Saturday, August 22, 2015

James Says / Amelie Says

The kids were eating yogurt and Sam walked by and said, "That's a good treat." James was indignant. "This is NOT a TREAT." 

In one of our books, the characters build a fire to keep warm. James was confused. "It no make you warm. It make you HOT." 

I asked James to stick out his foot so that I could put on his shoe. "NEVER!" he replied. I shouldn't have laughed, because it definitely was not as funny the second time.

James was in the cart at Moser's and he "read" the letters on the handle to me: "M - O - S - E - R - little thing - S." So smart!

James was eating a snack at the table when Sam picked him up from preschool the other day and James saw his teacher and one of his classmates in their room on the way out. "Why you only got ONE friend?" he asked.

Amelie and I went to the movies on Monday and Sam asked her, "Which movie did you go to?" "The one behind Schnuck's," she answered.

I asked Amelie if she had a job at school and she told me that she and someone else (whose name I forget) were paper-passer-outers. I said, "Wow! That's an important job!" and very seriously she replied, "All of the jobs are very important  jobs."

In other Kindergarten notes, one of Amelie's classmates already lost a tooth. Show and Tell is Tuesday and library day is Wednesday.  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

First Day of Kindergarten

Amelie's first day of Kindergarten was today! She's a Ridgeway Ram. Sam and James and I all dropped her off this morning and watched the first-day assembly where the teachers called out all of the students' names and then marched off to class.
Amelie was incredibly excited and she may or may not have cried for a minute when I picked her up because she didn't want to leave (not at drop-off like some other kids!).

She's staying after school at Adventure Club and then I pick her up on my way home from work.

I took more photos, but they're trapped on the camera since my eye-fi card doesn't want to cooperate with Windows 10. (So there may be an update in the future!)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Apple Harvest 2015

We have an apple tree in our front yard that has mostly reliably produced apples for us even though we do nothing at all to encourage it. The internet tells me I should at least be pruning it, and I may give that a go this fall.

For some reason, the apples were ready to harvest this year in July. The kids and Sam picked three big bags full. We've made two apple crumbles and one apple pie and our neighbor has made two batches of applesauce (and shared some with us). I need to get to freezing some of what's left and/or figure out how to make some apple butter or something.

Updated to add: Since this post, we've made two additional pies and two batches of apple butter. Emma took some apples for a pie and there are still a few left on the tree.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Magic House Children's Museum

We met up with my friend Matt, his daughter, my friend Cabell, her two kids, and her folks at the Magic House in St. Louis. I'd never been and it was neat, but the kids all ran off in opposite directions as soon as we got there & we didn't get to do much grown-up catching up.

James was fearless & climbed all the way to the top of the Jack and the Beanstalk climbing feature.

The water zone was a hit. 

I didn't even get out the camera (due to child-chasing) so Sam got these on his phone. 

There was so much to do & see, and we didn't get to half of it. For example, Cabell scored these awesome buttons with pictures of AJ & Bryony and we apparently didn't even make it to that part of the museum. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015


Amelie got a bicycle for her 5th birthday. She named it "Rocket." She's been practicing mostly on the basketball court at our neighborhood park. All the rain this summer has thwarted us, but hopefully we'll get some more practice in. She's taken a few spills even with the training wheels on, but nothing too serious.

These pictures are also courtesy of Sam's phone. Updated to add another. I mean, don't you also take a break in the middle of bike-riding at the park to read a book? Who doesn't? 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Independence Day, II

We're about to have a series of several posts from photos Sam has emailed me from his phone. (Thanks to Grandma Mary for passing along her old smart phone!)

I have two more weeks of teaching my night class, and then my full-time job will at least seem very easy & maybe I can be more regular about updating the blog again. (Or maybe not! Ha!)

I took the camera to the Fire in the Sky celebration downtown on the fourth (& made a blog post about it), but Sam also took some photos with his phone of the festivities before the fireworks started.

There was a bounce house that the kids went through twice.
Last year, we got to the park just before dusk and they deflated the bounce house right in front of our eyes.

I mentioned before that Sam made caramel corn.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Amelie Artwork (now with updates)

Amelie did Kindergarten Kickoff for 4 weeks through the public school this summer. Her drawing has really taken off. I photographed a few of the piles and piles of things she brought home. She's been signing some things "AM" instead of writing out her full name. I'm pretty sure this is a ship:

Updated to add: I was reading Amelie this blog post, and she added, "Yeah. It's a pirate ship with lots and lots and lots of pirates on it. They're having a pirate party."

Robot? Updated: "No, it's an airplane."

I like the rainbow effect on this one. They did worksheets like this for each of the letters. Amelie says, "That's a rainbow town."

They also did several of these color-by-number things, which Amelie liked a lot. Amelie says, "That's a rainbow umbrella."

"Can you say that that is a picture of a dog that has white and brown on it? That red stuff is dirt and that's a bone that he's going to bury in the dirt."

She told me a big story about this one, involving climbing a mountain and putting up a flag. Updated: When I asked what it said at the bottom, she said, "It says what it is; it says mountain."

Sam was very impressed with this person (look at they eye lashes!) Updated: "That's me, too."

Updated: "That's Frosty the Snowman."

Here are some of Amelie's earlier drawings/writing/painting for comparison: