Sunday, September 28, 2014

Preschool with Meredith - Week 2

For week 2 of preschool we completed our study on the story of Creation.  We looked at days 4 through 7, numbers 4-7, the colors purple, orange, pink, red and the shape of an oval.

We did our typical everyday binder which include saying the US & Texas pledges, Months of the year and days of the week songs, saying the books of the Bible, singing the ABC's and singing songs about Creation.  After the beginning activities, we moved into our story and crafts.

Bible: Creation
Day 4 - God made Sun, Moon and stars.  She didn't want to draw the lines around the sun, but she was sure to correct me when I didn't draw enough.  She glued the sun and moon down and filled the page with stars!

Day 5 - God created animals of the sky and sea.  We did lots of stickers for this one.  I had her look at a sticker sheet and only pick the ones that were fish or birds.  She was a little upset that she couldn't use the lion or giraffe, but I told her we would be using them on day 6 and seemed to pacify her. ;)
A sorting game from Hubbard's Cupboard.  This the same website I downloaded the Creation pages.
I pulled out a foam butterfly thinking she could draw on it, but instead she colored the ENTIRE foam sheet with her purple marker.  I guess I should have just given her a purple butterfly! ;)
She also glued feathers to her bird cut out.  Mackenzie loved this activity too, when we did it 2 years ago.
We also put the days in order (up to day 5).

Day 6 - God made animals and man.  We taped a piece of foil to our page (to look at our self) and then put animal stickers around it.

Day 7 - God rested.  God was pleased with His creation and rested, so we glued hearts to our page to show His love for us.  On a side note, Mackenzie saw the day 7 circle card we used earlier which has z's across it and immediately said, "God does NOT sleep!"  Good catch Mackenzie!  I guess I need to make a replacement card for that one since it's wrong. ;)

Our focus was on numbers 4-7, but we did review numbers 1-10.  We traced all of the numbers using the sheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  We also attempted to make numbers using our math links, but Meredith was only interested in creating the number 1! :/
We also played with our clock by putting the numbers in order first and then solving the puzzle.

Coloring.  She didn't really want to color with orange and surprise surprise she loved the purple sheet!

We had a lot of fun with pom poms!  Who knew they could be used for so many things!  First we sorted colors...
After finding all of the purples, we lined them up from biggest to smallest.  AND we counted all of the small ones to work on our one-to-one correspondence.
After counting we worked on patterns.  She did really well and I was totally impressed!
Finally, she decided we just needed to play.  I think she fixed me some sort of "meal" with them! ;)
Our other random activities were coloring in our water book - animals (day 6) and tracing the oval (also from Confessions of a Homeschooler.)  I traced the big oval, but she did the smaller one and the word.  She really takes her time because she doesn't want any white to show between the black dashes. She's much more particular than Mackenzie was, which I wasn't expecting, but that's great!

At the end of the two (or three) weeks this is what our bulletin board looked like.  There are quite a few sheets stacked on top of each other and day 7 is missing!  Lots of fun stuff!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Asking too much!

A week ago, the girls were dressed in similar outfits, so I thought it would be nice to get a picture of them together before we left for church.  It appears I was asking too much! ;)

The big girls were fine and looked super cute!

But then, we tried to add Miranda.
Once we got her settled it was like pulling teeth to get her to smile.  Not to mention getting Meredith to look at the camera!
Mackenzie - nope.  Meredith - kind of.  Miranda - stare.
Mackenzie - sort of.  Meredith - sort of.  Miranda - nope.
Nope for all three!
Then Mackenzie decided they should all make mad faces, but Meredith didn't get the memo and Miranda just didn't care! ;)
Yep, we're finished.  Let's just go to church, already.

Friday, September 26, 2014

1000 posts!

So, last week I posted my 1000th post since I started blogging in 2007!  I looked at my stats and found my top 10 blog posts since 2007.

Candyland Birthday Party  (2012) This post has had 2157 page views and recaps Mackenzie and Meredith's 4th and 1st birthday party.  I LOVE planning the girls birthday parties and I really liked the Candyland theme.  I uploaded pictures to Catch My Party, so I'm thinking that's where a lot of hits are coming from.  Also, the tissue paper pom pom center piece is really popular on pinterest.

Working Out  (2009) Although this post has 1224 page views, I'm pretty sure they are all from spammers!  I used to get a ton of comments from spammers regarding this post..."This is a very informative blog post...check out my website..."  How do I know this is spam? Because I'm pretty sure me rambling on about how I barely made it through a work out video because I'm so out of shape and having to chase after a baby is NOT informative. ;)  The spam comments have slowed, so maybe Blogger has finally blocked them.

Lalaloopsy Invites (2013) 1128 page views.  These are on Catch My Party and pinterest, so that explains the high page views.

Tissue Paper Pom poms (2012) With 597 page views, this post is popular for the same reason as the Candyland party - Pinterest.

Pinterest Ideas (2012) This also seems to be popular on pinterest, even though it's just a list of things I want to do from pinterest!

Lalaloopsy party favors (2013)  I love these party favor bags and apparently so do others as this page has had 507 views!  crazy!

Tracing Worksheets (2012) We still use these tracing worksheets that I downloaded from Confessions of a Homeschooler!  I love that they are laminated and we can reuse them however often we want!

Hand me down organization (2014) I believe I linked this post to an organizing blog I follow which is why it has so many views (298), but I have to say this is one of my favorite things I have done in this house.  It comes in handy ALL the time.  I've already had to go in and switch clothes out for the girls a couple of times since I organized it all and it made it soooo convenient!  so much easier than rifling through a bag looking for clothes and then missing some because they were in another bag!

32 weeks... (2013) With 281 page views, I haven't got a clue why this is so popular!  Maybe people are googling 32 weeks?!  This is the post from when I was 32 weeks pregnant with Miranda last summer.  It was posted a day or two before I went into the hospital with pre-eclampsia.  It's a funny post now because I go on and on about how wonderful my pregnancy is going and how great I feel, not knowing that Miranda and I were in danger! ;)

Tot school: Paint, pom poms & balls (2013)  And lastly, a tot school post for Meredith.  This post was linked on a popular homeschool blog and then that blogger featured my post on her blog, so I think that's where it's 251 page views come from.

Anyways, I thought it was fun to look back at these posts!  I can't believe I've been blogging for almost 7 years and since this is how I "scrapbook", here's to another 7 years and 1000 posts! ;)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My Little Pony Party

To celebrate Mackenzie turning 6, we had a My Little Pony birthday party.  I let her invite 5 friends to complete the 6 main ponies - Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Apple Jack, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy and Rarity.  I tried to keep the party to a minimum as far as decoration and food, but it still turned out cute.
I made and printed the banner a couple of weeks ago, but then kept procrastinating on putting it all together.  In the end, I was cutting and making the banner 1 hour before the party started!  Silly me!  Luckily we had plenty of ponies to help with the decorations!  I made the pile of them the day before and brushed all of their ratty hair so they would be presentable! ;) 
I love this year's sign in book.  It's a book all about the ponies and the TV show.  I especially liked that this year all of her friends actually signed the book, not just the parents!

I kept the food simple - cake and fruit!  I thought a smaller table would be perfect for the girls and that way they could help themselves completely!
I tried something new this year - cake push pops!  They were a little time consuming since I had to use a cookie cutter to make a bunch of circles, but in general they were easy.

Next time I'll use a little more icing between them, but these were perfect because each bite/layer had some icing.  So delicious and easy clean up! ;)
Each girl picked her place at the table and it included a mask for one of the main six ponies as well as their goody bag which had My Little Pony goodies and some items for only that particular pony.  I bought a lot of the stuff at Michaels on MY birthday back in February, so most of my work was done!  I made the "tags" on the bag using a digital image package from Etsy (I use the same shop for the Doc McStuffins images at the little girls' party) and photoshop elements.  I'm getting the hand of how to make these things and really like being able to do it this way.  Last year I used the Cricut a lot, but this year was Photoshop.  Who knows what I'll use next year! ;)

Also at each seat was a plain white pony for the girls to color how ever they wanted.

Mackenzie, Meredith and I had tested out three of the ponies a couple weeks prior to the party, so I knew what we needed for the actual party...sharpies and shirts to protect our clothes! ;)  We didn't use either of these when we first did them and I regret that!

After they colored their ponies, we played Pinkie Pie's balloon pop game.  Each balloon was filled with a ring and a piece of candy!
The game went a little longer than I thought it would because Target makes some super tough balloons! ;)
Nope, three girls can't pop it!
Nope, two girls lying on it can't pop it!
In the end, Brandon helped each girl pop their balloon by clawing at it and basically ripping it apart!  It all made for some funny moments and everyone had fun!

One of our friends had to leave early and one of our friends was showing up late, so we stopped with the activities and had cake and fruit!

The Birthday girl!
These two small candles were perfect for the cake push pop!  There's no way the typical number candle would have worked, so I'm glad I bought these a month or so ago!

Miranda remembered how much she likes icing too!

After cake, we played "Pin the Cutie Mark on Twilight."  I traced Twilight onto paper and then taped it to a foam board.  Apparently they make duct tape that smells like grapes!  I didn't realize I had bought such special duct tape until I got home.  So, the board looked pretty and smelled delicious! ;)
I found this cute little mask in the Target dollar bins and Mackenzie was pretty excited to use it!
There were cutie marks EVERYWHERE!

Meredith was last and peeked right as she walked up to the board, so she was able to put the cutie mark right where it should go! ;)

Next up Pinata time!  Pinatas were new for us this year.  Both girls requested them this year, so we obliged, but again we did the pull string way rather than swinging a stick!

Candy! Candy! Candy!  I may or may not have eaten one piece of each kind while I was filling the pinata! ;)  After being dairy free for a year, that candy tasted sooooooo goooooood!

So the birthday season is now behind us and surprisingly we don't have any plans for next year...yet! ;) Now onto Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas!
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