Pumpkin Butter

Homeschooling has become a pretty smooth routine for us. K is finally embracing reading… with a little bribery. I’m hoping some new books will spark her interest and she’ll develop a love for it. The kids have learned the days of the week. (In Chinese too.) We’re working on telling time. They’ve got the basics down. I’ll be trying to teach them that 3 is 15 and 6 is 30 etc. over the next few weeks. I haven’t been blogging due to my propensity for procrastination, my habitual blog neglect… and a lack of inspiring stories.

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We carved our first pumpkin of the season. K┬áhas her Tinkerbell costume. We need to pick up costumes for the boys this week (see my aforementioned procrastination issue.) With the kids away for the weekend, we’re planning on doing some “Drunken Pumpkin” carving tonight. I found some stencils online so I’m planning on doing a Mickey Mouse face and Jack Skellington.

I made pumpkin butter in the crockpot with the insides of the first pumpkin. I’m planning cookies, more pumpkin butter, some pumpkin spice coffee creamer and just some basic puree with the next few. So relatives can be expecting butters and syrups this year for Christmas. (I love Pinterest.) I may even get some cute jars for stuff. I’ve been reusing the Kerr and Ball jars that used to house some homemade applesauce. Trying my hand at some gingerbread coffee syrup soon too. I put pumpkin butter and almond milk in my coffee this morning and it tasted just like October should.

K and I have decided to work on knitting. Well, I’m working on it. She is just expressing interest. Figure we can get some yarn and needles for Christmas. For which we have just started our shopping. The boys are super easy to shop for this year, as they’ve not stopped being superheroes for like 2 weeks straight. They are constantly in costume and/or wearing a mask. K has too but there’s just less comic stuff for girls, I think. Any suggestions on great gifts for 6 year old girls?

Progress

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Don’t tell my children that writing letters is a thing of the past. We decided to practice this dying art form today. Above is a picture I snapped with my phone of A signing his letter. It’s always nice to see your kids making some progress. The boys are counting to 20 with 80% accuracy. They like to skip 14 for no reason I can understand. M and K are doing some basic addition and subtraction. K is reading. A recognized the word Go. Both boys recognize their names. And can write the first letter.

We are working on Days of the Week. They seem to know the names of them, but in no particular order. So we’re learning the song. The kids clearly favor learning Chinese. Although probably because they don’t think they’re doing any work just learning songs for 30 minutes a day. They all know some colors now. I’m probably going to start adding colors to my descriptions of things. Since our chopsticks and bowls etc are color coded for the kids, it shouldn’t be hard. Although then we’re likely only to learn green, pink and blue….

How does anyone keep up with housework when they’re doing school the first half of the day? This lack of dishwasher is killing me. And I never seem to fold all my laundry.