RINGING IN THE NEW MONTH

Zack and I decided we should camp out in the house for a night before it fills up with folks and things. We had to be there to get some work done last weekend so we decided to introduce the place to Maybe and let the girls run around and around with uninterrupted time for shenanigans.

Miss Maybe was so happy, though I’m sure she wished there was a greater variety of smells. Empty-house smell is not interesting enough. She mostly spent her time (after smelling every inch of space in the house) following me, lying in her new dog beds, watching Daddy install a mirror, and napping in the school room.

Playing games on the phone in their room…completely unaware of my presence…

I found them spying on me (they are very loud spies) so they ran for the hills squealing like little piglets.

Her favorite spot. The doorway of the schoolroom. I am sure when we begin to hold school in there she will prefer to be with Papa and Dee Dee elsewhere in the house.

Constant staircase climbing! I told them to get it out of their system before Grandma moves in, haha.

Dad and Grandpa / Grandpa and Great-Grandpa.

ALSO! Vovo and Grandpa got to stop by and get the grand tour!! I should’ve taken more photos of them there… We are *hoping* they will be over all the time come this summer.

Mae was happiest to find she could fly her kite – and fly it real high! Not a single power line or tree getting in the way. She mostly flew it from the backyard but kept it flying as she came up to the driveway for goodbyes.

SCHOOL FAVORITES

This semester, along with working through multiplication and division, Mae will be running her own bookstore! …on paper…

She is so good at it!

I thought the ‘mark-up percentages’ and taxes would be too much, but she began doing problems like $6.80 marked up 150% in her head! She is learning how to write a check, which may be irrelevant by the time she is old enough to use such things, but I am glad it is included. She pays bills each month out of her monthly ‘allowance’ as well as choose which books and how many of each to order before taking the orders she receives for the month. (It also includes a cheat book for parents, just in case)

We have gone from our once a week schedule of working our way through, to twice a week. She loves it that much. The curriculum lets her run a bookstore for 12 months (or quicker if she wants but it is set up for January through December)

The program is Your Business Math. Rae says when the time comes (it is recommended for 3rd-6th graders) she wants to run a pet shop. I wouldn’t have figured her as someone who would want anything to do with it, but she is. What do I know…

Mae’s Eurasian Bittern
Rae’s European White Stork

The girls have really been doing well on their nature drawings. Rae has been making all of her animals Mexican (traditional, sombrero-wearing Mexicans- like in Coco), and it is adorable. Her stork is also wearing a vest and holding maracas.

The birds were from a lesson on estuaries and the hippo is from a poem Rae did as her daily copy work. We also skipped our ‘no meat’ schtick and ate salmon like Grizzly bears to go along with our estuary study. Raw salmon Nigiri is our favorite way to eat it – Mae says the bears would like it too.

Lastly, Mae picked out a wooden crossbow to build at the store. I had plans to help her, but Zack saw it and got really excited at the thought of building it with her. It was mostly Zack doing the work (some parts took patience and a little strength), but she joined in a bit and watched the process…and has really enjoyed shooting the pegs across the room!

I may do an official February school related post, but lately, I haven’t stopped to grab the camera, so who knows. I hope I do. I always like to look back on things they have (We have) done.

LATELY : JANUARY 2020

I talked a bit about January and its business in the last post but I thought I’d put the few photos I took into a post, for memory’s sake.

Probably the last photo of someone on the bench. This was taken on a Sunday before church.

One of Rae’s Christmas presents from Daddy! Her favorite gift, for sure. Mando is safely tucked inside, ready to save the day.

A cow lady from a cartoon they saw at Grandma’s house.
“Just a Dog” by Rae.

Mae has been drawing roses and animals non-stop! She has drawn one or two large roses, but for the most part she keeps to teeny tiny roses. They’re the sweetest.

She is also still very into drawing characters from the Mandalorian show.

Katie Cat.
Ready to go to the theater!

We read Dr. Doolittle as our first read aloud of the semester, and found out the movie was coming out just as we finished it. Totally by coincidence, but we just had to take them to see it! Thankfully the movie left the racist parts out. The book hit a rough patch somewhere around the middle. We tried to find the 1960s version, but couldn’t. It followed the book more, but the girls loved hearing familiar animal names and they discussed the differences and similarities all the way home from the theater.

We ended the month camping at the new house, but I will put a few photos from that in a separate post.

Hope everyone is enjoying February so far!