Friday, January 31, 2014

January Homeschool

So our ES from the school came again today.

Here's what we turned in:
Language arts: The last page of this pdf, filled out.
Math: This bunny counting "maze".
Science: We did the red cabbage acid/base indicator experiment and Margaret kept a chart of what caused the cabbage juice to change color and to what color. Interestingly, breast milk didn't change the color of the cabbage juice.
Social Studies: For Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, we talked about Dr. King and she colored a picture of him and we turned that in.

So those were the hoops we jumped through. Easy peasy.

She's still taking her Waldorf Kindergarten class and clay class. We're looking into Hacker Sparks (the junior program for Hacker Scouts/Curiosity Hacked) and a carpentry class. This month at the library, Margaret and Isaac made puppets from secondhand materials. Margaret's bird puppet was entered into an Oakland-wide art contest. Also, the Chabot Space and Science Center came to the library and set up a traveling planetarium in the library. Margaret got to see a show! Poor Isaac was too scared of how dark it was inside!


I think I mentioned in the last post that right after we got home from Disneyland, Margaret got a fever. Then McKay and I got fevers. McKay took 3 days off work for it (I got better faster than he did) and then Isaac got a fever. In the midst of all this my grandma died so Linda and I flew out to Ohio for the funeral. We had the worst possible flight issues with weather, broken planes, and broken luggage (due to the airlines). We also got to sit by a lady who kept getting her dog out of its crate and said, "It's ok. He bites, but he's too stressed to bite right now," when Linda reached for him. Lady, I don't think that's how dogs work.

And it was cold in Ohio. I'm not sure how they dig holes in the ground to bury people when it's 9 degrees out, but they do.

In the SFO airport, looking at planes.

First plane: fall asleep!

Linda in the car. Snow outside.

Small Methodist funeral. Mostly family, plus a couple of friends.

Snow on the ground at the cemetary.

I was a pallbearer (see special pink carnation).

After the funeral, the Methodist church ladies made us a little lunch, which was nice. Funeral potatoes included! Also: butterscotch pie. And blueberry pie, and cherry pie, and pecan pie. And other pies.

Here's most of the family.

Linda playing on the plane on the way home, when the dog was put away safely:

My grandma Margaret was the person we named our Margaret after. Her obituary is here.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


We've had a busy month and it's almost over, so I'm going to have a few posts of catch-up.

We went to Disneyland for McKay's and Linda's birthday. McKay turned 30 last year when I was a week post-dates, so we didn't do anything big for him. This was our make-up celebration.

This is the Lego Hulk from the Lego store in Downtown Disney. Isaac is amazing at posing.

We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel and Linda got to go swimming.

All the kids together in Toon Town:

Blurry photo of me and Carol. Carol was in my ward 3 years ago so we had some catching up.

 Classic picture.

Of course, the day after we got home, Margaret came down with a fever and we were all sick the next week. Yay?

I will say: the week after all the kids go back to school from winter break is the BEST time to go to Disneyland. Barely any lines!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Linda is 1

As of yesterday, Linda is 1. It happened quickly, but also slowly. That's because time is wibbly wobbly.

Linda, my grumpy baby is now 1 and is no longer grumpy.

She was my fussiest baby during her colic time.

She was my earliest sitter at 4 and a half months (YES!!! I LOVE THAT MILESTONE!). She started crawling a bit later than my others... maybe around 8 months? 7? I don't remember. She did/does a lot of butt scooting. I think that's due to my love of the sitting up milestone. Here baby, sit on the floor while I make lunch. *scoot scoot scoot*

She is my latest walker. Both Margaret and Isaac were walking by a year. Linda is taking her time. She's taken a few steps, but hasn't felt the need to actually walk. She can go from sitting on the ground to standing (at which point she can hold it for a second or two and then will fall back to the ground). She loves peek-a-boo. If she hears the word "peek-a-boo" she will automatically start playing it. She first started playing it with a blanket at 8 months.

She loves her siblings. They make her laugh. She can climb up stairs, but not down them. We don't have stairs, so she doesn't get practice.

She loves breast. And she's my first baby to have an annoying nursing habit: playing with the big mole on my neck. I often just let her do it. I don't have time to fight her on it. Meh. She won't be doing it when she's 19.

Like she was supposed to, she doubled her birth weight by 6 months, but she's failed to triple it by a year. I'm not worried about it, though, she started at 10 pounds!

One of my New Year's resolutions this year is to go through all our photos and label them. Looking back at little bald Margaret, whom we thought was so chunky, I know that Linda is ridiculously chunky at 23.2 pounds (as of last night).

We went to Disneyland this past weekend for McKay and Linda's birthdays. All of my babies have drawn attention from strangers and Linda is no exception. We were told that she looks like a Cabbage Patch Doll (she doesn't... she's cuter). One woman stopped and stared and exclaimed, "I can't look away from that baby! I have to stop and look at her!"

 Maybe we need to start the pageant circuit now. I think we're already behind. :)


Almost two weeks ago, we started making a cherpumple.

It was all going well until we misjudged the baking time of the layers. We had to put them back in a couple of times in order for all the cake batter to cook, so they weren't very firm and some places were cooked too well.

And due to the lack of firmness, the top layer decided to start sliding off.

So we threw it all into a punch bowl and called it a trifle.

McKay wants to make one every year until we get it right. Who wants to join us next New Year's?

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Carfree New Year!

Last year was our first full calendar year without a car! Early in the year, we depended a lot on the bus. Margaret's science class was just too far away and I also had a newborn. Here's a little visual of our miles.

It's a little deceiving. Our bike miles are the sum of my and McKay's miles. There is some overlap there, and I didn't account for it, but I don't think that's a big deal. Most of my riding was without him and most of his riding was without me. The bus and BART mileage is only mine and includes the times when we went on the bus and BART together. I don't think he ever went solo on the bus. Maybe he did. It was mostly me. The Amtrak miles are from my trip to Utah.

This next year, I want to make a goal of doing a century (100 miles) every month. I think that's doable. As we fix up my bike, we're hoping to depend on the Zipcar less. That should help.

Today we rode out onto the Bay Bridge. I had biked it earlier this year, but this was McKay's and the kids' first time. The whole way there, Margaret complained, "Can we go home?" But when it was time to turn around, she didn't want to.

You'll see Linda is in a Yepp Mini we buckled into the Madsen. We got it off of Craigslist! Yay Craigslist! It's not the best fit: when we got home, the strap holding the Yepp Mini had gotten pretty loose. We'll looking into drilling some holes in the bucket so we can better secure the little seat.

We upgraded Isaac to a bigger helmet!

Linda has a new helmet, too!

A shot with the old bridge. They are slowly tearing it down, so we needed a picture with it before it's finally gone.