Thursday, December 11, 2008

Disneyland Notes

Slipshod and I have come up with some fantastic ideas for Disneyland:

1) (mine) - When a guest enters the park they should be handed a temporary tattoo of the Disneyland park map.
We had at least two maps with our group at all times but were constantly searching our bags for them.
2) (Slipshod's) - Strollers at Disneyland should have a park map attached to them (really, how hard would that be?) OR, his preference, a GPS.

Our visit to Disneyland and California Adventure was fantastic. We had tons of fun every day we went and it was so nice to be in a place where so many of the rides do not have a height limit. Neither of the girls liked Mr. Toad's Wild Ride because of the hell scene at the end (if I had remembered that part of the ride I never would have taken them in), but The Bug still agreed to pose for a picture in the car outside.

Thanks to Boopa, Sweet Pea became obsessed with finding as many "hidden Mickeys" as possible, though when you only go on rides in a couple parts of the park, you're not going to be in the right places to see most of them. Thanks to the book (yes, we cheated), she and I did find a hidden Mickey in the Sun Fountain Plaza in California Adventure.
I really liked the fantastically decorated Christmas trees in Toon Town. Most of the ornaments were bigger than my head!
Monday night Slipshod and I went to dinner by ourselves at the Blue Bayou restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The girls stayed with their grandparents and since we had to run to get to the restaurant on time as soon as we got off the tram after returning to the park after naptime, The Bug cried hard and was completely miserable as we ran off after hugging her and Sweet Pea goodbye. Grandma figured she'd introduce The Bug, age 2, to SHOPPING THERAPY. Thanks so much, Grandma. The Bug was not the least bit swayed until she saw a certain pair of shoes. The rest of the evening she was completely fine.

We had a really fun time seeing our So. Cal. - dwelling friends; two families at the parks on Saturday and one family at their home on Sunday (when we also visited the Griffith Observatory, which Sweet Pea and her grandpa really really enjoyed - grandpa even said that the planetarium show there was the best he's ever seen, and he's seen a lot of 'em so that's high praise).

Unfortunately, The Bug never got comfortable with all the change on our trip, and now that we're home she's having trouble settling back in too. She is grumpy often these days, which is not normal for her, and I feel pretty awful when she gets really upset because I know she's probably just discombobulated and there's nothing that'll fix that but time. We're back on our usual routine as of today but one day isn't going to settle her in so she was still very out of sorts tonight and bedtime was a horror which resulted in The Bug screaming herself to sleep in the guest room and Slipshod accidentally falling asleep with Sweet Pea, who didn't want to be alone after The Bug was evicted from their room for the night. Normally I probably would have snuggled The Bug to sleep but for some reason tonight I just wanted to get out of there and I couldn't get her to settle down so as I walked down the stairs she opened their bedroom door (a new skill she seems to have only in times of extreme unhappiness) and screamed her head off. Slipshod took over from there.

Really the trip went very well over all, but I feel like next time we do this The Bug will probably be old enough to take all the change more in stride. And not nearly break her mother by wanting to be carried through Disneyland all day long.

My apologies if any of these sentences do not make sense; all I want to do is escape into a TV show right now, but I wanted to post a few pictures and a little rundown of our trip. Slipshod took most of the photos on the trip and I haven't even seen most of them yet, so there will be more later when he gets 'em all downloaded! :o)
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Three things:

1) Sweet Pea's school picture is SO COMPLETELY ADORABLE!

2) Last night Sweet Pea had to sleep in the guest room with nobody snuggling her to sleep, etc. I know this is not a good thing, but earlier in the day when she didn't beat the timer getting dressed I had told her she would have to sleep in a different room by herself that night so I had to stick with the prescribed punishment. Even though it was something I shouldn't have used as a punishment because it's something I do want her to learn to do ANYway, as a growing kid. I thought she was going to beat the timer. And I couldn't think of a better idea at the moment that I uttered what the punishment would be.

ANYway, this morning after she woke up, Sweet Pea bounded into our room and happily proclaimed, "that was fun! I like sleeping by myself in my own high bed (the guest bed is on a frame; the kid bed in our room is not) in a different room!"

