Thursday, July 23, 2009

Really Need to Catch Up!!


I swear I am going to try and stay on top of this! The garden is thriving and summer is keeping us busy. I had to add to here what E said about the chicken and the egg question. According to Easton, the chicken came first, God likes chickens and the eggs would not stay warm enough without the mama chicken so we all know now that the chicken cam first!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Way behind!

SO I know I need to go back and catch up in a bad kind of way. But I had to post this before I forget! While in the kitchen making dinner E is playing on the chalkboard talking about letters and stuff, no big deal. Then he gets quiet and explodes into excitment. " Mama mama, look look what I did!" He had spelled DAD, all by himself! We had made dad a card a few days before and he remembered! He then pointed it out in a book! I am so proud of him!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Good Night Toddlerhood






So We finally found a sheet set for E after getting a full mattress last week. While we were at swim lessons daddy got the bed set up as a surprise. I am so mad that I didn't grab the video camera in time. He nearly fell over when he walked into his new room. It was one of the best moments with him. The excitment and pride was over the top. He kept telling daddy thank you and showing us all the differnt things on it. It has really hit us in the past week, since he started riding the big boy bike with training wheels, and now this, he is not a toddler anymore but a little boy, quickly changing before us.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts...






SO in talking to Easton about our upcoming Flordia adventure I was showing him where it was on the map and how it is differnt there. Different birds, animals, plants. I told him about coconuts and that we had had some with our rice a few days before and that he loved it. I tried to explain it to him but what fun is that. We went to the commisarry and picked us out one. It was quite the effort, the two of us banging that dang thing, I am sure we resembled some early primate speicies. After a bit if busting attempts we got it to work. You would think after all this he would be loving the fruits if our labor. Um, no, not so much, he thought it was nasty, well at least it was fun right?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Growing Upward


So I felt bad as I washed dishes this morning and remembered that I had forgotten to water the little seeds that sat just below the surface of the soil on my kitchen window sill. Has I lifted e up to pour the water in we were both shocked and surprised to see that the warm sun and Eastons ambitious waterings have produces some small, tiny, upward growing sprouts! Dill was already about a half inch high and the basil was just starting to unfurl a tiny leaf from the tucked away seed pod. E was amazed at how the dill was growing at a slant toward the window. When I told him how they grow toward the sunlight he was blown away! ( but mom, they have no eyes!! How do they know!" I took him in his room where the sun warmly and comfortly shone bright though his window. I blindfolded him, let him back down the hall and back in turned him around in his swing and asked him to find the sun. He couldn't beleive that he was able to just like the seedlings. Nature rocks!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Just keep swimming...


SO after three years of saying next year I FINALLY got E signed up for swim lessons. I figured with us going to Flordia in May he would really enjoy it better if he has some concept of water safety. I totally surprised him with it and he was blown away. He did wonderful and is already over the fear of going under the water. I am so glad that we are doing this finally!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Avian Homes and Banana Bread


So we are going to a couple times a week paint a birdhouse to hang out back for our feathered friends. I LOVE seeing the art that he comes up with and the anticipation for the birds to pick them out. I hope we don't get passed over because these are some designer paint jobs and prime real estate! WE also use the paint time as a chance to learn about the color wheel, primary colors, and how three colors can make the colors in the rainbow, He discovered the recipe for green and purple, My little piccaso.

WE also got around to making some yummy banana bread. I LOVE baking with him because of the math that is so apparant. Not to mention it is funny and delish! The kneading of dough is great for him, the mashing of over ripe bananas is just fun, and the measuring is a hidden lesson that he enjoys. It gives us time to be together and talk in comfort. I hope we can keep this up though the years.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Let it snow, well kind of...


