LOVE Rocks!

My daughter has been getting in the giving spirit and making pictures and books and shells and stuff for us.

Last night she made these.

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Of course all of us were all gushy and appreciative, even if we did mock J. a little for getting the bumpy rock. Only later did I notice (and only because my daughter pointed it out) that she spelled “love” correctly. She said she had noticed it and decided to spell it “like everyone else” now.

She spelled it that way today too. Here is today’s book.

(The Girl’s Day Love Emma To Mom)
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(It’s Day.)
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(Humming while she plays)
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(Oh No! It’s Late!)
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I have had many discussions with other homeschoolers about invented spellings vs. making sure they only spell correctly each time “so it sticks”. I have to say, I would do it this way all over again! She is not afraid to write. She doesn’t call me into the room to ask how to spell stuff. She just does it. And it doesn’t bother her that it isn’t perfect.

LOVE

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Putting Up The Tree

I like the tradition of putting up the tree the day after Thanksgiving. This year is no different. But, I somehow forget that it isn’t just “putting up the tree” day, it is also “must clean the garage” and “must rearrange the house” day! It even morphed into “must find things to give to the Salvation Army to make space in our house” day.

In the end, the tree is together and the cats seem a bit less interested this year. of course, we haven’t put all the ornaments on yet so that may change…

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While we were getting the tree set up, my daughter drew more ornaments and cut them out. I love her invented spellings.

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After being laminated and having strings added, onto the tree they go.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We hosted Thanksgiving at our place this year and had J.’s family over. Everyone brought food and made it easy on us 🙂

We had a nice, relaxing time and wound up playing “Lego Rock Band” after dinner. My son monopolized the microphone again, but I think everyone was ok with it.

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While the rest continued playing, my MIL, daughter, and I went out to try a Thanksgiving Scaventure Hunt. It was getting a bit dark, but we managed 🙂

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Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving too!

COSI

On Wednesday, we went to explore COSI, the science center. The last time I went with the kids was 4 years ago and things haven’t changed much.

Unfortunately, the kids are too old now for an entire section of the museum. I hadn’t realized that they wouldn’t be allowed in the kid zone where the water tables and building and dress up stuff is located. That kind of stinks!

Anyway, we got to check out some of the other exhibits and caught a movie about coral reefs.

Running toward the doors.

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Checking out a really old tree section (950 to 1100 years old).

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Heartbeat drum that matches the rhythm of your heart beat. My son checked it out before and after running around the room 🙂

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Both kids jumped at the chance to go on the stage. My daughter got to have her hair go up with the electrostatic generator. My son got to be the receiver of a shock from another volunteer.

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After an intense time in the lunch room, we bailed to go outside for a bit. We weren’t the only ones 🙂

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Then, on to the “Ocean” section. The kids checked out the model submarine, played with water jets, and built dams.

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It got wet!

Outside, the kids tried with varying degrees of success to lift a car.

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The boys worked it out.

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My daughter flew up into the air, LOL.

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The kids listened to volunteers in the hallways and tried out some experiments.

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We played in the gift shop for a bit and then headed out to get home in time to get ready for Thanksgiving.

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Columbus Zoo

On Monday, we went to the Columbus Zoo. I hadn’t ever been there with the kids and was really looking forward to it. We showed up around noon and learned that the zoo would be open late due to their holiday light festival. We decided to pace ourselves and stay for the whole day 🙂

The kids loved the sculptures.

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The reptile house had cool decorations on the ceiling.

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We saw lots of reptiles and I liked that the displays were set up with easy to understand labels! They showed the ranges on maps as well as what the animals liked to eat and how endangered they were. We definitely noticed the ones from Ohio!

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Who could resist more sculptures?

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On to the aquarium where we saw sharks, rays, a humphead wrasse, manatees and more…

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Outside, my son tried to get a flamingo to eat his fingers (or at least that seemed to be the plan). I tried to convince him it was a bad plan!

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We weren’t sure why the lions were blocked off until I took a few shots of this mom and her babies. Then a zookeeper asked us not to linger as it would disturb the new mom. Oops! They were so cute, though. I am glad we got to see and hear them.

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On to the tigers.

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Red panda.

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Elephants. The one with the broken tusks is 38 years old and weighs almost 12,000 pounds.

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There were places to warm up scattered throughout the zoo.

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Penguins and more sculpture.

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There is a carousel in the middle of the zoo. The kids took it for a spin.

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Then, we had hot chocolate and some of the worst tasting colored popcorn ever made.

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Finally, it got dark enough to really enjoy the lights. We were surprised by a light show timed to the music as we were leaving. It was spectacular! I knew as I took the pictures that they would do it no justice, but ah well… I took them anyway.

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I am so glad we went. And that we stayed.