WOW! That was cool. The girls currently sleep together on a full sized mattress on the master bedroom floor (although The Bug wakes up almost every night and climbs into the "big bed" with Slipshod and me) and while I actually like having the kids in our room, I do hope that some day they will both want to move out and into their own room. All the things I read about co-sleeping when Sweet Pea was a baby said that if kids are allowed to sleep in a family bed they will ask to move out of the bed and out of the room when they're ready, which they say usually happens between... oh, now I can't remember the ages. But 5 is about right, so there you go! It really does work!

Of course, we don't have a bed frame for Sweet Pea and she also wants to sleep alone, not with her sister anymore, so we've got a little shopping and a lot of rearranging to do, but this is exciting! I don't know if The Bug will want to move to a different room with her sister, but it doesn't matter. Since Sweet Pea is ready for her own bed we'll get another twin sized bed for The Bug and put it in whichever room she wants to sleep in. My feeling is that she will want to keep her bed in the master bedroom but she is missing her sister from their bed (Sweet Pea is sleeping in the guest room alone again tonight) so who knows, maybe she will want to move rooms too! We shall see.

3) In case I haven't been reporting this well enough, which I probably haven't, Sweet Pea's reading skills seem to be increasing daily. She is one motivated learning reader and is really really enjoying her successes. We do read with our kids every day, and work with Sweet Pea to teach her to read, but she is so interested in learning right now that we have found other ways to encourage her to keep learning even when we can't sit with her ourselves.

Since watching a number of episodes of The Electric Company (yeah, Netflix!) she completely understands the concept of the silent E and while she doesn't know yet which words have a silent E and which don't, if she is struggling to say a word and I tell her "silent E," she can immediately say it; she knows exactly what each vowel should sound like in that situation. I think it's really cool how easily she learned that and how well she knows the vowels' different sounds. The Electric company has also taught Sweet Pea how to read words with 's or 've or 'd, etc. at the end. She doesn't yet fully understand possessive uses of apostrophes, but she totally gets that "doesn't" is a contraction of the words "does not." It is incredible how easily she picks up some of this language stuff!

She's also at that really fun stage where she wants to read everything she sees. While we drive she reads words on trucks, buildings, you name it. When we walk on sidewalks she wants to read every street sign we pass. Oh, and she enjoys reading license plates as well, even though most of them are only a jumble of numbers and letters.

We also got Sweet Pea Leapfrog's replacement for the Leapdesk (her great aunt & uncle got her one a couple years ago for Christmas and she loved it but it fizzled out recently and since they don't make it anymore I don't think we can get it fixed & they've stopped making the books for it). The new product is called the Tag Reading System (which was out for trial at BlogHer in July but I couldn't get near it, it was so popular with the moms!) and it has a talking pen to which you can download up to 5 books at a time. The books are softback and hardback story books, but with the pen they are much more than a storybook because they contain games you can play with the pen, the kid can use the pen to read one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one page at a time, or the whole book (with a little sound to let you know when to turn the page). The games include questions that teach reading comprehension, and some questions send the child back into the story to find characters or other things. It is really amazing how detailed this teaching tool is. I thought the same thing about the Leapdesk. I guess this is why Leapfrog is in business: They're good at what they do!

After your child has been playing with the pen & books for a while you can hook the pen up to your computer (it comes with a USB cable) and sign into your account on Leapfrog's website and you can see what skills your child is learning by playing with the pen/books. Sweet Pea loves to show us what the pen & book can do together and when she plays with them we can hear what she's working on and learning - she's already learning about compound words (among other things) through the Ozzie Otter book.

Honestly Slipshod and I were a little skeptical at first about how much Sweet Pea could learn from a computerized pen but she really enjoys playing with the Tag system by herself sometimes and later that night she'll read us a book before bedtime! She is so interested in learning to read right now that she is soaking up every related activity she can get her hands on.

Now The Bug is pretending she can read as well. She will point to words, one at a time in order, and say something completely different - unless what she's pointing at is a book she's got memorized, in which case she's spot on. ha ha!

And now on to more immediate ponderings...
Tonight I should be doing things, but I just want to sit here. Mom is coming over tomorrow to play with the kids while I make soap, so I really need to make sure I've got all my ingredients and gear in one place, but man, when do I get a day off? I just want to rest for a while!

