29 January 2008
Emily is showing some great thought processes. When she knows I'm making dinner, she starts setting the table. The plates are in a low cabinet she can reach. She always notices spiders or moths. She points them out to me fully expecting me to kill them. The other night, there was a spider on the ceiling above the sofa. I told her I couldn't reach. (I also didn't really want to get up and deal with it) Well, she ran into the kitchen and started dragging the step-stool out, so I could reach. Also, when I change her diaper, she grabs the dirty one and puts on my slippers so she can take it out to the garbage outside. She also tries to put away the towels and washcloths as soon as I fold them. Now, I don't expect her to do any of these chores. She's not even two years old, after all. But, she sees us doing them and she makes the connections. I wish my other two were half as excited about doing chores.
Katie hasn't been feeling well. She's been sleeping a lot and running a fever. She slept until about 1pm today. when she woke up she asked for breakfast and ice water. As soon as she had those, she asked if I'd make sugar cookies. I don't know where she got this idea. I don't think I've made sugar cookies in at least two years.
Tiffany had a science lesson about the life cycle of frogs today. In the lesson it was mentioned that frog eggs look a lot like tapioca. She asked what tapioca is. I tried to explain it, but it's hard to imagine if you've never had it before. I bought some tapioca while I was shopping this evening, so she could experience it first hand. Besides, I kind of like tapioca pudding.
26 January 2008
23 January 2008
Katie started out with the glider again. During the lesson, the instructor pulled the children along with a jumprope. At first, Katie declined, knowing that she'd have to give up the glider. After she saw the other children having fun being towed, she cast it aside and allowed the instructor to tow her. She didn't go back to it for the rest of the lesson. After the lesson, however, she skated off and on with it. She found she could really pick up speed holding on to the glider.
I made this video just before I made them get off the ice:
22 January 2008
Our sweet neighbor gave us a gingerbread house kit for Christmas. Corwin and I don't remember ever making a real gingerbread house before, out of real gingerbread, so this is our first as well as the girls' first. It was fun decorating it, now they want to eat it!
21 January 2008
Ok. Here are my rough edges:
1. Around 2:00 we are getting tired. Tiffany starts to go silly, and my nerves start to fry. By this time, we both want a long break.
2. Tiffany says 15 minute breaks aren't long enough. She has trouble finding something to do, then when she finds something there's no time left. She suggested we skip the breaks, but I know she needs them.
3. She wants me to sit beside her while she's doing independent work. This is when I should be doing laundry and my other chores and spending time with the other girls. Sometimes I fold laundry near her, but mainly it's mildly irritating, because she can do it herself, and I have other things to do.
If you have suggestions, please suggest away. :) Other than those items, we're getting along great with the schedule and the school work.
20 January 2008
Here's what it looked like before any trimming took place. You can't see the top, but it's well above the roof line.
This is what it looks like now. Don't worry, it'll fill in. It'll fill out as well, which means more trimming. Notice we have windows? I bet you couldn't tell it from the first picture.
15 January 2008
Tiffany used the glider for a few minutes, then gained enough confidence to go it alone. She found some other children to skate with while Katie had her lesson.
During her lesson, Tiffany learned to skate backward, to spin, and to balance on one foot. Of course, she still needs a lot of work, but she did very well. There were four children in Tiffany's class this time. I mentioned the other girl before. The remaining two were brothers who also school with IDVA. We had met them once or twice before, so that was nice. They didn't stay for the half hour after the lesson, but maybe they will next week.
Katie absolutely shocked me later on. The last twenty minutes we were there, she cast off the glider and skated on her own. She was making little baby steps, but she was doing it! I was so happy for her!
Neither girl fell down this time. At all. No injuries. What a relief! I'm sure it built their confidence as well.
14 January 2008
Heavenly Father created the Earth because people needed bodies and needed to learn to be like Him. We can learn to be like Him by obeying His commandments. Heavenly Father has a plan for me to return to Him.
