Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nathanael is 3 Months

Our sweet boy turned 3 months yesterday and he weighs 13.5 lbs and is 25.5 inches long.

He is definitely leaving the blob stage behind and becoming interactive and fun.  He has even decided to give his swing a chance.  He prefers to sit in it when it's off and quiet.  I think he really just likes the hanging toys.  He watches them very intently.

He has also started to enjoy being on the floor with some toys.

He likes these linky toys.  Hannah told me he was going to jail for being too cute.

His favorite place to sleep is with mommy either in my arms or wrapped on me.  He does very well sleeping in his bassinet at night and is only up once.

He could take or leave a soother but LOVES to sick his hands in his mouth and chew on the gleefully.

He went to the zoo for the first time and enjoyed it.  Maybe not the zoo so much as the sunshine.





We also had a picnic at Bear Creek Park this month and he gave the disc swing a try with Hannah and Ethan and Nathanael almost slid right off.

Daily he is loved by his sister and brother.  I love the picture of Ethan and Nathanael having an early morning cuddle.  Nathanael is still wearing his swaddle wrap but he has managed ti wiggle his arm out the top.

Hannah loves to take care of Nathanael and she does a very good job.  She is super helpful.

I am enjoying the tummy tub so much.  Nathanael likes sitting up and splashing in the water.

We are still a little unsure of his eye color.  Andrew says he has spy eyes because the color changes frequently from brown to blue and back.  This is the best picture I can get.  They are brown/gold in the middle and blue on the outside darkening to a darker blue around the edges.

Finally here is a picture of Nathanael with his favorite food.  Sooooo boring.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Five Years old and Wonderful

My sweet girl turned 5 today.  I cannot believe she is already 5 or that she is now registered for kindergarten.  Words cannot express how much we love this little girl.  The joy that she brings to our family spills out.  We are celebrating her quietly today as her party was last weekend when Andrew's parents were out. This afternoon we made chocolate cupcakes and homemade pizza to eat while we watch Sleeping Beauty.

Hannah in her birthday dress.

Ethan giving his sister a very excited birthday hug.

All set for her purple fairy princess party.

Hannah specifically requested juice boxes, cupcakes decorated with cookies,

and a heart shaped cake with the number five on top.

Eating lunch with her friends.

I love this picture of her chatting away with Moses.  In the background you can see the Pin the Star on the Wand poster I made for her.  It's now on the wall in her room.

Blowing out the candles.

Her she is opening a birthday card.  The purple card was from Moses and I found it tucked under her pillow that night.

I'm not sure what's in store for Hannah in the next year (although I do know the tooth fairy will be visiting soon) but I pray that she will be as blessed as I am to be her mommy.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Preschool Week 25

Preschool Week 25

Bible: I'm officially calling time of death on our lent stuff this year.  It's just to hard to coordinate with Nathanael's schedule.  Oh well what can you do.  I fully intend to pick back up closer to Easter with some of the other stuff I have planned.

Reading: Books, Books, Books.

On a completely unrelated topic which really doesn't fit here at all except that it involves books.  I checked on Hannah tonight to find her reading by lantern in bed.  What did she choose to read:  A purple sparkly birthday card and a volume of "The Hymns of Faith".  Not that she can really read it but I suspect she wanted a book that looked like it belonged to Daddy. :D
(Sonlight P3/4)   

Language Arts and Handwriting:  The letter U.

Happy faces because the letter U is easy to make.

We played this Rainbow game by The Measured Mom.  

Can you guess who won!


Math: Block Puzzles and Patterns

I printed off the block puzzle sheets from All Our Days.  Instead of making individual cards I left them 4 up.

They used the foam cubes to fill in the patterns.  Hannah really enjoyed counting and comparing the different figures.  Ethan liked how the blocks felt squishy.

Making patterns.

I made 2 copies of the "Counting Eggs Emergent Reader" from here.  Jennifer Hier makes these books and other super cute games. 

I put the pages out of order to make it more interesting.  Here is Hannah reading hers.

Art:  Shaving Cream and Paint Art.

I dripped paint all over a tray full of shaving cream.  They used skewers to mix the paint in and create a design in the shaving cream.

Next, paper was placed on top and pushed on gently.

After you carefully peel back the paper you can scrape off the extra shaving cream and your left with a "print" on the paper.  

Of course it was also just fun to play with the shaving clean.  Upside their fingernails have never been so clean.  Downside was the very male scented cream permeated our whole house.   

Science: Bean Germination

We watched this time lapsed video of mung bean germination.

This was really helpful to give them an idea of what to expect and watch for of the next few days.  Hannah was especially excited to point out the similarities between  our beans and the beans in the video.

We place bean seeds on a paper  towel soaked with water and placed it in a zip bag.

Then we placed in on a widow sil out of their reach for obvious reasons.

Sure enough we had "little tails" after a few days.

Just For Fun:

My three monkeys

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