The weeks seem to rush by in such a blur. I’ve made a commitment to be more present in my life, and when I join in the fun and become a part, things go so fast that I barely have time to breathe. And when we do stop and breathe, it’s usually because we’re watching My Little Ponies.
Sometimes, I’ll be so busy with one of the big kids that the little kids (or the dog) will take the opportunity to destroy another room of the house. For example, they threw all the stuffed animals and blankets off of the bunk beds one day this week. When I went in there, prepared to be very stern, Owlet piped up and excitedly said, “Ellie being bad! Ellie being bad!” Who could be stern in the face of so much cuteness?
What was I doing with the big kids at the time? Attempting to make a chickee with dowels. It’s a little lopsided and it needs a sleeping platform. Also, I had to help a whole lot more than I had anticipated. Now I know why we usually build with popsicle sticks. Still, the kids are very excited about it, and they’re hoping to make corn cob dolls and pots and stuff for their house soon.
We worked on another long and overly complicated Seminole Indian project this week. We made hominy. Seriously. We started with popcorn kernels, soaked them overnight, and then boiled them for hours. After that, we had to take all the dried kernel casing off the hominy before we could heat it up again and eat it. Even Firecracker said it was delicious though. Maybe it’s because he put so much work into it.
I couldn’t leave the little kids out. Even though they helped a little bit with the hominy, we make our own food craft this week too. Monkey loved dipping his own “Monkey bites” into chocolate and putting sprinkles all over them.
Monkey also spent the better part of his week putting together Mr. Potato Heads. He’s come up with many, many different creations this week.
Monkey, Rose and Owlet also made these cute little zoo animal paper plate crafts that I got at the Dollar Tree. There were three crafts in each dollar pack. You can’t beat three colorful crafts for a dollar Also, Firecracker finished his origami art book. He might find a little more origami stuff in his stocking at Christmas, but I haven’t really decided yet. It would be nice to get him another instruction book and some origami paper.
Rose was also very busy this week with her shell impressions. We had cast imprints of seashells using this kit that I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby. Then we painted them, and took pictures. Of course, Rose had to sneak in a self-portrait too while she had my camera.
We also did a little science experiment this week that we found in the teacher guide to the rain drop booklet we found online and read a couple of weeks ago. You’re supposed to heat up the water underneath a cookie sheet and then have ice on top of the cookie sheet. The steam you sent up should “rain” down back into the water. That would have been really cool, but it didn’t happen for us. The best we got is water beading that I’m not sure that you can see in the picture.
We also took a quick detour into China this week. We remembered the great wall and built our own version with pillows and stuffed animals. It was a great place to have lunch and snacks that afternoon.
We also studied the Chinese character for righteousness and learned that this character is composed of “lamb” and “me” and looks like “lamb over me.” Isn’t it great to find God’s plan hidden everywhere?
Of course, no week would be complete without random toddler and puppy shots. The little kids paint, color and play all day long, and they fall asleep in the strangest places. The dog eats paintbrushes, pencils and crayons, plays all day and also falls asleep in the strangest places. Plus, the toddlers keep trying to ride him like a horse. However, I was too busy reprimanding toddlers to take pictures of them trying to ride the dog
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
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