The Media Specialist at Buddy's school is awesome. She comes up with the most interesting, creative and adorable activities. She was the one who pulledoff the Ellis Island Immigration Day for the 2nd graders last year.
This year, the 1st graders put on a zoo. The students were each assigned an animal. Buddy came home one day and proudly declared he was going to be a gorilla. He needed a costume. The school said we could be creative, or not. It didn't have to be some elaborate, expensive costume. I thought we might be able to get away with black pants and shirt, with a mask. Buddy would have none of that. He told me to order a gorilla costume from Amazon. (insert eye roll)
Let's take this all the way back to February 2010. Buddy was just one month old. Reagan was an adorable, babbling 2 year old. Life was wonderful.
We had a super talented photographer friend come to the house for a photo shoot.
One of my all-time favorite outtakes from the day was this gem:
Buddy is going to be a gorilla in an upcoming school adventure (more on that later). Since we did not have a gorilla outfit anywhere in our house, I ordered one. It arrived yesterday.
He was incredibly excited to try it on.
Luckily, it fit.
I love our weekends. Having Stu home on the weekends has been SO nice*. We (read: "I") usually pack the weekends full of stuff. This one was no different. So, here's a simple recap:
I've decided to create an entire website dedicated to our homeschool adventures.
We'd love to see you over there.
Thank you for all of the love and support.
I have always been a fan of project based learning, even when I was teaching in the public school system. In my opinion, it's an excellent way to see what a child has learned. So it should come as no surprise that I incorporate this into our homeschool life.
Reagan has been studying animals lately. Typical stuff, like classifications, vertebrates v. invertebrates. Interesting.
I thought it'd be awesome for her to put together a scrapbook of the animal kingdom.
My kids are obsessed with technology. YouTube is like heroin to them. They get angry and crazy if they go too long without it.
Buddy is actually less-addicted to it than his sister. Rea sometimes exhibits junky-behavior. It's a bit scary.
I have told her that I would rather she play on her iPod, than watch videos of other people playing. Maybe it's a generation thing...
A few months ago (or maybe longer), Rea decided she needed her own website. I thought "what a great idea!" I can teach her to blog, she can write, plan, code. It'd be awesome! So I built this website for her:
And then she wrote ONE post. Ugh.
Rea asked me if she could have her own YouTube page... we have a family one (and 12 whole subscribers - hahahahaha). But apparently, she cannot share with me. I told her I would let her on one condition: she needed to spend time on her website.
Yesterday, we downloaded this app called OSnap! This app is perfect for creating stop-action videos. I put the app on each's iPod. Both kids spent HOURS making videos. HOURS. It was glorious!
They set up their tripods (the ones that came with their Stikbots) and created several videos each.
Rea wrote a post about the app. As promised, she now has her own YouTube page.
If you have a YouTube obsessed child, please consider allowing him/her to subscribe to Rea's page. I know she will be checking (probably constantly). And if you feel like popping over to her site to see the post she wrote today, click here.
Thank you so much!
You know the days. The ones where your kids are just booty-faces. The ones where they are so argumentative (about EVERYTHING) that you are not sure if you will all survive the day.
We had that weekend.
I do not know what was wrong with my children.
We had a series of terrible storms blow through our area last night, including a tornado or three. It was a crazy, stressful, sleepless night.
I am EXHAUSTED.
At around 1am, my phone beeped with the tornado warning. It said "get up and take cover." (<-- ok, that's a paraphrase.) It did the job though. I was awake. The lightning storm was crazy - quiet, but super bright. The lights woke up Buddy. He pitter-pattered into my room and climbed into my bed.
A few minutes later, my phone beeped. This time, it was my mom. She said I should go watch the TV.
The night unraveled from there.
Buddy and I were downstairs with my parents. The weather guy said there was a tornado in the area. My dad said we were in its path. I went upstairs and grabbed Stu and Rea. We brought pillows and blankets downstairs.
I really didn't know what to expect. I have never been in this situation before. Hurricanes?-No worries. Tornados?-No thank you.
Rea is 9 and Buddy is 7. Everyday is an adventure with these two! I love them so much.