Nov 18
School Pictures
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Dec 7

I am so proud of Spencer and all he’s learning in his preschool – Little Readers Preschool – and I love how excited he is every time he learns something new. AND he’s much more open about what he’ll show me he knows. He’s usually too shy but it’s helped him out a lot. Steve and Spencer love doing letter games and it’s really been fun watching them do it together.

Spencer wrote the word “HAT” on my dry erase board. I told him he can make it a new word by changing the first letter. After HAT came FAT and then CAT. I’m impressed by how much he remembers AND how great his penmanship is.

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He’s also found other creative ways to show me what letters he learned. (pipe cleaner) Sorry it’s upside down

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These were there “O” necklaces.  (Again, sorry they’re upside down)

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Spencer also wanted to write his Christmas list to Santa by himself. He asked me how to spell certain toys and I’d tell him one letter at a time. I think he did SO good.

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Spencer I am so proud of you!

Nov 1

Steve and his parents took the kids to the Scarecrow Festival while I was at work. It’s tradition! 🙂 By the looks of the pictures and the excited stories they told me, it sounds like they had a blast! Here are a few pics:

The kids LOVE the inflatable slides!

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Fun and Games

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They got to ride the train

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It sounds like they had a wonderful time! Hope I can go next year!

Oct 7
Holy Cuteness Batman!
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Spencer is SO darn cute! I love his preschool! He is learning so much and his teacher is just amazing! Miss Jamie’s sister, Miss Jocie, is a photographer and took the kids pictures on “Picture Day” (can you believe I have a kid who has PICTURE DAY?!)  Click on the picture if you want to see the other kids and the class photo.

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Sep 23

On TUESDAY we introduced CIRCLE TIME…

We start out the day with free time in which the children can choose to play with toys, puzzles, magnets, etc… or they can choose to draw pictures or play with play dough. Then we all work together to clean up and meet on the red rug for Circle Time!

During Circle Time, we review the month, day, and year and sing our “Months of The Year” song (which is basically “January, February, March, etc…” set to the “Macarena” complete with actions). We introduce or review the letter/sound of the week, choose a color, shape, and rhyming words for the day. One child is then chosen to be the “weatherperson”. The weatherperson looks out the window and changes the weather dial on our wall to fit the weather of the day. We finish up the Circle Time calendar by counting out our gumballs in the jar together.

Next, the children find their “Name-o-saurus” on the wall and look to see if the “special heart” has been placed next to their name! Each day, the special heart is placed next to a different child’s name designating them the Flag Leader for the day. We then have the Flag Leader come to the front and lead us in The Pledge of Allegiance. After this, Miss Jamie plays “My Country Tis of Thee” on the piano and the children march around the rug singing as they follow the Flag Leader.

On WEDNESDAY we walked to Centennial Park…

After we got back, we fingerpainted with PUDDING our LETTER OF THE DAY, which is A – the children learned to make a lowercase “a” by first making the letter “c” then adding the line!
Sep 12
Week 1 (by Miss Jamie)
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On TUESDAY (the first day of school) we read the story “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn. Each of the children found a handprint made by their parent(s) and placed a “kiss” on it. We talked about our worries of leaving Moms and Dads while we are at school and we talked about the fun we will be having each day at school. In art we made handprints to take home for our parents to have. The rest of the time was spent getting to know each other and the preschool surroundings better.

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On WEDNESDAY we read “How Do Dinosaurs Go to School” by Jane Yolen and introduced each child to their “Name-0-saurus”. Each child’s name was placed next to a different dinosaur on the wall. We then had each child stand up one at a time and take a turn finding their “Name-o-saurus” on the wall as we chanted “Dinosaur, Dinosaur, ONE, TWO, THREE… who’s that dinosaur standing next to me”?. This helped each child recognize their written name. In art we made dinosaur hand puppets to take home (with our names on them of course)!
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Sep 2
Pre-School: Day 2
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Spencer was so excited to go to Pre-School today that I didn’t even need to walk him to the door. He and another boy walked up to the door, knocked and went right in without even looking back. They were talking dinosaurs today.

Once we picked Spencer up, I asked him what they did today. “We made a dinosaur bag.” (puppet) Did you read a story? “No. We sang songs.” What songs? “I don’t remember.” Oh. LOL

I found out later that they sang B-I-N-G-O…and then later he told me it wasn’t today it was tomorrow (he means yesterday).

He also said something about popcorn. Who knows 🙂 ha ha ha!

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And this is the one where Spencer is holding Kit-Kat and started telling her about pre-school!

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Sep 1
Pre-School: Day 1
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Our first day of Pre-school:

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We woke up earlier than we normally do: 7:30 AM

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Spencer and Evie took a bath (they were filthy last night but we had to make a decent bedtime)

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They ate breakfast (notice Spencer’s face? He’s complaining about Evie talking with her mouth full! LOL)

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We can’t forget to brush our teeth!

