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Back to School-work! - Regresando al Trabajo Escolar

Summer went too fast. bah humbug! Well, we started back to our schoolwork last Monday, and the week went well, all things considered. We still don't have to submit any paperwork yet, but I am trying to establish a routine that will help us to that end next year. I think it will help me to gauge and pace myself. We'll see how things go.

El verano paso muy rapido. :( Bueno, empezemos con nuestro trabajo escolar el lunes pasado, y la semana fue bien, tomando todo en cuenta. Aun no tenemos ese anyo entregar papeles oficiales al estado, pero voy a intentar hacernos un horario como si tuvieramos si que hacerlo, para que las cosas no son tan dificiles el proximo anyo.

Well, we picked up where we left off with our numbers: Number 7 - colors of the rainbow. Now that's very roygbiv of ya!

Empezemos donde habiamos terminado con los numeros - numero 7 como esta dibujado en la imagen - el arco iris!

We baked some gluten free brownies on our baking day (wanted to make bread only to realize we didn't have enough flour). I am guessing Miss M. didn't mind a bit. ;) The brownies were delicious, and I had to freeze them to hide them from myself. We painted and played and read some nice stories.

Tambien hicimos unos pastelitos de chocolate (sin gluten claro) en nuestro dia para hornear. Quise hacer pan, solo para darme cuenta que no habia suficiente harina en la casa. Pero no creo que molesto mucho a la nena. Fueron muy sabrosos y tuve que meterlos en el congelador para que no comiera yo sola todas. :)


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