What My Three Year Old is wearing this Early Fall 2014

Friends,
I’m so exited to do another edition of “What My Three Year Old is Wearing”. I’m loving this one largely because during our summer trip to DC I had acces to some stores like Zara and H&M that we don’t have here. Believe me, I scanned every sale rack in those stores.

Outfit number 1: Shane made an appearance for this one, which always gets Tashi in a silly mood.

Fall outfit no 1

Blazer: Target

Pants: Zara

Top: H&M

Shoes: Puma

Outift number 2: I had to bribe her with some ice cream…:) I featured the dress and the pants last spring. As it gets colder I can add long sleeve layers under the dress.
fall outfit no 3Dress: Gap

Pants: Gap

Sandals: Old Navy

Jean Jacket: Old Navy

Outfit number 3: Around here we still have plenty warm days, so this outfit still works.
Fall outfit no.2

 

Jacket: Old Navy

Dress: H&M

Sandals: Old Navy

Outfit number 4:

outfit no 4Top: (thrifted) the Gap

Capris: (hand me down) Old Navy

Shoes: Puma

Notice there is a cat theme going on here, and this fall we are going monochrome?

I’d like to add here that everyone of these outfits was close to $20. With six kids and the four youngest getting fantastic hand-me-downs from the cousins, my budget for little Tashi is pretty close to zero. Most of my money is spend on the two oldest. However, if I happened to come by a $4 dress at H&M I just can’t resist…

Have a wonderful day,

Sofija

Styling and photography by Sofija Burton

 

 

Bike-In-Coffee along the Bosque Trail in Albuquerque

My favorite place to bike in Albuquerque is the Bosque Trail along the river Rio Grande, as it is the ONLY flat trail around here. 16 miles right by the river. I must add here, you don’t always get a good view of the river, because the area has been left natural and parts of it are wildlife sanctuaries. It is very family friendly, no cars in sight. Though the trail can get packed on the weekend with cyclists, runners, and the occasional inline skater.

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What makes this trail even better is the fact that there is a Bike-in-Coffee easily accessible, near the southern end of the trail (Montoya st.) Bike in Coffee is a little trailer that sits on Old Town Farm. Old Town Farm also operates as a horse facility and a produce farm. You can see the stalls behind my husband and the bikes.

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I’d like to add here that the food coming out of this little trailer is superb. Items on the menu are made with freshly picked ingredients from the farm. We tried the mini quiche and their and the scones, and we kept coming back for more. It was packed with flavor, melt in your mouth kind of food. I read on their website that they offer lunches, too. I can’t even imagine…IMG_0708 IMG_0699

Here is a pump and repair station for your bikes. How cool is that?IMG_1101

There are several places to sit and eat. We sat near the vegetable garden and then later realized that there was a beautiful shaded area.IMG_0704 IMG_1100

 

Bike in Coffee is open on the weekends and can only be accessed by bicyclist or hikers.  I highly recommend this place for your next bike ride.

Have a great day,

Sofija

 

Back to School

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”

W.B. Yeats

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On Lucy and Ella: white hand me down dresses. For a timeless photo shoot I like to use white dresses.

On Tasha: Mimi and Maggie dress, Old Navy sandals

Chalk board slate:  Hobby Lobby

Globe: personal possession

Banner: handmade

Hair Styling: Esther Burton

Styling and Photography: Sofija Burton

-Sofija

 

 

Duolingo App- Learn Languages for Free

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My nephew told me about this App, and friends, I am really glad he did. As many of you know I grew up in Germany and I home-school my kiddos. One of my deepest desires is for my kids to converse in German with my family. My success varies among my six children on the spectrum of “he can talk to me about every day things” to “I just get blank stares”, and everywhere in between. I’d say four of my children need to learn from the ground up. Duolingo is perfect for that. With this App you can decide how much time you want to spend each day, and it helps you keep on track, by sending you lovely e-mail messages.

