What a big week we’ve had! I haven’t blogged much this week because I’ve been trying to make friends with my gallbladder, or Baby G as I like to call her. Baby G started acting up when I was pregnant and she’s just been giving me issues ever since. On Monday, I decided to make a pot roast in the slow cooker – and I don’t know if it’s a statement about my cooking – but I had the worst gallbladder attack ever!
I considered the ER but instead decided to try to give Baby G some love doing a beet, cucumber, and apple cider vinegar cleanse (under my doctor’s supervision). I know it sounds crazy but I’m just not ready to let go of my gallbladder just yet. 🙂 Needless to say, I am eating more beets than I ever have in my entire life.
And, I’ve become reacquainted with my juicer! Just like ye old days (okay, a year ago):
On Monday afternoon, Mr. M was home so we all went to the big Sand Dune near our house! It’s near the ocean, and there’s also a park right there. I am not sure why we don’t go more often because the girls had SO much fun! I know this doesn’t look like much, but trust me – the sand dune is very tall. It looks like a mountain (not a molehill!) from the bottom – I had to zoom in really close to get this picture.
The girls ran up and down the sand dune for an hour and a half- they definitely got their exercise for the day!
That night, Ginger (5) and Paprika (8) had piano lessons. This was Ginger’s first real lesson – and she is so excited to be starting piano!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch – I stayed home with Violet (3) and Ellie:
We made brownies together to surprise the piano crew when they came home! Violet mostly made them herself (I put out the ingredients, pre-measured for her) – and as you can see, she thoroughly enjoyed the process.
We did not mention the spoon licking to the people who ate the brownies later, just so’s ya know:
Tuesday we went to the California Science Center and the Rose Garden at Exposition Park! We saw the Endeavour again – we’ve seen it a few times before, and it never gets old!
The girls tested out the hurricane wind simulator…
Who knew blowing air could be so fun?!
This was Baby Ellie’s first trip to the Science Center – she napped for most of it! 🙂
And then she woke up! Pretty sure she’s a fan of science already – haha:
We came in the afternoon – just as the school groups were leaving! The museum is free (no admission fee) – so usually they have tons of school groups. We showed up at the perfect time because we ended up having the entire museum to ourselves. The girls played around at this “TV Station” in the Los Angeles exhibit:
Pretty fishies in the Aquatic Zone:
I was so glad Mr. M was home to go with us to the Science Center! With my gallbladder acting up, there’s just no way I could drive everyone downtown, find parking, etc. I can do short trips nearby with the girls – not big ones (yet!) Everything is so much easier when he’s around. 🙂
Me with my big girls at the Rose Garden – I had been holding Ellie all day and I couldn’t do it anymore! I handed her to Mr. M and he took this picture of us. Miss Violet (3) was NOT happy because she wanted to be the only one sitting on my lap for the picture.
She perked up right after we took this picture – don’t worry. Miss Violet can never stay sullen for long!
Ginger in the rose garden – she wanted to read about every single type of rose they have. Roses are her favorite flower (mine, too!):
We haven’t just been cavorting all over town this week. We stayed home and had some unstructured play-time, too! This one day, the girls decided to mow the lawn using pairs of scissors. I didn’t stop them because they were having so much fun doing it!
They also went on an opossum hunt with Daisy – searching out the mommy opossum for all those babies we found last week. They looked a lot, but no opossums were found (thank goodness!):
There was A LOT of dressing up and pretending. Ginger pretended to be a fortune teller named Blytheah. She had the best time – can you tell?
Thursday we had homeschool group! This week, we did a Book Group where the kids all read a chapter book (we read The Silver Balloon). The kids discussed the book with guided questions and did activities based around the book. The mom who hosted did an amazing job – I was so impressed!
Ginger and Violet had so much fun playing tea party and cooking up food in the play kitchen while the bigger kids discussed the book:
The kids went on a scavenger hunt based around the story of the book. They also wrote to penpals in a homeschool group in New Jersey who are also reading the same book! Then we all walked to the blue mailbox in the neighborhood to mail their letters together. How cool is that?
Paprika writing to her PenPal:
That’s the weekly wrap-up for our homeschool this week! Oh – I got new curriculum, too! Spelling AND handwriting – I’ll have to blog about that later. I’ve got baby Ellie asleep in my arms now and I don’t want to miss looking at her sweet cheeks. 🙂
In closing – Miss Violet playing dress-up earlier this week. She is such a joy – I never want to forget how she embraces life with such happiness and energy.
I am so grateful for her and the miracle of her life! Even though she is a big sister now, she will always be my baby:
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