Monday, February 9, 2015

Beyond Construction

Yes, all we ever talk about seems to be the house right now. But our normal lives continue, too. We still have our daily reading lesson, time to work on our numbers, and our theme activities. This week is learning the /oo/ sound (like hook and book and took), writing our numbers from 1-30 using this workbook (we're almost done with it and Mommy needs to figure out what we'll do next!), and doing crafty fun things Valentine related (thank goodness for Pinterest). Miriam has started a Get Ready for Kindergarten program at the library on Monday nights and is LOOOOVING it. Vivian is already jealous and the separation when Miriam starts school in the fall...we're dreading it. Daddy is very busy with work. Mommy is starting a VERY part time job with the local United Way this week to help out with marketing. And we're volunteering a church a lot, lot, lot. If you want to be a part of this year's Vacation Bible School just say the word - we'll take just about anyone who can pass a background check and likes kids.

Last week we talked about Antarctica - we're slowly covering the continents. One day we read all the Tacky the Penguin books we could get our hands on at the library. Tacky is, obviously, tacky. He's not like other penguins. Loud, tone deaf, messy, dressing a little odd, can't march in a straight line to save his life, always setting his own course rather than going along with the norm...but Tacky is also a clever, resourceful, useful, and creative bird who comes through in the end. We did a very basic "character analysis" of Tacky and used lots of adjectives to describe him. Then we made tacky shirts with an outline of a shirt, scrap paper, scissors, and glue.
 Felicity can't use scissors yet, but a glue stick is her very favorite toy.
All three girls really got into this.
Also, it is amazing how ALIKE Felicity and Vivian are looking right now!
Otherwise, we keep them busy. Miriam got to help with homemade cinnamon rolls during a snow storm.
Vivian entertains herself however she can.
Felicity only cares about Bunny and Blankie being within eyesight at all times and keeping up with her sisters.
And a tiny house update...tiny! Cannot resist. All the blue siding is on the house, painting has begun, the deck is done, and our built ins are pretty much complete. So happy with the living room. Coffers, book shelves, and a barn beam mantle are installed.
 A close up of the beam. So perfect.
Grandpa claims there are probably bugs living in the beam still. A clear coat of sealant should lock them in forever, right?

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