Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's Hard to Take a Break

I haven't been on the computer in DAYS.  I place the blame on my ritual post-Christmas obsession with organizing my house and on my husband, who is sick with a lung infection and has taken it upon himself to move files from my laptop to our external storage device thingamajig.  (I'm so glad I don't have to be the techni-geek in this house.)

I logged on this morning and was bombarded with so many wonderful blog posts about Christmas, crafts and photography and now I'm practically clawing at my computer screen, trying to put images and words together in order to post something so I don't feel like such a slacker...and then I realized that I'd much rather continue on in my quest for organization.  So I'm going to go do that.

Sadly, the quest for organization can only be accomplished for one room this year, but I'm making huge strides with it.  I've been tackling the master bedroom and closet, turning it all upside down and inside out so as to consolidate all the necessities of a bedroom AND an office AND a craft room.  We have plans to finally finish the basement in the coming year, so I must make do with all my stuff in MY room, as all the other rooms that my stuff is scattered throughout will soon become other people's rooms.

I also have plans to take some time and sit and ponder how I want to approach this upcoming year.  It's a week of organization, reflection and preparation.  Highly recommended, even if you're not solely responsible for the education of your children.  In my experience, successful families are a result of realistic planning and dedicated execution of those plans.

I hope everyone is having a lovely time with their winter breaks and I wish safety to you in this Season of Ice and Snow.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sweet Pea Hat for a Little Princess

My cousin and his lovely wife just became the proud parents of an adorable little girl in November, so I made an adorable little hat for her first Christmas.  I made a unisex version before the birth of Monkeyboy (which he wore proudly), but I was really looking forward to making it in a definitive gender color scheme.

PatternSweet Pea, by Susan B. Anderson
YarnTahki Cotton Classic (#3446-Pink, and I couldn't read the color number for the green...)
Needles:  US 5 & 7

Needless to say, I think this is an adorable little hat.  This was the first time I was able to use the Cotton Classic yarn, and I don't think I'm a big fan of it.  It's too...crisp.  Which seems like a weird thing to dislike, but dislike it I do.  The colors are beautiful and I love the sheen of the yarn...but it's too crisp for me.  I don't know how to describe it any other way.
It's so much fun now that my family members are starting to reproduce!  I won't commit to making something for every new soul, but I'm definitely going to try to fit in some crafting for wee ones when they come about into the world.

When I logged into my Facebook account this afternoon, I saw that there were new pictures of the wee little and I happily discovered that two of those pictures featured her modelling this very hat.  This marks the infant's parents as knitworthy, which may benefit her in the way of knitted goods in the future.  She looked so stinkin' cute and so very tiny.  Sweet baby girl.  Oh, bitty babies are just so precious.

Merry Christmas!

Posts might resume in this next week, but I reserve the right to continue enjoying a low-stress vacation.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Weekly Report: December 13-17, 2010
A Smidge of Quality Time with Queen Hatshepsut

One day of school.  Yep.  One.
I thought that last week, with all its sickness and craziness, was as inconvenient as it could get...but I was wrong.
I admit it...I was very wrong.

Monday was our full day of school and we hit everything: Math, Language Arts, History, Literature.  Bluebird flew through it without needing to take a single "calm-down period" or being thrown into time-out.  It was awesome.  We rocked!



Monkeyboy woke up about 1:30 am Tuesday morning because he was hungry and when I went to put him back to bed I noticed a funky smell in the kids' room.  Our kitten had been spending a lot of time in there, so I immediately suspected kitty messes and went sniffing around, trying to locate the source.  My nose led me to Junebug's bed, where my darling toddler was sleeping in a pool of puke.  Lovely.  Clean-up took about an hour, after which Monkeyboy would not go to sleep, so I had to spend some more time with him.  Needless to say, I turned off the alarm for the morning.  No one else complained.  I woke up feeling queasy, so I cancelled school.

WednesdayA scary day.  Bluebird woke up and said that her stomach and her throat were hurting; she didn't want to eat any breakfast and she wanted to go take a nap.  We have some issues with her faking sick, but wanting to go back to bed was a big tip-off that she really wasn't feeling good.  She woke up a little later and asked to watch some television, to which I granted permission.  She came out into the living room and quietly informed me that she needed a bowl, which I didn't hear clearly...but before she could say it again she threw up.  Blood clots.  Talk about a quick trip to the doctor!

