Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My New Blog

Hi Loyal Readers- You may have noticed that I haven't been around here lately. I have been sorting out exactly how I want to blog in the future, and it just felt like my time with The Wonders Of was drawing to a close. It's harder for me to keep up with the cute antics of my kids now that we're homeschooling, and I've been feeling more called to write about something that brings me great delight: children's books. Of course, the family will show up from time to time, but I also wanted to have a place to give book and audiobook recommendations and talk about children's literature. So I hope you'll check out my new blog.
School of Good Books.

Thanks for reading.

Blessings,
LeAnna

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ella is 7!

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We finished up the month of October with Ella's 7th birthday.  Our very creative girl requested her own hammer for her birthday. We added in a glue gun and her own Martha Stewart craft book.
The kids wanted to tested out their new old-fashioned dresses at Old Sturbridge Village.
 Ella's current passions are learning to swim and learning to climb trees. She's also reading everything in sight. She announced recently that she had discovered her talents: singing, making things, and talking. She also is a strong believer that "Adding sprinkles to anything gives you energy!"

For her birthday excursion, she wanted to get bubble tea, but since we didn't take a picture, I'm subbing in another pre-birthday excursion with Mamaw and Papaw to Dunkin' Donuts, which she also enjoyed.
I'll leave you with this little poem, she wrote a few months ago...

Fight be over
But now I see
The world is much bigger
Than little me.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Family Party

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We celebrated three family birthdays at once with an old-fashioned party. Gilead was not too fond of his coon-skin hat.

The Hollie Hobbie cakes made another appearance.
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 The whole family dressed up to celebrate.
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The kids had ideas for folks who didn't come dressed appropriately. ahem...Grandpa.
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Mabel is 5!

October is all about birthdays. We started it all off with Mabel who turned 5. It's an exciting year for Mabel. She's learning to read and learning to swim. She loves pigs and armadillos, fancy dresses, headbands and pink. She wanted an old-fashioned girl birthday so I got my mom to send me her 1970s Holly Hobbie cake pans, which were perfect.
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 And of course, she needed an old-fashioned costume.
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and some new reading material. 

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For her birthday excursion, she wanted to go to the Yankee Candle megastore. She insisted, "It's not just a Christmas shopping place. It's an adventure, full of exciting things." We didn't actually buy any candles, but we did take advantage of the photo ops and enjoyed the castle, the indoor snow, and the animatronic oom-pa band.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Big News of late August

Big Gap!
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Big Boy Haircut!
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Big Cupcake to celebrate Mabel starting school! And yes, the cupcake is bigger than her head! Back to School cupcake
Big cow on a trip to OSV with friends!
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Big pot of Babci's bread and butter pickles! He converted the whole family to pickle-lovers.
 lots of pickles
And the two-year-old's big news!
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"I know my name! Trixie!"
 and don't dare call her anything else...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Back to School 2013

Mabel kindergarten
We have been easing back into school the last few weeks, while still enjoying the last bit of summer.
Mabel is very excited to be starting kindergarten.
Ella is in First Grade and reading everything in sight.
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And adding the excitement to our homeschool classroom are the toddlers: Two-year-old Beatrix who insists on her own "cool-time" and one-year-old Gilead who just got his first hair-cut!
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Picnic with Dr. Seuss

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Ella with Sam I am
Last Sunday after church, we had a little picnic at the Dr. Suess Sculpture park in Springfield, MA.
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Gilead and Mabel crawling around under Horton the elephant.
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Ella with Dr. Suess
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Gilead with the big finish