Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 74

Today, we had tickets to ride a real Thomas. Here we are waiting..

Emmett riding on Annie.

Ali riding...

You know the boy loves trains when he plays on some random tracks he found.

He also followed this model train around the tracks it was on for a solid 20 minutes. He just kept walking in a circle around the display keeping up with the engine so he could watch every move.

All in all, a really fun day :)

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 73

Here is a pic of Ali at the arboretum when we went for the princess party. Poor thing. We get there and she is so excited about her outfit. I let her borrow my "wedding necklace", and she is so proud of how she looks and that she gets to wear it out. I ask her to sit in front of some lovely flowers under a gazebo so I could get a few pics before we go into the party. While sitting, a bird poops on her arm and all down her dress. I, of course, lie and say that it was dirt falling from the flowers above. She buys the story, but is sooooo not happy about the fact her dress is dirty. Isn't that how life is??? Why do we keep getting shit on when we really need a great day? I've decided the answer is: to keep us humble. Shit will do that...

I get her dress cleaned off and the day goes well. Although, she was reluctant to have her picture taken in front of flowers from then on...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 72

Today was National Puppy Day. Not really sure what that means but it was on the Today Show. So we read puppy themed books and they (Ali) made a paper bag dog puppet.

I made an example one and used it to talk with them. It was such a crackup watching them talk to this paper bag puppet. They were fighting over who was going to sit with him. What a hoot. Here is ali's..

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 71

Today, we went for a nature walk. Ali picked a flower for me at recess at her preschool today right before dismissal. I'm not sure exactly why her teacher didn't let her take it to me. I gave her teacher the benefit of the doubt and defended her. But, Ali was so so sad that she had to leave the flower. After we got home, we went for a walk and collected flowers, leaves, acorns, sticks and more flowers.

What do you do with all those "treasures"? Glue them on paper :). This helped make her feel much better!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 70

Today we went to the Arboretum for Mom and Tot Day. The kids choo-chooed and petted the animals in the petting zoo while I waited in the face painting line. They've never done that before..

Ali held her breath and closed her eyes.

Finished product..

Emmett's turn...

Big cheeks

He liked it :)

Craft time.

Lovely, lovely flowers!!!

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 69

Today we read the book Cars by Patricia Hubbell.

Then we went outside and used matchbox cars to paint with. We put paint on big plates, and they ran different kinds of cars through the paint. Then they drove them on the paper.

Notice the extra kid? The neighbor girl from two doors down. She happened to be outside and came over to paint with us. They are now inside playing together. Thank you Jesus! Making friends :)

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Day 68

The kiddos riding a train inside the mall. What fun :)

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 67

During our book time, we read a few books that each kid picked out and then I read the book we're going to do a project about. Each day, em picks The Little Engine That Could. I found some little wooden trains for them to paint afterwards.

And, then, we went to a movie theater to see The Little Engine That Could. Emmett has never been to a movie before so I thought this was the perfect introduction to movies. How scary can that story be???

Well, it was pretty scary. Ali even offered em her bug to put over his face. So sweet!! Glad we went...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 66

Today's project was still about Planting A Rainbow. The kids colored on paper towels with markers, and then squirted it with a water "squirper". After they dry, it is a pretty picture showing the colors of the rainbow.

Finished product..

I gave the kids a rainbow lunch, too.
Ali has requested to never have a rainbow lunch again. Go figure...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 65

At ali's request, this was the next book on the list.
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

The last few pages in the book form a rainbow. I mimicked the rainbow and made each kid a book. The idea was to cut out things that were the same color as a page in the book and glue it in. Ali cut flower pictures from a seed catalog (and spent hours on the project). Emmett used car and train stickers that matched the colors and put them in the book. They did a great job :)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 64

Today, we did our new routine again - tweaking as we go. During our book time, we read The Very Busy Spider again. Today's project was making a 3D spider web. The kids practiced hammering nails into a scrap piece of wood. Then they stretched rubber band around the nails to make it look like a web. I thought they would have more fun hammering, but the rubber bands were the big hit. Fun times :)

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 63

It has been harder and harder to have a picture to blog about. Partly b/c a lot of the pictures might start to look the same, but also b/c a picture of the last few days/weeks might be a picture of either one of the kids, or me, throwing a fit. Of course, the kids never see me throw a fit, but I have felt insane lately. I've been trying to figure out why I feel this way, and there are a lot of contributing factors. A major one is the fact that we moved twice in two years and both times with little kids. It seemed moving to Texas wouldn't be as hard as it has been, but it has still been incredibly hard for many reasons. One major reason, is the personality of my daughter and me. We are both social creatures and have not really met our social needs here yet. Don't get me wrong, I am beyond thankful to live by family, but they aren't a part of our everyday. They are our special day. So, to Ali, I am her everyday. And sometimes, she wants me to be her every minute. It's hard to tell her to entertain herself when she has already been doing that all day. Going shopping is pointless without a large bank account. Playing at the park was difficult with the weather. Life just has felt really hard, and how do we move forward without my hurting someone??? A schedule. Routine. Boundaries. Expectations. All those words make me feel a little like I can't breathe and a little like the handcuffs are coming off. So, I've been trying to find a schedule that incorporates already who we are and what we do, with who we need to be and support what we're missing. So a little snuggle time with eachother while reading books has lead to a little curriculum with a little activities. It's directed and focused attention for the kids, while giving me my outlet for a passion of mine...making things make sense to kids. So this is the first activity we did after reading a book, The Very Busy Spider.

They each drew a spider web. Emmett used chalk and Ali used a white crayon. I think they both turned out well. But really, this whole thing was an accidental realization of an answer to prayers - "god don't let me lose myself while I give to my family". What a struggle that feels sometimes. And sometimes you don't have the energy to fight for yourself. God loves you an doesn't want you to be lost in the process. How you remain yourself looks totally different from every other mom. It's hard to find who you are, who your family is, and how to balance all of that with everything else life has in store. Thank you Jesus for the small successes along the way!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 62

So pictures are harder to come by lately... But something funny today... Both kids like the show Max and Ruby. They think Max is pretty funny. Today, Emmett and I were walking into TJ Maxx. He wasn't very excited to be going in there. He told me, "I not want to go to TJ Maxx. I want to go to TJ Ruby!".

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 61

Em was walking around, sticking his head in this box and saying "click" as he took pictures of people and things. Here he is wanting to run errands with his camera :)

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 60

These coloring books are the treats the kids picked out after going to their schools without crying! For the first time ever, they both went in without even a teary eye! What a long road it has been. But we've found Jesus along the way...

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 59

Emmett didn't like the sound of the cappuccino machine on our date to einstein's bagels while Ali was at school. I love having time with him, especially, when she likes being at school, too.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 58

Ali used to play at the sink all the time as a 2 year old. Here is Emmett giving new definition to the phrase "water all over the place". When he is finished, there really is water all over the place. Different from when Ali was finished and she got "water all over the place".

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