Valentine’s Day

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Kids this morning opening their Vday gifts. While editing this photo I realized how well it captures their personalities. R3 is almost always happy-go-lucky, R2 is torrential and R1 is not paying attention. ROFL!

We had a LONG, busy, fun day. We made more Valentine’s this morning and then we hit the park at noon with our HS group for lots of sugar, red dye and swapping Valentine’s.

We ate and played and played and ate. I got to see my friends and the kids got to see theirs. The weather was BEAUTIFUL!

At 2:30 we headed to the Nursing Home for their Valentine’s party to hand out our valentine’s and balloons. It was the first time I have done something like this with the kids, even though I’ve been wanting to for a while.

It was the cutest little ceremony, they crowned King and Queen of each wing of the Home. The people there loved the kids and R3 was a huge hit.

My poor sensitive R2, though, bless her heart. There is a sweet lady there, S, who LOVES little girls. I don’t know specifics but S seems to be very childlike – she was so cute! She snatched R2 up and loved on her like she was a baby doll. She beamed ear to ear while turning to her friends and saying, “Look! Look!!” My R2, for those of you who don’t know her well is NOT one to warm up quickly to anyone. She is very discerning and very slow to allow anyone near, and it takes a while to even get her to speak to someone, much less touch them!

I felt SO bad for her, this lady would NOT let go. I knelt down by R2 and just whispered in her ear that it was ok, that I was there and that this lady just really thought she was awesome.

Poor R2, she didn’t know what to think!

We stood at the door as the residents went back to their rooms and R1 and R3 handed them candy to take back with them. They all loved the kids so much. I’m so glad we went.

There was one lady there who had a baby doll with her the whole time and as we were leaving we saw her and R3 asked her why she had a baby doll. Then she proceeded to tell her ALL about her own baby doll. She strode down the halls waving bye to everyone and just being adorable and friendly.

I think it was a good experience for the kids. It was for me.

Bedschooling is Now Optional

I busted my hiney today. This is the first time I have touched my computer other than to turn on StoryNory for the kids during quiet time.

I slept til 8:30 (R2 woke me up twice, R1 once and R3 once last night so I was useless) and then we had breakfast and started on school. We finished, had lunch and then I made the kids have quiet time on my bed with StoryNory for one hour while I put R3 down for a nap. After their hour was up I told them they could get up and play quietly. They were not quiet, in fact they were VERY loud and woke the baby up 3-4 times which meant I had to stay in there with her getting her back to sleep.

So when I finally was able to sneak out, I caught them playing in my shower (a big nono and they know it). I sat them down and calmly let them know that I was very upset with them. As a consequence I told them they each had to get a grocery bag (thanks for the idea Becky!) and fill it up in the front yard with whatever they could (trash, toys, etc). They did it pretty much without complaint because they knew they were wrong and because I didn’t yell at them!! (GO ME!!)

After that R3 got up and I started hardcore on the schoolroom/R1’s room. I got it cleaned and organized, we moved the futon in, set up the school area and we can officially begin schooling in there tomorrow!!

I also reorganized and massively cleaned the girls’ room. Filled two more boxes for the thrift store and two trash bags.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. Mr. Fox is almost ready to hang the TV on the “dining room” wall – we are switching the rooms in our house. The dining table will be moved tomorrow and the tv will be hung and we have a couch/chair/ottoman on the way!

My house, after two years of renovations, is finally starting to look like a home! My friend Jen and her mom came over and they are giving us decorating/organizing tips (’cause I lack that gene) and I am SO excited to have their help.

I know this is useless without pictures. I have before/after on my P&S but atm can’t find the chord that I need to dump it. Sorry.

Wildlife Day

So, we didn’t technically do any “school” today because I had a Dr’s appt this morning and then we hung at Aunt T’s.

As we were loading up to leave for home T’s neighbor called us over to ask what these rat-like creatures were by the rundown shed. Turns out there were four baby opossums.

We used a towel and got the two that had crawled out into the open back over with the two that were huddled by the shed. Not sure where mama was – those babies should be in her pouch. :(

On the way to her house I saw a llama out in a field with horses and promised the kids we’d stop by on our way home. So, I did. The man that lives there was extremely nice and he came out and told the kids about all his animals: llama, horses, ram, sheep, peacock, turkeys. He invited us to come by whenever we like – and I think we will! I’m definitely going back to get pics. The kids got a kick out of the horses (they thought we had apples) and the man was impressed with how NOT scared of them my kids were. :)

Then, since I’m the coolest mom in the world, I took the kids down the road AT bedtime and waded through the muddy water to catch tadpoles for them. The biggest tadpoles I have ever seen (pics tomorrow).

Anyway, I was thinking of putting them in the aquarium in Ry’s room with some things for them to climb out on when they get legs. Should be a fun Homeschooling Science lesson and hopefully they’ll live in our yard and eat the mosquitoes!