Archive for October, 2010

grateful

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

for his love, understanding and ability to make amazing guacamole and for giving the kids a bath without asking if he should..

Thankful that he makes me laugh.  All.The.Time

Patient with me on good and bad days, when I don’t feel like myself and when all I want to do is take his picture.

I love that you are my best friend.

Our Home school world

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Long overdue my first official home school post.  We are now going into our 9th week being “those kind of people” So here without further delay is a little glimpse into our schooling world.

Our decision to drive full speed ahead into insanity was made last year when we knew we would spend this year living in another country.  Education is different in Canada and although I can’t say if it is good or bad I can say that by the time we returned to the states we would not be at the same educational level needed to enroll back into our amazing school in Texas. 

We started out the year on a very tight schedule of starting our day, completing chores and getting right to reading, writing and arithmatic  math. 

We did great for about two weeks then Jonah had other plans, like sitting on the school table and chucking pencils and crayons at the twins as they tried to learn.  He demanded more attention that he was getting. 

So we made up a new schedule that ended up working better for the whole family. 

Family activities like listening to stories, art projects and tot-style activities to include J-Man in “school”  are completed in the morning then when our pencil chucking distraction takes a nap in the afternoon the twins and I get down to business on more serious schooling.

I have learned so much about my boys in these 9 weeks about who they are and how they continue to learn.  I’m realizing that is a valuable resource that I otherwise would have never known.  Kool-Aid stash’ and all…

Choosing the program we would go with was a bit daunting at first but the I found Sonlight a complete curriculum including lesson plans, books & science experiments. 

Yes, lesson plans included. 

Sunday nights I spend collecting all our work done from the previous week and putting it in each boys binder so they have records of work completed and preparing our next week collecting all the materials by day so we are ready to go.  Every activity complete gets the boys initial for my record.

Here is a sample of some of the literature, history, science and phonics that we work on daily

 

One of my favorites is the Story of the World.  This is a four book series retelling the history around the world.  This is a book meant to be read aloud to elementary age children the activities that Susan Wise Bauer accompanies with the engaging story told is bringing history to reality in the boys world.  This is not just for home-schooled kids.  For our family I will continue to read this to the boys as the facts are both entertaining and educational at the same time.  They don’t look at it as learning.  It will be a favorite series in our home for years to come.  Each story furthers it’s resources with activities and available books about the current topic.  Our library wish list is an easy one to complete each week.

We are currently learning about mummies and pyramids.  Although we decided to skip mummifying a chicken (have you priced chicken in Canada lately?!?) we had no problem building pyramids out of LEGO’s

and challenging what “could have been”

One of the beauties of home school is that if something doesn’t work…change it.  Which for math we did, worksheets were boring and although they were getting concepts they were just a drag along with flashcards.  Switching to Right Start Math was not only the right choice but a fun one as well.  Instead of memorizing the facts, Right Start bases it’s teaching on 95% understanding and only 5% memorization. 

They not only are understanding all the concepts quickly but are having fun doing them.  We are playing more “games” for real life thinking and it in no way feels like work to them. 

In-fact in their down time they rather re-play some of the games based on logic & strategy instead of whacking each other on the head with light sabers.

So while home schooling isn’t for us forever, for now we are all happy and loving learning.

 If you have any questions about any of the above resources feel free to ask!

Monkey’s Uncle

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

To Uncle D,

If a pictures worth a thousand words then the ones below translate to “Monkeys Monkeys Monkeys Monkeys…” and so on.

From LT:
Happy Birthday to you
You live in a zoo
You look like a monkey
AAAANNNNNNDDDD you smell like US too!

please don’t shoot the messenger

From IC:
Happy Birthday to you,
We really miss you,
We can’t wait to see you,
AAAANNNNNNDDDD go to the zoo!

 JH:
Choo Choo Roar Hello

 And finally from H&H a little Canadian cheer for your special day 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

For the Love of Books

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

…and beautiful afternoons, being outside, brotherly love and laughing at birds…. 

quiet peaceful moments

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Justin & Lauren say i do

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Back to Texas this past weekend for this couples wedding, I photographed their surprise engagement.  They wasted no time, six months later they said I do at the Marquardt Ranch in Boerne, Texas.

 

What’s a true Texas wedding without cowgirl boots?

Lauren’s bridesmaids were all fantastic and I had a blast with them all

of course another great cycling buddy holds a special place in my heart too…

Lauren, you.were.stunning

Then over to hang out with the guys

They all looked like they stepped out of GQ magazine

very sharp

pre-ceremony shot, but no peeking going on here!

my Dad accompied me as my second shooter and he was able to get this shot as we waited for the bride

As I caught the ring bearer refusing to walk up the isle, thanks to his dad he made it anyway

Then the moment we all waited for

My dad caught this…

as I caught Lauren giving the best man a nervous look as he searched for her new ring

 and one more from my dad (thanks for being there with me!)

The reception was amazing and the food was great!  Especially the cake!

How could I not include the grooms cake, Texas rocks!

Thank you for letting me be apart of your day and giving me the opportunity to shoot my very first wedding! 

Love you both!