Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Photo Love

We are already 5 months into the new year!  I can't believe how quickly the time is going by.  Since it's the end of the month, below are my favorite photos from the month.  I haven't blogged about any of these, so they are all new to you! And all but one are of Miranda.  What can I say, she's the only on that doesn't balk at picture taking right now. ;)

Miranda had her first picnic and sat on the blanket while I fed her lunch!

Checkin' out the cheetah at the zoo!

No teeth, but LOTS of drool!

As Brandon said, "I think we are going to need a couple more cowgirl hats."

No words...

My absolute favorite!
Maybe next month the big girls will let me take more pictures of them! ;)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Miranda is 9 months old!

 

It's already been 9 months since Miranda was born!  To say I've enjoyed EVERY minute of it would be a lie, however I LOVE Miranda and how she completes our family!  I wouldn't change a thing over the last 9 months except maybe more sleep, less crying and no food allergies.  ;) Can I please have some tex-mex with a big bowl of queso?!  Or maybe a name brand cookie with dark chocolate and a glass of cold milk?!  ;)

Anyways, this is about Miranda, not me! ;)  Miranda is getting so much bigger and other than knowing she's 9 months rather than 7 months, you'd never know she was a preemie!  Her cheeks are so chubby and are officially wider than the top of her head!

We went for her 9 month check up this week and below are her stats.  While the percentages compared to other nine month olds are low, she's doing great and the doctor isn't concerned at all.

Weight: 15 lbs 13oz (12th percentile)
Height: 26 1/2" (10th percentile)

At 9 months, Miranda

- nurses about 3 or 4 times a day and once or twice at night...unless we have a bad night.
- eats 2-3 meals of baby food a day and has liked everything except mixed vegetables.
- rolls over both ways and both directions.
- drinks water from a sippy cup.
- wears 9 month clothing
- loves to bounce, wiggle and kick her legs around when you hold her or she gets excited.
- smiles and laughs at her sisters.
- very interested in jewelry and pulls at it any chance she gets.
- puts EVERYTHING in her mouth.

And as always, the comparison picture of all three girls!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Photography Challenge - Day 5

I'm slowly making my way through Courtney's 30 day photography challenge from Click-it Up a Notch.  It's not that it's hard to complete, I just haven't had much time to focus on it.  Typically I read ahead a little for the challenges so that I know what the next challenge is and can sometimes use that challenge when taking pictures of our daily/weekly events.  Anyways, I've always loved taking pictures, but I love it even more now that I know what my camera can do and how much control over it I have in manual mode!  Go try the challenge for yourself! ;)

Challenge 5 - Wide Open

Shooting "wide open" and creating the blurriness in the background is one of the reasons I bought a 50mm lens, so this challenge has been one of my favorites!  As usual, all the pictures below include my straight out of camera image (left or top) and my edited image (right or bottom).  I used my Canon EF 50mm lens to take all of the photos.  I'll list the details of each shot below if you are interested.

But first, here are the pictures I took for the challenge...


Miranda - one of my favorites.  I love the warm light photoshop effect I added.
50mm   f/1.8    1/800ss    ISO-800



I barely adjusted this next one in photoshop.
50mm   f/1.8    1/800ss    ISO-800


Another favorite are these hand in hand ones.

50mm   f/1.8    1/400ss    ISO-400



50mm   f/1.8    1/640ss    ISO-400



Mackenzie loves our "new to us" piano from my grandmother.  I wish she had a solid colored nightgown for this picture, but this is where we are in life, so why not document it?!
50mm   f/1.8    1/640ss    ISO-1600


50mm   f/1.8    1/250ss    ISO-1600

Miranda's new favorite thing to do...
50mm   f/1.8    1/50ss    ISO-400


I LOVE Miranda's legs and wanted to capture all of her rolls - especially at the knees!
50mm   f/1.8    1/200ss    ISO-1600



Meredith just after she woke up from a nap.  She rarely wakes up happy and boisterous from naps, so this is a perfect picture to show her at this moment in life. (And just a little pop of color in the photoshop edit.)
50mm   f/1.8    1/100ss    ISO-1600


Now I need to go see what the next few challenges are and work on them.  Maybe not now since it is currently raining cats and dogs outside, but in the next week or so! ;)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Flashback Friday: Brandon's Birthday

In honor of Brandon's birthday today, I thought I'd post flashback of his past birthdays.  I know we have more, but they haven't been scanned in like the ones below.

First Birthday!
2nd...
4th...
5th...
6th...
7th...
9th...
10th...
11th...
12th...
14th (I counted the candles on the table!)...
 27th...
30th...
Now 6 years later, I'll try to get a picture of him with the girls when we celebrate tonight.  Happy Birthday Brandon!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lately...

It's been awhile since I've had a list post, so how about one now?! ;)

1.)  The girls still love their little sister! ;)  Miranda smiles when she sees them and is starting to laugh more and more when they say and do things.  Of course, this just makes them repeat the same action to get more laughs.  Everyone's happy, so its a win-win!


