Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hannah putting sand in a cup

This was so cute...Hannah was putting sand inside a cup!  Thought I'd share!  She will be 11 months old May 2nd.

April update

April was a tough month for Hannah.  Very fussy...and she really hasn't been a fussy baby except the first 4 months of her life (guess she had colic, you never know at that age).  In the beginning of the wait it was at the end of March Hannah had a little stomach bug and from that point forward her bowls were never the same.  Come to find out she had 4 little teeth coming in all at the same time.  After all the teeth came through Hannah's bowls still weren't the same so the Dr. changed her formula from Similac Sensitive to Enfimil A.R.  Well still didn't work so I contacted my awesome Dr. that is a Chiropractor and studies nutritional health.  He thought it would be best to just start her on Organic Horizon whole milk.  Boy has she been doing great...she has been on it for 1 week and 2 days after she started the whole milk her bowls were back to normal and she drinks more of the milk and is sleeping through the night (for right now)!

So as of today Hannah is back to her to her cute, adorable funny self.  She is also cute she practices from one end of the room to the next clapping and laughing.  Sooooo cute!       

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Our first Garden

Loved pouring and pouring and pouring the water! lol
Putting the seeds inside the pots.
Hmmmmm!  Which one should we plant....hmmm all of them!
Love getting dirty!
Yep!  More water!!!

My Aunt Sharon motivated me to start a garden.  So today Mee-Maw came over to help.  We had hot dogs and then planted.  Caden loved pouring the dirt into the pots and pouring the water. 

Big Machine Lapbook

Caden's completed Big Machines Lapbook
Counting Big Machines
Coloring the big machines.  I put the colors out and had him match the correct color with the correct color machine.
I held Caden's hand to write his name and then he wanted to do it...cute!

Last time we did a lapbook we did not have much success.  Caden wasn't too interested.  He also wasn't as involved as he was with this one.  He enjoyed this one much more!  I got this idea from this awesome site

Paper Dolls

In our book Miss Polly Has a Dolly it talks about Miss Polly taking care of her sick Dolly.  So we are learning about what sick is and who takes care of you when you are sick etc.  So Caden made a doll and our next step is to put bandages on her.   

Didn't Caden do good with the face???  I told him we forgot to put her mouth and nose and he said he wanted to draw it.

Cereal Necklace

Caden wasn't really into this activity so I helped so he could at least wear it around his neck.  He wore it for a little while and took it off.  Then I could not find it and got worried that Kelso or dog had eaten it.  Well he did eat it but thank God he decided to leave the yarn!

Ice Cream Cones

I cut 4 triangles for the cones and 4 semi-circles for the ice cream.  I numbered each one of them and told Caden that I had empty ice cream cones and we had to fill them with ice cream by matching the numbers to the correct cone.  
This activity really helped Caden with his number order.  This is his number order:  1, 2, 5, 6, (he's getting louder as he is saying the rest of the numbers) 7, 8, 9999999.  He thinks 9 is like saying 10 (you know the loud ending).   lol

Blake's Birthday and March of Dimes

All the kids ready to walk!  
We walked on Blake's birthday (2nd stroller to the left).
Me and the kids
Daddy and the kids
This is what babies do at birthday parties!  
Can you believe all these kids were born in the same year!  Starting from the left the twins born June 4, Hannah born June 2, Blake was born in April 26th, he was born at 25 weeks check out his amazing story, then Kensley was born on June 16th.  
There's crew again!

Grocery Game

This grocery week was a pretty good week.  I continued to save about the same because I still buy items that we like to eat on a regular basis even if they are not on sale.  You are supposed to buy certain items that are free or that are on sale and stock up on those items.  That doesn't really work for us because I have a picky eater that wants specific items, but I still save money. 
Coupon Savings:  11.50
Bonus coupon Savings:  2.50 
Kroger plus savings:  27.01
Total coupon savings:  41.01
Grocery balance:  138.63  

I also found some other ways that I can save a little more.  The Maynard Moment gives you all the deals from your favorite grocery store and gives you the coupon locations just like The Grocery Game, but it is FREE.  $5 Dinners gives you the deals for that week and tries to make each recipe or dinner for that night under $5.  I saw $5 Dinners on The Rachel Ray Show.  This website What's For Dinner? lays out a menu plan for each week.  I also realized I can double or even triple my coupons at my Krogers.  Why didn't I ask sooner...I will defiantly be doing that my next shopping trip.  