As it turned out, Bluebird probably had a small tear in her esophagus from a wickedly sore throat.  They ran a strep test, which came back negative, and the vomitting and clots cleared up by the end of the day.  The doctor told me that throwing up blood clots is actually pretty common in kids!  The time to really worry is when the blood is bright red and/or coming out in fountain-style.  (Look, now you've learned something useful!)

Thursday...yeah.  Bluebird still recovering and I had scheduled for a Closet Specialist to come re-vamp two of our closets.  It was noisy.  I tried reading to them all throughout the day, but they were pretty happy to explore on their own, so I let them.  I opted to do a whole lotta laundry and re-organize said closets.  I need to remember to not schedule that sort of stuff for during school, but to wait for our school breaks.  Duh.  (I was just so excited to finally get them done!)

Having a picnic!

 We did make false beards on Friday.  Bluebird was so happy about hers that she wore it for hours.  I gently prompted her to perhaps take it off after a while, and when she removed it she said, "Whew!  That beard is WARM!"  Ha ha ha.  We needed to take my cousin to the airport again, so I didn't attempt for any more school because I was busy getting things in order for that to happen.


We are gonna spank school when we start again in January.  I'm totally taking our full two weeks off for Christmas, despite accomplishing next to nothing in the past three weeks.  We'll hit all this history again at least twice throughout Bluebird's compulsory education years, and she was ahead in everything else to begin with, so I am simply not allowing myself to freak out over this giant hiccup.  (And really, we have moved forward over the whole course of school we've done this year!)  Ten years from now it won't matter that we're not exactly on schedule.  What will matter is that we've spent time together, I haven't gone crazy, and we're strengthening our immune systems.  (Ha ha, I almost believe myself when I say all of that!)


That having been said, I am going to try to finish up reading His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut out loud to Bluebird during break.  (She is loving that book!) 

I have various activities planned during our break, including a cookie decorating playdate with our neighbors, and I'm making time for me to sit down and do some serious pondering and planning for the New Year.  It should be an enjoyable and restorative break.

Enjoy your Christmas breaks!  I'm hoping to post pictures from our holiday adventures and look forward to hearing about everyone else's!
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Weekly Report: December 6-10, 2010
It Was The Most Wonderful Week of the Year.
Oh, wait, the sarcasm font didn't work...

I cannot believe that you want a report on how the week has gone.  Really?  You want me to describe how this week has gone?

You're crazy...but I do adore crazy, so here we go!

Monday:  No school.  Everyone coughing.

Tuesday:  No school, but I informed everyone all day long that we would definitely do school the next day because even though we didn't feel great, we could function at a level sufficient for school.

Wednesday:  I awoke, early, with energy.  I got work in on some things that needed my attention and I even wrote an email to my family telling them how great the day was going to be and how I was going to make some seriously awesome waffles for breakfast.

I made waffles with Penguin.  We ate them.  And then Penguin and Junebug threw them up.

I wrote another email to my family expressing my disgust with the day.

(I placated my homeschooling conscience with reading His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut out loud to Bluebird, in between vomit clean-up sessions.)

Thursday:  I approached the day cautiously, with none of my former obnoxious optimism.  It didn't matter, Penguin continued throwing up anyway.  Penguin, Junebug and Monkeyboy developed fevers that evening and I escaped for a couple of hours to go to knit night and do some grocery shopping.  (I really needed that break--Michael is awesome for taking care of them.)

Friday:  Michael took the day off from work to hang out with us.  This really messed me up, in that "What day is it today?" sort of manner.  I began the day thinking it was Saturday because he was home.  It wasn't until he asked if we didn't have any school to be done that I realized that it was Friday.

So we did a science experiment.  With more of that smelly cabbage juice.




And some art.  With those awesome watercolor crayons.



And that was our week!  Exciting, don't you think?

Although, really, the projectile vomitting and the numb fingers that accompany carrying your puke-stained bedding out into the yard in order to hose them down in 30 degree weather (the looks on the neighbors' faces...priceless) were wonderfully topped off by having to sit through Quesnel's first veterinary exam today.  It's so much fun to watch a vet stick a thermometer up your yowling kitten's butt.

