February Through March

Lots of things have happened in the past handful of months.  I can in no way detail them all individually.  So, I’ll make a photo story post.  

 

In February, Little Cowboy turned 3!
He had never had a party, so we invited all of his nursery friends!  We had a great time! 

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They hatched dinosaur eggs!

 

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This was a hit.  I filled spray bottles with vinegar, and the eggs are made out of baking soda, water, and food coloring.
You add just enough water to make a moldable dough.  You form the shape of an egg
around the little dinosaur, and let air dry.
Bunny and Bug helped out with this project.  It was pretty fun to make them!

 

 

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A friend made the cupcakes and decorated them.  She really is talented!
Everyone loved them!

 

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Little Cowboy finally got to bite into his cupcake!  He passed out cupcakes to everyone,
it was a very had thing for him to do.  When he was handing Bug her cupcake, 
just couldn’t resist.  He licked it!  It was so funny!
After that, he tried to lick all of the other cupcakes, but luckily mamma was quick, and blocked him!

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This was LC’s favorite gift.  He got a new blanket, made out of the same material that made his
two smaller “doggie blankies!”

He still uses it every day, but gets to still carry around his little ones when he wants to!
The best of both worlds!

 

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Bunny is shopping for her meal plan.  We have started to have both of the girls plan one meal each week, and carry out the shopping and cooking involved.  They get help when requested by mom, of course!  But ultimately, they are on their own!  They do a great job!

This meal, Bunny is preparing potatoes and salmon.  It turned out so good!  But, honestly, I’m not sure how it could be anything but!

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Bug is picking out the tortillas for her recipe.  She chose a recipe out of her very own cookbook that she got for Christmas from Santa Claus!  She made quesadilla pizzas….which turned out delicious btw!

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I love living in New Mexico!  And the following picture portrays why.  Even living in a tiny trailer in a dirty down can be beautiful, when you know where to look!

 

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The homeschoolers made it to the dinosaur exhibit at the museum!  A few times a year, our museum curator plans different traveling exhibits to come and take residence in our museum.  At the beginning of this year, it was all about the dinosaur that was found in South America that is larger than T-Rex.  He is called a Maposauraus.  It really is huge!  I have always been so fascinated over these creatures.  As a kid, I played with dinosaur toys and pretended what it would have been like to live with them.  That is a fascination that has never left.  

An FYI:  My camera kind of acted up in this darker enclosed space, so a lot of the pictures are kind of blurry.

 

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Some of these were robots.  This is one of them.  

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This one is a baby maposaurus!

 

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This is a picture of one our favorite missionaries getting ready to go back home to Tijuana Mexico!

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Hoss with his package truck!

 

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Bunny and Bug made “snowmen” out of play-dough!

 

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My friend who made LC’s birthday cupcakes taught a class in enrichment on cake decorating.  This is what I did, based off of her tutorial!

 

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LC is playing in his sensory tub with his fishies!

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LC is helping out.  He really wants independence, and he takes it and runs with it!  

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The kids love to take a picture sitting on the Target ball.  I think this was in Roswell over Stake Conference.

 

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After we got back home from Stake Conference, later that Sunday night, we got a devastating phone call about some wonderful people that passed away in Idaho.  We were not going to be able to go to the funeral of the four deceased, due to monetary strain, but some wonderful people in our ward family wanted to make sure we got the opportunity to go.  So we received an anonymous donation so that we had gas, food, and hotel money.  Hoss was unable to go, because even though we felt like these people were our in-laws, when they were our in-law’s in-laws…He just couldn’t get the time off.  So, the next day the kids and I packed up and made our way to Idaho for what would turn into a 1,600 mile round trip.  I really wish I would have taken more pictures while I was there with my family.  I guess I didn’t think of it much due the mourning.  We had some good times, amidst the sorrow.  I got to meet my new sister-in-law on the trip, and since I had been planning a trip to Arizona to visit my sister and my grandparents a few weeks later anyway, I decided to roll it all into one large trip.  I’m glad I did, because I would not have wanted to get back in the car for another road trip so soon.

 

The girls found Grandpa K’s exotic hat collection. 🙂

 

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Little Cowboy had to hold his “baby” cousin, even though he is nearly as big as he is!

