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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Messing Around with iPhoto

Doesn't it look like a painting?

Monday, October 18, 2010

My Young Picasso

Do you have one of those kids that loves to draw?  One who comes up with all sorts of pictures with elaborate concepts?  Well ... CJ isn't one of those kids.  She's never loved to draw.  And now that she's "older", she's become frustrated that her drawings don't "look right."  We've tried to do nothing but encourage her in her efforts, but she was still hesitant.  I recently picked up a book at The Homeschool Gathering Place called Draw Right Now.  It makes drawing so easy!  Step-by-step instructions where a complicated image is made up of a series of incredibly easy steps. It's awesome!  And this was Charissa's first attempt at a chicken:

Sure - you may not have known what it was if I hadn't told you, but considering that before this she was basically scribbling - I'm floored.  Later that day she even drew another chicken, and while it deviated heavily from the first, I could see that she was drawing it out step-by-step and was thinking through it.

Worth every penny to see Charissa happy and confident in her drawings.

Family Workouts

Recently we've been using the P90X DVDs to work out.  The girls woke up super early one day and caught me in the act, but ended up liking the videos.  They even got in on it too.  So now we sometimes watch them at night with the girls.

Do you think we should tell Tony Horton that he has a new demographic interested in his product?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Quitter ...

The other day at lunch I went outside to turn the sprinkler on.  I was gone no more than 2 minutes, and when I returned I found this:

Completely passed out into her food.  After the initial panic to make sure she wasn't dead after choking on her pizza, I laughed and then decided I had to take a picture.  Not only because it's just so funny, but also because it's so Verity.  She runs, runs, runs, and then she stops.  Suddenly and with no warning ... and anywhere.

Love that girl.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Oh the Drama!!

Tonight we were talking at the dinner table when Britt and I started talking to Charissa about learning to read.  I got a new book today called Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann, and I'm very excited to start going through it was Charissa.  No lie - she's ready for it.  And this is the conversation she and Britt had:

Britt:  Aren't you excited to learn to read? You'll be able to read your own books.  Doesn't that sound like fun?

*long dramatic pause, hangs her head*

Charissa:  Sounds like a lot of work.

We laughed so hard!  Oh the drama!  Charissa didn't exactly understand why it was funny, so she kept saying it with a different word at the end of the phrase.  So it became, "Sounds like a lot of dance!", "Sounds like a lot of food!", and on and on.

You never know with that one ...