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The Many Adventures of Preschool
September 5, 2012

Today we celebrated our first day of school at home!

We tried to keep it low key with the same routine we’ll be doing everyday (well, M-W-F) so that there isn’t any let down when everyday at school isn’t as fun and exciting as when we started.  We began by reviewing our rule: Be respectful & Use Only Positive Language (we never say “I can’t.”), instead we say “I can do it!” I had him repeat that several times, near yelling, but using our school inside voice. We also worked on basic school manners, since that seems to be the hardest transition for preschoolers (feet on the floor, bottom in your chair, hands on your desk, no walking around).

At the beginning of the year, we are primarily focusing on letters and sounds, our Bible verse, sight words, fine motor, calendar stuff and recognizing vowels.  To help with recognizing vowels, we had a fun game where I handed him a box full of foam bath letters and he had to dig through and find all the vowels.  I made sure there were multiples of every vowel so he got extra practice, but at the end I realized that we had NO i in the entire box.  All well, who needs I anyway?

We also did a lot of singing, the ABC song, This is the Day, plus I found a great song “A to Z with Noah” where Keith had a blast pointing at all the letters as they were sung in the song. 

We had recess time in the summer rain shower (and I got to water my garden, take out our trash and chat with a friend on the phone!)  Who knew school could be so fun?!

For the month of September, just like every other school across America, our theme is Apples.  On Sunday, I bought about 40 apples at the OC Marketplace closing time clearance “fill a watermelon size box for $5”.  I dumped out all the apples on the floor to see what he would devise to do with them (note to self: Next time, Vacuum the floor first! Hairy apples do not bode well with toddlers!)  The first thing he did was separate out all the peaches (which I had tried to pass off as red apples, since I didn’t have any) but it became a great lesson in differentiating.  Then he decided to put all the apples into groups.  Lesson on sorting: check!

We had an extraordinary first day of school and an extraordinary nap afterwards.  Mommy’s favorite part!

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High School Homecoming
October 22, 2011

This weekend we had the privilege of visiting my parents and going to Maranatha’s Homecoming game with grandpa & Kylie (o:   

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 It was Keith’s first football game and he was really excited about the “dancing people” (cheerleaders) and all the boys that run after the ball and go “KaBoom!”   We had front row, 50 yard line seats right next to the drum line, so Keith spent most of the game like this: View IMG_20111...jpg in slide show

Pretend City!
October 18, 2011

Ahhh, Pretend City – just the name is music to my ears!  Pretend City is a HUGE warehouse converted into a pretend city (hence the name) complete with a supermarket, a farm, library, bank, fire station, police station, art studio, stage, beach, cafe & so much more!  There is nothing off limits for little hands to explore & touch.  We spent the morning there with our friends Brooke, Piper & Tatum and ended up staying for almost 5 hours – and still didn’t do everything!  We’re trying to talk Harold into getting season passes.  Keith and Luke had sooooooo much fun!

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When we got home, Luke was quite worn out with watching his big brother play so he snuggled up with Hannah Bear for a long afternoon nap. 

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Happy Birthday, America!
July 4, 2011

Ahh, my favorite holiday of the year! 

To celebrate the freedom of our country, we began our celebration day with the annual Huntington Beach Parade.  Even though we knew it is the largest parade west of the Mississippi, we waaaay underestimated the astonishing number of people that can crowd into a tiny downtown Main St. (well, I guess Huntington Beach isn’t really “tiny” per se).  After parking a couple of miles away and then encroaching on another family’s roped off area (literally!) we enjoyed the “small town” parade . . . for over 2 hours. 

Then Harold, hot and exhausted, was done.  I, being move to tears by a number of different floats and memorials to our veterans, reluctantly agreed to leave since the parade was only about half done.  Then we realized we had no idea where we had parked . . .

We had great intentions of BBQ’d hot dogs, homemade ice cream and apple pie – but nap time won out.  We did get to enjoy fireworks and sparklers outside and watched the aerial fireworks in our neighborhood (though totally illegal, but well enjoyed). 

“[The 4th of July] ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.”
–John Adams  1776.

Happy 4th of July from our Family to Yours!

 Bonus Section (I couldn’t resist):

TERROR:  In the HANDS OF A TWO YEAR OLD!!

Keith’s New Words
July 28, 2010

Keith learned a new word today – Penis.  Yep, penis. 

At first I couldn’t understand what he was trying to tell me so I kept asking him to repeat it. “Pemiiis! Peimissss”  Still not grasping his new word, I asked him is he had a sign for it (sign language).  That didn’t get us anywhere.   Still trying to make logic out of the jumbled sounds, I set him down and asked him if he could show me.   Yep, he showed me. 

Then tonight at church, during a quiet solemn moment – you know, the ones where everyone is quietly reflecting and praying – well, not Keith. Oh no, not him.  He took that opportunity to show off his new word.

Motherhood Failure
July 24, 2010

It’s official – I’ve failed as a mother.  Last week we took Keith to see the animals at the OC Fair

When we got to the pen with all the mama pigs and the babies, Keith excitedly leaned over and in his loudest voice in front of the entire crowd gathered around shouted “HI COW!”  Yep, I’ve failed. . .

