A Conversation Over Breakfast

Me: Are you ever lonely... eating and playing and being the only kid in your house most of the time?

You: Yeah, sometimes.

Me: But you still don't want a brother or a sister, right?

You: Why? You think you could do that?

Me: Well, Daddy and I just want to make sure you're okay. We could do something about it, but we'd rather not. 

You: Well, sometimes I'd like one. But adoption would be best for me. 

Me: Why is that?

You: Because I don't want to have to go through that thing where the mom abandons the six year old for the baby.


Learning Update

With early morning recipe reading, measuring, and mixing

fresh baked muffins with apple slices.

Co-op US History

and Around the World classes.

Nature walks.

Autumn gratitude.

Park visits and tire swinging in your own woods.


Unique discoveries.

Kevin's Nature Box

filled with treasures. 

We're still going strong with the hands on learning.

Your reading and writing are also coming along so nicely.

I love to hear you read. You use so much expression.
I can tell you have been OVER read to (if that's possible) all your life.

Your writing has always been good in concept,
but now that your learning disciplined penmanship
and how to use punctuation it's even sweeter. 

And your love of science. Oh, science.
 I could go on and on... later. 



We went to Blazers Acres for some fall fun.

This has been our favorite place for farm fresh goodness
and pumpkin picking since we moved here three years ago.

We each picked our own big carving pumpkins,
and one pie pumpkin for making Mrs. Pierre's pumpkin butter, of course.

We all enjoyed the morning out in the warm sun.

And we have BIG plans for those carving pumpkins! 


Birthday Party Getaway

When I asked you what you wanted to do for your birthday party this year
you said you wanted to go to the Kalahari with Jaymee, again. 

You always dream big...

but we couldn't have agreed more with this plan!

In the art of saving time and money 
we went to an area water resort instead of the actual Kalahari itself.

It turned out to be even more perfect.
SO clean. Great hospitality. And just the right size for your age.
Oh, and might I add, it was fabulously empty.

We pulled Jay and Sarita out of school for both days
and had the entire place to ourselves.

Even Uncle Tony surprised us and showed up to play!

You enjoyed your "Happy Birthday Kevin" cake.

More on that "Kevin" bit a little later...

And we finished off the whole event with dinner at one of 
your favorite restaurants (Chili's), and a Birthday treat for all!

This was a great way to celebrate your turning six.
We all had such a nice time, and there was NO stress
or even clean up in the end. :)


Barkhausen Field Trip

When we went to Barkhausen for the first time last year
I learned about the awesome homeschoolers' field trip they
have for school agers in the fall.

When the registration came around this year
I could not wait to participate!

The day was action packed with FUN!
We got to dig stuff out of the pond, explore and 
identify different organisms and species. 

Then, you and the other kids did some exploring of your own in the woods.

You even got to see Noah for the first time in almost a year!

The two of you were happy as could be...
like two frogs in a pond.

After that we all ate together, and then we went on a nature trek.

Mr. Matt taught us all kinds of things about different plants, trees, and wildlife.

It was really awesome, and you keep asking me when we can go back. 
Neither of us can wait for next year!!! :)