I had been in no hurry to introduce solids to my baby but now that we have shared with him, he is LOVING his real foods! I really don't want to do the whole pureed mess with him. Since we waited until he was nearly five months old to begin solids, he can handle more than our other babies ever could as we started cereal at about 3 1/2 months. Silas is still getting his calories from mama's milk, but I give him a little bit of real food each day. His first food was oatmeal and he's had rice cereal a few times. He has also enjoyed gnawing on carrots, apples, and corn on the cob. He's had a bit of homemade chicken noodle soup, lentil and sweet potato stew.
I was just looking through pictures and realizing what a HORRIBLE job I do of doing anything with all of the pictures I take. So here are a couple of recent ones just for fun-
It is so fun to see the creative side of the kids come out when they aren't hindered by our usual schedule. Last week I decided to cut the week short and finish week 9 this week. We got three days in so I figured if we do 2 regular school days this week we can spend some time doing other things. Yesterday was a work day- extra chores and such. So I told them today is a reading and crafting day and they've been taking that VERY seriously. We've had all sorts of fun happening- drawing, painting, building forts, exploring the trail and pond behind the house, bead jewelry making, and some knitting for me. I'm so glad I gave myself "permission" to ditch the schedule for a few days and just enjoy being at home! Last week we also went to an orchard to pick apples and enjoy some cider and donuts. When the kids have a little freedom and the supplies they need there is no end to the fun! Ella made clothes for some of her Calico Critters out of paper and Charlotte discovered Shel Silverstein.
Here are a few pictures of our little fall break.
Better late than never? We had internet and phone problems for nearly a week so I wasn't able to do this over the weekend. Well, here goes...
In Tapestry of Grace (Year 2) Week 2 we covered The Byzantine Empire and the Eastern Orthodox Church. Here are a few pictures from the week-
Teshome's project- a Triptych, which was a picture made in three sections and used in churches or as a religious alterpiece. His is a picture of (saint) Patrick praying.
Maddie's triptych- some monks (and a smiling sun).
Kate's favorite story of the week was about the Lombards, a cruel and vicious German tribe and the last to find a settlement within the Eastern Empire. She wrote, "It was said that a Lombard king once killed his enemy then lined his skull with gold and made his wife drink out of it. His wife was the daughter of the enemy her husband had killed. She was so angry and grieved that she had a man murder her husband." And why was this Kate's favorite? (yikes.) She says it was one of the only things she found exciting in that book (The Story of the Middle Ages). Okay then, yes, there's much gore and blood in the Middle Ages.
Inspired by a read aloud we are all loving, the kids went adventuring in the backyard this evening. We just started reading Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome, which we all highly recommend, and Peter, the captain of course, led his siblings on an excursion. They packed all the necessary supplies and set up camp. Teshome helped me make dinner and we surprised them with a pancake and sausage picnic. I love watching them enjoy the outdoors and being creative all together. They are making such fun memories! I don't want Silas to grow up too quickly, of course. But I also don't want him to miss out on all the fun!
Another fun thing today is that Charlotte has been wanting her hair cut and I finally took the time to do it. She looks adorable, but way too old! It's a bit wet and messy here from her shower, but this is the only one I took today.
And last of all, a funny. I have NO idea why, but after her shower Ella asked me to put her hair in a ponytail really close to the front. When she looked in the mirror afterwards she was giddy and said it looked beautiful. And I was just laughing and thinking about how well she would have done in the 80's.
Even though I've been out of school for a "few" years now, new school supplies make me a bit giddy. So I guess a perk of homeschooling is that I get to shop for new markers and binders and notebooks AND I get to actually watch my kids learn and create with their new tools. Some of my favorites are good old fashioned composition notebooks (used for narrations), washable markers (this year the kids are enjoying the fun fruity smells of Mr Sketch which I loved as a little girl), and Crayola twistables.
Monday marked the beginning of our new school year. Sunday evening I couldn't sleep. It wasn't because I was excited, but rather because I was nervous that I had forgotten something or didn't have my Tapestry teacher's notes straight in my head. I gave up and got out of bed and started going over my plan, looking through my notes. Then Pete heard me up, saw my insomnia induced tears and convinced me to take melatonin. So I did and I slept great- for 5 hours. Our first day started with me dragging and trying to hide the fact that my head was pounding. Then Maddie added her stomach sickness to the fun, Silas spit up and pooped everywhere, and I just kept going, convinced that I was not giving up on our day. Pete offered to bring home dinner and I thanked him and so no because I couldn't bear the thought of not being able to at least pull a simple dinner together. The week got better from there. Here's a little summary from Peter about where our Tapestry of Grace studies took us this week-
"We started with a lot of review of the last 2 weeks of year 1. We learned a lot more about the different barbarian nations, the Huns, Goths, and farther north, the Angles and Saxons. We also learned about early Britain and King Arthur. During the reign of King Arthur's uncle, Stonehenge was believed to have been set up by Merlin the Magician. The early Britons believed this to be true, even though Stonehenge was probably set up before that."
Also, here are some pictures from our week-
Where did the last three months go? I hold this baby as much as possible because I truly know now how quickly the sweet baby days fade into toddlerhood, then preschool. Then all of a sudden he'll be 11 and talking about finishing high school early so he can get to law school- or whatever the Lord puts in this one's mind to do. One of my favorite songs, by artist, Christa Wells, has a line about missing the "downy top of your head." I am so very grateful to God for allowing us the joy of a baby in our home again and I breathe in the scent of his downy head often. He has his first cold right now which is sad, but also sweet how he just wants his mama's arms. I think sometimes a sick baby is a way for God to slow us mom's down and remind us of the most important things.
Three months today
a little sneeze
a little cough
he discovered the exersaucer this week
how big is silas?
....just loud. times like this i have to take a deep breath and
be thankful they're all healthy :) i prefer to ease into the day with coffee and quiet. well, silas has made coffee off limits and quiet is hard to come by unless i'm up before the sun. so for now i have to deal with being "serenaded" into the day. chores are happening and people are getting ready for their school day. but, oh my, is it loud. music is on and people are "singing" (crooning, whistling, belting) along. what's a quiet craver to do? breathe deeply and thank the Lord for these wild, fun, energetic SOULS all around me. it's not about what i want. life isn't about being comfortable and having a serene existence. it's about hard work and learning, being shaped and molded by my Father, and using all He's given me to shape and mold my children. sanctification comes by discomfort oftentimes. besides, i suppose there will be plenty of quiet someday. most likely i'll be wishing for the happy days of being surrounded by my children.
Yesterday was the first day of our new school year. We usually start with very little fanfare so I wanted to do a few things to mark the day and make it special. Maddie decided to start the day with a stomach bug and Silas had a very spitty morning and a diaper blow out mid-devotions. By 10 am I was wearing my third shirt of the day. Those aren't quite the things I had in mind to make the day memorable. Here are the children showing what grade they're in this year-
and a couple more just because-