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The last few weeks have been crazy.
Friends deploying overseas for 13 months, little girls who dance having their first recital, little boys who turn two and have parties, mommies who go to college having final presentations, that same mommy hosting coffee house parties, Thanksgiving, and Christmas gift crafting. Lets just say there has been a lot going on.
Even with all of that I decided it was time for me to really get to this whole, home pre-schooling business.
So I did some research. I found a lot of information and bookmarked a few sites. I found that I liked Letter of the Week the best. Katrina, the author of the website, made it really easy. I am currently following the “Steps to Reading for ages 2-7″. Like basically down to the books and all. I like that there is already someone who has taken the time to write out a schedule and everything. I have felt pretty lazy lately, but I can follow along. I also figure that somewhere around the letter “K” or so I might have my own agenda, maybe.
While I did set out with the plan to follow her schedule and all, last week I failed miserably. Last week we did the letter “A”, and practiced with the short “A” sound as suggested. I did do some math, with K1, which was a first for us. We used apples and avocados to learn with. I learned that when we get to 5, she can no longer do math. That is okay, it was our first time and we are learning together. I love how excited she was for each new thing that we did.
I also cheated because we previously worked on writing the letter A, so I did none of that at all. See lazy mom.
These are the related books that we read last week. (we read different books at bedtime) I requested all the books from our local library, so that I didn’t have to make any purchases. I requested books for the intro week, letter “A”, and letter “B”, all at the same time. We used the ones that came in.
When we read Ten Apples Up On Top! I worked with her on counting, encouraging her to count for herself and see if the story was right.
We read The Apple Pie Tree a few times. The second time I read it I asked her to jump up each time she heard the word “apple”. By the middle of the book she understood and got the hang of it, but when we didn’t say “apple” for a few pages she forgot. It was a fun idea.
I used Eating the Alphabet when we were making dinner having K1 tell me what letter each food we were making started with.
Other than that I was kind of lame. I wanted to have a week of A word snacks, but we only did 3 days. I didn’t do a craft but, we were crafting for K2′s birthday and with everything else going on my mind couldn’t handle any more.
This week we are already off to a better start.
I refreshed writing capital A, and taught how to do lower case A, and capital B. We also already read a few “B” books this morning.
I tried to go over sight words with her a little bit using some flash cards, and have her sound out words. I like the show Super Why, and from watching that she already knows a lot of the sounds letters make. Either way flash cards were a super huge bust. Mommy got frustrated and decided it was time to stop. I also got frustrated with teaching her to write the letter B and had stopped that too. What’s funny is, just when I thought she was getting nothing from me, she did this;
all by herself. Apparently it is working, I just need to do less each time. You know stick to the suggested hour.
It seems like this will be a fun plan for us to follow. I just don’t know how to make it work on days where we have morning plans. Oh, or when I will ever go to the gym again!
Got any good letter “B” craft ideas?
Clearly I have been singing too much “Boom Chicka Boom” with K1. If you can’t see the influence in the title of my post, you must have never learned the song. It’s okay, but if you have kids, Google now. It is a fun song for the 3 to at least 31 age group. Even daddy joins in.
I have been so crazy busy lately, that I let updating you all take a back seat, sorry. I also have to confess that my laptop broke last month. Like never going to work again broke. I went to a deaf event one Sunday evening, and came back to a black screen that never went away. S has a laptop too, but it really is inferior to what mine was. It is also huge and clunky. Mine was 14.5″, his is like 17″ and basically not portable. I have to adjust, but in my heart I know that we will replace mine, just not today maybe in Jan. So it’s hard to get comfortable with his.
Any how I figured the best way to bring you up to date would be with an Insta post, which is two weeks over due and still late. Go grab a cup of something tasty while you update with me.
Last Saturday I was excited to host a “Foam at Home” (I know that sounds dirty, it is not, and I didn’t get to name it. Blame Gevalia) Gevalia coffee party. It was a great excuse for everyone to get together. We made eggs, bacon, and biscuits, which we enjoyed while sampling three new flavors of Gevalia coffee.
First, I was not paid to talk about that. Second I don’t even have to talk about it on my blog. Third …… go buy a box of the Mocha Gevalia Foamy coffee for your Keurig, thank me later. That one was super tasty, without a hint of coffee flavor. It was like foamy hot chocolate, I loved it.
finished up did this craft. All painted and glued. After this photo I added white letters down the left side of the K to spell out K2′s name. Now he will should have his name on their bedroom wall. I mean he’s only two, it has taken me a long time.
