Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eating the map

I helped Zenock's class make edible maps today. They used rice crispy teats, frosting, pretzels, big marshmallows, lettuce, and gumdrops. They have been studying maps for the last three weeks, learning about the compass, how to draw maps on a grid, landmarks, etc. This was the final project for the section. All of the kids LOVED it! Especially when Mrs. Byrne told them they could have a bite of it after everyone was finished building. This is Zenock's group. The girl next to him is holding up their grid of the edible map on the table. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Curring Sunday boredom

I took the kids to the park because we all needed to get out of the house. Sunday's are really hard because Brady is at work the whole day, and we just need stuff to do since our yard is uselessly small and there's only so much tv and movie watching I can take. There was just enough wind to get the kites up without any trouble. It was a little hot, but as soon as the sun went behind the mesa, it was a little cooler. We stayed and played at the playground for a little while after it got dark. I love that the city park playgrounds have lights at night!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gideon's first field trip

 We went with Gideon's preschool class to Gilcrease Orchards on the north end of town last Friday. We got a hayride out to the apple orchard, picked three bags of apples right off the tree, learned about honey and how to make apple cider and seeds. The above picture is blown up so you can see the burrowing owl. It is to the right of the hole, near the middle of the picture.
 Showing me his apple he got all by himself.

The hayride out to the apple orchard. They were a little nervous about it at first, but had fun eventually. Ayla loved that she could see the tractor driving. The apples are delicious, and we all had fun with him and his cute class.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Is it pink...or blue?

We are all really excited to add another little man into our family. He had a great ultrasound today, including great blood flow to the brain, heart, and kidneys, ten fingers and ten toes, and he loves to have his hands in front of his face because the tech couldn't get him to move his hands to get a clear shot of his face. I will admit, his face looked more like a turtle's on the computer screen....sorry little dude, it's the hard truth. I have to go in again next month for another ultrasound so they can try for better pictures of his face and mouth...but there is NO question he is a boy :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Homework Central

Last night at the Lindsay's:
Gideon has a preschool homework packet that is supposed to last all month long. It's about 15 pages front and back. Well.....last night he got the ambition to do some and kept on going. He ended up doing the WHOLE packet in an hour and asked for more. When I informed him there wasn't any more to do, he said, "NO MOM! MORE HOMEWORK!" We compromised by having him re-color a few pages.
It's ironic because every day this month we have asked him if he wants to do homework. The first time he said yes, but only did one page. Since then it's been a big fat, NO every day. I wonder what made him change his mind?
And then we have the chaos...aka, Ayla. The chaos that was here during that time was so exhausting. Everyone needed help, and Ayla wanted to steal everyone's pencils and draw all over their papers. Next time, I'm just going to lock her in the high chair from the beginning until everyone is done. (She will be super mad at me for a while for how long I have to leave her in there, I'm sure). And for the record, in the photo Ayla is eating crayons while "coloring" on her own paper.


Monday, September 8, 2014

We had a nice rain storm today!

LOVE THE RAIN!!! And thankful for old shoes to get all wet in :)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Gid's new words

Gideon's teacher has been working really hard with him and the rest of the class to get them to say their names. Until yesterday, he referred to himself as "me." I heard him say, for the first time ever, Gideon when Ammon asked him what his name was. He pronounces it Geegen. It's soooo cute!!!

Ammon has been working with him for a little while to say Ammon appropriately, since Gideon has always called him "Danny"....and we have no idea where that came from either. At first Gid would say the syllables, and then when Ammon said, "Okay, now say Ammon" Gid would respond, "Danny." Also within the last few days Gid has started saying Ammon's name...but he only does it when prompted, and it comes out, "Ammom." If he isn't thinking about it, he still calls Ammon "Danny."

Since the summer break began, Gideon has been in a word explosion phase, FINALLY. He says full sentences all the time, still with lots of gibberish, but mostly we can understand what he is saying. He does mix up his sentence structure all the time. He absolutely loves going to preschool, often asking throughout the morning if it's time to go get his backpack yet. He has really bonded with his teacher, and he loves showing me the stuff in his folder every day. The first time I watched him empty his backpack so he could show me stuff from school I got warm fuzzies. He was so proud to show me his picture of animals he colored, and then told me all the names of the animals and what color they were. I sure love this kid of mine. He is doing so great and flourishing in almost every area. He has really come such a long way from when we started speech therapy with him last summer. Today he turned in his first homework assignment: making an example of himself. He loved using the glue all by himself to put the clothes on. He kept telling me he wanted a huge smile, and each time the smile I drew wasn't big enough. Finally I had to tell him I couldn't make the smile any bigger because it would go right off of the face. I have a picture on the camera of him working on his person...but I don't have it on the computer yet, and I also failed to get a picture of the final product. He put an Ironman shirt on his person, with blue pants because that is his favorite color. We did shoes with a blue bottom, just like his, and more Ironman fabric for the tops of the shoes. He loves his blue and red shoes because they remind him of Spiderman.

Also tonight Brady helped him with his first homework page. He was sooooo excited to color the page and find all the letter "a's" on the page. He doesn't know what hand to use for writing yet, so he switches back and forth. I hope he keeps up his enthusiasm for school!!!!