A Week, Briefly (In Which We Make Sock Puppets)

It's Saturday morning, and I only made 2 notes about this week.  I spent so much time behind the wheel that my brain is fuzzy.  Car troubles have been paramount on the non-school list of things to deal with. 

Later this morning, we should be picking up our van from the shop where we had major repairs done to the brakes (the fact that we didn't have an accident is truly a miracle, and I'm thanking Heavenly Father hourly for protecting us and the people driving around us).

We found out that the repairs we thought we could do to keep our van up and going for the next decade before we can downsize to a Suburban or mini-van will cost more than double what we anticipated.  We are back in the market for a new van . . . praying for help in finding something affordable and reliable.

On the school front, we had a good week--getting lots of things done. 

On the rainy days we put on boots and raincoats and took walks, then we came indoors for creative play.  One day I pulled the costume bins out, and the littles had a fine time engaging in several hours of make believe.  I didn't take any pictures, but these two:

 Apparently the tiger suit was the hot commodity of the day. :)

Little Brother is very much enjoying his preschool.  One day we made peanut butter cookies together.  He was very proud to share the finished product with his siblings.

Wednesday was an exceptionally full day.  Highlights of the day include:

1.  Funniest history moment
We were doing our Week 27 quiz, and one of the questions was, "I murdered another king to become the king of Scotland.  Who am I?"

As Nature Angel and Belle yelled out, "Macbeth!" Pixie muttered, "Only every guy ever."

I laughed so hard I couldn't read the next question.

2.  Awesomest news--
Super Star wrote a story that was accepted by an online magazine called Bumple Buds.  She's supposed to get paid for it, and it is scheduled to appear in their Christmas issue.

How exciting is that?!?!?!?

3.  Fabulous Field Trip
We gathered some favorite friends and took a van load of kids to see the BYU Living Legends dance presentation.  Seriously, the program was amazing!!!  The dances were all Polynesian, Native American, and Latin American.  The costumes were to die for, the dancing was breath-taking, and Little Princess kept whispering to me, "This is my favorite dance in the show!"

Thursday was dance day for us, but in the morning Pixie helped me help the middles and littles make sock puppets for our Whistlefritz Spanish program.  The lesson only called for paper bag puppets, but I'd been looking for an excuse to make something cooler than that, and we have a ton of these fuzzy socks in our mismatched sock basket, so with zero outside cost, we had a grand time making these darling new friends.

Friday was another day of finishing!!

Little Princess finished Life of Fred: Liver!

We finished Symposium for the year when we completed the final lessons and exam for Mystery of History II! 

And the sun was out, so the littles spent hours and hours and hours outside.  Burying one another and building a mountain in the sand pit held their attention for most of the day.

Such good sensory therapy!!

I love our sand pit!

Only 1 more week of Economics for Rose Red, and only 1 English essay left for Pixie.

We're really winding down our school year, and I'm starting to wonder how to best enjoy the summer.

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  1. Pixie's comment is hilarious! Congrats to Super Star! Love, love, love the puppets--so creative!

  2. We used to have a wonderful sandpit under a big magnolia tree. I miss it. What a good week.
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. Looks like a great week. Congratulations to Super Star. Its funny reading how everyone's school year is winding down. It makes me feel like it too - except we are only 1/3 of the way into ours!

  4. Hooray for publishing a story! So exciting.

    Sorry about the van. I really detest car problems. I know you must too at this point.

    Darling sock puppets.

  5. Congratulations to Super Star for her story! The sock puppets are adorable!
    Sorry to hear about your van problems.
    I was hoping to be able to downsize to a suburban, but we have not found anything in a price we are willing to pay so it looks like we will be investing some money in the van this summer to get it to last another 8 years and hopefully it won't cost too much to get it taken care of.

  6. Love the sock puppets! Congrats to Super Star, that is awesome! Thanks for stopping by my blog, Anne. Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day.


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