So as our neighbors to the south and north and east and west of us got covered with record snow, it was yet another proff to Nick's hypothosis, it shall never snow where he is. He really does swear by this. The last time we got snow, E was about 20 monthes and we got three inches TOPS! WE bagged his feet and he still talks about it. Well this was a treat for him, it was more like tasteless dippin dots but it was fun for a few hours.I wanted to to the black paper and microsope but it was to pellety:( Maybe next time, one day.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

GREAT letter toy

SO while out and about today trying to get a ggod doula folder together we stopped at Office Depot for some supplies. While browsing around I found a school area. Well sitting on top os a random shelf was a misplaced book. It was a large spiral bound book about 4 pages front and back of dry erase board pages. On top was a little sipper ouch with two markers and fabric eraser. The pages have the old fashioned tri lined setup to learn to write on and each letter has a line. The first set is upper and lower case and next to that is a fades gray dotted letter, along with numbers and arrows to show you and remind young one the right order to move so that they are not willy nilly tracing but actually writing out the letter the right way. It also has this set up for numbers and shapes. It also has picture math problems and a free doodle page. I was hoping this would be a hit and it was. He LOVES this thing and can't get enough of it!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Planting the seeds...


I am soooo far behind but with J's ear infectiona and e's touch of pnemonia we have been keeping a low profile for a few weeks.
So we have a few plants that we want to keep inside so as we wait for the cool stuff to get here we started these. Cilantro, parsley, dill, basil is what we are starting off with. E was blown away at how tiney the seeds were, lets hope we don't kill them!

Monday, February 9, 2009

ABC's


I have mentioned a few times recently that E is gaining momenteum with letters. When you ask him point blank what they are he says random ones most of the time. E, J, A, O, N being the ones he likes the most it seems. Well i have noticed that he has been bringing me his letter books more and more and really trying to remember the right one and the sound with it. Today while on the phone I spelled out CAPE and he said " what about the cape?" hmmmm might have been a coincidence but whatever it was he is starting to get it!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Rainbow Garden

SO in doing some research I have found that tomatoes are not always red, carrots orange, cucumbers green and so on and so forth. This has prompted the Funky Psychadelic Garden! We are so going to rock bright purple and pink tomatoes, purple and yellow beans, orange cucumbers, and all kinds of funkiness! I can't wait and I think it might open e's palate back up. Not only will he get to see it grow, but he wil get to pick it and help make it!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Square foot garden

SO I heard about this last year and thought it might work for us. I think this year we are going to give it a go. I love the idea of sending the boys out back for a snack or herbs for dinner. I think this is a do-able idea and am excited about it. E saw on PBS how you can use pizza boxes to grow seeds and since we got some of those in the garage I thought what better time then now? I already have ideas for what I would like but I thought I would ask e is opinion on the matter. I told him that he can pick what he wants for his own area of the garden that he can plant, water, and cultivate. The thought of being a farmer to him thrilled his little mind! This is what he had to offer.

Carrots, because Junah likes them
Potatos, ONLY because that is where fries come from!
cucumbers, because they make pickles.
Corn because he loves corn. ( I don't see that one happening but we will see.)
He really wants an apple, pear, orange, and lemon tree. Looking into indoor varieties.
Blueberries, for him and the birds
strawberries.

So we will see what we can do. I really want to make this happen this year!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fractions


Since we really do try and make everything from scratch from bread to pizza, e is my most often souz chef. In these culinary quests he is using fractions is a real and tangable way. Today I thought to make it more visual again by making snack time fraction time. First I cut up an apple and showed him how when you seperate all the parts you only get a fraction of the whole apple. Since there were eight pieces I would give him four and me four, half and half. Then I gave him 3/8's and so one and so forth. Same with the banana. When it was time for juice I got out the measuring cup so he could see the numbers and since he loves to pour back and forth we did that. He not only learned something but had a great time!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Maps and Birds


