Monday, September 22, 2014

When Brooke Comes Home

As much work as they are, there is something very cool and very fun about having teenagers.  Yes, there is the drama, the fights, the jealousy, and the competition.  But oh, the moments they get along, those moments make up for it all!  Brooke was home from college this last weekend.  It was so fun to have her here, but really it is just so much fun to see her and Emily and Grace interact.  They love to argue and fight and pick on each other relentlessly.  But it really is all in fun.  Here are a few pictures from our weekend:

I can't forget to tell you about the conversations.  Those are really fun.  I can't remember them all but a few quotes come to mind:

Brooke: "Grace, I'll make a deal with you."
Grace:  "I don't make deals with the devil."

Followed by Grace digging into the freezer saying, "Let me get some ice for that burn." 

A few minutes later, Grace is standing in the cupboard and I say to her, "Oh there is probably something rotten in the cupboard."  To which Brooke responds with "It's probably Grace."  

Ah yes, the Paulson blood runs strong through these girls of mine that just love to tease and joke!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

First Day of School 2014-2015

I remembered to take first day of school pictures this year!  Well at least of the little kids.  I didn't get pictures of Emily and Grace because they started Public School this year and they get up and leave well before I wake up!  I told them I would take their pictures when they got home from school but somehow they managed to change into comfy clothes before I got to them.  Devious little stinkers!  

So here are the pictures of the little girls and my uncooperative little man!

Lydia - 5

Allison - 7

Sophia - 9

Levi - 2

Friday, September 19, 2014

Levi's 2nd Birthday

I cannot believe our little guy is two already!  He is so much fun and so very spoiled by all of us!  He is so much fun and he brings us so many laughs every single day!

Grace's 14th Birthday

Grace lucked out this year a friend of hers from town got to come out for her birthday!  

Easter 2014

Brooke wasn't able to be home for Easter this year which was a real bummer.  But I did get a picture of the rest of the kids. 

Brooke's 19th Birthday

We were very lucky that Brooke was able to come home from college for a visit just before her 19th birthday.  It was so nice to be able to celebrate it with her even if it was a few days early!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

An Unproductive Day

It never ceases to amaze me how some days I can be so busy and yet get nothing done. Today was one of those for sure. Oversleeping along with another homeschool mom in need pretty much shot my morning. Doctor appointment in the afternoon took care of afternoon. I am trying to remember why in the world I didn't get school done with the little girls yesterday either. Oh yes that is right. I spent the day dealing with the issue of fighting to have my kids involved in public school activities.  Tomorrow is story time and the little girls are so excited. I know I should probably stay home and do school and fifty million other things. But what the heck. I am so far behind…why not just get a little farther behind?  Right?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Levi's Favorite

Levi won't let anyone get him out of the crib except for his favorite, Sophia!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Bad Word

For school today, Sophia had to write a sentence using the word scornfully.  I know this sounds easy, but it kind of wasn't easy.  We discussed it quite a bit and after a little bit we came up with being scared of a spider and talking scornfully about, in my words, hating the spider.  So she goes to write her sentence and she is reading it out loud to me while writing.  She says "She saw the spider and said scornfully, "I bad word spiders!"  I was like "what???"  And she repeated what she said.  I asked her "bad word?"  And then it hit me that I had said "hate spiders."  In our house we don't use the word hate.  It's just such a strong word and so generally with the littler kids I don't allow them to use it.  But I used it and didn't even notice until she starting using "bad word" instead of hate.  Well, what can I say?  Lesson learned!

Lydia's Elephant Project

This is how Lydia looks when her finger is glued to the page!
She had a lot of fun making her elephant.  I really need to do more of this type of school with her!

Homeschool Phy-Ed

Today I took the kids to Phy-Ed with our HOPE homeschool group.  We meet about once a week for an hour long PE.  When we started PE, some of the moms would do activities with the kids and it was really great.  They did such a great job and some of us moms got some extra time to visit.  As time has gone on, we noticed that the kids really enjoyed just having free time to play like crazy!  So it was decided that as long as everyone was playing nice and it was going well, that we would just let them enjoy the free time.  If issues of fighting or boredom come up, we plan to take over and do an activity with them.  But so far it has been a great experience for both the kids and the moms.  The kids have actually been learning a lot through this free play time.  You might be surprised how much they are learning;  I think we were surprised when we discussed it today.  Things such as taking turns on the toys, older children helping out the younger children, younger children learning from the older children, compromise, patience, being aware of those around them so as not to hurt anyone, and these are just a few that I remember.  The bonus?  The moms get just a little bit of time for some visiting!  I am so thankful for this new group of awesome ladies and their awesome families!





Monday, January 27, 2014

We Are Having Too Much Fun... do school...

Ok off we go to do school...I promise!

Polly Pocket School?

It's 3:30 in the afternoon so I suppose I had better start school!  It's one of those Mondays. Aren't Polly Pockets educational??