Friday, November 30, 2012

November Photo Love

Tomorrow is December 1st.  What?!  As usual I took a TON of photos this month.  I've learned that if I want to get ONE good picture of Meredith, I need to take at least TEN photos!  I have a lot more to filter through, but I also have a lot of good pictures.  YAY! ;)  So, here are my favorite photos from this month.  I'm even in the first one! ;)

I think it was 78 degrees out on this day.  We were just having fun in the house with our hats, wishing it was actually fall/winter weather.


I attempted to sort of recreate a photo of Mackenzie when I noticed Meredith was wearing the same outfit from 3 years ago.  It didn't go well, but I got a few good ones anyway.

Meredith playing with bubbles...
We adapted to country life pretty quickly this past week.  It got a little hot, so Meredith ran around in a shirt, diaper and tennis shoes.  The picture is really cute, but it would be better without the saggy diaper! ;)
Meredith loved her new cup.  Who needs hands when you can drink like this...
and this...

I only wish Mackenzie had looked at the camera, rather than looking down. :/
Sisters...
Mackenzie dancing/posing today...
All dressed up for church...
Enjoying the beautiful weather...
Snow day in the house.  Hat, gloves, short sleeve shirt and bare feet.  Sounds about right for Texas! ;)
All dressed up for church, again...

November is gone, December is coming, along with a little visitor starting tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quilts

Catchy title, huh?  What can I say, I know how to get people's attention! ;)

My Granny gave Meredith a quilt for her birthday and ever since I hung it up in her room, she always looks at it and points to it after her nap.  So, the other day I started thinking about all of the quilts Granny has given to us and there are quite a few.  I thought I'd show them to you!

This is the quilt that is hanging in Meredith's room.
This one is also Meredith's...
Mackenzie also has two quilts.  This pink one...

And this one that was made 2 or 3 years before she was born! ;)

I was given this quilt when I was younger...

And this one was given to me for my 18th birthday, but it was actually hand quilted by my great grandmother.
If I recall correctly, I believe one of the doll's dresses is made from one of my old dresses.  I think it's this one, but my mom would have to confirm...

Then in college I received these two quilts.


The one on the left is in memory of bonfire colapse when I was a sophomore at Texas A&M.  Here is the description...

This quilt was our wedding present. 

And finally, our wedding quilt.  We had each guest at our wedding sign a fabric block and then Granny pieced them together along with some pictures to make out wedding quilt.
Here's a close up of one of the larger squares...

This one is out most of the time.   It's usually laying on our dining room table like this...

These are only a few of the beautiful quilts Granny has made over the years.  She has a TON more at her house!  My photos do not do them justice, but I still wanted to share them with you.





Monday, November 26, 2012

Preschool K3 - Unit 6

After realizing what a slacker I had been with Mackenzie's schooling, I threw Unit 6 together for her the week after Halloween. It is basically the bible story and a hodge podge of other activities.  No sight words, memory verses, letter of the week or anything else we had been doing up to that point.  I'm a total slacker. Boo! :(

And now for the details...

Bible Story:
Our bible story was about Jacob and Esau, particularly how Esau traded his birth right for Lentil stew.  She had recently had a lesson on this story in bible class at church, so it was a bit of a review, but that's ok. It's always good to hear God's word.  ;)

I drew and cut out a pot (that she insisted look like her pots in her play kitchen) and she cut out the "vegetables" and glued everything down. 

We also acted out the scene with the play food, but I don't have any pictures. :/

Fall Theme:
I had a huge stack of Fall sheets and I let her pick which ones she wanted to do.  I don't think I have a picture of everything she did, but most are below.

Like I said last week, she loves these coloring sheets from Over the Big Moon.
 She also chose to color this scare crow color by number.
3 Dinosaurs had another wonderful pack and we did a few sheets out of it.



This number maze from 1+1+1=1 was a great exercise for her number recognition skills.  We've done a lot of these mazes with the alphabet, but not any numbers, especially numbers that had to be in order from 1-20.
This pumpkin roll and color was also a fun one for us.  We took turns rolling the dice and coloring a pumpkin.  
The dice rolling is helping her to see the numbers instantly.  As a preview to unit 7, she told me in one activity, that the 4 and 5 were the only ones left in a particular activity.  When I asked her how she knew that she said, "because the 4 has the dots in a square and the 5 is the one with the dots in a square plus one in the middle."  So proud of her for remembering that!

Miscellaneous: 

This is actually one of Meredith's new toys, but she still enjoyed playing with it.

One afternoon we also pulled out the tangrams.  In the picture below, she's upset that I'm taking the picture before she is finished.  Silly girl! ;)

I found this ice cube tray a few weeks ago at Target and the shells were the perfect size to put inside.  She used the tongs for about half the holes and then just used her fingers.  As usual, afterwards she played kitchen for a little while and we ate "muffins".
Dish Theme:
I downloaded a new "Dishes" Pack from 3Dinosaurs on a Friday night and on Saturday morning, Mackenzie asked if we could do it.  "Sure, we can do school on a Saturday!"

The pack is awesome and so cute to learn about dishes and place settings.  We didn't do everything, but we did do the typical number order puzzles...


The shadow matching was cute and Mackenzie really liked it.  It even came in handy when she helped my mom set the table for Thanksgiving! ;)

At one point I was doing something else while Mackenzie was working on one of the sheets and I heard her say, "but it doesn't have a 2 or 3!"  Sure enough, there was a little mistake on one of the sheets, but when I told Cassie at 3Dinosaurs, she fixed it right away!

The new thing we worked on was some beginner math.  I laminated the math sheets and we did quite a few of them.  She learned fairly quickly to count her fingers to add the dishes and find the total.

We also worked on greater than/less than for the first time using the symbol and she picked that up pretty quickly.  I used the "alligator wants the bigger portion" method and she kept "chomping" up the dishes! ;)

So, after looking back at what we did, I guess we did quite a bit, but since we didn't have our memory verse and sight words, it didn't feel like a complete lesson.  Up next...Joseph and his coat of many colors!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gift Bags galore!

Brandon asked me the other day if I could clean out the hall closet and organize or move all of the wrapping paper/gift bag mess.  I clean it up every few months, but then a holiday or birthday passes and the closet becomes a mess of paper, bags and wrapping paper again.  I didn't take any before pictures, but this is what it looked like when I first pulled everything out into the living room.



And this is where all of that used to be...

In the first pictures, I had already started sorting through some of it, but I still had more bags to go through.  I looked at each bag and decided if I would truly use the bag again.  Some of them had been saved so long they were a little rumpled and I didn't see myself giving those to someone else.  I sorted the bags into categories (christmas, birthday, misc, plain) and straightened and folded the tissue paper, too.

I put all of the wrapping paper rolls that would fit into my organizer that I've had for years...
 the longer rolls will just have to sit in the closet by themselves. 

In the end I put the bags in the guest room closet and the organizer stayed in the hall closet.  Ideally, I would like them to be together, but both closets need to be organized as a whole in order for that to happen, so it is what it is.  Maybe after Christmas I'll be able to take a day (or two) and clean out the closets all the way. 

I do have to say, that this was a perfect project to do just before Thanksgiving because as frustrating as the mess is, it made me realize how blessed our family is to have had so many gifts given to us over the years.  I have not bought a gift bag in some time and yet we have 2 large bags FULL of gift bags.  So blessed!
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