About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a homeschool mom of two little boys, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!



  • Solomon, Hatshepsut, Spartans, Jonah, & King Tut

    October 31st, 2014

     The timeline we are using speculates that Hatshepsut could be the Queen of Sheba that meets with Solomon.

    I think it is an interesting theory so we learned about Hatshepsut at the same time we were learning about Solomon.

    We used the action bible for Solomon.

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    “Hatshepsut, His Majesty, Herself” and “Hatshepsut: The Princess Who Became King” were similar books so we just read through one of them.

    We also watched “Unwrapping the Pharaohs” by David Down on Hepshetsut.

    We read “How the Sphinx got to the Museum” before and the boys liked it a lot.

    It is a nice intro for younger kids.

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    The boys read these top three books on their own.

    It is nice and sad at the same time.

    We can get through a lot more books but I miss out on some now.

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    I got this book with the grand plan of doing lots of fun things while learning about Egypt.

    The only reason any of the projects in this book got done is because of the boys though.

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    My youngest insisted on making this house.

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    All that prep and he spent maybe 5-10mins on it…

    I asked if maybe he wanted to put a little more work into it but he insisted it had everything the picture did.

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    He also really wanted to make the chest in the book.

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    I just let him go at it.

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    For King Tut, I had the boys read “The Curse of King Tut’s Mummy” and “Who was King Tut“.

    There are some documentaries on Netflix also but I have still not gotten to them!

    I have no clue why, it happens.

    For Jonah, I thought I would mix it up a bit and bought the Adventures in Odyssey episode about him to listen to.

    It was really good and helped the story come to life!

    We watched the documentary from PBS called “The Spartans” also.

    It was well done and very interesting but you might want to watch it before letting your kids watch it.

    They mentioned the Spartans love life a couple times in a way that may not be appropriate and I learned things that I never remember learning about the Spartans before.

    Like the city elders got to decide if your baby was worthy of being a Spartan or not, if they decided they were inferior then they would throw them off a cliff…

    They also took boys away at the age of 7 to turn them into super soldier/killers.

    Apparently Hitler was a big fan of their society if that helps.

    We only watched the first episode.

    I was pretty scarred from just that.

    My boys being typical boys thought a super soldier society was awesome…

    They glossed right over the infanticide.

    We talked about the drawbacks to being a Spartan though.

    I think they realize raising little boys to be killers might not be fun or the best thing for a people.

    Boys…

     

    Miranda’s Family

    October 28th, 2014

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    Adorable family!

    Pumpkin Patches and bloody noses.

    October 27th, 2014

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    I went to my first Pumpkin Patch four years ago and have since gone every year.

    Our Stay at Home Mom’s group goes or I do not think my boys would get to experience this particular yearly event.

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    They really don’t care about the pumpkins at all.

    They just like doing the straw maze.

    I don’t have any pictures of it but it is big straw bales stacked with a tarp on top to make it dark.

    The go through over and over.

    My youngest decided to run in the exit to find his brother and came out with a bloody nose after colliding with some poor kid.

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    His brother and friend brought him over to me but they had not realized yet that he was bleeding.

    Neither had he.

    I wanted to keep it that way until I got something to help with the bleeding.

    Of course his brother and friend realized it at the same time and their eyes got huge.

    I gave my oldest the “don’t say a word” look and said he is fine we are just going to find a tissue.

    I have found downplaying blood is always the best thing for my boys.

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    I got him a wipe and sat with him, waiting for the bleeding to stop.

    He noticed he was bleeding finally so I started joking about how tough he looked with blood all over his shirt.

    He then resorted to glaring at me and making growling noises for all the ridiculous things I was saying.

    There may have been some grunting and chest pounding going on…

    I was just trying to make a point.

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    I wanted to take pictures of him but thought I might get a similar look from parents around me as this llama was giving me…

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    We fed the animals next so obviously he recovered just fine.

    So fine in fact that he and his brother thought it would be a good idea to turn on the water hose near the animals…

    My oldest also found an open pocket knife in the straw maze.

    Nice.

    All in all I would say we had a pretty normal pumpkin patch visit.