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After a rough start to our homeschool day, we redeemed it by cutting and painting and crafting this evening. We made paper bag jelly fish and personal aquariums. Thankfully, we are done with school for the week and get to spend tomorrow with friends at the aquarium.

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Feeling dark and dreary today. I didn’t even know our next Chatbook arrived until I found these two midway through it. They know what the package looks like and dive in every time a new one arrives. They love our Chatbooks, it’s the best thing I’ve done to get photos off my phone and in their hands.

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A few minutes before we were supposed to leave for the chiropractor Ms. T decided to do some painting.  She used water colors and a blotting technique.  This is her thing, her element.  She ended up gifting it to our chiropractor.  If you are a patient of Backbone in Cedar Park, you can see it on display at the front desk!  Click over to instagram to see the final piece.  Now to convince her to paint one for me, I want one just like it for my spring mantel.

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Found this little squish face playing Legos in Jude’s room today.

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Captain Awesome, heading out to run errands with his Daddy in tow.

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I just adore Colleen, Luke and the boys!  I’ve been photographing them for quite a few years now and it’s always fun!  They have an energy they bring to the session that always means laughter and fun captures.  I’ll never tell which one tooted and caused the biggest smiles lol!  I’m exciting that for 2015 they chose a spring session – it’ll be a fun change of pace this year for sure.  And it means I get to see them soon!

Well, I’ve made it 2 months!  I’m counting that as an accomplishment worth celebrating!  Last month I posted all my favorite leftovers that didn’t make it in to the 365 and thought I’d do that for February too.  Every day life, their memories.  Lots of reading, a month visit from my mom, practicing music, lots of Bible study, Valentines Daddy Daughter Dance, Jude’s birthday, a new tetherball, even more reading, naps, lots of Legos, devotionals, Taryn is planning to write a book, lots of school work, and a field trip to Pioneer Farms.  It was a good month.

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Last school year Taryn struggled with creative writing.  Don’t you know the very day our school year ended she cut up a bunch of blank pages and wrote her first chapter book.  Privately, I wanted to throw my arms up in the air and say “Really?!”  She wasn’t loving the method during the year and once she was free to just do her thing, she loved it.  And thrived.  Instead of throwing up my arms I was just happy to see her figuring it out her way.  And she has multiple, wonderful, books she wrote on her break.  We are encouraging her to publish the first one on blurb (and maybe even Amazon?) and she started working on that this weekend.  I’m so excited to see it in book form instead of on scraps of paper.  The story and illustrations are so, so, good.  And, of course, when Taryn dives in to something, Duder isn’t too far behind.  He’s currently on his second book and they are really good too.  Lots and lots of writing, drafting, editing, drawing, creating going on around here.

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We rounded out our farm themed homeschool week with a (very cold but fun) trip to Pioneer Farms today. Jonah’s Texas mittens (aka – socks) are cracking me up.

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By the fire.

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Backtracking a bit….I’m bound and determined to catch up on blogging.  I didn’t photograph my own kiddos too much during busy season 2014, but I did take a few.  I had the cutest little sea creatures on the block!

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The moment you realize you ate all the refried beans. He’s addicted y’all.