I can't wait to see what the next week will bring.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Weekly Report: November 29 - December 3, 2010
Cabbage Juice and Nubian Gold

Back to the routine after a week off for Thanksgiving.  Monday required a Herculean effort to keep Bluebird on-task and cheerful about it, and then we settled back down into our normal school routine.  I noticed that she had a runny nose and was sniffling a lot on Wednesday, and when she woke up sounding hoarse I decided to call it good and give her the day off.  She added coughing to her list of symptoms this morning, so we're taking another sick day.

Regardless, we did manage to get some stuff done around here:

Language Arts:  We moved ahead in Grammar, Spelling, Phonics and Penmanship.  We're getting close to finishing Phonics Pathways, which is wonderful.  I've had her staring at the pages of it since she was three years old.  We're both a little tired of Phonics Pathways.  She'll get to move forward, but I just cracked it open for Penguin and am set to begin again.

We also wrote a letter to Santa, which I will have Bluebird copy next week when she's feeling better.

Math:  Bluebird played store and worked on telling time to the half hour.  Penguin learned how to graph counter bears and pattern blocks, and spent time on learning about circles and rectangles.

Literature:  We read Rimonah of the Flashing Sword, which is a "Snow White meets the Forty Thieves" sort-of tale.  It was pretty good.  We also read Temple Cat, which Bluebird and Penguin both loved.

History:  We studied the Middle Kingdom of Egypt, and Bluebird was obsessed about the gold in Nubia.  Her narration page showed this huge barge going down the Nile, stacked high with gold and animal skins.  (She thought it was rather nice of the Nubians to share their gold with the Egyptians, ha ha ha.)

We also learned about the Hyksos invasion of Egypt, and Bluebird was given a page of Hyksos jewelry to color.  Penguin walked by and pleaded for a page of her own, so I copied another for her.


Science:  Always the highlight of Bluebird's week.

I had to boil down a head of red cabbage to get a bunch of cabbage juice, which we used in this week's lesson and will also use for next week's lesson.  (Don't drink anything from the big cup of purple juice in the back of my fridge!)  We used the cabbage juice as an indicator and added it to various liquids to test whether they were acids or bases.

Bluebird was asked to taste each liquid before we added the cabbage juice, and note whether it was sour or not sour.

Acids turned the cabbage juice pink, bases turned it a bluish-green and neutral solutions simply diluted the cabbage juice to a lighter shade of purple.

I've made the decision to end the school day at 2:30 so I can have time to get other important things done, like laundry, washing dishes and other exciting things like that.  As a result, we'll be doing all our art and big projects on Fridays.  Unfortunately, Bluebird's illness escalated to a deep cough on Friday, and I was exhausted from having stayed up a bunch of the night with the newest addition to our family:

The newest tactic in our war against mice, this is Empress Quesnel.
I'm not a fun person to be around when I'm tired, and I've learned that it's counter-productive for me to try and push through the exhaustion because I'm just so irritable.  I'd rather lose a day of school than damage my relationship with my children because I flipped out over something in my grumpy state. 

Highlights of the Week:
  • Bluebird wanting to get through her math flashcards quickly.  She thinks it's great fun to blurt out the answer before I'm done reading the math fact on the card.  I'm all for it.
  • It's not exactly homeschool-related, but Bluebird has a bit of a reputation in our neighborhood as a smart cookie.  At church on Sunday, one of our neighbors was talking to her and turned to me and asked, "So, does she know Einstein's Theory of Relativity yet?"  It caught me off-guard.  I replied with, "We'll study that next year."  And he believed me.
Lowlights of the Week:
  • Monday was rough for all of us.  But we pushed through it, which is good.
  • The kids getting sick means that we can't go up to Idaho this weekend for our newest cousin's baby blessing.  Everyone's a little bummed over that.
Funnies of the Week:
  • Bluebird admiring the Nubians for so being so unselfish with their gold.
  • While boiling the cabbage down, I lifted the lid off of the pot and within about five seconds all three girls popped up from what they each were doing and exclaimed, "EW!  What's that smell?!?!"  It was like a Brooketopian version of "Meerkat Manor."
  • Anytime Bluebird discusses the cabbage juice experiment, she has to spend a few minutes to really drive home how "disgusting" most of the liquids were when she tasted them.
Hopefully we're all feeling better and can do a full week of school next week.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Daisy Scout Rededication Ceremony

I know this is supposed to be a Wordless Wednesday post, but I just wanted to talk about how much I like the Girl Scout Juliette program.  We have a pretty good Juliette program here in Utah--they get to sell cookies, go to the  camps together and we have some activities like this rededication/investiture ceremony.