I guess that goes together right? Since we are really getting more and more birds he is really taking an interest in how they got here, where they were, where they go... I got out my old trusty guide that I got for Christmas 16 years ago from my grandparents, those who turned me on to birds. I showed him where we are on the map and how different colors on that map would mean when the birds would come here or if they would never make it to our neck of the woods. I would have him find a bird he liked and ask him to show we if it would come here or not. E LOVED this game. Not only did we talk about if they would be here, but if they would find Mimi and Big Dogs house. Colors, georgrapghy, bird species, I think it was a good lesson and a great day!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Reduce, Reuse, Re-Feed


We want to have a bird garden. A wonderful, thriving, inviting bird garden. Right now we have three feeders; two on the shepards hook and our newest that we made today. We are going to use all our milk jugs from now on to feed our little feathered friends. It might look crazy tacky but it is a win win. Reduces waste, feeds some more birds, gives us something to do, and gives the yard that homey kid touch. We are also going to paint a bird house a week, if not twice to hang on the fence. I think that I see some berry bushes inbetween the houses a distinct possiblity as well. Looking into finding some funky and cheap bird bath ideas that we can work on as the days get warmer and the freezing comes to an end. I can't wait for all this to come together.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Little things...

I hope to add to this later but nursing and typing past bedtime here.

This morning E was playing with one of his alphabet puzzles and he had one of the letter one over from where it should be. I was nursing J on the couch and he was getting a little miffed with the situation at hand. He had the 'A' in his hand but the 'B' was in the 'A' spot. I told him, " E, move the B over so that the A can fit in the right spot. Usually he will grab any random one but he grabbed the B and moved it to the right spot and the A got to go right in next to it. I was so happy for him and he looked at me with that lightbulb as just gone off look. It was awesome! He then showed me an 'E', 'A', 'B', 'J', 'N'. I don't know who was jumping up and down more! It was awesome. I think that the idea of fractions is starting to come together. He seems to like the simplicty of it.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Scientist


Well today was a long day, day four of no therapy and we are all about to pull our hair out. While Junah FINALLY took a short nap E pulled out the awesome 5 dollar yard sale find from last year, the Tasco mircoscope. I had one just like it and LOVED it. It looks like he might share the same wonder. He was very taken with the given slides of feathers and pine pollen and such. Well that can only keep a little boy occupied for so long. That is when the facination of ones bugers and such take over. Yes, he wanted to check out his bugers, Dooley hair, and mud from the dog towel. Oh yes, boy through and though!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

It has gone to the birds!


So almost two weeks ago we got some birdfeeders set up. Two on the shepards hook and a suet basket on the line. And for two weeks NOTHING. Well we were happily surprised this morning to a large handful of avian friends that have finally found us! We hope that they tell there friends so we can enjoy them as they keep warm and full on these cold days. I look forward to them learning all the birds like I did as a child.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thru it all...

I really can't believe I could ever love someone so much! Today at therapy Jill, one of his OT's was telling me how wonderful E is to have. I know that as his mama I think he is a genius and wonderful and all that fun stuff but to hear it from a therapist that sees so many others it means alot. She was saying how she loves how literal he is, and how she can get him to do most anything if she tells him that it is a part of the Young Astronaunt Program, something to which he replied, " but I NEED to go to college! What about college?!" He is such a hoot! He is so sweet and smart I have to keep telling myslef that when we are in the moment that seems to never end.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The "Agenda"

SO taking my aunts idea and lead I asked Easton what he wants to learn before Christmas this year. I had the calender out and was talking about all the holidays and such. It was an interesting list but very valid and should be alot of fun!

Easton Wants to Learn:
Space
* Planets
Days/Calender
Time
Monster Jam ( I told you it was interesting)
Numbers
Presidents ( I think this weeks events had something to do with that)
Geography ( Germany, Atlanta...)
Birds/Migration
Letters/ Spell his name

SO there are the goals for this year. I think it is reasonable and going to be fun!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

" Hey Y'all!! Watch This!"

Some say it is a rednecks last words, in our house it is the mantra of the days! I am rather proud of how I let go and let Easton be Easton. This little shannagans is his latest pride and self discovery. I guess it is a loose lesson in physics, or so I try and tell myslef! I know that a broken bone is only a matter of time but this is the activities that he craves and really truley craves. I feel very blessed to have him around. He is a constant reminder to not take life so seriously and to have fun!
video

Monday, January 19, 2009

Free at last, free at last...

