Sunday, January 30, 2011

Laynee's 4th birthday

Today is my angel friend Laynee's birthday. She would have been 4 today, and I bet we would have had so much fun at her party. But don't worry, she had a GREAT party today in Heaven. God MADE fun in the first place, so he throws the best parties!

(Remember the princess party we had last year for her?? If you missed it, you just have to go see all my princess friends!)

We talked about Laynee while we were eating our dinner tonight, and did Happy Birthday for her. I wish she could have been here to laugh at us singing... but maybe she sang with us from up there! (Of course Mommy forgot to take pictures. Oh my gravy...)

Happy Birthday, Laynee Grace!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mommy report: More sight words please!

Twelve days ago, I pulled out the flashcards that go with the Meet the Sight Words videos that the girls got for Christmas a couple weeks before. The girls have become slightly obsessed with their sight words flashcards over the past couple of weeks. They ask to “do flashcards” about 10 times a day, and we actually get them out and go through at least some of them 3 or 4 times a day, more if we’re home all day.

The result, combined with the clear slant towards loving to learn that these girls have, is that they’ve got them all down. There are more than 45 words in the flashcard set, and the 3 coordinating videos go over the same words. (These words are from the Dolch list, in case you wonder how they chose these particular words.)

And no, this is not a paid endorsement for Preschool Prep Company. But I’d be happy to do one!

Yesterday, the girls wanted to do them again after lunch, but Kinlee quickly melted to mush as she was very ready for nap. So I thought it would be a good chance to get some video of Braska doing them on her own. I handed her a few cards and put Kinlee to nap. When I got back to the kitchen, she was going through them very methodically, so I just turned on the camera and captured that. (That’s the first section of the video below.) Then she wanted more, as always, so I recorded more, done at her pace and with her occasional silliness.

This is a long video, I admit, but for those of you who are in this phase (and grandparents and relatives) you will probably enjoy the peek at Braska on her own, doing what she loves. I am very proud of this girl! Don’t worry, Kinlee is not chopped liver, she’ll get her video chance soon, I’m quite sure.

A couple disclaimers…
***She went to nap right after this was shot, and had gone to school in the morning, so she wasn’t her sharpest, but did pretty well overall. She often does much better with enunciation and quicker responses. But I’ll take it!
***She was very congested this day, so the habit of working her tongue around a lot was even more pronounced. I admit I don’t like to post that kind of thing…vanity, I know…but I felt it was important not to edit this, but give a real glimpse at how she looks.
***There are repeated words, because they have the ‘a’ and ‘g’ in both the simple form and the more formal type. So words that have an ‘a’ or a ‘g’ are duplicated.
***If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, watch the beginning section and then go to about 11 minutes and watch for a bit… too cute.
***And finally, I didn’t realize that tapping or touching the table would resonate through the camera so much, so I apologize for that poor sound element. But I believe that you can hear most of what she says pretty clearly.

If you have any questions about what she’s doing or any of this process, feel free to ask!

Out in the snow

Last week we got LOTS of snow. Here’s our backyard.
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And our front yard. They said we got about 10 inches. And that’s more than we usually get where I live.
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We like when it snows, but we like to stay inside and watch it, not really get all in it and stuff. But a couple weeks ago KiKi learned that she liked to walk around in the snow. So she kept asking to go out in the snow and walk around. Mommy told us it would be way to high for us to walk around, but if we wanted to get bundled up, we could go out and see if we liked to play. I didn’t really like getting all dressed up in all the stuff to keep me warm, but we went out anyway. First we just looked around. It was pretty much white everywhere.
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KiKi stepped in and then fell down on her knees. She thought it was pretty fun. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I didn’t want to get in, but Mommy sat me down anyway. I don’t know why she did that.
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Then KiKi wanted to shovel, since that’s what Mommy was doing while we were playing.
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But she didn’t want to help very long, so Mommy said she could sit in the special seats on the side…
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I said I wanted to sit, too, but then I didn’t really like it for very long.
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Wanna see a better idea of where we were sitting?? Mommy always laughs at this picture for some reason.
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I started getting VERY upset, so Mommy took us in and we got warmed up. Then we had a super yummy treat… snow ice cream!!

First you get some good, clean, fluffy snow.
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Then you put in some milk and a little vanilla and some sugar, and mix it all up. Then it looks like this.
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KiKi tried it first, and she LOVED it. She just grabbed Mommy’s spoon and helped herself.
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I liked it too…
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How much did I like it? THIS much!
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It was a fun snow day to play, but I’m gonna stay inside and just see the snow next time, I think.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Catching up: Thanksgiving

We had Thanksgiving a couple months ago at Auntie Rachel and Uncle Patrick’s house.  They just moved to a new house so we all went there to see it and have plenty of room to run around.