I also used the finished product as a decoration at his birthday party yesterday. Because it isn’t on his wall yet, details.
When sleepy boys won’t sleep. I really needed him to take a nap, like I need to breathe. He didn’t nap for two days, so mama didn’t get much done for two days. Naturally he could sense that I needed him to nap, so he laid in bed trying to sing his “ABC’s”. All he did was sing A, B, C, D, over and over and over, keeping himself awake.
He did eventually fall asleep that day, thank you. Once he was asleep his sister tried everything she could to wake him up, while staying in her bed. I guess that’s life. If it’s not one it’s the other.
Last Saturday was K1′s dance recital. Daddy and I decided that it was a special occasion and should include a special breakfast. While he got the kids to clean up their bedroom, I snuck downstairs to slice strawberries and make french toast.
If your curious, thinly slice strawberries, and sprinkle them with sugar. Place them in a container off to the side. They will make a saucy syrup. I usually do this before making pancakes, waffles, or french toast, and it is usually ready by the time they are done cooking.
The lovely lady after her recital. They danced to “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. Due to privacy I can not share a video of it publicly, because naturally it wasn’t a solo performance.
What I can tell you, is out of every performance that afternoon, K1 was the only girl to almost run off stage. Her class went on first. They came out and started their routine. Two jumps in I guess she realized that a lot of people were watching her, like a whole room, and she didn’t recognize any of them. She stopped, turned, and almost ran. Instead she just stood there for a few seconds, then for some odd reason, she decided to stay, turned back and finished the rest of the routine.
It was good, and entertaining. Naturally for reasons other than being an amazing performance, but still. I’m glad I went behind daddy’s back to sign her up. (It might not always work out this way I know. There could be a day where he says “I told you so”, but not this day. This day he told me it was a good idea.)
While daddy thought that we would leave early, K1 wanted to see all the performances. She even asked to go again.
Is this true for your family holiday? It was too entertaining not to share. Mostly because for us, it is true.
Friday night preparing for K2′s birthday party in the morning. Cupcakes, and cleaning called for mommy to have a beer.
Apparently it is a trend for me to stay up past midnight the night before one of my children’s birthday party. It’s weird how traditions come about, isn’t it? Just kidding, kind of.
Me with wet, un-brushed hair, and a little guy who wouldn’t smile. Even still I really wanted a photo together before the day started and those types of things get forgotten or pushed to the side.
Last year K2′s party was too much for this mama to handle, mostly because he was teething, and it lasted all day. This year I invited less people. I failed to realize that the week of Thanksgiving less people would join anyway. Our party started out slow with several cancellations, but ended up great. A couple of my kids little friends came, and they crafted and had a great time together.
Bonus non insta-grammed party photo’s;
It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to! This happened before anyone actually showed up, all because mommy said no pretzels. Sorry dude. For the record I did offer him one, he didn’t want it, he really just needed to get his cry out.
I made up a craft for the party. I think kids like to craft, and I have learned that some friends don’t craft at home. To me, a party is the best time for crafts. Lot’s of kids, and lot’s of parents around to help, win!
K2′s party was a “Hot Wheels” theme and so I literally just made up a car inspired craft. If you want to do one too, cut out “car” shapes from construction paper. (I say “car” because my first draft looked like a VW Bug, and daddy didn’t approve. I think that the kids would not have cared, meh.) Then we cut out tires from black construction paper, and windows. Supply glue sticks, stickers, and crayons. Wala! Ten minutes of happy kids, or longer if you have crafty kiddos.
Extra craft bonus, if you want daddy’s to help or participate in the kids craft, have them help with the templates. Since daddy cut out all the construction paper parts, he was right there to show the kids how to do it. First time I wasn’t the craft leader. Make that work for you mom’s.
If you follow my insta stream you know that I left a few photo’s out. I have decided that I will do one big play kitchen post, once it is completed.
One of the greatest things that I did to save money and be healthy at the same time was I made my own baby food. I enjoyed it, and found it easier to make baby food than it was to make food for myself! I would shop for fruits or veggies for my little one at the same time that I was shopping for myself. I would prepare a bunch at a time, puree and freeze. That is it, pull out cubes as needed. I liked that when my kids were ready to eat meals I was already used to shopping for all of us, not just parent’s and kids. I also find that my kids are eaters, and eat most food offered.
That is why I think that this item is a must have for all soon to be or new moms. It makes the process even easier. Good luck readers!
