One Year!

Levi is now officially a toddler-no longer my baby boy. He is a walking babbling big boy. He is FAST. I find myself running ahead of him if I need to get in the basement or bathroom so I can securely close the door behind me. He loves getting into things. I can see more and more of Lily in him each and every day. Uh oh!

We celebrated a few days early at Nonna and Papa’s house. I made him a banana smash cake in the shape of a monkey’s face. He wasn’t really into it. He was into his new ride-on toy from Nonna and Papa though!

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We celebrated his actual birthday by trying our darnedest to get a decent onesie picture of him.

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Happy birthday Levi! You will always be my baby though, not matter how big you get. Sorry buddy :-)

Christmas 2014!

I am so behind on posting! Needless to say things have been busy here.

It was so special spending our first Christmas in our very own home. This was also Levi’s first Christmas, so that made it even more special!

We started the day off checking out our stockings and opening presents. After that we had breakfast, played with our new toys, and got ready to go to Nonna and Papa’s house.

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It is hard to believe that not even two months ago on Christmas Day the temperatures reached the low 50’s. Right now in Lowell it is a balmy 7 degrees! I’m getting off track here. Like always, Christmas at Nonna and Papa’s house was a crazy messy blast. We had a great day spent with family.

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A New Look

In an effort to save time and money we avoided cutting Abigail’s hair. This turned into us suggesting to her that she grow her hair so she could donate it for making a wig. We did go in for an occasional trim and then went for the big cut a few months ago.

Because I am a busy and forgetful mom I have yet to mail her hair, but when I do I am sending it to Pantene.

Here is Abigail before and after:

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Christmas Concert

A friend of ours from church let us know of a great learning opportunity for Abigail. She told me about it a good year ahead of time and I’m so glad we didn’t forget about it because it was so great!

Every Saturday for 10 weeks or so in the fall/winter Abigail joined a few other children her age to learn Christmas carols. The end result was a beautiful performance along with an older youth choir and adult choir. Abigail LOVED going to music practice. I went with Levi every Saturday and enjoyed it too. It was fun getting to see husband and wife team Eric and Robin work together to create a really special performance.

Here is a video of Abigail singing with her Kid’s choir and then also with the Youth choir.

This performance was part of Not Your Typical Silent Night and happens every year. Check out http://nytsn.net/ for more info! We can’t wait for next year!

Eleven Months

Levi is fully mobile now. He walks all over the place and gets into everything! We need to be sure to keep gates and the bathroom door closed. He also likes to get into the girls’ crayons. I really don’t understand how he can like to eat those-or chalk for that matter.

Taking his monthly onesie picture was very challenging. It got to the point where I had to scroll through what I snapped and settled for what would work versus the perfect smiley picture.

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Christmas Preparations

We were all very excited to celebrate our first Christmas in our new home. We went as all out as we could given our budget and having four little ones. The first task we tackled was the outdoor Christmas lights. I guess I should really say that Jonathan tackled this task. Though I helped by watching the kids! We invested in LED lights. What I like about these is that you can choose white lights or multicolored lights with the push of a button! Jonathan probably both loved and hated doing this job. Of course it was fun to put lights up, but it was a very cold and tedious job as well. This weekend (mid-January) he will finally take them down, to be stowed away until this coming December.

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Jonathan installed our Christmas lights with a lovely coating of snow as a backdrop. During the afternoon we gave the kids a chance to play in it for a bit. This was Levi’s first experience with snow. He didn’t quite know what to make of it at first. But then I think he decided he didn’t like it. Lily and Sarah spent most of their time harvesting the snow for a little snack.

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We ventured north to New Hampshire this year to pick out and cut down our own Christmas tree. Decorating the tree was a bit chaotic, but a memorable experience. As Christmas drew nearer and nearer the ornaments climbed higher and higher up the tree. The funny thing is though, Levi was not the primary offender. Lily was the one who just couldn’t keep from grabbing at the ornaments.

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Homeschool Highlights – November

November was a rough month for our family. We battled numerous bouts with the cold and little Levi had his very first ear infection. Needless to say, we had to take a few days in November off. Add Thanksgiving and we really didn’t get a ton of school work in. BUT we pressed on regardless.

Language Arts

Abigail’s reading is starting to sound less robotic. She reads a bit smoother as she moves from one word to the next. She continues to develop her spelling and writing skills and loves to journal in her new Lego Friends composition book.

Sarah also continues to improve. She’ll fight me occasionally because she thinks she doesn’t know certain things (e.g. what sound does the letter “d” make?) but I manage to get answers out of her. We need to move more to phonetics and not just focus on sight words.

Math

It is interesting to me how the Saxon curriculum seems to jump around from concept to concept. One day we’re measuring the length of the table with linking cubes, the next day we’re starting to count dimes and pennies, and then we learn just the beginnings of telling time. It doesn’t seem to bother Abigail though, as she catches on pretty quickly no matter what we cover. It all builds on itself, but it just skips around a bit.

History

I looked ahead and we won’t be finished with Quarter 1 of our history curriculum until mid-December. I’m hoping to pick up the pace once we wrap up this quarter as I think the girls can handle it. We finished with a lesson on Ramses II (or Ramses The Great) at the end of November.

Astronomy

We pretty much just covered the Earth during the month of November. I just love learning along with the girls, and being reminded of things I may have learned long, long ago. When talking about the earth the girls learned about seven characteristics that make the earth perfect for sustaining life. Earth is pretty unique in many ways. God designed an amazing home for us (and his universe is simply amazing too)!

Co-Op

We missed two weeks in November due to sickness and then of course Thanksgiving. Abigail continues to talk about her Engineering class-it was probably her favorite this semester.