A collection of pictures from our summer ;)

Enjoy!

xo, nikki :)

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Summer?!

This post is shamefully overdue, but I’m not going to make excuses of why I haven’t blogged in a while because I only have one: I haven’t felt like it.  That is the truth. My health has been the main reason I have not felt like it. So, instead of using this blog to “complain” about how I feel or the lack of feeling, I just stopped blogging. I was so tired and hormonal that the last thing on my mind was keeping up with the blog.  Which isn’t really fair because that is how many of you find out about the on goings of the kids. (Btw, I am doing much better now. I have cut a lot of stuff out of my diet and working out regularly to help manage stress.) Time is also factor, but you can make time for things, right? So, putting that aside I would like to update you on our life… if you are still interested ;)

The summer has gone by way too fast, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit to being overly excited about this upcoming fall. I am turning 30 and my old soul is so excited!! I actually had the thought, ‘Wow! I am going to be 40 is 10 years. That is so cool!’ I know, I know… I’m weird. Any way, back to this summer. I feel like we just survived.

-We had my grandparents, my parents and my sister come by in the late spring, which was a lot of fun.

-It rained most of the summer, so we didn’t get out too much.

-My dad came back through for business and celebrated Marseille’s 4th birthday. Yup! No babies here! I cannot believe that she is four. She woke up on here birthday and said, “I’m four, I am not 3 a-n-y-m-o-r-e!!” Went to the Children’s Museum for her birthday.

-Danny’s parents made a day trip here to have a birthday dinner with us for Marseille.

-I went paddleboarding… If I lived near water, I would want one sooooo badly. I loved it!!

-The kids went to FL with my parents and Danny went to Chicago for business and I had a wonderful stay-cation.

– We too various hiking and picnic trips. Especially trips to the Biltmore.

– Brought the kids to the train fountain downtown and let them play in it.

-My sister came for a quick visit before heading back to FL

– Went to the zoo as much as we could, and fed the ducks and ducklings a couple times too.

-We did the summer reading program again, but the baseball game got rained out… not sure if I am going to do the library one anymore.

-We had a few doctor appointments early on in the summer and everything is looking good.

-We started homeschooling the last week of August. The kids are loving it, and I am loving the structure in our day.

-We just had a family vacation for just the 4 of us. It has been 3 years since we have done that and it was fun! We went to Charleston, and ended the week with a couple days in Charlotte, so the kiddos could hang out with their grandparents. Danny and I went to Carowinds for the day.

And now, we are at the present moment! I’m sure that I am forgetting stuff… but that is what happens when you wait so long to post!! I will try to get some pictures together and post them later a long with some news that needs another post… no we are not pregnant!

xo, nikki :)

A little bit of school

I have wanted to do school and yet, I’m not quite ready yet. We started doing a little bit of Five in a Row. You read the same book five days in a row and do activities based on the book. My problem is I haven’t sat down and made a true lesson plan, so I am winging it on Sunday evening. We’ve only done a couple weeks, but as a friend recently shared with me, we are going to be doing school until they are 18, let’s enjoy right now. So, with that in mind, if we do school we do, and if not that is okay too. The books that we have read so far are: Goodnight Moon and Corduroy. The kids really love it.

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xo, nikki :)

Finishing up some of the Olympic Sports

G- gymnastics

I donned by old team leotard for the kiddos while we did school. They thought it was cool, which I thought was funny. I showed them some moves and we made a rhythmic gymnastic ribbon for each of them. Youtube is a great source for watching different types of gymnastics.

J- Judo

We didn’t practice any judo, but we read about it and did some coloring sheets.

M- Modern Pentathlon

We went all out by having our own Modern Pentathlon. We had a blast! A Modern Pentathlon includes: Jumping, Fencing, Swimming, Shooting and Running.

 

R- Rowing

The kids had fun trying to row in the laundry basket. They thought it was pretty silly.

S- Swimming

We went swimming!!!

