We have been in a severe drought here in Southern California for many months – and over the past few days, the skies have opened up and it’s started to rain! Not just rain…pour!
The girls are not used to weather, the way their Midwestern mama is. 😉 So, they get really excited by the rain and want to play outside in it all day long!
We are staying home quite a bit right now because of the rain and because I haven’t had the energy to go anywhere! Paprika (8) has become my pregnancy photographer – she likes to take snaps of me on my cell phone:
Me and Ginger (5) – Before it started raining!:
Paprika (8) has been studying the Romanov Dynasty (the Russian Royal family) this past week. Here is a little doodle she made of the family – mom, dad, and the four children. She knows all their names and what they were each like. She made up a little story about them, which was so cute…
When it hasn’t been raining, we’ve been hitting the books in the backyard. I am not sure if I mentioned this before – but earlier this year, we were concerned about making sure that we were hitting all the subjects in our homeschool that the girls would get in public school. Keeping them up to Common Core standards, so to speak… I mean, we have curriculum that we use – but sometimes that thought…”what if we have to put them back in school and they are behind” starts to creep in every so often.
Truthfully, Mr. M was much more concerned than I was! Ha! So, to alleviate his worries, I went online to Paprika’s old elementary school’s website and downloaded the list of all the textbooks they use at that school. I wrote down all the books for grades 2-5, since she would be in second grade in public school.
Long story short, since our district is towards the end of the textbook cycle (they usually keep textbooks for 10 years or more!) – I was able to get all the textbooks the school district uses on Amazon for about 1 penny each (used, plus $3.99 shipping).
So- we now have a full collection of all kinds of textbooks that we can refer to when we want to – just for fun, mostly. It’s amazing how much fun it is to read a textbook when you really want to! Haha!
As you can tell, Violet (3) is getting a head start! 🙂
We have also started trying some fun classes online. This week, Paprika started doing art classes on the website Craftsy! They were having a sale, so I thought we could try it out. The classes are geared towards adults, but I had a suspicion she would love them. Well, I was right! She has had a blast doing them and I am so impressed with the courses overall! I will dig up some of her artwork and talk more about that experience later because it deserves a post of its own…
Until then, here is Daisy being as LAZY as can be. She’s gone from Crazy Daisy to Lazy Daisy as she’s grown up, thank goodness! Haha!