Nursing and Toddlers
July 20, 2010

Ok, let’s just get it out of the way – Yes, I am still nursing.  We don’t flaunt the fact, and except for an occassional busy day at Disneyland while we are in line for Buzz Lightyear and have no other way to contain a squiggly, over tired toddler, tend to keep nursing fairly private.

I don’t often get direct questions about it, but I feel the occassional stare and unspoken scorn when people hear that I am still nursing our 18 month old.   Yes, scorn.  Why is that?  The World Health Organization recommends every baby (that’s every baby, not just the bush people in Africa) be nursed for two years.  TWO years.  Minimum.    But in our Americanized, Western society there is only a small segment of the population that will nurse their babies for a full year and even fewer will nurse for two years. 

Oh, the joys they are missing!  For those who have never nursed a toddler, let me share with you some of the recent joys I’ve had the privilege of discovering while nursing a toddler:

  • Sleeping another 20 minutes every morning while he cuddles with me in bed and nurses – silently.
  • Wrestling with him at bedtime to settle down and nurse when he only wants to run around and throw rubber duckies at the cat (who now has a serious adversion to anything that resembles a rubber ducky)
  • The feeling of relief that when he is sick and won’t eat or drink anything that he’ll drink mommy’s milk – which is really the best thing for him anyway, right?
  • Being in a crowded grocery store on a holiday weekend trying to check out with a screaming baby who insists on trying to pull my boob out of my shirt in front of everyone.  (I then went home and packed up all my V-neck, cleavage revealing shirts)
  • Flashing the entire church small group as he pulls my loose fitting shirt down to my belly buttom while proclaiming at the top of his lungs “MILK!”
  • The adorable little expectant face that toddles over to me and tries to warm me up saying “hi mama” then hands me his precious rubber ducky and finally, slying but hopefully, asks “more milk?”

Why is the Sugar Bowl Still Empty?
July 16, 2010

Why or why is the sugar bowl empty?  It has actually been empty for 4 months (it will be 5 months on Thurs, but hey, who’s counting?) which really begs the question – Why is the sugar bowl STILL empty?  Why is it that no one in the house sees that the sugar bowl is without sugar?  Why is it that we prefer to lug out the large Tupperware canister of sugar stored in that impossibly high cupboard over the stove, risking the threat of  an oversized avalanche from all the miscellaneous stored items in that cupboard, rather than just fill up the sugar bowl?  Why is it that we will move the empty sugar bowl around the cupboard and yes, I even ran the sugar bowl through the dishwasher and replaced it empty in the cupboard but yet not fill it with the contents it so desires? 

Perhaps the answer lies in the question: why does the corner of our cupboard still contain a large mound of sugar from 4 months ago (almost 5 months) when the sugar bowl spilled during a desperate attempt to locate the cinnamon?  

I guess some questions will never be answered. . .

Deceptively Delicious Pancakes
July 11, 2010

Do you have a picky eater?  Are you looking for sneaky ways to include more vegetables in your family’s diet?  I am always looking for new ways to tweak and change things around.  I highly recommend Jessica Seinfeld’s book (Jerry Seinfeld’s wife) “Deceptively Delicious” where she remakes everything from doughnuts to spaghetti to brownies and quesadillas to include vegetables and fruits in everything! 

We have our own deceptively delicious pancake that Keith and I make almost every morning.  The great thing about these is that they freeze well and make a great, healthy quick breakfast (two to three minutes in the toaster oven).  Now, these are NOT the light, fluffy pancakes from IHOP, sometimes they turn out a little flat and sometimes I mask the flavor with extra servings of fruit preserve toppings, but we love them none the less!  Keith especially has started to ask for pancakes.  Our recipe is:

1 c whole wheat flour

1 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

1 c milk

1 egg (sometimes I add two eggs for extra protein)

2 T oil or butter

Then I always add at least 1 cup of a veggie or fruit.  Some of the best ones are:

*pureed beets + 2 T brown sugar or honey(I love fresh beets roasted or boiled, but canned ones during the off-season work too!)

*cooked and pureed spinach + 2 T brown sugar or honey;  I also add chocolate chips to this one for my husband.  The spinach taste is easily masked with chocolate! (and no one seems to question the green color when there’s chocolate involved)

*pureed squash of any variety – I especially love buttercup squash (not butternut, buttercup squash is dark green and looks like a short squatty pumpkin)

And of course there are the quick ones we use a lot: applesauce, whole fresh or frozen blueberries, strawberry, apple and banana purees. 

So, if you’re looking for a fabulous breakfast, snack or make ahead on the go breakfast, these pancakes hit the mark  (and the daily nutritional requirements)!

The Penny According to Keith
July 9, 2010

Today Keith taught me two new things about the penny that I never knew before:

1. There is a choo choo train on the back of the penny!

2. Dada is on the front of the penny!

I better start paying more attention to our currency.