Capture Your Journey Link Up #11

This week is dedicated to our new home. Our house has finally started to come together a little more, we still have lots to do, but we are slowly making progress. Do you know how hard it is to hold back on starting every project you want to get done?!?

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I really am loving having my own desk and place to set my things. Although, it is mostly all the girls activities and arts and crafts, it’s still a nice place to blog at, and keep a good eye on the girls.

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The playroom is still a work in progress. Eventually I would love to have a cute play table in there for the girls to color at.

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Our Family room looking into the kitchen.

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Part of my kitchen! Loving all my counter space :)

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Looking into the family room :)

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Capture Your Journey Link Up Week #10

We finally had some beautiful spring time weather in Wisconsin this week. It was so nice to get outside and take advantage of the lovely weather and to explore our neighborhood a bit more.

23weekspregnantLiamI am 23 weeks and five days pregnant with our little Liam in this picture but currently I am 24 weeks and 2 days :)

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My sweet girls and husband <3

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We found a park on our walk! Anya loves to slid down the slide. I’m pretty sure she would have been happy to just do that for the rest of the day.

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Liv was eying up all the big girl things to do at the park and watching her sister play. She hated playing on the swing set!

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Anya Mae loved to sit in the training swing. I think she felt like such a big girl :)

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Color Matching Game

I have been eying up this laminator for the last month and finally I went ahead and bought one. Today I want to share my first project that I made with my new laminator!
I was searching online for a easy color matching game to do with my daughter, Anya. She is two and a half and loves to do activities. I found this really cute Popsicle and ice cream color matching game from Mr. Printable. It is actually a file folder game, but I sort of made it my own. I printed out all the sheets, laminated them, and then cut out the ice cream and Popsicles. Then, I stuck Velcro on the Popsicle sticks and the Popsicles (Still working on getting the ice cream cone page done)

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I would name the color, and Anya would try and find it :)

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She was super proud of herself for getting all the colors sorted to the correct Popsicle stick.

What games do you play with your kids to teach them their colors?!?

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Capture Your Journey Link Up Week #9

It’s been a fun week settling and getting our new routines set! We are absolutely loving our new home and I am excited to start decorating and making it more our “own.” Throughout this whole process though I have come to realize that I am really not that great when it comes to choosing colors ;) So, without further ado here are my pictures from the second week in our new home…

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Anya is loving her new playroom. Eventually I will be painting it and turning it into our homeschool room, but for now it will stay as it is.  Did anyone have those playhouses when they were little?!? It’s SO fun to see my girls playing with toys that I played with when I was little :)

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So glad I bought that laundry hamper for the girls to play with ;) Who needs toys when you have boxes and laundry hampers around that house?!?

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Bought this responsibility chart from Melissa and Doug. We are loving it :) and we also got the calendar one as well:

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And last, but definitely not least, my sweet Liv Grace. She was trying so hard to put her big sisters shoes on her feet. I just love those rosy cheeks :)

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Capture Your Journey Wednesday #8

I have to admit I did not take pictures this week. I have been busy unpacking, and watching two very energetic little girls. I will get some pictures up next week of our progress :)

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Before Five In A Row

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My mother introduced me to this amazing curriculum called Before Five in a Row. I am excited to dive into this with my Anya once we get settled into our new home. This is designed for ages 2-4 but if you have older children you can head over to Five in a Row to find out more about the curriculum for ages 4-8, or Beyond Five in a Row to learn more about the curriculum for ages 8-12!

Before Five in a Row is dedicated to protecting and nurturing the early years of childhood, Before Five in a Row opens up the world of learning through great books and creative play, and builds a solid foundation for more formal education to come. {From Five in a Row Website}

This important product has two sections: the first presenting 23 Five in a Row-style mini-units (plus an extra mini-unit) based on outstanding children’s books for ages 2-4+.  The second presents an entire treasury of learning readiness activities intended to be used in your every day life: things to do in the kitchen, at the store, at bedtime, bath time and more. {From Five in a Row Website}

The thing I love most about this curriculum is that it instills a love of reading at an early age.  It includes a teachers book and 24 classic books. I am planning on blogging our journey with the new curriculum. We are going to pick one book to read together for the week, read it each day, and do activities together that revolve around the book. I also picked up a Nature Study book for Spring that I am eager to dive into soon!

You can follow my Before Five in a Row pinterest board for ideas and activities to do with each book.  I am excited to begin this new journey with my daughter. She loves to sit and listen to stories so I think this will be the perfect fit for her. The preschool years are years to explore God’s beautiful creation, play, and learn.

 

Here is the book list included in the Before Five in a Row curriculum set:

 

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, by N. W. Carlstrom
Yellow Ball, by Molly Bang
My Blue Boat, by Chris L. Demarest
The Little Rabbit, by Judy Dunn
Ask Mr. Bear, by Marjorie Flack
Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
The Big Green Pocketbook, by Candice Ransom
The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown
The ABC Bunny, by Wanda Gag
If Jesus Came to My House, by Joan Gale Thomas
Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina

 

 

The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
The Quiet Way Home, by Bonny Becker
Play With Me, by Marie Hall Ets
Prayer for a Child, by Rachel Field
I Am an Artist, by Pat L. Collins
Angus Lost, by Marjorie Flack
Katy No-Pocket, by Emmy Payne
We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen
The Red Carpet, by Rex Parkin
Corduroy, by Don Freeman
Jenny’s Surprise Summer, by Eugenie

 I would love to hear if you are using Before Five in a row, Five in a Row, or Beyond Five in a Row with your children? Leave a comment below with your thoughts, and if you have a pinterest board pertaining to one or all of the curriculum levels leave that below too!!

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**Have you linked up yet to our Capture Your Journey Wednesday Link up?**

Capture Your Journey Wednesday

This week I have been quiet on Facebook and other social media sites. I was scared to get too excited about it, but now that everything is finalized I feel like I can actually shout it from the rooftops! WE GOT THE KEYS ON MONDAY!! We have been moving boxes, cleaning, painting and settling into our brand new home. The pictures this week are pretty few since we have been out and about this week.

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A few pictures of our new house. This is before we moved in, so the furniture you see is not ours but the sellers :) I will have more pictures with our furniture in it… soon!

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Last pregnancy picture at our old house. 21 weeks pregnant with baby Liam. Feeling lots of kicks and movements lately. This pregnancy seems to be flying by this time and I think it has to do with keeping busy with two little girls. Really praying that I will be able to have another home birth with Liam {Click HERE to hear Anya’s home birth story}  :) No drinking castor oil this time though!!!

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Just wanted to end things with a cute picture of my Anya Mae. She found the wigs and glasses that daddy uses for the Rabbitsauce Show we do on YouTube. She looks pretty adorable :)

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Capture Your Journey Link Up! {Week 6}

Welcome to another week as we capture our journey! This week we found out the gender of baby number 3 it’s a….
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We are thrilled and excited to welcome our first baby boy! Can’t wait to meet you, Liam :)

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Capture Your Journey Link Up

It’s capture your journey week 5! We have had a wonderful week this week. First, we have not gotten the keys to our new home. Our new closing date is next week :) Right now we have a lot of boxes in our living room just sitting there waiting to move to their new location. Second, we were able to hear our newest blessings heartbeat! AND we are going to find out the gender on Friday!

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My sweet girl was not feeling very good tonight. Lots of cuddles and movies tonight :)

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My Anya had a fun night getting to play with her good buddy Nathan. It was so wonderful to spend the evening hanging with sweet friends :)

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And of course this week could not be complete without a picture of boxes ;)

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Spring Vitamix Giveaway

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