Wednesday, December 13, 2017

H is for Hide and Hug


Do you do Elf on the shelf?

We tried one year. I even bought the Elf.

I brought him home, and no one liked how he looked. They all thought he looked creepy. I didn't think he was so bad, but if no one liked him then I guess it wasn't going to be fun. So, I took him back. My kids probably would have been creeped out kind of like these "kids."

I still liked the idea of doing something silly each night. I wasn't so much into the "he's watching you" stuff, so I guess it wasn't meant for us to have an Elf on the shelf anyway.

Then I found Olaf!

Hide and Hug Olaf. (I found him in 2014. That's the only time I saw him in the stores.) I loved this "Elf on the shelf" type thing, so I snatched one up. He comes out each Christmas just for fun.

I haven't been very good about hiding him each night before Christmas since we got him. I've "hidden" him maybe a handful of times. This one is from 2014. The only night he got hidden (that year) he delivered a trip to Great Wolf Lodge.


This year I wasn't in the mood to do it at the beginning of the month, but the boys kept asking me if I'd hide Olaf soon.

I finally did.

I decided I could do the 12 days count down until Christmas with him. So, he hid for the first time last night. I put him on the treadmill, and he put out all our Get Air socks because I knew we were headed there in the morning.


The boys were surprised. I think they had given up on him hiding at all this Christmas. I haven't felt very "merry and bright" this year, but I'm doing my best. We'll see how the rest of the nights go!

Any ideas for my hide and hug Olaf adventures?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Some things we did last week

I don't have a lot to say for our week last week, but still wanted to share some things we did. It wasn't a packed week, but it wasn't exactly a calm week either.

We went to OMSI for a field trip with the charter school. We don't have a membership there anymore, so it was fun to go back since we hadn't been for a while. They have a new exhibit called Illusion. It was really cool some of the things they had to play around with. Very hands on.

This light show was fun to dance around in front of it and see your shadow in a bunch of different colors.



This TV appears white. You put on the glasses and you can see something! 


Projector fun...


They also had their gingerbread display up. There were some amazing gingerbread creations. Huge ones. For some reason I didn't get a single picture of them, but I did get a picture of this goofy kid...


 They colored some gingerbread men too...


The weather was just amazing all week. It was cold, but sunny. When you live somewhere that typically is cloudy and rainy it's hard to not want to get out and play in the sun.


We started a new session of ice skating lessons. The boys are doing intro to hockey this time.


We had a field trip to the police station for cub scouts this week. Those boys were all so interested in everything. The officer did a great job, and showed us a lot. He also is a K-9 officer so he showed us his dog too.


April had her recital and orchestra concert this weekend. Recital was on Saturday, and orchestra on Sunday.





 And that wraps up our week!


Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

She did it!

Yesterday we had quite the day at the DMV! In the morning I took April in to do the written portion of her driving test so that she'd have some time in between that and the actual drive test. While we were waiting for our number to be called a girl had just finished her drive test. She was crying. She clearly didn't pass. We both saw her. I knew that really made April worried for her turn in the afternoon. It made me worried too.

She did her written part, and got every question right. She rocked that part. Then we came back at 1:45 for what we thought was a 2:00pm drive test. Turns out it was actually at 2:20. We had to do something for a bit since it wasn't really enough time to go home. We went next door to Big5 for a while. The waiting even longer was stressing April out. Finally, it was time. We headed back over to the DMV got her checked-in, and then she went out to the van to wait for the tester to come out.

She waited in the van for a good while, probably almost 10 minutes.

April sitting in the van waiting for the drive test to begin.
Still waiting...


Meanwhile inside this is what I wanted to be doing (flailing all over the floor). I was just as nervous for her as she probably was. I knew that if she didn't pass it would be a broken heart like the girl earlier. I think I was also worried because she was in our van without us. It's a scary thing in a way. Once she pulled away I was better though.

We were all excited for her. The boys were very encouraging, and were really hoping she would pass. Alex was most excited because he gets to go get hot chocolate with April just the 2 of them, she promised him.

She pulled back in about 20 minutes later, and they sat in the car for a bit. I wasn't sure if that was a good sign or not. Finally they got out, and she came in. She wasn't crying! When she got close to me she said she passed. Phew! She got an excellent score too. So proud of her!