On Friday we have our first parent-teacher conference of the year. Sweet Pea's progress report was positively glowing. Being a returning student has given her a lot of confidence and she is branching out this year and being more social and speaking more audibly (last year she was so shy nobody could hear her when she spoke at school). She loves being at school and even though she has already been sick a couple times, she has only missed one day of school, I think.

The worst days of these colds have been on weekends so far, and I'm also sending her back sooner this time. Last year I think I may have kept her home longer than necessary - or maybe this year I'm sending her back too soon - but I'm sending her when she's got her energy and hasn't had a fever for 24+ hours, etc. It's all good. I'm hoping for a better winter but it looks like she will probably get the diagnosis this winter of mild asthma. The last pediatrician we saw (last week - not her doctor - we had to see whoever had an open appointment that morning) pretty much said it sounds like she's mildly asthmatic.

Right now we're treating Sweet Pea for a very bad ear infection (the pediatrician said that it was so bad her eardrum might break but I don't think it did - but her hearing is still not back to normal) AND she's got a whole bunch of stuff in her lungs. The pediatrician said it sounded "bronchitis-like." She is still coughing up stuff a couple times per day but she only missed school last Friday. I think we've still got 5 days' worth of antibiotics to give her.

Wow, that last paragraph sounded like Sweet Pea is in awful shape, but she isn't. She was miserable last Friday - the ear infection hit her around 4am Friday morning and we couldn't get her to the doctor until 9:15 - but since then, even though she had a bit of a fever Saturday afternoon, she has had lots of energy and is acting like her regular self.

Okay I'd better go wake up Slipshod. He must have fallen asleep getting The Bug to bed. A very long time ago.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Yes We Did!

As always, if you want to see more detail click the pictures to enlarge them.

Yes, I voted on every other item on the ballot as well. :o)
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Monday, November 03, 2008


No I did not carve this freehand, but thanks for wondering. I printed a "Progress" poster off the internet & traced through it with a little poky wheel thing onto the pumpkin, then carved the lines with a knife to get the picture & then used little saws & clay sculpting tools to carve/shave. It took a really long time. AND, lest you give me more credit than I deserve, I was inspired by this website.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Halloween 2008

NOTE: I have not been updating my blog because I have become so very annoyed with my Blogger limitation of 4 photos per post. I have looked up the problem in "known problems" but there does not seem to be a solution. Yet, I have heard from many other bloggers on Blogger that they do not have this problem. There must be something else (besides reporting in the "known problems" log) I can do to try to get the problem rectified. At any rate, I have finally decided to put up as many 4-photo posts as it takes to catch you up on all our doings around here during the month of October. So keep scrolling... there are 5 new posts - that means 20 new pictures! The first/bottom of this collection of posts is entitled "October 12th."

If you're on Twitter or have been watching my tweets go by on my blog, you know that I worked all week long to make the girls their Halloween costumes. Here, finally, are the results of all that sewing!

I just noticed that I forgot to have the girls hold up their tails, but if you look to the left of The Bug's legs in the last picture you'll see her tail hanging down, with a little ball of fluff on the end. My sister's first thought upon seeing Sweet Pea in her dress the other day was that she looked like Cindy Lou Who. ha ha! I thought the ears and tail might change that a little, but I can totally see what she's saying.

Sweet Pea only just made it out to trick-or-treat tonight. As I mentioned in the previous post, she started having cold symptoms a week ago. It has a been a very runny-nose type of cold, and for the past few days she has had a cough as well. Because of all the lung problems she had last winter after colds I've been listening but thought her cough still sounded like it was in her head and had not descended to her lungs. She's been going to school as normal this week and last night the two of us got to go back after dinner and enjoy Moms Night together in her classroom. She showed me around and taught me how to do some of the "works" she enjoys during school time. We had a really fun evening together.

Last night around 3:44am, however, she crawled into bed next to me and said, "My ear really hurts, Mom. It has hurt since Daddy left the room at bedtime." She seemed to be in a lot of pain but I didn't know what to do at that hour. I could hear Slipshod coming up the stairs (yes, he was up that late - AUGH!) and as soon as he got into the room I asked him to get Sweet Pea some Tylenol. She was able to get back to sleep but 4 hours later, on the dot, she woke up and was in even more pain. I got up and called the pediatrician's office just after 8am and they said one of the doctors could see her at 9:15 so I got myself and the girls ready and dragged Sweet Pea's leaden hiney in there. The Bug was all chipper and went wearing her entire costume down to the black cat trick-or-treat bucket, but Sweet Pea was in no mood - which was WEIRD for her. When I checked her in at the pediatrician's office the receptionist admired The Bug in her costume and said to Sweet Pea, "where's your costume" I said, "that's how bad she feels - she didn't care about it at all this morning."

