An American Girl Birthday

Last weekend Breeley turned 6! 

The 6th birthday at our house is when the girls get an American Girl doll. (Something my girls have to have because I never got to have one so I will make sure my girls get one! My parents didn’t love me. ?)

Breeley had already decided, by looking at the store before and in the catalog beforehand, that she wanted Mary Ellen. So she was set to go!  

She woke up to balloons (tradition at our house) and donuts. She actually didn’t have a lot of time because we also had the girls dance pictures that morning (which explains why they both have on a ton of makeup!). So after we finished up her photo shoot she changed into her new dress she had picked out and we went for shopping and lunch at the bistro. 

After lunch we took Alyse to her pictures and then headed home for another birthday celebration with family. 

Breeley had requested a party with her new doll and lots of flowers. (Actually she had like 10 decor ideas – Frozen, Descendants, Makeup/Fashion show… I had to tell her we were sticking just with American Girl.) 

I had picked up some little party favors at Micheal’s for the dolls so I decided that would be our colors. When at Target I found some more party supplies in the same colors so I kinda mixed and matched from the dollar section, the party section, and house decor. 

(I still haven’t taken the battery operated garden lights down yet.)

On Friday’s Uptown on the corner of Trade and Tryon they have a flower vendor. I asked Josh to go get me a bunch of flowers to decorate with and to put on her cake. 

The candelabra and sparkle candles are also from Target. 

I brought a small table down from the play room and made a little table for the dolls. The guest were Alyse’s Caroline and Samantha dolls, Cammie’s Bitty Baby and Layla (Breeley’s Next Generation doll from Target.) I also made a little cake just for their table. 

Breeley loved her party! 

Watch her celebration on our YouTube channel 

Breeley’s Things

If your kids are anything like my girls, they are obsessed with YouTube Kids.  They could spend hours watching strangers open up surprise eggs, Shopkins, and other random things.  For about a year now Breeley has been begging me for her own YouTube channel.  I still don’t think a 5 year old needs her own channel, but I officially started a THING ABOUT THESE THINGS channel.


She will have her own video series called Breeley’s Things!  She has 2 new videos up!

 We don’t have a fancy set up or camera and lights… And I am new to this whole video editing process, but I am trying to make her little YouTube dreams come true.

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Triple Oaks Academy

We are a homeschool family.  This is our 4th year of homeschooling.  It is perfect for our family in this time and season of life.  I love having my girls home with me.  Some days are hard and long…. Sometimes I think it would be easier to just send the older two to school, but then, when I really weigh it all out, I know this is what is best for all of us.  Plus, in my other life (pre-children) I was a teacher.  I have my Elementary Education degree and Teaching License. I like that I am getting to use them.

Our homeschool is called Triple Oaks Academy.  We based our name after this sermon called “The Orchid and the Oak Tree”.  This sermon is near the top of my list for my favorite sermons.  It is based around Jeremiah 17:7-8.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,

whose confidence is in him.

They will be like a tree planted by the water

that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes;

its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought

and never fails to bear fruit.”

I hope to raise three beautiful “oak trees”.

This year Alyse is in 3rd Grade.  I taught 3rd Grade for 3 years, so I was very excited about this year.  You kinda need to know that I like to mix and match curriculums.  I also believe there is no perfect curriculum.  So, I tend to use a lot of different curriculums.

Here are some of the books that we are using for Alyse:

We use “A Reason for Handwriting” for penmanship.  This year she is doing book C and learning cursive.  We also use “A Reason for Spelling”.

a reason for handwriting c A reason for spelling 3

We are now using Positive Action Bible Curriculum.  We started off using another curriculum this year, but we were not very happy with it.  I went to our local homeschool store and decided to give this curriculum a try.  So far we like it.

Bible 3

Language Arts is where we focus a lot of our attention.  We use a combination of all of these.  Some Abeka, some Explode the Code, Wordly Wise, etc.  First Language Lessons and Writing With Ease are the foundations for our instruction, but I like including all these other workbooks for extra practice.

Daily Lang review explode the code 5 wordly wise 3   Language 3       first language lessons 3Writing with ease 3

We base our Reading and Writing units off of novels.  Right now we are reading the Little House series.  We also are working through classics such as Anne of Green Gables.

Little House  Anne of green gables

Math is not my specialty.  Josh helps Alyse a lot with her Math lessons.  We also use Teaching Textbooks which gives her lessons on the computer.

Teaching textbooks 3Horizons 3

We are using Abeka 4th grade for History.  We are learning all about US History and will soon be doing her North Carolina State project.

History 4

For science we are also using Abeka.

Science 3

Breeley is in Kindergarten.  A lot of her learning is play based, but of course she does have some textbooks to teach her the basics – Reading, Writing, Arithmetic.

Again, we use A Reason for Handwriting for penmanship.

A reason for Handwriting k

Positive Action Bible Curriculum

Bible k

And Horizons Math

Horizons k

Most of our phonics and reading is Abeka.

Phonic readers Letters and Sounds blend ladders

I do use some Bob Jones readers, Explode the Code, and some other different products for sight words, journals, etc.

We also use Abeka for Science and Social Studies, but these also tend to revolve around what Alyse is studying and seasons/holidays.

Science kSocial Studies k

Both girls are in Dance class and also a Tumbling/Homeschool PE class.  We do some “specials” at home.  They do typing, Spanish, piano, and art.

Typing instructor Spanish my pianoArt k

This year has been a lot of fun.  The girls are doing an excellent job, and are learning a lot.  And we have a lot more exciting things to come!