Tuesday, June 30, 2009
"What is it?" I asked.
"Mom, I signed it Emily Nelli... I won't always be Emily Nelli... When I get married I will have a different last name. What will I do then?" You can imagine the extreme look of concern...
I tried not to laugh.
Then I carefully explained, that after you get married you get a whole new set of personal documents, like library cards and driver's licenses... It was really sweet.
Now that she has her own card, she can request her own books off her 1st grade summer reading list. I have been doing it for her but you can only request 10 at a time... her requested items were starting to creep into items that I wanted to request for myself or for David... so it is very nice we no longer have to share. I will post a picture of her proudly holding her new card soon. And by the way, she is reading her stacks of books as fast as I can bring them to her... we are now making weekly trips to the library to exchange things. Amazing!
Monday, June 29, 2009
The next morning, the excitement began.
And on the next day... the dinosaur had come out of her egg a little more.
The kids couldn't wait any longer... so they got her out!
And there was much rejoicing! They named her "Dinosaury." They have been taking good care of her.
I am sitting on the couch and David and Lia are climbing all over me... as usual. David has his toy dinosaur. Lia has a toy car and that silly bottle she uses to feed her duck. Lia is diligently trying to feed the toy car a bottle... there is a little spot on the car that the bottle kind of naturally fits into. I say, "Look Chris, Lia is trying to feed a bottle to that car." David says, "My dinosaur wants to eat that car!" And then David proceeds to attack the car with his dinosaur.
Friday, June 26, 2009
We had our AC worked on this morning. The large furnace was replaced and all the nice cool air that was leaking into the attic was fixed. A new transition and box around the ducts were installed and our house is nice and cool again.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Emily can also fully dress her sister and delights in this task. They go pick out an outfit together. Emily dresses Lia (buttons/snaps too!) and even puts her shoes on for her. Again, I cannot express how much this helps me. The fact the girls love it, is an added bonus! Emily still insists that she will share a room with Lia and talks about the day Lia will move in. David has requested to share a room with Lia too... Emily informs him that he can have the next baby 'boy'... oh my!
David, on his own, has been practicing making letters on the chalkboard. I guess he is ready for handwriting lessons. He likes to make the letters in his name. For the most part, he has been perfectly happy to scribble... but now he is making some shapes and letters though his drawings are still. He can also scrub himself clean in the bath... and as a boy with a shaved head, he doesn't have to worry much about washing all the shampoo out of his hair.
David and Emily are also making up stories. There favorite "silly story" is this... "Once upon a time, there was a little monkey. The End." Then they giggle. Then they add some details about the little monkey eating everything in sight. Then more giggling.
Currently, we are listening to books on CD. We listen to stories that are appealing to them but too difficult for Emily to read herself. We worked our way through A.A. Milne's House on Pooh Corner. There are 9 stories, about 20min each. The literature is beautifully written and wonderfully told. The beauty is that the kids listen to it and then have to use their imagination to "see" what is going on. Emily listens intently and asks for more. David listen's in for a while and then tunes out. I think he will listen more and more as time goes on. It is a nice way for me to get things done. We are now on chapter 18 of Charlotte's Web, narrated by the author, E.B. White. I loved this story as a kid so it is fun for me to listen in as well.
There is no doubt that Lia got the mothering gene.... Funny how they just know.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
And... Emily made a painting for her Grandpa as well:
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Another easy one - milk, food coloring, and dish soap. Simple ingredients... big wow factor for the kids. Gotta love it!
Food coloring in milk will form little pools of color that do not dissolve because of the fat in milk. When you add the drop of dish detergent, the colors move outward because of a really complicated explanation of the surface water molecules pulling on the molecules of color with equal force in all directions... (surface tension?) Regardless, it is very cool! Love the kid commentary.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Emily caught on to the fact that oil and water don't mix - hence the pools of oil in the water.... I'm not sure I adequately explained that the food coloring is water based, which is why you see the colors form spheres that don't dissolve in the oil... Then when the dye sinks into the water layer it dissolves there. Since it was so easy to do, we will definetly do it again.
It also gave me some time to wash the maple syrup out of the baby's hair. ;-)
We are done with Ping. Today, we put the little story sticker on the map where the story took place. The books we read in this curriculum are set all over the world so we will add to the map as we go. As you can see, our little Ping was placed in China along the Yangtze river. We move on to Robert McCloskey's Lentil next.
We made a quick trip to the library to turn in and pick up books. From there, we caught the trolley to the mall. The kids wanted to play at the mushroom place... I got a cute shot of Miss Lia. They are all in their rooms now for quiet time. We had a good morning.
And, you can see Emily's setting sun in the picture below. She also drew her ducks getting on the boat and if you look really close, she added the master saying "La La La La Lei" - that is how he calls his ducks in the book. She wrote it in a word bubble... we learned that in our cartooning lessons from Activity TV. :-) And if you look really really close, she put some ducks in the water with ripple lines to show water movement. My girl really does chew through all her lessons.
We also made a trip to the pet store for dog food. We made the animal tour - gerbils, mice, and rats, then birds, then fish, then pets for adoption - cats only that day, and they also had some turtles and lizards. I think David likes the rats the best, Emily likes the fish, and Lia liked everything she saw!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Emily said, "Wow Mom, you're pretty good!" High praise. To be honest, it really is a lot of fun.
Monday, June 8, 2009
And of course, if siblings stack blocks, Lia stacks blocks. Notice the red chinese slippers. She loves wearing these.
by Robert Louis Stevenson
What are you able to build with your blocks?
Castles and palaces, temples and docks.
Rain may keep raining, and others go roam,
But I can be happy and building at home.
Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet be sea,
There I'll establish a city for me:
A kirk and a mill and a palace beside,
And a harbour as well where my vessels may ride.
Great is the palace with pillar and wall,
A sort of a tower on the top of it all,
And steps coming down in an orderly way
To where my toy vessels lie safe in the bay.
This one is sailing and that one is moored:
Hark to the song of the sailors aboard!
And see, on the steps of my palace, the kings
Coming and going with presents and things!
Now I have done with it, down let it go!
All in a moment the town is laid low.
Block upon block lying scattered and free,
What is there left of my town by the sea?
Yet as I saw it, I see it again,
The kirk and the palace, the ships and the men,
And as long as I live and where'er I may be,
I'll always remember my town by the sea.