Jayne's birthday went great! We kept an eye on the weather all day and did end up having the party at the park. It sprinkled for the last half hour but that did not stop all the kiddos from having fun and running around like maniacs. Jayne came home with a wide variety of Lightning McQueen booty. The cake was a huge hit! Adam made it from scratch, it tasted like brownies, and looked amazing. We all agreed that it rated up there with last year's ham sandwich cake in creativity.
When the kids wanted a break from the light rain they popped back under the shelter and colored on our handmade paper shapes. It was a great way to go through some of them and were durable for coloring on the concrete. Each kiddo got their own Lightning McQueen crayon roll, complements of The Crazy Elephant Boutique. The kids really liked them and they were occupied for a good 20 minutes at least. I am excited for next year's festivities, but I can definitely wait for Jayne to get yet another year older!
It is going to be mostly pics today. We have had a fun start to knight week. Jayne played lego knights with his daddy and people knights too. We made puppets to play with all week long and Jayne has done great on his worksheets so far. There is also a new addition to our school! His name is Croci the crocodileand he is Jayne's new puppet friend for school. We were going to wait for Ziggy the Zebra with his all about reading class in the fall but he is to advanced for the level that Ziggy comes with so we let him choose a friend for himself. Now on to the pictures! Adam gets in on the knight play.
Adam came up with the idea first and I loved it, then stressed about it, then hated it, then it really grew on me... I'm confusing, I know! We have been getting little passports in the mail for a few months now and Little Guy just loves it. We like it too, don't get me wrong, but for the $15 we are paying each month for the 2 year subscription we feel like we could do better. So the idea was this, let's make our own! I loved the idea, because we could do much cooler souvenirs and relate them to people that we know who have been there too. We could also go anywhere and better form them to what we are learning about. The part that stressed me out was that it meant doing a ton of research and writting the letters on top of everything a homeschool mom already does, I did not like that at all. Today I realized that I know a lot of people who have been to other countries. With their help I would have a launching point to write the letters and any kind of idea what kind of souven…
What did we learn? Sun and water give the best affect, of course. We also saw that water and sun are not equally important to plants. A plant can still grow and produce beans without water, albeit stunted. No sun and the bean plant is doomed to death. Plants 1 and 2 both have bean pods growing now.