What a week we’ve had! In addition to all our usual homeschooling stuff, here’s a little bit of what’s been keeping us busy…
I took Miss Violet (7) on a date, just the two of us, to see Ralph Breaks The Internet. We went to a Tuesday evening show at our local ArcLight theater, and we had the whole theater to ourselves. Literally. We were the only people there. Violet wanted to sit at the top of the theater (back row), so we did.
Violet was SO excited for our special date. All day long she asked how many minutes until Evan got home from work so I could take her. I bought her a large popcorn, and she ate the whole bucket before the end of the show. I thought she was going to pop! It was a really special night, and I can’t wait to do it again with her.
We did a family outing to a local crepe restaurant (picture above of Ginger and Evan), and then to Michael’s to buy supplies to make our own snow globes.
Making snow globes together:
We used polymer sculpting clay to make the inside of the snow globes. Paprika (12) made a purple and pink pegasus and a Christmas tree. Violet (7) made a snowman family that blew me away with its details. I’ll have to take a picture of it. Ginger (9) made a tree of life and a boy from The Giving Tree book. Ginger’s didn’t make it through the baking in the oven phase, so we had to start over the next day with hers.
Day 2 of snow globe making – Ginger made The Goblet of Fire from Harry Potter for her second attempt:
We still have to get distilled water and put the snow globes and glitter together, but at least the clay part is done! That’s the hardest part.
We went swimming at the local indoor pool. Ginger and Violet are both becoming much better swimmers thanks to Evan teaching them to swim!
Ginger (9) read Jurassic Park to Ellie (3). Ellie really likes it – even better than our nightly Harry Potter family read-alouds. Ginger picked up Jurassic Park from the library, and has been loving it so far. We’ll see what happens when she gets to the scary part. Eeek!
Huck got a Jumperoo from Amazon – which he LOVES. At first we thought he hated it, but then we realized he just needed to get used to it. I got it in the “open box, returned” section – so it was over half off the list price. It was missing a few of the toy pieces, but it’s still a score in my book.
Huck hasn’t been yelling so much this week – his voice has really quieted down. I think he was just testing out his voice last week to see how much volume he could generate. Now he’s on to new pursuits, thank goodness.
We’ve also discovered that Huck loves toys and taking things apart. He screwed off the bottom of our camping lantern in less than a minute. I got to him just as he was about to take out the batteries!
He is very curious, and he gets bored if he’s not given something new, novel, or interesting to learn/discover. I can’t believe that I’m saying that about a six month old, but it’s true! He also loves classical music. It’s one thing that always calms him down and makes him laugh.
This picture of Huck and Ginger makes me so happy:
This week for our family movie night, we watched the American Ballet Theater (New York City Ballet) version of The Nutcracker Ballet by Tchaikovsky, which is available on Netflix. It is the one narrated by Kevin Kline, and you’ll never believe who plays the Nutcracker Prince. My eyes about popped out of my head when we watched it. 🙂 Everyone loved it, and we’ve watched it a second time together since. Afterwards, the little girls gave Evan and I our own private performance of the show complete with ballet shoes and tutus. It was precious!
Every December, we always go to the Los Angeles Ballet performance of The Nutcracker and sit in the front row, center seats. I think we’ve been eight years in a row now. It was great to see a different version for our family movie night. This year we are skipping the Los Angeles performance for the first time. I waited too long to get our front row tickets, and we are all pretty happy/content with the Netflix version for this year. Sometimes it’s better to pop some popcorn and get snuggly on the couch. Low pressure and simple.
We made hot chocolate one night and everyone was so excited. But then Violet (7), Ellie (3), and Ginger (9) didn’t even want one sip after we made it. So – basically it was a lot of work for nada. Evan and Paprika loved it, though…it was delicious!
It rained this week! That is always exciting for my California girls. It basically never rains here, so when it does everyone runs outside with umbrellas (or without umbrellas) and dances in the rain. They came in soaking wet two days in a row, and it was great! It always makes me smile, even though it’s messy.
Ginger (9) and Violet (7) are decorating our house with snowflakes they made out of paper. They are hanging from the ceiling everywhere, especially in our homeschool area and in their bedroom. It is magical to me!
Paprika (12) made Pumpkin Bread for her friend whose grandfather passed away this week. She made a double batch, so we have a loaf, too. Our whole house smells like pumpkin spice. 🙂
Ginger and Violet are building the Hogwarts Express out of Legos:
I know Huck (6 months) looks so big in pictures, but he is still such a tiny guy. Here he is compared to Daisy:
Here’s a picture of the girls, Huck, and Daisy playing in the backyard this week. I love the look on Ellie’s face…it sums her up perfectly:
About a million other things happened this week, too. Every day I feel like I’ve run a marathon – in a good way. These children keep me on my toes. My goodness, it’s a lot of work – but I do love every minute of it. I was thinking the other day about how far I’ve come in my motherhood since I started this journey 13 years ago when I was pregnant with Paprika.
I’ve learned so many lessons: in humility, in service, in love, in patience…it has been fertile ground for my own personal growth. And then there are the practical lessons. I didn’t know how to do anything when I started being a mom. I could barely boil water. But when you have five kids, you have to learn things like how to cook, how to clean up, how to take care of yourself, your home, how to organize…the list is endless.
What an honor it is to be here with these kids every day. I’m so grateful for it, and I hope they know how much I love them and what being part of their lives means to me. It’s priceless and it makes me happier than I can put into words.
I will see you next Monday evening with a new post, if not before then. 🙂 Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a great week.