Busy busy bees! October is so busy for us with all the birthday parties and Halloween/Fall activities we have planned. For the first week of October, we are working on the letter “O” and the color Orange. We will probably be working with the letter orange all month in the spirit of Halloween, and because Big Sister gets orange and red mixed up since they are so similar. We will also work on the letter “I” and the letter “U” this month. We might work on a fourth letter, but I have not decided on that yet. Of course we will be making tons of Halloween crafts and decorations for the house and for grandparents(they LOVE that stuff!). I will have to put the pictures up in a few days of our recent letter animal crafts. We have had a slight not-enough-memory problem, on my computer, so I have to move a bunch of stuff to my external memory to put new stuff on my computer. Big Sister is so into animals, so we do most of our letter practicing with animal words and pictures to make things more fun. For the letter “O” we made and owl, and we are doing octopus writing practice printables. Here in Houston, the leaves are just now starting to turn yellow and orange so we are finally going to start our fall activities. (In my opinion, it is no fun to do fall nature activities with green leaves.) We also have Big Sisters birthday party planned for this weekend! She loves fairies, her favorite is Vidia, so she asked for a fairy birthday party. We have a few boys coming to the birthday party, so I don’t think we will be doing any fairy activities at the party. Actually, I am not really sure what we are going to do, but I do have all the decorations purchased and the food planned. I just have to find a dress for Big Sisters party, she requested a pretty dress(not a skirt or a tutu, it must be a dress). We have a lot going on, but I hope to get some pictures up in just a few days. Thanks for stopping by! What do you have going on this month?
I cannot believe September is here! This has been such a busy summer. We have a few birthdays we celebrate over the summer months as well as vacations, family reunions, and holidays. It seems like we have something to do every weekend, and just when we thought we would get a break and get to relax, the new school year is already here!
So this school year, we have decided to start home-schooling Big Sister. She is a little young, but we are only introducing her to the idea of school. It’s a way for me to get time with her for something that only she can do, since Little Guy does everything else with us. Right now he just scoots around on the floor, so he probably won’t take part for a while. We are going to start working on letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. She knows a little of each already, but we want to spend more time on these to really get to know them. Now we are not going to put a ton of pressure on her to learn these things either, she will learn them all in her own time, we just want to have fun and learn a little too. She already loves art/crafts supplies so we will be using everything crafty we can get our hands on. Luckily stores put most of the supplies on sell for the school year so we got all new markers, crayons, construction paper, pencils, scissors, and preschool puzzles. We also got more pompoms, paint, chalk, popsicle sticks, glitter, and tons of stickers. I have gone crazy the past few weeks researching fun activities for us to do that are fun and having anything to do with what we want her to learn. It is a little overwhelming how many wonderful resources are out there for homeschooling. I will try to start posting again to give you an update on how we are doing. I will also let you know where we have gotten all of our wonderful projects from. Good luck in the new school year!
This summer, Husband has been working tons of overtime and decided after four years of being in this house, he wanted to landscape the backyard. We put in one garden box back in March I think, then he wanted a second one that we installed in May. At the end of July and beginning of August we decided to add bushes and the playground! I was very excited about having a playground in our backyard; 1. because the closest park has a nice playground, but the equipment is for older kids, and 2. because we like to spend all day in our pajamas so a playground in our backyard is perfect for us.
We got the plans for our playground from my father-in-law, who also built a playground in his backyard for Big Sister. What was only supposed to take a few days to build, actually took about 2 weeks because on the first day of construction, Husband smashed his thumb on his left hand which made work for him twice as hard(his thumb was throbbing for days and he is left-handed). Anyway, he finally finished and besides the staining, Big Sister was ready to play on her new swing, slide, and a sandbox.
She loves the new playground! We like to swing in the morning when its cool and play in the sandbox in the afternoon. Husband also likes to push Big Sister in the swing while I cook dinner. Usually I catch him swinging in the other swing and they sing songs together which is so cute! Anyway, for the rest of the backyard, we planted a Key Lime Tree and a Clementine Tree. For the bushes, we picked out Dwarf Bottle Brushes which have beautiful fuzzy red flowers when the bushes bloom. In front of the bushes we planted Mexican Heather and we have the two garden boxes for herbs, vegetables and fruit. So far we have only planted two varieties of tomatoes, chives, sweet basil, peppermint, spearmint, lavender, and a few kinds of perennials and annuals. Next year I would like to plant onion, garlic, cilantro, more tomatoes and maybe cucumber or zucchini. Our backyard has really changed in the past few months, but we do have a few more plans for it. We are going to build a covered, screened in patio and a fire pit in the backyard. We are very close to completing our backyard oasis! :)
I was talking to one of my mommy friends the other day about crafts and ideas for teaching our toddlers numbers, colors, etc and had to race home to research the things she showed me. Well after days of researching, I ran into a few pictures of “Quiet Books”.
If you don’t know what a Quiet Book is: a book of pages with different activities to keep kids busy when sitting still and (hopefully) quiet is wanted/needed.
I had seen one before, but had completely forgotten about them. I decided to Google “quiet book” images, and boy did I hit the mother load! Well, now I HAVE to make one for baby. I have been writing ideas down all night and looking up ideas on any site I could think of. Here are some of the sites I found:
Pinterst Board: http://pinterest.com/pillowy/quiet-book-pages/
Pinterest Board: http://pinterest.com/jaclynlk/qb/
Thank you to all the wonderful and talented people who take the time to make and share their ideas! I will be posting in the future, when I finally start to make Baby’s Quiet Book. :)
Now is the time, we are thinking about Baby #2. We are not pregnant yet, but there is so much that goes with babies that we are starting now. Baby is going to be two in a few months so we plan on trying for another baby after her birthday. Since we already have a girl, it would be easier if we had another girl because we saved EVERYTHING from when Baby was a baby. I told Husband so start thinking of names because we had such trouble the first time agreeing on names. We did not have any boy names we agreed on and just a few girls names. We are also trying to decide if we want to have another nursery and just leave Baby with her own room. Then once we decide that, we have to pick a room theme for the new baby. Husband said if the second baby is a boy, he wants the room to be ‘Monster truck’ themed. If you remember from earlier pictures, Baby’s room now is animal themed. I am going to start looking up different ideas for names and room themes, we have a lot to think about!