First we had to get dressed, though. It was a special day so we put on extra cute clothes. And that always means we have to take pictures. But not TOO many.
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I did my AHA! face for Mommy.
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Hey… I see you in that computer… yeah, you. Hi!
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KiKi didn’t want to smile, so she just stood still.
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We had a good day with our family, with lots of football and good food.  I ate some mashed potatoes and they were sure yummy.  We all gave Grammy and Papa a special present because they have been married for 40 years and that’s pretty great.  It has pictures of all of us and some neat things that Mommy and her brothers and sisters said about them.
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While everyone else watched more football, me and KiKi went in and watched TV in Auntie Rachel’s room.  They get some great shows there, so we were very happy.
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Thanksgiving is a good day, so I’m excited that we’ll get another one THIS year!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Little feeding helper

KiKi wants to help Mommy with everything now.  Everything.  She wants to do all the jobs around the house that Mommy or Daddy usually does.

One of those things that she likes to do is to help put milk in my belly.  One day she decided to give me some all by herself.  I was just resting on the couch and she thought she would come and give me some milk.  She found my tube in the cabinet.  She got the wrong piece for the milk to go in, but that’s ok. She’s still learning.
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Then she has to find my button under my shirt.
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And she knows how to plug it in, too.
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And after she did my pretend milk, she tried to find her button for some milk in HER belly.  But she only has one.  And she always wants it to fit in there…
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She wants to have a second belly button just like me, but nope…KiKi, that’s MY thing!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fast and Slow

I love to do opposites. Up and down. Big and small. But my favorite is fast and slow. I love to do all kinds of fun things fast and slow.

When Jack was here a few months ago, we practiced our fast and slow after we had lunch. Here's a little movie of our fun...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Catching up: My 4th birthday!!

Well it’s been two months ago today.  I kept thinking I was going to get to tell you all about my birthday, but then I found out that being 4 is a lot of work and keeps me pretty busy!  There’s school and reading books and playing games and reading books and practicing my eating and reading books.  That’s a lot every day!

On my birthday, it was a Sunday. So we were at Grandma C’s for football like always.  Before we went, I had to take my picture by the door.
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Then we went and watched some football games, even though the Bears weren’t playing that day.  We always have fun playing with our cousin Shay.

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Miss Cheryl gave me my present before the party so we could read it and play with it during the day while we were waiting.  It’s a good one.  Elmo, of course!
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Then it was finally time for cake and presents!
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(you can see more pictures of the cake here and here… ELMO!!!)

First, I got to check out my new pink princess couch!  It folds out and I can even lay on it all comfy…


I let KiKi try it out with me. We fit good.
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Here’s our little family picture… (I’m wondering if I’m gonna get one miiiiiillion dollars. See it?)
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These are all the people who were at my party…
Uncle Ethon and Miss Cheryl

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PaPaw John and Grandma C


Uncle Levi and Xander and Shay


When Auntie Rachel got there, we took a picture of ALL of us!
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Then it was time to open presents… I got some GREAT stuff!!

I got books and clothes and BLUE’S CLUES!! And I got a neat box of little Elmo books and a stocking for Christmas with a big ELMO on it and more fun stuff, too!

Then it was time for cake, or cupcakes, really.  Xander was happy to help me eat cupcakes, since I didn’t want to eat any.

It was a great birthday!!!  Soon it will be KiKi’s turn for a birthday!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Catching up: Weeks with Jack

I’m gonna try to share some stories of things I forgot to tell you about when they happened.  It’s been pretty busy, but we are doing better about getting things done, so we’re going to try to do better on our story telling. And of course…lots of pictures!!

Jack spent a few weeks at our house in the daytime while Miss Julie was gone to get Dashlyn a few months ago.  We had SO SO much fun!!

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Jack liked to type emails to his mommy.  KiKi is nosy so she wanted to watch.
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Who was Jack missing so much??  Mommy! (That’s Miss Julie to the rest of us…)
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We did lots of things together. All 3 of us.
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Jack and KiKi played a lot of very silly games. They both can run fast and they like to tackle each other.
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But when KiKi went to nap, Jack and I would do quieter things, like flashcards, and reading books, and watching Signing Time.
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Then it would be time for me and Jack to nap too.  I let him use my bed, and he slept good in it everyday.  Except at the end of the weeks, one day he decided to sleep right on the edge!
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We’re glad Dashlyn’s home, and Miss Julie, too, but we had fun getting to play with Jack every day while they were gone!