Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chickens

Sometimes the stars align perfectly.  Today was the final day of Lex's science unit concerning life cycles, and one of their friends invited us to their home to see their chickens because they were having new ones hatch right then.  I couldn't have planned something so well coordinated if I had tried.

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And so the boys got to hold freshly-hatched baby quail, which were teeny tiny, and some freshly-hatched baby chicks.

Chickens

Chickens

Then, we went outside and saw all the bigger chickens and ducks and quail.



My favorite chicken was in that last video.  She was a golden brown and black Polish hen with a fluff of black feathers on her head that made her look like a muppet.


Chickens

Chickens

Lex helped gather all the eggs in the chicken coop, and we brought home two dozen eggs!  He asked me to hard boil some for him to eat, because that is his favorite way to have eggs.

Chickens

Chickens


Chickens

Chickens

Monday, September 26, 2016

Gathering Books

This evening, I went out to gather books.

First, I went and bought Connor a new math textbook.

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Both Connor and Lex moved on to new math books today.  Lex finished Life of Fred: Dogs, and he will be starting Life of Fred: Edgewood tomorrow.  But we already have his books, since Connor used them first.  Connor finished Life of Fred: Jelly Beans, which is the last book in the Elementary Series.  Tomorrow he begins the first book in the Intermediate Series, Life of Fred:  Kidneys.

This is mostly just an aside.  What I really want to talk about is what happened when I went to the library.  Again.  I think I must be the only person in this town that actually uses the library, because the librarians keep making comments about how I get too many books.

So, tonight, I went into the library to pick up the books that I had requested online (which is a new service that they just started, because they are finally starting to act like a real library, in some small respects), and when the guy brought them out for me, both he and the other librarian were like, whoa, that's a ton of books.  And then he asked me if I was sure I wanted them all.  If maybe I wanted to look through the stack and pick out the ones I wanted before he checked them all out.

No.  I ordered them all because I wanted them all and I do intend to read them all.  They thought I was nuts.  Again.  This happens every single time I go to the library.  Everyone else in town must check out one book at a time.  I swear.

So, how many books do you think I got?

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Thirteen.  Thirteen books and everyone loses it.  Bless their hearts.

Friday, September 23, 2016

This Week in Photos

There is a lot going on here.  Two little boys, with the same name, playing Pokemon and having dinner at Chick-fil-A.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This Week in Photos


Today featuring Connor at Homeschool Chess Club!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

This Week in Photos


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Brought to you today by a Moose from Colorado.  Obviously.

Monday, September 19, 2016

This Week in Photos


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Catan! Catan!
This is our land!
If we can't build it,
No one can!

Friday, September 16, 2016

It's time for Archery! Again!

The boys made a triumphant return to the archery range this afternoon!

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First, there was a quick lesson to make sure they remembered all the archery things.  Safety first!

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Then there was the shooting!  They did very well.  Many arrows hit the center of the targets.

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I took a slow motion video of them shooting, and it is awesome, but the cycle of the lighting flashes noticeably when it gets slowed down, and I'm concerned that the video may trigger an epileptic seizure.  And of course, I don't really know anything about things that could trigger seizures, but I'm not entirely kidding.  Proceed at your own risk?


Thursday, September 15, 2016

How a Future Astronaut Sleeps

This is how we found Lex when we went to check on him at bedtime tonight:

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We went ahead and took the book off his face and turned out his light.

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Goodnight, little astronaut.  Oh, and goodnight, moon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Growing Boys



Growing Boys

We started keeping track of the boys' height on this chart at the beginning of the school year last year.  We measured the boys again today, one year later.

Things I noticed:

Connor isn't going to be on the chart anymore.  He's getting too tall.  He has grown just a bit over three inches in the past year.

Lex is almost as tall this September as Connor was last September.  There is only a year between them in growth, but they are 2 years and 4 months apart in age.  To put it another way, Lex is about the same size at age 6 that Connor was at age 8.  I honestly think he is trying to catch up to Connor as quickly as possible.  He has grown about 2 and a half inches in the past year.

I am glad that they are growing, because that is what they are supposed to be doing.  But sometimes, I just want to squish them back into babies so I can snuggle them again.