Friday, March 26, 2010

(This Moment)


Ezra playing "sleeping" earlier this week.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Gray Daybook

Outside my window…

It is gray and cool again today. It rained much of yesterday and it looks like it's going to spit on and off again today.
I am thinking…

about mini-units for Kindergarten. I'm making plans for an About Me unit (learning our address, phone number, city, and other things about our family), and compiling some book lists for science topics Ender has mentioned lately.
I am thankful for…

Quiet evenings. Since we've been able to get outside more readily my boys have been falling asleep quickly and easily at night, making for the quiet evenings I'm needing lately.
Always Learning…

Ender has been reading a lot of easy readers lately and getting the hang of recognizing sight words a little more quickly. He's also been really involved with helping me plan for the garden this year.

Ezra has been lining everything up lately. I mean EVERYTHING- toys, shoes, pillows . . . he started categorizing some things too- stacking little books together, big books together, etc.
From the kitchen…

Not a lot lately, to be honest. I'm having a bit of a hard time adjusting to the schedule for this quarter, but I'm hoping to catch up over the weekend. We have plans to make bagels and prep a few meals for later in the week.

I am wearing…

Jeans, a black long sleeve t-shirt and my blue Shalom cardigan.
I am creating…

Lots of booklists.

The first sleeve of my February Lady Sweater. (!!!)

Easter surprises for the boys.

I am going

to make it through the next three weeks. That's when the annual recital for the studio is- and I have 55 individual performances. Between now and then there are the programs to design and have printed, reception details to finalize, hands to hold, nerves to calm . . . It all gets done somehow every year. Every year it comes together in time. And every year I still stress the same way!
I am reading…

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan and looking through a GIANTstack of knitting books from the library.
I am hoping…

To get my Easter ideas for the boys to come to fruition- I'm trying to find as much spare knitting time as I can!

I am hearing…

Episodes of The Guild. Again with the geekiness.
Around the house…

We are still in spring cleaning mode a little bit each day so that by the time we  can have the house opened up full time everything will be clean.
One of my favorite things…

Green apple shampoo. It's the best smell to me first thing in the morning!

A few plans for the rest of the week . . .

A bit of work on the recital, hopefully finishing knitting one Easter gift, and making a much needed run to the library.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Zoo I Drew

We've been exploring art in children's books recently and Ender especially has been fascinated with copying art work. He has tried to copy several books, but The Zoo I Drew is the first one that kept him busy for more than a page. Ender invited Ezra and I to contribute as well so we would have a "very full book" by the end.


The Zoo I Drew features animals in alphabetical order with a short poem about each one. We all announced one animal that we would draw and set to work on a book full of different animals. We ended up with duplicate crocodiles because Ezra made at least 3 or 4! We chose to use crayons, since that's the best medium for Ezra (2yo) right now and half sheets of paper to make the book a bit smaller.





Ender decided to copy some of the animal art from the book very closely, specifically the jaguar. It took several tries before he decided on the best way to make the eyes.


We put our animals in alphabetical order just like the book, hole punched the sides and put it all together with a ribbon through the holes. Ender designed the cover with sticky foam letters and made sure to remind me to add the authors names to the front!

Monday, March 22, 2010


On Friday the 19th we were outside sans jackets, riding bikes and running around at the local park. By 5 p.m. that afternoon the temperature had dropped almost 20 degrees and we woke up Saturday morning to this:


And the first day of Spring? It pretty much looked like this:



It still pretty much looks like that, although our forecasters have promised a return to the 60s by Tuesday. So YAY for real spring on Tuesday I guess!

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