Roy and I love choosing gifts for our children for Christmas. This past one was no different from the others. This year we chose one main gift for each child, and then they each shopped for each other. In a few cases, we helped direct towards items that would go with our main gift.
Grace ‘N Girls recently released dolls specific to American Heritage Girls. I knew Hannah would love one! She is a Pathfinder this year – her first year with AHG. They also sell just the clothes. After the doll arrived, I just had to open it up and get a picture.
And here is Hannah shortly after opening her new doll, and already dressing her in other clothes!
You can see Matthew in the background, enjoying his new gift: an iPod Shuffle!
I promise it wasn’t this week!! It was September 5th. Even though we homeschool I still have a “first day” of school each year. It’s the day we start new curriculum and it usually comes after some sort of break. This year we took the whole month of August off. Next year I’m aiming for most of the summer!
Samantha is in the 7th grade and 12 years old.
Matthew is 9 years old and in the 4th grade.
Alex is 6 years old and in the 1st grade.
Hannah is 4 years old and is in Preschool.
Hannah likes to pose – had to include it!
Leah is 2 years old and only sits at the table when she chooses. Except for Bible first thing. Then she has to sit there. She complains about it though!
All of them getting ready for our first lesson of our new year -our 10th year of homeschooling!
On a side note, we have always sat wherever at the table. This year I have 2 little girls that were causing some issues, so now everyone has assigned seats for school and for meals – the ones you see them sitting in are not their current spots! I had to put Hannah closer to me.
This past weekend the kids and I got away for a few days. I’ll post more of our events later. We left Thursday and got home Sunday and had a great time. On Saturday we visited with our dear friends from Virginia. While we lived there they moved to Maine. Then we moved to 29 Palms. And then they moved to the Camp Pendleton area and now we get to see each other more often again. Such is the life of military friends!
When we first met Amy’s son was about 3 months old and my Alex was about 11 months old. Less than a year later Hannah was born on one of Amy’s daughter’s birthdays. I was looking for a different picture totally unrelated to Amy and came across these gems.
This is Alex pulling Caleb. Alex is just over 2 years old so Caleb would be about 1 1/2.
Hannah was 5 months old.
Caleb just adored her! He was always wanting to kiss her.
I had such a great visit with Amy and her children. I can’t wait to see them again. We were talking about how we had known each other for over 5 years and that it really feels like we’ve always known each other. We can talk about anything and that is what makes our friendship so great. Do you have a friend like that?
*Found this in my drafts also.
Last Christmas, the children did a Christmas play the week before Christmas. They did a great job! It was based around the story of the candy cane.
Hannah walked down the aisle to music and presented the big candy canes.
Alex was a shepherd boy and the cutest one at that!!
Matthew was the choir conductor who happened to be the husband of the woman that thought of the idea of the candy cane.
And Sam was that woman. The children did a really great job and my kids had a lot of fun doing it!
Hannah is 3 1/2* and Leah is almost 2*. They are big helpers all the time!! I’m sometimes surprised at what they are capable of doing. They love to help anyone, anytime. Sometimes we don’t want their help…so I really try to make sure that I find “jobs” for them that are age-appropriate.
One thing they can do is take the clothes out of the dryer and put them in a laundry basket. And then drag/push the basket to my bedroom which is where I fold the laundry.
What do your little ones do to help out around the house?
*I wrote this post in Feb 2010. I don’t know why it’s still in my drafts. Hannah is now 4 and Leah is 2 1/2. Besides these jobs, Hannah now also empties the bathroom trash cans, and picks up her own bedroom, puts away her clean clothes, as well as helping whenever I ask it of her. Leah likes to help with anything also – especially cooking. That girl loves to eat!