Sunday, January 30, 2011

Big Ladybug’s Birthday

DSC02693Well Big Ladybug is now 7 years old!!!  It is hard to believe, time sure does fly by!  The cake is always the focus of the big day, so she gets to pick the kind of cake that she wants.  She has always loved dogs, acting like a dog, and playing with her stuffed dogs, so I was not surprise when this was the theme she chose.  We were browsing the internet for dog cake ideas and we stumbled upon this. She ran around the house so excited she found the perfect birthday cake, which was also in her new favorite color, blue!

(In this pic she is sporting her new fancy dress and sparkly tennis shoes, so why take off your bowling socks first?)

I have dabbled into cakes a little, only on the kid’s birthdays I might add, so I am by no means a great cake maker.  I have only used fondant once or twice and it takes me FOREVER to make my cakes.

So as her birthday approached, our family was recovering from respiratory infections so our lives were “out of sorts.” Little Lizard had just started meds for his double ear infections, and he was very mommy-fied, I couldn’t do anything without holding him.  The plans for the cake were turning into ordering one from the local grocery store, until I thought to call Aunt Geri to come and save me.

Aunt Geri is AWESOME at making cakes!  Not to mention, she is crazy and thinks it is fun!  She was happy (or at least seemed to be :) to come and save the day.  She also has a bunch of great handy cake making tools to make it a little easier.


So I had everything baked and ready to go, and she went to work.  I learned so much from her, not sure I could reproduce it, but learned a lot! 

We put all the kids to work, Big Ladybug, my nephew, and even a couple neighbor kids that stopped by, coloring the fondant.

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I drew some dog stencils and we cut them out of the fondant.  Geri made some buttons and the number 7 and whaalaa! …. 6 hours later, we had a completed cake and cupcakes.  It took a long time, but we all enjoyed ourselves.  It turned out pretty good too!

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Big Ladybug LOVED it!

We invited our family and friends to join the birthday celebration at the roller rink.  We had a great time!  It was fun to see everyone out there skating, or at least trying to!  Here are some photos of the party.


The birthday girl!


Little Ladybug LOVED roller skating!


Hubby, me, and our Little Lizard.


My sisters and I.


My brother and his great kids.






Thank you Aunt Monica and Aunt Geri for all of your help!!

Thanks Aunt Nicole for taking tons of pictures for me!

Thanks to everyone else for coming to support Big Ladybug!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: The Big Haircut

For the past several years my hairdresser has come to my home to cut my and Big Ladybug’s hair.  :)


Well it was time for Little Ladybug to join in and get her first real haircut.   She was nervous and refused to sit anywhere but on my lap.  She also refused to wear the cape, but she had no problem accepting a sucker to keep her occupied :)


It started out well, but……


quickly took a turn for the worst!

Daddy had to come in and hold her head so we could get her bangs cut!!!



DSC02572 My poor little baby girl!!


The tears eventually dried up, but she continues to say,

“Haircut hurt mommy, all better now.”

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sketch Tuesday: “Ugly Ucy”


This week our Sketch Tuesday assignment was…..

“U is for UGLY.” 

Here is Big Ladybug’s monster. (At first I thought maybe this was her Mom in the morning before she got her coffee :)

scan0005“Ugly Ucy” 

Jump over to Discover Their Gifts and check out their great pictures!

You can also see all the entries at Harmony Art Mom!

Check back next week for “something you study in science!”

Friday, January 21, 2011

MFW 1st Grade: Week #17


Well our Little Lizard has moved to one nap a day, instead of two, so we have had to switch around our school schedule a little.  Big Ladybug and I now get one-on-one time in the afternoon when the babies naps overlap. 


Bible:  A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.  ~Proverbs 11:25

This week she learned about Moses.  A Baby in a Basket and The Burning Bush.  Here are the lovely pictures she drew in her Bible Notebook.



2nd Grade:  Finding God's Promises (Teacher's Guide)

We also added a resource to our Bible time, 2nd Grade Finding God’s Promises.  It  is a Bible curriculum that studies the life of Moses through the Book of Exodus.   Not only do we discuss the stories, but we look at the promises God made, and how we can demonstrate the character traits that he wants us to.   The students answer questions using scripture, understand biblical vocabulary, and there are fun puzzles and bright colorful workbook pages!

