Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Princess and the Pea?


But with pillows instead of mattresses.  I wonder if she felt the pea?  She looks pretty comfy!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Waiting For Irene

So, what do you do after you have made all of your hurricane preparations, but the hurricane is still a day or two away?

You go to the beach of course!


High tide and pre-hurricane currents


Make for some cool boogie boarding!


You have to be careful though,


as the waves are powerful.


You can’t see from the photos, but surfers were lined up from one end to the other.  Waves like this only happen during storms.

I think I may have a future surfer on my hands though…and a cheerleader.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Happy First Day of School

We are officially all back into school for the 2011-2012 school year.


The Princess is a Kindergartener!


The Queen is a Second Grader!


Godzilla is a..


Seventh Grader!


And KitKat is still the Mascot.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hurricane Irene

You know it is not a good sign when The Weather Channel guys show up in your town.


I have learned, though that if Jim Cantore is not among the crew, then we are less likely to be impacted by the weather.  They only send Jim where they think the hurricane will make landfall.

Regardless, our homeschool began this week.  I am staggering everyone starting.  The Queen started yesterday because she was so-o-o excited about being in 2nd grade.  The Princess wanted to start yesterday too, but had to be postponed due to some dental work.  Godzilla is holding out as long as he can.  He starts tomorrow.  One thing though, our school doesn’t close for bad weather:)  It is just another learning opportunity.

Here’s hoping The Weather channel crew doesn’t stick around long.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Tea Party Game


(Photo courtesy of The Princess)

We love tea parties here at the sand castle.  The Princess was thrilled when she won this game a while back.  It may look easy, but it can be challenging!

I am not sure…..


but I think…..


that KitKat may just be winning!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Where Did the Summer Go????

It seems that my summer must have been hijacked, because I don't know where it went! I posted here about my plans for the summer. I thought I should take a reality check to see how much I have accomplished (or not).

1. Go to the beach!


2. Evaluate/reflect upon the 2010-2011 school year and to move forward with the plans for the 2011-2012 school year.

Kind of. I know I need to be better organized and to keep better records as I will be schooling 3 children instead of 2. I also know that we are going to be busy as I have ramped up this year with a day of "Classically Inspired Academics" on top of our loaded curriculum. You may find me huddled in a corner and pulling my hair out by about mid-October.

3. Go to the beach!


4. SEW! I have several sewing projects I would like to do, dresses for the girls, dolls, etc..

I did manage to make 2 dolls, one for my SIL, and one for Godzilla. Although, Godzilla refers to his as an "action figure." I'm still hoping to get the girls' mermaids sewn before school starts!

5. Go to the beach!


6. Scrapbooking.

I don't think painting with sidewalk paint qualifies...so nope.

7. Go to the beach!


8. Organize my recipes.

I started to get the binders together for all the recipes I have floating around. I've actually got the recipes all together, but not sorted/organized.

9. Go to the beach!


10. Organize my classroom/files.

Not even close.

11. Go to the beach!

Check. We even participated in a local marine science educational class.

12. Plan 2011-2012 school year.

I have actually been working very hard on planning the school year and record keeping. It will still be a work in progress, but I won't be clueless. I think homeschooling requires tweaking all of the time. There never is a "one size works for all" anything.

13. Go to the beach!


14. File papers/receipts, etc.

Ha! Ha! Ha!

15. Go to the beach!

Well, at least to the intracoastal waterway to do some scientific stuff with oyster racks.

16. Clean my house.

CHECK! When Captain Daddy's sweet Mama passed we did 10 years of spring cleaning in two days in anticipation of all of the family/friends coming by after the funeral.

17. Go to the beach!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Spa Day for The Princess

The Princess was invited to attend a birthday party today of one of her preschool friends.  The evite read:

“Come get pampered as Friend’s Name celebrates her 5th birthday.  Your "appointment" will begin at 10:30 with manicures, pedicures, hairstyling, and more!  Hope you can make it! 

(*Please BYOB - bring your own brush)”

I knew The Princess would love this kind party!

So we left the house this morning so I could drop her off for her appointment.  This was the first time that I dropped her off alone and drove away.  But we had been to this friend’s house before, and she knew all of the little girls.

At 1:30 p.m. I returned to pick her up.  Little Miss Pretty had a goody basket (not a bag) filled with all sorts of spa day things.  She was also sporting a new “do” and polished nails.


Inside the basket were a “robe” created from a pink T-shirt, flip-flops (so as not to mar the freshly painted toenails), face cloth, shower gel, nail polish, lip gloss, eye night mask, etc.


Sparkly eye shadow adorned her eyes.



Work it girl!


Her hair had been styled, bobby pinned, and glitter hair sprayed!


The Princess selected a subtle, glittery white polish for her fingernails…


..and a not-so-subtle neon green for her toenails!


Poor thing was all tuckered out from all of that “pampering.”  She donned her eye night mask and climbed on the couch for a nap.


KitKat too!