Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Owen at 6 months

This is my little Owen and he is the most handsome little boy ever. He brings so much joy to our lives. He is an excellent napper, happy 98% of the time, and a great little brother. He laughs at every thing Brooklyn does and is so patient as she pulls and pokes him while they try and play. Here is a glimpse of Owen James at 6 months old:
  • He sits up and loves to play with anything put in front of him
  • He drools like nothing I've ever seen before
  • Can roll from front to back and back to front but mostly rolls from back to tummy
  • Loves tummy time
  • Is obsessed with Brooklyn and Peek a boo
  • Isn't the best night time sleeper but he is getting better every day. He gave me 6 hrs last night...to bad it was from 6 pm to 12 am instead of 12 am to 6 am. Once he's in a deep sleep he does great but just has a hard time getting to sleep at first
  • Smiles at everyone so he can show off his dimples
  • Blabs mama everyday all day but I don't think he has connected it yet
  • Loves his mama
  • Has 2 teeth and they came less than a week apart. Poor kid as been a teething machine the past couple of weeks and it has been rough.
  • Will put anything and everything in his mouth
  • Loves solid foods. I was procrastinating starting so when his aunt Martha came to visit she helped us get started. Loves applesauce, pears, banans and sweet potatoes. Hates potatoes and avocado. Not much else yet but we are working on it! 
  • Everyone says he is my twin and that he should be a baby model. I mean, just look at him! He is just so handsome I swear I could stare at his face all day long.
  • Weighs 17 lbs 5.5 0z and is 28.5 inches long. He is one tall boy (99%).
Happy 6 months Owen. We are so grateful you are a part of our family. You bring us joy, make us laugh, and fill our hearts with more love than we knew we could hold. Time is going by so quickly. We just can't believe you are 1/2 year old already.  You keep us busy and I am sure as time goes on you'll keep us even busier.

Sorry I haven't blogged in a long time. I really haven't found the time but I couldn't resist sharing these pictures with our loved ones. Hope all of you are doing well and that you enjoy the upcoming holiday season.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tot School: Week 2

This weeks class was Music time. It was so much fun and the best part is the kids were all worn out by the end. Brooklyn is taking a great nap as I write. 

Here is how I set it up and what I did:
  1. Pick out 15-20 songs that the kids will love. Make sure a lot of them have actions the children can learn to do. I will list all the songs I picked below.
  2. E-mail parents and ask them to bring an empty plastic water bottle and some scarves or ribbons.
  3. Purchase and blow up one balloon for each child.
  4. Set up "What's in My Basket" game. I filled up one easter egg for each child with something different. I used coins, pasta, marshmallows, cereal, rice, beans, etc. Anything I could find in my kitchen that would make noise when you shook the egg.  Each child gets to come pick one egg, shake it, and guess what's inside. Depending on your age group you can have them count how many of the objects are inside the egg. The kids each loved having their own turn.
  5. Then start off with a fun action song to get the kids in the mood to move and sing. I started with "If You're Happy and You Know It" since I figured most kids would be familiar with that.
  6. After that I went through about 6-7 songs varying the activities for each song. We varied between hitting balloons, having the kids dance underneath the parachute (blanket) while it went up and down, doing the actions to the song, or shaking a musical instrument. I just gathered musical instruments my daughter has.  
  7. We then took a break and made our own musical instruments. We put pinto beans inside the water bottles. The kids really got to work on their fine motor skills and they loved having their moms help out. At the end we put on the caps and they had their own musical instrument.
  8. At this point we went through the rest of our songs (or as many as you can with the time left). We started off with a song that would allow us to use our new instruments. It was wonderful to watch them make music out of something they had just made.
  9. We ended with the song "Happy" by Pharell. The kids and moms all took scarves, balloons, and/or musical instruments and we just danced and went crazy to get any last bit of energy out. It was so much fun and the kids were laughing throughout the entire class. 
  1. Don't be afraid to act goofy. The kids will feel comfortable if you are having fun and singing along. I definitely got a workout in dancing with the kids for 45 minutes. 
  2. Know the words to the songs you choose. I even tested some of them out on Brooklyn and picked the ones she responded best to.
  1. Songs:
    1. Wheels on the bus
    2. Itsy Bitsy Spider
    3. Once There Was a Snowman
    4. Happy and You Know It
    5. Popcorn Popping
    6. Ring around the Rosie
    7. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
    8. Patty Cake
    9. Here Comes Thumbkin
    10. Old McDonald
    11. This Old Man
    12. I Know a Chicken
    13. Twinkle, Twinkle
    14. ABC's
    15. I'm a Little Teapot
    16. Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
    17. Baby Shark
    18. Shake My Sillies Out
    19. The Animal Sounds Song
    20. Happy
  2. I found my favorite YouTube videos of the above songs and went to www.youtube-mp3.org and converted them in to MP3s. I put them in an order I liked and put them on my iPhone so I could easily play and pause as needed.
Here are some poorly taken pictures of our set up! I obviously need work on my photographer skills..ha If you have any questions about anything, please let me know! I'd be happy to help.