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Putting on his shoes

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Spencer wasn’t sure how to pose with his backpack. He looks like he’s in pain!

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This one’s a little better. Shows a little more how he really feels about preschool.

We got to preschool about 10 minutes early and sat in the van. I asked Spencer if he was nervous about anything. “Well, I just don’t know what we’re doing there.” I assured him that Miss Jamie would help him and the other boys (did I mention that only boys ended up signing up for the AM class? Funny, huh?) and that they’d all learn together. I also double checked to make sure he knew where the bathroom was, what his teacher’s name was, his birthday, mommy and daddy’s real names, and how to spell his name. He did pretty good, even when he spelled his name out loud… “S – P – E – R” How cute! Before I walked him to the door, he asked “can we go to a restaurant today?” I said we could go to McDonalds to celebrate his first day and let him play on the play place. I walked him to the door, said good bye and went back to the car.

No, I didn’t cry. I must be a horrible mommy.

When the time came to pick Spencer up, I was the last one there. Luckily on the nice days we pick the kids up in the backyard where they play and wait for us. Spencer didn’t seem to mind much that I was later than the other moms.

Spencer was so excited to show us his artwork and tell us about his day (Aunt Netty and Lukie came with me and Evie to pick him up). Aunt Netty asked Spencer what his favorite part was. “Hanging up my backpack.” LOL He told me that they painted and that they had to wash their hands. He also told me that the radio told a story and they used their finger to go up to down over and over again. (I’m assuming they’re learning to follow along with the words when they read a story).

Look how cute

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Spencer loved his first day of preschool. Tomorrow: Dinoasaurs.

Jun 15
New Ward
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So yesterday we finally made it to our new ward….after 1 week of not going to church (due to no gas for warm showers and the wrong plug for our dryer) and 1 week at our old ward saying our good-byes. We made it to church right before it started and was greeted by the RS President’s husband. Sacrament was really good…there is a couple who moved their family here from Argentina and the older parents do not speak English. Instead of going to a Spanish speaking ward, they opted to stay in our ward to be with their daughter. They gave talks and had their children translate. Pretty neat stuff!

I had to take Evie to the potty and when we walked into the bathroom there was another little girl there wearing the same dress as Evie. They were both 2, almost 3, and would be in nursery together. I asked if the little girl liked princesses and once Evie saw she did, she was so excited to have a new friend. (Although, she did ask if Cyana would be there too…poor thing misses her best friend so much!)

After sacrament was over, I had to go potty and so did Spencer. On the way to the restroom I asked a woman how old her son was. He was 4 and a Sunbeam just like Spencer. There was another little boy there who was also 4 and a Sunbeam. Spencer met them both and after using the bathroom, said he was excited to see his new friends. A woman asked if we were new and how old Spencer was. She introduced herself as the Sunbeam teacher! So now Spencer knew 2 friend and his teacher before he even got to Primary.

We met with the Bishop (really nice guy!) and then headed off to class. Evie saw her new friend and went to sit by her in Nursery…no problem! We took Spencer to Primary and found his class. He walked in  – no problem! Steve and I were a little shocked…and wondered whether or not we needed to do anything more. Typically our kids would be a bit more shy and want us to stick around. This was great though! So, we went to Sunday School and then split out for Relief Society and Elder’s Quorem. I do feel a bit younger than the majority there, but they all seemed really nice and welcoming. And luckily we know one family already – Eric and Jamie were our very first landlords when we got married. Funny, huh?

After church the Elder’s Quorem presidency stopped by to welcome us and chat with us for a bit. It was super  nice. All in all we are really feeling welcomed, are pleased with our children’s taking to it, and are still really loving our new area.

Jun 2

Okay, not really December and not in ’63 but that’s what came to my head…

Tonight was interesting to say the least…I was cooking dinner in my new kitchen and right before the timer went off Spencer goes running from the kitchen towards his bedroom. He trips on something and smacks his head hard into the wall. I say “You need to be more careful” and then I see it….

blood.

and lots of it.

I run and pick him up, scream “Steve!!! Steve!!!” and take him into the bathroom, grab a wash towel, and put it on his head. Steve gets off his phone with his parents, checks on us and then cleans the blood off the carpet since there’s not much room in the bathroom and not much he could do. He called the after hours Urgent Care to see where the closest one is and find out if we should bring him in.

Head wounds are always bleeders so it took a while for it to stop. The doctor took more than 4 minutes trying to clean off all of the blood to find the actual injury. It was tiny! Maybe a quarter of an inch…maybe! No glue or stitches require but now we know what to do in head injuries (3+ throw ups, loss of consciousness, forgetting names, etc means go in!).

On the way there we asked him if his head hurt…. “no” Okay….hmmm… that’s a little weird

He was super great for the doctor and very brave.

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