Saturday, May 23, 2015

Amelie's Day, birthday edition

We're celebrating today, but Amelie had a fun-filled actual 5th birthday on Thursday.

7:30am - Joined Mom, Dad, and Brother in the big bed
8:00am - Requested and received oats and mango for breakfast
9:00am - Bossed all the other preschoolers in the "KidZone" at the gym (told everyone at the gym it was her birthday)
11:00am - Little Swimmers with friends from church
12:30pm - Picnic lunch (peanut butter & jelly sandwiches & grapes & cheetos)
1:00pm - Played at the park (mostly with mulch)
2:00pm - Play date with Caroline (from 2-5 at our house, so her parents could pack for vacation!)
2:15pm - Second lunch (grilled cheese, milk, more mango, carrot sticks, more grapes)
2:30pm - Kerfluffle over the correct way to build a grass fort
2:45pm - Playing solo outside
3:00pm - Painting
3:30pm - Using branches as swords
4:30pm - Hide and Seek / taking turns trapping each other in the closet
5:00pm - Invented new game: Find out whose blade of grass is longest
5:30pm - Dinner (fried rice & pineapple)
6:00pm - Pick up the backyard so Dad can mow
6:15pm - Made cupcakes to take to school tomorrow (licked spoon)
7:00pm - Watched The Gruffalo's Child on Netflix
7:45pm - Went to the library to try to check out The Gruffalo's Child or The Gruffalo (all copies checked out)
8:00pm - Quick solo grocery store trip with Mom (told everyone at the store it was her birthday & got a cookie)
8:50pm - Read one chapter from The Golden Goblet
9:10pm - (late) Bedtime

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


I probably shouldn't post this because later there was An Incident, but take a look at this daredevil:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sleep Habits of the American Preschooler

When Amelie first moved to her big-kid (trundle) bed, every once in a while I'd go in in the morning and she'd be somewhere strange, like on the floor or the one panic-inducing time when she was in the closet.

Early this morning, I walked in to find this, and at first I thought she must be in James's bed or on the floor somewhere.

Aerial view: 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Yard Sale

I had a yard sale today. It wasn't the best weekend (by a long shot!) because of weather and grading, but I said I'd go in with my neighbor (who just raked it in - she had some bigger pieces & was nice and dry under her carport).

Anyway, we decluttered quite a bit & I met a new neighbor & talked to several others & petted many dogs out on walks. The kids had a ball. Amelie, as you might imagine, was quite the salesperson. She also very helpfully directed folks over to Ann's sale across the street. Once, a woman was looking at our highchair & Amelie pointed to the price sign & said, "That's how many bucks you need to give us." James rescued several things & took them back inside. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

James Can Draw a Person!

James can draw a person! Can you believe it? I brought it to work with me this morning to scan in. I'm so impressed :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Grass-haired Monster Centerpiece

James brought this home from school 2 weeks ago. We watched it sprout hair. It's on the bench in this picture, but usually it's our outside table centerpiece.

Apparently that was it for the picture-taking. Done.
Also pictured is the birds' nest that fell from our tree. It's remarkably heavy (and probably full of germs!) I think it must be from last year, or one that's already had chicks this year. There was a pretty blue robin eggshell that may or may not have been related to it in the back yard as well.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers' Day Book

Amelie made me a book for Mothers' Day at school. It said:

My mom's favorite color is green. (Right-o!)
My mom's favorite food is rice. (This reminds me of when she said grownups like Chinese food.)
My mom's favorite thing to do is the computer. (hahahahaha)
My mom is happy when I dress myself. (Bingo, again!)
The best thing about my mom is she lets us watch TV when she is working on the computer. (By this time, I'm dying. They really only get to watch their shows when I have to grade a set of papers.)
My mom gets mad when I argue with James.