Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hen Houses

Shawn and another homeschool dad spent an afternoon with the kids rehabbing some hen houses on a local WPA (waterfowl production area). The kids had a blast and even managed to do some sledding. 

 They found some eggs that didn't hatch.

 some really cool ice

 did some work putting hay in some hen houses for the ducks

 a leaf fossil

 they put up a wood duck box

Thursday, March 20, 2014


The girls have been enjoying our new deck this week! They love for me to open the window and turn up my kitchen radio so they can dance outside. I've heard that our neighbors love this too! We're all for entertaining the neighborhood. :) 

The girls love their dance classes this year too! They performed at a retirement home this past weekend. I'm always amazed at all the new dances they learn between performances! Our week events are often kept track of by how far they are before or after dance class. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sharing His Passion

This week Shawn organized a day to plant a prairie in town. The kids had a blast and weather cooperated!

 Examining a hen house used by a duck to brood their eggs.

 The nesting material.

 The seed used to plant the prairie.

 Shawn explaining the proper technique for spreading seed.

 the prairie

I love that my husband can share his passion for nature with our kids and other people! He is one amazing biologist and loves what he does every day.

Monday, March 17, 2014

March Birthday Extravaganza!

We were busy this March with three different friend birthday parties!

 Kolsen didn't want anything organized for his party, he just wanted to play with his friends so they played basketball and had a snowball fight. The weather was pretty warm despite all the snow in the background. 

He chose to have a German chocolate cake so we did half with German chocolate and half plain chocolate incase some of his friends didn't like coconut, but I was amazed at how many did. I didn't manage to get a picture of the cake because we were having way too much fun. We also served Papa Murphy's pizza and caffeinated soda which was a hit!

 I can't believe he is already 11 years old!

 Kaylee, Kassidy and a friend playing dart guns at Kolsen's party.

 Sometimes when you have a birthday really near your siblings' birthday you get to share gifts. I'm thankful that my kids don't mind sharing! They love this graphic Bible and it gets used every single day!

 Karolyn's first birthday party cake for the week.

Karolyn was supposed to have a big party on the Saturday before her b-day, so of course her sister got sick the night before and we had to postpone. She ended up doing a party with our neighborhood kids on one day and another for our homeschool friends who are in her book club a different day during school.

 Our new birthday banner.

 Karolyn's craft supplies for her second b-day party.

 Karolyn with her vase and flower. 
We also made glitter fridge magnets, dragonflies, hair barrettes and name banners.

 There was a lot of sprinkles at this party! Each girl got to decorate their own cupcake.

Nine years old! Where do the time go?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bye-Bye Hair!

Karolyn really wanted a haircut for her birthday. She's been talking about it for months and never wavered from what she wanted! She's been growing her hair out for a few years and I was a little bit sad to see it cut short, but her haircut turned out super cute! I knew as soon as Kaylee saw Karolyn's hair she would want her hair cut too and so a week later Kaylee made her trip to the salon.

 A picture from October of all the girls' hair. 
I cut 4-5 inches from Kaylee's hair after this photo before I realized she wanted to cut it all off, but she still had 11 inches to donate to Locks of Love! Karolyn's hair was a little short, so the beautician just cut off 7 inches. Maybe next time she'll be able to wait a little longer and donate her hair too.

The back view of the new hairdos.

I love how their haircuts turned out!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Homeschool is...

 Reading until the book is finished.
 working through your whole phonics book in one sitting because she wants to finish.

 Reading and singing to yourself.

Doing grammar at the kitchen table.
Homeschooling this week is cozy in our warm house, while winter is going strong outside.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Lamp Update

When we bought our MN house five years ago we moved from a three bedroom ranch with no basement and a tiny living room, to a four bedroom ranch with a nice finished basement. Right before we moved we found a family selling their living room set and since it was in our budget of $400 and contained everything we needed for our new basement we jumped on the deal. It wasn't in style, it is definitely from the 90's, but it came with a glider rocker, sofa sleeper, lamps, side tables and a t.v. stand. I've finally started to update some of the 90's forest green accessories to match our current style. 
This is the before and after of my latest update.
I love how they turned out and they are definitely more neutral so they should last a while.
I've been wanting some new lamps for upstairs to brighten up our living room area, but when I went to Target their lamps were $20-$30 without the shade which was an additional $30. $50-$80 just for lighting when we already lighting that worked didn't sound like a wise use of our money. We don't have a huge home décor/home improvement budget so I put that idea on hold.
While perusing Pinterest, I found some cute lamps people had redone. Since I had most of the supplies I needed I thought this would be the way to go. I have lots of fabric, but nothing I had would work for what I had in mind. I surfed the Internet for discount fabric, but boy is décor fabric expensive!
While at Target today shopping for the oldest two kids' birthdays I wondered down the back of the linens isle and found the perfect fabric. In it's old life the fabric I used for my lamps was a curtain, but I love how it turned out on my lamps and it was only $5. I took Shawn down the lighting isle at Target and they had almost the exact same fabric on some lamp shades and they were $25 each.
With my new fabric in hand I raced home and tore off the old, dusty green fabric covers and used modge podge to paste on the new fabric along with some Aleene's glue for the edges. I even had the silver spray paint at home so I didn't have to buy that either.