Bridging to Kindergarten

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about our home school bridging ceremony yet… this happened at the end of August. We had a little ceremony for the little home school nature group I host every week. I printed out posters of the work we did over the summer, so they could revisit everything. I set up a little bridge for the girls with flowers and I said a little bridging poem I made up for each of them as they walked across from preschool to kinder. They also got several badges I made for the summer work they did. The other moms brought a beautiful tea party for us to enjoy afterward. It was a really nice morning and a perfect beginning to our fall semester!

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Portrait Project Catch-up

I’ve been taking them…. I just can’t seem to find the time to post them. Here we are almost 5 weeks behind again…

Eloise: You started your first official year of Home school Kindergarten in September. We’re taking it slow and allowing for lots of play and exploration of your interests as well as throwing in a bit of those “academics” too. I’m excited for this journey, however long and fruitful it may be.

Eloise: Hair flying all over, glasses on because your friends are wearing theirs too, milk mustache and always in mid-sentence. Perfect Ellie portrait.

Eloise: Your Aunt Katie is getting married and I captured this great shot of you at the rehearsal. You are very excited to be the flower girl and I can’t wait to see you walk down the aisle throwing those petals.

(Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture any photos myself of Ellie walking down the aisle, so this photo is courtesy of my cousin, Laura Shine- thank you!)
Eloise : You did a wonderful job walking down the aisle, as the flower girl in your Aunt Katie and Uncle Nick’s wedding! You loved playing the part of the “flower fairy girl”!

Eloise: We headed up the coast this past weekend to go apple picking this year. However, it was sadly too late to pick apples, so we enjoyed the hay maze, horse rides, tractor rides and fun with friends instead- and brought home a pumpkin too.

Portrait Project

Not sure if I’ll ever get back to doing this once a week, but at least I’m still taking photos regularly! 😉

So I have for you, portraits, 33, 34 and 35…

Eloise: This week you had to get your first cavity filled (hopefully your last, but with your Mama’s teeth genetics, I’m afraid it will be never ending issues)… You were incredibly brave. Mama had to bring Dada along not for your sake but for hers.

Eloise: With your new glasses and your good friend Lucy’s new glasses, “glasses” have been the new, hip thing in your social circles. Every one wants them… even your stuffed toys.

Eloise: Deep in play with Mama made birds and peg dolls. I relish in watching these kinds of independent play sessions. You can tell stories with these little guys for hours if you want to.

” A portrait of Eloise, once a week, every week in 2017.”

Home school Club- Flower Science

We spent the first half of the summer studying flowers and herbs for  Home school club and the second part of it swimming in the pool, beaching and enjoying the summer sun with friends and family. I didn’t get the chance to blog about our last home school meeting for the summer, so I will now.
In mid July we met at one of our favorite parks and wrapped up our flower study with some science. We talked about the different parts of the flower, how flowers take in food, with the classic “carnation in the food dye” science project and then we let the girls build the parts of a flower with clay.

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Ellie: Five years ago I was still pushing through a very long, rough labor (22 hours to be exact)… and at 10:00 pm on August 5th, you finally showed your face sunny side up! you are my greatest joy and my greatest challenge. You are full of spunk and imagination. You are fierce and mighty and gentle and funny. You want to be a paleontologist, zoologist, geologist, engineer (so you can build your own theater), and then actress (so you can sing The Last Unicorn song for anyone who asks).
You love dinosaurs and dolls equally and think Madagascar Hissing cockroaches are cute. You live for play dates with your friends but will still cuddle with me when ever I ask. These five years have been amazing…. I love you Kid of mine!

Happy Birthday Ellie Lou! Your Mamasaurus loves you!

Ellie: zoned out watching Dino Dana on t.v., naked with a dino mask on. This is classic Ellie.

Ellie: My beautiful sunshine girl. You love riding your bike anywhere and everywhere! A perfect summer day riding down the beach boardwalk!

Ellie: It’s always “the best day ever” when you get to play with your friends, paint together and make music together! You are one lucky little girl!

“The 52 Project! A photo once a week, every week in 2017”

A Dino-tacular 5th Birthday!

So Ellie turned 5 this past weekend! Can you believe it?! I can’t. I just can’t believe my little monkey is such a big, beautiful girl now. She has been wanting a dinosaur party for quite awhile now. Often these interests fade quickly, but dinosaurs have stuck around for awhile now. She watched a documentary with her Dad maybe almost a year ago now and she was completely mesmerized. From that day on it’s been nothing but dinosaurs (with a few unicorns and some bugs thrown in as well). So a dinosaur 5th birthday it was! It was only going to be a few friends and mostly family, but it turned into something a little more, well, let’s just say, dino-tastic. We had a lot of kids and a lot of families and thankfully we chose to have the party at a nearby park instead of our house. I’m so glad we did and I really think it made the day even more special to be able to run around and enjoy the outdoors, as little dino children naturally should. My Youngest Sister and Mom painted faces and my middle Sister and her Fiance were hilarious and surprised everyone by wearing dino outfits. They were really the hit of the party! The kids loved them! Ellie had a blast, got way too many dino presents that she thought were “dino-rrific!” and we even ended the day with her favorite Ramen noodles downtown and an ice cream cone. It couldn’t have been more perfect for our little Elliesaurus.

Sunflower Study

“Why did Blake say
‘Sunflower weary of time’?
Every time I see them
they seem to say
Now! with a crash
of cymbals!
Very pleased
and positive
and absolutely delighting
in their own round brightness…”

excerpt from Elizabeth Smart’s Blake’s Sunflower

We decided to study Sunflowers ! It’s July now and hot and muggy and perfect for exploring this bright, tall flower! The girls got to each paint them after I read them a story about Van Gogh’s sunflowers. We talked about the colors we saw and the differences in the different varieties I had for them. We opened them up and explored the anatomy of the flowers as well. And then the girls proceeded to play in the flower garden nearby, finding caterpillars and using the sunflower petals as something special for their play. My home school club kids also surprised me with some belated birthday gifts (aren’t those water bottles the coolest?!) and we had sunflower cupcakes!