29 August 2011

Gampa Brown Came to Visit.

Picture on Phone
Gampa Brown came to visit this weekend. I took Hunter to a birthday party and left Gampa in charge of Lorelei. I snuck back home to get a diet coke(yes I am addicted) since the party was a block away.  This is what I found. Too cute!

26 August 2011

Hunter's First Day of Preschool!

Hunter fighting the picture
Hunter started preschool yesterday. I had all these expectations and plans. I expected to get all these adorable pictures of his first day. Him sit perfectly and smile, then him be sad about me leaving, me leaving crying, and Disney moments all the way through. 


Instead we started running late since he decided to start undressing as soon as we were headed out the door. Then my normally good picture taker was fighting every picture. When we should up to the preschool there was no bye mom, no hug, and no kiss. Hunter made a direct bee line to the trucks. Typical Hunter magnetized towards anything with wheels. 



 I didn't cry I was more stunned and frustrated. My picture perfect moment didn't exist and my son didn't need me. I didn't get all these beautiful photos my other friends and peers got.


Immediately off to the truck area!


No mom I wanna play no pictures. *tear*
I went and took Lorelei to her first Baby Story time at the library and tried to keep busy to keep my son's new step in life from getting to me. Also to keep the lurking thought that I must be a bad mom from lurking into the forefront. 


Hunter and his teacher Mrs. Tinius
 Surprisingly 11:30 came a lot sooner than expected. I expected the three hours to drag, but they flew by. I went and lined up with the other moms to pick up Hunter. He saw me from across the room and his face immediately lit up and he turned to the teacher's helper and said "That's my Mommie!". Score I am still in!
Hunter and his buddy from Church
He ran up and gave the teacher a hug and was more than willing to take pictures with the teacher and his buddy! In the car he was excitedly talking about the slide and his friends and of course the tractors. He went and told everyone he had fun.

Still my mommie's boy!
It ended up being a fantastic first day of preschool. I just needed to let go of what I expect and embrace reality. I love my sweet Hunter. He is growing up too quickly!

19 August 2011

Well...

The nurse right after taking Lorelei's blood said the preliminary test looked perfectly normal. I called yesterday and got the same nurse and she told me everything looked fine and one was a little high but still normal. Phew. I was relieved and happy.
The doctor called me today. I guess the Nurse's information was incorrect. So we have to wait another month to see then redraw the blood and send it to two different labs.

18 August 2011

Jonah and the Big Fish Craft and Lesson

Ever since our Upside Down and Inside Out on Main street VBS this Summer Hunter has been extra excited
about going to church and bible stories. 
Hunter is currently in the two and three year old class and they are absolutely adorable. There are about 12 little boys. Yes BOYS! When they each walk in the room the whole room says hi to them. It is precious. 
They are definitely a close knit group. Right now they are going through the phase of ALL wanting to go to the bathroom together. Boys are weird!

Anyways I figured I should take advantage of this new found extra interest in the bible and take the opportunity to do more than the bedtime bible story. 

Hunter has been learning about Jonah this week in Bible class. I let him look at the pictures of his Rhyme Bible that his Aunt gave him. I am truly shocked how much of the story he remembered. The whale must have made it more exciting for the dude. 

With Hunter's Help I told the story again using the crafts Hunter had made. 


I cut a big fish and a boat out of two paper plates. On the back of each we taped a toilet paper roll. 
I let Hunter color the fish and the boat while I cut out a Jonah stick from a cereal box. 

On one end I drew (a very poor drawing) of Jonah and the other I put on his bible memory verse. 

Then viola in less than five minutes we had a fish who could swallow Jonah.
Hunter was absolutely fascinated by the fish swallowing Jonah. I think we have gone through the story literally 10 times just so Hunter could watch me have the fish swallow Jonah and then spit him back out. 
Hunter also reenacted the swallowing and spitting part of the story several times on his own. 


We I also made a big fish out of a lunch sack filled with wadded newspaper. I then tied the tail with a pipe cleaner and stuck a blue pipe cleaner at the blow whole. 
Hunter will probably color it later. He was just too busy making Jonah spit out the fish to help with this part lol. 
Our memory verse we are working on is Deuteronomy 6:18 
"Do what the Lord says is Good and Right"
Short and Easy for a 3 year old and fits well with the story. 

Now I am off to go crawl under a blanket and pretend we are all in a belly of a fish!

(For more fun Ideas check out our Rugrat Fun)

17 August 2011

Spaghetti rubbings

I was reading my friend Jenae's post at I can teach my child about spaghetti designs.
I knew we needed to get the noodle play on since both my children are ramen noodle fanatics. 

I cooked a quick batch of ramen noodles in three minutes and pulled out my burnt cookie sheet. 
 Viola the letter making was on!
Hunter loves making letters out of anything possible. 

