Thursday, September 05, 2013

When your kids design their own portraits

Tuesday was the most glorious day. Scratch that- this week has been nothing but gorgeous days so far.  This is our fourth September in Southwest Michigan and I think I'm finally convinced that there is no greater month anywhere ever no matter who who are.  Ever.  In the world.  Throughout all time.

Srsly.  It's hard to be inside for any reason.  The windows are open all day long.  No air conditioner, no heater, no bugs, no humidity.  Can you see the glittery stars encircling my eyes right now?  'Cause they're there. No lie.
Anyway, we did almost the entire first day of school outside and I harassed them with the camera for many hours.  Which means, of course...

...photo time!





(On the subject of school, how interesting is it to read other people's curriculum choices?  I posted Paul's kinder stuff at one point and I think that was helpful to some, but once you're at the middle school level...is that something any of you would be interested in hearing about?  Like, grammar programs and history books?  Give it to me straight, y'all.) 

Edit to add: Mary!

Sweet Melissa, you're right.  Who cares if she's only in pre-pre-pre school?  She deserves a photo, dagnabit.  So here you go.

 


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34 comments :

  1. I dunno, but I want to see Mary's pic. How can you leave her out???

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    1. If you insist! Let me...ask her what her favorite stuff is? No, wait, she's sleeping. I'll just guess...

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    2. Thank you so much! Gee, one person really can change the world! :-D

      ::grinning to self, feeling very special::

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  2. The answer is yes. I want to know. I am so homeschool illiterate, so I just eat that stuff up like the blog fodder it is.

    And, darn it, Kathryn. I had to look that word up.

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  3. I'm so jealous because your older girls do NOT have to suffer through those awkward middle school pics. They look great! (As do the littles.)

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  4. I love their pics! And you're killing me with your description of SW Michigan! ;-) There's a chance we're moving to Kalamazoo next year & I dream of leaving my windows open during Sept (We're in Louisiana where there's too many bugs & humidity for that!).

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  5. I LOVE CECILIA'S FACE.

    You've got a future ANTM on your hands ;)

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  6. What was the kinder curriculum? I'm new at this and so very, very lost! My oldest is in kinder and is beyond what early kinder lessons are but isn't at later lessons. Help!

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    1. Yes! Please tell us what you use! I have one almost-4 yr old and one 2 year old, and I seriously don't even know *when* to start, much less what with.

      LOVE your pics, by the way! Your kids are beautiful!

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  7. These are precious. Great pictures!

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  8. These are so great! Love them. ...and I'm into the homeschooling stuff, but missed that post, cause someday I'll be there and need to learn from all you masters out there.

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  9. Your kids are precious, Love it! School outside, how awesome! We Michiganders are so lucky for September, it is a beautiful time of year! :)

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  10. I have to second the motion for southwest Michigan in September being the greatest month anywhere ever no matter who you are. And I don't even like it here! And have you seen the sunrises in this place? Ridiculous!!

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  11. Beautimous! Can I come live with you, just until that yucky white stuff starts falling from your sky, m'kay?

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  12. Beautiful children! Yes, I want to see all your curriculum choices, right now especially the younger ones because that's where I am right now. I must have missed the post where you mentioned Paul's curriculum.

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  13. I lived in southwest Michigan for 4 years (and parents have lived there for 10) and I completely agree!!!

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  14. I was born in Michigan in September, so, needless to say, I totally get it.

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  15. I love these pictures! Wonderful. And yes, I'd love to see curriculum because in my journey to see if homeschooling is for us a lot of research drops off after elementary. But middle school/high school scares me the most. I am SURE I can do elementary already. So please, bring on the middle school stuff.

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  16. I love these upgraded, reinvented school pics. So cool! I would love hearing all about your curriculum.

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  17. These photos are so good, Dwija! Love em. And yes, as someone who is about 80% committed to homeschooling in the future but hasn't a clue, I'd love to know about the curriculum choices you make. Have a good weekend!

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  18. I think a New England fall could rival your Michingan fall...why don't you come visit and find out? :)

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  19. Fall in Michigan is simply magical. We are very lucky people to live here.

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  20. Great photos.

    I have a 7th grader in Catholic school...I am ecstatic about the reading list -- I'd love to see what your kids are reading (didn't know if that counts as wanting to know your curriculum... :) )

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  21. Great photos! I love the quotes and things that you added. Enjoy the wonderful fall!

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  22. My FAVORITE homeschool posts are about curriculum choices! Please post! (BTW, I found your most lovlimous blog through the amazeballs Micaela).

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  23. I really enjoy seeing your pictures!

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  24. Oh, these are so great! That last one of Mary makes me so happy. You have the most beautiful family!

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  25. Definitely please post the older one's curriculum or at least what they are reading. I'm always struggling to find 'decent' much less good books for my older kids to read since they read so much faster than I do. Maybe I should add laundry to slow them down :) Love the photos! Cute, cute, cute family!

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  26. I love Mary's sweet yellow skirt! So cute! And I love how natural and not awkward the photos of your older kids are! I remember the middle school school photos always being so darn awkward and they just never came out well. These are better :)

    And I totally want to hear about the older curriculums, i love to hear from other moms in the thick of homeschooling since I'm really at the start of it myself. It's always interesting to see what moms who are more experienced choose year after year.

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  27. Oh, that made me giggle: Mary's pic! All the pictures are great. We are winging it homeschool-style for the first time this year with 4 children. All this Common Core shiz has me up in arms and not caring all at once! I've boughten everything, but it's always nice to see what other people are doing :)

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  28. Ooops, that was me, Beth, up above (Tim). While I'm sure he would appreciated your photography skillz, he would most likely NOT giggle. :)

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