Today was an important day here. Not only is it a day to remember an amazing man and what all he did for us as a human race, but the eve of the swearing in of a man that 60 years ago could not even ride in the front of the bus. It was a great day for e to learn alot. We went to an event honoring middle school kids that have pledged to serve there community. It was so amazing to see so many kids wanting to do better. We also went to Central High, where the Little Rock Nine intergrated the school that changed the country. It was very powerful to stand there and see it in person. It was a wonderful day for e to learn about equality and hate and doing the right thing. All this is perefect timing for us right now. He has a little Dukes of Hazzard car that has the confederate flag on top. Well, we see that flag alot around here, but not for the right reasons. This week e has noticed them and gets all excited about it, something I am NOT happy about. This has led to talks about that flag and what it was and how that changed. It hurts me to have to explain to his sweet kind soul the honesty and harsh reality of racism, and how prominint it is here in our very town. I only hope he wil be among the future of change and hope and equality. I pray for our leaders saftey, I would hate to see the worst happen to such an amazing man.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Puzzles


So it seems that around 3 his interest in puzzles sky rocketed. He is rather quick about them and loves the challenge. When he starts to get willy puzzels seem to work. He has quite a few and does them for a while when the mood strikes. One of his newest is a 48 piece floor puzzle. Since J was adament on 'helping' with it today we took it to the table which was a feet but it was a new twist and challenge that he loved. Reocrd time of 7 minutes to finish. He reconized that Jupiter starts with a J, like Junah. He gets so happy when he connects the dots like that!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tantrum Tuesday

So it appears that e had a bit of a tif with his OT today. Spend some time in timeout for throwing a ball at her face when she was telling him she was in charge. He has been awfully squirlley lately:( I think he might be coming down with a cold or something, he is just all off his rocker.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Tic Tock

I have picked up on the fact that e is getting the idea of time down. He has always done really well with a timer but now the clock concept seems to be kicking in. He wants to see one everywhere we go, almost obsessive. When I said to him " at 9 o clock we are leaving" RIGHT on the dot ( I didn't notice until a few mintutes later) he had gotten his shoes and jacket on, a diaper for J, and went out to the garage, opened the garage door, started the car, opened all the doors and got strapped in before I could even get my shoes on and a diaper change. He told me it was nine and that it was time to go.
He loved talking about clocks and time. I am trying to show him that it is broken up into 5's and such. I hope I am not totally blowing his mind, he seems to get it. It is helping with number recongiton.
He also got a ginormas pencil today and LOVES writing with this thing. It is rather funny to watch but it seems to help him so whatever works right?

Speech Fun


* EDITED * I am losing my mind, thought I sounded familar writing this so go and look back and saw a post almost like it! I swear everyday is groundhog day!

So E has been doing speech therapy for about a month or so now and I can really tell a difference. I guess I didn't really see what he needed until I started to see improvments. His therapist told me that he doesn't care at all for the flashcards that she has, he wants her to draw the picture and words so he come home with these little posters that we have all over at his level. When ever he passes them he stops and goes over them one at a time, and you can hear a difference. As always he enjoys the challenge and take it on with gusto! This week it is "D's" in the middle of a word. I love seeing how he takes on a challenge and the look of victory when he knows he nailed something hard for him. These picture seem to be helping with letters since he is correlating the sound to the letter and then the placment of it in the word so it is a bit of phonics as well.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Jumping for joy!


Today was busy but fun. AFter church we had lunch with a friend and then headed off to our friends twin's birthdya party at the gymnastics gym. E couldn't be happier! We have gone to this gym on and off since he was about a year but not to much, and last time was about a year ago. Well they have the high bar over the pit to practice dismounts and e has been drawn to this since he was about 18 monthes. He always beelines over there, climbs p and jumps off. IT is a good 9 or 10 foot drop, never blinks loves it. Not at all sensory seeking!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Falling behind already!

