Avery is turning 4 this week. How bittersweet that is. Four is when they cease to be babies and start becoming little girls, and what a sweet little girl she is. We spent this past week doing Cinderella and she is the CUTEST little buzzy bee in the whole wide world. She spent all week buzzing ( quite literally) around telling everyone she was a bee and she was going to STING them!!Β  Avery is such a gentle little girl. She doesn’t talk much to other people but at home she is the most talkative little thing, and boy does she have the cutest little voice in the world. When she looks at me with those big eyes and talks in that precious little voice there’s not much she can’t get from me.

Avery growing up is hardest for me. She was the baby I was closest to. The one who didn’t ever leave my side, who was in no hurry to grow up. She nursed the longest, walked the latest and is still content to sit on my lap for hours on end if I would let her. I will forever cherish the time she was little. Here she is in herΒ  brand new mama made birthday dress.


Last night was our first performance of Cinderella with the girls Ballet class. The girls did FABULOUS and could not have been any cuter… so expect more pictures after Saturdays performances ;). I LOVE LOVE LOVE their dance teacher and we are so blessed to have her. Honestly I cannot say enough good things about what she’s done with all the girls she teaches. Wonderful performance and I think all the girls were very very happy!
Without further ado… the pictures.

Lots more pictures soon πŸ™‚

Since I haven’t been blogging I haven’t posted all the things I’ve made recently so I’ll just pack it all into one post to spare those of you who couldn’t care less πŸ˜‰

First up a Fancified Olivia Dress for Audrey. Gathered Collar is from This Tutorial

Under shorts are an otto pattern with an added ruffle.

Next is Anna’s Beloved Monster Pajamas.. she demanded these by the way. Got the fabric, stuck it on my sewing machine and said ME!! This is made from an Ottobre Pattern

A sweet floral top for Amelia, another Ottobre ( Otto)

A Farbenmix Roxy Dress for Amelia

Farbenmix Henrika for Audrey

Shirts for Peyton

Isn’t he a great model πŸ˜‰

OK there’s more but I’ll spare you for now πŸ˜‰ I think that gets me acceptably caught up.

Next week starts Cinderella (Ballet) Week so prepare for lots more pictures!

Amelia had the opportunity to spend the day learning at a one room schoolhouse with our homeschool group recently. She was extremely excited seeing as how she believes she IS Laura Ingalls. She picked the fabric and told me how to make her outfit… then wore it for over a week straight. She also was the 3rd to last kid out in the spelling bee.. the other 2 kids left were MUCH older than her(the little brainiac πŸ˜‰ )

We swore we would never get another dog after our first bad experience… but then this guy showed up. I have never met a more polite, loving, easygoing dog. He won us over and the owner was looking for a home for him. So we now have a Dog.

Meet Elway (bet you can’t guess who named him πŸ˜‰ )

This week we reviewed This Old Schoolhouse’s down-loadable E-book

Download and Go: Expedition Australia!

This is an E-book that you download to your computer, then print out the student pages as needed. It includes information on Australia’s Climate, Culture, Wildlife,Language, topography, landmarks, cities and history. The e-book guides you day by day in a one week study of the land down under. It also includesΒ  links to videos, articles, pictures, and coloring pages.Β Β  Included in the e-book are ideas for fun activities and ideas to enhance your study even more.

I think this is a great and very affordable option for Geography unit studies. I was unsure at first of what my kids would think of this but I am happy to tell you though they LOVED learning about Australia. I really enjoyed having the information in the e-book format. It was so easy to watch the video links included, look up facts and even hop on over to you tube to watch the Aboriginal didgeridoo being played. After day one my son was asking if we could go on vacation to Australia!

The kids loved learning about the differences in language, culture and landscape. The e-book included a lot of details that I would have forgotten to include or simply wouldn’t have known about. Everyone enjoyed this from the 2 year old to the 13 year old ( and maybe even Mom πŸ˜‰ ). The favorite thing for the kids was by far all the information on the animals.

The only thing I didn’t love is that I felt it was too much information for a week. Some days we spent over an hour on it and still didn’t get to everything. If I were to do it again I would probably split it up into a month and spend more time on each aspect so we could enjoy it more and not feel quite so rushed.

All in all this E-book is a fun, easy and inexpensive way to introduce your children to Australia.

I had the opportunity to review some curriculum for a homeschooling magazine called The Old Schoolhouse.

The curriculum I reviewed was one of their E-Books called
Wanna Be Series – Firefighter.

This was perfect timing as my 5 year old daughter had recently decided she was actually going to be a Firefighter when she grew up… or a Mom, she wasn’t QUITE sure she said ;).

This little E-book was really filled with fun ideas for ways to implement a unit study on firefighting.
There was a lot of information on the History of firefighting, how it works today, exactly what it takes to be a firefighter and more.
There were ample activities that we thoroughly enjoyed and opportunities to learn about fire safety and make an escape plan.
There were also worksheets and written work included. We chose to not do that portion because I have mostly younger children and we didn’t feel we needed more of that type of work.

First we learned about the history which all of my children found very interesting. Then we had our very own bucket brigade and tried to fill a bucket. Let me tell you if our house is ever burning down I really hope there isn’t a 2yo in the brigade.. she was NOT helpful.
I was so busy trying to contain the 2 yo I didn’t get pictures of this but it was a sight let me tell you.

Next we learned about Fire Safety, made an escape plan and practiced it.

Going down the stairs while staying low (they liked this part)

Meeting at the Mailbox

Running back in to DO IT AGAIIINNN!!!

After that we learned about what it takes to be a firefighter today and made the Firetruck cake. Now before I show you our cake let me say this. The way our cake looks is in no way shape or form a result of bad instructions. It’s simply a result of too much help in the kitchen and a mom that isn’t talented in such things πŸ˜‰

(It’s okay go ahead and laugh… I did πŸ˜‰ )

If you have a little one who would enjoy learning about Firefighters the E-book is available here.

For only $8.95 it’s a steal and packed with fun information and activities. I think it is well suited for almost any school age child and fun for the whole family.

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