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?
I’m so excited to have some pictures of the kids and I. I mentioned in a previous post the importance of having pictures of yourself with your children. I don’t know how it is in your house but in our house I tend to be the one taking all the pictures. And therefore, I am not in many of the pictures. I’ve been trying to change that!
Shannon Velloza is a photographer in our area, as well as a fellow homeschool mom, and she recently did school pictures of the children in our group. I asked her if she’d shoot some of the children with me also and she agreed.
Linking up with I’m Lovin’ It Friday!!!
I wanted to talk about pictures. Photographs. Been in one lately??? Do your children have pictures of you with each of them?? If you or your husband are gone for any amount of time, it is wonderful to have photos of each child with each parent! Before Roy deployed last year I knew that I wanted to get portraits taken of him with each of our children.
I wanted to get outdoor pictures done but we ran out of time and so we headed to Sears. I purchased the disc so I could print the pictures myself.
I took the pictures and cropped them into squares and printed them as 10×10′s and framed them. I gave each child their own.
For awhile, each child found a special place for his picture, but eventually they ended up in the living room where they could be seen each day. The little girls especially loved to talk to HER daddy.
I know that having this picture really helped Leah to recognize Roy when he got home from deployment.
We do family portraits about every 18 months or so. I think it’s important! I’m usually the one behind the camera, so I don’t have many snapshots of myself with the kids. I need to change that.
I even got one of us together. It sat in our bedroom and reminded me of our love, and his commitment to our family, even while he was on the other side of the world.
How about you? Have you taken a family portrait recently? Does your husband travel? Take some pictures!!!
On May 1, 2009, Twentynine Palms added a new sculpture as part of its Art in Public Places program.
It was designed by Chuck Caplinger and built by Maurice “Moe” Pegorelli of Twentynine Palms. The 7-1/2-foot tall “29!” sculpture is installed at the base of Donnell Hill at Bullion Avenue and 29 Palms Hwy, and is designed to be a gateway statement to greet motorists entering the downtown area.
We recently took advantage of this cool sculpture to take some photos of the kids.
They had a great time doing this photo shoot and they all loved climbing up on the 29! Some individual pictures:
Then I took a bunch of closeups and picked some favorites to use for our Christmas card (Kayla was visiting her grandparents for December).
I only wish we had gone later in the day when the sun would have been lighting up that 29! We’ll do them again sometime. I think it’s a neat place to take pictures if you’re from Twentynine Palms!