Skip to main content

Small Graces

This is a weekly series inspired in part by Bob Bennet's song Small Graces.

mini man is always asking to water grass and plants, "because they are really
thirsty". i'd like to think i'm improving but i'm pretty sure he's the real
reason we've been able to keep house plants alive this last year. 

big buddy picked me a flower

then brought me a  whole vase full
*if it's not above 80 i can usually be found under a blanket

little lady preferred to water lizzie- she is such a good dog! 

this girl with her blanket, her thumb, and her daddy's eyes - my heart may burst!

2nd date of the week!
*coffee and magazines at barnes and noble

we finally filled in the cistern in our backyard. before we finished we let
each of the kids climb in for a picture. despite their curiosity they had
all done a wonderful job of staying away from it. 



he is growing into such an amazing person
BUT is it happening way too fast

waffle cinnamon rolls. thank-you pinterest!

It doesn't feel right to offer a glimpse at some of the happy moments of our week without also  mentioning the horrific events that have been all over the news. The tragedies in Boston, Texas, and China that have devastated so many has left my heart aching with sorrow. I don't really have any words to offer other than I'm deeply sorry and that the residents of those places are in my thoughts and prayers. It's hard to know how to offer any type of concrete support. I know there are a lot of fundraisers going around the web but to keep things simple (and to know with certainty that our funds will be used with integrity) we've chose to make a donation to the Red Cross.  You can donate quickly and easily online - small amounts can add up to great ones. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Paint Chip Word Families

We haven't been doing a ton of school work this summer but we have tried to fit in a little reading practice everyday. We are currently working our way through Bob Books and The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading - I  highly recommend both. I saw this idea for paint chip word families on Pinterest several months ago and knew it would be one we'd have to try. I changed it up a little bit so that the the strips pulled through the word family cards.  

My supplies: large white paint chips, various colors of paint chips, sharpie, scissors, and an x-acto knife
 Step 1: Because my colored paint chips were so wide I folded and cut them in half.

Step 2: In the center of the white paint-chip, use the x-acto knife to cut two openings, at the top and bottom of the white square, the width of the color strip. 

Step 3: Use the sharpie to write letters on paint chips (a list of word families can be found here
Step 4: Pull strip through word family card 

 Step 5: Have fun readi…

A Visit to Nashville

Last weekend Jeremy and I took a quick trip to Nashville. We left the kids at home with Maca so it was a great mini vacation. We took overnight Mega buses there and back which was perfect except for one young man who needed convincing that, despite how expensive his headphones were, or how amazing his jams may be, nobody else wants to hear them at 2am. I may have not handle that situation in the most graceful manner. 
We got to Nashville Friday morning and after cleaning up a bit we went to Marche's in East Nashville for brunch and then explored the downtown. 

Friday night we had some crazy good food at an acclaimed local restaurant City House - the building is also very impressive. 

Saturday morning was my favorite part of the whole trip. Our friend Joni took us to a hiking trail where we marveled at Tennessee's beauty and enjoyed the almost 70 degree weather. 




The rest of Saturday was spent exploring Nashville neighborhoods and indulging in a bit of shopping and delicious f…

Preschool Syllabus: Farms

We started a new homeschool unit this week: farms. With all our harvest activities it seemed like a natural choice.  This last weekend we attended a neighboring town's scarecrow festival and we plan to go to a pumpkin farm with a barnyard petting zoo in the next couple weeks. We will focus on this unit for the rest of October.


During our rug times the boys and I will be singing a lot of farm related songs (Counting Coconuts has complied a great list) and make our way through the mass of books I checked out from the library.  I won't overwhelm you with a picture of them all but I will recommend a couple. For fiction Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and Gossie by Olivier Dunrea.  Both of these books have a nice rhythm, great pictures, and sweet humor. We actually own them and several others by these authors - they are some of the most read books in our collection.  For nonfiction, 21st Century Junior Library has published several great farm-themed books.

Writing …