Saturday, May 21, 2011

H is for Hen

It is mid May and our Co-op Preschool is still going strong. Tyler, who will be 3 this summer, has learned so much this school year. He can now trace his name and recognize it. He can also trace and recognize several of the letters and numbers. He can sing along to the alphabet but can't quite do it on his own yet. He can also count to 12 and knows all the colors. He is even starting to color in the lines and cut with scissors.

These pictures are from when we learned the letter H. I told them the story of "The Little Red Hen" and then we made cornbread and learned about helping. It has been so fun to be a part of his education.


I am so far behind on my blogging. I have our trip to Washington to blog and lots of little adventures at home. Sometimes when I am behind I just don't blog because I feel it has to be a huge catch-up session. So, I am going to skip everything for now and go back later. I know, totally living on the edge! So here are some random thoughts for today:

-Yesterday Amy and her adorable family came to visit for a couple hours on their way down to California. I love living off of I-5! It was so great to see her. I hadn't realized quite how much I had missed my bestie!
-The weather has been lovely, which is wonderful, but it also means that today I HAVE TO get our yard in order. I hate being THOSE neighbors.
-Our vegetable garden is doing awesome so far!
-I made homemade chicken broth for the first time last night. It reminded me of Thanksgiving night cousin sleepovers. TURKEY SPRAY!!
-I think Good Luck Charlie on the Disney Chanel is my favorite show. This is either a testament to how lame I am or how bad The Office has been lately.
-Alex is going to be walking any day now. He will stand up in the middle of a room but will laugh and sit down if you look at him.
-Tyler has been SUPER clingy. He will be 3 in a couple months and is way to old for me to hold all day.
-Adam is reading like a pro. It is so exciting! I hope he keeps this love of reading.

Now I am just procrastinating doing the housework and then the yard work. Peace!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Exhausted Much?

One morning Alex decided to wake up at about 4am and roll around in our bed wide awake trying to play for hours. I was so tired that I just laid in bed half asleep trying to make sure he didn't fall off the side. Finally at 7:30am Mario got up and put Alex in the excersaucer while he got ready for work. Low and behold this is what he found when he got out of the shower. Seriously kid?! Sometimes all I can do is laugh at the joke that motherhood can be sometimes.

Brotherly Haircuts

A couple weeks ago I went to go buy soil and plants for our vegetable garden with Tamara. I came home to see three cute little boys with freshly cut hair. Mario had done it without telling me, which was really nice, but I was so sad to miss Alex's first haircut. Oh well! I got out of sweeping up hair. He didn't take any pictures so I only have an after shot. But how cute are they? I love my boys!

Cub Scouts and Cars

A few weeks ago I took our Cub Scout troop to see the cars at Lithia, Mario's work. They had a blast! It was a little crazy but Tom did a great job of showing them around. The boys loved the cars and had fun!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pre-Easter Celebration

Our friends were going to be out-of-town Easter weekend, so we did a little pre-Easter Egg Hunt the weekend before. We had hid 12 eggs for each kid at the church building. All the boys (yes, every child there was a boy) had their eggs within minutes. Poor Tyler, however, took ages to find his eggs. He just didn't understand what was going on. Every time he found an egg he would sit down and open it to eat the candy. Finally the other kids went and found the eggs for him to put in his basket. It was pretty cute.

Terrible Twos

Yes, that is Tyler eating Macaroni and Cheese out of a pan. The other day he asked for Macaroni and Cheese for lunch. I made it and he refused to eat it. He started crying in little kid gibberish and I had no clue what he wanted. Then I finally figured it out that he wanted to eat out of the pan with the wooden spoon. Usually I would never let him get his way after throwing a fit, but we were running late to get Adam from school. He won this battle for sure. All I could do was take a picture.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Gas, Weddings, and other Randomness

-Gas is really, really expensive. Yuck!
-Bin Laden is DEAD!!! I can't believe I am actually celebrating someones death, but he was such a deplorable person. Thank you troops!
-K, I'll admit it...I LOVED the royal wedding this weekend. Kate Middleton is gorgeous. It is a modern fairytale.
-Kate Middleton is now my fashion icon. Is it so lame that I want to dress just like her? Probably, but I don't care!
-Church today was wonderful. I love my ward so much. They really are my Medford family.
-I get to go home in a couple days!!!! I can't wait to see my Mom and Dad!
-Life is pretty dang good. For reals.

French Fry Face

Doesn't this picture make you want to reach into the screen and pinch his little cheeks. I just want to smoosh him! We went to In and Out Burger in California and Alex was feeling the fries. That's my boy!

In the (Jelly) Belly of the Beast

I'm going to blame this title on my complete lack of sleep lately. On our drive how from San Francisco we went to the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, CA. Mario thought I was crazy for wanting to go there, but we all agreed that it was well worth the stop. You have to wear a hat and they bring you through the factory to see how the Jelly Beans are made. Then you get a big bag to take home. All for free! It is a really fun atmosphere and completely worth the stop. We all had fun in the car eating the Jelly Bellies and guessing the flavors. Adam freaked out when he got a coffee one. The kid cracks me up. Biggest bonus of all: We got to see lots of awesome Ronald Reagan memorabilia. It made me think of my dad!

San Fran Photo Dump

I took a whole ton of pictures on our quick trip to San Francisco a couple weeks ago. I wanted to write more but I have so many new pictures and stories to tell. I've decided to just post a few of my favs from S.F. and move on.

My boys eating million dollar Ben and Jerry ice cream on the Waterfront. I swear, every time you eat something there you spend $50. Oh well!

Tyler loved the horse at the Muse'e Macanique'. The whole place is full of little coin operated games that are very old and mega creepy.

Adam and Tyler found their pirate buddy.

Ginita and Adam standing in front of the sea lions at Pier 39. They are so smelly! It was neat to see such huge animals out in the wild.

Alex and I over Pier 39. I know it's a tourist trap, but I love Pier 39. We shopped a little and had some amazing clam chowder in a sour dough bread bowl and, of course, fish and chips.

The kids did a great job and we all had lots of fun! We almost blew away, but that's San Francisco for ya!