T- Track and Field

Had a race. The kids loved running through the crepe paper finish line.

We have had so much fun learning about the sports and the Olympics. The library has been emptied of a large chunk of their books!! It’s been fun to see what sticks with the kids.

xo, nikki :)

C, D and E

We are continuing our Olympic study unit by learning about several sports. I have checked out quite a few books about the Olympics and the individual sports. We read from the books, do a color sheet, and five words that pertain to each sport. Then we try to do a craft or an activity based on the sport. For the most part, I have come up with the activities on a whim, usually as we are doing school!

C is for Cycling.

It was rainy out so we couldn’t go for a bike ride!

D is for Diving.

The kids look forward to doing the glass beads and bingo markers.

 

The finished product. Bentley is getting better about coloring.

 

I brought out my yearbooks and showed the kids that I was on my high school dive team.

 

Because the weather was still rainy, we couldn’t go to a pool with a diving board, instead the little people went for a dive.

Silly :)

 

E is for Equestrian

 

I finished my words!

 

We made our own horses to do some showjumping

 

The kids had a blast doing the course.

 

Here is a little video of our Olympics.

It has been so much fun teaching the kids about different sports! What’s more fun is when they get into it! Look for next weeks post on school! It should be exciting since we are doing G for gymnastics!!

xo, nikki :)

Travelling at the speed of life

I have no idea what we have been doing for the past month! As Bentley has been trying to figure out how to make the minutes, hours and days go by faster, I am trying to find a way to slow it down! We’ve been doing a little of this and that, gardening, swimming in the neighbor’s pool, physical therapy, hanging out with friends, tons of trips to the library, and pink eye!

Since a picture says a thousand words, here are a few to fill in the gaps!

Making homemade pretzels — Bentley loves to take pictures

 

Trip to the mountains

 

The kids brought me flowers

 

Flowers from our garden.

 

Blueberry picking!! 1 gallon for $5!

 

Playing dress up! Marseille said,  “I’m getting married!” She loves to say that when she wears that dress :)

 

This head of cabbage was much bigger than my head. It made great cabbage rolls!

 

I rigged this noodle sprinkler for the kids. They loved it!

 

Shot time!!

 

Lazy 5 Ranch was quite an experience! We met Danny’s parents and the cousins for a carriage ride through a ranch full of animals. You were allowed to feed most of them.

 

Learning how to do the dishes

 

I found this praying mantis on the grill, I caught it but had to let it go because I couldn’t find any food small enough for it.

 

Pool time :)

 

I was so excited to find that my rosemary sprigs, that my friend gave me, had roots.

 

Our huge sunflowers! There are at least 10 of them in our garden and at least 9ft tall. I love to see all the busy bees on them.

 

I was so excited to find these eggs. Papa and Mama Blue abandoned their nest so the eggs never hatched.

 

Bentley found the nest. I dried it out and saved it. It is an American Goldfinch nest.

 

We started school on July 2nd. We did an American Revolution and Fourth of July unit. Bentley is making his cucumber sandwich to enjoy with his “taxed tea”.

 

Our Boston Tea Party. I even polished the silver!

 

We made a cake for the 4th of July.

 

It went right along with our 4th of July unit!

 

Prizes from the summer library reading program. We read 80 books in a month and they received a medal, a pencil, a sticky hand, bounce house tickets and baseball tickets. At the baseball game they get to be in a parade and get a free shirt! They were very excited!

 

They are nice medals!!

 

July 9th, was the first day of our Olympic unit. A is for archery. Water balloon archery :)

 

Aunt Becca helping Bentley learn how to use a bow and arrow! Bentley loves archery.

 

B is for Basketball

 

Playing Basketball

 

I cut open one of the sunflowers to let the kids look and touch it. They really enjoyed that. We observed the insects, and eggs that were on it. We made guesses at what ate the leaves. I showed them where the seeds developed and Bentley wanted to eat them. :)

Hope you enjoyed the update!

xo, nikki :)