Some photos recently uploaded from my camera…
(1) S is constantly seeing things around the house (including in the recycling bin) and asking, “can I use this for something?” Here’s “something” she made recently… things like this are on display all around our house. On a related note, we go through a bottle of glue, a roll of tape and a line of staples just about every week.
(2) This is how you make a snow princess in the south. You make a snowman with a bucket, a soccer ball and a hat, but I forgot to take a picture of that.
(3) E & S received a sewing machine for Christmas (thank you Nana!) Although Santa surprised them with several projects (small squares of fun fabric to sew quilts, simple apron patterns) and I have asked them to complete several others (“decorating” H’s burp cloths with stitches), S really wanted to make a dress. Poor thing…her mama needs a sewing lesson! But we did the best we could (with no pattern and the little fabric we had on hand), and yes, she wears this dress out, including to preschool. Hey, she’s thrilled with it. With that smile, who’s going to notice the stitching?!
Lookin’ fierce in the photo below…
(4) Catching snowflakes in bowls (while still in PJ’s…when it snows in the south, you best get out there…if you take time to change, you may miss the only snow of the winter!)
(5) E came downstairs with this one day. I may have to buy a new dry erase board because I never want to erase it. We love you too, E. So much!
(P.S. It reminds me of the dry erase board Nana kept in her kitchen that had “To Do” written on it, awaiting Nana’s next “to do” list. My sister wrote “(1) Hug A” on the list and my mom could never erase that either. Probably all our “to do” lists should have “Hug someone” at the top, don’t you think?)
(P.P.S. My sister is expecting a baby and I wish I could rub her belly today and hug her! Love you, A!”)
(6) E’s door. I love this stage of childhood. All “rainbows and fairies” just like she’s printed on her sign. Since I can’t freeze time, I’ll take some timely photos and try to treasure these moments.
(7) This is S’ door. She decided she wanted to be a doctor one day and made all these signs representing the different body parts to hang on the entrance to her “office”. Patients can point to the body part they would like her to fix. Worth clicking on this photo to enlarge…
The empty spot on the door is for her favorite sign, which she had posted on a different door on the day I snapped the photo (because she loves it and wants to show it around!). That one said “but cks” (for “butt cheeks”) until I made her rephrase. It now has a sticker over “but” and reads “vny cks” (for “fanny cheeks”). So if you have a fanny cheek problem, the doctor is in.
(8) I’m going to make my millions by selling this photo to the makers of the “Leap Tag” system and suggesting the tag line: “It will either teach your child to read or make bedtime super easy. Either way, it’s worth a few bucks.”
We actually gave S this Leap Tag pen for Christmas because E (1st grade) is now required to read to us every night, and we wanted S (preschool) to have the option of reading us stories too. However, S is great about sharing the pen with T, and since I found this one train book on sale ($4!), T reads it with his pen over and over again. (He can actually say the words along with the pen now.) We hear him through the monitor reading the book until he falls asleep, and have been awakened more than once in the middle of the night to the sound of his pen reading the book again.
(9) A project from the 4’s class at preschool. This is actually a photo of E’s from long ago, but S’ brought hers home this week, telling me “you have two S’ now, mom!” (I need to get a photo of it.) The life size replica of the child is part of a unit on the human body. The stomach is a bag of cheerios, the lungs are bubble wrap, the heart is a balloon, etc.
Well, the brains are packing peanuts on the back of the head and when we were unloading S’ one of the peanuts fell off. S picked it up and said to me, “here you go, Dad”. I said, “I’m not Dad!” and she responded, “I called you dad because I’m going to make mistakes, since part of my brain just fell out...”
Pretty sharp, that one. Is it a problem that my children are outpacing me when they’re still in preschool?
We made the mistake of storing this inside E’s closet once and forgetting to warn a guest who stayed in her room that it was in there. It’ll scare you to death in dim light, I tell you…
(10) E is learning subtraction and her homework assignment was to do unit 7, section 1 in her math workbook. Check out the upper right corner for some classic E perfectionism. Practice Unit 7-1 has become Practice 7-1=6. Well done, E. : )
(and what are the chances that the sample problem would be 7-1 also? Go figure…)
Anyway, more random photos later. Just a few snapshots of life around here : )