Every lesson teaches by repetition, picture association, and it requires you to translate and speak. You can always redo a lesson. The lessons introduce a little bit of grammar, but it is not grammar heavy. At least not in the beginning, I haven’t gotten very far. I’m currently brushing up on my Spanish as I will be heading to Mexico in November.

So far Duolingo is only offering 6 languages, but they are working on several more. As I have just started I don’t know how deep they get into the language. But it is a great start, and hey, it’s free! Give it a try.

As far as children learning with this app, I would recommend it for age 9 and up, depending on your child’s reading ability. My 10 year old is doing it, and he has no problem reading the instructions and writing in German.

Happy learning!

-Sofija

If you are interested in teaching German to your children, here are some other posts I have done on this topic: German for children (if you like a more traditional book/CD program),  my journey of raising my kids bilingual.

Good-bye Summer!

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“Aah, summer-that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends.”
Darell Hammond

Well friends, summer is over, at least for us. School starts tomorrow for my two oldest. Need to get myself in high gear preparing the next school year for my three middle kids. I know, I am über prepared as usual…But I feel ready to leave this beautiful summer behind and start a new routine. At least right now, ask me in a week or two, or the week my husband will be on travel. By then I will probably be ready for my middle schooler to walk herself to school, barefoot and backwards, like we used to do, right?!
How about you, is your summer still in full swing, or almost over, or even worse “what summer are you talking about!”? Interesting tidbit of information: my German nephews are just now starting their 6 week summer vacation! Say, what?
Have a lovely day,
Sofija

P.S. I found the quote above in a random place on the internet. I used it because it described so well how our summer went. I sure hope Mr. Hammond is a nice person, worthy of being quoted…

Misha Lulu Fall 14

I have featured Misha and Lulu here before, and I couldn’t wait to show you this year’s fall collection. The spy themed photo shoot by Jessie Kenney and Heather Rome turned out great. Take a look.

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Snapshot Sweater

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Watson Cape

Watson Cape

 

Watson Girl

Watson Girl

Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew

Sherlock Girl

Sherlock Girl

My 10 and 8 year old are always spying on each other, so this is the perfect theme for us. I’d love to own the Sherlock cape or Nancy Drew dress. The Snapshot sweater on top would work for boy or girl. I’m loving the creative combination of Peter Pan collars, plaid, and Hello Kitty.

Have a great day,

Sofija

All pictures by Jessie Kenney

Styling by Heather Rome

August is the New January

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Friends,
How have you been? How is your summer going? Ours was pretty great and I can’t believe it is almost over. It’s been rather quiet on my end. Lots of reasons but a major one is that I started watching a baby. I’m really enjoying the little guy. I get my baby fix and a little extra income. But it also reassures me that our family is complete, and that I like having my youngest out of diapers.
Every year it occurs to me that for mothers of school aged children August is really like January. This is when my new year starts. Where I make major decisions of where to volunteer, what organizations to be involved in, what my kids are learning, how much time I have for exercise, and so forth. Come January I’m actually mid-year and not much changes. I even do all my decluttering in August.
This August some major changes are happening for me. Do you like changes? I do. I kind of got accustomed to moving every few years, and since we are not moving, change is the next best thing. One change is watching the baby (he was scheduled to be with us in August, but since he was a preemie we got him earlier). The other change is my 13 year old deciding to go to a brick and mortar school. She has been schooling at home all her life, but started asking about going to a school for a while now. After a year I decided to take her serious, and since our local middle school is one of the worst in the city, we looked at charter schools. We found one with an emphasis on media and arts and hope that it is a good fit for her. I will still be teaching the younger ones.
Now that I will be making school runs and watching the baby, this blog will be less of a focus for me. You might have noticed that I have gone from 3-4 posts a week to 1-2 posts. I decided that I should focus more on quality rather than quantity. And I will keep doing that and see how it goes.
Thank you to my faithful readers for sticking with me. I know you have a lot of other fantastic options. Your encouragement means a lot to me.
Sofija