Sunday, April 29, 2012

Family day

We enjoyed a day of quiet family time today after church. We used a gift card we were given by friends to have lunch out, then stopped by the library to get a Little House on the Prairie show to watch with the kids. After an hour of playing "pillow fight", hide and seek, and "tickle belly" we walked to the park and counted the rings on a tree stump. Elsie fell asleep on the way home so we put her in bed and ate spaghetti on our screened in porch. Definitely a day for the memory books! :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Seed race

In anticipation of planting our garden we held a competition for our seeds!

We all guessed which seed we thought would sprout first then enthusiastically rooted for our pick (I know, I know...I'm getting funnier every day :)

It was a great lesson overall and very interesting for the kids to watch the squash seed develop in a way that modeled exactly what they had seen in their Plant Life book.

(oh by the way, it was Jason's lettuce seed that sprouted first, although after the initial breaking open it did absolutely nothing while the other seeds went crazy. Sooo I'd say it forfeited its win, wouldn't you?)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Discovering

We made a bit of time last week to stop by the Science Center and visit the discovery room. This trip used up the last of our free tickets stash, so I guess it's no more discovery room for awhile!
As usual, Jason had as much fun as the kids. It's a great place to play!

We also kidnapped Jason from work one day and spent some time turtle watching at a nearby park. You've got to do what you've got to do sometimes!

M U D !

After Jason tilled the garden and we got a good rain there was a big tempting expanse of mud in the backyard. So I told the kids if they put on their mud clothes they could play in it. For some reason I thought they would just walk through the mud... I should have known better

Silas was pretty disturbed by the whole idea and didn't stay out too long. But Bella and Leo made sure they were plenty muddy before they were ready to be hosed off. They wanted to make some "mud monster" faces for the camera but it was just too silly so they weren't very successful! :)

Bead practice

We practiced our fine motor skills this week by stringing beads. Isabella worked on a birthday present for Aunt Joy, Leo strung slightly larger beads and Silas worked on the wooden bead activity. Elsie works on her fine motor skills daily by crawling around the house in search of small objects to sneak into her mouth :)
I was surprised at Leo's ability to string the beads. He has really advanced since the last time he tried it. I suppose that it correlates with his writing skills improving. He's been taking flying leaps in all areas!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Little House at our house

For the last few months I have been reading through the Little House series with the kids. We've completed Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, and are in the middle of On the Banks of Plum Creek. As I expected, the kids are starting to talk and act like the characters in the book (one of the reasons I pick our read aloud books carefully!) The imaginary play stems off of the latest chapter we've read. (Bella calls it "playing Laura Ingalls Wilder"😊)

Today they were playing with some wood in the basement while I did the ironing. The pretend play was all about building a house so they would no longer have to live in the dugout. (to these kids a dugout is not a sports term...it is an underground house the settlers lived in until they could afford to build their real house :) Isabella was Caroline, of course. She always plays the mother. Leo goes back and forth from being "Pa" to being one of Bella's children. Whenever they notice me they all refer to me as "grandma". Even Silas calls me grandma as if it is the most normal thing in the world. Lol

I just love listening to them play! It reminds me of my imagination-centered childhood :) I was blessed to have had that and I'm so glad that my children get to experience the same!



(working on the "house"...)

Library love

I've said it before (quite a few times!) but it bears repeating... We really love our library!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

New visitors

The kids found two caterpillars on the back porch this morning and they are hoping to watch them turn into butterflies. The only trick is that we're not yet sure what kind they are...or what they eat. We'll keep you posted! :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Proud puzzler

Silas has really been excited by puzzles recently, especially this "big boy" puzzle. After each piece goes in place he does a victory cheer :) And as soon as he was all finished he shouted "do it again!"