Saturday, November 5, 2011

Early Birthday Presents

 We just got back from our vacation. Austyn had his birthday on vacation so before we left he got presents from grandparents and then from us. He opened up some gifts from Zoe. 

 One gift from her was home-made. This is a pig nose.

We are really tired of purchasing toys for birthdays, so this year we did something different. We got him a dirt bike. We felt that he was ready and that it would be something that he could learn about and take responsibility for.

 Daddy had to take a spin first, just to make sure it works properly. I think he is having a little too much fun, though. LOL!

 Austyn got a few lessons from Daddy about how to run it and maintain it. They also changed the oil before running it. 

It wasn't long before he was driving it all over the yard and in the field. He loves it!

This is just another benefit of living in wide open spaces instead of in a city or town.

Friday, November 4, 2011

100 Books a Month Challenge - October 2011


I'm sure that there are books that I missed here, but this is our list. It is a bit shorter than usual. We had a vacation in this time and we have been doing more social activities than normal to get to know some homeschoolers in our new area. If you look at the chapters and count each of them as well as what was read at the library programs we reached 104, so we still met our goal!

Austyn and Zoe:
1.       Aaron’s Hair by Robert Munsch – Audio Book
2.       Abel and the Wolf by Sergio Lairla
3.       A Job For Wittilda by Caralyn and Mark Buehner
4.       A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer
5.       Always by Alison McGhee and Pascal Lemaitre
6.       Ant Grasshopper by Luli Gray
7.       Ballroom Bonanza by Nina Rycroft
8.       Bear on the Train by Julie Lawson
9.       Bobby Bramble Loses His Brain by David Keane
10.   Boo! By Robert Munsch – Audio Book
11.   Born to Be a Butterfly by Karen Wallace
12.   Button UP! By Alice Schertle
13.   Can You Growl Like a Bear? By John Butler
14.   Celebrations in My World Thanksgiving
15.   Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem by Ruth Ohi
16.   Chicken, Pig, Cow On the Move by Ruth Ohi
17.   Clifford’s First Valentine’s Day by Norman Bridwell
18.   Come On, Rain! By Karen Hesse – Audio Book
19.   Corduroy Gets a Pet by Don Treeman
20.   Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
21.   Daffodil by Emily Jenkins
22.   Dora the Explorer Dora Saves Mermaid Kingdom! By Michael Teitelbaum
23.   Dracula’s Daughter by Mary Heffman - 4 chapters
24.   Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott
25.   Fairly Fairy Tales by Esme Raji Codell
26.   Fat Cat byt Margaret Read MacDonald
27.   Follow The Line through the house by Laura Ljungkvist
28.   Fortune Cookies by Albert Bitterman
29.   Fraisement merci par Meigan E. Bryant
30.   Go Away, Big Green Monster! By Ed Emberley
31.   Happy and Max The Sunken Ship Adventure by Kris Jamsa, Ph.D.
32.   Hattie Hippo by Christine Loomis
33.   Hush Little Dragon by Boni Ashburn
34.   I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis
35.   Jimmy Neutron Return of the Pumpkin Head by Jenny Miglis
36.   La drole de nuit du Pere Noel by Gwenaelle Boulet
37.   Mabel’s Magical Garden by Paula Metcalf
38.   Makeup Mess by Robert Munsch
39.   Marttha Doesn’t Say Sorry! By Samantha Berger
40.   Meraid Dreams by Mark Sperring
41.   My Pig Amarillo by Satomi Ichikawa
42.   Napping House by Audrey Wood – Audio Book
43.   Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel
44.   Open Wide by Laurie Keller – Audio Book
45.   Pancakes for Supper! By Anne Isaacs
46.   Pirate Pete by Kim Kennedy
47.   Rattlebone Rock by Sylvia Andrews
48.   Rose by Night by Mireille Levert
49.   Shake dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa
50.   She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain by Chris Demarest
51.   Skeleton Meets the Mummy by Steve Metzger
52.   Skelly the Skeleton Girl by Jimmy Pickering
53.   Song for a Princess by Rachael Mortimer
54.   Spot’s Halloween Party by Eric Hill
55.   Tell Me A Scary Story... But Not TOO Scary! By Carl Reiner
56.   That’s Hockey by David Bouchard and Dean Griffiths
57.   The Best Birthday Ever! By Charise Mericle Harper
58.   The Block Mess Monster by Betsy Howie
59.   The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse
60.   The Flea’s Sneeze by Lynn Downey
61.   The Great Divide A Mathematical Marathon b y Dayle Ann Dodds
62.   The Great Graph Contest by Loreen Leedy
63.   The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
64.   The Little Bit Scary People by Emily Jenkins
65.   The Long Weekend by Troon Harrison
66.   The Mermaid Secret by Vicki Blum – 13 chapters
67.   The Mushroom Hunt by Simon Frazer
68.   The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
69.   The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett
70.   There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell! By Lucille Colandro
71.   The Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald
72.   The Teeny Tiny Ghost by Kay Winters
73.   Timothy Cox Will Not Change His Socks by Robert Kinerk and Stephen Gammell
74.   Up in the Tree by Margaret Atwood – Audio Book
75.   What Do You Do With A Kangaroo? By Mercer Mayer
76.   Wild Witches Ball by Jack Prelutsky
77.   Wolves by Emily Gravett
78.   World of Moths by Martha E. H. Rustad
79.   Would You Rather be a Pollywog? By Bonnie Worth
80.   Yuck! By Mick Manning
Story Time October 4 – 3 Books
French Story Time October 5 – 1 Books
Story Time October 11 – 4 Books
French Story Time October 12 – 1 Book
French Story Time October 19 – 1 Book

Austyn:
1.       A Natural History Dragons and Unicorns by Paul and Karin Johnsguard  - 15 chapters

Zoe:
1.       Horse Happy by Sibley Miller - 3 Chapters
2.       How Emily Blair got her Fabulous Hair by Susan Garrison
3.       Princess Poppy Mermaid Perincess by Janey Louise Jones

Me:
 Golf for Enlightenment (don't ask... LOL!)
Zenschooling by Tammy Takahashi (I finished this book)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Book Sharing Monday - I Love the Rain

I Love the Rain by Margaret park Bridges is a story that I love because it shows how just by changing your perspective, something that you may not have liked becomes likable. The other lesson learned in this book is that if you have a positive outlook about something sometimes it's contagious and your friends will also gain a positive outlook.

Molly hates the rain, but by the end of this book she is singing "Sun, sun go away!"

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Carving with Grandma

 Grandma brought over a couple of pumpkins for us to carve. The kittens wanted to help.

 Both kids took turns getting messy.

 We saved the seeds and toasted them with butter and salt in the oven afterward.

 Zoe took a little break to take a drive with the kittens.

 She decided to add some details after her pumpkin was carved.

The pumpkins turned out great. Austyn's is on the left and Zoe's is on the right. 

Happy Halloween!!

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