Sunday, March 10, 2013

Lessons from primary

Alex learned the steps of forgiveness/repentance today in primary. How important it is that the children start early learning how to draw strength from Christ's atonement. A big thank you to his teachers (the sister G's). I love that he put a sad face at the top and a happy face at the bottom. It's also neat to see how he is coming along with his writing and spelling. Big kindergardener!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

My sleeping beauties

March 9, 2013

Kensie's babies

One of Kensie's favorite things to do is play with her babies (and one of mine is watching her in action). She holds them and rocks them, and changes their diapers. She changes their clothes and feeds them, puts them in the stroller or the shopping cart and pushes them around the house. She finds all kinds of places to put them down for naps, (like the laundry basket) and cover them with blankets. One of the cutest things she does is pretend she is nursing the baby. She usually gets a pillow to prop the baby up on. She likes to tell me that baby is crying and hungry. Sometimes she gets a little embarrassed and asks me to turn away. She loves real babies. Everytime we are out shopping and see a baby, she says, "I want that baby, she is so cute," then she asks, "can I have that baby?" I keep trying to explain that we can not take other people's babies home with us.... But she just keeps asking anyway. Someday she will be the best mommy!

Alex's 1st tooth

February 10th 2013, Alex lost his first tooth! When he went to bed, it was there, but when he woke up it was gone! Oh no! We couldn't find it anywhere in his bed. Either the tooth fairy took it or Alex swallowed it. When he went back up to check in his room, there was a five spot under his pillow! I heard the tooth fairy is more generous with the first tooth.

On February 27th, he lost his second tooth while chewing a piece of gum. That little tooth attached to the gum and came right out! Alex put his tooth in an envelope under his pillow that night. When we were saying our good nights, Alex said he thought the tooth fairy would visit Heavenly Father's world before coming to America. How sweet, I love the faith of a child.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snow days

We got more snow yesterday, about 5 inches, which is a lot for this area.  It snowed straight for 12 hours without stopping.  Nick and I got to miss work and play with the kids.  Here are a few pictures:

Our house
The back yard

We finally had enough snow to build a snowman-Alex's first snowman, he was so proud!

Here she is again, catching snowflakes on her tongue!

While we were building the snowman, I turned around and caught her tasting the snow.

And licking her fingers afterward, as if she just had a delicious meal.  So funny
Enough snow for a sleigh ride (the last one was more like a pavement ride)

What a fun time!

Sensory bins

One of my favorite things to do for the kids lately is create sensory bins.  Here are a few examples of what we have done.  It's so much fun watching the kids play as they learn and discover:
Washing dishes with miniature pots and pans from their play kitchen set.  Just a little bit of warm soapy water and a couple of dish cloths
This was probably one of their favorites.  We did this over the Christmas holiday with their cousins, Ben and Hannah.  We bought some fake snow (as seen on TV).  You just add water and it puffs up 10 times it's original size.  The kid laughed and giggled and scooped and buried things in the snow.  It got all over the floor.  Uncle Mike was kind enough to clean it up.  It was well worth the mess!
In this one we used Cotton to create a snow effect.  I buried several different animals in the "snow" and as the kids pulled them out, we talked about what kind of animals live in cold, snowy weather, vs. the ones that live in warm tropical climates.
Here we used ice sickles and chunks of ice from outside.  The kids drove the monster trucks over the ice as they learned about how water freezes and melts with temperature changes.

Sensory bins are awesome for so many reasons.  Most of our bins lately have focused on the snowy weather, but there are endless possibilities.  Here is a link to a blog that explains well the educational purpose behind the sensory bins:


Ice Sickles

The temperature warmed slightly today and brought freezing rain, so now we have a thick layer of ice covering everything.  These are bushes from our front yard.

Even though it was frigid outside, I took the kids out so that they could experience the ice.  We gathered up lots of ice sickles and broke up some of the ice that was covering everything. 

Mckensie was really interested in tasting the ice sickles and I let her.  Does that make me a terrible mother?

So anyways, we gathered the ice onto a cookie sheet and into a bin.  Then we headed inside to create a sensory bin.  The kids enjoyed feeling the ice, watching it melt, and putting toys in it.
The 4x4 monster trucks conquered the ice

No matter what the weather brings, the kids love to explore; they can be dirty, soaking wet, or totally freezing, but they don't seem to care.  It is wonderful to see the world through their eyes as they discover new things.