Friday, August 26, 2011
aiden had hand foot mouth disease pretty bad this past week. it was a week of "fighting" to get him to eat/drink anything, so i was more than willing to give him a milkshake for dinner one night. for those of you who know me, you know this is RARE! my kids don't even get to have ice cream for dessert unless it's a b-day party...
at the end of the week they were feeling better so i prepared a normal dinner -chicken pot pie. they love this and usually get really excited to eat "chicky pie", but this night, aiden looked at it & placed his hands on his hips and gave me a look. i said, "c'mon! it's chicky pie. you love chicky pie!" and he quickly responded with "i not eat that, mommy, i no like it! i want ice cream and applesauce!!" -this from my non talker
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
2 1/2 T almond extract
2 1/2 T vanilla extract
5 C sugar
2 C water
combine all in saucepan stirring frequently until sugar dissolves.
1 C syrup : 2 L sparkling beverage
(one recipe yields 4 batches)
we made this for a bridal shower this week and it got RAVE reviews! i also have been thoroughly enjoying the "leftovers"!! (leftovers can be stored in fridge for several months) it tastes like a cream soda.
i used sprite for the shower, but don't have sprite in my house so i'm drinking it with sparkling strawberry water today. i also used sliced frozen strawberries as ice. delish! this can be varied many other ways too (ie: peaches or blueberries, lemon lime soda or ginger-ale, even a sorbet added)! super cheap & super easy!! to make it a bit healthier, i think i'll make it with splenda and diet soda next time ->that way i won't have guilt when i ONLY want to drink this! :)
Friday, August 19, 2011
when the boys and i do "circle time",
we always talk about the weather!
i have been wanting a weather bear of sorts
(for them to learn how to dress),
but they are always so expensive...
until we found this weather puppy!!!
thanks oriental trading!
we've had it less than 48 hours and i'm pretty sure
we've already gotten our monies worth
(as o only has it off to sleep/eat because that's our rule)!!!
no, this is not a blog about anything ocd!
i did not bake a batch of cookies and make them match...
these are a matching game
with pictures of cookies!
the boys had loads of fun playing with these!
and i imagine can also be shared!
to see/order them, click here.
i was so pleasantly surprised when i pulled these out today! aiden did GREAT sorting through the bears, and even had much fun counting them with me! i barely got to ask where each bear should go he caught on so quickly!
counting bears are pretty expensive @ teacher stores, but here on amazon, they were quite affordable and worth it!
last year went really well,
until we stopped that is.
i'm taking a slightly different approach this time.
i have goals, and i have plans!
i have pretty low expectations!
i just want them to have fun!
with all that being said, i've been introduced to a blog that is basically what i was doing last year,
only it's COMPLETELY MAPPED OUT for me!!!
a woman who lives here in philadelphia
took the same abc bible verse book we based school on last year,
and made a curriculum for it.
you know me and being ocd,
so this totally helps me to be organized!!
we're using the same notebook to store:
we will sing songs with prop sticks,
memorize our verse,
collect cards that start with our letter for the week,
the week pictured is yellow and #1.
the sight word mentioned earlier is 'see')
this is geared towards owen,
but obviously aiden will have a blast too!
at the end of each week,
i am SO in love with this stuff!!!
we plan to start in sept when we return from vacation.
i have little time to blog these days,
so i'm not expecting to blog about each letter
-though i'm sure none of us will be surprised if i still do!
also, the next few blogs will be "product reviews"
as we have been building up our toys to be more educational!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
we have the JOY of heading to jersey!
during the "school year" we have bible study...
but during the summer,
we have pLaYdAtEs!!!
last week we went to gigi's.
we swam, had lunch, & shopped
-all with some of our favorite people!!!
we <3 thursdays in jersey!!!
*soph joins us too, but she was sleeping in the carseat!*
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
well, i'm not sure we'll take this adventure on quite yet -as we're also starting up school again in the fall! i think we'll wait and see how that goes...
for reference (for me when we are ready and friends who may want to know), here is a list of some reading readiness signs i found:
Using the Context of the Story:
Reading and Print Attitudes:
The idea behind this type of book is that the children are encouraged to use the sounds that letters make (long and short sounds, 'r' controlled sounds - a as in car, and hard and soft sounds as in Cindy and Candy. When children are encouraged to make these books, they can read them on their own as they have made the pictures to help them.
Pattern books are another great early writing and reading activity. Again, children draw the pictures and use patterns like: Blue is for the Sky. Blue is for the Bluejay. Blue is for blueberries. Or I like books: I like to run. I like to jump. I like to play.
Lots of praise at this stage will encourage the young reader to develop confidence and will move foward in their ability to read.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
they are made in/from rwanda!
there are many more than pictured...
a basket means so much there!
it is a traditional gift given,
especially at weddings,
basically saying 'i hope you are blessed abundantly'!
(it literally means 'i hope your grain is much')
we are selling them for $20-$40
(depending on size)
& all proceeds go to our general fund
-for moving us to rwanda!
would you be interested in helping us move
so men can be trained up in the word of god?
to order/inquire, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
imagine it with it's legs out.
and these suckers are FAST!
i can't believe i got close enough to spray it with some raid,
but boy did it work!!!
right before hand i was attempting to catch a baby mouse
-that which was the same size of this thing!
ah, the joys of living in the city!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
so, it may seem quite silly,
but this week i am thankful for healthy snacks!
especially ants on a log.
not sure what it is about it
- don't even think i liked it much as a kid -
but this week it happens to be a favorite!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
and who wouldn't when you have superhero costumes?!?
we have been lucky to win some great costumes
on ebay lately for just $.99
-guess it's a good time of year!
it's great to see them having such fun
(and growing their imaginations)!!!