Tuesday, June 30, 2009
We came home and relaxed for an hour before we went to have a playdate with our friends Rebecca, Casey & Dani at their house. We like playing with them.
Last night, Isabel & daddy got to spend some quality time together since mom had book club, and they spent an hour at Cabela's (zoo). We call it "Cabela's Zoo" because she thinks it is a type of zoo with all the animals & fish there. We don't buy stuff from there very often, so really it is about visiting the animals and pretending to camp. She likes to spend as much time playing in the tents pretending to camp as she does looking at the animals & fish.
Yesterday, we had a lunch playdate at our friends' (Mary, Anthony & Benjamin) house and our friends Becky, Kennedy, Maddie & Ava came over as well. It was a good time.
Tomorrow should be more relaxing for us. We will go to the gym for mom's yoga class, but then are coming home to make peach freezer jam. And then for supper we are meeting with all of daddy's family since Uncle Brian & family are visiting from Spain.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
So, we made a ladybug craft (top right) and oyster craft (bottom) from the book.. It's hard to tell but the oyster shell is a light gray, which is the color she picked out and there is a tiny pearly bead clue inside the oyster. The top picture consists of a couple of painting of "statues of tall building" that she did and a birthday card for her friend Gavin, whose birthday party we are going to tomorrow.
Friday, June 26, 2009
After that we went to Becky, Kennedy, Maddie & Ava's house to deliver a meal & for Isabel to play with the girls. Ava is 10 days old today.
Then we came back & quickly changed and went to the pool for an hour. We were gone pretty much all day.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Then we came home and each ate a ton of fruit before leaving for the library. Today was the book fair where the kids could turn in their sheets for the first time and got to pick out a brand new book to keep. Isabel picked out Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Why we don't already own that classic, I don't know, but we do now finally. Plus they gave us a few other books, which was a surprise. We stayed at the library for quite a while and had our own storytime, just her & mommy & some girl who kept popping over to listen in.
Then we headed on over to Central Park for the next Thursday night concert. It was the Owatonna Community Band again. This time they were playing songs from American composers. I couldn't absorb much of when they would talk because I was busy watching Isabel. She listens & dances in between playing. we brought along some bubbles & chalk again and because she was willing to share, she became fast friends with a group of 5 girls that were probably ages 6-9. She had a good time with them and did a good job interacting with them. It was nice to see more kids at this concert and Isabel has certainly learned not to be shy around other kids she is interested in. And she did a great job sharing, I didn't even have to prompt her.
Actually, at the pool today she was sharing her toys with 3 girls that were a couple years older than her and she was very proud of herself for sharing w/o prompts. She kept telling me "I'm sharing mom. I'm a good sharer. They like that I am sharing with them." At 3 years old it is pretty amazing that she is willing to share & does it without prompts. I am very proud of her.
She was very excited when I picked her up and had lots to show me and tell me about. And she went down for a nap at 1:30 today, which is she does nap is early for her.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
This is from Monday as we are ready to head out the door to the pool. We spent a total of 3 hours at the pool on Monday, 2 in the afternoon and 1 in the evening. I had to take this picture because I thought her hat on upside down looked hilarious.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Today, Isabel helped me make pancakes & scrambled eggs for daddy. She also set the table. Then for lunch we met grandma & grandpa M and cousin Travis at A&W. Then we came back home and hung out a little bit to let the weather clear a bit and headed out to Adventure Greens Mini-Golf in Owatonna. Dads got to golf free. We had a good time. Daddy got the best score out of the six of us.
She did enjoy going on the bounce house with her friend Anthony a couple times. We still have one ticket left, so we may try to get over there today so she can use it (as long as it doesn't rain). There was a (very) small petting zoo and she enjoyed petting those animals. We had some ice cream and she did some crafts and got her face painted with the ECFE group and watched this puppet lady. We also listened to the band there for a little while until she wanted to go play on the park.
During the morning, while mom volunteered her time at the ECFE rummage sale, she & daddy went to some rummage sales and Isabel used her own money to buy some stuff. Plus dad bought us a Lite Bright, which we used last night and I forgot how time consuming it is.
After we left the park, we came home and turned on her slip & slide so that she could cool down. Then it was some relaxing time in the house, supper, and then off to the pool for an hour. After the pool we came home & played some games. She is really getting into games. We played her Hi-ho-Cherry-O game her friend Rachael gave her, the Boggle Jr. game I picked up at a rummage sale, and the Lite Brite daddy picked up at a rummage sale. Gotta love the city-wide rummage sales this weekend!
Friday, June 19, 2009
After I returned home, we took off and went to the Faribault library for their Friday Fun Day. They had the clown troupe of Half-Pint & Oscar performing. Isabel thought they were hilarious. I am glad she wanted to go because she giggles & laughed so much. I am glad she didn't miss it. Then we went to A&W to get the free root beer floats they were giving away today. We also bought cheese fries, which she loved. I knew she would.
Then we came home and quickly changed and went to the pool and met some friends for swimming. Then back home for some supper and off to the parade for Straight River Days, where she collected an obnoxious amount of candy. Although I saw kids with bags that were twice or three times as full as hers.
As you can tell, the sun is really lightening her hair quickly. We have been outside playing or swimming as much as we can. So, even I might end up with much lighter hair this summer. But both of us are not so pasty anymore either.
