Thursday, September 30, 2010

Perceptive Perspective: Hobbies

Hollie, over at 2 Babycakes, hosts Perceptive Perspective


This week's theme is "Hobbies"

Hubby's #1 hobby is watching football, Buffalo Bills if you please.  He has got to be the #1 Bills fan and is turning the girls into fans #2, #3 and #4.

My #1 hobby, for as long as I can remember, would have to be reading:

I've always liked taking pictures, my mom would say I take too many.  Now with digital cameras I can take pictures to my heart's content.  I am trying to improve my photography skills as best I can with my rinky dink camera:

My new hobby, blogging:

And of course I love working with the girls and getting their lessons ready.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tiny Talk Tuesday: September 28, 2010

Time to share some of the cute things the girls have said this week.  I wish I had had a pen or pencil available a lot more this week, because I forgot a lot of them.

We were outside as it was getting dark the one evening and Tabitha looked up in the sky and saw the moon pictured above.  She said, "The moon ate something."  She corrected herself a little bit later and said, "Something ate the moon."

A different evening we were walking around River Rd with daddy and she said something cute.  Unfortunately I don't remember what she said.  However, immediately after the comment she said, "Mom, you have to write that down."

Miss Amelia has been getting more and more verbal, more and more understandable.  I really need to start carrying a notebook and pen around my neck so I don't keep forgetting things.  However, here is one from the other day:

I was sitting on the couch feeding Hannah and Amelia would go over to the love seat, face away from it, fold her hands across her chest and fall backward onto the love seat.  She laughed and said, "That funny."  Then she did it again and again and again, each time running over to me saying, "That funny."

What cute things have you caught your little ones saying.  Come link up over at Not Before 7, or just head on over to check out what other's kids are saying.

Homeschooling By the Numbers

I found this over at Michelle's blog, Adventures in Home Educating

Homeschooling by the Numbers [Infographic]

Click on the image to see the entire graphic.

Monday, September 27, 2010

A bunch of photography

Time to share some of my obviously-not-professional photos taken recently.  This first group were taken for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  

A miniature home
 Water Droplet
Drip, drip, drip

Rain drops on leaves
Good morning Amelia

Must I get up?
Daddy and his tie dyed shirt
She is always complimented on her long lashes.

Now for some photos I didn't go looking for, but the photo opportunities found me.

Mamarazzi Monday

Time for Mamarazzi Monday, hosted by Ann Marie over at Household 6 Diva

She said she was stuck.  I was holding the baby and couldn't get her unstuck.  I called her brother down from his room.  By the time he got there she had effortlessly gotten herself free.  Stinker!

After the week of posting a sign for the You Capture challenge, I realized I had plenty of signs to choose from.  So I went to the park and took a few.  I really liked this one.

Poor Grandpa.  Will they ever visit again?

Trying to get a good picture of Hannah's feet for the Feet challenge for Perceptive Perspective.  Then I realized I was too late.  But wanted to share anyway.

Tabitha's toes after her first sleepover.

Tabitha found this butterfly in the yard and caught it.  This is Amelia holding it.

Thought this was adorable!

Time for Close Up/Whole Picture

Close Up

Whole Picture
This was actually "Paparazzi"

Close Up

Whole Picture


This week's theme for You Capture, hosted by Beth over at I Should Be Folding Laundry, is FLOWERS:

We noticed a bunch of pretty flowers over by the park fence at the back of our yard.  This is where Tabitha left the butterfly we took pictures of and I shared above.  I thought they would be pretty for the challenge.

Loved her flower dress being added to the background 
of the flowers.

Muffin Tin Monday: Pp

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

Even though I did a Pp themed lunch last week, I decided to do a Pp Muffin Tin as there was no other theme this week.

I cut a P out of cheese.
I used a P cookie cutter to cut 3 P's out of a peanut butter sandwich.

Amelia chowed down on everything except the pickles.
No surprise!
Though I was surprised to see how fast the pineapple disappeared.

Tabitha also enjoyed all the selections this week.
She loves the pickles.  They are the Bread and Butter kind.  Though she likes dill as well.

Science Sunday: Butterfly and Frog Updates

New update on our caterpillars/butterfly:

Having never seen monarch caterpillars or chrysallis before I looked at this chrysallis early Friday morning and thought it had turned black.

Here you can see the threads holding it to the roof of the butterfly garden

I then realized I could see the pattern of the wing:

Later that morning, close to lunch time, I found the butterfly hanging from the chryssalis.
Which I noticed was really clear.

The poor thing's wings are crippled.  She has both wings on her left side, but the one is wrinkled.  And she only has one wing on the right and it is tiny.  Oh, and she is missing some legs.

After realizing she was still alive the next day I made of some sugar water (1 cup of water to 3 tsp of sugar) and soaked a paper towel in it.  I held it right down to her and watched as she started sucking the water.

This morning I allowed Tabitha to hold the paper towel and watch the butterfly.

I think she likes the butterfly

Not sure what I am going to do with her, but I have told the children just because she has something wrong with her doesn't mean she is not special.  She obviously won't fly away, so we will keep her for a while I guess and feed her sugar water.

 We also decided it was time to let the frogs go as there were times we just couldn't get flies to them.  And we figured they were living in quite a hostile environment, all rock and water, no plants.  I am going to miss them though.  I'm sure the girls will too.

 So we took them to church with us and then Steven released
them in the river where he found them as tadpoles all those weeks ago.

Linking up to Science Sunday over at Adventures in Mommydom

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