I was thinking about signing her up for a troop when she enters Brownies, but I like the freedom of Juliettes so much that I'm thinking of staying in the Land of Lones.

So THANK YOU to all the people who makes Juliette Girl Scouting here in Utah so enjoyable!

(And I can't believe that it's time to start gearing up for cookie-selling again...I don't think I've had time to brush the Thin Mints off my teeth!)



Next year there will be two Girl Scouts in our family!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Edith Hats Galore

PatternEdith Hat, by Johanne Landin
YarnKnitPicks' Palette in White & Bluebell, about half a skein each.
Needles:  US 1 & US 2

I made this cute little hat for my mother-in-law, who I have been promising a hat to for quite some time.  I went with the idea of making something that I really wanted so that I knew for sure that it was a good gift.

The problem with this gifting philosophy is that while you're busily knitting away, you develop a sort of sadness that you will not be keeping the beautiful thing you are creating.  I would share my frustration at knit night as I plugged along--how beautiful the hat was and that I couldn't keep it and would have to suffer my way through the pattern yet again when I embarked upon knitting it for myself.  (I'm generally not the kind of person who starts a project for someone else and then decides to keep it for myself...I would feel guilty each time I wore "someone else's" project!)

So my knitting buddy made me one:
(And I totally stole the picture that she took of it for her Ravelry project page.  Hee hee!)
I almost cried when she casually flopped it onto the table and remarked that she had noticed that I seemed to really like the pattern and she figured that I'd appreciate it if she made one for me because Heaven knew when I'd be able to get to making one for myself. 

I was speechless.  (And that's hard to do to me.)  I still get a little choked up when I put this hat on each morning as I head out into the bitter winter wind.  Especially since I've worked through the pattern myself and know how time-consuming and challenging it is...what a wonderful gift. 

Bluebird did me the favor of modeling her grandma's hat for the blog.
Her verdict:  "It's so warm and toasty, Grandma will love it!"
Seeing how my mother-in-law isn't obsessed with knitting like myself, I don't think she'll get all emotional about her hat every time she wears it...because I'm pretty sure it's kind of weird that I do that and we just don't need any more weirdness like that in this world.  But hopefully it brings a smile to her face.  She has really pretty brown eyes and I think the blue will complement them ever so nicely.

It's just such a beautiful hat, it even has a picot edging!  Oh, just lovely.  If I didn't go cross-eyed while reading the pattern, I'd make a whole lot more.  Love it Grandma, love it...it's destined to be a one-time-only creation.

(I wrote this post before I gave the hat to my mother-in-law and it turns out that I think she was pretty pleased with it.  And it fit quite nicely.  I'm kind of hit-and-miss with making things that actually fit other people.  Success!)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Weekly Report: November 15-19, 2010
Bubbles & "Nazi Spider"


The time-based schedule is still working for us, but I think Bluebird is starting to figure out that if she dawdles even more, then the time will run out and she won't have to do any more work.  I've decided if she runs out of time because she's not working hard enough, then she'll finish the work later as homework.  If she runs out of time, but was working hard, then we'll continue with the work the next day.

Let's see, what is worth mentioning?

Obviously, the bubbles and the "Nazi Spider."

Science:  This is where the bubbles come into play.  We studied chemical reactions this week and did the much-enjoyed lemon-juice-into-baking-soda-water experiment.  The girls loved it and begged to do it over and over again.  And then they wanted to do it themselves while I filmed them, so they could make science videos.

You gotta wear your goggles when doing chemistry!



(I know, I know...she's not wearing her goggles.  You try getting a two year old to wear her goggles the entire duration of a science experiment.)
History:  We studied Ancient Africa.  I actually was prepared ahead of time for it.  Then the girls got sick and we didn't do about half of the stuff I prepared.  Argh.