It’s not that I felt MFW was lacking, but this was available for us to borrow, and it has been a great addition to our daily Bible.                   

Discoverer's Bible for Young Readers-NIRV-Large Print by Zonderkidz, 9780310703822

Big Ladybug received the NIrV Discoverer's Bible for Young Readers for Christmas and we have put it to use!  She loves looking up the stories and reading from her new Bible. 

With these new additions, Big Ladybug is now reading God’s Word and learning to apply it to her everyday life.   She is looking at character traits through the lives of those in the Bible, and learning how to practice that character quality. 

At first I thought that adding these may be doing to much, but she is enjoying it!   She is learning how our actions really affect those around us, and how we should be working to please God

Science:  This week she learned about floating.  She already had a pretty good understanding of this, but we had a great time!


Big Ladybug had been collecting items throughout the week that she wanted to add to the experiment. 

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Then we filled some glass bowls with water and they took turns guessing if they thought the item would sink or float.  Little Ladybug tried her best not to play in the water………but she couldn’t resist!


We made a chart as we went of what the results were.  The girls (which included our neighbor :) had a great time!


Did you know??

Buoyancy of an object does not depend on the weight at all whether it floats or it sinks.  Floating and sinking depends on how much amount of water an object can displace in order to float.



weekly wrap-up

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: What’s That Stuck Under My Chair?



While we were doing school, my Little Lizard kept insisting upon crawling under my chair.  And if you know anything about my Little Lizard, you know he is not a little guy!  Therefore, he kept getting himself stuck!  I kept telling him he was like gum stuck to the bottom of my shoe….but I loved it!!!


Silly Boy! 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sketch Tuesday: “My Family Swimming”


The sketch topic this week was “something you make with water.”


scan0004 Big Ladybug, 6 yrs 

“My Family Swimming”

You can check out all the entries at Harmony Art Mom! It is pretty neat to see everyone’s creative ideas!

Check back next week to see something….UGLY!!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Horsin’ Around


Does my daughter really know how lucky she is?

Not many kids get to go to school dressed in this lovely get-up!



I guess it’s just one of the many pros of homeschooling!


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 The Life of Rylie...& Bryce, too!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sketch Tuesday: “Tiger Sleeping in Tulips”

As you all know, my Big Ladybug LOVES to draw, paint, color, mold clay, paper mache’, and anything else artsy that she can get her little hands on.  So I was so excited to see that I can link up some of  her drawings.  

Barb-Harmony Art Mom hosts Sketch Tuesday!  Every week she has a different topic for the students to sketch.  Then on Tuesday’s she displays the entries in a slide show on her blog.


This weeks topic was something that begins with the letter T.  Big Ladybug really enjoyed using water color pencils for the first time.



“Tiger Sleeping in Tulips”

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

MFW 1st Grade- Week #16

Well this was actually our last week of school before Christmas break, I’m finally getting around to posting it  :)

Bible: Big Ladybug learned the story of Joseph, how his brothers sold him into slavery and he eventually became the governor of Egypt.   Joseph overcame so much in his lifetime; slavery, being away from his father, and prison, all of which was God’s plan so he could save many lives.  Big Ladybug learned that sometimes our life my not go as we plan, but it is God’s plan, and has special things in store for us.


For her Bible activity, she made her family tree.  We had fun with this!  I got the template idea from and we just used markers and some construction paper.  She was so happy with the way it turned out.



Science:  We started our new book Science with Water.  This week we were “Experimenting with Water.”  We discussed how water takes the shape of the container it is in, and how water flows.


Did you know??

  • Water makes up 80% of an earthworm, 70% of a chicken, and 70% of an elephant
  • Water also makes up 90% of a tomato, 80% of pineapples and corn, and 70% of a tree.


    I also forgot to mention that I was asked to participate in a blog carnival in December!  (I blame it on the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!)  So if you are interested in checking out The Hands On Homeschool Blog Carnival…..jump on over to see Melissa at Bugs, Knights, and Turkeys in the Yard!