Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Rachel!

Our baby girl is 6 years old today!  It seems like just yesterday she was this little bundle of love and giggles!


While she slept last night, we covered her bedroom floor with pink balloons and fake flower petals.  (She kind of told us she wanted that.  Do it one year and they expect you to repeat it or outdo it every year that follows!)

When she woke up, she ran to our room begging to open presents.  She first opened her Unicorn Ball Pet which she loves!


Next she dove into a whole bag full of Disney's "Frozen" themed stuff including an Elsa doll, Anna doll, Frozen book, and Frozen headphones.


Nicholas used his own money to buy bubble gum for Rachel.


I had an appointment early this morning so we had to cut short the present opening.  That was hard for this little girl but she was happy at the decorations she found at the breakfast table.


We wanted Rachel to wait until Daddy got home to open the rest of her presents.  Fortunately it was a busy day so it was easy to keep her mind off of it.  But by the afternoon, she was constantly asking, "When is Daddy coming home?" , "What time is it?" ,"Is Daddy almost home?".  It was torture...for her and me!

Stuart had hardly made it in the door when Rachel started ripping into the rest of her presents.


She is feeling quiite sassy with her new Hello Kitty purse.


And the new Razor scooter that lights up is definitely a big hit!


She has been asking for Chloe, a dog she saw at the Animal Adoption Center, for her birthday.  But instead of something that eats and poops, we got her this toy butterfly that flaps its wings.  She can take it out of its habitat and hold it in her hands.  It flaps its wings in different patterns depending on whether it is lonely, content, or joyful.


She had a ball opening present after present.


She finally got to one of her favorite gifts, a Rainbow Loom.  I found tons of different colored bands at JoAnns craft store to get her started.


With the living room covered in wrapping paper, we headed out for dinner at Chuck E. Cheese. 


The pizza was surprisingly good but we all know the real reason one goes to Chuck E. Cheese - to play the games!  So off we went...


The boys could often be found playing racing or battle games together.


Rachel was just interested in playing games that would spit out tickets she could use for prizes.  She collected a ton of tickets!


We don't go to Chuck E. Cheese very often but we had a really good time together as a family.


When all of the game tokens were spent, we went home for birthday cake.  I dropped the ball and forgot to order a really nicely decorated cake for her so we took what we could find at Kroger at 5:00 this afternoon!


She didn't mind.  She got to pick out a white cake with chocolate icing.


But it really didn't matter since she was only interested in eating spoonfuls of the icing.  You don't see any cake on that spoon, do you?


Yep, she scraped it clean without eating a single bite of actual cake!


Happy 6th Birthday Rachel!  We love you so much!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lunar Eclipse, October 2014

Lunar Eclipse October 2014

We have been learning about the Moon in science class.  Yesterday we read about Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong.  The kids watched video clips from the first walk on the moon.

Kids watching video of first walk on the moon

I couldn't have planned the timing of our Moon study any better because this morning was the last lunar eclipse of 2014 and we all got up at 5:00 am to watch it.  We could see it best from our front yard so we laid out the picnic blanket and snuggled up in some blankets to watch the amazing event.


We couldn't help but laugh as we wondered what the few drivers on the road must have thought to see the four of us sitting in our front yard at 5:00 in the morning.  "Those crazy homeschoolers!"


The lunar eclipse was beautiful.  The Earth was directly between the Moon and the Sun.  It was in the shadow on the Earth.  However, some light from the Sun made it through Earth's atmosphere where the blue and green wavelengths got absorbed.  The light that made it around the Earth to the Moon were the red, orange, and yellow wavelengths of light.  This red Moon often called a "Blood Moon".  I love this picture Stuart got!


We really had a fun time together on our picnic blanket this morning.  We decided since we were all up anyway we might as well go out for a nice breakfast...and coffee.  Lots of coffee!

IHOP coffee

I love my guys.  Nicholas ordered a Colorado omelet just like his Daddy.  He is definitely Stuart's "Mini Me" :)


And of course the baby girl had to be sure that her first bite of food for the day was a big spoonful of whipped topping from her strawberries!  That's the breakfast of champions, right?