Literature:  However, our study of literature follows our study of history and ancient Africa = Anansi the Spider, otherwise known as "The Nazi Spider" when our two year old tries to pronounce his name.  We settled down to read the most well-known Anansi book on Tuesday and the girls giggled and cheered for Anansi and his sons.  When we finished, all three of them begged to read it again and roared their approval when I acquiesced to their request.  When we finished the second read-thru, they pleaded for yet another reading.  It warms my heart to hear that, so I read it again.  Many times throughout the week I'd walk into a room to find a couple of them curled up together, reading through it again.  Last night alone, between Bluebird and myself, Junebug managed to have it read to her five times.  We read a lot of other tales about Anansi, but kept coming back to this one.




Everything Else:  Yeah, we did some of it.

Highlights of the Week:
  • Penguin is definitely "getting" this whole phonics thing!
  • Repeated requests for Anansi stories...I mean, really, that's the kind of thing that always brings a smile to a homeschooling mama's face.
Lowlights of the Week:
  • Penguin's illness making its way through the house.
  • Monkeyboy is still teething and still has to be held for every one of his waking minutes.  The whining just about drove me to the edge of my sanity.
Funnies of the Week:
  • Bluebird:  "Zombies like to eat plants.  They also like to break into your house and eat your brains.  That's why zombies are omnivores."
  • Junebug, upon Michael's return home from work, excitedly trying to explain the plot of Anansi the Spider with her heavy lisp.  Michael had no clue what she was talking about, but appreciated her enthusiasm over whatever she was trying to tell him.
The last week of our first session of school is officially complete!  It was a tough week to get through because I think we're all fighting off whatever illness Penguin has succumbed to.  We took two sick days simply because it was next to impossible to get through to them while they were so tired and irritable.  But we made it to a natural stopping point and we are all eagerly anticipating an entire week of baking and crafts!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bluebird's Winter Hat: Molly Beret

PatternMolly Beret from Never Not Knitting

Yarn:  Knit One Crochet Too "Crock-O-Dye" in Tomato colorway (#250) & Dale of Norway Baby Ull in Light Peach (#3403)

Needles:  US 1 & US 3

Size:  20"/Small Adult

I buy our winterwear during the summer when it's 80% off, which limits the colors we can purchase.  This year, Bluebird had to choose between white/gray, grass/lime or a peach/coral winter coat.  (She was not happy about this because she wanted pink or purple, but alas, those are the colors that sell out and usually aren't available on clearance.) 

However, the Brooke family is well-known for its love of the color orange and she went with the orange-hued parka.  Upon receipt of said coat I began to wonder how in the world I was going to match any sort of accessory to its non-traditional color palette.

Bluebird accompanied me on my Yarn Quest shortly following, and she spied the Tomato Crock-O-Dye yarn while we were investigating The Black Sheep Wool Company.  She brought it over to me and announced that she had found the perfect yarn to match her coat.  I agreed that it did match, and complimented her on her good eye for color.
Bluebird browsed through the Ravelry pattern database with me and chose the Molly Beret pattern, which just tickled me to no end.  (I think little girls in berets are just one of the cutest things ever!)  I paired up the Crock-O-Dye with some leftover peach Baby Ull from the Peach Yoked Cardigan and was quite pleased at how well the two yarns matched her crazy technicolor winter coat.

All in all, I really like the finished product.  I made it a touch too large, but her head measured 20" in circumference, which was the small adult size.  However, upon further reflection, one wants a hat to fit snugly and should therefore knit a cap one size smaller to assure a secure fit.  It still looks cute despite its super slouchy appearance.  She receives compliments on her beret every time she wears it and her little face just lights up with pleasure whenever someone notices her hat.  I have more than enough yarn leftover to knit mittens or a scarf, but I have other projects that need my attention first.  (And I'm already in the midst of a scarf knit with fingering weight yarn and I don't think my sanity could handle casting on another scarf in skinny yarn.)

A friend laughed at me when I told her about my predicament in trying to find a yarn that would match Bluebird's coat and quipped that not everyone frets about matching their children's accessories.  And I guess it's just not an issue to a lot of people, but I garner great satisfaction out of attiring my family nicely and I experience pleasure in knowing that I created those items myself.  It's such a fun process to pick out the yarn and pattern together and then watch your child's eyes light up while they watch you create something just for them. 

However, the other children become very vociferous with their requests for handmade items when a sibling's project is on my needles.  Next up is a scarf for Penguin.  But knit in a very bulky-weight yarn.  I can handle that.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Weekly Report: November 8-12, 2010


I really need to create a better banner for this, as I'm sick of this pea green thing.  (It's been on my to-do list for a few weeks now, so you can see how high of a priority it is to me.)

