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Sickness got the better of us, but we still managed to get some more projects done.

Despite my somewhat diligent efforts to keep the germ factories (aka Bean & Sprout) away from the baby, every chance I turned around they were touching him and coughing in his face. So the inevitable happened and he got sick too.

His sickness somewhat overlapped with Sprout’s so Stephen wound up staying home to help out.

It was so sad. Sparrow could barely breathe or cough. And even the doctor said there was pretty much nothing that could be done for an infant with croup besides breastfeeding, humidifier, cold night air, lots of love and very little sleep for us.

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I was so stressed out and extremely exhausted the last couple days.

Then yesterday things started looking up. Sparrow finally started getting some cough-interruption-free sleep.

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And he started smiling again.

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And he stopped wheezing. It was a huge relief. The other two still have a nagging cough, but Sparrow seems much, much better. Breast milk antibodies for the win!

Here are a couple more pumpkin crafts we managed to get done that made good occupiers for the older two while we took turns taking care of Sparrow.

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Felt, yarn & pompom pumpkin patch. The kids glued the pompoms on the brown felt “dirt” and I added all the details. Then we used it to talk more about the pumpkin life cycle.

This next activity got us transitioning to Thanksgiving which we will talk about next week.

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The kids painted orange inside of an orange circle that I painted for them. We let those dry and then I used green paint to make handprint leaves. After they dried we talked about some of the things they are thankful for.

Sprout is thankful for the trash truck (watching the trash truck come is one of the big highlights of his week on Friday mornings, he gets so excited), toys, clothes, food, books, painting, Bean & Sparrow, sticks, Mama & Papa, cars and the step stool.

Bean is thankful for music, toys, cars, movies, flowers, Mama & Papa, her bed, sparkley shoes, good food, dresses, Sparrow & Sprout.

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That’s how a pumpkin grows

This week we are learning about pumpkins. We’re a little late since every book, song, resource, etc seems to tie pumpkins to Halloween and Jack-O-Lanterns. Weird when, to me, the most important thing about pumpkins is pie!

Anyway here are some of the resources I found to help us in our learning this week. Sorry homeschooling is taking over the blog right now, but it’s funny that when we actually DO something I feel like I have stuff to blog about.

This is a really cute animation and song about pumpkins.

Yesterday I made a trip to our library and found some pretty good books about pumpkins. These are some of my favorites:

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Pumpkin Fiesta by Caryn Yacowitz
I liked this book because it deals with the pumpkin life cycle, introduces a little Spanish and another culture and it has nothing to do with Halloween.

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Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloan
I like this one because it integrates the alphabet into the story, the illustrations are beautiful and while it mentions Halloween and Jack-O-Lanterns, it takes the pumpkin concept past that holiday to harvesting seeds for next year’s crop, etc.

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Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
This one is short and cute, perfect for Sprout’s attention span. It also talks about Halloween, but deals with apples and pumpkins generally too as a part of Autumn.

Today we colored a page with “p is for pumpkin” and circled the Ps we saw on the page. Then we made this pumpkin life cycle craft.

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Bean’s:
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Sprout’s:
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*Edited to add: Today I discovered something else I like about homeschooling. While you may not be able to tell from the pictures, both kids are sick. They’ve got croup. Mostly it is just making sleep interesting around here. During the day they have plenty of energy and craziness. Bean is likely going to be missing all of her regularly scheduled classes because of it. What I discovered today is that even though we’re sickies and basically quarantined for the week, we can still learn, have fun, create, get out our energy and have a plan for the day. I’m not going crazy because they are not going crazy with boredom. Of course if it was truly debilitating sickness, we’d stop, but for the most part I’ve found my kids handle sickness well unless they’re really, really sick. Our main reason for quarantine is for the benefit of everyone else and not sharing our germs. So even though we stayed home sick our day was pretty jam packed.

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The October Daily, 10/27

Busted out the fall decorations yesterday just in time for the preschool Halloween party.



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The October Daily, 10/16

Pumpkin patch!

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Happy Harvest

We went to the Underwood Family Farms Harvest Festival with these guys. It was so much fun and unlike other Harvest Festivals I have been to in the past, there was actually a fall harvest there to celebrate (like veggies and other farm stuff). I picked up a couple pumpkins that I will be turning into some homemade puree for pie and soup. There was lots to do there and all the kids had a blast.

We wore our Autumn attire:

Some of us did in fact get “corn-fused” in the corn maze…


…but thanks to a friendly guide we finally made our way out.

There were lots of games and activities. Bean and her cousins had a lot of fun in the bean bin (very appropriate).

Bean got measured at the “How tall this Fall?” photo spot (cheeseball, I know, but I did it anyway).

We of course saw a lot of pumpkins and tractors.

And when we got home we were just plain tuckered out.

Special thanks to Cara for being the only one of us to actually remember to bring a camera so we could document it all. 🙂

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Pumpkin Soup

I am all about the soups when the fall weather hits. Chicken, split pea, chili, hearty vegetable and pumpkin, just to name a few. Sometime around the first day of Autumn (weather permitting or not) I just start craving big bowls of steaming soup.

This is my recipe for pumpkin soup from scratch. It really isn’t very hard to make this way, but you could probably also substitute a couple cans of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) if you don’t want to bake your own fresh pumpkin.

Ingredients
• 1/2 cup milk (you can also use half & half or cream if you want something richer)
• 1 cup chicken broth
• 1/2 cup apple cider
• 1 sugar baby or pie pumpkin
• ground cinnamon
• ground cloves
• 1 tbsp butter
• salt and pepper to taste
• water

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

2. Cut apart pumpkin and remove pulp. Make sure you use a sharp knife for this step and that you are very careful. Pumpkin rinds are very tough and it is easy to slip.

3. Place pieces, flesh side up, on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cloves and cinnamon.

4. Baste pieces with a little bit of water and place in oven for 45min to an hour or until flesh is tender. Test with a fork. You’ll want to baste the pieces again about halfway through.

5. Use a spoon to separate the flesh from the rind and place in a saucepan.

6. Add chicken broth, cider, salt, pepper, and butter to saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.

7. Add milk and simmer for an additional 3 minutes.

8. Remove from heat. Blend until smooth. Serve.

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