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

Tot SchoolMr. Blue Sky is 23 months 3 weeks old!

First Tot School post on our new blog! Ryan just registered the domain and set up the blog for me today so no cute graphics or neat widgets up yet. One thing about our new blog is that I don’t want to use our son’s name, so from now on he will be Mr. Blue Sky. This paragraph was added to the post after the rest was written and I’m amazed at how hard it was for me to remember to not use his name!

We haven’t done much in the way of Tot School the last several weeks. We’ve all had some sniffles and I was miserable with a sore throat for days, that combined with holiday preparations meant not much else got done. Sadly our advent countdown activity ended up having a lot of  blank days, some because I just felt too sick and others because the activity I had planned went bust. Turns out Mr. Blue Sky really doesn’t like sticking his hand in plaster (to make hand print ornaments) or getting paint put on his hands. Poor little guy, thought we were torturing him.

He did get to build a gingerbread train with Daddy. Though, technically Ryan did all the building– Mr. Blue Sky wouldn’t even touch the frosting bag. He loved watching Ryan work though, even brought his Thomas engine up to ride in the gingerbread cargo car!

We had a wonderful Christmas and Mr. Blue Sky was blessed with many, many, many new toys! My Mom had spent the night with us so she was there to open gifts in the morning, we also Skyped with Ryan’s parents and my grandmother, aunt, uncle, and cousin.

Next Saturday Mr. Blue Sky will be 2 years old! Hard to believe. I’m really looking forward to all the wonderful things we’ll get to do in 2011. Can’t wait to see how he grows and learns.

Wishing everyone a very Happy 2011! To see what other tots are doing visit Tot School!