I need to be baptized. When I turn eight, I'm going to baptized. The reason Heavenly Father waits until I'm eight is that I've learned enough to be baptized. I will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and it will guide me. Doctrine and Covenants 39: 6 says “And this is my gospel—repentance and baptism by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire.” Baptism of fire means being confirmed into the church. “and the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, which showeth all things, and teacheth the peaceable things of the kingdom.”
I need to go to church. I need to learn more about Heavenly Father and Jesus, and to learn the right ways. I like to sing at church. Singing to Heavenly Father and Jesus makes me feel happy. Psalms 108:3 says “I will praise thee, Oh Lord, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.” and in Psalms 66:4 it says “All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name.”
I need to repent. Doctrine and Covenants 18:10-13 says “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him. And he hath arisen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance. And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!”
I need to be good on Earth. Ephesians 6:1-2 says “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)” Obey your parents!
I need to pray often, so I can feel the Spirit guiding me from what is wrong. Doctrine and Covenants 112:10 says “Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers.”
If I do these things, I will return to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ after I die.
11 January 2008
09 January 2008
My sister emailed me today to ask about spelling helps. So, besides kidsspell (the link I have on the left), I'm going to add a couple more I've used. If you're interested, please take a look at Discovery Education's Puzzle Maker and a webpage that has a list of spelling game websites.
08 January 2008
Katie's lesson was first. Tiffany skated around by herself for that half hour on the other end of the ice rink. I didn't know learning to ice skate was so difficult. There were about 6 children in Katie's class. They had a lot of trouble even moving forward on the ice. They were given a short off the ice lesson on how to fall, how to get up, how to regain balance, etc. Then they were each given a glider- a walker without wheels to help them with balance. At first, the children marched, but didn't go anywhere. It took them a little while to learn how to actually go forward. Soon, the gliders were taken away and they marched on the ice without them. There were a lot of spectacular falls.
Tiffany had a lot of spectacular falls, herself. She could actually propel herself along. I think the roller skating had a lot to do with that. Ice skating is apparently quite different. About 2 minutes before her lesson , she had a hard fall on the back of her head. She got a pretty good sized lump. We put some ice on it, the swelling went down a bit, then she went out for her lesson 5 or 10 minutes later. Her confidence waned, however, so she used a glider for the first bit. The instructor talked her into abandoning it, and she was able to learn to do a little hop and to glide by moving her feet in and out. There was only one other person in Tiffany's class. The instructor wrote lines on the ice, and the girls skated them. At the end of the lesson, the instructor blew bubbles and the girls skated around popping them.
After the lessons, I allowed the girls to skate another 30 minutes before we had to leave. They both skated with gliders. I wasn't too worried about that, because I figure they'll still develop skills with the gliders that will help them be better skaters. Katie got much better at moving herself across the ice, and the falls weren't quite so bad. Neither girl wanted to leave when it was time to go, they wanted to stay and skate all day.
07 January 2008
I made calzones for dinner. I tried to find some frozen at the store last week, but couldn't find anything beyond pizza bites. So, I made them. The recipe for the dough did not turn out well. It was very sticky, so I had to knead a lot of extra flour in. Other than that they turned out well. I learned the technique of keeping them from being soggy as well. The first one didn't turn out well when I put the sauce down first. So this is how it works. Roll out a circle of dough. On half put cheese, meat, then sauce, then veggies, and last, cheese. Fold in half, crimp the edges, then bake. So, the secret is to put the sauce in the middle.
Emily is still ill. She made me hold her all day. She fell asleep several times, but woke every time I put her down.
Tomorrow is the first day for ice skating lessons. The girls are very excited. During her morning break, Tiffany put on her roller skates to skate on the sidewalks. It snowed most of the day, so she didn't really have a place to skate. She skated behind me as I shoveled the snow off our front walk. She said I was going too slow. I told her to turn around and skate the other way. She really is getting much better with them. (Emily walked around in the snow, then finally got tired and cranky before I was really done, and we came in.)
05 January 2008
The only bad thing with yesterday is that Emily has come down with a nasty cold, lasting throughout today.
The only remarkable thing we did today was clean and rearrange Tiffany's bedroom. We put her bed near the light-switch, to encourage her to turn off her own light after reading at night. That's the idea, anyway. We'll see how it works out in real life.
