Saturday, October 18, 2014

Grindstone Nature Area

I don't guess I've posted about it, but we've been going to Grindstone Nature Area and letting the kids run around in the nature :)


Their favorite part may be throwing rocks into the creek.

I made a video of James making a "big splash," if I can get it to upload later.

Sam and his walking stick.



Amelie also likes to collect leaves and grass.

She had some grass plus colorful leaves later on in the walk and a woman with two dogs said that they'd look nice at our house. Amelie replied, "They're for my giraffes. I have giraffes in my playhouse." Obviously.


I can't even handle the cuteness. James says, "Hand. Ahm-a-wee hand," when he wants to hold hands.




James wanted a walking stick like Dada. "Mine stick." 


According to my fitbit, we walked about 2.5 miles (Amelie did more because of doubling back & not sticking to the path). James walked a fair way, but I carried him back just to save some time.


Friday, October 17, 2014

School Photos

Amelie & James had school photos made at their preschool! Since they go to the same school, we got some pictures of them together.







Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bootheel Visit

We got to see Grandpa Bob while we were in the bootheel (and his dog, Sadie - Amelie and Sadie were very exited to see each other). Isn't this a good picture?

At Grandma Doris's they played the touch-screen game. I think we have about a million pictures of people playing it. 


"Cheese!" he says. I couldn't get both James and Grandma Doris to look at the camera at the same time.

They were not quite as cooperative as they were with Grandpa Bob in getting a photo, but I like this one.

James was being rotten, but we were all laughing at him anyway.

Nana Jana


Haircut

Amelie got a haircut on Wednesday. She'd been running and hiding when it was time to brush her hair, so I thought it would be best to get some cut off. (Not that we had to bribe her with goldfish crackers and a movie or anything.)



Monday, October 13, 2014

Spots

James has Hand, Foot, & Mouth :(

We drove down to the bootheel Thursday night after my class, and usually the kids sleep through the trip. James fussed and cried off and on for the last 2-3 hours, and Sam turned to me and said something about it not working any more to do the trip overnight. But then James woke up Friday with spots on his chin and hands, so I figure he must have had the fever Thursday night in the car.

I've got my fingers crossed that it's just a very mild case. He got more spots on his feet and up his legs on Saturday (and that poor blister on his nose!) but he let me wipe his face off without too much fuss and he's eating and drinking just fine, just crabbier than normal. I took this picture on Saturday:

It stinks timing-wise because we'd driven all the way to the Bernie for my great-aunt Helen's 100th birthday (more on that later!) and then James was quarantined (and Sam was stuck at home with him) the whole time we were there.

Here's the link to when I wrote about Amelie having HFM the month after she started daycare.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Amelie Says

Speaking about the MU farm expo:
     Sam: We're going to a farm tomorrow!
     Amelie: Are we going today?!
     Sam: We're going tomorrow. That's what tomorrow means.

When we were talking about coming to the bootheel for my great-aunt Helen's 100th birthday party, Sam asked Amelie how old she thought Aunt Helen would be. "98!" she answered. I said that was a really good guess, but that Aunt Helen would be a little older on her birthday. Amelie's next guess? "Two thousand!"

Cousin Marlee was doing a puzzle and said (to her mom), "Help me." Amelie yelled out, "Help is coming!" and ran right over.

There's a dragon statue under one of the end tables at Nana Jana's house. James told it, "No bite." And Amelie said, "It's just a female." (!?)

We were stopped waiting to turn left,  and our resident expert pipes up from the back seat, "You can go!" I explained that we had to wait for our turn, and Amelie says, "Sometimes you just have to go in front of the other cars."

She was talking about her alligator costume and said, "The head makes it more ferocious."

While Amelie was eating an apple down to the core, Sam said, "Wow, you're going to eat that whole apple," and Amelie responded, "They're delicious! Kids love 'em!" Sam asked what else kids love and she said, "Candy." Then I asked what adults love, and she replied, "Mosly Chinese food." I'd say she has a fair grasp on what's popular.

Amelie's been playing pretending that she's having a big party and inviting lots of people. A few days ago at our house, she told me that, "The names are all writened down." She told Nana Jana last night that the "Whole entire planet Earth" was coming. Nana Jana expressed some doubt about there being enough cake for the population of the planet, and Amelie said the rest of the people could eat ice cream.

She's still using a few creative verb tenses (like writened!). One that pops up fairly frequently is "I've never sawn that before."

We've been reading two chapters at night before bed, and I ask her what's the last thing that happened just to review before picking the story up again. This is how Amelie summarized part of Little House on Plum Creek, "Pa came back, and then they had that playdate, and then she saw a badger!" (She told the events in reverse order, which is kind of interesting, and to be fair, "playdate" is a pretty good description of what happened, even if it's kind of funny applying the word to something that happened in the 1800s)

And speaking of chapter books, I've been meaning to start a list for Amelie of what she's read.
The Complete Beatrice Potter (I guess this one only kind of counts, since the stories all stand alone, but it's long! We read it all the way through once and have gone back to several of the stories again.)
The Mouse and the Motorcycle (twice)
Mr. Popper's Penguins (twice)
The Cricket in Times Square 
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House on Plum Creek
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (We read this once and now we're reading it again. Sam accidentally called it 'Piggly-Wiggly,' like the grocery store.)
Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle 
We've started several Roald Dahl books, but had to stop because they were "too scary." I think I've finally learned my lesson and will wait on them for another year or so (The Twits, The Big Friendly Giant, Matilda -- we got halfway through Matilda, but the parents really are awful.)

My friend Amanda shared some reading lists with me, and I think we'll try The Wizard of Oz or Winnie the Pooh next. I'm looking for suggestions for books or reading lists if you'd have them, too.
P.S. I was asking for suggestions from our friends Sally, Matt, Rob, and Stephanie. Rob suggested Game of Thrones and we laughed, but apparently he missed the fact that I was asking about book suggestions for a four-year-old, and wasn't just making a joke.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Drawing

At preschool, one of the notes they sent home said they did "pre-writing" and Sam mocked it. However, it really does look like the small scribbles James is making are pre-writing :)


He has a really long attention span when it comes it drawing.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Appropriate Fall Outerwear

It was 50 degrees today, and this is what Amelie elected to wear.