Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day!

I'm not sure what's going on with these expressions, but we had a good time making our Leap Day time capsules. Alice hopes she can poop in the potty by the next Leap Day. I have the same dream for her.

We also included information about gas prices and other things.

We went to the museum and made some art.

The weather was beautiful, so we spent some time outside. Really, though, the weather has to be pretty bad for my kids to not play in the gardens.

We had lunch at a Route 66 destination.

On the way home we spotted this train/Route 66 display, so we stopped to check it out.

Happy Leap Day!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Donkey Basketball

I took the kids out for a little excitement tonight. Donkey basketball.

My cousin (in the gray shirt with the tennis racket) teaches high school and the teachers were playing the seniors.

John was surprisingly good!

Jack really liked it. They had an arm wrestling tie-breaker and he was sooo excited.

At half time, the kids got to ride the donkeys.

After half an hour of begging to ride the donkeys, Alice wouldn't let go so I could take her picture.

Tomorrow we're going to balance out the donkey basketball with a trip to the museum, because Oklahomans can have fun that doesn't involve livestock.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fun Friday: Skating

We were all set to stay home today, but instead, we went roller skating. The kids had never been before and the last time I set foot in a skating rink was when I was teaching, so I was a little nervous.

It was pretty crowded, so for the first hour and a half or so, Jack skated back and forth by the tables. At first he was falling all over the place, but he got better pretty quickly.

They didn't have any skate Alice's size, but thankfully I had brought our skates that fit on over the shoes, so she was pretty happy.

Jack finally decided to try out the rink, and he had a great time!

After going around once with Jack, Alice decided she could do it on her own, too. She shuffled right out there with all the big kids and made it around the whole rink without falling.

Another great part: We got to the rink a little early and I noticed we were right down the road from the buffalo statue we always pass on the way to Oklahoma City, so we decided to drive past it. They had a place to park, so we got out and went to see the buffalo in person.

The kids thought it was pretty neat to be right next the landmark they know so well. (I must say something about getting on the turnpike when we see the buffalo because once we were on a different turnpike and as soon as she heard turnpike, Alice asked where the buffalo was!)


Happy Friday!
Dr. Seuss ideas here!

The Valentine Cat

We recently finished up The Valentine Cat, by Clyde Robert Bulla.

Alice read a lot of fairy tales, too!

Our printables came from Homeschool Share, of course! There are many more available for this book, but because our days have been so crazy lately, I turned this into a smaller unit.

I saw this cat on Pinterest and made it work for our book! (It's actually from a different unit, which you can see here.)

Alice made her own cat, too!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


If Jack went to public school, around 8:30 he'd be getting his supplies out and starting his day. But he doesn't, so at 8:30 he's coming up with a Hypnobrai costume.

And one for his sister, too.

Twenty Minutes a Day

Twenty Minutes a Day

by Richard Peck

Read to your children
Twenty minutes a day;
You have the time,
And so do they.
Read while the laundry is in the machine;
Read while the dinner cooks;
Tuck a child in the crook of your arm
And reach for the library books.
Hide the remote,
Let the computer games cool,
For one day your children will be off to school;
Remedial? Gifted? You have the choice;
Let them hear their first tales
In the sound of your voice.
Read in the morning;
Read over noon;
Read by the light of
Goodnight Moon.
Turn the pages together,
Sitting close as you'll fit,
Till a small voice beside you says,
"Hey, don't quit."


Check out my post on Fair Weather over at the Homeschool Share blog!

Richard Peck is one of the best authors around, and I am thankful to Amber for reminding me of that. I just finished rereading A Long Way From Chicago and A Year Down Yonder this weekend and I'm ready to read more!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Presidents' Day!

This morning we had donuts, apples, and raisins--favorites of Martin VanBuren, this week's president.

We used this great (and free!) writing activity--I love how their pictures turned out!

Be sure to check out the Show and Tell and Candace's post about Presidents' Day at Homeschool Share's blog!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fun Friday: Road! Road!

Today was the first of several road trips we'll be taking while I'm working on an article on places to see along Route 66. When I said we were taking a road trip, Alice started singing this.

Our first stop was the Cabin Creek Civil War Battlefield, located smack dab in the middle of nowhere. If I hadn't spent half an hour studying Google Maps last night, we would have missed the turn.

The creek!

There is not currently a whole lot out there, including restrooms, but the kids enjoyed exploring and running.

Since this is what my kids are probably going to remember the most, I'm including this picture of a deer leg. Alice still isn't sure what to make of it.

We headed back west for a stop at the World's Largest Totem Pole. This place is so awesome.

We stayed for a couple of hours and the kids never got bored.

A note from Ed Galloway, the man who built the totem pole.

There is also the Fiddle House, a little museum and gift shop. Mr. Galloway made all of these fiddles. When his students were in World War II, many of them sent him different kinds of wood to carve from wherever they were sent.

No wardrobe is complete without a World Largest Totem Pole t-shirt. Jack and Alice both put them on immediately.

We finished up by going on the walking trails.

After all of that, we got home with 10 minutes to spare before heading to my grandma's for dinner. We're all a little tired tonight!

Thanks so much to my friend Rachel, who is always willing to load up her kids and drive out to some random place with us!
Don't forget to check out this week's post at MetroFamily!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

This is now one of the first sites I check each day. Really.

We actually haven't done a lot of crafts this year, but I certainly have pinned a bunch!

I brought back the Valentine Mailboxes from last year, but the only picture I have from this year is this one of their cards for Super Bowl Sunday. I also used some little crafts from Hobby Lobby for some of the days.

and we tried different foods! (If anyone knows where I can get a tiny heart cookie cutter, please let me know!)

Alice worked hard at signing her name on the valentines we made. She told me it says Alice June G~~~~. (Yeah, I know none of you know my full name or anything.)

We decided on this idea! Super easy--just print and cut!

Today we went to a party at our friends' house!

The kids had a great time playing and exchanging valentines.

I hope you got a great hug today!