Monday, February 06, 2012

Week One February is almost gone...oh my!  Does anyone else notice how time seems to be flying by lately?  Wow!  Well I wanted to do some blogging about our school stuff last week, because we did some fun science stuff and I just decided to sit down and get it done!  LOL  No putting it off (for now anyway).  I figure that I am much more detailed and complete on my thoughts if I don't wait so long to post.  

Bug began working on graphs and charts this last week, so we are working on making various lists and then "graphing" the information.  We did a "pictograph" of people in the family who have freckles and those who do not. I was surprised at some of the names that made the list...Granny and Aunt Jean were on there.  We haven't seen them since they went home to Jesus in '08 - I was a little surprised he remembered whether they had freckles or not.  :)
Our current science chapter is about plants and seeds, so we have been doing several projects over that subject as well as reading A LOT of related books.  We decided one afternoon that we wanted to go on a seed hunt to find some seeds for our nature study journals.  Since we got that good rain around here the creek behind the house is steadily flowing, so the boys decided they wanted to venture down that way.  Okay, sure, why not?  So we head outdoors, nature bag in hand and who's waiting by the gate.  The three hounds!  LOL  So we leashed up the short-legged ones and off we went.  Ladybug doesn't need a leash as she will simply follow and listens very very well.  
Lady loves loves loves the creek and immediately had to wade out for a swim.  LOL 
Sadie girl, who normally dislikes water intensely went right in for a dip as well.  You can see we ended up letting her off the leash once we got down to the creek so she could have some freedom.   
Which she immediately took advantage of.  Silly girl, she went to the other side and crossed the fence.  Apparently she found some sent that she felt would "disguise" her well.  LOL  If you know anything about hounds, you know they like to "mask" their sent - so that their "prey" can't smell them.  Makes sense, right?  Well hounds are well know for rolling in all sorts of stuff.  I have to say that I am glad they are fenced.  I remember more times that I care to remember that Odie (our beagle when I was a kid) would come home smelling like something dead.  Yuck! 
Bug and Sadie Girl enjoyed a rousing game of "rock". 
At one point Sadie crossed the creek to the rock ledge side and took off down the stream.  Bug had to chase her down before she got to far.  She had the sniffer going!
And she found something else to roll in! 
Her rock landed in the water and she gave it a good talking too before pulling it out. 
Here's my Scamp Scamp.  My mentally ill dog.  He is so funny, precious boy.  I love him!  We took off his cone so we could leash him, but he was walking so tenderly (on those feet he still manages to chew on sometimes) that we finally just took his leash off and let him mosey his way down.  I mean seriously, how far was he gonna get? ;) 
I really think he had a good time though, he sniffed around and checked everything out.   
The seed jar was very very interesting to him. 
Ladybug had a ball, she played in the water and sniffed all around.  She loves going down to the creek. 
Scamper getting a drink.  He did not find the need to enter the water like his sisters. 
We found a few berries and grass seeds down at the creek, but not much so we decided to go over to the garden to see if we could get anything more.  We found some broccoli that had sprouted up.  Funny!  We also collected dried tomatoes, pepper seeds and honeysuckle seeds. 
Last Sunday was the first day of our GA bake sale at church.  We made over $97!  Woo-hoo!  Here are the little signs I made for the goodies.  You know I was a little surprised, but the puppy treats were a HUGE hit!  I am certainly gonna have to make more for next Sunday! 
Here is another seed project we did.  We read the book How A Seed Grows and created our own pictures of each part of the process using "collage materials".  If you look closely you will see "seed"; "seed with root"; "Shoot"l and "bean plant".  Each of the boys also included the elements that the plants need to grow, water, soil, sun.  I liked this project.  Bug of course loves loves loves art and Red likes it okay, but they both seemed to enjoy the creative process of this one. 
I definitely have to incorporate more of this "painting" type stuff!  LOL  We read the book A Seed Is Sleepy and the boys painted while I read.  It was really cool.  I told them to paint whatever they wanted as I read.  I was a little surprised, but they actually picked "plant-ty type stuff". 
Here are their finished creations.  The left is Bug's - he painted a sunflower and the sunflower dying and dropping it's seeds.  The right is Red's he painted a blueberry "tree" on the left side and a cherry tree on the right.  It was raining in his picture. 
Here is one of Bug's English lessons - we were reviewing adding the suffix -ing and -ed to words.  His penmanship was atrocious 
Check out the giant breakfast cookies I made for the bake sale.  LOL - these went quick.  But I can't blame anyone, they are super yummy! 
My table all set up to sell! 
Here's the start of the 35 acts of kindness stuff!  I saw this really cool idea on pinterest.  It was a Mom who was turning 38 and she wanted to do something special with her kids.  So she took her kids out and did 38 random acts of kindness.  Wow - how cool is that.  Well I figured 35 is a pretty special birthday...I thought rather than get presents for me the family and I could venture into our little piece of Texas and spread a little love and kindness.  Although I stopped calling them random, because let's just get real.  I am toooooo much of a planner to do anything at random.  So I have been planning my "acts" for weeks now and am getting all the components into order, so their won't be anything random about it, but it will be kind!  LOL  I am very excited, and I think the boys are, well at least Bug, are too.  I think once we get going they will really get into it.  We have lots planned! 
The bead stair addition...Red was working on this today...he's pretty quick though and I had to make him go back and actually check the work with the beads instead of just counting it in his head.  We are working on that trusting the number thing right now. 
Here is our seeds, we didn't actually get them into the books last week because we got busy playing outside.  We found a lot of variety.  We discussed how they looked and how they were shaped and how that affected  their "transport".  
And the pile has grown!  LOL  You can see I have gotten more stuff together.  The boys and I made activity and coloring books today as part of our school work, we plant o leave those with some crayons at the hospital.  They did a really nice job of creating the pages of each book.  (I helped too!)

Well that is all for now...until later (hopefully not too much later) love on your babies and pray a lot!  we-

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