Thursday, May 31, 2012
Aliza was proud to show the reviewer all of her work. She answered all of her questions...counted by 5's, read a page of one of her books, and counted to 10 in Spanish. The reviewer told Aliza that she has done a lot of work and should be proud of herself. She told me that it is clear that Aliza is at or above grade level.
It was nice to hear. (Not that she could really evaluate that in the brief time she was with us, but it was nice to hear just the same!)
Aliza made me laugh today. Someone asked her how old she was. She said I'm 6 and I'm in vacation grade. Now it's time to pack away kindergarten and enjoy summer!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
First, Aliza washed each one.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
I had explained Aliza what was happening and at breakfast that morning she said, "Daddy I need to ask you a question. How do you feel about this being probably the last time you see your Grandpa's house?" Jeremy answered that he was feeling a little bit sad, but it was ok.
Aliza had a ball finding treasures at the sale. I let her take what she wanted. I'm regretting it at the moment, but she was occupied and having fun and the family was glad to see things taken..enthusiastically.
There were lots of tools and things for Josiah to look at.
Just look at this picture!! Josiah and his Great Uncle Darryl. Josiah followes him around everywhere. The picture was not posed. This morning when Josiah heard Darryl tell Patti that she was staying home from church with us, Josiah let out a big, "Yesss!"
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
tutorial and they were super easy to make. Thankfully the hem is a mile long so it hides an awful lot of imperfections!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
I knew you could plant the tops of pineapples. This one is reproducing!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Gramma's idea of "roughing it" is using towels for tableclothes and folding chairs! As you can see there was no lack of food...there was even jello in individual glass dishes. Anna carried one of those around the yard and it didn't break. (That was lucky!)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
First I adhered iron on backing to the fabric and then cut each piece out. I put velcro on the girl pieces, but need to buy some more before I can add it to the boys.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Camping has been a frequent topic of conversation. Aliza has made lists of supplies needed for a camping trip. We do not have camping equipment. Anna is not at an age where she is going to sleep well in a tent. And I'm pretty sure that as soon as night hits the older ones aren't going to be very excited about camping. So I had the bright idea to have a day time camping trip in our backyard. We set up the small tent we have. We would have had a camp fire if it wasn't so breezy. We had a picnic lunch and took naps in the tent.
I should say Josiah took a nap in the tent. We put 4 people in a 2 person tent. It was hot. Aliza was wiggly. When she started complaining I excitedly told her we were camping! It was a lovely day and we had fun, however; I'm not ready to take this family camping!
Then I got to go see my Mom. That always makes me happy. Aliza was offended that I was the one driving home because Mommy was not supposed to do any work. Josiah declared he loves Mother's Day and he's ready for Kid's Day now. It's all about the presents!
I'm a very blessed Mama.
Friday, May 11, 2012
I've had a really good week. I have kept up with housework, done some extra house work, finished school and cared for a baby in addition to my children a couple afternoons. I just felt good about what I accomplished. Then this evening happened...
Jeremy played in a golf tournament this afternoon. It started a 2pm. He didn't get home until 9:30pm. I was making supper. Anna was throwing a temper tantrum. Over what I have no idea she seemed to have trouble keeping her temper in check this afternoon. Josiah was coughing incessantly. He needed allergy medicine. I turn to the kitchen sink and there is water leaking from the ceiling.
I run upstairs, calling to Aliza to turn off the water. She was washing the frosting off the toys she put on her cake yesterday. In the excitement of whatever story she was imagining she forgot to turn off the water. The sink was overflowing. There was water everywhere. Truly, she was utterly clueless as to what was happening.
Our sink vanity has a drawer in the bottom. When I pulled it out to realize it was filled with water I called Jeremy. What I wanted him to say was, "It's ok, Babe, I'll throw my golf clubs in the car, let my team down and come rescue you!" That doesn't happen in real life... He says, "Use as many towels as you need to mop of the water. " No rescue happening. He was an hour away anyway. I got the bathroom dried up.
Aliza told me well, Mom, the good news is that the kitchen is only dripping in one place now. That statement didn't sink in until I looked at the sink trying to figure out what all the containers were for. Aliza had done her best to catch the drips. Bless her heart.
I started looking a little closer and realized that my phone was sitting in a puddle on water in the cabinet. I had cabinets to dry out also. I told Aliza and Josiah to play Mario Kart. They agreed with out question. Hmmm. I made the pizza and got it in the over. Gave Anna a snack. Josiah had to poop. Wiped him and mopped the floor (bad aim). It was then I decided that I needed to just go upstairs and look at facebook. Just a quick moment of silence and a breather.
All seemed well until I went downstairs to find Anna playing in the dish that I drain meat grease into. What a stinky, messy mess. I couldn't believe it. I was ready to curl up in a ball.
Of course, I didn't. I cleaned Anna up. Got supper on the table. Ate supper. Cleaned up the kitchen. Took a walk with the children. Called my Mom. Gave the children baths and tucked them in.
All those good feelings about being on top of home and housework? Out the window.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
My parents came over for a celebration supper and we decided to show 2 parts of the DVD lesson tonight. Aliza was very proud of her herself tonight.
Aliza was excited to read her chapter book to Grandad. It was called "The Fishing Trip." Her Grandad loves to fish. Aliza thought the book was pretty funny because no one caught a fish!
I'm super proud of Aliza. She is prepared for first grade. I shed some tears today, but we'll save my reflections on the school year for another post!