Last night we went to another concert in the park. This week it was an all-women's barbershop quartet. There were much fewer people there this time and I could count on our hands how many of those were under the age of 70 and we were two of them.
I think she was a little diappointed that there were not really any kids there to play with like last time. She really wanted to run around. Luckily, I brought some bubbles along and she asked to bring along sidewalk chalk. So, she kept busy while we listened. It wasn't really a concert you need to watch the stage for, so just listening is perfect.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
She had so much fun fishing. We fished using corn (who knew?) and just off the pier. She would giggle with excitement everytime she caught a fish. Other than the first time (& mainly for pictures it was) she held the pole on her own & caught the fish. Mom would take it off the hook and she would touch it. She even threw one back herself, but the rest mom had to throw back and then put a new piece of corn on the hook. I think we will definitly be going fishing again this summer.
Ring-A-Round-the Rosie (with friends Lucie & Sofia)
White Guys African Drumming (yes, that is daddy drumming there)
Isabel Dancing to African Drumming (@ Jessi's wedding)
Isabel's First Fishing Trip
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This was Isabel's first experience with the ice cream man in the ice cream truck. We don't have them in our town, so she has limited opportunities to experience that.
Isabel had a good time. She found a brother/sister combo that were by us and wanted to play. So, they played tag & redlight/greenlight & chase & just general silliness. It is a free concert series.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Today, we had a little heart to heart about the fact that there was only one baby in there. She seemed to understand that, but then wanted that one baby to be a sister and started yelling at me, "I WANT A SISTER! I WANT A SISTER NOW! Give me a sister NOW, MOMMY!"
We had to change the topic. She was clearly not happy we are having a boy. I tried telling her that she could play with her friend Gavin's sister and Gavin could play with her brother. That wasn't good enough. It's a good thing we have 20 more weeks for the idea of a brother to sink in & become acceptable.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
This morning, Isabel & spent 2 hours at River Bend Nature Center exploring. Her main objective was to find "buggies" as she calls them. And that we did find! Lots of bugs, slugs, spiders & worms. She is such a little explorer. We thought we would go check out the "waterfall", don't waste your time unless we have high water in the area. It was the tiniest trickle ever. But now I know what it is and don't have to wonder. We have another trip to RBNC planned later this month for a family campfire event they are doing. We are signed up to do all four family campfire events and are excited for them.
Anyways, back to my review on HOP - Pre-K. The other thing she learned about yesterday that she really seemed to love is rhyming. She caught on to that really quickly and wanted to keep rhyming words all afternoon & evening as she played. The kit comes with three levels of workbooks and corresponding charts, stickers, 2 sets of two alphabet flashcards, 2 sets of picture flashcards, 2 cd-roms, and a storybook. We used some of the cards from the alphabet flashcards to play Memory, which I had not really ever done with her before. Once she figured it out she likes it. And we read the storybook, which is more interesting if youmake sure you ask lots of questions in regards to letter indentification rather than just reading it. All in all, so far I think this is a good program and will be fun for us to do this summer.
Isabel's friend, Rachael, gave her the game Hi-Ho-Cherry-O, as a present when we came to visit last week. We played it for the first time yesterday. It's easy to set up and directions are easy. No reading is involved for kids. It's a game that will help them learn counting, taking turns, & following rules. Isabel caught on really quickly that she needed certain numbers and would move the spinner to that number and I would have to tell her she has to spin it, that putting the spinner directly on that number w/o spinning was cheating. Plus there were a couple times she would get impatient and want to play my turn for me. So, I think this will be a good game. We have Don't Spill the Beans which we have played several times, but she thinks it's hilarious when the beans spill whether it be be me or her, and she grows impatient and wants to take more than one bean at a time. Guess it's a good thing she is getting into games and we can practice turn taking, patience, & rule following.
Currently, I am reading No, Why Kids of All Ages Need to Hear it and Ways Parents Can Say It. It was supposed to the part of a book-study group for ECFE this spring/summer, but they didn't get enough parents to sign up for it, so it didn't happen. But I checked the book out from the library and am about halfway through. It's pretty good and right now seems to be more of a reinforcer for me, but there have been a couple ideas I can take away from it. The book does a lot of foreshadowing on what like could be like if you aren't saying No to things when they are young and what will happen in those teenage years. The book does not think you need to be strict or say No all the time, but it does need to come out of your mouth and you need to follow through. Following through is the key. I like that the book also reflects on how the role of children have changed over the year in our society and how parents have caused that shift collectively, but unconsciously. So, I am interested in seeing how the book finishes during the last half.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Isabel got a chance to play one evening for a bit and one morning with her cousin Blake, but I must have forgotten to take any pictures then.
Both her cousins have birthdays in the fall, but due to the birth of Isabel's new sibling this fall we won't be able to make it to their birthdays so we brought them presents for them to open. So, Jayden got her first birthday present when she is just over 7 months old. Funny.
When I told Isabel we were going to Rachael's house when we were on the way there, she could hardly contain herself. She was just so excited.
The girls started on their own, but Isabel very quickly started asking to taste everyone else's. And before you know it they had coveted Lori's bowl and ate half of it. They were giggling hysterically to themselves as they did it. They loved the idea that they were getting away with something. Then they cleaned up Rachael's bowl. When they decided to covey my nutella scoop, I then took over Isabel's dish. They were all so yummy. I wish we had a gelato cafe near us here.