Tuesday, September 11, 2018

2018-2019 First day of school interviews


This is the best tradition!  On the first day of school I sit my kids down with some sweet treats and interview them about what they want to learn this school year.  I love their answers.  The inconsistency, and when they look at me like I am crazy when their answers haven't changed.  Sitting across the table from them, asking serious questions and writing down their every answer is one of those things that they and I both cherish.  


Luke - Second Grade

Favorites:
Color - Gold and crystal blue and that's it.  Oh!  And also green.
Food - Donuts and mac & cheese
Animal - Cheetahs and tigers and zebras and leopards.
Season - Hot so you can go in the pool and snow but that really means I like Christmas.
Music - Africa (Toto) and Minecraft Songs


What do you want to learn this year?
That God is helping us in our hearts.  And that's it.
I'm excited to learn swimming and I'm excited about piano.  I do iPad my school work but its educational so I'm ok with that.
I can't believe I can cross my eyes!  I didn't know that!  What does it look like when I cross my eyes?  Can you cross your eyes?


This isn't a mean question or anything but is the tooth fairy real or is it just you that gives me money?  Just wondering.


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Logan - Sixth Grade

Favorites:
Color - Purple
Food - Sushi, crab roll
Animal - Kitty Cat
Season - Summer - I can swim also its good for airsoft.
Music - Play with Fire by Sam Tinnesz 


What do you want to learn this year?
How to draw anime.  Cyan has tons of books but she won't let me use them.
How to swim really well.  We have classes until November or October?  And also to get a really nice airsoft gun with all the additions.


Boy Scout goals?
To get Star Scout.  I can probably do it b the time I am twelve.  I want to get Eagle when I am 15.  Not by the time I turn 12 to get Star Scout but while I am still 12.  I think I can do it and I don't want to be a teenager when I get it.


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Cyan - Twelfth Grade

Favorites:
Color - Rusty Orange
Food - anything potato
Animal - red panda, by far
Season - Late Spring - I love the plants and it's getting warm.  It's, like, the perfect temperature.


What do you want to learn this year?
I want to learn what degree I want and learn more about myself and stuff.  I want to know if God is calling me to do something or if my interests are just me.
I want to try to learn a little more science.  Because maybe I want to be a nurse and I really liked biology but I didn't really like chemistry.  So I want to figure that out.  


I want to learn even more about rabbits.  Like Prim is a really chill rabbit and she has really chill babies.  I want to have more babies like that on purpose.  So maybe meeting bunnies before I buy them and stuff, to see if their temperament would be good?

 
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nature Study for the Spring

Spring nature study consisted of lots of flowers, as it does every spring.  I love the studies of flowers because we can get super deep with the study.  Adding in Latin names and pollen studies to our nature study gives it an awesome STEM turn even more than usual.  
This giant beautiful tulip was Luke's first nature study.  He just turned 6 and he is already 



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Monday, March 26, 2018

Spring Babies

Our spring babies are here!  These adorable sweethearts are going to wonderful homes in two weeks.  And one of the best parts of my job is taking the pictures that sell the babies to their forever homes! 
 We vet each home with a barrage of questions about rabbit knowledge and we fill in the blanks as often as we can to ensure people know what they are getting into when buying one of our sweet rabbits.  
We do all this to avoid the type of rabbit purchasing that happens at the pet stores.  The purchases that end up re-homed or put into the pound within two months of Easter because people didn't realize what it takes to care for a sweet, fluffy, little bunny tucked into their 3-year-old daughters Easter basket.  We are avoiding those scenarios by waiting until a week after Easter to let them go and asking extensive questions to make sure our new bunny owners know everything they need to know for success with their new family member.
And these are pretty cute new family members, don't you think?
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Bug Bash Birthday Party!

Calling all entomologists!  Come and join us on an epic insect adventure!
  
From the moment this kid could walk, all he has wanted to do was find bugs, learn about bugs, watch shows on bugs.  At one point we had a board book on insects that he made us read so many times that the cover had fallen off and the spine was coming apart and my best friend gave us a second copy that we still read a couple times a month to this day. 
Basically, this party is a long time in coming.  And I wanted to make it the best bug party I possibly could.  
The front door was decorated for the occasion.


After that, I turned my dining room into a bug paradise!

Vines on the walls, around the door, and a giant tree in the corner, and large bugs everywhere that I could fit them.
The ant picks around the table scattered like a picnic, 

and I added some cute little olive spiders to the pizza dinner that Luke asked for.
We made snails out of cucumbers, cream cheese, celery, cashews, and candy eyeballs from the cake decorating section at JoAnns.

We also had twigs, 
butterflies,
and a cake made into a rotting log:
The biggest hit at the table was the ant food picks.  They were so adorable!  The kids kept replacing the fruit they would steal from the top of the picks with new fruit from the bowl.  It was totally cute.  
We made honey lemonade and tucked it into a honey-hive shaped carafe,
and put it into milk bottles tied with twine and sweet little bugs to mark each kids drink.

The activities included a crazy silly string war (that I called "bug spray") and then we got to study some really awesome insects.  The shining star of the day was this amazing leaf bug named Wiggles:



We had other visitors as well, a spider named Jimmy, a giant hookworm, a bunch of crickets, centipedes, and worms.


At the end of the party, each kiddo had bag of bug fun to take home.  It was the perfect end to a super fun bug party!


The log cake was a huge hit!  Cookies and cream on the inside and chocolate, chocolate, chocolate on the outside.

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The one thing we missed doing was the fossil cookies that we made and forgot in the fridge, so we made them the next day.  And yes, he was still wearing his rain forest bug t-shirt the next morning.  He must have had a good time! 


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