We did it! (End of school photos)

So since we are doing year-round schooling, we aren’t going to have a normal summer break, but we’ll be off for the next five weeks or so.  When we get back home we will have a few weeks left to finish up all the loose ends and do some review before jumping into the next year of schooling.

Since this will be our summer break we took a few photos to celebrate the (sort of) end of kindergarten and first grade.

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They did well this year.  I’ve learned that homeschooling isn’t an easy thing; it’s hard work and requires more patience than I naturally possess.  But it’s also rewarding and fun.  I’m proud of my girls.

Also, scared of next year.  Bring on the break.

Week in Review: June 8-14

This week  has pretty much been a blur.

We’re still on the Romans so Susannah made a gold laurel leaf crown like Caesars.  She thinks she’s the top dog around here when she wears it.

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I also finally took the time to start the child’s sewing lessons.  She helped make circle garlands for her party and did a fantastic job.  She’s already asking when she can make clothes for Bear-Bear.

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We took a trip to Ham Orchards to pick blackberries and check out the peaches they grow there.  The girls had a killer time racing to pick the most berries and tasting their amazing homemade peach ice cream.

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Favorite link this week: this one about homeschooling siblings.

The girls are staying with grandma and grandpa for a few days this week and I’ll be racing against the clock to get everything done before the party this Saturday.

What’s everybody else up to?

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Rainbow Applique T-shirt

So in the midst of all the party preparations Susannah asks me what kind of outfit I’m going to make her for her birthday.  I had zero plans to make her something to wear, but I couldn’t say no to her big brown eyes.  I didn’t have time for anything elaborate so I settled on a rainbow applique t-shirt.  I doubt I will get a skirt made in time, but at least she’ll have something cute to wear at her party.

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Surprise, surprise, I had all the scraps I needed (yay for using up scraps!) on hand already.  My first thought was to cut out the individual stripes of the rainbow and attach them to Heat & Bond, but it was much easier to just cut out a general rainbow shape from each color in graduating sizes and sew on top of each layer (using Heat & Bond on each layer).   It needed a little something to finish it up so I added a soft, minky cloud.

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Susannah likes it, it only took me about twenty minutes, and now I can concentrate on everything else on my to-do list.

 

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Tuesday Letter {the one that didn’t publish when it was supposed to}

Dear husband, just because Dr. House says something on TV doesn’t automatically make it true.  I’m pretty sure that your parents actually ARE your parents, despite your cleft chin.  (Dork.)  Dear Susannah, I think the whole state heard our collective sigh of relief when that stupid tooth finally came out.  Dear husband (again), I have a hard time feeling sorry for anyone who willingly eats something like a ghost pepper.  (Okay, I felt a tiny bit sorry for you.  For a minute.)  Dear self, mental note for the next loose tooth: don’t bargain with your kids.  Just buy a ton of apples and force them to chomp on them all day.

Week in Review: June 1-7

We’re down to two weeks until Susannah’s birthday party and then will be flying to Alaska two days after that so things have been a little crazy/hectic around here lately.

We’re still trying to finish up our floors (poor Jerm has had way too much happening lately, but he’s done a really nice job) and down to just the rest of the kitchen, my little craft nook (Which – eek – means I have to clean it out.  Not good.), and the garage.  I think we’re all ready to get our stuff back to where it belongs instead of everything being crammed into the same rooms.

These are terrible photos, but here are the cute little invitations we made for the upcoming rainbow party.  (We found them here.)

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I’ve got to admit that rainbow parties are way more fun to plan than minions.  {wink}

Susannah lost her first tooth this week and we’re all breathing a sigh of relief to have it over and done with.  Her tooth was growing in behind it so I was totally freaked out, despite Jerm’s repeated assurances that it was no big deal.  The child is extremely proud of her new gappy smile.  (Is that even a word?)

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She also finished up take two on the Great Wall of China and we were much happier with the results this time.  We ran out of blocks before we could completely finish, but we’re calling it good.  She had a lot of fun with this one and it was definitely worth springing for the styrofoam blocks.

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Jerm rescued a turtle from the road on the way to church Sunday, which of course Mad wanted to keep.  That child and creatures.  He doesn’t really look all that appreciative of our efforts, does he?

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Susannah finished up her human body studies (thanks to Natasha for the info; we loved using this book!).  Here’s her finished poster.  We apparently didn’t place things quite right….oops.

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I almost can’t believe I took this photo, being the spider-hater that I am, but check out this web.  So weird.  (Hideous little beast.)

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Susannah is the master note-leaving/list-maker these days.  I find helpful little hints like this one all over the place:

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Thanks for the IDEA.  I think I’ll pass.

And finally, we saw a snake (dead) in the alley the other day and had to inspect.  Madeline was angry that someone had killed it.  How could they?!

