Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015

First off happy New Year! This is the year for changes, the year things actually happen. The year that I learn to be intentional with everything I do! At home, as a mother and wife. At church, as a follower of Christ. 
I've mentioned once before that I am a starter and not a finisher. This is true. I also believe it doesn't help that everyone around me believes this, and thus doesn't help keep me motivated. I wonder if this is why I don't have an accountability partner to help me stay on top of my Bible reading this year. I try, I do. 
Right now I'm vowing to make this year different from all of the rest. I need your help. I need you to motivate me. I'm wanting to keep this blog alive. Now I'm not saying I will write everyday, or even every week. Though once a month, is a good start. I'm having a baby in less than 8 weeks and that scares me to death. It really does. 
However I am wanting to make this change so bad in my life, that I have to be positive and move forward. I can prepare myself so much for this, but I know that it won't matter. Once this baby arrives everything that I've anticipated will be thrown out the window. 


Im scared, but I also have a goal. I will not allow myself to deviate from my goals for this year. 
So I ask you all for help. I will post abut my goals in the coming week, and need you to help me stay accountable. 

For now. God bless you. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

I'm still here!

    Please don't think I've fallen off of the side of the world! We have been very busy around these parts! We found out that we were having a BOY! Yes! Really! We couldn't be more ecstatic! Since finding out, I have been in total nesting mode! I have plans for this boy, I have plans!
    Along with rearranging our entire house, almost... still in the process. I have also been very busy with a group that I am a part of! It's the Girls Night Out group of Montgomery! I am now "co-organizer" of the group so I have been busy the last week trying to fill my part. :) I made our own Facebook group page, what kind of group is complete without a Facebook page!? I am working with the organizer now to revamp the guidelines for the group. With over 250 members, something has to start getting these people interested!
      I have ALSO, decided I wanted to start making my own planner. I've been doing quite a bit of research in that department. I've found that I am NOT as creative as lot of the bloggers I have been following, but it is fun to be able to make my planner the way I want. No more being mad that I can't find one in my budget, that I like! :) I wouldn't have needed this planner if I wasn't so busy, you see. I literally have to check my calendar to tell someone if I am busy on a certain day- which isn't too bad! I've been able to give Lee a lot of one on one time with N! I hope that he's enjoying it all! I've also been able to take her to a few play dates with another group that we are apart of, she seems to have fun so far!
     One of the rooms that is complete (still a work in progress) is the dining room/ school/ craft/ office! We set up a new corner desk in the room, so I could get the big hunky cabinet out, and I love it! I was able to bring my Cricut and sewing machine out of hiding, and hopefully once things start calming down around here then I will be able to get involved in my old crafting projects. One thing at a time, one thing at a time. For some reason Lee is all about me getting back into sewing- do you think it's the two huge totes of sewing things I have?!
     Next on our list of things to get done- is finish clearing out the new nursery! The bedding we picked out will be here this week, and I want to set his crib up soon!!! I will say that by November his room will be complete! At least, all of the big stuff will be moved and put in their rightful places. Then the crafting will start! After his room is complete, minus the crafting, then I will be redoing N's room. A few pieces of furniture will be moved out into the nursery, which will leave a ton more room for N to spread out! :) Maybe she will decide she can fall asleep in her bed then, instead of the pack n play... then she would have A LOT of room!!! Maybe even move her toys into her room, so Mommy doesn't have to see them all day! Yay!
    As you can see we have been super busy, and will remain super busy for a few more months! Please don't think I have forgotten about you. Since I have my nifty new planner, maybe it will remind me to update you guys more often!! For now, I have a few kiddos to chase after, and get them to clean up the huge mess they just made while I wrote this..at least they were occupied!

Until next time.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

C is for Caterpillar


      This week went surprisingly well, considering what I was up against. I actually went to bed Sunday night thinking that my expectations were WAY WAY too high for what I had planned and for a 16 month old and 2 year old! I for sure had a full week planned for the girls, and I was going to finish everything! This week we were learning the letter C!
Here, the girls are going thru the C alphabet box   
     
     In our box we had a C book, a few C flashcards, a few letter Cs, our C sandpaper letter, and the C alphabet bean bag. They both picked everything up in the box and explored, then passed it along. :)

These are our Caterpillars made from the letter C

     We read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and then made these caterpillars out of the letter C! B was super into it, and quickly placed all of her circles on the paper, N kept putting one circle on, and taking another off, but she finally kept them all on and they turned out great! 

B is on top, N is on the bottom 

     The girls matched colored paperclips, to paint swatches! They both did amazing! B did it right away, but then got confused when I tried to get her to add more to each swatch. We then just tried one swatch at a time and she had to pick out which paper clip matched. She did one, then decided she was ready to play. N took a little while to get sat down and concentrate but she eventually matched all of the colors correctly! :)  We tried to show Daddy when he got home, but N was not interested at all!




     One evening I tried to get N to do some dot painting, you can almost see the outline of the C! I tried to get B to do it the next morning, and it didn't turn out too well. :)



Painting their trees with corks. 

     C is for cork on this day. I painted a tree on to the paper and gave them each two corks and some paint. The idea was for it to look like a fall tree. I think they did pretty well. 







Here the girls are playing with their cloud dough!

    Cloud dough is simply a mixture of flour and baby oil. I separated the mixture into two containers so we didn't have any fighting, and let them go at it! I gave them some plates, bowls, spoons and a few letter C's to have some fun in the Cloud dough. This enjoyment lasted quite a while until my little one decided she was done and kept distracting B from her fun. The clean up process was fun too. ;)

This was just the middle of the mess, it was all over the kitchen! 





