Thursday, August 28, 2008

We Made Do

The other day i was reading Eric Carle's The Grouchy Ladybug to the boys. For those of you who haven't read little kid books over and over (and over) recently, i'll give you an overview:

There's this incredibly passive aggressive little ladybug who does not want to share it's aphids (Aphids, also known as plant lice,[1] are small plant-eating insects ) with another (kind) ladybug, so he offers to fight her for the aphids. The nice ladybug agrees (sweetly) but Grouchy declines, saying she's not big enough for him to fight. So, he goes on to find something who is a suitable candidate for him to use his apparently fabulous kung fu skills on. So, at 7 oclock he meets a stag beetle, and at 8 oclock a praying mantis, etc. You get the point? Good.

I thought it would be a good time to teach Ev the basics of telling time. Up til now, he just tells me what the digital clock says. I'm finally realizing that that's not a skill that's going to do him much good in life without actually being able to tell time.

We started with "When the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 8, it's 8 o'clock." He got it, no prob. Then, when Grouchy meets the whale at 5 o'clock and his flipper at 5:15, we ran into a hitch. I tried to explain that when the big hand is on the 3, it means it's 15 minutes after. He asked why. Well..... that's when i realized we seriously had to back up and teach some basic math skills first. So, here went learning how to skip count by 5's. I needed something to use so he could visualize it. When i took our elementary math class in college (to teach elem math, not cause i wasn't smart enough to take calculus! ) we used little cubes. Well, i didn't have any on hand, so i'm racking my brain trying to think of something to use.

Chicken boullion cubes. A big ole tub of them in my cabinet!

No, he still didn't get it, but we're working on it! And I've since been to the teacher resource store and bought some real math manipulative's for us to use. The boullion cubes did the job, yes, but at least these new ones don't smell like a chicken.

And, yes Grouchy learned his (her?!) lesson in the end. ;)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


These are the first layouts for myself i've done this year! Some girlfriends and i are getting together this weekend to scrap some more and i can't wait! Hopefully I'll actually get some stuff done while i'm there. If a certain someone doesn't talk too much! ;)

The quality on these is really bad. I think D needs to look at mom's camera and see what's up.
But, you get the idea. Oh, and the coloring on the bottom one looks TONS better in person, i promise!

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Little Bit saw her big bros playing the kazoo the other day and later, came around the corner like this. It was backwards at first, but we showd her how it worked the other way better. :)

Oh, and she's figured out how to stand up by herself, without pulling up first. I think that's what she's attempting here.

This is how brightly the afternoon sun shines in through the kitchen window. It's blinding some days!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Post Dinner Entertainment

We went to Taco Bell the other day and, thanks to Mom's small camera I've been toting in my diaper bag, i snapped these. NOrmally I wouldn't have caught them cause our regular camera is too big to slip in a small pocket, but here ya go!

We went to a Wall*E birthday party Saturday and Nate got a Wall*E mask that he wore for four straight days. If it wasn't on his face, it was resting on his head.

Oh, and Nate ate three whole soft tacos! Golly, that's sounding really good right about now!

This is Evan's new "I'm Full" face. He makes this face and beats his chest. Why? Search me. He's five.

This is why i got the camera out. She had finished eating (and very much enjoying) the cheese quesadilla she shared with her biggest bro and started in with the entertainment. We were all rolling. She's such a ham. She was shaking her head, and looking at the ceiling, then looking at us quickly. Too cute.

See? A Ham.

Oh, and note she's wearing the blue dress my mom made me when i was her age. It has a white pinafore that goes with it, but taco bell and white pinafore's don't mesh, so it was in the van. :)

I'm going to wait until we get our new camera to take "official" pics of her in the dress. In case you were wondering. ;)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Big Girl Shoes

This baby is trying really hard to walk. She's taken a couple of steps on her own, but her new favorite past time is to walk using us as a crutch. Which is fine, but it wears your back down after about 2 minutes. Then the fit comes. From her, not us!

But, i decided since she was trying to walk, it was time to start putting shoes on her when we leave the house (one of the signs that my baby is no longer such a baby anymore :( )

Doesn't she look older with shoes on?

Daddy dropped her hands, here comes the fit...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Lizzy- 11 months

Look at her leg in this pic. She got hold of a pen.

At 11 months, Lizzy...

