Wednesday, August 27, 2014

From The Kids Camera

Viva and Lincoln shared the camera last time they were at the park/for a walk.  I think they did a decent job!

Our Twinkling Star

So he needs some help with his t sound... and the order of his lyrics.... but other than that?  Pure perfection, I do believe.  :)

This was a few nights ago, and today Lincoln and I had the following conversation.

Lincoln: "Mommy, do you remember when I sang for Opa in his room?"
Me: "Yes!  You were great!"
Lincoln: "Opa really liked my singing."
Me: "I know!"
Lincoln: "You kept saying one more time, one more time!"
Me: "I know!  I love listening to you sing."
Lincoln: "I did not like that, I was done singing!"


I love this three year old and the earnest way he expresses himself all the time.  When his siblings fight and beat on each other he says "We don't do that... do we?!"  He has the best tone and quirks his eyebrows.  Three year olds are delightful!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Humor From Jake

Jake my non-competitive little monkey told his older brother (in a completely serious and earnest way):

"Who cares who did better, Bentley?  It's not a competition!"

We were having a conversation in the van about how they've been doing with leading classes at karate.  Bentley is a great leader and Jake is getting to be a great leader.   This particular comment was a bit rich coming from my passionate little guy who can't stand to lose, so I thought I should preserve it for all time in writing.  :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

School Photos

Here are a few photos taken of the children doing school work. Most of them were taken the first week of August. I want to reiterate that our school did not shut down for the summer, although Kara gave the children a lighter schedule so they had plenty of time to enjoy the summer.

I think the trio are watching a DVD history course in this photo. I have no idea why they decided to share one chair. As long as there is no elbowing, we are lax about stuff like that. A little sibling bonding is a good thing.

Again only one chair, but they aren't all sharing it. We have more than one chair so this seating arrangement is puzzling to me--as is the subject they are intently studying. Two large orange rectangles? It's not math, they do math using Saxon textbooks. Unless it's a short talk on a math related topic? Is it modern art? I don't recall that being on the schedule currently.

Don't they look happy?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Little Help from My Sibs!

Jake's Artwork

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Viva & Lincoln

Viva and Lincoln hang out together quite often when the older boys are at karate. They play hide and seek. They play dress up. They do water color painting. They make up games. 

When Viva wants someone to practice face painting on, Lincoln is her go-to guy. Bentley and Jake certainly aren't going to sit for a half hour while she paints a dinosaur on their face. 

When she needs someone to test market her latest duct tape products, it's L.

Sometimes Lincoln gets tired of being her model. On Monday she made him a duct tape vest and she wanted him to wear it right then, but he didn't want to. He protested to his mother: "Mommy sometimes I get angry with Viva." (She forgets that he's a person and not her mannequin.)

Most of the time, though, they are the best of buds.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Paper Dragons

For his birthday Bentley received a Klutz book: Paper Flying Dragons. He has really enjoyed doing this activity. It's like a paper doll book only you cut out paper dragons instead. Then you fold them like paper airplanes and fly them. Does that make sense to you? First you cut, then you fold, then you fly them. Every few weeks B pulls the book out and cuts out a new dragon. I told him we should display his dragons in a mobile. It's a good idea, but when is it going to happen? *sigh* So many good ideas so little time.

PS B tells me that not all the dragons are cut out. Some are pop out (perforated paper). He also wants you to know that some of the dragons are made from stiffer paper which he calls light cardboard. B is very detail oriented and he likes things accurate. So do I!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Uncle Jim

My brother Jim came to visit our home earlier this month. He stayed for a week. He was here some nights and with our brother Mark other nights. He loves little children, so he spent time with the kids. He lives in Utah with his wife, two teenaged daughters, and his son and daughter-in-law and their three young sons. His home lacks the fourth generation because we have possession of her!