Sunday, September 25, 2011


 Tonight, we went on a "leaf hunt"....we walked/rode bikes up and down our street in search of leaves.  Caleb and Meredith both loved grabbing handfuls of the crunchy leaves and then stuffing them into their big ziplock bags.  This week, I plan to do some activities with the leaves we found...we'll hopefully be able to identify them and the trees they fell from, and make some good old leaf print colorings.  Oh, and Caleb has requested to make a "leaf wreath", so hopefully we can work that in as well!

After our "hunt", the kids found great joy in playing with the very tiny yellow leaves that had covered our driveway.....there are not even that many of them, but they loved gathering them, tossing them into the air, sweeping them, and throwing them on Mommy. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Last Golf Lesson

 Caleb had his last golf lesson yesterday.  As we assumed, Caleb really enjoyed this class.  Each week, he did a great job listening to the instructor, and he learned a lot about correct technique and form.  I don't know too much about golf, though I know just enough to be aware that my 4-year-old son has a better golf swing than I do.  

These past Fridays have been so fun for Caleb!  He got to spend some one-on-one time with Daddy, who came home from work early to take him to lessons. He got to play his favorite sport on a real course.  Oh and let's not forget the icing on the cake....the hot dogs and ice cream that Daddy bought him after lessons were over.

Here are some pictures that Kris took during Caleb's last session yesterday evening...

Click here for the post from Caleb's 1st lesson.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lowercase Letters of the Week - efghi

Meredith loves doing these "pwojects"...and as soon as we finish one, she asks to do another one.  She especially loves glue and googly eyes and stickers.  "I wuv googwee eyes" was said at many points this morning.

e is for elephant!

 f is for feathers!

 g is for green glitter!

h is for hearts!

i is for insect!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

AWANA Cubbies Week 1 Verses

The 3 verses that Caleb has had to memorize this past week for AWANA (which he loves, by the way!)....

1 John 4:10 - God loved us and sent His Son.
Romans 3:23 - All have sinned.
Romans 5:8 - While we were sinners, Christ died for us.

I probably won't manage to videotape every week's verses, but I wanted to at least document these very first ones.  

As you heard on the video, tonight was indeed "Pajama Night" and Caleb was very excited to wear his Lightning McQueen jammies that Nana & Papa got him for his birthday.  He is also very excited about the Cubbies vest that he will get to wear soon (they haven't come in yet).

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Shane is 9 Months

Well, Shane has officially been on the outside of my tummy longer than he was on the inside!  I can't believe he's already 9 months.  And, you know me.....plans for his big 1st birthday party are already in the works. =)

At 9 months, Shane...
...has 4 teeth - 2 on the top, 2 on the bottom....
...crawls and claps...
...nurses 3 times a day and eats solid food meals 3 times a day... 
...has been given some practice with a sippy cup, but usually just chews on it...
...sleeps 12 hours at night and takes 2 long naps during the day...
...loves to get into his big brother's toys... constantly drooling....constantly...
...likes most food we give him, and is learning to eat more "finger food"....
...especially loves Cheerios, Puffs, fruit, and yogurt...
...doesn't like green beans... wearing some 12 month clothes, some 18 month clothes, and an occasional 24 month something...
...will go to the doctor tomorrow for his 9 month well-visit...
...loves to swing, especially when Big Brother pushes him... his thumb and cuddles his blankie when he goes to sleep... trying very very hard to pull himself up on everything, & ends up spending a lot of time on his knees... as sweet as ever...

It was quite difficult to get some good pictures this morning, as he is always wanting to go go go!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Lowercase Letters of the Week - abcd

Last summer, Caleb and U (a little girl who stayed with us for part of the summer) worked their way through the alphabet with "Letters of the Week" projects, which were inspired by the No Time For Flashcards website (one of my favorites).  They did a great job, and really enjoyed it.  

Well, now it's Meredith's turn!  Although this time around, we are doing lowercase letters.  Here's our first round....a, b, c, and d!

a is for apple!

b is for boat!

c is for caterpillar!

d is for door!

Click here to see all of our posts related to Letters of the Week!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Apple Print Wreaths

 Working hard...

Focused (the apples were a bit difficult to hold on to, so the forks were used to help with the stamping) ...

Showing off their final projects...

Click here to see the wreath Caleb made last September!

Monday, September 12, 2011

John 20:29b

Caleb's memory verse for September...

John 20:29b
"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." 


Caleb starts AWANA this week, and we are really excited! addition to his monthly verses (from Sunday church), he'll have different ones to work on memorizing for AWANA as well.  It's great to see God's Word being stored up in his heart (Psalm 119:11) at this early age.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

32 (Shhh.....)

Yesterday, I celebrated my birthday in a simple fashion, but with extraordinary people.  

After I dropped Caleb off at school, I went to Panera with 2 of my 3 favorite kiddos.

Meredith & Muffin...

Baby & Bagel...

Around lunch time, my mom came out to watch Meredith and Shane, and Caleb and I went to see Winnie the Pooh in the theater with our friends Lisa and Coralyn!

Silly Caleb...

Auntie Heidi babysat tonight so that Kris and I could go out for was really extremely nice wonderful to eat a meal without little hands reaching for plates and utensils and food and glasses and so on and so on.  Love my kids so much, but it was oh-so-nice to get out.


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