Sarah is Five!

Well, it happened. Our sweet Sarah turned five! We celebrated on the actual day with apple pie and presents. Her Grandma made her a cute dress that matches Sarah’s style to a T.

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Levi was a little cranky, so I treated him to some whipped cream.

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That same weekend we celebrated at my parent’s with an Elsa cake. Sarah was excited to get plenty of Frozen gifts and a few art and craft items.

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Sarah, where has the time gone? You are growing up too fast! We love watching you grow up and are blessed with the opportunity to have a hand in it. You are a sweetheart who loves to help out her younger sister and brother. You love dancing, being silly, and still make the best facial expressions. We love you so much!

Homeschool Highlights – October

We have successfully completed two months of school! We’ve got a nice routine going for is even though we don’t have a “fixed” schedule.

Language Arts
Abigail is doing really well here. She continues to improve her reading skills and is writing well too. She has even started writing things on her own time, spelling words she’s not sure of phonetically. One day she wrote an encouraging note to Sarah about how was pretty how God made her.

Sarah has a good 20+ sight words under her belt. She has her favorite activities and the ones she’d rather not do, but she plugs away regardless.

Math
Math is starting to get more meaty. Abigail has started to learn her doubles and facts and we are  gearing up to doors with money and telling time.

History
We continue to plug along in history. We made it to The Shang Dynasty. The girls favorite part of history is adding to our timeline at the end of every three lessons.

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Astronomy
We finished learning about Mercury and also studied Venus in October. We’ve really enjoyed learning about just how different the planets are from each other, but especially how different they are from the planet Earth.

One memorable lesson related to Venus’ thick and cloudy atmosphere. Because it is so thick scientists cannot clearly see the surface. So, scientists used radar to map out the surface of Venus. Apologia’s textbook explained how we could to do a fun experiment that simulated radar. I prepared a surface ahead of time, then we covered it, mapped out a grid, and inserted a chopstick marked with different colors at every inch. With this we were able to map out the surface without seeing it. This was pretty cool!

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Please excuse the grossness of the flour mixture I ended up making for our “surface”

Co-Op
Co-op is going well, though we’ve missed two weeks due to illness. Levi is doing a little better in the nursery. Maybe someday he’ll be able to stay in the nursery the whole time when a nap isn’t involved.

Nine Months

So last month Levi turned 9 months old. He’s got two teeth, is a fast crawler, and cruises like a pro! He is also a very happy boy despite not meeting my sleep expectations (you know, like (1) falling asleep on his own (2) taking two naps a day and (3) sleeping through the night).

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Five Days

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One Month

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Two Months

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Three Months

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Four Months

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Five Months

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Six Months

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Seven Months

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Eight Months

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Nine Months

A Few Firsts

And these aren’t for Levi. I didn’t really think about all the “firsts” Abigail would experience this year-probably because of all the firsts Levi has had.

One first for Abigail was losing her first tooth. Her bottom tooth was quite wiggly a few weeks back. While watching America’s Funniest Videos Abigail saw a clip of a girl having her tooth yanked out with a piece of string. I convinced her to give it a try. I managed to tie a piece of dental floss around her tooth and proceeded to watch her s-l-o-w-l-y pull at her tooth. How could she be ok with this slow method? I suggested she let me yank it out. She agreed and a few squeals and 1-2-3 yank later it was out!

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Three weeks later she went ahead and pulled her second bottom tooth out on her own while I wasn’t looking. On Sunday night her third came out with the help of a chewy lifesaver. We’re waiting for her fourth to probably come out within the week. And we can already see two of her grown-up teeth coming in!

 

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Abigail’s second “first” was learning to ride her bike without training wheels. This was one of our summer bucket list items, but we didn’t get to it until September. Jonathan spent a little time with her one Sunday afternoon. She made progress but was hampered a bit as she was very discouraged each time she fell or lost balance.

A few days later though her determination got the best of her and she pressed on-on her own. First she tired out our neighbor’s smaller bike and then made several attempts on her own bike. Then BOOM! That was it. She can ride her bike all on her own without training wheels. What a girl!

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And here are a few more pictures of the others having fun outside.

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Apple Picking

We had our annual apple picking outing at Smolak Farms in late September. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day for it. The only problem was that the apples were pretty scarred (maybe from a rough winter?). We had to work extra hard to find apples with the fewest blemishes.

We were joined by Nonna, Papa, Auntie Laura, and Bridget. This made our outing that much more enjoyable! Before they all arrived we started off checking out the farm’s pumpkins.

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Despite the poorer quality apples we still managed to fill our bag with plenty of fruit for apple pie, crisp, muffins, sauce, and just plain eating. Plus, the girls had a blast as always. This was Levi’s first apple picking experience. He slept through most of it, but once he woke up we were able to help him pick his own apple.

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Jonathan’s Birthday

Way back in mid-September Jonathan celebrated his thirty-somethingth birthday. I am finally getting around to telling you about it!

We celebrated with just our little family on his actual birthday. Let me tell you, it was such a hard, stressful, and crazy day.

 

 

After dinner we sang Happy Birthday and dug into the yummy German Chocolate cake (made with extra coconut and no nuts in the frosting). Turns out the girls didn’t like the frosting, so that meant more for me and Jonathan!

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We celebrated again with family a few weeks later.

Celebrating a Little Pumpkin on the Way

My sister recently had her second child, a boy, back in October. I am finally posting about her shower!

We wanted to celebrate my sister and her little pumpkin with a fun fall-themed baby shower.

My husband designed invitations and other print materials. My mom planned the games. My Great Aunt hosted and helped with the decorating. And I cannot forget to mention that I made the cake and bacon-wrapped dates – everyone else helped me with the rest of the yummy goodies!

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Waiting for my sister’s little guy to arrive was hard, but now he is finally here! I’ll hopefully make a post about us all meeting him before he turns 1 (things have been a little busy around here :-).