Sunday, May 8, 2011

so happy

We lucked out with this guy.

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He's a happy guy 99% of the time.

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This is how he wakes up in the morning.  After he's already jabbered to himself for 10-15 minutes.

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If every baby were like him, I'd have about 10 more ;)

Friday, March 4, 2011

my baby has fleas!

The Benny Bug LOVES to feed himself.  At around six months he mastered his pincher grip and at 8 months went through a period where he ONLY wanted to feed himself. 


Cut up bananas and cooked egg yolks for breakfast started to get old pretty fast, but were both very quick finger foods.  Quick is ideal during the week when I have all four kiddos running/crawling around (in case you didn't know I keep the T-ster, my nephew, during the week.) 


One morning I realized that the big kids' kiwi fruit would probably be a perfect finger food for the Benster. 


They were rather ripe and perhaps a little too soft for little fingers.


And by the end, someone looked like they were covered in fleas :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

beach day

I haven't written a lot about the boys preschool in the past.  When we were thinking about preschool for Alex two years ago, our sitter didn't transport kids.  Fortunately, she agreed that if another parent and I decided on the same preschool she would drive the boys there and pick them up!

The preschool closest to her house had mixed reviews from a few parents that I talked to, but we enrolled the boys there anyhow and hoped for the best.  Can I just say how much I LOVE our preschool?  It is perfect for my kids (especially Alex).  It is very play based with a lot of focus on socialization, which he greatly needed, being our super shy guy.

They also do a great job of introducing age appropriate pre-reading and math skills.  The beginners class (which Alex was in last year, and Kellan is in this year) does lots of nursery rhymes, books and crafts, counting, name writing, fine motor skills, etc.

Alex's pre-K class is doing lots of work on letters/sounds, early writing skills, fine motor, etc.

Last week was "Sea Life" week and we got a note that Friday would be "Beach Day" in the pre-K class so the kids could wear their bathing suits to school over their clothes and bring a towel to sit on.

One think I love about Alex's teachers this year is that they e-mail us pictures of special events.  I think that these capture his personality (around adults) very well :)


Alex quote of the day: "I've never worn my swimming suit over my clothes before."

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

work

Over Christmas break Alex brought home his writing journal from preschool.  Our job was to add a few entries about our break.  While he knows his letters, letter sounds, and can sound out words to write, he still has some trouble forming all of the letters he needs.  As a teacher, I know that this can cause frustration with writing.

We have some Kumon workbooks (even though I'm not a "worksheet" teacher, I {heart} Kumon workbooks at home for basic skills).  Alex has been working on letter formation, number formation, number identification (1-30), and scissor practice.  I found out that he also knows all of his color words and can figure out what colors to use on his color-by-numbers!

Kellan has been doing some pre-writing skills (horizontal, vertical, slanted, and curved lines) as well as scissor practice.  He's pretty pumped about moving into his letter writing in a few weeks.

The boys got fold up "desks" for Christmas, which are perfect spots for them to sit and work in the afternoons.

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Sociable