Friday, April 11, 2014

Strawberry Picking

 Adley and I had a fun morning at Frogberg's Farm picking strawberries!  Our Mommy & Me playgroup from church headed down to Alvin, TX to pick as many strawberries as we could fit in our buckets.  Adley seemed to think the goal was to EAT as many strawberries as she could fit in her belly!  She had strawberry juice from her forehead to her toes, and even some dripping off her elbows.  The weather was perfect, and we even picked up some homemade strawberry preserves that were made right there on the farm!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

16 Months already!

Our little munchkin turned 16 months on Monday, and boy is she a lot of fun!  Here are a few of the things going on with Adley right now…

  • She is full of personality, smiles & sweet little "hi's" for everyone she meets!  We were eating dinner last night before church, and she took off walking around the restaurant waving & saying "hi" to everyone she saw!  She has certainly never met a stranger!
  • She loves to go visit Daddy at work & eat lunch with him, but I think her favorite part is going up to his office afterward and walking around to talk to everyone.  She loves all the attention, and peeking through the glass walls to "spy" on people while they're working.
  • When I'm teaching, she gets to play in the nursery with the school director's sons.  They have taught her to "fist bump" and they always run to give her a hug and high five before she leaves.  She always makes sure all 3 of them tell her goodbye before we can go.
  • Her favorite words right now: hi, bye, dada, cheese, shoes, "ooce" for Lucy, "cacka" for cracker
  • If we leave our shoes out in the floor, she will pick them up & bring them to us & try to put them on our feet…and if we don't put them on, she tries to wear them instead.
  • She's always on the move…climbing the stairs, making laps around the kitchen, climbing up in our laps & then right back down.  She's a bundle of energy all the time!
  • In the evenings when it's almost bath time, I can say "are you ready for a bath?" and she says "yes" and heads for the stairs.  She usually wants her Daddy to carry her up for her bath.
  • She still loves to eat…pretty much anything we give her.  Although she did cry for 30 minutes one night because she didn't want the potatoes and carrots I gave her.  She ended up drinking some milk & never eating dinner!  Her favorite foods: bananas, cheese, bread, grapes, crackers, yogurt, and nutri-grain bars.
  • She has started throwing a few little tantrums when she doesn't get what she wants…I think the terrible 2's have started early around here!  She usually stops pretty quickly when she realizes that I'm not paying attention & it's not going to get her what she wants, and then goes back to playing like nothing happened.
  • Playing in the laundry basket & pushing it around the house is one of her favorite forms of entertainment.  She will spend the longest time moving her toys from one basket to another and back again.  She usually prefers to get in the basket & sit with them awhile as well.
  • She loves the fall decorations I've put up around the house, especially the Jack-O-Lantern that lights up.  He's on the counter near her hi-chair, so I have to turn him on as soon as she sits down for breakfast.
  • Reading books is still one of her favorite things to do, so often during the day she will stop playing & bring me a book to read.  It's one of the few times she will sit still (although it's usually only for a minute or two before she's off & running again).  Books will keep her from going crazy while I change her diaper (usually).
  • When she hears the garage door going up when Daddy gets home, she can't get to the back door fast enough!  She always wants me to take her out to the garage to meet Daddy as soon as he gets out of the car!

She definitely keeps me busy during the day & it is so much fun to watch her grow & learn new things.  I'm amazed all the time at how much she understands what we are saying!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Teaching Again...

Well, I recently started a new teaching job.  We are about 4 weeks in, and so far it is going great!  I am teaching part time, Monday and Wednesday, for 3 hours each day.  I have 7 students-6th & 7th grade-for Math, Science, and Bible.  The school is Covenant Preparatory Academy (although it will soon change names) and it is a school for home schooled kids.  They just started last year, so it is still pretty small.

You might ask, "shouldn't home schooled kids be learning at home?"  And the answer is, "yes...and no."  Although most of their studying and work is done at home, these kids come to classes 2 days a week.  They have the 3 classes with me in the morning, and 2 classes (English & History) in the afternoon.  We do the lecturing, experiments, "teaching" and then give them studying & assignments to do at home.  If it sounds like college to you, you're on the right's a university model school.  So the class set-up is a lot like college.  The other interesting thing is that the kids aren't required to take all 5 classes...their parents can choose which classes they want them to take, & which ones they would rather teach them at home.  So, although there are 7 students, I only have 3 in Math.  The other students are either below level in Math or have another reason that their parent chose to teach them this subject at home.

As I get further into teaching in this setting, my thoughts about homeschooling are continually changing.  I have actually thought a lot about whether I would want to homeschool Adley, although this decision is a few years away still, and I tend to go back and forth.  There are pros and cons to all kinds of schooling, public, private & homeschool.  But this new idea of having some classes with other kids & some at home is starting to grow on me.  There are several schools that I know of that have adopted this model around Houston, and the people that I have talked to who's kids are in this model really seem to love it!  Perhaps it's a growing model across the US, but it is definitely an intriguing idea that I'll keep in mind for the future!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Kiddie Land

As a kid, one of my favorite places to go during the summer was Kiddieland.  Growing up, this place was like Disney World to me...Ok, maybe not quite that exciting, but I did love to go.  Kiddie Land has exactly 4 rides (Train, Airplanes, Carousel, and Tilt-a-whirl) and when I was little I could only ride 2 of them (Train & Carousel) because I'm pretty much a ride wimp.  Every summer I would give the airplanes a try again, only to realize halfway through that you don't really "outgrow" motion sickness, and spend the rest of the ride with my head down praying for it to be over.  Then I would get off the ride, and promptly walk to the bushes and puke.  Every. Summer. As I got older, I realized that I should just ride the train over and over again and then get a snow cone! 

