Friday, January 10

Currently : Bug & Birdie (Who is Better Named Monkey)

Bug (6 Years Old) : The half way point of our homeschooling year finished before Christmas and we begun the second semester with lots of science projects and fun ideas to get us back into the routine of it all. This has been such an incredible year of growth and learning for both Bug and I. Not even in just the grade one curriculum sense. We have been figuring out how best to communicate with each other, how to explain frustrations, how to be patient, and ultimately how to reconnect with each other. One of the best things to come out of this homeschooling experience, for me personally, has been how much one-on-one time I have had with Bug. I have been loving how she turns to me to ask for help and how much play time we have had with each other. It has been incredible. The school portion has been amazing too. Bug has flourished with all of her LA assignments and has even picked up her chapter book to read without any prompts. She loves her science experiments and her social studies activities. She is a very deep thinker and it has been amazing to see how her mind works. She is also a whiz for numbers. As always though, Bug's true love and passion comes into play when anything art is mentioned. She loves to craft, she loves when her other subjects include a craft. Even today, she has been telling me over and over what project she wants to dive into after she is done her schoolwork.
"I am an artist." - a statement she continually shares with me.

Bug is still enjoying her piano class. This has been my favourite year of listening to her play. I enjoyed hearing her before, but this year her class has taken some really awesome turns and the pieces Bug has been playing have been beautiful. I have even cried during some of them. It has really been such an incredible music journey.

Other things that Bug has been enjoying lately : We went swimming with a friend a couple weeks ago and now its all she can talk about. We have now made plans to get back into the pool and have more water adventures. Reading has been another favourite. She is excited to finish old series and to start new. Dragon Masters by Tracey West has been such a fun collection of books to read together. Bug's love language is still colouring. Or playing outside in the snow with her sister. She has been enjoying her other social activities through-out the week and it has been fun, again, to continually learn more about her likes and dislikes. She really wants to learn how to knit this year. That makes me so happy!

Birdie (who is more accurately named Monkey in our home) (2 Years Old) : We found out, over the summer, that our youngest Monkey is celiac. It has been an interesting journey of figuring out what foods she can and cannot eat, and oh, the label reading. We have gotten a really good handle on it at this moment and she has been thriving and growing on her new diet. Her energy levels are incredible. Our monkey is busy and definitely keeping me on my toes, and I love this new found energy. I hope to increase my knowledge with gluten free baking and cooking so that I can always provide yummy and nutritious meals for her no matter the occasion or holiday. She has also been really helpful with understanding that she cannot have certain foods because there is wheat in it. There has only been one incident where she cried because she wasn't able to have something, and since then, we have found a very great replacement for her to have instead. If you have any favourite gluten free recipe book recommendations, I would love to hear about them.

Our youngest has also found an excitement and proudness for potty training. We are still in the beginning stages of learning, but there are days that she will continually go to the bathroom to sit on her potty rather than just going in her diaper. She is so proud of herself and loves collecting stickers or watching the odd Paw Patrol as a reward. I have forgotten how much work it is to run with a child to the bathroom at all times of the day, but I am really excited to be at this stage. Soon diapers will be no more. Soon!

Monkey absolutely loves playing with her dolls, her babies that she has named all Dopey. Except for Just Baby, of course. haha. She loves dressing them up, putting diapers on them, and taking them all over the house. She usually asks Bug to join her and they often play dolls together. It is such a cute thing to hear their little conversations taking place. Monkey is a very smart little girl and she surprises us constantly with her verbal communication as well as her goofy sense of humour. She makes us all laugh daily.

Other things that Monkey has been enjoying lately : Her love for Olaf is incredible. He has even been ranked #3 in her favourite princesses list. She loves to sing Jingle Bells on the top of her lungs. She has been begging me to go back to the swimming pool. She really likes getting a tea at Starbucks. "I like to play" - that is what she said when I asked her what else she liked to do. She loves her big sister so much. She also really likes to play her own version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the piano. Sometimes Monkey finds a crochet hook and pretends to make a blanket beside me. That also makes me so happy!
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Life is amazing with my two little goof balls. I am so thankful that I get to be home with them, to watch and help them grow and learn. There really isn't anything better! I am excited to see where 2020 will take us. Life is great and I love this family of mine. xo

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