Thursday, October 20, 2011

Short Attention Spans

We had S. over on a Friday and we had so much fun. However, all the toys were so new to him that he only played each for minutes at a time. We jumped from activity to activity. Their favorite activity was collecting acorns out back (our tree is literally raining acorns) and then pouring acorns from one cup to another. Then they built towers with blocks and acorns.



 We also played with play dough. They loved cutting the dough into small pieces with plastic knives.

I enjoy having friends over for Bee, although I tend to make it a lot of work for myself by pulling out lots of projects and activities. I do enjoy when they play happily together and entertain each other.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Play Doh Zoo

Here's a simple idea for playing with your kids and their toys. I found it here. Ingredients: popsicle sticks, play dough, little animal toys, and boundless creativity.



Sunday, October 16, 2011

Graduation

After a year of off and on success with potty training....we finally have a
POTTY TRAINING GRADUATE.





To celebrate, we dressed her up in the graduation gown the grandma had made her to wear for our graduations from the University of Iowa last May. We marched around the house to "pomp and circumstance" and then we handed her a personalized 'diploma' and a gift. She was so proud of herself and loved marching. I am thrilled to not have to even think much about reminding her to use the restroom. She is so headstrong that I recently worried that she would not potty train for years to come. Luckily, our time has come and she happily claims that she is no longer a baby. Now we have to start thinking about the unthinkable, ditching the pacifier.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Milk Painting

A blog that I follow shared the following activity. She called it 'terrific toast.'
Bee helped me mix food dyes in milk to create paints.

 Then she painted a 'masterpiece' on bread.


 Then we toasted it up in the toaster and she had a tasty snack. Actually, the bread was still pretty soggy. I would not willingly eat this snack, but she enjoyed it.
 Then we used the leftover paint to paint on paper.

Side note: This purple dress was a gift from Aunt Jenny (as was the apron) and it is her absolute favorite. She would wear it every day if she could. We will both probably both cry when it no longer fits.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

So Serious

Little ones always look so serious when they are having their faces painted. Thanks to Sierra for paying to get Bee's face painted. She picked a dolphin.

I chose to be bipartisan and had a republican balloon on one of her hands and a democratic party one on the other.

Close and personal at the petting zoo.
Our state's constitution was signed here in our town and we went to celebrate on constitution day for the festival. I love fall weather and calm afternoons.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Creative

Mommy and Bee "camped" out in the living room while daddy was on a conference trip to Seattle. The air mattress fit inside perfectly. I soon found out, however, that two-year-olds are best left sleeping on their own. I ended up on the couch.






New "hat." How many little ones care what a colander is anyways?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Shaving Cream Is Greasy

I first learned about this activity when I was student teaching in a kindergarten ESL classroom. The teach gave each student a large glob of shaving cream and then she let them just play in it. They had plastics frocks to protect their clothing. Then she guided them to write letters in the cream.

We tried this activity out while I was babysitting one day. This is a messy one. At first the little ones did not want to get all messy. By the end, shaving cream was flying.

If you look in the playroom in the background you'll see the blue bib that I looked for everywhere before this activity, hoping it would cover Bee up a little bit better. I found it a little too late.


Clapping while your hands are covered in shaving cream results in cream flying all around the room.

They also especially enjoyed cleaning up the trays in the sink afterwards.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Singing in the Rain

New rain boots found at a local consignment store, were finally put to the test. The light rain was a perfect setting for a fun, puddle splashing outing. We sang and danced and played. It is so fun to see life again through the eyes of a child. Sometimes she comes up with the fun activities, but this time I just had to set her on the path. We finally headed home when I, the umbrellaless one, started getting a little too wet for my comfort.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Seminary

I have been teaching early morning seminary by myself now for several months. (Last year I shared the calling with my husband and only had to teach every other day.) My body still has not gotten used to arising at 5:30 a.m. Despite the physical and mental challenges that this calling exacts, I have found it to be a blessing in my life. I love being forced to study and feast upon the scriptures. I love the Spirit that I feel when I prepare a lesson with a humble heart and an honest desire to teach in the Lord's way. I love how I have received answers to my unspoken prayers as I have spent time studying and pondering. I enjoy relearning the strengths of the Old Testament, although I still struggle to understand everything that I read. I have wonderful, respectful, kind, and thoughtful seminary students. They pray for me. They are memorizing the scripture mastery's. They bring food to share. They are always willing to read and pray in class. They prepare thoughtful devotionals. They even comment sometimes.They are righteous young people who are striving to understand their role in this world and I am grateful for scripture to provide them a sure footing and a clear direction.

I teach the classes at my home and have found that to be a great blessing.

Here is a drawing that I did when we talked about the fall and the choices in the Garden of Eden. I was pretty proud of it.

Notice Bee’s contributions near the bottom of the board.
The unicorn was Julie's addition.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Preschool Activites

I have been making an extra effort lately to involve Bee in preschool type activities. I do not come up with any these activities myself and find most of them on a variety of different websites and blogs. The ironic thing that I have found is that the setup usually takes longer than the actually activity itself. I still enjoy doing them with her, though.

For this activity I bought some dollar foam shapes from T.arget and then provided her with paper and paint.


Art gallery here we come.

I love the tecture of this one.
This third painting was mine. Hers were cleaner and more simplistic.