Puffy cloud paint!

     If I taught the kiddos anything this week, it would be cloud! Both girls can say cloud now. The puffy cloud paint is a mixture of shaving cream and white glue. I made some in two different bowls and gave them paintbrushes to paint their clouds. They had a blast with this as well! 


Shaving cream on a tray.

     I was sure if anything- that the shaving cream on a tray would be the biggest hit! While N LOVES shaving cream, she had more fun laying on the floor watching me try to get B to play. B has a thing about different textures, so I tried my hardest for her to not be afraid of it. Be sure to know that I will be introducing this later on, she will like it before the end of the year! :) 





     Here are all of N's artwork for this week, I forgot to take a picture of B's too! Will have to make a note to take before she goes home next week! My window frame was for sure full this week, and it was so much fun to see them everyday. :) 

     I am so proud of my girls this week! They took on a lot, and succeeded in everything I threw at them! N stayed interested longer than last week, and I thank B for that! I would like to say they learned a lot this week, and I hope I am right, but I do know they had fun! Next week will be even better!!  To end our week, Daddyo found a Tomato caterpillar and we decided to keep him and watch him turn into a super cool moth! A great way to continue learning our letter C, and maybe even saying caterpillar by the end of it all! 





Until next time.








Friday, August 15, 2014

A is for Apples and Airplanes



     Our first week of tot school is officially over! This week we tried to learn our letter A. To say we learned our letter A would be lying. She is only 16 months old! She did learn how to say apple, and correctly point out an airplane. I would say that is progress in my book!
     Our first day was short and to the point, N did not want to do anything for me that day! We did sit down and go thru our alphabet box, which is where she picked up every single item and asked "what's this?" So inquisitive.
      She promptly stood up after looking at every item and said "I'm done." Then walked away. Though I did get her to sit in my lap long enough to make her Alligator.
(please do not make fun of my A cutting skills)

     I would put glue on the paper and she put the eyes and the teeth, the last tooth she wanted me to put the glue on it, instead of the green paper and she put it where she wanted. :)

   The next day we played in our Apples sensory box! She LOVED it! Once you see the pictures you will see exactly what I mean. 


     I had quite the mess to clean up once we were all done. She cannot grasp the concept of keeping things in the box! Which is probably why I am scared to play with our new mood sand. I did notice that she is a lot more coordinated with her left hand then her right. Which would also explain why she's so daggum smart!

      The next day we were suppose to count apples and group them with like colors. This was also a morning she didn't want anything to do with me. It took me 20 minutes to just get her to pick the apples back up and put them in the box!




    
     Then the fun day! She got to stamp with real apples! She loved that as well! Red and black paint, an apple cut in half and two plastic forks- makes about 20 minutes of fun!


     All in all, it was an okay week. Two out of four days went extremely well! Hoping next week will be even better, although with us adding in another tot, we may have a week of crazies.

     I say this week = Success.


     Get ready for next week when we will be learning letter C!


Until next time.



 


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tot school starts tomorrow!

I am pleased to announce that summer break is now over! School starts back all around town tomorrow, as well as in our own house! Tot school is making it's comeback! I'd like to also apologize for taking such a long break, but I have certainly enjoyed it. Right before I started my break we found out we were expecting our second bundle of joy! We are of course, over the moon happy! I on the other hand have been sick with a cold since I found out! Two months of being sick- is no fun! My entire summer I tell ya! I am so ready to be over this! 
Anyway. Tot school! It starts tomorrow! I am probably more excited than N. Well of course I am, she has NO clue as to what's happening. But I am excited. :)
I am following a lesson plan, to teach her the alphabet. I know she's only 16 months old, but I totally believe she's ready to learn anythig I throw at her. And I'm going to prove it. :) Stay tuned for tot school updates, we are back in the game!

Friday, July 4, 2014

15 month check up!

I have been seriously neglecting this poor little blog the last few weeks. Please believe that it was not intentional, and please believe that it's not because nothing is going on in our house. Because let me tell you- A LOT has been happening. We'll get into all of that in a future post. :) 

For now, I want to talk about N's 15 month check up! Yesterday my beautiful girl turned 15 months old, and it's so bittersweet that she is growing up. 
N weighs 21.3 pounds, and is 32 1/2 inches long. She is in the 30th percentile for weight and 95th percentile for height. Her doctor says she's just going to be tall and skinny. Besides having a little cold, as we all do in our house right now, she's completely healthy and smart. The doctor was amazed at what N knew and how she acted. Even said she acts more like a two year old than a 15 month old. The doctor also informed me that N's two year molars will be coming in within the next 4-6 months. Whew, that will be fun! 
I want to let everyone all of the things N can say and do- but there is so many I may not remember them all!  But I'll try. :)

She knows:::
      Where her:
Nose
Eyes 
Chin
Ears
Hair
Head
Hands 
Belly
Belly button
Toes
Mouth
Tongue
Teeth
...are all located. 

She can say:::
Mommy
Daddy
Juice
Sophie
Lolly
Baby
Eyes 
Ears
Toes
Shoes
Nose 
Yellow
T.J.
No
Yes
Food
Puppy
Sucky ( her pacifier)


She knows::
What a cow says
What a dog says
Can point to a dog on TV and in a book
How to blow her nose
When she needs to blow her nose 
How to wash her hair (kinda)
How to brush her hair
And many many many other things! 

She is amazing, she is one of a kind. She is mine. :)

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