2.)  Have you ever seen the show Imagination Movers?  It's on the disney chanel (or disney jr) and one of the characters is called Uncle Knit Knots.  He wears only beige colors and wants everything to be boring.  With that said, the other day I couldn't find our typical night time diapers for Meredith so I had to buy another brand.  The only other brand I could find was the recycled/organic diapers and when I opened them up at home they were beige.  The first thing I thought of was Uncle Knit Knots!   For 3 weeks we called them her Uncle Knit Knots diapers, and everyone laughed every night she put one on.  Here's what they looked like...

3.)  Brandon's birthday is tomorrow.  Mackenzie has said for at least 6 months that he would have a Wall-E birthday party because she thinks that's his favorite movie.  (He always suggests that movie to them.)  However, when I took the girls to the party store we didn't find anything for Wall-E. :/  We found another theme but we decide to surprise Brandon and not tell him about the change of plans.  Mackenzie is really into "tricking" people or "just joking you", so she is thoroughly enjoying this surprise.  I told Brandon we weren't doing Wall-e, so he's in on the trick too.  Brandon says Mackenzie has kept a straight face every time they talk about his party and she says "oh you are having a wall-e party."  Then, a few minutes later she comes running to me whispering that "Daddy still thinks we are having a wall-e party!"  Tonight she came running into the kitchen with a distressed looks saying "Daddy told me if he didn't get a wall-e party I wouldn't be able to play with his duck call every again!"  I smiled and told her that Daddy likes to joke too which seemed to pacify her a little.  I hope she can survive one more day until the reveal! ;)

4.)  Mackenzie had to have two baby teeth pulled a couple of weeks ago, so we got an early visit from the tooth fairy.  She drew the picture on the front and I wrote what she wanted me to write on the inside of the letter to the tooth fairy...

That's a picture of the toothfairy with sky above her and grass below.  The lines coming down from her are her "magic".  The card reads "Dear Toothfairy,  I don't have the teeth I lost, but the dentist pulled them out.  That is how I lost my teeth."
She left her card sticking out a little so the tooth fairy would see it.
I don't have a picture of the letter and money she received from the toothfairy, but I do remember her name is Buttercup.  ;)

5.)  I'm trying a few new things this summer.  First is a "bucket list".  I already had a list of all things to do with the girls this summer and had them broken into categories - inside play, outside play, crafts, food, and field trips.  I wrote them all out on popsicle sticks and Mackenzie helped me color code the sticks.  With three little ones (or really just the baby), I can't be as spontaneous about outings, so the idea is that every Sunday, they can pick a few sticks and then I will choose when during that next week we'll do them.  They can always pick an inside and outside play and then I'll rotate weeks on the food and crafts and throw in a field trip on weeks we don't already have something planned.

The other things I'm doing is looking at the National calendar (of goofy holidays) and "participating" in them. Monday we read a chapter book out loud in our front yard and enjoyed some sun light for National May Ray Day.  Today we tried homemade dairy free (almond milk) vanilla pudding for National Vanilla Pudding Day.  If I can pull it off, I'm hoping to have a scavenger hunt ready for them on Saturday morning for National Scavenger Hunt day.  I've made the list of holidays I want to do, but haven't told the girls about any of them until we do them.  I don't really want to be tied down to them and as you may know, once you tell a child you are going to do something, you better do it or you'll never here the end of it.  So, we are keeping them as surprises.

So, that's a few goings on.  I have several things to blog about, but just need the time to edit photos and blog! ;)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tot School - Letter D

We recently completed our letter D activities, so here's what Meredith and I did!  (Meredith is 2 years 8 months in these pictures.)
Tot School
We are using Carissa's Tot School Printables and for this unit, she was really excited to color everything!
Apparently we did the duck twice!
Of course a unit would not be complete without using dot markers! ;)  I had to help her with the curves the first time, but the next time we did it, she tried the curve on her own.

She did pretty well with sequencing.  I think the ducks are a bit easier to see the sequence versus the apples and balls that we've done in the past units.  She also insisted on coloring the numbers as we talked about them.

Pre-writing skills...

For the color sheet we decide to match the crayons to the color word. 

It was going well for a few crayons and then just like any other two year old, she changed her mind!  This is her telling me she doesn't want to put the crayons on the sheet. ;)
 Instead, we colored their beaks.

Since I am working through the Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten with Mackenzie, we did a craft from the RRSP for our Letter D verse - Do all things without complaining or disputing.  Philippians 2:14


Dinosaur stickers + a chocolate snack!

We bought some dinosaur erasers quite a few months ago at the dollar store and Meredith was super excited to finally play with them.  We sorted by colors and matched the dinosaurs.

She also had to stack them several times!  She's really into stacking things lately.

After playing with the dinosaur erasers one day, she decided she wanted to use them and before I knew it, she had scribbled with her marker and was trying to erase it!  I had to show her that a pencil can be erased and then gave her a different eraser.

Stickers are always fun!
Saying the letter D is also fun! ;)
We also worked on shape matching from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
And last, but not least, we did a color matching puzzle from 1+1+1=1.


Summer has begun, but I'm hoping to continue with our inconsistent lessons throughout the summer! Ha! 
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