Oh how I am failing at blogging this year.
I have no good excuses.
Blogging just hasn’t been happening.
So what have we been doing this past term?
Well, first of all, we’ve been sneaking in as many visits of my new niece as possible.
Isn’t she cute?
This is one of my favourites.
She wasn’t a keen model.
She just wanted to sleep and her mother and I just wanted to pose and photograph her.
Then she woke up and gave us some more cute shots.
She was only a couple of weeks old in these shots
so this isn’t a ‘real’ smile but boy does it look like it.
She’s now about three months old
and coming out of that newborn fog
and interacting more with the people around her.
Her big sister, Miss Two, is also growing.
Growing in personality and attitude.
I love this age.
These girls love my boys
and my boys idolise these little girls.
Moment like these (below) just melt my heart.
The other day I had my first school experience.
I took my eldest niece to her first sports carnival.
Watching her run her little race made my eyes well up with tears of pride.
My own not-so-little munchkins have also been hard at work.
We’ve been digging into trigonometry this term.
I like it a whole lot more than I did when I was at school.
The boys (one in particular) are loving their graphing calculator.
I still feel faint at the cost…of two of them!
Of course, it wouldn’t be my house if we weren’t reading.
We read lots of books this term (as always) but a highlight was this book about the Lebensborn program.
If you don’t know anything about it, “Hitler’s Forgotten Children” is an informative read.
We also read about Eva Mozes and Dr Mengele.
You have to watch her dvd “Forgiving Dr Mengele”.
It was fantastic.
We also read “Gulliver’s Travels”.
It was our dud read of the term.
I had been really looking forward to it, but, now that we’ve read it, I don’t recommend it to others.
I totally understand why the book has been abridged for children.
Not a fan and I had really wanted to be.
We also read the whole Egyptian Mummies souvenir guide from the museum.
No, we haven’t been to the exhibit yet.
We just always read the guides before we visit.
I know. We’re weird.
Hopefully we’ll get to the exhibition during the holidays,
which are quickly filling to the brim.
My favourite documentary this term was “How the States Got Their Shapes”.
It was fascinating.
I learned so many new things.
Oh and I read this delightful little junior fiction novel to myself.
I totally loved it.
Reading bugs, lots of great book references and a library to save – what’s not to love!!
Hubby is going to read it to his grade two class next term.
Actually, there’s been lots of book action this term.
I’ve been book culling, cleaning and shuffling again.
I got rid of a whole pile of junior non-fiction that the boys had grown out of
and that I didn’t love enough to keep in the house.
Don’t panic, only one of those six empty shelves were left totally empty by the time I was finished.
I haven’t totally lost my mind.
Of course, a book decluttering means that there are spaces to fill
so of course I have been to the Lifeline Bookfest.
I didn’t buy a huge amount though.
I bought a bag full for my nieces
and this tidy little pile for our own shelves.
I don’t tend to buy much at the Lifeline sales anymore.
I prefer to buy exactly what I want from online bookstores.
For instance, these Richard Maybury books that complete my collection of his books.
Or this lovely new book from Living Books Press.
I just love how they present their books in brown paper, twine and a wax seal.
Or any one of these glorious books that are in my ‘to read’ pile.
Oh I have to recommend this title – “In the Land of the Blue Burqas”.
I just finished reading it last week (and another of the author’s books, “Farewell, Four Waters”).
I had to rush out and buy a paperback copy of it to read to my boys next term.
It’s about a Christian aid worker who goes to Afghanistan and her interactions with her Muslim neighbours.
If you want to be reminded of how good our God is, read this book.
This term I’ve also been busy with schole for the mumma.
Yes, the homeschooling mother should also be learning and stretching her mind.
I’m almost finished “Saving Leonardo”.
I highly highly recommend this book to fellow Christians.
Check out the view from where I sometimes meet with friends to discuss books.
How distracting is that view!
The boys have also been to more QUT Stem workshops.
This last workshop was on robotic arms.
The boys loved it.
We have several more of these workshops in coming months.
Plenty of technology has been happening in our home this term.
The boys have been steadily working through Arduino tasks.
Ethan does the programming and Brayden does the electronics.
Yes, yes, I let my homeschooled kids out of the house sometimes too. 🙂
I let them mow the backyard at least fortnightly!! 🙂
And we head to different parks to let them run wild with friends every week.
The other day we were at this park (below) for six hours!!
It’s just trees and space to run and play but we love it.
I had a dear U.S. friend visit and we sat at this park and talked and talked until the sun was on the way down
and we were concerned that our husbands might send out search parties.
Ah, it’s been a very good term.
And next term is going to be huge.
We have more travel planned.
Nothing overseas this time
…unless you count the Bass Strait as ‘overseas’.