On Friday night, we introduced Adley to the joys of Kiddieland.  Following in her mom's footsteps, she started off with just 2 rides (more because she's not big enough for the other ones more than the fear of puking!)  She rode the Carousel with my mom first, and then we all rode the train.  I think the jury is still out on the Carousel...she started out looking excited, halfway through had her arms around my mom's neck, and by the end they were sitting on one of the benches instead of the horse.  But as we walked past the ride after she got off, she acted excited like she wanted to go again.  Who knows!

I would call her first Kiddieland adventure a success...except that we passed on the snow cones at the park in lieu of getting one from the good snow cone stand down the street...and when we got there it was closed for the summer.  Bummer!  I'm sure she will enjoy more Kiddieland adventures (and snow cones!) next summer!

Monday, August 05, 2013

Adley Lynn-13 months

Well, Baby Girl is already 13 months old! A post about her first birthday party is coming soon...clearly long overdue!  Until then, here's a quick update of what our baby girl is up to these days. I know it’s cliché, but it has to be said: I can’t believe how fast this year (and one month) flew by!  It is truly amazing how quickly she changed from a tiny little newborn to a determined, energetic toddler!

Adley is quite entertaining these days.  Her personality is so cute & she’s generally a very happy baby.  She jabbers non-stop, although we can’t understand most of what she says.  She does say “Ma-ma” and “Da-Da,” “Bye-bye,” and “Ca-Ca-Ca” (for “car”-her little tykes car she got for her birthday).  She occasionally will slip in another word here or there, but we can never get her to repeat them!
She is quite dramatic with her cries these days--sometimes she even puts her hand over her mouth for added effect!

Her major accomplishment this month was taking her first steps (July 1st) to walking all over the place!!  Her first steps occurred when she was throwing a bit of a fit after I told her she couldn’t climb the stairs & stood her on the ground at the bottom.  Whether she meant to or not, she took a couple of steps amid her loud protest & tears. 

She has also mastered the art of giving sweet little kisses & has started blowing kisses, although she does that backwards.  She makes the “mmma” sound but then puts her hand over her mouth instead of “blowing” the kisses out.  She loves to give kisses, and sometimes stops in the middle of playing just to give me or her daddy a kiss.  She also likes to “kiss” Papa and Mumsie when she’s telling them goodbye on Facetime.  This generally results in a slobbery phone screen!

Although she spent the first few months of her life as what I would call a terrible sleeper, she now seems to be sleeping like a champ!  She goes to bed at 8:00, generally without fussing, and still usually takes 2 naps every day.  I nursed her for 13 months, and I was dreading the weaning process.  To my surprise, it wasn’t hard at all!  One night we just went straight from bath time to Matt reading her a story (skipping the snack in between) and that was that.  She didn’t even seem to notice that anything was missing!  She seemed to wean herself off her early morning feeding as well.  Although she still woke up around 6 for a few weeks, she quickly started falling back asleep when I didn’t get her up to feed her.  I’m thankful that it was an easy process, but it’s a little sad that this chapter in our lives (and bonding) has come to a close!  When we started the breastfeeding journey, I had serious doubts that I would be able to make it 1 month, much less an entire 13 months.

We have spent lots of time in the pool this summer, and Adley has become quite the water bug.  She loves to play with the fountain, and insists on walking on the steps of the pool by herself (with someone holding on to her, of course).  She likes to “slide” down the angled tiles in the pool & always wants all of the pool balls gathered up on her float!  We have plans to get her started in swimming lessons, but the summer seems to be flying by & we haven’t enrolled her yet!  Although the pool is lots of fun, we know that it can also be dangerous, so we definitely want to make sure that she learns to swim as soon as possible!  Well, I could talk all day about our sweet baby girl, but I think this update pretty much sums up Adley at 13 months!

Friday, April 19, 2013

A little crafty...

A few weeks ago I got tired of digging through Adley's bows to try & find one for her to wear.  So, I decided to make a cute little bow holder display so that I could easily find what I was looking for.  I'm not sure why I bother with bows because she generally yanks them off her head in 2.5 seconds, but she just looks so cute in them I can't resist!  Anyway, here's how I did it in case you would like a bow holder of your own...this project was super easy!

Supplies: a staple gun, fabric, ribbon, and canvas

I decided to use an 11x14 canvas, although I'll probably need several more this size to hold all of the "big girl bows" that Adley already has for when she actually has longer hair!  But for now, just one works.  Thanks to Hobby Lobby sales & coupons, I was able to get the necessary supplies for pretty cheap!

1. Cut your fabric to extend a couple of inches beyond each side of your canvas.

2. Wrap your fabric around the canvas and secure on the back with a staple.  Start in the middle of one side & work to the corners, then move to the opposite side.  At the corner, fold the fabric like you would when wrapping a present.  Secure with a staple.

3. Decide on the spacing you want for your ribbons & cut ribbon to extend a couple of inches past each end of the canvas.

 4. Secure the ribbons on the back of the canvas with a staple.  Check the front as you go to ensure that your ribbons are straight.

5. Add the bows to the front & you have a cute bow storage!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A prayer...

I was perusing Pinterest (in lieu of picking up toys or doing the dishes) and I found this picture, with a great prayer for parents.  I feel like it's a great reminder to ask God to guide us as we strive to raise Godly children.   Just wanted to share a little inspiration today.  Love to all!