Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Day In the Life...April Edition

Welcome to another edition of a Day In the Life. The theme of Tuesday is music; however, we did not get that much music time today. We are in review mode around here, with only two more weeks left to our school year. I am really looking forward to a break from lessons. We have a very busy summer with lots of firsts and exciting adventures planned. I will reveal our plans soon. 

7:00 am to 8:00 am ~
I rotated the laundry, got my royal wedding fix on GMA and ate breakfast. The kids ate breakfast and played with the gladiator stage that Tom Sawyer made with his theater class. Each child gets to take it home for a week. It is great that Tom Sawyer got to take it home during his birthday week, and it can be the centerpiece of his birthday party table.

8:00 am to 8:45 am ~
We finished watching the movie "Squanto the Warrior's Tale" (History). It was much better than I thought a Disney movie would be and an excellent review from the beginning of the year. (I rarely let them see Disney movies and instead show them classics, but I liked how Disney handled this movie.) I was pleased to see how much they remembered. The kids also looked at their interactive Easter e-cards from Grandma. We are all a little behind getting to email, as usual.

8:45 am to 9:00 am ~
Everyone did their morning chores and got all of the laundry put away. I sat on hold with a doctor's office. Does anyone else feel like they spend a ton of time on hold?

9:00 am to 10:15 am ~
I read two chapters of Pigs Might Fly to the kids (Literature). They then did four pages each in their Explode the Code books (Language Arts). We are trying to complete all of their workbooks before the end of the year, so we will not have to do any of them over the summer. They then did one page each in their math books which are almost completed (Math).

10:15 to 10:45 ~
The kids played outside with the dogs, while I made a picnic lunch and swept the first floor of the house. 

10:45 to 11:30 ~
We traveled to our vision therapy appointment, which is about 25 miles away. We listened to "Hallelujah Handel". This was also a review from our study of Handel earlier in the year. We were fortunate to find this music CD at the library.

11:30 to 12:30 pm ~
Little Red Ridinghood had her vision therapy. She is doing well and making great progress. She will complete the program in about two more months. In the exercise shown below, she is looking at a picture with one eye and tracing it with the other eye. This exercise helps the eyes work together to complete a project. The rest of the kids watched Cartoon Network or the Disney Channel in the waiting room. We don't have cable TV, so this is a big treat for the kiddos. Tim does his best to keep the shows somewhere near appropriate.

12:30 to 1:30 pm ~
We ate our picnic and did errands on the way home.

1:30 to 4:00 pm ~
When we arrived home, there was a package for Tom Sawyer from his grandparents. It held three new games for his birthday. We played "There is a Moose in the House" and then had a nice rest time. After about an hour, we started working on making Confetti Eggs for Tom Sawyer's birthday party. Uggg!  I had to blow out four dozen eggs. Then we dyed them. We will add confetti to them later, and then the kids can have a "battle" with them outside at his birthday party on Saturday. The rest of the afternoon was spent outside. 

4:00 to 5:00 pm ~
The girls had their reading lessons and everyone did a 10 minute pick-up of the house. I started dinner and Daddy came home!

5:00 pm until bedtime ~
After dinner, the kids and Daddy played a long game of softball. I am not sure what happened, but the game ended in grumpy, over-tired children who were quickly bathed and put to bed. 

Thanks for visiting our Day In the life.



  1. The things we do for our kids.......I don't think I could blow out 4 dozen eggs. Wow.
    Sounds like a full and productive day with a nice side of calm :)

  2. In San Antonio we celebrate Fiesta every year, to commemorate Texas Independence from Mexico. We celebrate with cascarones...confetti eggs! These are hand made but we do not blow out the yolks. Instead, we prepare ahead of time by making soft boiled eggs to serve for breakfast. Tap off the top and scoop out the eggs and enjoy. Or dump out the raw egg for scrambled eggs or baking. Then wash out the eggs and collect over time. When time comes to decorate, color the eggs, make the confetti, fill them, then glue tissue paper squares to the top.

  3. I missed the part about the eggs. 4 dozen! Wow! That sounds like a really fun game!