Monday, December 12, 2016

HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIP// St. Louis Art Museum - Egyptian Unit.

 A few weekends ago the husband and I knew we would be out in the city because Marli was graduating from her etiquette class so we decided to make a day of it and go on a home school field trip. We've been learning about Egypt in History so I thought a trip to the Art Museum would be the perfect place to visit, partly because they have a really cool Egyptian area full of mummies and artifacts and partly because the cold has started to really set in here in the Midwest and there are only a few really cool indoor places to explore. Luckily, since we live in St. Louis most of our larger attractions like the Zoo, Science Center, History Museum, and Art Museum are free which is a huge plus for us homeschoolers because we really take advantage and use them as resources all year round. The big kids had a blast looking around at all of the art but since we were there to learn about Egypt we spent most of our time in that area checking out all of the amazing artifacts.

 We use Story of the World as our history curriculum and add pocket books, projects, books, trips, and crafts to create a really full and wonderful history experience. The Story of the World series reads more like a collection of stories and fables, great for reading aloud when the kids are younger and able to adapt and grow with them as they go through elementary and up into high school. We are currently reading a section on the Gods of Ancient Egypt and the death rituals of the Egyptians so naturally seeing mummies, death masks, and canopic jars were a perfect addition to our current unit.
Now that we've seen all of these beautiful artifacts up close and personal it's going to be even more fun to work on the projects I have planned for this unit. We are making our very own canopic jars out of paper mache and Pringles cans, creating our own papyrus, and making our own cartouche necklaces, all of which I will share here in a giant Egypt Unit compilation post for those of you homeschoolers who are interested or need ideas! We have been having such a great time diving into this unit, it's going to be hard to move on to Ancient China. Hopefully we will enjoy it just as much, and who knows...maybe we will come back to check out the Ancient Chinese artifacts! Until then enjoy these snaps from the rest of our trip.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

And then there were three...

2016, the year my blog died.
In all seriousness though, it's been quite awhile since I dusted this space off and gave a little update. Life has been absolutely full of sweetness, love, and joy. We welcomed our daughter Luna Eloise into the world on September 30th, exactly two months ago today, after carrying her in my womb for 41 long and beautiful weeks (birth story to come ya'll). The past two months have been a whirlwind of sleepless nights and baby poop but we've loved every single minute. Life with three kids is so full of every single good thing; love, laughter, connection, and excitement. I have been trying my hardest to soak it all in, hoping I remember these sweet newborn times a little bit better than the last. All the smells and sounds and sweet little full body stretches after long milk drunk naps. It's all so good.
 

The two big kids love their little sister so much and have fully stepped into their new sibling roles. Marli is especially maternal and I love to see the say she cares for Luna and tries to soothe her when she's a little fussy. Hunter likes to mostly admire her from afar and often gushes over how cute she is and how much he loves her. Seeing the three of the together makes my heart feel so full, we waited so long to bring another little life into our family and now she is here, perfect and sweet and magical.

So far it has felt like we hit the baby jackpot, Luna is such a good little baby! She nursed like a champion from day one (my easiest so far) and is always smiling or in a generally pleasant mood. Waking up at 2 a.m. is much easier when there is a sweet little face beaming up at you! I was worried that having a newborn after so many years with older kids would be a big adjustment but she has made it truly easy for us and we cannot imagine what our lives would look like without her. Two months in the world and everything is brighter.

I'm hoping that 2017 gives me more opportunities to keep this space updated with little snaps of our life and maybe even a few extra things when i'm lead to post them. Having this space is always comforting, even if it sits silent all year long.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Seasonal Support Roll-On Oil Blend.

I don't know about you, but during the spring and summer the kids and I are usually plagued with seasonal isuues. Itchy eyes, sneezing, runny noses, the works. A few years ago when I started using essential oils I stumbled across this really great oil blend specifically for these issues and it has been our go-to ever since. I usually mix my oils and carrier into a cute little roller bottle that I can throw in my bag and whip it out at the first sign of a sneeze! It's such an easy homemade remedy and I swear by it!

3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 tbs carrier oil of your choice (we used jojoba)

A little rub behind the ears and the same blend diffused in the house (and car) makes everyone feel better in no time!
Let me know if you've tried this blend or if you plan to, I'd love to hear how it worked for you.


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Little Bits No. 5




O boy, it's been awhile since I updated here! Spring is in full bloom and so is my belly. We are so excited to have a little one on the way and now that i'm in my second trimester I breathe a little easier and feel a little better everyday. We've been taking full advantage of open windows and longer days, getting our school in early so we can spend the afternoon playing outside or doing craft projects. This week: making natural dye and decorating Easter eggs! It's starting to sink in that our days are numbered as a family of four so i'm really enjoying all of these yummy moments with the big kids!

1. Tangram dominoes!
2. Afternoon naps are sweeter with this guy.
3. One healthy baby, due September 22, 2016!
4. The littles are so excited to meet the new baby, they are already putting bets on the gender!
5. Mr. Mess Maker.
6. Spring is the best because...floral print everything!
7. Our basket full of onion and turmeric dyed Easter eggs, ready for this weekends festivities.