Thursday, September 30, 2010

Look at What I Found

I am not a shopper.  Well, maybe I like to look and hunt for items on-line.  But I really do not like to drag myself along with 3 children to a store.  But it so happened that I had put off until the very last minute going into town to buy something that The Princess’ preK teacher needed THAT DAY.

I did have The Queen with me as I couldn’t leave her at home with Godzilla.  We ventured into town and ran as many errands as I could cram into a trip into town with only 2 hours to do it.  We went to a store that I really do not like going to or taking any children in to, Wal*mart.  But I needed groceries and the preK item.  I didn’t want to go to two stores when I could get everything at one store.

The Queen begged me to “look at” toys.  I explained I wasn’t buying any toys,  but we could “look” if she wanted to start writing a Christmas list.  Well, she didn’t really care what I said as long as the outcome was “look at toys.”

We cruised the Barbie aisle, the Fairies, the My Little Pet Shop toys, bicycles…then we came to a collection of Madame Alexander dolls.

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I hadn’t seen these dolls before.  They were 18” dolls, I would dare say, a MA type of AG dolls.  There were the dolls and all of the clothes, paraphernalia that you would expect for an AG-type doll.  There were probably 15 dolls on the shelf.  I began to go through looking at each doll.  Blond Caucasian,  Brunette Hispanic, beautiful AA, and a Red-haired Caucasian. 

Then I saw “her.”

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An Asian doll.  A very, very pretty Asian doll.  Now we have Ag dolls, but this doll had a much prettier face than the AG dolls.  The price?  $28.

I looked through the entire display of dolls.  I found 3 Asian beauties.  One for The Princess, one for The Queen, and one for….I called my friend that is about to travel to China…and one for Ellie!

I wanted the dolls to be a Christmas present, but The Queen was with me.  I couldn’t leave them on the shelf because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get back in time before someone else bought them.  So, I did what you would expect.  I bought all 3.

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She is much prettier in person!

Disclaimer:  I love dolls.  My Mama loved dolls.  I wouldn’t say I’m a collector, but I probably do get a little more excited over a doll than my girls.  I still have my absolute favorite dolls from my childhood.  I also have a collection of dolls that were my Mama’s.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mid- Autumn Moon Festival

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I hope this Moon Festival is the beginning of all that’s brightest for you.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Happy 6th Birthday to The Queen!

Last week we celebrated The Queen’s 6th birthday.  The Queen has been pretty excited about her birthday as this year she had her very first birthday party.  I mean we always celebrate her birthday as a family.  But this year she had a party where she could invite friends.  She also made many big girl birthday resolutions, though well-intentioned, she has had a hard time keeping (such as NOT sucking her thumb).  She has been counting down the days with a birthday countdown calendar.

Anyway, the day started with her breakfast of choice…crackers!  The Queen is a cracker snob.  She loves crackers and will eat them over candy any day of the week.  She loves yellow crackers (white cheddar Chees-its), orange crackers (regular Chees-its), oval crackers (Townhouse), rectangle crackers (Club), circle crackers with little hole (Ritz), and little crackers (oyster crackers).

Our schooling today centered on The Queen’s birthday.  We started with her Birthverse:

Corinthians 9:8 NIV
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

She worked a special math worksheet where all of the answers came to the number 6!  She practiced her writing and spelling with “I am six years old.”  We learned to write the Chinese character for the number 6.  We played a “China Find It” game.  We read her toddler lifebook.  It was a special day of schooling!

Soon after it would be time for her guests to arrive.  There was still party preparations and decorating to do.  The Queen had been dreaming of a Disney Fairies themed party.  So we started with tutus and fairy wings.

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Each girl received a tutu, wings, and wand to get into the spirit.

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Of course Tinkerbelle oversaw the whole event.

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You know it is hard to take a photo of fairies!  The little pixies were flying and flitting all over the place and it was hard to get them to stay still long enough for a photo (not to mention them all wearing their outfits at the same time:)

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The birthday girl!

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Make a wish!

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The Queen received many nice gifts.

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Also much help in opening the presents.

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The Princess was having her own little pity party:)

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It’s hard to believe my little girl is six years old.

My dear precious daughter, you are a child of God, His treasured possession. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. He has a plan and a purpose for your life.

Happy Birthday!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Our Classroom or One-Room Schoolhouse

We are well into our 5th week of school.  This is our second year of homeschooling and I feel like I have a better perspective on the whole homeschooling process.  I have a feeling that it will be a continual process of tweaking/modifying as we move forward over the years ahead.

One of the things that drove me crazy last year was my lack of organization.  We had planned on making our garage upstairs our school, but that didn’t happen for many reasons.  We started out at the dinging room table and working out of a few boxes.  The problem with that is I didn’t have a good idea of what was even in the curriculum boxes until well into the school year.  Gee, I wish I knew I had some of those things earlier!

When Godzilla started school later in the year, I knew I had to do a better job. I took over the not-quite-finished family room (aka “junk room”), and made something that resembled a classroom.  I know, I know, some homeschoolers cringe when you mimic a “classroom”, but I needed one place to have everything instead of scattered over the house.  Imagine my happiness when I discovered Sue Patrick’s Workbox System.

Here is our classroom toady.  There are still things I want to get to make it more organized and functional, but that will have to come over time (and money).

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No, it doesn’t always look this clean.  In fact, it seldom looks this clean.

We have a big table that we can all come together for games and to spread out.  I also use this room for sewing.  It is also a playroom.

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Godzilla and the girls each have their own desk and workbox (drawer carts).

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The Princess working out of one of her drawers.

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The Princess’ area

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Of course she has Princess-themed workbox tags.  She also doesn’t know how to put the numbers in order yet:).  She is more into aesthetics…

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…and make-up.

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Here is The Queen’s area.

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She prefers Tinkerbell and Fairy friends for her workboxes.

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And Godzilla?

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Godzilla workbox tags, of course!

I assemble their daily lessons in their workbox and they work through them.  We have been on a temporary/review schedule for the past few weeks.  This week we will begin our curriculum and be on our normal schedule.

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KitKat has become our school mascot.  Everyday she goes downstairs with us to the classroom and helps us with our learning.  She especially likes to lay on the table when we are trying to play a game…or in a sunny spot for some learning osmosis.