LATELY: OCTOBER 2020

October, as always, was just the best…at least as far as the three of us are concerned.

Nearly daily walks with my girls – and check out that arm hold. Being in close contact to Mama is still a must with them (Miss Maybe included) and I am forever grateful.

A black cat and pumpkins. How could I not…

Leaving my side to hunt the birds that live in the vines.

I hope the birds stick around through the winter. I love the abundance of chirping going on around our deck.

They didn’t make a pile to jump in (they did in our old yard when we visited), but they made plenty of fun out of our supply, and made a few piles for the fun of raking.

We took the girls to a pumpkin patch early in the month and I think we may just make that patch our ‘usual’ spot. They had a a lot of fun. I am also grateful that during the corona virus era, my girls have a few cousins that are our ‘regulars’, so they still get some interation with other kids, however few and far between those visits may be.

Daddy also stuck around to go with us, before heading away for the weekend. We sure do love that guy.

New Barbie and a new trick! Her sister would probably climb to the top, but my mama’s heart appreciates Rae’s gingerly approach to adventure.

The girls camped outside (on Mars) on a very cold night! They brought ‘space food’, Barbies, and of course – not enough blankets. This photo is from the morning after, and they didn’t regret a thing.

Mama and Mae.

Mae turned TEN!

As her gift from Zack and I, she chose to take her best friend-cousin out for tea and shopping, which we did the weekend before her actual birthday…and of course, M’s mama, Anna came along, too!

The morning of her birthday, we went to a park. So glad it was a lovely day for her!

Waiting for her cupcakes to come out of the oven. (before the park)

Rae got her a Uma Barbie (from The Descendants) and the grandma’s spoiled her good. In the second photo, she is wearing an outfit, knee-high toe socks, and a new scooter she received from the grandmas. My dad also came over for supper (spaghetti) and stuck around for the fireworks that Daddy surprised her with.

We tried to decorate here and there for the holiday, but we weren’t feeling it so much. Last year was the best and maybe I just felt it was hard to beat?

Zack finished our cabinets at the other house!

The girls and I spent a weekend there with him accomplishing tasks and we had a lot of fun. We mostly cleaned (deep cleaned) and made sure he was eating actual meals when the time came, while also taking breaks to watch a movie or read. It was nice.

Rae’s drawing. I really like her.

I turned 33 and we celebrated with Chipotle and a walk around Ikea. I also had a day-of celebration here at home with Shari and PapaDeedee, full of food and presents!

The girls and I went to the courthouse to vote early and they got their very own “I voted” stickers.

The girls went back and forth with their Halloween plans this year. They decided on dressing up and watching a movie. Saturday morning, however, they decided to go to a trunk-or-treat at Grandma’s church. They had a lot of fun and were able to come home in time to watch a movie while they sorted their treats.

November is starting out warm and lovely, and Miss Rae is turning eight in a few days! Hooray!

SCHOOLING OCTOBER 2020

Happy November? It’s too soon to tell, but let’s assume it is. Last month’s schooling revolved, mostly, around the election, our country’s history (including various perspectives of various peoples), and our country’s government.

Near the end, we watched Schoolhouse Rock videos and they were able to take the four-minute videos and stretch them, as we filled many gaps, into twenty-minute conversations.

Rae has begun reading and mapping the story of Seabird, via Beautiful Feet Books.

Mae’s/Rae’s

To go along with our lessons on the tundra, the girls each chose to illustrate and learn about moose. I love their illustrations so much!

One of their biographies was on Hayao Miyazaki, one of our favorite animators. As they drew and wrote, they watched a part of a documentary on him that was filmed over ten years (!).

I love that Rae gave him a very funky shirt.

We didn’t have many days where we could/wanted to learn outside, but there were a few and they were lovely.

^Not mad, just being silly.

Math with Rae has been fun this month! We have begun subtraction (of both single and double digits). Turns out visuals is her favorite method. So, we collected her sister’s lovely rocks and some small shells and have been soaring through the lessons.

Reading reading reading. Thankfully, it is still one of their top past times.

I still read aloud to them upwards of ten passages and chapters throughout the day, but my throat gets worn easily and I am more grateful than ever that they are both so drawn to their own reading time.

We have upped our Bible lesson reading and pulled our novel reading back to several short stories (aloud) each day instead. But we will begin novels again in November.

They found the role of eyeball stickers and have had so much fun with them. Anything becomes instantly funny once it wears eyeball stickers.

The girls chose what they would like their president to be like.

Mae chose kind, vegan, a female, fair, smart, and helpful.
Rae chose an artist, nice, a female, and playful.

Zack began making the buildings that represent the three branches of government. They only had time for this one (but will make the others at some point). He took time to help them learn more in-depth, how to use the hot glue gun and an Exacto knife.

In case you’re wondering, this is a flat design with two triangle props on each end in the back.

We are trying to find more ways to incorperate him in our schooling. I hate to involve him in art (no, he is not their art teacher!), but he knows cardboard sculpture like no one else, and certainly better than me.

One of our artist studies was on Robert Delaunay and the girls did their own circle art.

We also studied a bit about Hannah Höch and incorporated her cut and paste method to an ‘about me’ assignment in their devotional.

Next month, we may go back to literal thinking artists, because that is what my brain prefers, but they seemed to have a lot of fun creating their own versions of these, so I may just have to continue to stretch my preferences.

They have also begun learning acrylic painting on canvas. This is Rae’s pick-your-own-theme painting and they each began painting a self-portrait. Shadowing is where they hit a wall, put down the brush and walk away until another day. I will show the final products on another post.

We are spending this day cleaning, regrouping, discussing what we want out of this month, and of course – playing outside in the chilly air!