9th Birthday Interview

Another year has passed and it’s the last one in single digits.  Here is the latest birthday interview!

Nathan was reluctant to do this interview and that is why he is barely looking at the camera and talking in a silly voice!  Below is the transcript in case you can’t hear him.

  1. What is today?  My birthday
  2. How old are you?  9
  3. What’s your favorite color?  Red
  4. What is your favorite toy?  I like all my toys
  5. What is your favorite fruit?  I like all fruit except persimmon
  6. Where do you want to go on vacation?  Legoland
  7. What is your favorite thing to eat?  I like a lot of stuff  (this is very true, he’s an exceptional eater!)
  8. What do you want to do for your birthday?  Stay home and then go out to Pizza Caboose for dinner
  9. What is your favorite game?  Maybe basketball
  10. What is your favorite snack?  Trail mix bar
  11. What is your favorite animal?  Huh…Gracie
  12. What is your favorite song?  I don’t even know
  13. What is your favorite book?  Hmm, I don’t know if I have one.  Maybe Captain Underpants
  14. Who is your best friend?  Ryan
  15. What kind of car do you want when you grow up?  Hmm, maybe a Corvette (my dad and Christopher would be proud!)
  16. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Play
  17. What do you want for your birthday?  Um, the stuff I already got (Legos)
  18. What is your favorite holiday?  Maybe Christmas
  19. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Maybe waffle
  20. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Pizza
  21. What do you want to be when you grow up?  Uh, I don’t know

Happy Birthday!

p.s. A lot of these questions revolve around food, which is kind of funny to me (we do love food), but I copied these from some other site seven years ago and now want to keep them consistent each year!

Snow!

This winter we’ve had a lot more snow than what we usually get here.  The boys are thrilled since they love the snow!  Last night it snowed 6 1/2″ at our house and it looked so beautiful waking up to everything covered in snow.  Luckily, Christopher doesn’t mind driving in the snow so we aren’t housebound (this area is notorious for not having the infrastructure to handle a snowstorm for the roads).

 

I hope that the bees are still alive in there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th Year Birthday Interview

8THBDAYNathan turned eight this past week.  I don’t know how it is possible that I could have an eight year old!  The saying, “They grow-up too fast” is definitely true!

Every year since my boys were three (they couldn’t really talk before then) I would do a yearly birthday interview.  Here is Nathan’s for this year.  Enjoy!

Sometimes it is hard to hear what Nathan answers, so here is the transcript of what he says:

What is today?  Tuesday.  My birthday.

How old are you?  8

What is your favorite color?  Red

What is your favorite toy?  Hmm, the Lego City Mine

What is your favorite fruit?  I do not know

Where do you want to go on vacation:  I do not know

What is your favorite thing to eat?  Macaroni and cheese, orange chicken, and pizza

What do you want to do for your birthday?  Stay home and play with my toys

What is your favorite game?  I don’t know

What is your favorite snack?  Cupcakes

What is your favorite animal?  Lizard

What is your favorite song?  None

What is your favorite book?  I do not know

Who is your best friend?  Ryan, Timmy, Bennett, and lots of others

What kind of car do you want when you grow up?  I do not know

What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Play and hunt for snakes

What do you want for your birthday?  Lots of Legos

What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Waffles

What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Macaroni and cheese

What do you want to be you grow up?  I don’t know

Happy Birthday!!!

 

Let’s Begin

homeschool

My husband and I decided when our oldest son was just a baby that we were going to send him to the local Waldorf school.  We loved what the school offered and really liked the philosophy behind Waldorf schooling.  We started going to the parent & child classes there and fell even more in love.  Fast forward to when it is time to enroll for school and we looked at the tuition and decided that we couldn’t afford it, plus we would have another son going there soon after, which means double the money (tuition was around $15K starting in Kinder and gets more expensive each year).  We were sad about it, but we decided to explore our options.  We were set on the Waldorf way of schooling (delayed academics, more free play, and a focus on arts and creativity) and just couldn’t see ourselves sending our sons to public school.  Growing up my husband went to Montessori, public, private, and was homeschooled and he said that being homeschooled was his favorite out of all of them.  We decided that homeschooling would be our best bet.  We began to research it a lot and came to the conclusion that this was the right fit for us.

We still wanted to employ Waldorf methods so I got the Christoperus Kindergarten Curriculum.  There wasn’t much to the curriculum because in Kinder the kids are supposed to mostly be playing.  They suggest circle time with songs and movement, stories, and arts and crafts.  Much of this I had to research on my own.  Soon after we started homeschooling life threw a curveball at us and we moved up with my parents to help take care of my dying dad.  During this time there was no schooling, but there was a lot of playing.  At about this time I came across the Lavender’s Blue Curriculum.  I looked it over and saw that it was exactly what I was looking for!  Kelly, the woman that created the curriculum, basically lays it all out for you.  She has what stories, songs, and arts and crafts to do week by week.  It was easy to navigate and with everything going on I needed something easy.

When we first began homeschooling for Kindergarten I wanted to start a homeschooling blog.  I would come across different homeschool blogs and often found the information helpful in some way and I figured that our journey could be helpful for others too.  Time and life just got the best of me and it never got done.  I decided that come September when we started homeschooling first grade I would have the blog up and running, ha!  Earlier in the year we decided to move from the LA area.  We knew we wanted to move up to the Portland area, but we didn’t know when our house would sell and then how fast we could get another house.  We moved in with my mom and on the first day of September we moved to our new house in the Portland area.  As you can imagine my blogging dreams were put on hold because we had a lot of cleaning and unpacking to do.  Plus, we were getting all new flooring put in and that meant we were relegated to a couple of rooms.  I did make it a priority to unpack all of our school supplies so that we could get started on school.

We started first grade the middle of September 2014.  My oldest son was almost 6.5 years old (Waldorf recommends first grade start at 7, but I thought it was close enough and he was ready).  Kelly, the lady who created the Kindergarten curriculum I loved, came out with Lavender’s Blue First Grade Curriculum and I bought that to use.  My youngest son was almost four when we started and I mainly wanted him to focus on playing, which he does a lot of.

Again, the LB curriculum is working well for us (I’ll go into a more in-depth post later).  As I have been digging more into Waldorf I have found some things that aren’t really working for us (circle time) and my sons really love science and Waldorf doesn’t do much science in first grade.  In January I started supplementing with other curriculums to add to what we are doing (again, I’ll do another post on this).  I really like the concept of unschooling and project based learning, but as of now if it was up to them all my boys would do would be Lego related and I feel like they needed a little more than that.

Fun facts:

  • My boys love Legos and if they had unlimited money that is all that they would buy!
  • We are a family of introverts and all of us would prefer to stay at home versus going out, which is good for this introverted mama.
  • The boys are currently obsessed with Roald Dahl.  Right now we are reading James and the Giant Peach.
  • John Irving is my favorite author.
  • The boys are awesome travelers and have been since they were babies.
  • The boys are best friends, but they still manage to find many opportunities to fight.
  • My husband brews his own beer and I’m sure that I’ll get him to post about that on here 🙂