I’m happy to report that Ginger (7) and I went for a bike ride just the two of us this past weekend. As much as I love having little babies and toddlers, I’m finding that as these kids grow, they just get more and more fun. 🙂
This was Paprika’s bike that we bought at Goodwill for $10 (believe it or not!) – and now it fits Ginger just fine. I’ve been taking bike rides with Paprika (10) for awhile now – but since Ginger just learned, we decided to cruise around just the two of us. We had so much fun.
Riding bikes with Paprika is also fun…however, Paprika likes to ride as slow as molasses. She goes at such a snail’s pace, you almost fall off the bike if you’re following her. So, I was not prepared for how FAST Ginger rides the bike! I will take my bike rides anyway I can get them – slow or fast – but somewhere in the middle might be nice! Haha. 🙂
I forgot to post pictures of when my mom and brother came to visit at the end of December. I was just scrolling through Flickr and saw this one of us:
And this one of my little brother, Robbie:
My mom went to the Women’s March in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago. We California girls stayed home – but we were there in spirit. I got Paprika a shirt to show our support. It’s a little big, but she’ll grow into it, right? 🙂
Homeschooling has been going really well. Ellie (2!) is quite a handful and adds a lot of color to our days. Usually she is sitting on my lap while I’m teaching history, reading, math, or whatever subject the girls are interested in that day.
Paprika (10) is very into cryptography at the moment, so she writes most of her notes to me in code – and then I have to crack the code to read them! I wish I’d taken a picture of the two page letter she wrote me earlier this week. (I just realized I tossed it when I was cleaning up earlier today). She made a little code and I had to figure out the cipher. It wasn’t too hard – I did it on my own, and it took me about half an hour. Evan got the same note and typed it into his phone and had the whole thing computer translated in thirty seconds! Haha.
Right now, Ginger (7) is obsessed with science – so we’ve been reading all about chemistry, physics, anatomy, and biology. She even started taking a free online Biology college class from MIT.
There are so many great free college classes available for audit – we’ve been using edX.org (founded by MIT and Harvard) and class-central.com. We’ve also been using our free Mystery Science subscription, which is geared specifically towards elementary kids (I think you can still get 1 year free memberships until June 2017 – Google it!)
At the library:
Another fun thing we’ve added is the free language app called Drops on the iPad. It’s fantastic! It’s very addictive – and I end up stealing the iPad after the girls go to bed so I can play it sometimes. Haha.
This year, I’ve spent very little on homeschooling because I’ve checked so much out of the library (both in person and eBooks online). There’s so much amazing curricula available for free online, and I also have purchased some used textbooks on Amazon (1 penny plus 3.99 shipping). The more I homeschool, the more I realize that sometimes the very best materials are the ones you find for free or for low-cost.
I hope you’re staying warm. Spring is almost here! I’m looking forward to longer days of sunshine, and more time outside. It’s been raining so much here, it’s almost like a monsoon. I’m not complaining because with our drought, we really can use all the rain!
Until next time…