Saturday, January 21, 2012

Week in Review 1/16/12-1/20/12

Oh it was great to be all well, nearly.  :D

Last weekend was great. Meghan and I had a mother/daughter day on Sunday. Sometimes it is nice to just take out one kid. You remember how easy it was back when there was one. ;) First we went to church and then she chose where we had lunch. She chose Olive Garden, can't argue with that one. We then went to see Chipwrecked, Meghan has really been wanting to see it and she hasn't been to the theater in years, really.

We also wondered around the Chandler mall. I haven't been in there in forever. It was fun to see what new stores there were and what stores were gone. I actually saw the Origami Owl kiosk. I knew they were in there but hadn't been to see it, although I have looked online lots, picking out the charms I would like. They also had a booth at our church boutique but again since I had a booth and was working it I didn't get to shop and see it. (If you have time go read Isabella's story on the site. I am just amazed at how big her business has gotten and she is about 16, she started it at 14. Amazing!)

I was excited to be able to look at everything in person. The girl working informed me that it was their last day at the mall. I knew they said they were going to stop having the spot there. So I decided to go ahead and start my locket. They are so pretty! Here is a picture of mine although I am not sure you can see the charms really well.

The charms I picked are
a wing, (for loved ones who have passed and my baby angels)
a pink sparkly heart, (love and family and my love of all things pink)
a vintage cross, (Jesus love)
a cupcake, (hello)
and a vintage cameo, (my "grandma" gave me one before she passed)

I love it! I do plan to add a pair of flip flops and an Eiffel tower though. :) They were out of those.
I was able to scrap a little bit last weekend too. I have pictures ordered and on the way so I can do some more. Here is a page I did.

So onto this week in school and other stuff.

Kaden and Ellie learned about the letter B. Kaden already knew what it was and the sound. Ellie was just interested in coloring it mostly. They also did some pages from a Kumon book we have. It's a cut and paste book but the first few pages are stickers. So they both did a couple.

I added this picture of one of Kaden's pages. He looks at the little picture up in the corner and copies it exactly. Ellie just stuck them where ever she felt like. She's cool like that.

The old laptop the kids use was having some sort of off week so here is Meghan using mine. She is laying on the floor learning about Benjamin Franklin. I guess she was comfortable. We are using a unit study from Amanda Bennett. It's a lot of fun and Meghan loves it. It is supposed to be a one week study but there is a lot there so we are going to use it for two weeks at least.

On Wednesday Meghan had her online American Girl Club meeting. She really likes them a lot! They are free club meetings with a teacher. The only bummer is I haven't found the American Girl books they are reading right now. They are reading the Felicity books. She has really liked listening in to the discussions though and answering some of the questions. They usually have some video's and a craft to do as well. The meeting is once a month. This one they learned about having tea and also how to make butter. Kaden came in to help make the butter, (Ellie was napping).

Watching the teacher and listening.

Shaking the cream and listening.

More shaking...

Kaden taking a turn with shaking the cream.

The finishing butter... yum!

We brought out the activity bags I made for Kaden a while back. Well some of them were done in a swap with other moms. Ellie joined in on some of the activities this time. Kaden did a bunch of them.

Thursday was the National Popcorn Day. I bet a lot of you didn't know we had one of those. :)
We made popcorn in a paper bag which I didn't know you could do until I saw another homeschooling mom post about it. We put some of our homemade butter on it. :)

I also bought Amanda Bennett's Popcorn Unit. That will be a fun one to do! It's has been on sale this week too but the sale ends tonight.

They watched a movie and had popcorn in the living room. So after they were done we needed to vacuum and Kaden wanted to do it. He did a really good job and I hardly had to do anything... bonus!

We still didn't get as much done as I would have liked but it went really well. We learned a lot about Ben Franklin and Meghan is ready for more. Kaden doesn't feel done when he finishes what I have for him so I need to give him a little more. We are working in a few things this weekend too that is learning and fun in one and still in the themes of the week. I'll share those next week. :)
Have a great Sunday!


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