Oh, and we planned another project to do before spring. We are going to build a three bin composting system. I've been wanting this for a long time. Right now the compost is laying on top of my garden, but it will have to move by spring, so I can plant there. It will be nice to give my compost a permanent home.
I also forgot to mention that Katie gave her first talk last Sunday. She asked the primary president to help her, so I watched. She did very well. She simply told a story from the Friend magazine in her own words, then told what she felt Jesus would want us to do- "be nice and do good things and believe in him."
03 January 2008
Tiffany started, yesterday, to learn how to write a report. The assignment is to write about an animal from a supplied list. She chose the kiwi. We took a trip to the library today where she found several books to check out, and looked it up in the encyclopedia. She has to record her sources, make subtopics, and take notes under those subtopics. That's what she did today. Actually, I wasn't feeling very well, so when we got home, I lied down, and she read the books and took notes. She pretty much worked on only that all day long. I think it is good for her to get excited about it. I hate to make her put something away for another subject just when she gets excited about what she's doing.
As I said, I didn't feel very well. I was feeling very tired and achy. Why is it that when I feel like that, my children run circles around me? They shout and run and fight.
The trip to the library was a bit frustrating for me. I tried to give Tiffany time to take notes from the two encyclopedias we found. I had her sit at a table, while I stood trying to keep an eye on the other two. I would have sat down and read them a story or several, but for two things. I didn't really feel like it, and neither did they. They wouldn't slow down or sit down to listen. They found some "friends". Katie spent a lot of time talking to the librarian and wandering around the children's area. Emily found a little girl to play with. Now, remember, Emily is 20 months old. The little girl who befriended her was about 4. This little girl kept luring Emily behind a bookshelf where she would proceed to cover Emily's nose and mouth with her hand until Emily fought and screamed. She also pinched her and pulled her hair. And Emily would keep following her around. When Tiffany was finally ready to go, Katie had to use the restroom (and I had to help, because they have automatic toilets which my kids are afraid of), and Emily wanted a drink about a hundred times, and they had both removed their shoes. We found some books from the booksale section, so we had to go to the counter to buy them. The line was really long, so I suggested we check out the books at the automated checker then go to the counter to purchase the others. I set Tiffany up, so she could check out the books. Meanwhile, Katie was under the nearby staircase, and Emily was climbing the stairs. Tiffany finished checking out the books. That was when I realized I only had one dollar on me, so we had to put back two of the books (cash only policy). I sent Tiffany through the line with the money, while I suited up the other two, again. I thought about stopping somewhere on the way home for lunch, but after all that, I decided against it. We went home and I heated up frozen corndogs.
Corwin brought home a pizza, which saved me from making dinner. :)
01 January 2008
We didn't do a whole lot today. I let the girls go outside to skate for a while. We spent a couple hours on the music curriculum, where so and mi were introduced, and the ta ti-ti rhythm was also introduced. We went grocery shopping, stopped at the library and bookstore. We exchanged some books Tiffany got for Christmas, that she already has. She bought some new Magic Treehouse books, and a Disney Fairies book. She's actually read all the Magic Treehouse books now, and is reading the next books in the series, Merlin's Missions. Her Aunt and Uncle gave her two Disney Fairies books for Christmas, which introduced her to that series. Her grandparents gave her a Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book, which she absolutely loves, introducing her to another series. :) As she says, "I'm addicted to reading!"
We signed up for a netflix account, so we're watching more movies lately than we have in a really long time. (which is why we watched Night at the Museum recently) Netflix has an immediate gratification option where you can watch a streaming movie on your PC. The quality isn't very good, but it's not bad for watching movies you don't care a lot about, but might watch anyway. Tonight we watched Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines. It was kid friendly, though Katie thought it slow paced. After the first half hour, she commented several times on how long the movie was. I think the introduction was the best with several clips of early flight attempts and plane crashes. (Which all three children laughed through) The movie was set in 1910 London and was about a race from London to Paris in very rickety early model planes. I gave it 3 stars. It was all right, but I probably wouldn't watch it again any time soon.