Teeth Pics, Walking Babies and the Daily Drill

Here are the pics providing evidence of my last report. Here is the long-awaited Sophie Halloween pic as Sleeping Beauty, along with her friend Ella the witch and Autumn the angel, then with brother, the very in-character pirate, below:



Here is a pathetic confession, since David had the camera on his business trip, I didn’t get pics of Lucy or Noah on Halloween, but will recreate them before next post. Noah was Sully again from Monsters, Inc., since I had that costume and could throw it on easy, and Lucy was a cow for the same reason. So, I’ll throw those back on sometime this week for your viewing pleasure. How half-baked is that parenting?

So, on to the teeth:

Sophie’s first lost tooth!

I had falsely reported four teeth on top, but is really two plus a half plus a fourth of a tooth–so 2.75 teeth in four slots.

Aren’t my girls gorgeous?

In just the past two days Lucy has shown a preference for walking over crawling most of the time–it is so exciting!

Ben’s homeschooling has been going very well, this week has been very eventful, as he moved to fourth grade curriculum in all subjects on Time4Learning.com and seems much more interested and challenged. We went to the zoo on Monday and the free day at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday, both of which demanded a great deal of field journal entries for Ben. On Wednesday we went to the library and got many books, mainly Thanksgiving books and Beverly Cleary. Already Ben is getting back to his more excited, positive self, which is great to see. Sophie is also enjoying the field trips and doing her own field journal. They are both excited about piano lessons (with mom) and are practicing without any fuss (for now, not sure how long that will continue).

Here is a cave painting Ben did for a Time4Learning Social Studies unit on ancient civilizations–check the red and black mastedon and giant yellow flying birds:

I definitely feel great about our choice to bring Ben back home.

Friday after the little toddler music class we have for the mom’s group, we went to the Pilgrim’s Place Thanksgiving fair in Claremont. Five other families from the mom’s group went. It was so, so fun!! Everyone had their face painted (except Lucy, who I figured wouldn’t hold still, as it was already hard for Noah), we ate popcorn and cotton candy and sno cones, we rode on the Mayflower and the Massasoit Train, we listened to Indian drums, watched a bit of the Thanksgiving play, and did lots of fun crafts, like the “Glue In” which involves lots of random items the Pilgrims Place community residents collect throughout the year, a cardboard mat, and a lot of glue and creativity. This one is Ben’s:

Pilgrims Place is a neighborhood entirely of elderly people who have served the Christian faith as ministers, teachers or missionaries for at least 20 years full-time. The place had a great spirit about it. Lots of really good folks there. We’re losing a good generation with the loss of that era.

We did a Polaroid/Frame craft, which made up for the fact I forgot my camera. This one is Sophie and our friend Ella, both in butterfly makeup:

And Ben, who asked for pirate makeup to relive the glory days of Halloween:

I am still trying to find the cute one of me holding Lucy and Noah (with bumblebee face paint). It’s got to be around here somewhere.

Saturday was Ward Breakfast, practice for the primary program, and our great friend Addy’s baptism! That was so fun to see. David and I went out on a date that night, just to dinner and some wandering around Vromans book store looking around.

And now for an update on David. Here he is reading the New Yorker as he is wont to do. That about covers it for facts I am allowed to disclose about David.

The primary program was today and they did a great job. I really felt the Spirit and was proud of all the work the children had put into it. I am very grateful for the amazingly great teachers and leaders our kids have been blessed with in Primary.

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  1. Nancy says:

    hi..
    feels funny to write my around the corner neighbor… Ben WAS happier yesterday… he LOVES the decision to home school… I aplaud your brave decision… funny when he sat down for he program.. I askedif he was going to sing… and he said ” well, I made a decision to do a good job.. so I will.” and he did… he sat so still and sang each song… I LOVE my primary kiddos…

    nancy

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  2. brieanne. says:

    Val! I can’t believe how much the kids have grown. I love seeing the new pics and especially reading your blog – I appreciate your realism more than you know. It is great to hear what’s new with you guys. Hope you have a great thanksgiving! You are so blessed!

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  3. brieanne. says:

    Val! I can’t believe how much the kids have grown. I love seeing the new pics and especially reading your blog – I appreciate your realism more than you know. It is great to hear what’s new with you guys. Hope you have a great thanksgiving! You are so blessed!

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