Dinovember (Part 1!)

It's a good thing Jon's brother told us about Dinovember; otherwise, we would have had no idea why these dinosaurs keep getting into trouble!

When we came back from an early morning run, we spotted them:  the dinosaurs were helping themselves to one of my favorite snacks (crackers, cream cheese, and jelly)!

Luckily, we knew that during Dinovember toy dinosaurs come alive during the night and have all kinds of adventures.  They also get into all kinds of mischief...

Kaia and Harry were not too sure what to think about them.  

Kaia decided to roll with it...those naughty dinosaurs!

Harry still insists that "these dinosaurs are fake!"

Harry thought it was much more likely that someone took our keys, snuck into our house while we were sleeping, and set up the dinosaurs.  This is serious business!

The next day, we found the dinosaurs in the middle of a rock band jam session!

After this, we had to put the dinosaurs up high so they could not climb down and get into trouble.  I'll let you know how that worked out next time!

Do you want to know more about Dinovember?  Click here to find out how it all started?

Geography Crafts: Norway: Rosemaling

This year we're exploring Geography through arts and crafts!  We usually have another homeschooling family join us, and that's been fun too.  After our first lesson, Kaia asked if she could choose the next country.  I was certainly curious what she wanted!  She then requested something Norwegian because we have Norwegian ancestors.  When I learned about rosemaling, I knew it would be the perfect project.

Rosemaling is a traditional craft from Norway and Sweden.  I found these videos extremely helpful as I learned about the art:

Freehand Rosemaling Tutorial:

How to use a round brush:
I like how this lady uses two colors on her brush, but with a different technique that may be easier for children to imitate:

How to make a Rosemaling Flower:

One Stroke Flower Painting:

We first painted on paper and then on little wooden frames that I found at Wal-mart (for only a dollar!).  It may not look professional, but it was certainly educational...for me as much as for the kids!

Halloween 2013

We just love Halloween around here--all the cute decorations, dressing up, fun treats, and (the part I could skip...) candy!

I got to pick Ryleigh's costume, and I think she is the cutest ladybug ever:

Kaia chose her costume...she was going to be Cinderella, but changed to a fairy the morning of Halloween:

We had a ton of fun with her hair too:

Harry also chose his costume...he spent a week being Buzz Lightyear, but on Halloween decided he should be Superman.  Late in the afternoon he spilled bubbles on his Superman costume, and changed back to Buzz.  I had a hard time getting a clear picture of him because he doesn't hold still!

Our Halloween adventures started with hay-rides, spiders, snakes, and trick-or-treating at Jesse Jones Park on Saturday:

Both Kaia and Harry held the tarantula and the corn snakes...and thought it was pretty cool.  Jon and I got turns too, but the cameras batteries all died after one spider picture!

Kaia and Harry both wore their costumes to gymnastics in the afternoon, and Harry (in Kinder Gym) got to do a parade and special costume picture.

Then, of course, we went trick-or-treating.  The kids helped Grandma Judy pick out her ghost costume!

I love going trick-or-treating in our neighborhood!  Most people sit in their driveways with their candy bowl and are very friendly.  

We spent most of the day hoping the rain would stop so we could go out easily, and were so happy when it did!  Sadly, at that point I was feeling sick, so I only went around one block with them.  Luckily, Grandma Judy took them around one more and, while they were out, Jon got home and took them out a little longer.  

After they came home, we ate our Jack-o-Lantern cake, sorted candy, and went to bed!

Yay Halloween!