{COOKING W/ KENDALL & THE KIDS...}

our last school year was a difficult one for me as a homeschool mommy. a lot was happening in life (and still kinda is) and homeschool was becoming less and less fun and more and more stressful. that was when i knew that i had to start changing things a bit. i needed more of ME infused into our everyday school routine and i took to my pen and paper to get out some of the ideas i had and needed to so desperately incorporate into our "curriculum" for this coming school year. 

i/we decided that our homeschool youtube channel was the perfect place for me/us to release some of my creativity and grow some things in myself and the kiddies that would benefit us in so many ways. the idea of growing our little channel to become our very own homeschooling network of sorts seemed like such an exciting idea. we would go on to create different "shows" that each of us would host based on the things that we are most interested in/good at. the first show that we started with, hosted by my kendall bear, COOKING WITH KENDALL & THE KIDS!!! 

if you know anything about kendall it is that he is a foodie at heart. he would wear his chef hat and apron to bed if he could and he is constantly mapping out our family menu days ahead of time. i thought that a cooking show would be a perfect fit for my little bear. and, what better meal to start with than PIZZZZZZAAAAA!!!

we actually headed over to nana & pop-pops house to film this "episode" because our kitchen is so dark and difficult to film in. it was so my fun and the kids had such a good time. 

we are really excited about this channel of ours and crazy excited at the thought of all the memories it will house. you can watch our pizza episode below and be sure to subscribe if you want to follow along. what other things would you like to see us make on cooking with kendall & the kids? we would love to know.

from syreena, with love

{EASING BACK INTO HOMESCHOOL...}

we're backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. to school, that is. well, we are easing back into school a little bit at a time. i actually scheduled our first day for next monday but the kids said they couldn't wait any longer so i pretty much gave in and said we could start back up..... on a tuesday!!!! LOL. i started off by letting them have there hand at a little art in there notebooks while we listened to a little music. and then we moved on to a little reading scripture to start our day off right. 

i absolutely love how savannah blends her colors and rarely ever leaves any blank space. it makes me so happy to see her grow and develop in every area of life. 

yes kendall often wears his chef hat and apron to "class" and i love it!!! 

after about an hour or so  of tiny lessons, we headed out to the front yard, barefoot, to get a quick "first day of school" pic for the records. 

sometimes it is so hard to believe just how fast they are growing up. 

i think we will be easing back into our school routine over the next week or so. we will be back in the swing of things in no time. :)

from syreena, with love

{SUMMER READING & EXCITING NEWS...}

i'm getting ready to head out with the babies for the day. we decided on a kiddie pool fun day for the lady's birthday + we need to pick up a few small things for a little extra fun. i am also considering grabbing a few supplies to teach the kiddos to bake cupcakes, i'm certain that would make the best birthday fun for our little lady. any who, i took a few pictures of a few children's books i was considering to join our summer reading list and i thought i would share here on the blog. we love a great children's book with beautiful illustrations to match and i thought these were super fun. 

in related news, the kiddies + i are working on a few very, very, very, exciting projects that include our absolute favorite illustrator, our love of children's stories, and a little bit of our imagination. we are super pumped to share more along the way !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (a few extra exclamation marks for excitement sake :)

what are some of your favorite children's pictures books, old+new? and let me know if you'd like to see a post, or two, on how we maximize stories w/ complimentary lesson plans. 

from syreena, with love

{FAMILY FIELD TRIP TO THE ZOO...}

it is actually early afternoon and i have a few moments to write up a quick blog post + a few pictures from our trip to the zoo last week. we headed to the cape may zoo in cape may, new jersey. brian is good for suggesting family trips at the very last (and i mean, last) minute. but this time he gave we a little grace and suggested the night before. LOL. we, originally, wanted to head to the beach but we thought it wasn't quite hot enough for a day at the beach (in the water, at least). we packed lunches and got on the road.

had my wonderful husband given me enough of a heads up, i would have been able to make a more thorough plan for our trip. i would have probably gathered a few extra resources to make the most out of the learning opportunity and even schedule for a quick stop by the boardwalk only a few minutes past the zoo but ahhhhh well. 

we did, however, thoroughly enjoy ourselves. the weather was so pleasant and the kids were extremely well behaved.

cameron + savannah were super interested in the animals while kendal was counting down until lunchtime. Ha!

the boys read a lot of the signs throughout the zoo. it really is such a warm feeling hearing them read so wonderfully and knowing that i had a little something to do with that. #homeschoolmom

we made it back to the car and had lunch next to the birds.

cam even asked to take a few photos and managed to capture these gems.... it really does amaze me how many of the photography concepts he actually grasps (exposure, the rule of thirds, back button focus) that kid is so teachable. 

they had so much fun and were completely knocked out on the ride home. family fun is the best thing ever!

from syreena, with love