Friday, May 31, 2013

May Photo Love

In May I bumped up my picture taking and tried to take at least one picture every day.  I didn't make it every day, but I did take a lot more pictures than I did in April and that was the goal!  Below are my favorite photos from the month.  Most of them are also on the 365 blog, but that's the way it goes with favorites! ;)

One of my favorite photos of Meredith!
A great one of Mackenzie too!  I love close ups of my girls.
A selfie of me and Mackenzie.  I tried to get one with Meredith, but it didn't turn out well, so this will have to do for now.  At least I'm in a picture!
Sisterly love in a laundry basket.  I think they are looking at the TV instead of me. :/
I love her dance costumes.  She's just so cute! ;)

This is Meredith's half smile.  It's not the picture that is my favorite but the story behind it.  What's not seen in this picture is the picture 5 minutes before where she pulled out her clip as I took a picture.  Followed by me putting the clip in the bathroom, her screaming/crying in the bathroom, a time out in her crib and then finally a few more tears before finally getting a clip she liked and asking for me to take her picture.  All of this before church!
And my brother thinks we'll have drama with 3 girls in their teen years.  Ha!  I think the drama has already begun...and it's not with the girl I thought it would be with! ;)

Bubbles...always a ton of fun!

Well, May is over and we are ready for summer!!!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Meredith is 21 months!

And now Meredith is 21 months old!  This month has been a little more difficult with her.  She is attached to me ALL the time and won't even go to Brandon sometimes.  It's a good thing baby Miranda won't be arriving for another 4 months, so we have that time to work on the attachment issue.  Otherwise her world is going to be completely rocked when I get home from the hospital.  She has also started waking up in the night.  It's not every night, but since she started sleeping through the night at 3 or 4 months, she has only woken up in the night a couple of times, so waking up 2 or 3 times in the week is new to us.  We are definitely blessed with good sleepers, so it's a little annoying when she started waking up in the night.  I actually think half the time she wakes up from a bad dream because I will find her still in her crib/bed facing the wrong way screaming at the top of her lungs.  All the other times, she's standing at the door crying for me.  I know I probably sound bratty given that some of you probably have kids that wake up a lot in the night, but again we are not used to it.  I've just been taking her into the guest bedroom to sleep the rest of the night/morning, but it takes her almost an hour to fall back to sleep, so therefore I'm up too. :/  Last night it took me almost an hour after she fell asleep before I went back to sleep, so I lost 2 hours of sleep (from 2-4am) and then she was awake at 6:30 asking for her milk.

On the bright side, she is so much fun and like I said last month, her vocabulary is improving every day.  Her favorite phrases are:

  • What do? (it's old, but it means "what are you doing?")
  • I did it! (typically followed by clapping for things like buckling her carseat buckle or doing a puzzle on the ipad.
  • op daddy (stop daddy - she's pretty bossy, so this is used whenever Brandon picks on her, tickles her or in general does something she doesn't want him doing.)
  • ere are you? (it's also old, but means "Where are you?") 
  • gotcha (she yells this one as she tries to tickle or grab you)

At 21 months, Meredith...
-still loves her lovey and blanket and has to have both to sleep.
-loves to "bounce" in the bath tub and splash water around.
-has 14 teeth - the two upper eye teeth finally poked through this month!
-wears 24 month to 2T clothing and size 7 shoe.
-recognizes/matches shadow shapes on the ipad games
-loves to sing along and asks for music the minute we get in the car even if the car isn't turned on yet.
-loves playing with the toy kitchen and brings "food" for you to eat.  She even interacts with Mackenzie and if Mackenzie gives her play food, she'll pretend to eat it too.
-loves the swimming pool and went under water LOTS of times and asked to "kick kick" everywhere in the pool, this past holiday weekend.
- copies Mackenzie in almost everything
- loves to "neigh" on your leg if it's sticking out while you are sitting down.  Everything like that is a horse to her!

Only 3 more months until she's 2!!!  That's crazy!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Now for the name...

