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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Karsten is absolutely cracking us up these days with his new-found independence and the constant flexing of his individuality.  His latest love that has us all grinning from ear to ear every day is writing his ABC's, and, along with that, climbing up on the school table to do so.  He is quickly learning his colors because of his close association with markers, highlighters, colored pencils, crayons, and pens of all types. He's also quite proud of his pages and pages of scribbles that he claims are "ABC's."

To be honest, the kid is something of a wonder in his writing techniques - the way he holds his pencil and his attention to tiny details (you can see it in some of the following pictures where he'll really hunker down close to the paper to draw something tiny).  He loves to demand that mommy come and "see yit!" whenever he writes something.  And he all-too-happily tells me stories about the things he's drawing: "Bug. Ew."; "Moon, Mommy, see yit!"; "Peerot (parrot). Ha! Peerot."

While he's perched on the school table, he never misses an opportunity to sharpen pencils.  It's great because I don't have to anymore; I'm much obliged, little man.  He'll sometimes put a pencil in and leave it there, slightly above the blade, motor running, while he returns to his writing.  Because I'm really good at tuning out background noise, it'll take me a while to realize there's been a constant buzzing and run to the rescue of the laboring motor.  But, he's usually good about putting them in and taking them out and not pushing down too hard.

Man alive, I love this kid.  He is such a hoot every. single. day.  At a time when I'm keenly feeling the drudgery of every day (I hate the 8th month, people), it's the prospect of seeing what he learns next that makes me even the slightest bit excited to get up in the mornings.

I LOVE this picture.  Love. It.  They were giving each other a high five.  They are such good buddies!

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Daniel said...

I love how he holds the pencil. What a cutie!

Marcia said...

Amazing. You have an artist coming up in this one. Loved the pictures. I'm showing them to Caleb tomorrow.

Sara said...

This is what I WISH would happen at our homeschooling sessions! ha. More like, Gideon trying to bite everybody, Ari refusing to work, and Jude yelling out alphabet letters periodically. Sigh.

Lindsey said...

I love these photos. Karsten keeps me amused too! On a side note, shame shame SHAME on you that you are already (probably doesn't feel like "already" to you but it does to me) in your eighth month and have only given me but a tiny few pregnant Liz photos. You may rectify this issue by have your handsome hubby take some pics of you this evening. I'll be waiting. Thank you.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Thanks for this post, Liz! I feel guilty sometimes for still taking so many pictures during school, but then, when I read a post like this and see the same things going on in a homeschool with kids the same ages as mine it's comforting and encouraging. I LOVE homeschool!

LOVED all of these pictures! Your boys are so sweet!

I can't believe your pregnancy is practically over! Wow, you'll be holding your sweet new baby in no time! I'm only a tad bit jealous, lol :-).