By the time we got to the doctor's office Sweet Pea was starting to feel really hot and before they called us in she said she was starting to feel as if she might throw up. She didn't, but when I got her to the exam room she just wanted to lie down on the table. The doctor had a look and said, "yep, she's got a raging, bulging ear infection in that ear It might break; don't be surprised if you see fluid and blood coming out." I said, "Uh, you mean her eardrum might break? And I shouldn't be concerned about that?!" He said, "that's right. If it breaks it'll grow back together in an hour or so." He prescribed a heavy dose of antibiotics as well as some numbing drops to put into her ears and we've also had her on Motrin and Tylenol all day since we got back home from our jaunt to see the pediatrician.

She perked up enough to eat and drink after we'd been home for a bit and then returned almost to her normal self for most of the afternoon, though she turned back into a puddle on the floor when the pain medications wore off. But an hour before trick-or-treating time I gave her more Motrin and then we ate dinner and she was able to walk around the neighborhood feeling pretty good. After all the anticipation and preparation it would have been a real shame for her to have missed this fun night out, so I'm glad we were able to pull it off. And I hope she feels a whole lot better when she wakes up in the morning.
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Friday, October 31, 2008

October 25th: Pumpkin Rolls & Peter Pan

Last week Sweet Pea and I had agreed all week that we would make pumpkin rolls together on Saturday. Friday after school we cooked 3 pie pumpkins, scraped the cooked pumpkin out of the shells, and smashed it up. Sweet Pea had the beginnings of a cold that day and felt pretty tired all day Saturday, but she would not give up our pumpkin roll adventure!

The Bug never wants to be left out of anything, MUST do everything her sister does because if Sweet Pea does it, it must be the only thing worth doing, and I think also truly enjoys cooking together as much as Sweet Pea and I do.

Yeah, we got a really good first rise on the first batch. We were impressed. It would have been higher if I hadn't put the plastic wrap over the bowl so tightly during rising time (but that's what the recipe says to do).

During the bread's first rising, the girls and I watched Peter Pan together for the first time. You see the result above. Personally I feel that Tinker Bell is a less than nice (vindictive, one might say) character but The Bug was completely taken with her, and her enthusiasm was so infectious that big sister, who is usually the leader, couldn't help but follow along. Good thing we happen to have two fairy dresses!
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United Nations Day 2008

The girls in their dirndls yet again. The dirndl Sweet Pea is wearing was sent to me from Germany by my godfather when I was little. She wore it to last year's UN Day celebrations at her school as well. The dirndl The Bug is wearing was brought from Germany by my godfather and his wife the last time they visited, when Sweet Pea was 2. She never wore that dirndl, though, because that was during her naked year. The Bug has worn it twice and I'm so glad to have lots of photos of her enjoying it!

The Bug had to come with us to the event even though Sweet Pea's school time is The Bug's nap time. She was miserable until Slipshod showed up at the concert; then she settled into his chest and slept through most of the concert and the entire potluck in Sweet Pea's classroom!

She woke up just in time to enjoy a VERY special treat - getting to play with her sister on the school playground we get to see every day but almost never get to set foot on!
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Carving the Cat O' Lantern

Ah, the slimy fun that means October has arrived.

This was The Bug's pumpkin that I carved, but she wandered off to play by herself after helping to tape on the cat stencil. Sweet Pea stuck with me through the entire process.

Finished product.

Later that same day, on the Stair Landing of Justice, Mama Cat nursed her kittens.
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October 12, 2008

We had a lot of fun and spent a long time inside the corn maze. It was huge. Here you see our intrepid leader completely certain of her path.

After walking through the maze, we simply HAD to ride on the Cow Train! ha ha!

