On Wednesday we headed up to my parents' for Christmas. We went to church Christmas Eve and then my dad's side of the family came over after that. The kids were up REALLY late and then had kind of a hard time settling down for bed.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Kevin's parents were in town last weekend to celebrate Christmas. Shawn, Shawna, Jackson, and Janelle came out Saturday morning to open presents. The kids had a great time playing with each other and their new toys. Norah watching Jackson play a new game on his Leapster.
We have tons of pictures to go through before I post about our Christmas. Our big gift was a new camera!!! We also are trying to find a place for all the girls' stuff!!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here is Norah's most recent drawing. She says it is Lucy, the baby and her - all with Santa hat stickers.
Last night was one of those nights where both girls were awake at different times. I think Lucy was awake 4 different times in the night (2 of which we were still up). Norah was awake once - crying. Now, it is 8:00 and both girls are still sleeping. In fact Lucy is in our bed sleeping. She came into our room about 6:30 and climbed in bed with us. Neither Kevin nor I could fall back to sleep so we got up and there lies Lucy - sound asleep.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Not a whole lot to blog about. We had my nephew's birthday party yesterday - my sister blogged about it. The girls had a great time with their cousins!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
To follow up yesterdays post, I could use a few suggestions to add to our book list. If anyone has any suggestions for first chapter books that your kids like (would especially love suggestions from teachers). Obviously, for now, I will be reading the books to Norah. Some of the books I have to start with are:
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
We are just a few weeks away from finishing up the homeschool curriculum that we have been using and I am trying to make a few decisions about what to do after the baby comes. I may have mentioned this before but in the end I haven't loved the curriculum. There is so much busy work/worksheets. Obviously, my background in early ed was in a play-based classroom. I want to enjoy teaching the girls and at this point, I think Norah and I both dread the table work. I have done TONS of searching for other activities that fit with the theme, but don't require us to sit at the table. I have cut out a number of the worksheets and made games that teach the same thing - just more fun. It is interesting to me because My Father's World is supposedly a Charlotte Mason style of teaching, but the more I read about Charlotte Mason, the less I see the connection. Maybe I would see it more with the older grades.
So the girls are getting a doll house for Christmas. It is one of those 4 ft doll houses for "fashion" dolls. As in fashion - I think that basically is a Barbie or something of the same size. I'm not sure that I am ready for the girls to play with Barbie dolls - after all, they are only 4 and 2. However, I don't know what other dolls to get them. Any of the doll houses at Toys R Us that come with dolls are quite a bit littler - I don't think they could even sit in the furniture . There are the High School Musical dolls that are the same size as the Barbies, but I think I would prefer a "family."
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I spent the weekend home alone - the entire weekend. Kevin took the girls to Indy to see his parents and grandma. The girls hadn't been there since May and with the baby coming, it will probably be a while before get there again, so he wanted to make the trip. They left right after lunch on Friday and they are just a few minutes away. I don't think I have ever spent this much time alone!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday we had 'haircut' day for all 3 of us girls. Norah decided a couple of weeks ago that she wanted to cut her hair to her shoulders. I was all for that - her hair was starting to look stringy. Blah! Lucy's curls had sort of disappeared because her hair was getting too long and their is no humidity right now. I just needed something easy! My hair is so think that it takes FOREVER to dry and I don't have forever these days. Norah can't stop staring at herself - she loves her haircut. I think it is adorable - Kevin likes it but thinks she looks shorter (I don't know if it is possible for Norah to look any shorter than she already is).
Posted by Heather S. at 1:58 PM
For school this week, our story was The Gingerbread Man. We read a WIDE variety of Gingerbread Man and then compared all the books. We made a gingerbread house - I just bought a kit from Michael's. Sometime maybe I will attempt to bake one, but not this year. The girls did a GREAT job decorating it! I thought there would be some arguing, but they had a blast!! Sorry the lighting in the pictures is so bad - we have so many windows in our kitchen that it is very difficult to take decent pictures.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Here are a couple of pictures Norah drew recently. Obviously, with 5 people (including the baby) we are too big of a family for one piece of paper.