Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
We are creating a Jesse tree (well, we're actually creating two!) in order to learn more about Christmas. We've replaced the candy and trinkets in our countdown calendar with fun family activities, like singing Christmas carols, making Christmas cookies, writing letters to our Compassion International child in Guatemala, and buying presents for a needy child. But our biggest change this year is to give up one present, and use that money to donate to charity. Sarah and Abby readily agreed to this arrangement, so tonight at dinner Perry asked them what was on their Christmas list, and what they thought they might want to take off the list. Abby said she could do without a DS. I was shocked - this is a must-have item on her list. I really thought it was her #1. But then she said she'd do without it, because all she really wants is a horse!!
When she isn't making me crazy, she's making me laugh!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
A couple of weeks ago, we had teacher conferences. At Abby's conference, her teacher said she had a funny story to tell us. She begged us not to be upset or mad at Abby and suggested that we probably shouldn't even mention it to her. Of course by this point we were starting to get very concerned about what she might be about to tell us...
She said that she had the whole class on the rug, and they were playing a word game, where you start with one three-letter word, then change one letter at a time until you get to another, completely different 3-letter word. The beginning word was "bit," and they were trying to get to "dog." So they'd changed some letters, and were making progress, so she told them they were getting close, but they needed to start thinking about words that were kind of like "dog." She asked, "Can anyone think of a word that's kind of like dog?", and Abby raised her hand. When she called on Abby, Abby said, "I know a word that's like dog." "Great! What is it?" asked the teacher. With a sweet voice and an innocent smile, Abby said, "bitch." Seriously. Fortunately Abby's teacher is a quick-thinker, so she just said "that's great, but we're looking for 3-letter words. Can anyone think of a 3-letter word that's like dog?", and they moved on without any conversation about Abby's new word!
Where did she learn such a word, you ask? Well, all I can think is that it came from a book. For two straight weeks she brought home non-fiction books about dogs from the school library. We didn't read them together, but she must have read them by herself. And she obviously has great comprehension!
This story has entertained most of the faculty and administration at school. The following day I saw the Assistant Principal, and he said "oh, there's the mom of that first grader with a foul mouth." Yeah, ha ha.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Introducing Sasha and Miley! Sasha is Sarah's, and she's a little bit darker. Miley is Abby's, and she's lighter and a little smaller. I never had gerbils when I was growing up, so I really don't know much about them. But they seem fairly easy. They're still getting used to us, so I hope they'll get more social in time. Right now it's hard to get them out of the cage and they won't sit still for us to hold them. We like to take them into Sarah's bathroom, put towels under the door so they can't escape, and watch them run around and explore. They really are very funny.
Bailey and Ellie are very interested in them. They sit on the stairs, or in a chair near the cage, and stare for hours. Yesterday, Sasha squeezed past the towel under the door and raced out of the bathroom, only to find a very eager Bailey waiting outside. Fortunately he only sniffed her, and she ran back into the bathroom safely. Right now he's standing on a chair, looking into the cage and wagging his tail. I think he just wants to be friends!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I don't know much about these creatures. We did some research this weekend (yes, we Googled it), and decided that gerbils sounded like the best fit for our family. But then I tossed it out to my Facebook friends for some advice, and I didn't get anyone telling me how great they are. Mostly I heard things like "don't do it" (a direct quote from my sister).
I'm not sure why they would be such bad pets. Of course it would be more convenient if we didn't have them, but how much trouble could they be?
We're still discussing it. I'll let you know how it turns out!
Oh, and Sarah has saved $26 so far for those Twinkle Toes. I told her she had saved enough to go buy them (she hasn't really, but I'm willing to make up the difference), and she's not begging me to go. I think she likes saving her money and is hesitant to spend it all. Can't wait to see what she decides.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tonight at dinner, Abby had the US map placemat, and she asked why most "twisters" happen in Kansas. I had no idea. So again, we Googled it. We got our answer and watched a few videos of tornadoes on YouTube.
Abby also told me all about coral and coral islands, which she learned about in class today. Sarah is learning about Australia. I was able to pull out my photo album from Australia and show them the Great Barrier Reef and lots of pictures of my trip.
I just think it's so amazing to see how much they are learning, and what little sponges they are! I'm so thankful for their wonderful teachers who are opening up new worlds for them. I'm thankful for the Internet and all the resources available to me when they ask questions I can't answer. And I look forward to learning new things with them. Am I smarter than a first grader? No, apparently not. But we're learning together.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I really want to take the girls camping soon, even though I don't know much about camping. I've done it a few times in my life, but it just seems harder with kids. Still, I would love to be a camping family, so I hope we'll give it a try soon. As we were leaving, Abby asked if she could have a "nature birthday party" next year. Awesome.
Here's a grainy iPhone pic, because I forgot my camera.