Later that evening we went to Limeberry to celebrate with the family.



 It was a good day.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

My Homeschool Mother's Journal: Christmas party, pineapple, and science

Life this week...

It was hard to get back into the groove after the long Thanksgiving weekend, and now it's a new month. It was a pretty quiet week though, with not a lot of busy, and that's always nice.

Homeschool this week...

We got down and dirty with some science experiements. We were doing a surface tension experiment  with a needle on top of the water (which I didn't get a picture of), and I remembered the milk and dish soap experiment so we did that one too. The boys had a good time with these experiments. And, our hands were covered in food coloring after.




We are also talking about states of matter, and had a project with cheerios to go with that. We had a good time munching on cheerios and doing this project.



We started our Friday morning with a game of Set. This was a bit challenging for the youngest, and actually ended in tears for him. But, he did come back and play after he calmed down. Aric was the pro, and beat us all. Fun game! It's all about finding patterns.


Reviews we are working on...

No reviews going on right now as it is break time for the review crew, and I don't have any other outside reviews. I do have good news though! I have been invited back to the 2018 review crew, and that will start back up here in a few weeks, so we should have some fun things to share in the new year!

Places we're going and people we're seeing...

We had a fun Christmas party at our church on Saturday evening. It was Hawaiian themed, and Santa even wore some board shorts. The food was delicious. We sang some Hawaiian songs, and we even heard a sweet Hawaiian children's Christmas story. It was a fun evening.

The 2 younger boys went up to see Santa...



April wanted a picture in front of the tree with a ukulele...


I tried to get some pictures of all the kids before everything was taken down...


We should have done pictures first! This is what I got...


My kids' favorite thing this week was...

Watching some Christmas movies. Alex just loves The Polar Express. It's one of my favorites too.


Things I'm working on...

I started a puzzle of the nativity. This one will be a challenge for me, 1,000 pieces! What was I thinking. I have not made it very far yet. This one really needs some good lighting because the picture has a lot of darker shades. Might have to get a little desk light.


I've also been working on getting the house ready for Christmas. It looks like we are getting ready to move in this picture! But, we aren't. I was organizing the computer room, and getting things put away.


What we're reading...

Lots and lots of Christmas books. We read Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree several times this week. We also read How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Twelve Days of Christmas by Jan Brett. We checked a few new ones out from the library this week too. The book display is full!

I'm grateful for...

...finding Hawaiian shirts for all 6 of us at Value Village in one shopping trip. Everyone loved their shirt, and they were a great price! Thrift stores can be pretty awesome.

Something fun...

April's artwork from our art lesson at the Woodburn Homeschool group on Friday. The lesson was on Pointillism, and George Seurat. She made a pointillism pineapple!


That about wraps up our week!

I am linking this up to the review crew homeschool blog link-up

Thursday, November 23, 2017

F is for Football

We did this last month, and I never got around to posting about it, but it fits perfectly into my abc blogging this week for the letter F.

We have been learning about football through Amanda Bennett's Unit Studies, and had some fun activities after our official "day 1" of the study.

One of her suggestions for a fun project to go along with the study is to get a sheet, and decorate it with all the things we learn throughout the unit study. I have done this with some of our previous studies, and the kids just love it. So, I picked up a cheap sheet from Walmart, set out the sharpies and let the kids have fun.


We made paper footballs...


Alex chose to color his pink, and we of course loved using the thin stix for these.


Aric's was orange...


Aaron went with the classic brown...


I made a little "football field" with a tablecloth I found at Walmart. The boys had fun flicking them to see how far they could go.


We tried some different techniques. If you want a great video to watch try this one. This Dad is funny, and has some great tips.

Also, if you'd like to have some fun with football too, Football Frenzy is on special right now, only $4!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: New church shoes

One Sunday (literally) all the boys declared their church shoes were too small, so we took them all out to see what would work for the next size up, and if the bigger shoes could be passed down, nothing! Nothing fit right on any boy.

So, out with the old... (saving some for Alex later)


And in with the new...


 Nothing like a new pair of nice shiny church shoes! Oh, and April got some too.
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