Surprisingly, it didn't take too long for Brandon and I to decide on a name for baby girl #3.  We found out it was a girl on Wednesday and discussed a few names that day.  Then I emailed Brandon Thursday morning with my top 4 first names and he chose the one he liked the best.

Then on Friday afternoon/evening we started talking about middle names.  At first we just said a few names that were obviously ones we were NOT going to choose.  I won't say them in case I offend someone with a similar name. ;)  After only a few never names, I said a name and he said that was good.  I've been trying to use that particular middle name since I was pregnant with Mackenzie and I guess he was finally okay with it. ;)

So there's that, in 48 hours we decided that baby girl number 3 will be named:

Miranda Kate Meyers

We can't wait to meet her!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

800 posts!

Did you know that yesterday was my 800th post?!  I can't believe I've blogged that many times in the last 5 1/2 years!  Below are some of my favorite posts from the past 800 (in chronological order).

Granny & Papa's 50th Anniversary

Crazy belly shots when Pregnant with Mackenzie

Mackenzie is born

I Passed my last architectural exam!

We discovered a great hiding place for toys.

I celebrated my 30th birthday

We moved!

We celebrated Mackenzie's 2nd birthday

We had a surprise party for my Granny.

Brandon and I celebrated 10 years of marriage!

Meredith is born!

We celebrated Mackenzie's 3rd birthday.

The girls had their first portraits together

We started home preschool

Mackenzie had her first dance recital on a stage

We celebrated the girls birthdays.

We visited Fredericksburg

We looked at Mackenzie's daily drawings.

We went strawberry picking.

And most recently, we found out we are having a third girl!

It was hard to pick favorites out of 800 blog posts!  I tried to choose milestones, but there are a ton of funny stories about the girls that I didn't link to.  I've made blurb books of posts from 2007-2010 and I'm almost finished with 2011.  Finishing 2011 and 2012 are my goals before the new baby arrives, but I have a feeling I'll only finish the 2011 book.  The book makes it much easier to see/read all of the posts, not to mention it's my personal keepsake in case blogger ever goes away!  Anyways, I've enjoyed blogging these past 5 1/2 years and will continue to blog at least in the foreseeable future.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Preschool K3 - Unit 16

Am I actually catching up with all of our school activities?! I think I can...I think I can...I think I can.  We started Unit 16 at the end of February - the week of my birthday - and didn't finish the unit until the first week in April!  However, over the course of those 5 or 6 weeks, we only had school on 6 of those days! ;)  I know we took about a two week break the first part of March because that's when we started swim lessons twice a week and it took some time adjusting to the schedule with two more days with activities.  By the time we were all finished, we had completed and learned a lot!

Unit 16 Synopsis:
Bible - Jonah and the big fish
Letter - O
Theme - Ocean, St. Patrick's Day
Sight Words: at, mom, dad, love, go, up, down, here

And now for the details!

We studied Jonah (Jonah 1-4) and the big fish.  There are a ton of activities/crafts to be done with this lesson, but because of our busy schedule and/or morning sickness/lack of energy, we only did a couple of the ones I had planned.  I think her favorite was the milk jug turned "big fish".  She scooped up Jonah many times!

We also made a paper plate whale.

We studied the letter O for Ocean and jOnah! ;)  For the Animal ABC's O stands for "Octopus".

O is also for otter (lowercase letter activity).  Mackenzie drew water and waves for the otters to float in.
This letter maze is also from 1+1+1=1.
We also did a letter hunt from Confessions of a Homeschooler. 

I recently printed all of these leter hunts and laminated them so that they can be used over and over again either with the dot markers or dry erase markers.  Especially, now that we are having 3 kids, laminated activities that can be used over and over will come in handy!

Theme - Ocean:
Since this unit lasted so long, we ended up having two themes.  The original theme was Ocean and I had two preschool packs to choose from...Ocean (Homeschool Creations) and Under the Girly Sea (1+1+1=1).  She helped me go through the packs and decide what activities she wanted to do. 