Friday, April 24, 2009


I got these stamps (they had a ton) at Michael's for $1.00 each.  It has been a long time since I have been to Michael's but they had a lot of $1.00 items.  Hannah's birthday is coming soon so I hope to go back and get the kids party favors.  

Rabbit Shape

Caden was really engaged in this activity.  I cut the Bunny Rabbit from The Itty-Bitty Bookworm Curriclum and glued it on a piece of construction paper.  We discussed the color we were painting with.  The instructions for the lesson was to get a clothespin and cotton ball.  Clip the cotton ball with the clothespin and paint away.  I think the clothespin with the cotton ball is the perfect way for a toddler to paint.  He felt more in control of were the paint went on the page and there was more paint that went on the page rather then with a small tip of a paint brush.  Loved loved loved the paintbrush substitution. 

Colorful Ovals

Placed streamer on the oval.
Tear streamers.  Another option is to use scissors.  We practiced with them but aren't very successful yet.  I did see on another website that there are scissors made especially for toddlers.  I will have to look for the site again.
Spreading glue with a paint brush.

Goal for this activity is to discuss the color green, yellow, and an oval.  

At home fun

Hannah loves puzzles!  Caden loves puzzles too but I need to get some new ones because he tells me "Too easy Mommy"!
Caden made me play-doh dinner.
Snakes!  We made play-doh snakes.  I asked Caden if snakes live in the forest, he said "Mmmmm Yes'!  He is a good guesser! :)
Cutting dinner!
Of course Little Miss Priss had to get inside the play-doh box!

Fun Shoes

I won these shoes at a jewelry Premier party and Caden got a kick out of them!

Fun with Nonna

So cute!  Hannah's starting to hold a bowl with her snack inside.:)
Loves to stick her hands inside things.
Laying in Nonna's lap eating her snack and watching American Idol.
Daddy defiantly gave Hannah her good looks!  She looks nothing like me.
Hannah and Nonna

Rabbit Food

Our goal for this activity  was sorting what "Rabbits eat" and what "Rabbits do not eat".  I cut out the picture provided from The Itty-Bitty Bookworm.  Then I placed two plastic containers on the table.  I put a bunny rabbit in one of the plastic containers and told Caden that we would put the food that "Rabbits eat" in that container.  Then in the other container without the bunny we would place the food that "Rabbits do not eat."
Very short attention span for this activity.  Maybe if we placed real food for the rabbit in the container he may have been more attentive.  Or even brought the book out that we are reading Thumper's Fluffy Tail to go along with the activity.  I will probably try this activity again along with the Bunny Rhymes.    

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bunny Rhymes

In this activity our goal was rhyming. I printed out the provided rhyming cards from The Itty-Bitty Bookworm.  I then placed one of each pair in a horizontal row.  I placed the remaining cards into a bowl.  I discussed some examples of rhyming (hat/cat, dog/frog).  Then I told him the pictures on his table were missing their rhyming buddies.  I did the first round for him.  He seemed to remember where the picture went in the first example I gave him.  

I really don't think Caden understood what rhyming is but we did our best.  He enjoyed looking at the pictures.  

Oval Butterflies

With this activity we talked about ovals and all the colors we used to make our picture.  I cute out 4 large ovals and 1 large thin oval.  I had to help Caden with placing the ovals in the correct spot.  
I put the glue on the paper so he could glitter away.  He loves shaking that glitter container.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Forest Animals

Putting the butterfly under the flower home.
Placing the rabbit in the forest.
Pointing to the shell for the snail.
Placing the squirrel under the tree.
Caden's saying, "What's that Mommy"!

For this activity our goal was to sort animals and their homes.  First I printed and cut out forest animals and their homes.  Then I put the animals homes on the floor in a horizontal row.  We talked about each one the animal homes.  Then I showed him the pictures of the forest animals.  We then placed the correct forest animal under the correct forest home.  He really enjoyed this activity.  We played 3 times.

Train Table Daddy Built

My talented husband built this train table for Caden!  He did such an awesome job!:)  I bought the train track at a re-sale shop for $20 and we bought the wood for $30.  $50 for a train table!  What a good buy!!!!!  Right after I took this picture my little sweet Hannah was so excited about the train table and had such a great time pulling off all the trees she could get her little hands on.  Silly girl!  Oh, and my husband also built the entertainment center (you can't see all of it) in the background too!  

Monday, April 20, 2009

Cotton Tail

Caden loves to paint!!!  Today we painted a rabbit.  We talked about the color white and we also discussed bunnies tails and where they go.  I gave him a cotton ball and asked him where the bunnies tail goes and he put it in the correct spot without any help.


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