Gangsta Gangsta

Scott, you are so right! Sylvia is such a gangster. Here are a few pics of her with her “gangsta attitude”. I am sure I’ve even missed a few good ones.

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This is her gangster hanging out pose.

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“What up?”

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Kickin’ back having a cold one.

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Here is her “Oh no you didn’t” face.

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Hangin’ with her posse.

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This is a face you don’t want to mess with.

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Hooray Isabel!

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Isabel read over one thousand pages!  To celebrate, Joey took her out to The Cracked Egg this morning for breakfast.  She let me know that she never wants to do a reading chart ever again.  She said that she doesn’t like it when she HAS to read.  Hmmmmm.  That is fine that she didn’t like the chart.  It was merely a try on my part to get her motivated to read.  She is a very good reader, but doesn’t crave books the way Luke does.  If I could only find what genre she likes to read.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  Some kind of nice and easy chapter books for girls?

Park then Pond

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Today we went to the park and the kids played kickball and other games with a big group of other mostly homeschooled kids.  Afterward we had lunch with some friends and then went to a duck pond to feed ducks.  Yesterday we got a lot of hard core school work done (fun work though) so it was nice to be out in the sunshine for most of today.

Park Day

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Playing checkers with rocks and woodchips.  Luke said, “Mom!  Do you want to know how the game ended?!  The woodchips blew away!”

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Sylvia sat and ate snacks half the time.

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Time with Isabel

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Over the weekend everyone was sick except for Isabel and me.  It was kind of nice because we got to go shopping together on Saturday and then to church on Sunday while everyone else was at home.  With a newborn taking up so much of my time and then Sylvia demanding my time, I have to make a concious effort to spend quality time with Isabel.  It scares me how much she loved going shopping.  Then on Sunday before church, she pretended to be my fairy godmother while I was getting dressed (for the ball of course) and then I was her fairy godmother helping her get dressed.

I don’t worry so much about spending time with Luke because I feel that he needs more dad time.  Maybe this week we should have the boys (I mean MEN of course) go to a movie together.

A Touch of Greatness

Last night I watched the movie A Touch of Greatness.  From the movie I was inspired this morning to let me kids learn through play.  All morning Isabel was busy setting up a store in her room.  She made signs labeling, “clothes”, “baby clothes”, “groceries”, et cetera and put them up around the room.  Sylvia and I were her customers and she rang up our items on her cash register.  Luke was very busy writing more of his story and drawing and scanning pictures to put up on his The Super Luke site. I am very impressed how he can do it all by himself.

Isabel has been requesting to have spelling words each week.  I am using Super Teacher Worksheets because I like how it has fun spelling worksheets.