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Archive of ‘everyday life’ category


I always find it funny how our natural progression of our week always fits the PTM themes. Even this week.

We did a little off-roading of our own during the race on Friday. Thom in the car, and Molly out of it. ­čśë She climbed to the top of this huge rock, sat down, and declared herself winner of the race. (This weeks portrait theme was copycat/it’s a sign)
14/52/Portrait - Race to the top of the rock!

The life theme for week 14 is “What home means to me.” And even though we are traveling and away from home we always bring home with us. A couple nights ago, Molly fell asleep on our bed while we were getting ready to settle in for the night. Marcus must have caught a glimpse of her and thought he needed to join in. As he snuggled himself under her arm and drifted off to sleepy land, I chuckled, knowing I had my photo. <3 14/52/Life - Right at home.

13/52/2013: Traveling, again.

This week brought us to a lovely cabin right outside Moab, Utah. There, along with the inn keeper, his wife and their 18 month old son, lived this sweet girl. Petting the puppy.
Marcus immediately fell in love with her. “She’s so soft!” and “Aww! She’s cute.” were words he frequently said over the course of our stay.

They played and ran together.
13/52/Life - Chase that puppy!

…and when he dreamed, I’m pretty sure it was of her.
13/52/Portrait - Dreaming about puppies.

Ah, the little joys of a boy and (not) his puppy. What can be cuter?

12/52/2013 {aka Molly’s Awesome Unicorn Rainbow Birthday Party}

12/52/Life - Happy 6th Birthday, Molly.

We celebrated Molly’s 6th birthday yesterday rainbow style.
All Rainbow'ed up!

We had rainbow snacks…
Rainbow Snacks

and unicorn rose cake…
Rose Unicorn Rainbow Cake

that happened to be {all naturally dyed} rainbow on the inside.
All Natural Rainbow Cake

A special friend of mine made her a doll in her favorite color of the rainbow… PURPLE!
Her face tells the whole story.

…and you know that doll I’ve been working on?
Mommy made waldorf inspired doll.

She and Molly both wore rainbow knitted dresses {that I’ve also been working on}…
Opening her doll.

Now they match Sheepie quite well.
12/52/Portrait - A perfect match.

All in all, I’d say it was a pretty awesome {and colorful} day. I think Molly would agree.
A pretty awesome day.

*These photos include this week’s 52. If you want to see specifically which ones ­čśë click over to my flickr set to see.*


If you couldn’t tell already, spring time is the time for Birthdays in my home. First comes Marcus’ then Thom’s followed by Molly’s and rounding out with Thomas’. This week was Thom’s turn. His birthday was this past Thursday. The kids love parties, so we use birthdays to really do it up.

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Thomas even learned how to play “Happy Birthday” on the piano and played along {which was quite appropriate, considering this week’s life photo theme just happened to be play} while we brought out the cake.
11/52/Life - Playing "Happy Birthday" to Daddy.

Which means that since Friday, it’s Molly’s birthday prep time. Which also means that I’ve been sewing. She wanted a doll this year for her present.
Planning out Molly's birthday doll. She wants her to have a matching knitted dress to wear. <3
Yes, I know. Creepy if you are not a doll maker. Lol.
Day 1; progress.
Doll progress!!
Body sewn. She needs clothes, but I'm not sure Molly will give her back to me to finish!
Which is also coincidentally perfect for this week’s portrait photo theme of anticipation.

11/52/Portrait - She's Almost Ready!She is so excited about her new doll that she hardly will put her down long enough for me to finish her, as evidenced by her having to hold her last night, sans her matching knitted dress. Oh yeah, remember that rainbow dress that I’m making for Molly? Her doll is getting one too.
Knitting away!

Better get back to it! T-minus 6 days until her birthday party!

Marcus’ Third Birthday [aka 10/52/2013}

Truck Cake!

Happy Birthday To Marcus!

Well, it’s finally happened. My baby boy is THREE! Eeks. At least this week’s theme is “Change” because the idea of Marcus being 3 will take a bit of getting used to.
10/52/Life - Blowing out the candles.

One thing that certainly hasn’t changed is this boy’s love of trucks.
It's always time for trucks.

Or this boy’s love of cake.
10/52/Portrait - Get in my belly!
I took some artistic liberty with the theme of “entrance” for my portrait photo this week. That food certainly cannot enter his belly fast enough.

Happy Birthday, Marcus. I wish you happy truck dreams tonight, and every night.
Woah! 30th Anniversary Grave Digger!

President’s Week {aka 8/52/2013}

Presidents' Week Trays
We had lots of fun with presidents’ week, and it gave us an opportunity to work on our coin skills, since they happen to feature many of them.

Branches of the US Government.The kids made a tree featuring the three branches of our government and sorted who’s involved in and the responsibilities of each branch.

While we were talking about our country, I thought it was a great time to introduce the nesting geography blocks I made up.