This giveaway is for a Baby Bullet. The giveaway is for the US only and will run from 11/27-12/11. The winner will be emailed and they will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Make sure to check out the review by Kathy’s Freebies & Savings. Good luck to everyone.
Kathy’s Freebies & Savings and The Gemini Mama are not responsible for prize shipment.
In my childhood I got to perform often. Band, gymnastics meets, church choir.
Then in high school there were basketball, volleyball, and softball games, and school choir, complete with solos.
As an adult my only “performances” were training classes at Home Depot, conducting morning meetings, and weekly sales meeting as a manager. Not so exciting. Last semester I had to give a presentation of my research paper, complete with a power point. That was the first time I ever made a power point I might add, and I aced it.
So I guess I have been waiting for the next opportunity to perform. Insert ASL final presentation. Feel free to take a look. I asked a class mate to record it for me, so I apologize for some of the focus issues.
I was so excited, and proud of myself. I didn’t make any mistakes! Oh, and my song was the most upbeat and fun of the night!
What do you think? Did it make you smile?
I am finally beginning to feel better. We stayed home all week except for Wednesdays dance class, and Friday we were in good enough shape to head out for the day. That made for a very quiet week here.
Last week I aced my final exam for class, this week I have to do my final presentation. Finally getting down to the wire. Anyway on with pretty pictures, snapped with just my cell phone.
Being sick at home for two weeks meant that it was time to do something fun. Mommy and daddy decided to have a pajama movie night.
It was a sweet moment with the kids huddled around daddy, trying to help select the movie. We went with Monsters University, even though we saw it already. Thank you Red Box.
This is the only thing in my life that makes me consider getting a coffee table. It would be nice to have a couch, not a train table. The couch is the perfect height for him to play, and he doesn’t accidentally knock his tracks over stepping on them.
After we started taking medicine and were no longer contagious, Uncle D decided we were safe enough to visit. He stopped at Starbucks on the way. I got a hot chocolate, and the kiddos got this tasty guy. He was almost too cute to break apart and eat.
Christmas mug shot, complete. Ugly sweater party ready. It’s actually kind of cute. K2 learned that he does not like turtle necks, just like his mommy. Oh well, he will be warm anyway.
I am pretty sure that given the option this is what K1 would wear most of the time. She loves clothes, but sometimes she hates them. When that happens, this is what we get. She pretty cute tho so we will keep her.
Staying inside with two kids for two weeks you begin to get creative. End result, this.
I told the kids that we were going to make a building for their cars. I let them color all over it with markers. After I cut out some openings for doors and windows. The magic of this, it is still in one piece, and they have played with it every day. Magic. Box, markers, done.
In other news K2 has become destruct-o-matic. Six beautiful book pages later, I thought Skippyjon Jones was headed for the trash. Fortunately I am great with tape repairs. I really love these books. The Skippyjon Jones books are so much fun to read, and the kids like them too. I also hate buying a book we already have had. I like new adventures, so I am glad this will not need to be replaced.
Do you repair damaged kids books, or toss them?
Last Sunday we went ring shopping.
This was not our first time out wedding ring shopping, but this time was different. The previous trips were to figure out what we wanted and how much that would cost. This trip we went in with a relative budget to stay under, and a plan that includes a timeline.
What have I learned ring shopping?
Men don’t wear much jewelry because they are picky. Super, duper, ultra, picky.
No? Not your man? I guess your lucky.
Maybe you are the picky one? Me, not so much. The first trips shopping I liked one particular ring at one store, which is in the above photo. A conture, because it fits around my engagement ring, every other stone is sapphire and diamonds. Perfect, done, and under $400. I never changed my mind, never saw something I liked better.
When we went shopping this time, that ring was sold, so I basically selected the same thing with all diamonds. Same price. Still done.
S, he’s the shopper. How does this look? Do you like it? Does it match your ring? How does it look from far away? It pushes against my fingers too much. It’s too blingy. It’s missing a step.
S’s ring, twice the price of what I selected, and that’s on sale. He had to have diamonds. Yes it looks nice, and I am truly glad he is happy. I am happy to be done shopping too.
This is not the actual ring he selected, just one of the many options.
We placed a deposit, and plan to go pick them up in a few weeks. S is hoping that there might be a Thanksgiving sale and that the rings might be even cheaper. Either way they are locked in at their current prices.
You will have to wait until we are married for a ring reveal.
Who was the picky ring shopper in your house?