Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
My lovely husband had a dear friend from high school call him up last week and tell him that he would be in NY for business...and asked if we could meet up. Sure enough, Ryan magically got leave and we managed a mini vacation!
I packed four file folder games, two are "old favorites" that Kaelyn can do in a flash (Hot and Cold items sort, and Mammals/Reptiles and Birds sorting) and two are concepts that she needs work on (matching words with their numbers and matching capital and lower case letters..the last one is more of a sensory overload issue than a knowledge issue). So, we did Preschool week on the road. To see what other families are up to click here! If you are interested, it's a great free resource (just join up) at File Folder Fun. I really should visit their site and make some more...these games are GREAT for travel!
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Monday, February 22, 2010
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Friday, February 19, 2010
Life keeps getting in the way, but at least we are enjoying it! Our schedule should get more normal and open up a few more days for schooling but this week we had a crazy busy week!
Wednesday-Doctors and Groceries (ALL DAY and not by choice!)
Thursday- Storytime at the library and Homeschool/stART project(Whoohoo for one day!)
Friday- Storytime at the library (for Anna) and errands after nap.
So, on Thursday Kaelyn wrote her letter B page...and I'm so excited about her passion for being an author and illustrator. We also discussed the author and illustrator of each of the six books we read from the library.
She has been adding and subtracting items without instruction (while playing with her sister, "Here Anna, you have 1,2,3...3 cookies, now if you eat one, you have 2 cookies left) all the way to zero. It's her game that she is playing, and so I'm not asking her to connect her "game" to a number sentence (1+1=?). I think that once we work out a three day a week schedule we will start to work on Math more.
Kaelyn has really enjoyed doing puzzles this week and is managing to do 70+pieces by herself (if we can keep her sister away). She has also started to instruct Anna on what color things are and what shapes things are! I love this about homeschooling! Kaelyn is being raised to not only learn on her own, but to help Anna learn!
If you want to see what more ladies are up to...stop by Preschool Corner!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
So, I was nominated for a sweet award by a fellow military spouse over at Educating Crumpet! Thank you so much for the nomination! This is my first award! Whoohoo...yay for another blog first!
List 7 things about yourself.
Pass it on to 15 blogs that deserve a Beautiful Blogger Award. (I think this might be too many, so I'll just do one...sorry!)
Let them know they earned this award.
1. I never ever pictured myself as a happy stay at home homeschooling mom, and until I had my second...I wasn't.
2. I'm 23 and have my bachelors in Criminal Justice...I would love to work for the FBI one day, but right now I feel like it's most important to be here for my girls(and unknown baby) until we all adjust to this new deployment schedule.
3. I LOVE TO READ...anything except for most biographies. I'm a sucker for fantasy books, like Twilight, Harry Potter, JD Robb, Percy Jackson, and the classics!
4. I'm learning that contentment and happiness aren't the same, but being content leads to being happy.
5. I really want to go exploring with the girls this summer...maybe a road trip to Amish Country, or to the Capital!
6. I'm fluent in American Sign Language, and have started to encourage Kaelyn and Anna to use it more frequently.
7. I'm not very fashionable...I much prefer to have solid classic cut t-shirts with a few "edgey" ones and great accessories than anything else. It actually annoys Ryan. He says if I find a shirt that fits and I like it, I will buy every color...he's right!
I will nominate Leslie over at Peachy Keen.
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A Mommy's Adventures and join in stART.
Kaelyn picked the theme for her library books this week, and she was inspired by all the SNOW!
I can't say I can blame her...that is A LOT of snow in our back yard...today we read
Snow by Manya Stojic at the suggestion of our librarian. It's a sweet story of how some animals prepare for winter and how spring is just around the corner!
other books that we are reading are:
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Martha Stewart has these great tutorials for making a Beach Towel Tote Bag with a Mat out of a bath towel and a 2 hand towels. Here is the link for her instructions.
Now, I followed her instructions to the best of my ability, but they sure are confusing. So here is her instructions plus my pictures to make it a little bit more accessible. I also cheated and added an additional hand towel because it made it easier for me although I did find the end result to be very thick for using on my sewing machine. I also altered her design slightly by adding two seams on the half finished bag to create three pockets so that the bag wouldn't be as cavernous. Here goes my first DIY Tutorial.
To do this craft you will need
2 hand towels (the length should equal the width of your bath towel)
1 bath towel
a sewing machine
I used 1 yard of Twill Tape instead of her suggested webbing, but will be using longer amounts for future bags to get a tote bag length.
I don't have my finished picture because, well, I lost it. But you can see the semi finished project with the mat extended. When the mat is folded up inside the bag it looks just like Martha's.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I don't know what kind of traditions other couples have, but ours revolve around "doing" or "making" something for each other.
This started back with our first year of marriage, when we had one car, a tiny one room apartment with no furniture(all in storage) due to Ryan's training (did I mention that I was hugely pregnant sleeping on a blow up mattress that folded in half everytime I sat/lay down...talk about making me feel good about my ever changing body...and no I'm not bitter!) and little money. What money we did have we cycled into savings or getting rid of debt while it was just the two of us. So, when faced with Valentine's Day, we choose to do something simple, to give each other gifts that cost little money but require time and thought for the giver. Knowing my husband, and what a foodie he is, I decided to make a four course meal (this was HUGE for me because I had just started cooking for my sweet husband the month prior) all from scratch. We ate a very memorable first Valentine's day meal picnic style on our patio with dollar tree "crystal" candle holders...that one night sparked the tradition of me going above and beyond a normal meal each Valentine's Day.
This years menu (pictures to be posted later) is....
Shrimp and Churiso tapas
Sweet Balsamic Vinegar Asparagus Salad
Black Cherry and Cracked Pepper Lamb Chops with Split Pea Rissotto
and two desserts...Chocolate Covered Strawberries and a Five Layered Cream tart with fresh berries
Now that we have two small children, we have to "plan" our evening more carefully. The girls are starting their own tradition of Homemade Heart Pizza's(with heart pepperoni!) with Strawberry Ice Cream.
The girls will start eating around 530, Anna goes to bed around 630
Ryan will tuck Anna in while Kaelyn finishes eating and gets to fix her popcorn with M&M's so that she can watch her movie.
Ryan tucks Kaelyn in with her movie, snack, drink and books, and joins me for the Appetizers. What he doesn't know is that the Basement will be turned into a similar picnic scene as our first Valentine's day!
Once the appetizers are done, the lamb will have rested and I can bring it down!
Desserts will be made ahead and can be ate upstairs! ;)
Friday, February 12, 2010
I have always wanted to try and make my own dough, but have never had a reason since Kaelyn was always so responsible and tucked her play dough away after each use. Now, after YEARS of use, the dough is drying out and I decided since Anna doesn't "get" that you can't eat dough, I should try my hand at a food based dough that would be "safer" for her to ingest! This dough is just the ticket. Did I mention that the consistency, smell and texture are to die for, not to mention that it makes a TON of play dough for minimal money!
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups boiling water
2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid (we used cherry!)
I mixed all the dry ingredients in a bowl while my water was heated for about three minutes in the microwave. We added them all together and Anna mixed while I
Let it cool before you try kneading it. I ended up having to knead in about a 1/4 cup of extra flour to get a dough consistency that allowed you to play with it w/o getting your hands covered in gunk! Anna enjoyed helping!
This recipe makes enough to fill a large sour cream container...so I hope you like the smell!