Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bibi and Lydia

Just recalling some happy memories.

Ken says Lydia is just like Bibi.

Exactly like Bibi.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

DIY Halloween

Can it be this easy?

A few months ago, I told Anna that she can have the privilege of planning a Halloween activity this year.

It has been only recently that the kids have become aware of Halloween, and want to do something special. I am just not skilled in event planning, so holidays and birthdays are daunting for me. This is the main reason all our kids were born in January. (I have God to thank for this; we almost messed it up) One party, and it's over.

Anyway, besides telling them about reformation day, I was at a loss at how to plan a non-scary, non-evil, fun, very simple, very VERY simple Halloween party.... until that suggestion just came out of my mouth. Anna loved the idea.

Well, just today, I heard Joseph and Anna discussing it. Joseph was explaining to Anna the definition of "donate". His idea was for all three of them to donate some of their hard earned money to make Halloween happen.
Suddenly I had a brilliant idea: "Baba and I can donate as well!"

That is when the homeschooling wheels started turning in my head. I explained how organizations that need money for a good cause have to write what they are doing, and what their budget will be in  a report (oops. I should have said proposal). Then they have to find someone rich, submit it, and wait for approval. I suggested they do the same. Anna started writing immediately. Here is the unfinished list:

At this rate, all will go most well. In fact, I even offered the idea of adding some sort of treat to the list that perhaps they could make themselves.
This just may turn out to be a complete DIY Halloween.
I'm freeeeee!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First day of school

The first day of school went well! Every time we mentioned taking Anna to school for Chinese class, she would protest. She's a homebody like me. After the first day, though, I think she has changed. We will probably take Joseph and Anna once a week - maybe twice - and perhaps let Lydia join Taiwanese (as opposed to Chinese) class at the same time.

....but if schedules don't match, Lydia and I will probably park ourselves at the cute stone table and wait.

No doubt, Lydia will be drawing pretty ladies with hoof hands. She says hooves are easier to draw than real hands. She'll start drawing real hands when she's six, she says.

I was impressed with Anna's calm exterior at recess time. She walked determinedly into the fray, scouting out where she could inject herself. I knew she felt nervous inside, but she hid it well. All my kids have been much braver than I was when it came to interacting with peers.

That crowd had too many boys, so off she went to hunt for some girls...

And she found them! Her classmates. She stood there while I encouraged her to ask to join. I just couldn't resist. Sometimes all a person needs is a little help over the first obstacle, and the rest will be smooth sailing. After a few minutes, I asked for her. "Can Anna play with you?" "Sure!" was the immediate response.

I took this picture about thirty seconds later....

...and this picture about sixty seconds later. She's in! That's all it took.

In my hurry to document Anna's day, I left my purse and Lydia at the stone table. I suddenly remembered, and rushed back to make sure they were both okay. Both were gone.  And than I saw this little lovely walking toward me. Lydia told me she was afraid someone might take my purse away, so she took it with her. So so sweet!

Joseph had to miss recess to sign his twelve plus books. He is so excited that they teach Science in third grade.

All in all, it was a pleasant morning. I wasn't nearly as uptight as I was when Joseph first went to school so long ago. I guess we all are changing.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Flashes of inspiration

I love when Joseph gets such flashes. He sat down one day and wrote out his schedule. It doesn't matter that his newly ordered life lasted one day. At least he felt the urge to be organized.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Swimming Sisters

As soon as Anna garnered a few swimming tips from her dad, she started teaching Lydia.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Lydia's Invention

Are you a mom? Do you have a baby? Do you like to read? Do you like to read while walking in the rain?

Then this is the apparatus for you:

This is Lydia trying it out. It works!  Of course Joseph has to see if it works as well.

She even provided her own self-published material to read.
(uh oh, can't rotate the next two pictures)

(...and please overlook the fingers. Combination of eczema and gardening)

Of course, I bought it.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dishwashing: a lost art

Finally! An idea that I've had for several months has finally come to fruition. Thank you, Laura and Sara for catching such rare footage.

Who is willing to add their own video, thus reviving this dying art?

Ok, here it is:

The Lost Art of Dishwashing

I know it's long...but the music is too good to edit. I actually did edit a little bit, but it was a painful loss.