Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hello, Smokies!

Grandma and Grandpa brought BeaBea home. K has missed her buddy.

Hiking in the "dark, scary woods" says K.

Grandpa lead the way into the woods, and K lead the pack on the way out. (She managed to remember most of the turns, and no one was eaten by a bear.)

Then we raced on the karts after feeding the bears.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Caught and called out!

Yes, K called me out tonight. We were rolling turkey balls to freeze for soup, (ok- I was rolling she was making "animal balls"). When we finished I told her to wash up and go play with daddy so I can clean up...her response, "Fine, I'll go so you can destroy my animals balls and I won't know it." Doh!!! She's learned another trick!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Family Challenge

 Our goal is to hike 100 miles in the Smoky National Park this year. Katelyn's book is a good resource for getting us started. It has a total of 38.9 miles of trails to get us started, and it highlights some history of the park and leads us to some great places with clues for the items she can find along the way. Time to get out my walking stick from Uncle Danny. =)

Catch Up

Way too much has happened since the last post for a detailed post, so hang on and buckle up and hang on for the ride:

First there was a visit to Florida, because daddy had a lot of work to do and we didn't want to be away from him that long.

At the jobsite:

Getting put to work:

And then there was a quick trip to Disney World with Elsa and Anna:

Flying carpets:


Lunch with Winnie and Friends:

An Under the Sea adventure:

A first Roller Coaster Ride which ended with, "Don't ever put me on that again." (But I think she secretly liked it. haha!)

And ended with a magic castle:

Then we went to a small town near home and took a ride with the big man:

Then took another ride waaaaay up north to CANADA to watch Isabela in her final winter performance.

Then we met up Sarah and stayed in IL for a couple weeks.

Took in a U of I men's basketball game:

AND- picked out and cut down Grandma and Grandpa Hall's Christmas tree:

Celebrated Ashley's birthday:

Broke a sweat at the rink:

Attended all the Family Christmas Parties:

Annnnd---- Gave Ice Skating a shot:


Monday, December 29, 2014


Wow! It has been a really long time since I've posted anything. We've been traveling and just really busy this season- and still have more to do and more places to go. I'll update after the new year begins. =)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gatlinburg Trip

Daddy Driving
Beautiful Mountains
Visit from Grandpa at the hotel.

Big Bears

The highlight of our trip, feeding the bears
Ripley's Believe it or not.

Pumpkin Work

We carved our pumpkin the week before Halloween.

We're still enjoying pumpkins on the shelf work!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Family Pictures


End of October work.

It's been awhile since I've  shared K's work on here, so here is this weeks work. Starting at the top (on the shelf, blogger is being weird and I can't see which pic is where below,) we have today's craft. It goes with her favorite pumpkin finger play "Five Little Pumpkins". It includes a dark night (black paper), a disassembled fence (craft sticks), 5 pumpkins, a moon, two stars, and a glue stick. The rest of the week we'll use the felt board to use while we read the story.
Next, she has "The Story of Pumpkin" by Frank Fiorello. We picked this up at Curtis Orchard in Champaign, IL, and K has really been enjoying it. We are going to cut the top off the pumpkin and have a gooey fun time removing it's guts.
On the second shelf is the math work. We're using the last of our Halloween foam stickers from last year to do this. She counts with no problem, and she can count items, now it's working on recognizing numbers. Pretty simple, we use this format a lot- put the right number of stickers next to the number. This work has a control sheet, but I'm hoping by Wednesday she'll be able to complete it without it. The book for this work is "Happy Halloween, Curious George"
Next to that is K's name work. She has been leaving off the K-A when she spells her name for some reason, so we're revisiting it. There is a wooden puzzle with her name spelled out that we picked up at the Covered Bridge Festival two years ago, and glittery foam letters to spell it. each day there will be more letters for her to search through to spell her name correctly. The book with this work is Curious George "ABC's" We'll also use the big dry erase board for practice writing, and the book (with CD) at this station is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
The bottom shelf is our fun shelf! The weather has been GREAT recently, so we'll be outside until it's dark- but then we will do this work. The basket has food (foam Halloween shapes), a hungry ghost (door hanger), and a straw. This work involves exactly what you're thinking...using the straw to suck up the foam pieces and drop them in the ghosts mouth. The book with this one is "My Pumpkin," by Lily Karr.
The bucket has clothes pins in it and she'll stand on a chair (or other safe place with supervision) and drop them into the bucket. We started doing this at a tumbleweeds class and she still enjoys it. We like to mix it up by doing our own version of the classic Bozo game, too. (Just, you know, with clothes pin instead of balls.) The book with this work is Fun with Dick and Jane.