Joyful Holidays

December 12th, 2013

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Was it only a month ago that Miah had her piano recital?  I guess it’s been a busy month!  We are so proud of this girl.  She’s been playing piano for less than a year, and is just flying through the levels.  It is a pleasure to listen to her practice each morning, and now Ami is showing an interest as well.

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Two recitals in two days!  We are thankful for an awesome teacher.  Next week they’ll be playing for some Retirement Centers.  Yesterday their small choir sang at a Retirement Home also.  I’m so glad they love music, and are willing to share it with others.

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School has been fun, too.  Here Ami is writing with a homemade quill pen dipped in homemade berry ink, just like the Patriots once did!

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Ami had her annual visit with the cleft team at Children’s Hospital.  The mountain passes were clear this trip, but you can see it was still a long drive!  Her surgeon continues to be happy with her progress, speech, etc.  She will need a surgery in the spring to patch her perforated eardrum, though.  Thankfully her left eardrum healed, and she is hearing well with that ear.

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The girls look forward each week to art class and choir practice with some good friends.  The turkeys they worked on so diligently did not survive till Thanksgiving.

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I see a couple very proud cousins!

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Wish we could see you more often, Benson!

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Somebody made another contribution to L*cks of Love!  And she is SO happy to be rid of all the tangles!

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We had to go Christmas Tree hunting to find some snow.  Good thing Ami reminded Dad to throw in the sled!

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This was before our single digit temperatures, but the campfire still felt good!

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The Christmas Tree skirt is getting shorter…

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And shorter!

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We finally got some snow at our elevation.

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It wasn’t much, but it still brings joy!

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Speaking of joy, Ry’elle certainly brings joy to Miah and Ami when they see her each week.  I think they bring her joy, too.

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It must be Christmas time!  Cooks in the kitchen!

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Saying Hi to Lily the Camel.

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And visiting our local village of Bethlehem.  We are enjoying the Season!

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History Night

November 2nd, 2013

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Beatrix Potter meets Sacagawea.

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Thursday evening we culminated a project that we have been working on since school started.  Several homeschool families got together for a History Night, where our kids displayed and reported on an historical figure that they selected and studied.

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A much better alternative than other Halloween activities (in my opinion), and they still got to dress up, which is half the fun anyway.

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I interviewed the girls for their portion of the presentations.  All the kids did such a great job, it was a lot of fun, and everyone learned something new.

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Miah chose to be Sacagawea.  We read several books, and it fit in well with our study of Native Americans in school.

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You can see some of the items the girls have made as part of their curriculum.  The cradleboard holding “Pomp” was an added touch by Mom.

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Ami agreed to be Beatrix Potter.  It was interesting to find out more about the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

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Ami was just happy to be able to carry around her bunny.

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Where Did You Go, July?

August 3rd, 2013

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It’s been Hot!

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So we’ve stayed cool, in the pool,

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In the sprinklers,

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At the lake,

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Or in the mountains.

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We’ve been busy as bees,

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In the garden,

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(I have to confess I have Great Helpers!)

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And canning/freezing fruit (cherries),

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And more fruit (peaches),

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And more fruit (apricots)!

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We’ve enjoyed family time,

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Both near and far.

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But Ami shared with me tonight that, “Driving in the car is long, but when we get there it’s fun to be with everybody and play with them.”

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I think we all second that!

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The girls love their cousins!

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And their nana and papa.

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Camping and playing in the river,

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Are added bonuses.

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We’ve had some celebrations!  A new baby cousin,

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A Big Anniversary,

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A smaller anniversary,

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 Happy Gotcha Day, Ami!  Three years home!!!

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 And Happy Birthday, Miah!  How can you be Seven already?

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They say time flies when you’re having fun.  Well, it’s flying!

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School At Our House

April 27th, 2013

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It may not look like it, but we were “in school” during these photos.

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Science is such a fun subject to learn, especially in the Spring!

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After reading about the parts of a flower, and how bees and bugs help with the pollination, etc, we took a “field trip”.

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Down the bank.

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There were plenty of specimens to study.  And Collect.

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Then we had recess.

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Special Valentines

February 22nd, 2013

Miah had her second choir concert last week.  Two more to go for this year!  They did so well.

You wouldn’t guess it by her size, but Miah is either the youngest, or 2nd youngest in this choir.

After coming home, Ami took a nap (which is becoming rare), so Miah and I took advantage of the beautiful day outside.

She still enjoys having one-to-one time with Mommy.

It’s mutual.

Ami and I had a “date” the other day, also.

We went to the park.  Just the two of us.  We had a little sugar to burn off.

For Valentine’s Day the girls enjoyed frosting cookies.  Ami was disappointed that Daddy had to go to work.  She thought since it was a holiday, he should have the day off!  Not a bad idea…

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