Friday, August 26, 2016

Butter Churning and Rocks

I have a whole list of not blogging excuses...

Living in hot hot San Antonio
Pregnancy & Miscarriage
Moving across the country
Vomiting 1st trimester of pregnancy
Rhinovirus Attack
2nd trimester of pregnancy
Laziness Exhaustion from pregnancy

But here I am.  Ready to post SO many pictures and start sharing life again.  Intentions are to catch the blog up with our epic road trip moving photos, months of Washington adventure photos, latest trip to Arkansas photos and of course, pregnancy photos...but not today.  Or possibly ever.  I'm not the most reliable blogger out here. 

Today I was proactive about recording some snaps into our homeschool preschool life, which varies.  Somedays we are super schoolers, some (who are we kidding, most) days we follow more of an unschooling vibe.  It's preschool.  I'm very much of the mindset that play and living life are the most important learning tools in a 4 (and 2) year olds mind/body/soul.  

August 26, 2016

We started off the day with K making smoothies for everyone (kids protein powder, banana, frozen berries, cashews, oats, flax & chia seeds and Ripple "milk").  And also cleaning up after herself and helping to wash the Vitamix.

The girls did some Cosmic Kids Yoga and Zen Den meditations while the hubby and I did 25 minutes of Yoga with Adriene

Oddball activity today was a result of a birthday gift I received from my parents...a butter churner. 
This is something that we have never done, but heavy whipping cream and 10 minutes of passing around the churner made for the BEST BUTTER we have ever had. 


SO good.

Suggestions for what to do with buttermilk are welcome...

Second breakfast was had (smashed black beans and eggs on toast)
and we left for a hike and rock hunt.  
 A rock hunt because one of the curriculums we follow is Your Natural Learner and the theme this week is...Rocks.  

Have I mentioned that I LOVE Washington?

My Lawler man took the camera and snapped a few as well, this is what 3rd pregnancy and 23 weeks pregnant looks like folks.  

Pancakes is still moving and a groovin'

Playground stop!

 Made it back home and had a neighbor friend over for a bit.  They rode bikes, played in the water table/play set and counted/measured beans in the bean box and dug for worms in the mud pit.  I love having such a sweet big girl friend! 

I also love that the girls are so enamored with her that I got to sit in the shade and knit baby gifts while they played! 

Lunch and some SciShow Kids and Bill Nye about rocks and how they form.

The most school looking school work we do...

vocabulary words for the week, letter practice, pre-k/kindy workbook pages, coloring and rock themed book reading.

 Jam Jam worked on her tattoo artist skills

K sorting rocks into different size categories and talking about the shapes, which then turned into stacking the rocks, taking a hammer to the rocks and trying to taste the rocks.

Not pictured:

The 3 meltdowns about not getting to play at neighbors house, garden watering, the 172 snacks, roller blading, running an Anna & Elsa cupcake shop out of their play kitchen, naps, watching Strange Magic so mom could blog, unloading the dishwasher, harvesting kale and tomatoes, rolling cars down the slide for like an hour, singing I Want You to Live Forever by Drew Holcombe and the Neighbors 7 times, time outs for not listening and spitting at someone, making lunch, feeding the dogs, making dinner, reading 13,000 books, working on our Herb Fairy curriculum (book 2) and I'm sure a few other day to day activities.  

Some school-like learning, lots of play and life living, time outside and time in the kitchen.

This is a little of our Lawler homeschool life!


Friday, March 4, 2016

Valentine's Weekend 2016

Now that we have made it into March...I'll try and catch up with February's pictures!! 

Prepping up for our Disneyland adventure in a few weeks has resulted in watching some youtube clips...I adore how Ken is holding onto Jam!

Went hiking at Comanche Lookout in San Antonio -  

When at the Japanese Tea Gardens, we must have a tea party! 

We saw three different brides taking photos/getting married and K loved seeing all the "princesses"!

Getting brave!

And a bowling promise was made to a three year old who never forgets anything...

We are so close to our next move, all the anxiety and stress are creeping in and the unexpected nostalgia for San Antonio is hilarious. (One of our favorite bumper stickers around town is "Keep San Antonio Lame"!) While this city certainly has it's downfalls, we have had so many adventures not only this time living here, but the last time as well!

Happy Friday ya'll.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Comfort and Enchanted Rock

Mr. Lawler has been itching to visit Enchanted Rock nearly every weekend since we have been living here in Texas and we finally made it a couple weekends ago!

On the drive there, we passed signs for Comfort, Texas advertising antique stores - so we stopped...

cutest little hill country town EVER.

And while I love junkin', the distillery we came upon took the cake!

After getting our moonshine on we walked a bit and then hit the road to Enchanted Rock again.

It was windy.


It was gorgeous. 

It was a little terrifying to let Ken walk by herself. 

It was a LOT higher than I expected. 

It was a "basoliths".

"A basilisk?"


An amazing Saturday that came full circle when we headed back to Comfort for dinner at High's Cafe which turned out to be incredible!


On another note,

Ken is rocking her homeschool preschool activities, getting excited about Washington, being the sweetest (most of the time) sister and graduated her swim level and gets to move up a class - yay!!

Jam has been finally gaining weight!! Talking SO much - favorite phrases include "wear my baby", "i want down", "dance with me", "mommy wine", "please read book" and "hungry for taco".
She is super sensitive to most everything including how her big sister feels and she surprises me every day with how adventurous (read: terrifyingly unlike her cautious sister) she is! 

Happy Thursday!