 

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We made a bus ride trip down ISU campus, in an attempt to go to Idaho’s Museum of Natural History.  It would have worked really well with our theme of dinosaurs and history.

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We had dinner with Uncle T, and Aunt Amma.  Why I didn’t get a picture of all of us, I will never know. :/

 

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Then we went and stayed a few nights with Uncle G and Aunt Jisha!  LC and his Cousin P had a good time sliding down the stairs.

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My Brother, Uncle G mixing cement.  They are remodeling their basement before their baby #5 comes!

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The Campbell Kids with the Curtis kids.  They had a lot of fun!

 

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Since I didn’t want to pack up a few weeks later to make my planned vacation to visit my sister and grandparents, I decided to just go home the long way.  I went through Arizona!  I’m glad I did.  We had a great visit, and reconnected with family.  Money well spent.

 

Some of the cousins with my kids at the peak of our hike in Phoenix.  It was a nice time.

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I only planned one day per grandparent, which was enough…but I have to be honest, I wish we lived closer so that I could go visit more often!  Here is Grandma B helping Little Cowboy with his orange, while Grandpa B smiles for the camera.  There are so many memories for me in this house.

 

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Grandma, who is a wonderful painter got out the paints for Bunny and Bug to paint.  She encouraged them to find something to paint and go for it!  She then gave them tips and ideas on how to finish their painting.  They sure loved it!

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Little Cowboy found the cars and trucks.  A true boy at heart.

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I so wish this photo turned out a little more clear.  LC wanted to show Grandpa all of the toys he was playing with.  He isn’t wearing pants, because he waded in the swimming pool.

 

 

 

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After lunch, Grandma got out the clay that she had moistened for the girls to sculpt with!  Here she is getting it ready.

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One of the days that we were in Phoenix, I took the kids to the zoo.  What a fun place to visit!

 

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Cousin K had a birthday the day we were planning to leave to head back home.  We helped set up the decorations!  Kek is very creative when it comes to decorating!  

 

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Just another mile on the stretch.

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I decided last minute to stop at White Sand’s National Monument.  It is totally awesome, and worth the stop if you are ever in the area! 

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I love this shot.  So pretty!

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I randomly added photos, so the following were back at Grandma’s house.

This doll has been around forever!  LC wasn’t quite sure about her at first!

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More pictures from the zoo.

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After the zoo, we stopped by Grandma M’s house for lunch and a nice long visit.  We looked at pictures, and just caught it.  It was so nice!

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After we got back to New Mexico we remembered that Alex Boye was going to be in Roswell to perform a concert, and the next day a fireside at the church.  So we naturally went.   He is such a fun performer!  The girls got a high five, and after the show, we were surprised to see him out front mingling with all of the fans.  

Here Alex is signing the Bunny and Bug’s tickets!

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Just over a week ago, we got together with other homeschoolers to go to an activity at a local church here.  In Lubbock, TX, the Science Spectrum has a satellite program, where someone will come and teach something to kids in other towns.  One of the companies here in Hobbs offered to sponsor them to come, so we didn’t have to pay anything!  

First we went into a portable planetarium and learned about the stars and constellations!  

Then we learned about the digestive system; we learned out our bodies breaks down the food we eat in a very realistic object lesson. 

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Little Cowboy is doing so good about getting closer to people he doesn’t know!  He is sitting next to Bunny there on his left, but the other girl was someone he had never met.

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For St. Patrick’s Day, we had to try and capture a leprechaun!  We found an idea online and gave it a go!  No luck for us, but he did get into the trap and out again, eating some of the gold coins, and hiding the others around the house for the kids to find.  He also turned our milk green!

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Bunny and Bug have been saving up to make a fairy garden!  We finally decided to do that after we got back from Idaho and Arizona.  It was fun to pick out the stuff for the, and maybe one day, when we have a slightly larger house and a place to put them, we’ll make a larger one.  For now, this was perfect!

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That is the last 8-10 weeks in a nutshell!  It has been quite eventful. Sad, challenging, rewarding, and memorable.  To whoever donated the money for us to go to Idaho to the funeral, thank you.  We will always remember that generosity.

One project that we are working on is our lapbooks on owls and owl pellets.  I hope to post about it next week sometime.

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