Meet the Cast

July 24, 2011
posted by Tia in Loving

Welcome to HomeMade Learning, where my children will star every day, in one way or another. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother, with a wonderful husband and four incredible kids to keep me on my toes. I sing through the good days, breathe through the bad days, and love what I do every day. Even when I wish that I could find my children’s “pause” buttons, I stop and remember that all the things I want time to accomplish come back to them: learning so I can teach them, cleaning so I can relax and read with them, journaling so that I can someday share with them. My primary fulfillment is in my family, and I love this work so much. I hope that on this blog I can share some of that love and inspiration with you.

You probably won’t be seeing much of my husband, James, around here; he’s a little camera-shy. Well, that and he’s usually the one behind the camera—I’ll admit up front that most photo credit on this blog goes to him. He’s gifted with a better eye than I am. Along with a great many other things!

With that said, meet the cast!! I want to introduce you to my children.

The oldest is my son, Captain. Here is a picture of him looking snazzy on his bike this summer.

Captain is seven this year. He is my deep thinker—like his daddy. Captain always wants to know why. He is a history-buff in the making and has a particular love for knights, soldiers, battles, wars, armies, and all other related topics. Paradoxically, he is also a very sensitive, thoughtful child, who really takes things to heart.

Here is Captain teaching his younger brother to stick-fight:

Second is my daughter, Vi. She’s six this year. Vi is bubbly, energetic, loving, dramatic, and motherly. One of these days I’ll treat you with a post titled something like, “The many moods of Vi.” She is our family’s hugger, most cheerful helper, and most attentive sibling to the little ones. Here she is posing in pink:

With her best friend, Captain:

And holding her baby sister, whom she adores beyond any powers of description:

Next is my younger son, Orator, two this year. It should be easy to guess from his name what one of his principle charms is. As uncommon as it is for a two-year-old boy, Orator talks almost non-stop, and makes sense, too! He is clever, imaginative, sociable, and makes us laugh all day long. Orator loves doing things with his older brother and sister and feeling like he is “one of the big kids.” Here is Orator thoughtfully considering on colored Easter eggs:

And teasing with his sister Vi:

Last but not least is Sunshine, the newest addition to our little family. She was born earlier this year and has us all wrapped around her little finger. She is certainly Sunshine as her name implies and we couldn’t be happier to have her here. Sunshine is smiley and sociable, learning to laugh, and is always sporting a remarkable infant hair-do which never fails to draw comments wherever we go.

Sunshine is here being dutifully adored by Captain:

And wondered at by Orator (but don’t worry, he completely adores her too, although she did steal his baby-spot in the family):

Blogosphere, meet children. Children, meet blogosphere.

Let the show begin!


One Comment

One response to “Meet the Cast”

  1. arianne says:

    Love these photos and the kids’ “names.” What a good idea.

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