friday





We had a late night last night so I thought we could have a slow morning. It was all going well, the kids were playing in the hallway and their bedrooms for quite a bit. Then Issabelle and William got into a little tiff. She wanted something she could not have and let William know she was not happy. I came in and swooped her up, changed her and while up on the changing table I was telling her that she did not need to yell at William and throw the cards all over the place. That is wasn't very nice and she ought to really say she was sorry to Will. I put her down in our room. He was in Harkin's room. She walked straight to him, held out her arms and climbed into his lap. She was saying her sorry. I am continually amazed at what she can comprehend. William was pretty surprised himself.

Once we had breakfast I was in cleaning mode. We did not get as much done as I had hoped. I feel like I am always playing catch up. But I suppose that is the season I am in right now. The boys desperately needed to get outside and Izzy needed a nap. That was all well and good. When she woke up, we went out to see what they were all up to. She was a stuffed marshmallow in her snowsuit but was so happy to be able to walk outside. She finally got a decent pair of boots she could wear outside. It was good to get fresh air and we all felt a bit rejuvenated.

Inside there was lunch, play, a few lessons and Daddy came home early. We all tried to be quiet as he needed a nap( he was up at 4:00am) That kinda didn't go so well and there were several tears happening in the late afternoon.  Dinner was better and we were all happy to eat with Eric. Landon got these table talk cards with his kidstir subscription. We were having fun answering questions of all kinds.

Harkin and Issabelle fell asleep rather quickly and I played a game with the boys. Libraries are now lending games to try out, which is awesome. We played for over an hour. It was a pretty fun game. Ticket to Ride. It was what I needed with my big boys. We had tried in the afternoon but the tears and crankiness got in the way.

The week has ended and overall it was a good one. Looking forward to relaxing tomorrow and maybe some skiing on Sunday.

potions and such











It seems to be we are meant to be at the library. Tonight the boys participated in a Harry Potter night. It was actually really cool. They got sorted into a house after filling out a questionnaire, then they got to go around and do some activities. There were chocolate frogs and butter beer to taste. They each received an owl and a wand.  It was all very cute. Issabelle and Harkin enjoyed watching all the big kids do their thing.

We then had to leave quickly to go yet to another library where William was volunteering. The teen group was making valentine treats for Meals on Wheels. Thankfully I was able to leave him there and Eric could pick him up. I got the other three home, fed and into bed. It was a busy evening out and everyone was tired at the end.

We had archery this morning and plenty of outside time so it was a good day. Tomorrow is home with lesson and house work to be done. Possibly a little playing and fun thrown into the mix. Then the weekend is here and hoping to spend lots of time with Eric. This has been a late week for him and most nights the little ones are already asleep when he gets home. We're all missing him. Also hoping for snow, we desperately need some.

rainy day at the library



The rain was coming down and the wind was howling when we woke up. We needed a day out of the house and Will was short on books. (He always is, since he averages a book a day) We headed to a new to us library. Landon was excited- he has really taken off on the reading bug this past month and is starting to devour books.

There was a story time for Harkin and Issabelle. That wasn't too great, only my two and one other girl, but there was a great play area. Which looking at these pictures you will notice the boys playing and their younger sister picking out chapter books already. She's a genius:).

I wanted to get a picture of her in this silly outfit, she wasn't very cooperative but did like climbing on the chair. While I was getting her in pj's tonight it finally dawned on me whom she reminded me of with the dress and tights. Pippi Longstocking.

The rain finally stopped when we got home and after an hour or so of quiet reading all the boys headed outside to dig. They filled 8 buckets of sand that they found and made a huge pile for later use.

I am off to read through all of my new books from the library. There isn't too much more exciting than opening the pages of a new book. So much to learn and experience, right from the comfy of your bed or couch.

a little one year old



























We had so much fun celebrating Issabelle's birthday. All the boys wanted to help her with her presents and then we were off to the water park. She had a great time in the water. She loved climbing up the stairs and going down the slide. She would go backward all by herself but then we got in trouble with the lifeguard so she had to sit down.  She wasn't too happy with that idea but we made it through the day. We came home to more presents, followed by dinner and cake. I can't believe a year has gone by already. She is such an amazing little girl and has certainly stolen all of our hearts.

February 1st

This was the snow that we had during January. Now it is February 1st already and we had temps nearing 45 degrees today. It was wet, icy and rainy. The boys were excited to go and explore some of our woods they had not been to before. I was so overly tired today. Working on 3 hours of sleep did not make for a happy mommy today. Issabelle and Harkin kept me up most of the night. Issabelle had her 1 year check up this morning  and is doing great. She had to get one shot and did not even flinch. She was staring down the nurse, kinda like saying you can't get to me. It was pretty amazing. Not much else got done today. There was lots of chaos and a bit of painting. Hoping for a better nights sleep and then a brand new day of goodness.

box day











As part of our learning days we receive several subscription boxes a month. We usually pick one day a week when we have nothing else going on and call it "box day".  Some of the boxes have several activities that can take a few days to complete, so we then will work on it throughout the week.

William was studying ancient India when he used Henna paste to make tattoos on his forearms. (history unboxed subscription)

Then there are the Kiwi crate line of boxes. William tried out a variety of watercolor techniques to make a calendar. (Doodle Crate) Landon made a draw-bot and then used it to create several large murals. Also he was studying moving pictures the week before. (Tinker Crate) Harkin was studying reptiles and made his own snake.(Koala Crate) Issabelle felt a bit left out and wanted to create just like her brothers so she was given some paint. As you can see she decided to try it out on her face. She is a sneaky girl.

So far we have been very happy with these boxes. I think they give you a lot of activities for the price. All three boys get excited when they come in the mail.
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