Then we made a rubbing out of the letters on the cookie sheet. 
Hunter hadn't ever done a rubbing before, so it took him a little convincing that it was okay to use the crayon sideways. (Stubborn like his mommy!)

Once he saw the wavy letters appear he was hooked on the making the letter rubbings. 
The rubbings pressed the noodles on the back side so you we had dried noodle art on the back. It only took the noodles 30 seconds to dry on. Probably because they were ramen noodles. 

Of course we can't have ramen noodles with out sampling!



After all Hunter was done with making all the letters the monster designs commenced. 
This was another fun activity and I have a feeling that designs will be made each time noodles are made now!

Cartoon indulgence

(He doesn't normally stand that close I was trying to get him to turn and smile for a picture.)
I told myself no TV for my children. Every waking moment that would be doing something hands on and active. Then I had children. Haha. I do well most of the time limiting Hunter's exposure to TV, but then those days that you just don't feel well happen. You can barely get out of bed you feel so lousy and you still have to take care of your children. Then the TV beckons you for a little sanity.
We don't have cable so whatever we watch is either on PBS kids or Netflix. I have to admit I catch myself enjoying laying on the couch and watching some good cartoons with my kiddo.
The first non Veggie Tales  cartoon Hunter really started watching was Super Why Super WHY! : Peter Rabbit and Other Fairytale Adventures
I think of all his cartoons this is probably my favorite. It teaches the alphabet, letter sounds, spelling, rhyming, and beginning sentence formation. Of course it does it all on a reading adventure and all the characters have the super awesome Why Flyers! Wonder Red is my favorite. I mean she has a cape and red roller blades and a flying scooter how awesome is that. Hunter's favorite Character is P is for Pig! I think because he has the Alphabet tool belt. Course whenever we play the ABC Why Game Hunter always wants to be princess Presto. I think he is pretty fascinated with princess. He doesn't want to dress up as one. (yes I tried. lol) But Hunter likes Lorelei dressing up as one. I am guessing he is going to have a girly girl as a wife when he is older.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot about that The Thinga-ma-jigger is Coming Today! (Seuss/Cat in the Hat) (CITH Knows a Lot About That) is Hunter's next favorite cartoon. He used to call it Hadda Hat. : )At first this cartoon drove me absolutely insane! I couldn't stand the show. Then I caught myself singing the songs as I was doing chores around the house. Now it has grown on me. I like the rhymes and they do an excellent job of writing really REALLY catchy songs. Plus it has a lot of great information about environmental science.
The cartoon we watched this morning was about nocturnal animals and now I have the whoo twitter song stuck in my head. lol

Dinosaur TrainDinosaur Train Pteranodon Family Adventuresis a cartoon we both have agreed on from the beginning. The cartoons are only 12 to 15 minutes long and it discusses dinosaur information. Hunter absolutely loves buddy the T-Rex! I am fond of Tiny. I somehow relate to the outspoken small female type characters. Haha. I know it is sad that I have a favorite character in all of these Cartoons. Of course these tend to be our conversations!

Then we have Curious GeorgeCurious George - Takes a Vacation & Discovers New Things! You have to love Curious George. He is go cute and lovable. Hunter jumps up and down when he gets to watch Curious George. Then he goes around making monkey sounds. I am always afraid he is going to get some non-preferred ideas in his head. Luckily we haven't encountered that quite yet. (fingers crossed. lol)

Then last but not least Thomas and Friends.Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels. On PBS this only airs Saturday mornings. It is his one Saturday morning Cartoon Hunter gets to watch. Of course he is jumping up and down when it turns on. It is because of this show that when Hunter is upset he says "Mommy I am cross." Lol who says that? Now my life really depends on knowing all the trains by name. I also need to know which number is each train and if I get it wrong my son considers it the ultimate sin. lol I don't think we go more that 20 minutes with out discussing Thomas in some fashion or another.

At times I feel guilty that Hunter has TV in his life, but really his shows are pretty fun and educational. (I catch myself watching them even when he has left the room.) And I am not too worried. Hunter still prefers to run around outside,  read books, and play trains. Course it is nice when I am sick as a dog that I have an alternative to going to the park.


16 August 2011

Story Time: Little Blue Truck

Horn went beep. Engine Purred. Friendliest Sound you ever heard. 
We LOVE LOVE the Little Blue Truck by Alice Schenrtle.
Reading this book aloud just rolls of your tongue!
The illustrations are perfectly sweet which always a huge plus for me. 
Hunter really gets into the emotion of the story and makes the most darling facial expressions when saying the dump truck lines. 
Yes Hunter has this book memorized as well. Course it flows so well if you read it twice you would know it by heart. 

"The Little Blue Truck teaches a big important dump truck the value of a few friendly beeps and a group of helping hands"
I love the sweet message, how my son gets into the story, and how Lorelei can chew on the book. 
This is another book to love!