They started out life as these. I spray painted them and drew up silhouettes on my computer and used my vinyl cutter to make the geography decals.
Geography Nesting Blocks

Molly played with them for hours on end all week, building and stacking and nesting.
Nesting Geography

While we are on the topic of building, we learned about simple structures and Molly decided to demonstrate a load bearing post and lintel construction that she came up with.
Post and Lintel

Followed by some excellent presidential poetry. {disclaimer: Thomas doesn’t think that the president is a snake or an egg, they are just words that he thought of that started with those letters and that he could spell on his own. ;)}
Presidential Poetry

I made up these US Currency Nomenclature Cards to help the kids conceptualize some features of our coins. They actually had a great time working these together, which was unexpected and lovely. {psst, download them for yourself below!}
US Currency Nomenclature Cards
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US Currency Nomenclature Cards

We also conducted the “Many Penny Experiments“. We discussed what solution would make a penny look the newest. I even threw in ketchup, which they thought was hyesterical, which also turned out to work smashingly well. ­čśë
The Many Penny Experiments.

We baked cupcakes and sang happy birthday to George Washington on Friday. He would have been 281 years old.
Singing Happy Birthday and blowing out the candles.
8/52/Portrait - Happy Birthday, Mr. President!
Happy Birthday, Mr. President. {We are not only home free, but we are full of surprises with our reigniting candles.}


This week was a challenging one.

My most┬ácooperative┬ámodel was really sick this week {it was her turn, first Marcus was sick, then me, then Thom, then Thomas and well, she was the final holdout. It’s been over a month of sickness around here, eeks, it’s really been tough.} Although she’s been a real trooper about it, every time the shutter went click Molly went *cough*. Not a pretty picture does that make. ­čśë

Fortunately, Thomas has been on the mend, so he has been most smiley.
Immersed in schoolwork
The theme for this week’s life photo is “Negative Space”. I had an unusually hard time choosing. I almost went with the photo above, because the negative space around Thomas really tells the story. I felt like it wasn’t enough negative┬áthough, as it had A LOT going on around him, so out that went.

Then came this shot…Bench Hiding
Thomas was hiding from me to take his photo, and was laughing and giggling under his hood, but well… remember how I said the last one didn’t have enough negative going on? Yeah, not a problem here… lol… but not the “negative space” I was going for exactly.

Park Magic
Finally, enter this weeks 52 – “Negative Space”. The sun was in just the right position behind him and it really captures Thomas.

7/52/Portrait - ┬┐Tienes naranjas?
This week’s portrait photo, brought to you by SpeekeeTV. No, no… they didn’t sponsor it or anything, lol, but they did make it all possible.

Indirectly, of course.

The kids have been LOVING SpeekeeTV and are currently obsessed with the song ┬┐Tienes manzanas? {Do you have apples?}.┬áThey like to bring out their play food when they watch it, and offer up the different fruits as Lupi and Dino ask for them. The theme for this week’s portrait 52 is “connected”, and they most certainly are.


Happy Valentine’s Day {aka: Valentine Unit Study, Part 2}

Valentine week continued with the kids awaking to a clothesline alphabet and silent-e matching.
Clothesline Alphabet

Changing words with the silent-e.

We did some probability and graphing of sweetheart candy colors.
Probability, sweetheart style

Sweetheart Graphing

We watched SpeekeeTV and the kids offered up manzanas, pi├▒as and naranjas during their favorite Do you have apples? song.
┬┐Tienes naranjas?

Then kids did some spanish worksheets and practiced with valentine words using Read, Build, Write cards while I made a special valentine lunch, and then they made gigantic valentine cards for daddy.
iPhone pics from the day

They also honed our map reading skills, made snow, and had more fun with their valentine and not valentine trays and shelves.
Making "snow"

Tray fun.

Shelf fun.

Lately, here’s how the end of our school day looks:

Excuse me while I go and dance with them… Apparently, it’s party time.


This week’s life photo theme was “Good Morning” caused me to break out my camera when I first awoke. On Saturday morning, that meant ipod time.
Morning iPod fun.
I even got caught taking a shot by Marcus, who was cooperating nicely.
I was caught with my camera!
While all that fun was going on in my room, Thomas was sound asleep in the boys’ room.
6/52/Life - He quietly sleeps. {or at least he's pretending to quite quietly}6/52/Life – He quietly sleeps. {or at least he’s pretending to quite quietly} – Theme: Good Morning!

Well, more accurately… Thomas pretend slept and giggled the entire time I snapped shots.

I suppose my portrait shot this week is more about life than I would like it to be, and more specifically about getting older.
6/52/Portrait - Bionic Woman6/52/Portrait – Bionic Woman – Theme: Strength.

My knee has been bugging me for months now, and seeing how it’s really not possible for me to stay off of it all that much and take it easy, Thom bought me this lovely brace to help along the healing.

Nothing says I love you quite like an old lady arthritic knee brace. ­čśë