Monday, August 24, 2009

Little TD has a Big Boy Room

Yes, Little TD has finally rid his room of the crib. He officially has a big boy room (with the exception of the Pull-ups which we sometimes have to use still....) . He is so proud of his new room, and he is doing a great job keeping it clean. Here are a couple of pics for you to see what it looks like!

First Day of School

With our travels this summer, Mr. TD coming home and taking a week off, we were a little late in starting school. Well, we never really stop schooling. Just like most every other school kid in the area, we began our "new" school year today.

Here is Princess TD all dressed and ready to go for her 6 year old school.

As you can see, the look on her face is less than enthusiastic. She was not at all excited to begin 6 year old school, because Daddy was still home from work. She wanted to be with him and not doing school. She fought me for the first little bit, but then she ended up loving the new guide! We are using Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory for her 6 year old school. This is the same publisher we used last year, Heart of Dakota.

Little TD was much more excited to begin his pre-kindergarten year! Here he is just before we began our lessons.
We just picked up where we left off with our guide prior to all of our travels. He is continuing in his guide, Little Hands to Heaven, also by Heart of Dakota. He had a blast cutting, pasting, coloring and listening to his Bible story. We even read a couple of books while Princess TD was completing her copywork. He is much more ready to sit still for the 30 minutes or so it takes us to do his school, than he was last spring.

All in all, today was a good day and we are all looking forward to another great year homeschooling!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Princess TD Turns 6

Since we were out of town pretty much immediately after her birthday party, I haven't posted anything about Princess TD turning 6! I can't believe it has been 6 years since she was born, she is growing up so fast and becoming a big girl in front of my eyes.

This year for her party, she wanted an American Girl theme. Since she didn't tell me until the week of her party, she decided to go with a July 4th theme, which, by the way, is much easier to do considering that IS her birthday! We decided this year to rent an inflatable and since it was a holiday weekend (and they are closed on Sunday) we got a great deal and had the inflatable from Friday to Monday! All of the kids loved playing on it!

Here are a few pictures.

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We love you Princess TD!

A Bit Envious

I am feeling envious this year of all of the moms and kids out shopping for school supplies. I always loved picking out new folders, pencils and such for the start of the school year. I just look as I walk past all of the new folders, lunchboxes, crayons (I just LOVE new crayons) and all of the other stuff that goes along with it.

As a homeschooler, I don't NEED much of that kind of stuff. The pack of pencils I bought 2 or so years ago when we were doing preschool, still has more than enough to cover us probably through the elementary years! We don't lose pencils, we don't share them, so a pack of 10 will last quite a while! We do need paper and other consumables, but not much.

We do get to "shop" for curriculum, but again, I am set in that area too. We have found something that works, and we're not "shopping" for anything new. We just have to pick a date and start.

In past years, we have purchased school supplies to donate to needy children. We did that again this year, so I got my school supply fix by purchasing supplies for our pantry for the needy at our church.

I feel so much better having bought new pencils, erasers and crayons. Now we can start school!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Something new...

We have been in St. Louis visiting family for most of July, so I have a lot to post about. First, Princess TD has something new she wants to share!

Yes, that's right! She got her ears pierced. She has been asking for a while, and I have been trying to put her off, hoping she would wait until she was old enough to take care of them herself, but she wore me down! Mr. TD gave his approval over the phone, and when she found out he said yes, she couldn't wait to go get it done.

Here she is as the first side is being done.

Here she is for the other side...not so thrilled about the second time!

After it was all over, she was more than happy to model her new earrings!

Now she is walking around saying, "I can't believe I got my ears pierced! I can't feel it anymore. Can you Mom?" She is so excited and is ready to count down the 6 weeks until she can change them!