Ballon basket
 (You can also see my music bowl. I had a maraca, a toy, some balls, and then we used the bowl and a wooden spoon as a drum.) 
Music Making Supplies. If a kid didn't have a water bottle they could make a little drum like the square one sitting next to the bowl.
What's in my basket game. 
Blanket out so the kids know where to sit and all the toys lined up on the side for easy access. 
Some of the scarves we used to dance with!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tot School: Week 1

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to some of my friends about starting some kind of regular class where we can get our kids together once a week to learn and play. As an added bonus, we all get to chat as well. That night I started researching different activities that are good for kids ages 18 months-3 years. I put together an 8 week schedule that will include different themes each week so that our children can be exposed to many different things. I couldn't wait to get started. I e-mailed my friends my ideas/schedule and once I knew who could participate I went shopping to pick up supplies. Everything I have needed so far I found at the Dollar Tree and Micheal's.

Today was our first class and it was a lot of fun. Our theme this week was animals. As everyone arrived I let them pick out a folder and decorate it. I also took a picture with the kids and their moms. We started by reading a couple of animal books I had on hand. The kids loved them because they were flap books and they got to discover what animal was hiding underneath and making different sounds. We sat on a blanket in our front room with all the kids close by so they could help me open up all the flaps on the book. After that we moved to the kitchen for some animal crafts. We made a peek a book barn craft and then created some 2D animals using different materials. We glued cotton balls on the sheep, yarn on the horse, and a pink pipe cleaner on the pig. The kids all colored and glued and seemed to be having a lot of fun. As the kids finished they left the table to go play with all of the toys while the moms chatted. I am looking forward to this for the next 8 weeks. It'll get us through till the holiday season!

Here are a few pictures of our set up for the day so you can get an idea of what we did:

They will keep all their projects here so that we can make an All About Me book at our closing social.

Here are some pictures of Brooklyn on her first day of tot school. I think she loved it!

 Every week I hope to share about all the fun adventures Brooklyn is having in Tot School.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Baby B: 18 months

Our sweet girl is 18 months (actually almost 20 months at this point). I've become so slow at blogging with such a busy toddler on my hands. We are always busy playing, running errands, and enjoying one another's company. She is truly my sidekick and mini me and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Here is a recap of our sweet girl over the past 3 months:

  • Vacationed to Newport Beach, CA with my family
  • Grandma and Grandpa Power and Aunt Samantha. That was a blast having them here in Texas with us. 
  • Had her first easter egg hunt! She loves collecting necklaces a lot more than eggs. 
  • Cheered her mom on at all her volleyball games. 
  • All about shoes. I just wish I owned fancier shows her her to try on. Guess I'll need to get her some dress up ones in the near future. Can't believe she is already starting to love that stage. She is growing too fast.
  • Entered Nursery at church and you aren't really sure how you feel about it
  • Talking a ton! Seriously, I swear she learns a new word every day. I am so impressed with how large her vocabulary is but also her pronunciation of words. She speaks so clearly that I am not the only one who can understand her. Love that.
  • Love holding on to my finger while we walk. She holds on so tight and I know she completely loves and trusts me. 
  • Scream for excitement every time we go somewhere exciting. She just loves life.
  • Stickers are her favorite. It's been so fun to watch her be so excited about our coloring/sticker time. 
  • Always on the go. She is such an explorer. Constantly climbing up and over things and crawling under things. This got her in to some trouble at the Beach house. She broke her leg. More on that later.
  • She is really in to taking care of her bunny and baby. She will be the best big sister some day. She has such a sweet personality. 
  • Loves water! She has become so brave. We bought a season pass to the local water park and spent many mornings and afternoons there. Texas is so hot! At first she was a little timid but now you can't keep her out of it. She is always trying to walk to deep and jump of the sides. She loves being thrown up in the air back and forth between myself and Derek. She even loves to go down the kid slides by herself. It has been so fun to watch her transform.
I could go on for a while. This little girl has stolen my heart and this has been such a fun summer. I love getting to spend every day with her and so much enjoy watching her grow. Here are some pictures over the past three months and it's amazing to me to see how much she grows and develops every month.

She is so cute in pigtails!

So she thinks my underwear are scarves so she pulls them from my drawer and piles them on. She is so fashionable.  

Family road trip to Waco, Tx to the Dr. Pepper Museum

At the Children's museum  
Shadow play with Grandma Power

Story time at the library 

SEe what I mean about the necklaces?
In her Easter dress/wedding dress made by Grandma Ellsworth
Backyard water play

Tot time at the activity center

"So you caught me. What are you going to do about it?"

Texas Bluebonnets!  

She got in to my makeup!
Obsessed with the car shopping carts at Kroger!

Water park! 

She is so cute 
First sparkler on the 4th!
1st carousel ride!