Friday, February 28, 2014

Silly Week at Preschool

Meredith's class celebrated some silly days this honor of Dr. Seuss' upcoming birthday.  She just loved doing all of these silly things.

On Monday, they had Crazy Hair Day and Meredith just loved having lots of ponytails & clippies in her hair!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Signs of Spring

 This morning, when we pulled into church, Meredith exclaimed "Mom! Grass!"  Sure enough, as some of the snow melted during our few just-above freezing days last week, spots of grass have once again been uncovered after what seemed like an eternity of not seeing the ground.  Granted, the grass we can now see is still dead and frozen, but it's grass nonetheless.

Another welcomed changed we've noticed lately is the birds!  One day last week, as I was opening some windows to get a little fresh air in the house (it's amazing how great 40 degrees feels after days and days of record low temps), I heard a glorious sound.....birdies!  Several birdies!  Wonderful.  


Just yesterday, we noticed a ton of birds flying around in our backyard so I decided to put out our bird feeder.  This morning, as we were eating breakfast, Shane asked "Mom, who are those guys?"  He was referring to the several birds that were snacking on the seed we had put out for them.  Poor kid couldn't even remember what a bird was.

The kids were so excited to see the birds out there eating and flying around.    I snapped some pictures, though I was in my kitchen the entire time, so they aren't super great close-ups.  And, for most of them, I took the pictures with the glass door closed because every time I opened it to snap a photo, they flew off (despite my attempts at being super quiet), don't mind that they aren't the clearest pics ever.

We were EXTRA excited when we saw a Cardinal!  Not only is a cardinal a cool bird because of its vibrant color, but we love cardinals because, well, we are a family that loves The Cardinals!  

This was pretty far away, in a tree behind our back fence, but he's so red you should have no problem spotting him!



Oh, and we got a little science lesson this morning as well, because we noticed a brown bird that looked a little different than the robins and finches (or whatever they are) that we typically see.  It had red on the underside of its tail, and a very red beak.  I wondered if it was perhaps a female cardinal.  So we went to the computer to check...and sure enough, this is a female cardinal.  

I asked the kids if they had an idea why the males are brightly colored and the females brown, and of course my fact-absorbing Caleb shared that it was so the females could camouflage and protect her eggs.

Hoping that we begin seeing even more signs of Spring as we head into March this weekend.  I'm trying to look past the fact that wind chills may once again reach -25 degrees tomorrow morning.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

My Belle

 Today, my little princess and I had the opportunity to attend "Stories with Belle", a sweet event put on by the theater department from one of the local Christian schools.  It was a surprise to Meredith and she was so excited.  We own a lot of dress up dresses, though Belle's yellow gown is not one that we have.  We borrowed this dress and crown from a dear friend.  While Meredith didn't have to dress up like Belle, I thought it would make her experience that much more fun!  Needless to say, this beautiful dress and matching tiara didn't disappoint.


When we first got there, Meredith was a little thrown off.  She has never actually seen Beauty and the Beast, so she has never known Belle to wear anything but the big poofy yellow gown.  The Belle today was in her "everyday dress", so while she looked lovely, Meredith was a bit confused and honestly, a bit disappointed! (Apparently, they want the yellow gown to be a bit of a surprise to people who attend their upcoming performance of Beauty and the Beast).   Meredith didn't even want her picture taken with Belle at first. As our time went on though, she perked up, had a lot of fun and after we got home, told us that her favorite part was "giving Belle hugs."  So, Belle-in-her-townsperson-clothes grew on her after all. =)

Waiting in line for a hug.  Unfortunately, when she actually hugged her, there were people in the way and I didn't get a good picture.
 We went with our good friends (they even gave us a ride, since Kris needed the van and I can't drive his car because it's a stick shift....I need to learn!) and Meredith loved spending time with these sweet girlies.

Another special surprise...Meredith got to see another little friend, who is also named Meredith.  My Meredith thinks it's just the coolest thing that they share a name.

 She was a little shy with playing at first, but eventually let loose a bit and had a fun time.  It's fun to watch Meredith play.  While she loves to be girly and dress up, she is a bit of a tomboy.  While she did do some twirling and spinning, she also spent a lot of time just running (fast) and climbing/crawling through stacks of chairs.


On Belle's bench..

 Belle read them a story...about her friend Cinderella. ;)


 So fun spending some one-on-one time with this silly princess.

Friday, February 21, 2014



love her face - so focused on catching the bubble


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