And then, of course, we picked up a couple pumpkins to carve (or not. When it came right down to it Sweet Pea refused to let me lay a finger on her precious pumpkin).
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Monday, October 06, 2008

Nothing But the Tooth

Today's the big day! Sweet Pea's first loose tooth finally fell out around 10:00 this morning, right as Slipshod was giving her a hug and a kiss before he left for work (which was kinda cool, because he often misses the big firsts due to being the breadwinner in our family and having to do that whole leaving the house to go to work thing).

She's pretty excited.

Now, the original plan was to give the tooth to the tooth fairy, as is our American custom, and with that in mind I sewed a special pillow last week out of fabric Sweet Pea chose, with a little pocket on the front to hold the tooth until the tooth fairy picked it up.
That was the first time I had sewn anything for/in front of the girls, and Sweet Pea decided that I can probably make anything out of fabric since she's seen me make a pillow, so she immediately asked me to make a dress for one of her favorite stuffed animal cats. NOW she wants a whole wardrobe for the cat - a shirt to wear to bed, other clothes, a blanket... uh-oh, what have I gotten myself into? Of course, I sort of have to stop sewing when I run out of pillow fabric scraps, so there is a built-in finish. Until she discovers my 30 gallon plastic tub of scraps in the garage.
The plan for the tooth has been changing. First Sweet Pea was all excited about the Tooth Fairy, especially when I told her that when I was little and put a tooth under my pillow, the Tooth Fairy would sometimes send me on scavenger hunts to find my precious reward. Then one day Sweet Pea decided that she didn't want to give the Tooth Fairy her teeth, then she wanted to just keep the tooth for a few days before giving it up, and then this morning, when the tooth actually fell out, she decided she wants to keep it. During breakfast that choice changed to, "I want to wait until I can read better so I can do the scavenger hunt by myself because sometimes when I wake up, you're still sleeping."
All of this ambivalence is good for the Tooth Fairy, who had something very special planned for Sweet Pea's first tooth and then discovered it was a bad idea which will need to be returned for a refund. The Tooth Fairy has been hoping all weekend that her second idea would pan out and arrive today because that tooth was obviously coming out really soon. But now the Tooth Fairy doesn't have to worry and can take her time while Sweet Pea decides for sure what she is going to do with her first tooth.
I think I'm going to call the dentist's office today to find out how to keep/preserve baby teeth. I would just stick it in a box or something except that I was there when my mom was cleaning out her jewelry box years ago and discovered that all of our baby teeth (from all 4 of us) had turned to dust inside the pill bottles where she had kept them. There may be a trick to this. Mom theorizes that the plastic of the bottles may have had something to do with the disintigration of the teeth, but we have no way of knowing whether or not that is true. One of the moms at school today told me that her dentist's office has a special little box for the first tooth, so you can keep it forever. Hmm... research required. I'll get back to you if I discover anything amazing on the subject.
In the mean time, Sweet Pea has taken her tooth, safe inside a little metal box with a plastic lid, to school to share with her classmates, most of whom are younger and none of whom (I think) have yet lost a tooth. She's having a lot of fun being the "big girl" this year.
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Firsts! Big Firsts!

Due to my negligence on my poor, poor blog I failed to blurt last week that The Bug peed on the potty TWO times last weekend - first on Friday, then on Sunday. These are her first successes since the time when she was 18 months old, asked to sit on the training potty, accidentally peed, then got a very surprised, scared look on her face and stopped the stream until she had a diaper on. So HOORAY, this is real interest on her part - I am not doing even 20% of the "hey, wanna sit on the potty?" that I did for Sweet Pea when she was this age.

Then, this morning, during a very energetic and loud play session with her sister after their shower, The Bug ran to the bathroom doorway (I was inside still getting dressed), yanked off her diaper (that's all she'd been wearing) and said, "Mommy, I pee-peed in my diapah - I need a kween one." But instead of waiting for the clean diaper she walked to the potty, lifted the lid and asked to sit on it. I figured, "well, she already went, but what the hey, this is good, at least she's making the connection, even if it's after she's already gone."

However - she surprised us all and POOPED on the potty today! I'm not going to apologize for talking about poop here, because if you remember, this is exactly the subject I discussed in my very first entry on this blog. I talk about poop. Consider yourself warned (after the fact - heh - maybe The Bug gets her timing from me). We had a big ole party in the bathroom and The Bug was thrilled that all three of the rest of us were so excited for her. She beamed and dutifully went to the sink to have her hands washed.