First the Ocean Preschool Pack (we probably did a few more activities than what is pictured):
Tracing O's
Sorting "in the ocean" versus "on land".
Size sorting whales.  We even "swallowed" all the small ones similar to our bible story about Jonah.
Under the Girly Sea:
Top Left - missing numbers.  This was a great activity not only for figuring out what number comes next, but also writing the numbers without help.  This particular sheet had some numbers dotted in for her to trace and some completely blank for her to write all by herself.  She did pretty well, only getting 3 and 7 backwards.
Top Right - color by number.
Bottom left - finding the shapes and tracing their words
Bottom right - roll and cover game.  These are still a favorite of hers!
To go along with our Ocean theme, I pulled out our large conch shell Brandon and I bought on our honeymoon in Jamaica.  Almost 12 years later and 3 moves later, we still managed to pour sand on the floor when we were looking at it! ;)  I think this was her first time to listen to a sea shell and she thought it was pretty cool.
We also listened to this sea shell in a game we found at a garage sale a year ago.  It was pretty cute, but it tends to play the same sounds over and over again, so the game takes a little bit when you have to repeat so many sounds.  It was still fun and something new we hadn't played before.
For some fine motor skills, I pulled out our small sea shells, tongs and beach theme ice cube tray.  This is also one of her favorite things to do.
For art, I let her pick something from my ocean pinterest board.  She chose to do these paper plate fish and insisted on matching them exactly to the picture.

Theme - St. Patrick's Day:
Since our unit ran so long, we ended up adding St. Patrick's Day activities.  Again, I let her choose the activities from my pinterest board.
Our pot of gold and rainbow...
Preschool packs from Over the Big Moon and 2Teaching mommies.  Shape matching, which is different and number order puzzle.
Counting practice, clothespin match, and more which is different.

Sight Words:
We actually did quite a few sight words for this unit, because in the first two days of school we did around my birthday, we finished up You Can Read unit 4 and then started unit 5 when we resumed school 2 weeks later.
Unit 4 word search:
Circling words she knows.  She loved that she new the entire second sentence! ;)
Tracing and writing her words for unit 4.
3 Dinosaurs created these "find the same" sheets that incorporated unit 3 and 4.  It was a great review for her.  She has to really concentrate on matching the letters in the correct order, so I thought this was a great activity for her.
1+1+1=1 also has a bingo review game for the first 4 units that we had completed.  We didn't really play bingo, but I did call out all 16 words and she found and stamped them with the dot marker.
For unit 5, the words were: go, up, down, here.
We used stickers and dot markers on 3 Dinosaurs' dot marker sheets.

I found this fish activity on pinterest and thought it was a great idea.  I cut out 20 fish in 4 different colors and put the numbers 1-20 on them.  Mackenzie then picked a fish and put the correct number of "bubbles" (glass beads) by their mouths.  We did about half of them and then Meredith woke up from her nap and decided it was too messy, so she started putting all the beads in the jar.  This is the day we also played with the beads when the girls had so much fun.
As a gross motor exercise on a rainy day, we threw (or tried) stuffed animals into a large bucket.  It wasn't very easy.
But Meredith figured out a better way! ;)
We go to Arby's quite often (almost once a week) and with two happy meals every time and the fact that they don't change their toys/prizes very often, we have a TON of plastic geometric shapes!  We finally pulled them all out and tried to make different objects.  Mackenzie chose to build houses over and over.
As inspiration from our ABC puzzle, I decided we needed to make each letter of the alphabet with our lala loopsy dolls.  At the time we had 6 dolls to choose from (although now we have 8).

We didn't finish the LaLa-Loopsy ABC's because as I recall, Mackenzie got an attitude about something and got in trouble.  That's the way it goes sometimes.  That's usually when we finish school for the day.  Once it's no longer fun for her, we are done because then it's no longer fun for me either.

Well, that's another unit blogged, only one more unit and then we are caught up with our current unit.  Woo Hoo!

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