Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Some days I wonder why I homeschool, and other days I get such fulfillment out of it. Evie really loves to read, and today I asked her to go pick out one of her books to read outloud. I love hearing her read. It gives me such a sense of accomplishment because I taught her to do that! It is really rewarding. I think I may have to have Evie's eyes checked again. She keeps holding the book really close to her face. When I ask her why, she says it is because she loses her place if she doesn't have it close. She doesn't seem to have trouble seeing with anything else, but I should have her eyes checked just in case. This video is about 2 minutes long, so it is a little longer than some of my other videos. I was just really proud of her for reading so well. She is sounding out all the big words. Today she was reading words in her homeschool workbook that were really big like "communication" and "admission". She did great!
One really cute/funny thing she did today was something she did outside. I heard her singing really loud (which she does daily), and I look outside and she is singing and dancing in the driveway. Then I see a bin that she turned upside down, and on top of the bin is her piggy bank. I asked her what she was doing, and she said she was trying to make money! She said that she wanted to sing, and maybe if people heard her they would think she sounded pretty and put money in her piggy bank. The picture is of her dancing, and you can click on it to make it larger. She told me she is trying to save her money so she can give it to some friends of ours. They have 5 kids, and the dad lost his job in November because of the economy and has not been able to find a job. I was really proud of her for being really selfless and thinking of them. It was a proud day :).
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
My birthday was Saturday, and Jeff got me a hilarious card. That is what the video is of :). I had a really nice birthday. On Friday night my parents came over, and we went out to dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. We came back home and Mom and I both opened gifts. We wanted to celebrate both my birthday and Mother's Day. We had a fun visit with my parents. On Saturday, Jeff, Evie and I went shopping so I could use some of my birthday money and gift cards I got for my birthday. I got some books at the Christian bookstore, and got some clothes and a journal. Jeff was so sweet on my birthday. He made me breakfast in bed, and he and Evie made me a gluten free birthday cake. It was really good too! It was the first cake he has ever made. I had a great birthday, and Mother's Day was also really nice. We had a great service at church, and then we came home and grilled out. We went over to Jeff's parents later to give Jeff's mom her card and gift. We had a nice visit with them. It was a wondeful weekend!
Friday, May 8, 2009
I planted a bunch of different herbs in my flower garden area. I planted a lavender plant that smells absolutely divine. I just want to sit there and sniff it! It is the small plant in the picture to the left that is almost in the middle of the picture. The rest of the herbs I planted from seeds. I planted lemon balm, spearmint (it is in the black pot up front because spearmint spreads like crazy!), basil, cilantro (I planted more in the ground because it is one of my favorite herbs), and more parsley. I had fun being more creative with my garden this year. Last year, most of the garden area was filled with flowers. We yanked a lot of the flowers out and replanted them in different areas of the yard so I would have more room for veggies and herbs. I planted zucchini, beets, carrots, lettuce, spinach, heirloom tomatoes, green peppers, broccoli and red cabbage. I was amazed I was able to fit all that in there. The area is bigger than it looks! I did several rows of carrots and beets. The only seeds I bought and didn't plant were swiss chard seeds. I figured that between the beet tops, the spinach, and the 2 different varieties of lettuce that I would have plenty of greens.
For my upcoming birthday/Mother's Day gift, Jeff bought me this.....
It is a battery powered cultivator, and I LOVE it! It saved me so much time, and it wasn't back-breaking work like it usually is. This is what part of my insanely weedy garden looked like before the cultivator...
It did such a great job at tackling the weeds. I can use it whenever I want to weed, instead of having to hand weed. It will save me tons of time. By the way, that big black thing is not a weed :). Just my goofy cat who thinks the backyard is her jungle. Our yard is fenced, so she can't get out, and she loves to go outside and play in the garden. I can't wait to start seeing stuff coming up in the garden! I love spring :).
Friday, May 1, 2009
On a hair related note, I had to trim my hair back a bit. I was getting some wicked tangles. Isn't the picture to the left just lovely? That was a section taken from the back underside of my hair, and it was doing that every time I wore it down. I finally trimmed a few inches off. I am about an inch above tailbone now, and the tangles are much better.
I had a mega curly day not too long ago, and did my hair in the wrap, snap and go rollers. My hair turned out the best it had in a long time! Evie wanted her picture taken too. We were about ready to go to church, so that is why we are so dressed up.
I took this picture of our crabapple tree in full bloom. It was gorgeous this year. Evie loves to climb it and sit up there with her Barbie's.