Thursday, April 30, 2009

April Home Preschool

We've done a few fun activities this month. We made sailboats from ice cube trays and attached foil for the sales. Then we floated them in the sand and water table in the backyard (thank you Guinness family for the loan of the table!) Enoch had fun playing with the foil while Abby sailed the boats. Another day she enjoyed using a medicine dropper to move colored water from one bowl to another. This was a great activity to do while I was making dinner.

We have a nice little sidewalk close to our house that is covered with trees. We brought our little people there. Abby made a wonderful little house and garden for them out of the twigs, berries, leaves, etc. that she found nearby. Enoch was so good to just sit in the wagon and play while she made her creation. I love to see her playing pretend and using nature to build things instead of being reliant on toys. I remember making houses for my Glamor Gals (anyone remember those?) when I was little. I used moss for the carpet in the houses I built for them outside. We're looking forward to spending more time outside now that the weather is nice.

Friday, April 17, 2009

I Can Read!

Abby was in the bathroom the other night getting ready for bed when I heard her say "mmmmmmmmmmmmm ooooooooooo mmmmmmmmmmmmmm" She kepts saying that over and over. I went in there to see what she was doing. There was a magazine open that had the word "Mom" written in large letters. I asked her what she was doing. She said she was trying to read that word. I said, "oh, okay," and I walked out of the room. She kept working on it until she figured it out on her own. She ran all over the house saying, "I can read, I can read, I can read!" Since then, she has really been interested in learning to read. We have started using a book called, "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons." She's on lesson 24 and is doing very well. She likes to "read" her Bible and "read" to her friend, Mary. What a wonderful gift to be able to give a child, the gift of reading!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Camp Pops and Nana II

My sister, Alissa and her boys joined us for "Camp Pops and Nana." We spent several days at my parents house, it was so great for the cousins to be able to play together. Alissa and her family live in Maryland, so we don't get to see them very often. This was Abby's first time to dye Easter eggs. We made a scavenger hunt for them and the end prize was their Easter baskets. I loved seeing Nana and all the kids piled on the bed for bedtime stories. Later during the week, we spent some time in Nashville at the zoo. We hardly looked at the animals, the boys declared the zoo playground as the best playground in the world. We're sad that my other sister, Anna and her family were not able to join us this year. We look forward to next year!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Neighborhood Easter

Our neighborhood hosts an Easter egg hunt party each year. They had a magician, an egg hunt, cotton candy and popcorn. My sister, Alissa and her family were here for a visit and were able to attend the party with us. Moni and Pawi walked down to join in the fun, too.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Enoch @ 9 Months

Enoch is finally sleeping through the night consistently! He's also started crawling. He does his own unique version of crawling. He looks like an inchworm and sometimes it looks like he's swimming or something. He uses total upper body strength to move. He's already begun to find the things that are off limits for babies, like the fireplace and our Roomba vacuum cleaner.