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Raising Litterateurs {aka… my kids LOVE books!}

Every time Autumn comes rolling in, I feel a need to evaluate our curricula. Seeing what is working for us, and what we’d rather do without, is a vital part of keeping our homeschooling not only educational, but fun. This year, we took a modified summer approach to our schooling, choosing one day a week to cover the “essentials”, we really were able to fully emerge in the topic of the day {my favorite being a tie between History Fridays and Nature Wednesdays}. Another thing that I discovered is that, although we chose to focus on just one topic each day, reading time every day was solidly carved into our lives and we would naturally gravitate towards ‘quiet time’ and story telling to one another, especially when the kids recieved a new book. These two realizations are what brings me to this post.


When I sat down to see what we loved day to day, and what the kids naturally gravitated to, the answer was clear… BOOKS. More more often than not? Usborne books. From our history lessons to our free reading time. When learning about how our body works to exploring the world atlas, the resources we reached for time and again was our Usborne books!


This massively awesome pile or reference books is just the ones we’ve used in the last week. So when it came time to order up some new resources for school time this August, when we started back at full schedule homeschooling, I decided not only to order, but to sign up to be a consultant myself. I cannot explain how exciting this all has been for everyone in my home. We cannot wait to share our favorite books and show you how we incorporate them into our day to day.  Be sure to follow along with me here and if you really want to get in on some fun specials and secret insider {think me being silly with all the kids on FB live} join my litterateur group on Facebook!

Christmas Card Outtakes

It’s that time of year again! The taking of photos and the making into cards.

  

Inevitably, some of those photos don’t end up making the cut. 3R3A8749-Edit-Edit

It’s always so hard to choose though, as {well I think} these kids just can’t take a bad photo!3R3A8827-Edit 

Here’s to this year’s outtakes.  I’m hoping by sharing them here, they get to spread a bit of happiness all the same. ❤️

Happy Halloween 2015

The whole gang is here.
The kids decided October 1st that they all wanted to be characters from Adventure Time, so off sewing I went!

Princess Bubblegum
Molly as Princess Bubblegum.

BMO Happy
Thomas as BMO. (BMO… HAPPY!)

Backpack ready
Marcus as Finn the Human.

This year, I decided to add knitting to my repertoire, because… well… bananas!
Finn the Human

Princess Bubblegum

In character

BMO

Happy Halloween!
Adventure Time

Main Bathroom Redo!

When we moved in a bit over a year ago, the bathroom looked like this. Lovely lighthouse wallpaper, shower door fun, and wonderful woody accents.

At the time, I thought, “No biggie. The wallpaper can come down, and the shower door can come down, and a bit of paint, and we’ll call it good.” Unfortunately, something else came down that we didn’t plan on… See that huge mirror? Yeah, turns out that not only was it not glued to the wall, but after Thomas took a shower one day and closed the door behind him, we all heard a large crash to the floor, the anchor screws literally just fell out of the wall. With it, it claimed the sinks, cracking one of them in half as it came tumbling down. 

Thom installed new sinks for us, and hung some new (securely fastened) mirrors, and we replaced the light fixture, removed the shower doors, (and swapped out the toilet seat for a lovely white painted wood seat), but that’s where the successful DIY updating ended. The wallpaper was not a cooperative coming down as the mirror had been. Upon diving into it, there was not one, but three layers of wallpaper and various paint jobs between each layer, causing the wall itself to just come crumbling after it in patches once I did get to the final layer, and if that wasn’t enough the tub spout started to drip. By the start of this week, that drip turned into a full on steady stream of HOT water, complete with heating up the shower handle in the process, making the whole thing not very kid friendly and needing to go. (Plus the wall behind it was caved in a bit too, so we were starting to worry about permanent water damage to the floor and walls). 

Time to call in a professional to help us out. <3 We interviewed three contractors and the one we chose was a clear winner for both Thom and I. Since starting this week, he has been so professional and neat that our instincts seem to have been proven correct. We couldn’t be any happier with how it’s all been progressing.

Since the main bathroom is out of commission, all the kids have been piled into our little master bath, but I think our system has worked out so far! It’s not something I’d want as a permanent setup, but we all are working together to get this done as smoothly as possible. 

Here’s a little taste of what we are going for in that space. I’m so excited to see it all finished, and will be back here next weekend to update you all on how it’s shaping up as well. For now, I leave you with this week’s progress. 

In just four short (okay long) days, here’s where we are at. All the fixtures and walls have come out, and new electric (including an new awesome shower light in the ceiling), also the plumbing is in, complete with a DEEP soaking tub that our amazing contractor figured out how to make the deeper and wider tub fit into our modest space. I cannot wait to use it!

Slinky racing.

The elves today started a slinky race.

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Complete with Elva’s best ChaCha impression. 20131224-085038.jpg

Slinkys are fun.

Cookies for Santa!

The elves noticed that it’s the day before Christmas Eve and we haven’t baked a single cookie!!

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We quickly fixed that and made several batches for good measure.

The obligatory tree bokeh post.

Well, it was inevitable that this post would come. In case you were waiting for it, a christmas tree bokeh was made just for you. If not? Well, enjoy it anyway.51/52/Life - Tree Bokeh

Speaking of enjoying, we saw Scrooge the Musical last night. The kids really had fun with it.
Seeing Scrooge, The Musical with the two older kids. :)

In trying to make Thomas not fake pose smile at me, I sang him a little “I Hate People“…
51/52/Portrait - Doing his best Scrooge impression.
Which resulted in a couple awesome Scrooge inspired faces. lol…

Happy almost Christmas! Three days to go!!

…oh and in case you were wondering?

ELF-PONG!!

Come on baby, let’s do the twist.

The elves brought a gift of twister to the kids today. Marcus was the most excited about it, and was actually quite good at contorting his little body in all the twist moves. “Look mommy! I a pretzel!”

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