Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Fall Weekend

The weather was great and we enjoyed a few fall activities this weekend. On Friday evening we took the kids to a pumpkin forest, pumpkins are layed out in the woods, to pick a pumpkin. I was hoping for small pumpkins but all of them were huge. Above is Anjali picking her "punkin" as she likes to call it.
Our attempt to get them together. Hmm, I'll say it was a pretty good one, they're fast these days and don't enjoy sitting still for any length of time.
I love this, Vaishali saying "it big". She is Momma's bionic baby. No pictures of Jacob, I guess he's too big for pumpkin patch pictures. He did however, pick out the biggest pumpkin he could find, of course. This year we're not going to carve our pumpkins. For one thing we just don't have the time and they don't last very long. Jacob and I will be painting the pumpkins this week and that way the girls can enjoy them too.
On Saturday night we watched Zookeeper; a movie we've been eagerly waiting for. Today we finished our fall weekend with a nice cool weather lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup and pumpkin bread for dessert. I do love fall but I can't wait for the Christmas season!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

School Days

Jacob hard at work on math, his favorite subject.

The girls have been working a lot on colors and counting. Here they're sitting in their high chairs working with counting bears while brother sits at the kitchen table doing math. The girls can count perfectly 1-10 and know most of the ABC song.

Awww would you just look at my new tutu and my adorable pig tails.
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Vaishali's tutu. She enjoys posing for pictures.
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Can you see it? That is a humming bird that got stuck in our garage. The poor thing kept hitting it's head up against the ceiling trying to get out and Nesh had to come help it out. Every once in a while we see one come to our humming bird feeder by the deck but they flutter away so quickly. I think they're beautiful.
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Petting Zoo

Last weekend we found this great little petting zoo about 30 minutes from home. Since Bubby was home for the weekend we wanted to go out and took all of the kids there. The girls LOVED it! Recently they're so into saying all of the animals and the sounds they make. This happens to be one of the favorites, the "moo cows".  And yes they are sporting Carolina Panthers jerseys. They are after all Carolina girls, so cute!
This place was really cool and many of the animal were not caged. The deer were just out roaming around and were not affraid to walk up to you.
I have always been pretty freaked out by deer but surprisingly these were walking right along side us and didn't bother me.

Felt Story Board

Last week I made this felt story board for a Language and Literature project. I made the board by using a piece of foam core board wraped in a large piece of felt with hot glue. Next, I made these story board pieces to go along with the story called The Little Story of Babaji. Well actually I can't draw stick figures so I had my very artistic dear husband draw them and then I cut them out. The requirments for the project was that it was from a diffrent culture and I chose this story because the setting is in India and I can use this with my girls a little later to retell the story. Now I'm dreaming up all kinds of other stories that I can make flannel story pieces for. I'm sure Nesh will be so excited.
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Fall Morning

Ahh, the weather has been so nice and we've been enjoying some time outside. It wasn't time for lunch yet and the girls were busy playing on the deck so we had our morning snack outside picnic style.
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Lately Anjali's favorite thing to do is color. Here we are coloring an old box that they also love to hide in. She also colored a FEW other things on the deck, sorry daddy!
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Costume Review

Fall is officially here and Halloween and fall festivals are coming fast. Even though my boys are 15 and 12 they still love to dress up in costumes this time of year. This month I'm doing a review of children's costumes. I like this site for costumes because it has everything you're looking for this time of year and even more than that I like the historical costumes which can be great learning tools for home educators. I chose this pilgrim boy costume for Jacob to use during Thanksgiving time for our history unit. To my surprise he actually thinks it's pretty cool and is looking forward to making up a skit to go along with our unit for Thanksgiving day.
Colonial Boy Child Costume He still hasn't decided which costume he wants to wear for our church fall festival at the end of the month but the website makes it easy to chose a category of costumes to look at every time he changes his mind.