I am often asked what I do with the little ones while we 'do' school.  Hm.  We include them of course.  Give them something else fun to do.  Or work on more involved projects during nap time - which seems to be a thing of the past this week!


This and That

Look who got a new hat.  I actually knit this one up in a day.  Wow.
 Puzzles.  They are starting to do bigger ones with smaller pieces.  LBB has even started to show some interest.
 Audio books.  We listen to a story or two at dinner every night.  I find this minimizes the dinner ccommotion and brings everyone to the table easier.  Initially, I waffled about this because I was taking away our time for conversation and togetherness.  However, this wasn't happening anyway.  The kids and I usually spent dinner arguing about finishing dinner, or keeping hands to ourselves.  And I am with them all day long, available for conversation at any time.  The kids really like Sparkle Stories.  Theses are great, original, wholesome stories.  Each is about 20 minutes.  We subscribe to 3 different stories and we get new ones each week.  This pictures shows the twins listening to a story that they were so engrossed with that once dinner was finished they continued to listen, staring at at the speakers.



Much of our time lately has been spent like this.  Are you jealous?
 It's always nice when Dad can join us.  It makes our hikes extra special.
 This guy is just so adorable.  I hope I remember all his hugs and "I wuv you mommy" moments.
 Miss independent.  Oh, how did that happen?  :)  Ha!
 A lesson in rock skipping.  That is what all kids should learn in school: physics, geography, PE, safety just to name a few subjects accomplished.
 Sometimes they just look so big.
 My attempt to get more pictures of myself.  I wonder where LBB gets his adventurous spirit from?
She walks to the beat of her own drum, with stockings, and no shoes.  Beautiful.



My life is so very full and here are the reasons why.  These busy 4 amazing children of mine.  It's a wonderful life.
 We finished our yearly 'All about me' books.  Here was the group photo.
Builder has started working on models, or 3D wooden puzzles.  He really enjoyed doing this.
 Animal decided that he needed to make an animal story prompt book for the car.  Which turned into a new baby gift.  It is really nicely done.

 Books are a big part of our lives.  There is always one child, or myself, with a nose in a book.  I think he is researching animals here.
 Ah yes.  She has turned 2 now.  And boy is she busy, busy.  She is constantly eating, yelling, or causing some major mess.  She dumps everything on the floor all the time.  She really does not like to wear shoes - or clothes for that matter.  She loves being outside and nursing with mommy.
 These library books barely made it in the door.  He has had dinosaurs on the brain lately. 
 Snap Circuits.  We just can't get enough of this.
 Family photo courtesy of Builder during a visit to a local Thresherman's Village with our home school co-op.  Hmmm, we are missing a couple people.  However, I think in his mind he included the most important ones.
Enough said!  :)  Although we have our stressful moments, we have a great life.