We finally had a decent weather day and were able to play outside after many months of being cooped up. It was so beautiful, even though everything is all dried up, to breath some fresh air again!
We have switched school curriculums to a more Charlotte Mason approach and she advocates what she calls "nature walks". So with nature journals in hand, we ventured outside and walked down to the creek behind our house. Texas is in the middle of a drought as you can tell by the inch of water left in the creek. The kids could literally walk across to the other side without hardly getting their shoes wet!
And this is what they were trying to go see! These pretty flowers were growing wild on the side of the creek and they wanted to draw them and record details about them in their nature journals. I think they are called Black- eyed Susans but I'm not totally sure about that.
I did not want to walk across to the other side for fear I'd slip on the moss plus I had Levi asleep in the stroller. So Micah and I sat on the edge of the bank and watched the Water Hoppers jump on top of the water and the minnows swimming around and the beautiful dragon flies fluttering by.
I was reminded of how wonderful God's creation is!
I love my stroller that I found at a garage sale a few years ago. Levi can sleep on his tummy in it because it reclines almost completely flat. Doesn't he look like a little frog in it?
|When the temps drop down into the 60's and low 70's at night, then it's time for a backyard bon-fire!|
I'm really enjoying watching the personalities of our children blossoming in such different ways. It's common to hear that all kids are different but when they are young it's sometimes hard to see. They all liked to eat, play in the water, and unroll the toilet paper! But now as they grow into teenagers, they are coming into their own, if you will.
Julia loves to draw and she is really good at it because she has an eye for detail. I have a wall devoted to the kid's art work and I think it is mostly hers. She remembers everything ever said to her and almost all events in our family she has recorded in her brain! It truly is amazing. She can spell super accurately because she sees a word written and so therefore she can remember what the word should look like.
She is also the only one who faithfully gives me a goodnight kiss without fail!
Micah is still little so I'm curious how his personality will continue to develop. Right now, he loves repetition so we sing the same songs every night before bed. He even says the same thing every night. "Is Dominic and Antony (no "th" in his name) coming to bed?"
He copies everything we say and DO even. We all got a great laugh when he and Dominic were playing hide and seek one morning. Everywhere Dominic hid Micah took note. When it was Micah's turn to hide, he would hide in the same exact place. He truly thought no one would know where he was! One time Dominic dove under the covers of the bed to hide. Then when it was Micah's turn, he couldn't get into the bed fast enough so he just grabbed the blanket and threw it over his head. Dominic yelled "Ready or not!" And there stood Micah in the middle of the room with a blanket over his head and still as could be! It was really funny!
Olivia is very responsible. She loves to clean and throw things away and be organized. At least every 6 weeks, you'll find her going through every nook and cranny of her room, throwing things away, organizing and cleaning her room. She feels so much better with less stuff to deal with. Recently she filled up 6 bags of clothes and put them out in the shed so she would have less to choose from!
Olivia has a growing interest in First Aid and fire fighting. She has been reading books about real life emergency situations and has decided she wants to be an organ donor.
She rides her bike every morning at 6:30 a.m. with her brother Anthony for exercise.
She loves music and has recently written a song and sang it with a friend in church. She plays the violin in the church orchestra and is now really getting into the piano. She loves classical music.