Wednesday, July 12, 2017

4th of July and other summer things

sandra elliott was so sweet to capture some great family photos while we all waited for fireworks on the kissing camels golf course. what a beautiful, fun filled evening. 

these are my cousin kayla's two little girls!  we love emi and anna and it was so fun to be with them on the 4th!

what fun it is to watch their friendship grow.  sweet, sweet girls!

the kids loved these wearable bubbles! they were hilarious!


red heads!  missing aunt sharon!

i can't believe how cute and OLD she looks here. 
waiting for fireworks on kissing camels driving range.

in the pool on the 4th!

eating donuts on a string at the pool on the 4th!

i love it when she brings a book into the kitchen and says, "mom, listen to this." 

quiet reading hour.  ashton is reading farmer boy and ian is copying the big picture story bible into a word document. they're sweet, aren't they?

this is a weird picture, but Ashton has named this spider that has constructed a web between our grill and our deck.  she checks on him every morning and collects ants to put on his web.  ha!

last summer and fall the girls fell in love with sunny and splash.  they had their first legit lessons on these two and we leased them for 2 full days in the fall.  we hadn't seen them in 9 months and i arranged for them to have another lesson on sunny and splash.  they were in heaven seeing these horses again!

taking a break and getting some snacks between events at gymkhana.  

looking through their summer notebooks!

play doh restaurant with bree!

these four had a great time at vanguard's VBB this year!

we absolutely LOVED reading james and the giant peach together.  i had grand plans of making a peach pie and watching the movie together.  except the movie was DARK and kind of ruined the whole story for us. :(

the morning of their last day at rmca.

i don't think he could love baseball more. 

when they are all playing a sweet little game together i have to take a picture. 

ian's team got to walk around Coors Field before a Rockies game.  it was pretty awesome and they looked SO little out there!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

this is our home, this is our school.

our spring semester of school was fabulous.  days off for museums. a deep dive into viking studies. tea time with our great grandmas and lots of baseball and horseback riding.  it's a continual paradigm shift for me to see all of life and each and every experience as their very education, but it is completely worth all of the prayer and forced removal of expectations to get my mind and heart to where they are right now. these are the days. this is our home. this is our school. 
this is our life. 

fine arts center. 

little sis waits for her turn on Four.  that messy red braid? too much. 

how many more pictures will i get with a cocked little red head in pig tails?

this day we did not do math.  we did not do spelling.  
we watched youtube videos about the history of the costumes from all of the Star Wars movies and then went to the Denver Art Museum to see them all on display.  
this was the day i stood at my kitchen sink weeping with gratitude for the freedom the Lord has brought to our homeschool this year. 

all about spelling outside.

an easter timeline by ashton kate. 

a brand new reader to entertain me during meal prep.  
a most handsome one at that. 

easter week notebooking. 

ian led his fellow baseball players in the little league pledge.

viking shields.

first gymkhana of the year.  ribbons all around!

"keep up your courage, Sarah Noble!" 
wig wam making. 

easter tomb biscuits with a couple neighbors

dying easter eggs.

viking exhibit!

i adore this photo.
in her cowgirl hat. 
working on her Horse Science.
at our kitchen table. 

gg velma's birthday tea party. 

ian's little kindergarten nursery rhyme night. 

spring recitation night.
houle kids memorized psalm 91, this is my father's world and two passages from a midsummer night's dream.  

Monday, June 26, 2017

Avery's Tenth Birthday

the morning of her birthday. 

making cupcakes for her party.

she was so adorable wanting to add all of these special touches for her harry potter party.

beware of moaning myrtle

she made up her own version of quidditch.

watching the 3rd movie with a few of her friends pre-party.

let the games begin.

avery had asked for money for a western painted turtle for her birthday.  she wrote a report and made a poster board all on her own.  so adorable. 

after we did more research and visited several pet stores in the springs, she landed on a dwarf hamster.  i may need therapy.

 a few days after her birthday, i took aves on an all day date.

we went out for breakfast, went shopping. watched the 4th harry potter movie, got a manicure and finished with a lovely conversation at noodles. 

we made our way through these books throughout the day.  it was very special and definitely emotional for me to plan out this day.  i'm praying that we are both prepared for all of the big changes on the horizon.  i'm excited to watch her continue to grow into a stunning young lady.  she is absolutely remarkable.