Thursday, July 28, 2011

Garden Challenge Winner!

I got an email yesterday telling me that I won the Homeschool Village Garden Challenge! I'm so excited! Thanks so much to The Homeschool Village and to everyone who checked out my garden posts!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wilderness Wednesday

 Brianna got a bird watching kit for her birthday, so we've been studying everything about local birds. On her own, with no help from me, she's started discovering which bird make which sounds without seeing them. With her birthday money she picked up a outdoors-man type vest with all sorts of pockets and such for her gear. She loves the duck caller that came with her kit, but can't yet figure out how to make different bird sounds with the bird whistle.

Sorry for no pics, my camera is quickly kicking the bucket and all I can get pics of is a fuzzy blob :(

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Olivia's 2nd Birthday!

My baby girl turned 2 today! I can't believe it! And not in the normal "where have 2 years gone" sense either. More than how can she be 2 if she's the same size Isaac and Brianna we're at only their first birthdays?!

*Again Note: There's a few years missing where we lost our entire hard drive. Also, pardon the pics of pics* *2nd note, yes, all 3 of my birth children really were born within 2 weeks of each other lol*

My favorite newborn pic of her

This is awesome! She didn't like the camera lady "tickling" her with the toy, the next photo (5 seconds later) is of a giant smile lol

Mama and Olivia

Hair cake!


Dumped in a snowbank

Classic sketti shot

Cool dude!

Happy Birthday!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

200 Posts!

I thought I'd post a stats post as my 200th post.

Top Posts
Homeschool Bowling
Tot School - Week 1
Wilderness Wednesday
Blog Party!
Our Current Curriculum - May 2011

Top Referring Sites
Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
Our Side of the Mountain
52 Books in 52 Weeks
The Secular Homeschool

Top Searched
"Spell by Color" Review

Reader Stats
Most users are from USA with the Canada in 2nd
Most people are using Mozilla with IE close behind
Not surprisingly, more than 90% of readers are using a Windows OS

I know most people don't care about this kind of stuff, but I've always loved random stats!

Isaac's 12th Birthday!

Ok, so it was yesterday, but I was gone all day and didn't have the energy to post at midnight!

12 years ago my first born and only birth son was born. After 84 hours (yes that's hours) of labour, a screaming 8lb 10oz baby made his way into the world.

*Again Note: There's a few years missing where we lost our entire harddrive. Also, pardon the pics of pics*

First day home from the hospital

Classic Sketti shot

1st Birthday

Meeting Brianna for the first time!

Decorated for Christmas!

One of our favorite pics

Go Sens Go!

First day of Kindergarten

My favorite pic of the 2 of us

First Autograph!

Indiana Jones

First time meeting Olivia!

Isaac chose Baritone for Music class

Happy 12th Birthday!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Triathlon Changes

With only a little over a month to go, we now find out the route has changed for the run and bike portion of the race. So we have new routes to memorize. *roll eyes*

Bit of news though.... now my niece is joining us for training and will be taking part in the triathlon too! Like the fun run they did over the weekend, they won't be in the same age group this year, but at least they get to train together.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Brianna's 1st Race

Today Brianna did her first race with her cousins. We only found out about it on Thursday, but Brianna was all excited to do it and when her cousins found out about it, they wanted to join her too! Brianna thought it would be great practice for her triathlon next month, of course, I agreed!

Now Brianna's a sprinter. She's super fast for short distances, she's not really good at endurance for longer distances, we're working on it. Today's race was 1.25km (.77 miles). We've powerwalked 3km on a fairly regular basis, but never ran anything more than a quarter km.

So we discussed how it was not important that she came in first place. It wasn't even important if she came in last place. If she was tired, she could walk. As long as she finished.

Look! It's a real race number!

Brianna and her cousin's before the race

Starting line
About 1/2 way through
Final stretch!
Race time (minus 4 seconds cause the camera didn't want to work properly!)

That was HARD!
Nursing her first racing injuries. She got tripped up almost right out of the gate and was the bottom of a 3 kid pile up
Her and her cousins with their participation medals

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wilderness Wednesday

So sorry for the lack of Wilderness Wednesday post yesterday! I'm in the middle of all 3 of the younger kids birthdays (yup, all 3 of my birth kids are this month, the 5th, 16th and 19th).

We don't have a Nature Study to report today because of all the craziness, but the linky is open for anyone else to report! While I may not get a chance to comment on all Wilderness Wednesday posts, I DO read them all :)

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Brianna's 9th Birthday!!!

Today my oldest girl turns 9. Here are some of my favorite pictures of her *Note: There's a few years missing where we lost our entire harddrive. Also, pardon the pics of pics*

Monday, July 4, 2011

Garden Update #4

From my first link up in March of my non-remodeled backyard

Until today of my beautiful backyard garden/patio area

I've had loads of fun with this garden link up! I've loved watching all the gardens grow!

Beef Steak Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Overgrown Spinach and Lettuce

Teeny plant, well growing Green Pepper!

Lee's thrilled with his Jalapenos

First Cucumber
First Zucchini

Whole Garden

Linking up with The Homeschool Village!