms of grasshopper size, it's still a tiny creature. After examining the external structures, she removed the legs, wing coverings, and wings. Then she proceeded to cut away the exoskeleton while attempting to leave the muscular structure intact. That took quite a bit of patience. Once done, she was able to begin to remove the muscle structure and observe the internal organs. A very cool experience for a kid that has caught many a grasshopper over the years.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Tot school time!

I've been meaning to post this for so long. Little W and I are having so much fun doing tot school! He can even read some words now. I forget how amazing this age is. 

We spent a few weeks studying apples. We read The Apple Pie Tree....

...then we made apple stamps and painted an apple tree...

...and made apple prints!

We painted the word Apple too. W loves painting just like mom.

So much fun with this little guy!