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Well, I’m off to work on birthday projects.  I’m slowly getting there, but still have too much to do.

Have you seen any interesting creatures lately?

Travel Jewelry Organizer

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This jewelry organizer has been on my Pinterest to-do list for-EV-er, so I finally broke down and made one to haul my jewelry on my upcoming trip.  You can find the tutorial here.

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It really wasn’t a hard project at all, and I completely skipped the ring holder since I usually only wear my wedding rings.  The earring holder is cool, but I wasn’t sure how well my dangle earring would stay put.  I tried a few different things and and as long as I thread the posts through both holes I think they’ll stay put just fine.

I don’t have a snap setter so I hand-sewed a snap on (makes it much easier to attach/detach earrings), then added a little flower to cover up the ugly side of the snap.

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I wish I would have taken the pattern size into consideration before making this, because most of my necklaces are the wire & bead can’t-be-bent variety and definitely will NOT fit in this case.  I think I can come up with something separate on my own for those, though.  (Ha! Wish me luck on that.)

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I don’t know why that last photo makes it look so oddly shaped.  It isn’t like that in person.  Whatev.

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Week in Review: May 18-24

Anybody else not quite able to believe that we’re on the last week of May?  I swear yesterday was the first and now it’s almost June.

This week was a wild one, and I’m feeling it today…so sleepy. We participated in a local homeschool group field day on Tuesday and had a blast.  The girls were a little overwhelmed at first by all the kids, but made new friends quickly and are already anticipating next year.

Susannah powered through the three-legged race to take first place in her age division.  Not really surprising…the child is all brute strength (obviously not something she gets from me). field day 2

Madeline wasn’t quite as thrilled with this particular race.  She and her little partner decided they’d rather walk very carefully than chance falling down.  Gotta love five-year-olds.  So practical.

You can pretty much tell by the look on their faces that they aren’t too sure about this whole idea… field day

It was a really fun day and I’m glad we went.  We’ll be participating with this group again soon, I think.

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Susannah and I attempted to make a model of the original dirt portion of the Great Wall of China but it was a complete failure (largely because I had too many other things happening this week and didn’t prepare correctly), so I promised that we’d work on a variation of the same project next week.  I’m trying to decide if I should use sugar cubes like we did with the pyramids or splurge a little and buy styrofoam bricks.  What do you guys think?  Bare minimum or go all out?

I’m in the middle of a few new sewing projects, but didn’t get anything totally finished this week, thanks to the school activities and the yard sale I had this weekend.  Here are a few things I whipped up last week, though.

First up, a case for my Kindle Fire.  I carry it with me everywhere (along with at least one print book – have to be prepared for any mood), but hated that it was just floating around in my giant bag.  This case will keep it from getting scratched up and was super easy to make.  Plus it’s cute!

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I had a similar issue with my sunglasses, so I made a case for those as well.  I really used up a lot of scraps with these projects, which is always nice.   That way I don’t feel quite as guilty about the yards and yards worth of scraps I’ve accumulated.  When the guilt pops up I can just point my conscience to these happy little projects.  ;)

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I also made myself an art kit similar to the ones I made for the girls a few years back, but it didn’t turn out quite like I imagined and was a giant pain from start to finish.  I’m not sure at this point if I’m going to try to make it work or just start over.

The last thing I made last week (see, I was pretty productive) is this adorable little wallet (also using scraps!).  It’s a little wonky on one edge, where I closed the seam, but overall I really like it.  The curved pocket on the inside was supposed to fit my iPhone, which I obsessively checked while making, and it worked all the way up until I did the topstitch, at which point I realized that it would never fit with the the case on (and which Jerm informs me I can’t remove – boo).

So I’m just using it as is for now, but I may attempt a take two on this little lovely also.  (Besides I want to try to dye the elastic next time; I followed this lovely little tutorial in case you’re wondering.) PicMonkey Collage

You guys have to check out these pages from Susannah’s church journal.  She loves to draw and write and it makes me so happy when she shows me her work.

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She told me this is her first poem.  I had to take a photo so I could remember it always.

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What was your week like?  Busy or calm?  Did you try anything new?

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Parties I link to: Craft-O-Maniac, Sew Can Do, C.R.A.F.T., Skip to My Lou, Chef In Training, A Bowl Full of Lemons,Sugar Bee Crafts, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Todays Creative Blog, Mandy’s Recipe Box, My Girlish Whims, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Sew Much Ado, Ginger Snap Crafts,The Crafty Blog Stalker, A Glimpse Inside, Tidy Mom, Thirty Handmade Days, Tatertots and Jello, Flamingo Toes, Six Sisters Stuff, Naptime Creations, I Heart Naptime