I am so bad!! It is not even two weeks into the new year and I am already behind! In my defense J has been super needy and not sleeping without my chest under him for over a week now!
We have been taking it easy. Today we went to the library for story time. The theme was 'snow' and once again e blows my mind. When the leader mentioned that we don't get much snow here he HAD to correct her. " YES we DO! Mom put bags on my feet!" Um that was two years ago! He told me detail for detail that day two years ago. I was floored! I know he has a mind like a steel trap but MAN it always catches me off guard. He is so funny at atory time since he feels the need to add his opionins the whole story long and make everything stop when a train comes.
Oh that silly lil boy!

Busy Day

WOW was yesterday a whilwind! Weather still crapy but we kept busy. E got to go to therapy for two and half hours and came back with a big paper for homework. Words like one, wand, winter, web, worm, water, wnner, Birthday Cake, radar, ladder, hidng, radish, hot dog, muddy, spider....
I have all these papers that he has gotten ( they have the pics drawn on them as well) up in areas that are high traffic for him and on his level. Every time he passes them he stops and goes over them really slow and deliberate. It is nice to see an improvment on something I never really thought was that bad, guess I was in denile. I love how in stopping and slowing down he has to learn the letters with the sound and I can see the ground work being laid for reading. When he sees letters now when about he will say the letter, the sound, and a few words that start with it. I am so proud of him!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Ice Cold

SO today has been nothing but freezing rain, FUN! E was very interested in the growth of the icey wonders all over the deck and roof! It amazed him that they were little this morning and everytime he looked they grew! We talked alot about how weather works today and how rain forms. I used a sponge to him. The clouds can hold alot of moisture but they will get to full and rain falls down. He dug it but it turned wet and willy fast! He had fun though and so did Junah. Learning just isn't fun with our getting wet and crazy!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Space and Nature

So today was a great day! We had had enough of sitting around and the weather was GORGEOUS! We have thought of going to the Aerospace Museum to check it out for a while so we packed up the fam and headed on down. When we got there the building appreared to have alot of potential, you could see some old biplanes inside and it sat up on a hill so it looked rather large. Upon walking in there was a life size replica of a capsule and command module with an astronaunt space walking hanging from the ceiling and the room was round so all along the wall was a mural of space that was very well done, aside from the cheap and cheesey quarter games along the wall and the sparatic holes in the wall and nasty beat up carpet... We got very excited at the potential of what was to come up the stairs. At the top of the staris is the HUGE room with the rounded wall of windows. Very light and open. It housed about three or four larger old style planes and that was it. No real info on them or anything. Off to the corner were a few large curios of space, but more sci fi memorbilia. They actually had his huge Saturn V he got for Christmas and a few other random things, the COOLEST was a painting done by Al Bean and many of the apollo guys signed around it. Easton loved tracing the signatures of Charlie Duke, Al Bean, Jim Lovell and many more with his finger. He kept saying " letters like astronaunt" And that was it. It is sad the wasted potential of the place but at least we found a few good gems in the rough!
Since that adventure took all of 15 minutes tops we then wanted to go on over to the new nature center that opened downtown this past week. VERY cool. A perfect sized tank for all the very large native fish of this great state so that he could see righ in but also look down from the surface as well. They had a baby alligator which was a hit with him. Also all the furs he could touch and feel and caress. It was very well done and look forward to what else is to come to the facility.

SO lots of adventures today, I hope that has the weather becomes warmer and as the year goes on we can find more places like this to explore.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Another at the links

So I didn't see much of the boy today, he went to therapy with daddy and then to the golf course. Can't get much better than that for him! I wish I could have seen it but daddy said it was awesome. He would count out the balls for them each and take turns and even sunk a few 20 foot putts. WIsh I could have gone but the two of them at a blast male bonding.

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