Butterfly and Cricket had their birthday party this last weekend. We've always done a double party for them and this year had water gun fights as part of it. it was a beautiful day and they had a great time.
Butterfly asked for a Tinkerbell cake this year and Cricket asked for a lego cake. I had a lot of fun making these and was pleased with how they turned out. Most importantly the kids were happy with them! They were made of marshmallow fondant and modeling chocolate. I used some great techniques I learned at Craftsy. com. Highly recommend that site.
Oh, Cricket!!! My not so little Cricket! My sensitive, sweet, and funny boy is 7!
Truly this has been the year of Cricket coming out of his shell. While he is still quiet and reserved in new situations, he actually talks to adults now and plays well with other children. He has not lost his sensitive side though nor his silly sense of humor. Can't say his sisters always appreciate that sense of humor. :)
He is a hard worker and has the ability to focus on a task at hand and do it quickly. Although if he does not want to do something, good luck getting him too! :)
His favorite things include playing with his friends in the neighborhood, his legos, and playing superhero.
Can't wait to see how he grows up this year.
Wow, it doesn't seem possible but our little Butterfly turned 8 years old last week! She is growing in to quite a big girl.
She continues to be the questioner, thinker, and teacher of the family. This year she earned a new nickname of "little philosopher". She keeps us on our toes with her deep questions and general curiosity.
She continues to love a good story or adventure. Her present favorite books are the Narnia series which Daddy is reading to the children at night before bed. She is imaginative and loves to make up adventures for her dolls and siblings.
She is a great big sister who loves her younger siblings dearly and, in the case of Lil'Bug, perhaps a little too much! She can't bear for him to be sad to the point of not wanting us to discipline him.
Her favorite things include playing with her friends, riding her bike in the street, and playing with her dolls.
Can't wait to see what this year holds for her!
Woohoo!! Summer is here! And boy are we enjoying our days off! We've already been to the splash pad and huge out with friends.
Last weekend we met up with our local Ethiopian Adoption Group at a member's farm. The kids enjoyed the animals and a paddle boat ride. Poor Butterfly fell in the pond!
On Tues, we took a picnic lunch and headed to the park and one of our favorite creeks. Nothing like spending a hot afternoon in a cool mountain creek.
Ladybug and Lil' Bug played together near by while the older two played with some other kids that were there.
The kids found some lizards and a fish. Butterfly had fun showing Lil'Bug.
On Friday, Cricket and Daddy went on an adventure together. They went horseback riding! Cricket loved it... even though he fell off and earned a metal for getting right back up on the horse!
In Bible we learned about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. We spent sometime learning about Christians as sheep and Jesus as our shepherd. We learned about King David being a shepherd and how he wrote song/psalms to God. And we spent some time reading different Psalms. We also begin a new read-aloud, Mountain Born about a young boy growing up on a sheep farm.
In music, we finished up our study of Sleeping Beauty. In science, we learned about force, energy, gravity, and magnets.
In history, we learned about Abraham Lincoln's later life and his presidency. We touched briefly on the Civil War and some major characters such as Robert E. Lee. We studied/learned a new song, The Battle Hymn of the Republic. We continued our state study with Kansas, West Virgina, Nevada, and Nebraska.
I'm afraid I didn't get any pictures from these two weeks because, like the kids, I'm ready for summer break which we begin when we finished this up. So I'll leave you with a picture of what Lil' Bug and Ladybug do sometimes while I teach the others.