Friday, November 10, 2017

Spina Bifida Christmas Card Exchange




It's that time of year again! The 6th Annual Spina Bifida Christmas Card Exchange! This is such a fun way to "meet" and connect with fellow SB families from all over the country (even a couple from Canada). It makes going to the mailbox super fun!!

Here's how it works:

You sign up to participate using THIS LINK

Once the the sign-ups are complete. I will put together a list of fellow SB families for you to mail a card to. I will email the list to you at the beginning of December.

Don't worry, you will only be asked to mail about 10 cards but you can send more if you choose. You will not be asked to send a card to every single family that signs up.

It's really fun! Don't miss out!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Halloween 2017

I managed to drag the boys to the Pumpkin Patch this year for a few photos. Caleb barely humors me but Benjamin still poses for shots. Hey, if you want a pumpkin to carve, then you have to smile for the camera first.


Had to get one with Hallow.

See, this cutie still poses for me. 


The completed jack-o-lanterns. Caleb wanted the Houston Rockets logo and Benjamin wanted something "creepy".


"Hallow"een is also this sweet girl's birthday. She turned 4 years old.

We usually do the "Trunk or Treat" at our church for Halloween but it was cancelled due to weather. The boys decided it would be fun to just stay home (dressed in costumes), watch a movie and pass out candy. It was probably best because Benjamin and I are still getting over being sick and Caleb was starting to not feel well. We made the best of it and the boys loved passing out candy.

 Benjamin chose the easiest costume ever: The Nerf-inator.
This was the perfect "costume" because the child already has a stock pile of Nerf guns and darts. I just bought the cool tactical vest. Should the apocalypse come and Nerf guns are needed, we'll be just fine in this house. He wants a Nerf themed birthday party so I get to use all of this stuff again!

He loved it and was so proud.

This was the first year since 2008 that Caleb did not want a cardboard costume for his wheelchair. I was okay with that since my Etsy shop kept me plenty busy and I'm usually pretty sick of cardboard and spray paint by the end of October. 

One of our favorite shows over the summer was America's Got Talent. There was a group called Light Balance and they wore these really cool suits just covered in lights. Caleb decided he wanted something like that. I did my best, on a much smaller scale. 

Pictures can't do this costume justice so here is a video:




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tapestry of Grace, Year Four, Unit One

We finished up our first 9 week unit last week. The boys have really enjoyed Year Four of Tapestry of Grace so far. We started off in the early 1900's and made it to the end of the 1920's. There is a lot of history crammed into those two decades. Homeschooling has given me such an appreciation for history. I learn so much right alongside my boys. I'm so thankful for this opportunity and for this time with them. Here are a few highlights.

We spent quite a bit of time on Theodore Roosevelt.  Obviously we studied his presidency but we also learned that the "Teddy Bear" was created and named after him.

We read about the San Francisco Earthquake. We did our own experiment by building structures using different materials to see which ones could withstand an earthquake (shaking the table as hard as we could). We also read about the sinking of the Titanic. Benjamin has now said he will never go on a cruise!

We spent several weeks on WWI which both boys really enjoyed learning about. There was so much that I didn't know. We spent a good bit of time on warfare and how WWI was really the first war with more modern technology like airplanes and gas weapons. 
We read about trench warfare and made our own trenches with homemade sand....and some Vikings (obviously not historically accurate)!

We made our own war recruitment posters using an Art for Kids Hub video. 

We started an "Inventions" book.
The Wright Brothers, Henry Ford, aspirin, band-aids, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and the Yo-Yo are just a few of the inventions we added to our book.

We read about the creation of "Betty Crocker" so we had to make brownies. You know, for their education. 

We added quite a few presidents to our timeline.

And a lapbook of course.

This is just a glimpse of all the things we read about and studied. We also read books about the Harlem Renaissance, Prohibition, Women's Suffrage, Jazz music, Babe Ruth, and Charles Lindbergh. 

One of my favorite things about Tapestry of Grace is all of the books we read. We read so many books, books I would never thing to pick up and read. Just to give you and idea of how many books we typically read in a nine week period, here is a list of all the books we read (this is just for Unit One, there are 4 units in one year).

First Flight, the Story of the Wright Brothers
An Age of Extremes
Who was Henry Ford?
Who was Albert Einstein?
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (the book is so different from the movie)
Kids at work (a book about child labor in the early 1900's)
The Panama Canal
Titanic
The Legend of the Teddy Bear
In Flanders Fields
World War I
War Game: Village Green to No-Man's Land
Fanny Crosby: Queen of Gospel Songs (I love that we read books like this)
Key battles of WWI
The Railway Children
The Velveteen Rabbit
Harlem Stomp!
Marven of the Great North Woods
War, Peace, and all that Jazz
The 1920's
When we were very young
Eric Liddell: Something greater than gold (true story about an Olympic gold medalist and missionary in China. The movie "Chariots of Fire" is about Liddell)
Who was Louis Armstrong?
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and his Orchestra
Babe Ruth saves baseball

That's 25 books! Real books. If we read, on average, 25 books each unit then that equals 100 books in one school year! The books are all chosen with a purpose. They go along with the time period we are studying so it all goes together. Nothing is read or studied in isolation. One of the many reasons I love Tapestry of Grace


Friday, October 06, 2017

Gulf Shores Beach Photo Shoot

Get ready for some stunning photos!


Good grief, he is so cute.


My handsome first born.


Brothers.


One of my favorites.

Love the sunlight.

 I love these captured moments. 


The boys got to see a manta ray up close. 




This may be my favorite of all the photos.

Perfection.








My baby.





My boys.


If you are ever in the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores area, I highly recommend K.B Photography.

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