Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Photo courtesy of my lovely friend, S.

Pumpkin Patch time is here!!  This year we got to go with E and R and M, the kids' best friends.  The crew was a bit restless after nap time, but my friend S. got some fun pictures anyway!  We love them!

Happy Fall!!!!

LittleBear and his friend E.

LadyBear and her friend R.

Silly time!!!!  (and also LadyBear's best thriller interpretation...)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Family Treat Night 2014: We Go Together Like Thunder and Lightning...

One of my fond memories growing up was that my mom used to make our Halloween costumes and some years, my brother and I coordinated.  My goal is to do the same each year for my kids for Baylor's Family Treat Night.  Family Treat Night is an evening where the dorms open up to the kids of Baylor Faculty and Staff and the kids get to interact with the students in a really fun way.  It's one we all look forward to every year :)

This year, LittleBear and LadyBear decided that they wanted to be Thunder and Lightning.  Try searching Pinterest for Thunder and Lightning costumes...good luck!  I had all kinds of ideas swirling around in my head of what they would look like and in the end, what you see here is what we ended up with.  The students really liked them, which is always a plus and the kids both really liked them, which is what I aim for, so I'm calling this year a success!  Yes, I may have gone overboard, but sewing is my creative outlet and I had fun with it.  Thank goodness for felt!!

This year was especially fun for me because we were back at the dorm I lived in Freshman year.  It has been majorly remodeled since my time there, but still, it was fun to be back :)  LittleBear promised that he would walk up to the doors and say, "Boom" to prove to everyone that he was thunder, but I thought I would also write that on his mask for good measure, which was good because he forgot.  LadyBear was excited about her costume when I made it and enjoyed telling people, "I'm lightning!" It was a super fun evening!!!!

 Lightning, Thunder and Rain (Daddy) in their appropriate order...

Five In A Row: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

OOOPs!  I meant to post this last week...sorry.  Last week was a really fun week because we were reading one of our favorite books, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel!  Seriously, we love this book so much we ended up with two copies of it, which is good because both LadyBear and LittleBear are often found reading it or taking it in the car to look at the pictures.

If you haven't read it, it's about Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Mary Anne.  They work hard on various jobs and then find that there are no more jobs because of the new fancy shovels are taking over.  They end up in the town of Popperville and promise to dig the cellar for the new town hall in one day.  Will they make it?!

We didn't do a lot of "Special things" this week, but that's fine with me.  We mostly went through the packet on Homeschool Share.   

 We talked about matter including Solids, Liquids and Gases:

We talked about different energy sources and how trains used to run on Steam power (LittleBear is still interested in trains, so we squeezed those in on our own) and LadyBear enjoyed coloring a booklet of different construction vehicles:

We talked about the Panama Canal and how it was dug by steam shovels:

Overall the week went well and the kids really enjoyed this book...Stay tuned for what we are learning about this week!!

Resources and printables I used for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel can be found at:
My Five In A Row Pinterest Board
Erie B Steam Shovel in action on Youtube

Go Along Books we used for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (* indicate ones we especially liked):
*Solids, Liquids and Gases by Ginger Garrett
*Steam, Smoke & Steel: Back in Time With Trains by Patrick O'Brien
*Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lightenheld
*I'm Mighty by Kate and Jim McMullan
The Panama Canal by Elizabeth Mann
Bulldozers by Jean Eick
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lightenheld
Digger Man
The Drop Goes Plop: A First Look at the Water Cycle by Sam Godwin
The Diggers by Margaret Wise Brown
The Way Things Work: Steam Power DVD

Adding our story disc to our wall map...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fun Things From Our Backyard!!

We have had lots of exciting times around our yard lately.  Always an adventure!

Like this poor guy...a huge Texas Spiny Lizard that had jammed himself between the grate and mesh on our outside Air Conditioner unit. 

Thankfully, Hubby came home on his lunch break and took off the grate, which let me free the little guy.  I didn't think he was going to make it, but an hour later, he was gone, so hopefully he was just idea how he got in there that far, but I'm thinking happy thoughts that he is ok (don't ruin it for me)!!

Pecan season is just starting!!!  It looks like one or two of our seven trees might have some for us this year!!!

We love watching for butterflies in the yard...they are so pretty!

And this baby Texas Spiny Lizard...he/she did NOT take its eyes off of me the whole time we were playing on the swingset, but thankfully it let me snap a photo...thankfully it also wasn't anywhere near the above butterfly :)

LadyBear loves to swing and LittleBear loves to push her!

Just today we found a new Monarch caterpillar on our milkweed!  He's still there...maybe he'll decide to stay?

We have had a few Queen butterfly visitors as well, which Orbit has enjoyed watching from his favorite window seat...

And the biggest Monarch I have seen in a long time stopped by for a pit stop...

We love our backyard!!!