And We’re Back

I have a love/hate relationship with blogging. I love reading peoples blogs and seeing what other families are doing in their homeschool. And I love the idea of sharing what we’re doing with family and friends and having a record for us, but I hate the actual writing of a blog post. I am just so bad at this. Oh well, practice makes perfect.

So, what’s been happening with us since last post. On Halloween my dh had a surgery that has had a very long recovery period (it’s been months and he’s still on a lot of pain!).  Thankfully my wonderful in-laws came over to help out for the first 2 weeks of his recovery. Then there was Thanksgiving, a visit from my eldest brother, Christmas, New Year’s, my father died, and on the same day as my father’s death we got the wonderful news that my sister, who has been fighting melanoma for several years, is officially in remission, and finally MBS turned 4. It’s been a very busy few months!

We did get schooling done during this time, some organized units and a lot more casual learning. Here are some highlights.

In October we had done eye drop painting of coffee filter leaves and in early November we made tree trunks from paining MBS’s arms and then made fall tree scenes with the leaves.

Carefully adding glue.
Carefully adding glue.
Our fall trees, mine pre-storm and MBS's after a windstorm had blown all the leaves down.
Our fall trees, mine pre-storm and MBS’s after a windstorm had blown all the leaves down.

We made snowflakes using masking tape and then painted over it. We liked this so much that it was the basis for our Christmas cards, though I soon got sick of making tiny snowflakes so most of the cards were just MBS’s paintings.

Our snowflake painting.
Our snowflake painting.

He drew an amazing Jack Skellington!

Wow! He was 3 years and 11 months when he drew this. Of course his next drawing was pure scribbles but this IS Jack Skelllington!
Wow! He was 3 years and 11 months when he drew this. Of course his next drawing was pure scribbles but this IS Jack Skellington!

We got some snow.

Which meant snow dancing!
Which meant snow dancing!

We put together a lot of Lego’s.

And this was just Christmas, he got even more on his birthday!
And this was just Christmas, he got even more on his birthday!

And train tracks!

He got 2 sets of expansion Thomas tracks at Christmas and then a Chuggington track set for his birthday. He has recently fallen in love with Chuggington and thankfully we kept them both wooden so they can use the same tracks.
He got 2 sets of expansion Thomas tracks at Christmas and then a Chuggington track set for his birthday. He has recently fallen in love with Chuggington and thankfully we kept them both wooden so they can use the same tracks.

Okay, I think that brought us up to date. Now onto what we’re doing now but that has to be another post. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

Tot School Birds and Birthday

Tot SchoolMr. Blue Sky is 24 months old.

We had a pretty mellow week here at the Woolly Dragon. The 5th was National Bird Day. To celebrate we watched birds outside our windows and colored some neat pages I printed out from Birdorable and Coloring.ws. We also read Birds (A First Discovery Book). We have a couple from this series and they are really neat, with some see-through pages that change the pictures. He really likes looking at them.

Mr. Blue Sky spent a lot of time this week playing with his trains and cars. Not only playing with them but sorting them and putting them away. I bought some clear plastic containers with lids that he could remove (we tried at the store before buying them) for him to store his different toys in. He’s learned that all the Duplo go in one box, the train tracks in another, and train buildings, trains, and cars all go in the third. He’s gotten really good at putting them away in the right container, sometimes without any prodding from us!

Saturday was Mr. Blue Sky’s 2nd Birthday! So hard for me to believe that he is two years old! We had been planning on having my mom over for cake but snow in the forecast changed our plans, instead we dropped him off at my moms while we did the grocery shopping. That was nice for them, my mom got to see him open her present and they got some special one on one time. When we got home from shopping we set up Ryan’s laptop so it faced the couch and then Skyped with Ryan’s mom while Mr. Blue Sky opened his presents from them.

The rest of his presents we doled out throughout the day and then we had chili dogs for dinner (he actually ate some!) and an owl cake for dessert. It was a chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese and plain cream cheese frosting, using dried pineapple rings, Whoppers, a pecan, and slivered almonds to make an owl face.

Looking forward to life with a TWO YEAR OLD! Visit Tot School to see what other tots are doing. Thanks for stopping by.