Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Summer Update

It has been a month since I last posted so it will be a big one. We have been enjoying the last days of summer. Michael is looking forward to fall and asks every day is it fall yet.

Madeline is learning fractions and this week has made brownies and zucchini bread with minimal help. I opened the oven and helped her solve the "issue" of accidentally using a 1/4 cup instead of a 1/2 cup. She is still getting Zoo Books in the mail and jumped into the current issue about Sharks when it came in the mail today. She loves getting mail. She also signed up for her own library card this past month. She has also been interested in learning about the presidents so we checked out a bunch of books at the library. Her latest project can be found here: http://www.madelinejo.blogspot.com/ You can also link to it at the right on this blog under Blogs I Read. She loves getting comments on her own blog so please respond if you can.

We also participated in a home school family swap this past week. We sent a package to a family in South Carolina and they sent us one as well. We sent info about WA state, pictures of the kids with little info cards about them, balloon animals that Maddy made, some art supplies, and items the kids collected from nature (rocks, shells, and flowers). Our package arrived on Tuesday and the kids were so excited. There was a lap book about Pageland, SC and the family we swapped with, info about the area, sand, flowers, and some toys. It was a lot of fun and I hope we do it again soon.

New baby is growing well. We recently chose a MW (midwife) in Portland, OR. Unfortunately we were not able to find one that would take our insurance. :( Why insurance will pay thousands to tens of thousands for a hospital birth but not 3,000 for a HB (homebirth) is beyond me. We are at 13 weeks and recently saw our MW for our first prenatal visit. It was not much but talking as we decline most prenatal tests. The heartbeat was a great 150 bpm. Joe and I really like our midwife and the kids seem to like her as well.

We have been u-picking and canning like crazy. So far we have canned strawberry jam, blueberry jam, whole blueberries, peaches, pears, pear sauce, and apple butter. We still have apples left to make applesauce with. The freezer is full of peach slices and several gallon bags of blueberries for smoothies. :) The garden is also doing well. We have had a bunch of zucchini, squash, carrots, and tomatoes.

Here are some recent outings:

We went to the Clark County Fair.

The goats.

There were races. The kids loved it so much that Joe took them back for the second show later that evening.

We went to Cannon Beach. It is so nice to be a day trip away from one of our favorite vacation spots.

Michael loves the waves.

Marah would run right out into the ocean if we let her.

Madeline enjoying the beach.

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