  • has 6 teeth
  • wears mostly 12 month clothes, but some 6-9 month still fit
  • wears size 3 shoes (i love baby girl shoes!)
  • loves to eat pasta and bananas
  • chokes on hard things, even cheerios broken into three pieces! She doesn't chew, just swallows it whole
  • stayed with Grandma for her longest stretch away from mommy yet. About seven or eight hours last Saturday while D and i went to a wedding. I, i mean, she was ok, thanks for asking. ;)
  • she pitches fits when things don't go her way. She is mistreated you know, especially since i won't let her rip my glasses off my face. Or hit me in the face. Or gets a tiny dice taken away from her. I've got to catch on of these fits on video. It's quite amusing really.
  • screams in excitement when she sees her bros, especially when she sees them for the first time in the morning.
  • follows bros around house and gets upset when she can't keep up
  • climbs stairs (the gates had to go back up--i feel like i just took them down!)
  • shakes her head "no" when she doesn't want something, you know, like her veggies
  • drinks water from sippy cup by herself
  • cruises on the furniture and actually took her first step the day she turning 11 months (the 14th) and another one the 15th. Just small ones though.
  • can cruise with the walker. i had to dig it out of the basement storage, but she loves it
  • loves to walk holding onto our fingers (back breaker!) and gets mad when we have to quit, again, mistreated. ;)
  • stands for several seconds on her own (anywhere from 10-60)
  • nurses 3 or 4 times a day
  • sleeping (usually) from 8pm-6:30 or 7am. Sometimes she'll wake up, like last night, in the middle of the night, but not every night, so it's ok.
  • is so lovey (especially when she gets her way!) and sweet and fun to be around!
Diana Elizabeth
11 months old

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Evan's Birthday Day

We had a party for Ev the day before his bday, so on his actual birthday this is what we did...

We filled up the turtle pool and water table and let the kids play (yes, we skipped church that morning, sue us ;) ) The boys no longer fit in the pool like they used to. Maybe we could get a real one. Yeah, right!

Oh, and a disclaimer.. these pics were taken with our video camera (cause our camera broke) so the quality isn't very good. But it's sure better than nothing!

Yes, she's wearing little boy's swimmy pants (they were left over from last year), but don't tell her and she'll never know!

Then later, we stopped at the grocery and bought some fried chicken, doritos, and chocolate chip cookies and took it all to the spray park up the road where we met some friends and played. They had a great time.

How old are you today, Evan? Here's his answer. :)

I hope you had a good one, little man.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Haddy Farm

This is Nate's new version of "Old MacDonald". Mom caught it on a video on the way to Eddyville a couple of weeks ago. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

First Day of Kindergarten

My little man started Kindergarten on Monday. We found out a few days before that he has PM kindergarten, but there are fewer kids in his class and it has actually been nice so far. Monday, we (well, the boys) slept late and we had breakfast, ran some errands, came home and played outside with our friends, ate lunch and then walked Ev up to school. Yesterday we did the same thing and today i'm refusing to go anywhere until time for school! I'm worn out. ;)

Here are my monkey's posing for before school pics.

Evan's modeling his new big boy backpack he got for his birthday. Nate's bending over wondering where his backpack is.

The school is so close, we can walk. It's about a five minute walk. Well, 10 if you take the three year old into consideration.

So, we stopped to get well-wishes from our neighbors before his first day.

Look, I'm ok with it. I didn't even cry. I think the fact that it was only 2 and a half hours helped. He went to preschool for 4 hours three days a week last year.

These are our neighbors, Brayden and Nicholas. They will go to kindergarten next year.

Evan picked some "pretty flowers" for me on the way to school.

"Look, Mommy! My school!"

Apprehension? Nope, just wondering why mommy's calling his name...again! ;)

A little "waiting to drop big bro off" game of peek-a-boo, anyone?

His teacher came out and signed him in and he was a bit shy, but gave me a hug and was fine.

The three of us walked back up there later and he saw me as soon as he got to the front doors and told me he had fun. They played and colored and read a book and found their cubbies and put their supplies in them. And he even has his first project due by Monday, a "Me Museum" aka a shoebox filled with their fave stuff. guess i should work on that and get off the computer, huh?

So, all in all, it went very well. In fact, the last two days, he's asked me about 50 times when he gets to go back to school. I think the afternoon schedule will take some getting used to since he's used to going after breakfast and not waiting until after lunch. We'll get there, and in the mean time, he's having fun! That's what it's all about. :)