Monday, November 23, 2009

Week in Review: Cake Bake

This past week was all about J!

We watched his Karate belt test on Monday, and were so proud of him when he advanced to a yellow belt. Tuesday night we watched him perform in a play on Texas History, including singing several songs and dancing the Cotton-Eyed Joe.

Thursday night was the Cub Scout Cake Bake Contest. J had to bake and decorate the cake himself. He chose to enter the Holiday competition with a Christmas Tree-shaped cake complete with battery-operated lights. It's hard to see in this photo, but the tree really was lit up. He won first place and was so excited!!


He also had an orthodontist appointment, a doctor's appointment and a special luncheon on Thursday. With all the running around we did with J, and with the return of her cold, M didn't want to do any of the activities I had planned for her last week. We'll try them again this week.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tot School: Corn Week

I had hoped that week we would finally get settled back into our routine. The beginning of the week went okay, but then M caught a cold and we didn't do much the last half of the week except cuddle and read books. Our theme this week, was corn.

First, M dot-painted a corn cob picture I printed off from Making Learning Fun. She loves her dot painters, and we haven't used them in a while.


Next, we glued popcorn onto corn cob shapes. Since popcorn is chokeable for toddlers, I did this right after breakfast when I knew M wouldn't be hungry, and then watched her very carefully. (I adapted this idea from here.)


We also did a dry pouring activity using unpopped popcorn kernels, but I had to supervise this carefully and didn't get a good picture.

Then we made a feathered mask for this week's Open-Ended Art project.


Because M never considers art time over just because a project is completed, we also did a lot of painting this week.

M has developed a fascination with letters. She recognizes all of her upper and lowercase letters and names them in everything she sees. If there is a letter, M wants to tell you what it is, and then try to draw it. However, she doesn't have the finger strength yet to control a pencil/crayon for writing. One solution we have found is the magna doodle. M uses the magnet shapes, which she can easily grasp as they have chunky grips, and draws letters on the magna doodle that way. Here, she drew a "baby b" using the circle magnet.


That was all I got pictures of this week. Our theme next week is, of course, Turkeys. To see what other's did this week in Tot School, go to Carissa's blog at 1+1+1=1.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Open Ended Art: Feathers

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We are back into our routine this week, and that includes participating in the weekly Open Ended Art meme over at Mommies Wise Little Bookworms. This week's theme was feathers.

Since M is so into dress-up lately, I thought it would be fun to make feathered masks. I cut the base out of foam, and gave M the glue and feathers and a few sequins.

After putting a few feathers on, she asked me for buttons. And of course, since the button box has googly eyes in it, she had to use those as well.


It didn't have as many feathers as I had envisioned, but she was very proud of the finished product.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Karate Kid

J started Karate this September, for the first time. He is still a white belt (beginning level) but should move up to orange belt soon. One of the requirements for moving up is participating in a sparring tournament, which he did this weekend. He did really well for his first time, and won a second place trophy. He was so excited, and we are all so proud of him!

Here he is during his event. He is the one in the white helmet and red gloves. The boys wear protective gear and they only tag their partners, no hard kicks or hits allowed, it's all in fun.

And here he is with his trophy!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

We're Back

I have been gone from posting for a few weeks. A combination of illnesses, a broken camera, and just the joys of every day life have limited the time I had to spend blogging. However, I am hoping to be back at it more regularly this week.

Here are a few photos of what we have been up to the last few weeks. (I know they are blurry, we still have a broken camera!)

J carved his pumpkin (with help from Daddy). It's hard to tell, but he carved the Grim Reaper. We didn't want to let M carve, so she used some plastic pieces to make a kitty cat pumpkin. I had thought she'd want to play in the goop from inside J's pumpkin, but she refused to even touch it!


My mother is a very talented seamstress and makes the kid's Halloween costumes every year. This year they were Harry Potter and a kitty cat.


We also had some professional photos of the kids taken this month. There were so many wonderful ones, but these are my favorites.



M mother is loaning us a digital camera until we purchase a new one, so hopefully I can take some more pictures of our daily activities in the coming weeks.