Alright, alright, another week of school completed!  It was a good week!

I switched from a task-based schedule to a time-based schedule, just to see what would happen; and I'm rather happy with the results.  Instead of only doing one lesson a day for Spelling, Bluebird can generally pump out 1.5 lessons in a fifteen minute period.  I think this will work nicely for her because she can now fly through the things that are easy, instead of having to go at the usual one-lesson-a-day pace that I was holding her down with.

I've also crammed Phonics, Grammar, Spelling and Handwriting into every day instead of two per day.  I've allotted fifteen minutes to each subject.  She's going to start moving ahead quickly.

Math:  Going good.  I'm trying to only do math for sixty minutes and then moving on to our other subjects, but it's hard to let a lesson stay undone!  I'm a big fan of the repetitive nature of Saxon Math because I want my children to memorize their math facts so they don't have to "think" about them.  It's time-intensive and I'm not willing to cut any more out of the meeting time than I already have cut.  She's a big dawdler when it comes to completing her worksheets, so that's what gets left undone by the end of the lesson.  I keep saying that she'll have to finish them later as homework, but then I forget.  Teacher fail.  I'll need to set some sort of reminder for myself to make her do her "homework."

Junebug likes to steal the Saxon K Math book from Penguin and do the lessons herself.

History:  We studied Ancient China this week.  I wish we had done a lot of cool stuff for it because I love Ancient China, but all we managed was painting our own pictograms, and making clay bowls that we will finish painting tomorrow.  (We have suddenly gone from being a two-car family to being a one-car family and this has seriously hampered my ability to procur supplies for school.)  I have big, big plans for the next time around.  Or perhaps we'll do a unit study next summer if we finish history early.

I did unearth some of my old college textbooks that I have been saving for this very point in time.  Bluebird especially liked the Cambridge Illustrated History of China for its pictures, and I was reminded of The Book of Songs (Shijing), which I will have to make a note to procur for when we study this time in the logic and rhetoric stages.  It's a collection of 305 poems written during the Qin period (primary source!); love poems, complaining poems, poems from peasant folk and aristocratic folk.  It's a great collection that really allows you a window to understanding everyday life during that time.  I wish I had remembered it beforehand, but there were enough excerpts from it in Illustrated History to appease Bluebird's interest.




Science:  We learned about molecules and made molecules out of marshmallows.   Not surprisingly, it was a lesson enjoyed by all.  

I have also decided to supplement our study of chemistry with Adventures with Atoms and Molecules and The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia.

Each Real Science 4 Kids lesson is easily completed within our one-hour science session, and there's only ten lessons in the book. We do science twice a week, and I'm not about to get done with this in only five weeks. We're going to stretch it out.








"Birthday Party for a Baby Triangle"
by Bluebird
Art:  We did some more work with watercolor crayons.  They were pretty happy about it.  We were challenged to draw a picture "that talks."  I don't think they grasped the idea too terribly well, but I don't care. 


"Mama"
by Penguin
I laughed a hearty chuckle when Penguin informed me that she was going to draw a house and I asked how that kind of a picture would "talk."  She responded with, "I will draw a mouth on the front door."

She ultimately decided to draw a picture of her dear old mother, and told me that her picture said, "I love you."  Sweet girl.



Highlights of the Week
  • Bluebird achieved her goal of reading 100 books.  Her personalized lunchbox has been ordered, and I'm sure there will be pictures to come.
  • Bluebird recited Omni 1:26 for her Primary President on Sunday and was rewarded with a rock candy stick that she ultimately gave to Junebug.
Lowlights of the Week:
  • Penguin battled a cold all week long and spent most of her time in bed, looking rather pitiful.
Funnies of the Week:

Michael informed me that we may have the opportunity (in the next few years, don't go and get excited for us yet) to re-locate for a few months to China in order for him to work more closely with his work's supplier.  I asked the girls what they thought of the possibility of living in China and received the following responses:
  • Penguin:  "China is where they have Panda Express!"
  • Bluebird:  "China is a good place for rice."
  • Junebug:  "Pandath ith methee."  (Pandas is messy.)
I'm so thankful for the opportunity to spend so much time with my children and hear all the cute things they say throughout the day!

Having said that, I am still looking forward to the weekend!