As if that weren't enough, Sweet Pea mentioned to me a few minutes later that one of her teeth hurt. I looked, and yep, she's got her first loose tooth! I had to laugh at myself because I'm SO ready for The Bug to potty train that I couldn't have been happier about her recent successes on the potty, yet mere minutes later when Sweet Pea discovered her first loose tooth I thought, "wait! I'm not ready for this! She's growing up too fast!" My brain fast-forwarded to her turning into a pre-teen, getting attitude, not wanting so many hugs and snuggles - and besides that, I thought I had another year to make a special tooth receptacle for her to keep her teeth in for the tooth fairy! Well, maybe that's something we can do together this week.

Now Sweet Pea is walking around holding a little stacking cup under her mouth in case the tooth just falls out by itself. ha ha ha!

Well, there's the news! (There's more, but that's the big stuff.)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe

Okay, technically this is only a half-wheat recipe. Except that all run-of-the-mill (literally, I think) flour is wheat unless specifically otherwise stated, so it's a half *whole* wheat recipe. By which I mean, there are two cups of flour in it, and only one of them is whole wheat flour. Still, YUM, and half of the flour being whole wheat has to get you *some* points on the health scale, I should think. I suppose you could always put two cups of whole wheat flour in, but I think the texture would be very different in the finished loaf.

Anyway... I shall stop philosophizing about flour now, and give you the recipe. I would give credit if I could, but this is a photocopied page (shh, don't tell the publishers of the original book!) in a binder of family recipes Mom put together for each of us several Christmases ago. The bottom of the page says, "Quick Breads," page 82.

Oh wait, one more thing. Karen, if you canuks (did I spell that right?) measure your ingredients metrically and talk about your cooking temperatures in Celsius, here's a pretty cool automatic online conversion site that I hope will help.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread (see previous post for photo)

1/2 cup (1/4lb.) butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 medium sized bananas (1 cup mashed - trust me, measure it. Too much = bad news)
1 cup regular all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup hot water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (see note at end)

Melt butter and blend with sugar. Mix in beaten eggs and mashed bananas, blending until smooth. Sift all-purpose flour again with salt and soda. Stir in whole wheat flour. Add dry ingredients alternately with hot water. Stir in chopped nut meats. Turn into greased, 9 by 5-inch loaf pan. Bake in a moderately slow oven (325 degrees) for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Makes 1 loaf.

Violet's notes: Sweet Pea is currently in a boring-food stage so we're making this bread without nuts. HOWEVER - when I'm choosing, I usually substitute chopped up dried fruit for the nuts. If I'm feeling bad, I substitute chocolate chips instead.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Ground Control to Major Tomcat

Catstronauts! (By Sweet Pea, of course.) Click on the pic to see it larger & notice the driver up front. ha ha! The little bump at the bottom of the picture is the Earth.
Wednesday's after-breakfast project: Whole Wheat Banana Bread. Sweet Pea & The Bug each made a loaf. I find that making each girl responsible for her own loaf not only eliminates fighting over who will pour in the flour, smash the bananas, etc. etc., it also gives the girls each a very satisfied feeling because she can see the result of HER work, plus - we get two loaves of banana bread! YUM! :oD

Again, click on the picture to see it larger. Sweet Pea has been counting out loud to 150 and higher for months, and now she's getting better at learning what the two-digit numbers look like and how to write them. She sometimes still transposes digits (notice how she wrote 20, 30 and 40) but over all she's doing really well with this. On the subject of recognizing two-digit numbers; I was really really impressed with Sweet Pea's comprehension when we went to see the eye doctor a couple weeks ago. She read out all the numbers in the "bubble book" - the one they use to test for color blindness. I could tell she was just figuring some of them out in her mind as she read them. At first she said, "I'm not sure what the number is, but I can see it." Then she said, tentatively, "twenty...nine?" and she was right. So it was a breeze for her to read the rest of the double digit numbers out loud. It was so neat to watch her figure it out.

The girls were very gleeful about wearing their new nearly-matching Fall outfits today. I thought they looked so cute I wanted to take some pictures before they got their dresses all dirty. None of the posed ones with them standing next to each other came out very well, but this is more their style anyway. ha ha! The grass you see in this picture is pretty much our entire front yard. Needless to say, we play more in the back.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great weekend!
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