Here are some family updates in bullet points:
- Anderson is doing really well and learning so much English. He is my little echo and loves to repeat what I say. His newest favorite words are "window" and "noodles." He loves to eat and popcorn is his new found favorite snack.
- Alex is growing tall. He is excelling in reading this year in homeschool, and has independently read 9 chapter books since we began school. He and his Dad are getting ready for baseball in the spring--it will be his first time to play since he played tee-ball when he was 4!
- Aerin is my helper in so many ways and loves to take care of Anderson. She enjoys Math the most of all her school subjects, and has come far with her reading. She gave her life to Jesus several weeks ago, and we praise God for her decision!!! She plans to begin gymnastics in the spring and keeps asking when she can have her first "spend the night" party at our house.
- In September, we enjoyed a great trip to Huntsville with our SCCS friends to see full-size, historically accurate replicas of the Nina and Pinta ships that were part of Columbus' first voyage to the Americas in 1492. It was quite a long drive, but well worth it. I didn't get any pictures, though, because I forgot Anderson's carrier and didn't have a hand free to take any!
- In early October, the kids and I had a great time at The Old Baker Farm in Harpersville (also with our SCCS buddies). We all went on a hayride, picked out small pumpkins, picked cotton, saw the farm animals, and went through the corn maze. All three of the kids really enjoyed their time at the farm.
- We are reading some great books, our favorite being the weekly reading of a true story about a missionaries past and present who served in different countries all around the world. The book is part of our Sonlight curriculum, and is called Missionary Stories With the Millers.
- We are studying the body and its systems in Science right now, and today we got to make a "blood model" as part of our learning about the Circulatory System. Who knew that Karo syrup, red candy, purple nerds, and water chestnuts could represent all the parts of blood? The kids loved mixing up the "blood" and filling out their lab sheets.
- Some days of school are amazing, and some days are very difficult. Every day is worth it, and I am so grateful to have this time of teaching and learning with my children.
- Anderson even gets to do his "homework" from the OT! While the big kids are working independently, he and I work on his fine motor skills as he practices pointing and naming objects in a book, using a block shape sorter and putting the blocks in the correct shapes, and putting puzzle shapes into the correct slots.
My sweet friend Julie did an outdoor photo shoot with the kids earlier this month, and I am thrilled to have so many great pictures of all three of them, individually and together. Here are some of my favorites.