Monday, August 29, 2011

Home Preschool: Unit 7

We took this unit a little slow since this month has been so busy for us. We had fun with G is for gumball (Keanan's theme) and G is for goat (Kyla's theme).We also added some fish to our schoolroom!! The kids are loving them and doing a great job feeding them.We are now switching gears and doing school with Keanan every day! Most days this is when Kyla is napping, but she will join us when our schedule allows in the morning. Keanan and I are really excited about it!

Friday, August 26, 2011

18 Months (a little late)

Kyla had her 18 month check up today! She actually turned 18 months on the 6th, but I was in Arkansas at the time. She weighs 21lbs 7oz and is 31.5in tall. That's 9% for weight and 39% for height - a skinny little girl, but totally healthy. She was so great during the appointment and didn't even cry for her one shot!

What a sweet, feisty little princess we have! Her vocabulary is growing every day, we're pretty sure she has over 100 words but we haven't actually counted them yet. She loves to run and play with Keanan, do school, feed the cat and brush her teeth. One of my favorite things that she does right now is pray. Whenever we pray she wants to do it on her own. She will fold her little hands, close her eyes and quietly say "Thank you God." Melts my heart!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Another Run, Another Baby, Another Fair!

No joke! We pretty much had a repeat weekend. Saturday was Zac's 30th birthday! To celebrate we made him breakfast in bed, went for a family run on the YHS track, had a yummy lunch, took a family nap, and had spagetti for dinner - his favorite. My brother also graduated from WWU on Saturday, yay!!

On Sunday we headed into church to teach Keanan's Sunday school class. As I was setting up I got a call that my September client's water broke! So we raced home to get the other car and my doula bag and went back to church. I was able to teach the class before my client called back and needed me to come since her contractions had started. It was a beautiful birth with a healthy, yet early little boy.

While I was at the birth Zac and the kids went to the Lewis County Fair with the Ireland's and his parents. They watched the destruction derby, saw animals, rode some rides, and ate yummy fair food. Keanan even went on the little roller coaster with his Grandpa! The kids wore themselves out and slept in the car on the way home. I made it home about 2 hours after them.

I was bummed to miss out on the fair trip, but so blessed to have been able to support this mama in her birth. Another lovely weekend!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Run, Baby, Fair!

What a fun 24 hours we/me have had!

Last night we met Zac at the Rainier High School track for our first family run! Keanan did great and probably ran about 400m. I did 4 laps and Zac did 5, not bad for both of us being out of shape (and one of us only having 1 leg =) ). Kyla enjoyed the ride in the jogging stroller. We need to get up to 12 laps before the TMTL 5K that we are signed up for next month.

As we were putting the kids to bed I got an email from my client and left to help welcome her new baby! It was a beautiful, natural, completely intervention free hospital birth with a healthy baby girl. Mom was ecstatic and couldn't have imagined it going any better. I am still on a high from it! I even made it back home by 5am and was able to get a few hours of sleep in.

This morning the kids and I headed to Graham for the Pierce County Fair! We met up the the Johnson's and Lucy and Keanan had a BLAST going on some of the rides! It was so fun to see them out there by themselves, such big kids. We also had some yummy fair food and saw all the animals.

The only downside of the last 24 hours is that the kids did not nap today, which means neither did I (kind of a must after attending a birth all night). So we were all crabby =( I am off to bed early tonight!

Yay for running, babies, and fairs!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Home Preschool: Unit 6

We finished F for fish and feet today! We had lots of fun coloring, counting, lacing, cutting, painting, glueing, and reading. Kyla has been more interested in what Keanan is doing so now she gets her own tot-school worksheets. I am incorporating more Montessori type activities as well, which has been a lot of fun - and sometimes a challenge.We also had a Cars (the movie) theme this unit, which thrilled Keanan! Complete with a cars sensory tub (filled with rice). This is the first and only movie Keanan has really watched. Every day we get to see him as a race car running around the house, too fun =)

In other news: I am officially the new childbirth educator for CareNet (crisis pregnancy center) of Thurston County! God really put this wonderful ministry on my heart after reading "The Missional Mom", a great book about living with purpose, and being an example as such for your kids. The first class kicks off in October!

I leave tomorrow night for Arkansas to visit my Papa and will be gone until Monday night. It did not work out for Keanan to come with, so Zac will be home with the kids (with the help of our awesome friends the Ireland's while he is at work). Just thinking about being gone makes me miss them horribly. This will be the longest I have ever been away from my babies. =( Please keep all of us, and my Papa in your prayers.