LATELY: : JANUARY 2020

JANUARY!!

We started the month with ice, more ice, and a dusting of snow and, as Zack observed, it was maybe more lovely than a blanket of snow. The sun made the ice on the trees sparkle and glow. The girls fully enjoyed the cold on their last trip to our other house – and I took their last portraits by these bushed.

Look at those beauties! They love each other so much and I am constantly filled with gratitude that Miss Mae was able to have a sister.

Zack and I FINISHED OUR HOUSE the following weekend!!!!!!

We are renting it out and are just so relieved to be able to solely snuggle and stare at each other’s faces on weekends if we want to now!

We received our favorite piece of mail at the start of the new year! Now, if I can just find time to make an order before they’re sold out of what we want…

We took Grandma to Ikea, where we purchased some organizing biz for the schoolroom/”workspace.”

Rae bought herself this Velociraptor (her favorite dinosaur/ in her top 5 animals of all time) and she bought her sister a giant boa puppet.

She looks old and I love her impossibly pale skin and redhead freckles and deep brown hair and her wearing my shirts more than her own.

Walking in on this scene was just the. best. Miss Maybe using a pillow properly, is definitely the cherry on top of the magical moment.

As well as some new shelving from Ikea, we also painted the lights and the table. It is so nice have a spot to put our school books and creating materials!

One one of those newly free Saturday nights, Zack and I made teeny watercolor books!

Rae and I have been enjoying them.

Davey boy is still kickin’! I wish he would choose a new shell already, but he seems happy enough.

As a reward for living so dadgum long, we got him two friends. Wyatt and Harry (from Disney’s Descendants and Zombies 2 musicals. the name Dave is from Kipo). One switched shells on the first day! They are teeny tiny and so far, a week into having roommates, Dave is completely unaware of their existence…

We waited for Dad to get home and then we watched a condensed version of the inauguration with the girls! After studying our government, taking them to vote, and getting them as involved in this election as possible since September, it was so nice letting them see it go full circle! (We are still discussing things with them, not just leaving it at the inauguration.)

Last weekend, we took the girls back to our old house/town to get Dave his new friends and we enjoyed an evening with our cousin, Beef and her husband, Ty. It turned into such a perfect day!

Miss Rae got braces this morning!

I have never heard of an eight year old getting braces, but her top teeth perfectly lined up with her bottom (and on occasion, she would protrude her bottom jaw out as an underbite), so they had to get it fixed before she got any older. She probably could’ve waited until she was a little older – her aunt didn’t get this same issue fixed until she was a senior in high school – but the moment her front teeth were all adult teeth is the best time.

Also today, we got our first substantial snowfall!

It took us an hour to drive the normally 20-minute drive to the orthodontist, and it was a rough hour!

When we made it home, the girls played out in that lovely snow for half an hour or so and after a break are now back out in it.

We still have a couple more things left to do before the month is over, but the snow feels like a great way to end the month and this post! Hope the rest of your month is wonderful!

SCHOOL JANUARY 2020

I had planned on scheduling more nature drawings for the month, but this life cycle was the only one we got around to. They did, however, study plenty of animals this month – one of which is further down in this post.

Rae chose to practice ‘hands’ on our first day of second semester, and they both did great. Mae did several variations. I’m not sure why I didn’t document them.

We started a few snack breaks with facials and manicures!

Being a Timber Cat!

We tried to go to the park one afternoon for a picnic and a bit of running around.

It was too too cold! We ate half our food and they ran around the little playground for five minutes.

BUT! We saw a dog walking itself with its leash in its mouth and it made the entire fun fail worth it.

We worked a bit more on the doll house!

Some day, I’m going to spend hours finishing the renovations…hopefully in the near future…

We are beginning the European Middle Ages, which should last through 2021 – or at least this semester.

Well, I had a few kings and queens of Britain on the wall and Rae took Mary I off the wall and whipped this drawing up in two minutes while I got the day’s lessons out.

Rae practicing her water-coloring (she tends to use it as you would acrylic) and Mae wrote chapter one of her book she is writing as they watched Disney’s Elephants.

Mae mapping out Chapters 4-6 of “Seabird” for geography.

Using up extra paint. (and enjoying a Moon Pie Grandpa got her at the store)

Trying to see how her braid looks.

One evening, Rae came to me and asked if I would like to go draw with her.

Of course I would.

We spent just over an hour drawing together. Sometimes she would come up with something we would both draw and the rest of the time we came up with our own and oohed and awed over what the other had thought of.

A couple nights later, Mae chose for us to all (Daddy included) to play her favorite game – Settlers of Catan. Rae spent the first twenty minutes painting on the side, while Mae took after her mama in trying to collect all the sheep. We had to pause the game many times for our laugher and competition and she has asked for us to bring back regular game nights.

Oh, and Mum won, in case you’re wondering! Woot!

The girls chose a couple of the biographies for this month and also studied Martin Luther King, Jr. about a week before his birthday.

(The next biographies will be C.S. Lewis and Gina Carano.)

A comfy reading spot.

I heard this author (M.E. Bell) on a podcast last month. She is a twenty-something Irish “Mae” who wrote this short story, The Glass Country – a Narnia-type metaphor full of lovely characters and gorgeous descriptions. We read it in two sittings (because they have questions and I answer each and everyone, always), but it could be read in an hour.

Speaking of Narnia, read the final book in the series this month!! It begins with two characters, a donkey and a chimpanzee. My girls began a discussion about the difference between a monkey and an ape, letting me know they had never learned the difference. That pretty well decided our afternoon.

We watched some documentaries on Disney plus – which specifically cover apes. We also studied the differences between the two and studied the above apes and monkeys.

We may continue talking about the book/series and possibly complete a project on it in February to give the series a proper send off.

This semester we are bringing back Monday/Friday group days and individual days with mom in the middle of the week. One on one is so much fun!

I’m not a fan of stick figures, but Rae’s illustration of Eric the Red’s second journey to Greenland makes me very happy and seems to be a great note to end the post on.

The rest of the week will be spent reviewing the month, reading, playing games, and creating for fun.

We also went on a field trip to the St. Louis Art Museum. We will *hopefully* be going on more field trips next month.