The garden in May

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A trip to the nursery to get us going on some plants, while the rest are in the greenhouse growing.

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And a new plant.  Gooseberries. The funny thing is that we had 2 gooseberries plants when we first move here to the US.  I love eating (green) gooseberries growing up, so we planted some in our garden.  They never did much, and by the time Siena was born, those super large needles worried me that this crawler of a girl we had, would grab one of those big thorns and get hurt, because those plants were so big that we couldn’t contain them within the garden space.  So out they went.  We changed them for blueberries… which they never did much either because the birds would eat them before we got to them. DSC_0057

So here we are again.  I will leave it to the gardeners to decide location and to care for it.  Maybe it will do better.  I am sure actually.

Math : Squares : Cubes

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This one book we’ve been using about shapes, takes us after few stories and projects and games, to the cubes.

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We are a family of dice.  I don’t know if there is such a differentiation or question in a questionnaire.  Are you a dice person or not?  If there was, we are definitely one.  With a big jar full of dice to have on hand, because you never know when you’ll need them, right?  And of course that is not the only one container around.  I could probably find a container of more than 3 dice in each room of our house.  And I bet if I cleaned out my purse/bag, I could find a die or two.  I bet I could…

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We also made a little paper corner.  I love hands-on.  That is the way I understand better for sure.

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Dice, cubes, paper, tape, sharpies, color…. that’s my kind of math!

The last few weeks

… we’ve had swim meets, and swim practices and some beautiful swim moments.

… we’ve also had baseball games and some rained out games, that makes space for some other kind of playing.  Still with friends, still fun.

… have dried some clothes outside.

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… we’ve been studying Africa and wondering how long we can stretch this unit for, because what I thought we’d take a month or so, it’s been more like 3 months!  And we are still enjoying it and having fun.

… the garden is being readied and planted, slowly, but it’s in everyone’s minds.  We’ll get there eventually.

… we’ve been outside a whole lot more.

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… we’ve been mowing the yard, a lot.  Between the sun, the heat of a 90-degree day we had last week, and the rain, it’s growing like crazy!

… new friendships are grown and getting stronger.  Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s easier and wonderful and funny.  Teens and pre-teens, and all the previous years, are all an amazing time for learning and growing up.  All of us, but mostly me as a parent.

… windows are often open all day through the evening.

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… I’ve been listening to new to me music.

… I found this video and made me think.

… it’s been so nice that I find the kids doing their work outside many times…. love that of homeschooling!

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Summer is coming, I know it, and the calendar says so. We are looking forward to it.

Math : Squares : Tangram

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From that same book of shapes we’ve been following the order it comes.  Still studying squares, we made our own Tangram,

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IMG_1382 We first didn’t see a cut we were suppose to do, which made the shape building a little more challenging!

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But then we cut it right, and got right to it….

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Well…. we actually had to look at the answer when none of us could figure out how to build the house.

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Ta Da!

Spring in May

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DSC_0191My Mother’s Day Clematis has done her job and shared it with all of us.  What a treat.

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DSC_0227Because all those colors outside… I had to bring some inside too before the rain was coming.

DSC_0210 The apple trees in the backyard are getting full of leaves for sure.  That shade is so nice for those hot days.  It cools it as much as 10 degrees I think.  it is so nice to have.

 

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I know the heat is coming….

 

Math : Squares : Tumbling Blocks

\We are using this book called Shapes in Math, Science and Nature.  It has short lessons and projects and games that we are enjoying.

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This day we did tumbling blocks, which that Lucas asked to make because it’s a pattern very similar to the box of a game they play.  It was pretty fun.IMG_1262

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Then they used it to make a diamond shape and as a pattern to cut more for the final design. IMG_1275

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It was a fun project.

A photo shoot class

Our neighbor is a photographer, and is such a nice person.  He and his wife go on amazing trips, share some of their photos from the road, and they come home full of stories, that I love hearing about.

They also listen to what our kids have to say and what they are doing and making.  The last conversation was about Siena’s making and her new Etsy shop and we asked him to give us  a little help in the photo-taking area.

I find it so hard to take good pictures that will show the details of something.  And for the shop, of Siena’s little creations, so hard to keep it all in mind.

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He then gave us a morning of his time to show us a better way to take photos for our creations, on the Etsy store, as well as for some of the pictures and videos they make in other times.  (Like the videos and photos for their Lego Blog.)

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I think we might start by making a small light box like this one and this one maybe (same idea.)  I can see us having lots of fun with it.

The beach on a rainy day in April

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We went to the coast a few weekends ago, and it was really cold.  We had a swim meet so we were indoors for most of the days, so it didn’t matter that it was raining.  But it did get us wet when we went to check it out while Siena rested.

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Treasures and frisbee is a must at the beach, right?

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Wet clothes, sandy and wet feet, soaked coats, sea smelling hair, and our lungs filled with fresh smelling ocean air.  Even for just an hour, it felt good to be out there.

baseball-ing

Spring is here.  Sun and rain combined, many times at the same time.

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We’ve had Picture Day, we’ve had home games, away games and a tournament. I think I can say we are in full baseball season.

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With the correspondent amount of laundry and practicing my stain removing skills, we are immerse in all that baseball brings.

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And even with all those people around, no one cares that there are baseballs flying in the sky, and that there are more kids than not with big metal bats moving around.

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There were little ones, there were pink and sparkly shoes.  Everyone waiting for their turn to get pictures done.

DSC_0004 That day it felt that Lucas was one of those big kids this year.  Until of course I saw the high schoolers.  Yeah… is he going to grow up that much?  Can I stop time just for a little while?

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With the same jersey and some of our friends from last year’s team, but mostly with a whole new team and coaches, we headed a new season of baseball.  We’ll see what this year brings.  But no matter what, I know this little guy of ours is in heaven, playing what he likes the most.  These two guys of mine are in such a happy place, I love watching them.

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Happy basbeball-ing, Lucas.  I am ready to keep learning the game.

The Dogwood

When we bought our house 20 years ago, it was this beautiful Dogwood a big draw.  We liked how large it was, and how beautiful turned out to light up our home of pink light when full in bloom in the spring.

In my opinion, the flowers don’t bloom not long enough, but I’ll take what we get, because it is just beautiful.

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What a treat.  Thank you Mother Nature.