Being able to sit outside at 6:30am and enjoy the breeze before it warms up too much is a treat. The night before last I was determined NOT to nurse Elaina during the night. I offered her a bottle. Dad took over after he heard her screaming at me. He thought she was sick. She was just so maaaad at me. She kept trying to take my shirt off and then even hit at me. Needless to say, neither of us got any sleep. Now, last night I gave up and just followed what I always do. At around midnight when she woke up the first time I picked her up out of her crib and nursed her the rest of the night. She can pretty much find what she needs like a little puppy most of the night. She just isn't ready. She doesn't nurse much during the day so I can't really deny her her milk. Mama was just a bit touched out. Poor girl, she isn't even one yet and Mama was being so mean. Well, that's done!!!! Baby gets what baby wants.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
|You can see it in the background... HUGE!|
|Elaina needed a nap after that wild ride. No, she didn't ride that way. I loosened her straps and sat with her till she awoke.|
I got the schedule for the story times for the summer. We plan on attending some of them....
As usual Ben and Elaina enjoyed themselves in the play area.
|Yes, she put them all back....|
The morning in the woods recharged me.....
|Danny and Lyn joined me in the woods. Connor preferred to stay on the trail.|
|A spider decided to join me|
Saturday, May 25, 2013
As the day cooled off we walked down to the playground. It was Danny's idea to roll down the hill and everyone followed suit.....
That is what I call family fun.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Circle of Learning
Today I worked on heavy verses light with the older littles and with plain ole "put it in" with the smallest littles. I chose several balls of varying weights. I let the kids explore the balls as I explained that some of the balls were heavy and some were light. I did not expect the vocabulary to be understood or picked up today but starting young is how children learn. Trial and error is how the kids figured out which balls would fall through the toy and which ones needed a flip of the handles to work the balls down. By the end of the day and several short direct instruction sessions lasting just a few minutes each the littles had the process down. They haven't memorized which balls are heaviest but once they realize a ball won't move they move the handle. I am proud of all of them.....
Sunday, May 19, 2013
We shall see.
Eliot and I dropped off food for the Religious Education recognition brunch this morning at church. Of course we checked on the blackberries. The blackberry patch at our church is one of the biggest I have ever seen. Every year we collect some. Next Sunday should be a good time for basketfulls.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Beautiful, healthy girl pruning my flowers. She deserves her milk but I may start cutting out daytime feeds and just nurse at night. That is when she gets her bulk of milk anyway.....
Friday, May 17, 2013
Rue, lavender, purple basil, fennel, terragon and lemon balm....
The smell is sweet and spicy. A fresh end to a long week. I ended my contract position as a Special Instructor. I need more professionalism and less stress in my life. Well, that's done....
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
At least they are all in the picture....
That seems to be my mantra with the kids lately. They just never seem to cooperate at the same time.
I led Children's Chapel at church again. I enjoyed discussing motherhood but it was a long day.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
We finally changed out our Fall wreath. We collected new flowers and herbs from the yard. Eliot and Ben helped me take the dried plants off and add the new. The smell of the fennel, purple basil, lavender, rosemary is amazing. Why buy a fake synthetic wreath to celebrate the seasons when each year you can design one unique to fit what is growing in your yard.
Eliot, Elaina, and a friend made a wonderful "cave" under some linens that were drying. Since they were wet it made a wonderfully cool spot to play.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
My Annika is sick. It is testing week and it just wiped her out. Public school testing is not for the children. It is for grading the worth of the school. I am so tired of them pushing the kids so hard for something that does not effect their personal grades. She will stay home tomorrow and "oh well" about the testing she will miss.....
Monday, May 6, 2013
I can't wait to see what the reading choice will be for the Summer.....
Thursday, May 2, 2013
This year it is all about dragons. She got some more Dragonology games and books and a dragon calendar. Oh, to be 11 again... Wait, I still read books about dragons!