Sunday, February 28, 2010

Amazing Ella

Chad and I have been in awe of our Ella lately. She is demonstrating emergent literacy in incredible ways. She's learned the sounds the letters make and sounds out words constantly. She'll attempt spelling words, and if we throw a simple word out to her, she'll figure out the spelling. Today she wanted to 'write a story' like Micah (who was working on a 'book' titled after The Magic Treehouse). Here's what her story said:

THESCEREMOSDR CHAPTER1 WUDEA JAKNANE

Translation: The Scary Monster Chapter (okay, she asked me to spell chapter for her) 1: One Day Jack and Annie (to be continued)

I love it!

Micah's story was dang cute, especially the spelling. Hey, when we tell them to sound it out, that's exactly what they do! Chad and I decided we needed to work with him on learning the correct spelling now.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Byoo-ful Girls

I finally figured out how to scan in photos. I don't know if I'll remember tomorrow how I did it. Here are the photos I had taken of the girls. I haven't had a photo taken of Mira in a while, so we were long overdue. My absolute favorite is the one of the girls together!! Too cute!

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Micah Turns Siete

Saturday was Micah's big day. He woke up, happy to see balloons and streamers. Even happier to see a birthday note indicating a scavenger hunt to find his gifts. The kids loved it, of course. The whole time Colin was saying, "I want to do a scavenger hunt on my birthday! I want to get 4 presents, too. I want a Webkinz like Micah." Okay, okay! At least it doesn't take much to please them.

With each gift Micah opened, he was just thrilled. Several books and the narrator reading them on CD. (May I highly recommend Arnold Lobel once kids get to age 4+. His books are great!) He was taken by surprise when he got his "Zumbuddy", a sort of Webkinz toy. But the best reaction was when he opened his Tiger Cub Scout book. He was in heaven! He's been watching Colin get to participate in all these Cub Scout activities. Even though the LDS church doesn't start up with Cub Scouts until the boys are 8, Micah couldn't stand to wait. He and Chad already have plans for activities. He's learned the Cub Scout pledge, salute, and handshake and thinks it's the coolest thing.
Had to throw in this pathetic blakie picture with Mira. Notice the raggedy yellow side. It's so thrashed. I had to completely cut off the one side. Now it's just the purple side. But she doesn't care!
And Ella all done up for dance. She wanted me to get a snapshot of her.
The madness begins! We had 10 little friends over for the party. And it was everything you'd expect. Noisy, silly, and fun. We invited the kids from Micah's primary class. I'm so glad we did. It gave us a chance to get to know them and for Micah to connect with them more, since we've just moved in. They're all great kids from really nice families.
The boys are starting the 'girls have cooties' thing. Ella was totally eating that up and trying to tag all the boys she could. Is this an indicator or her teenage years?? We hope not!Chad was so great and led them in all the games: Father, May I, a basketball shoot-out, balloon popping, etc. Very fun.

Micah has a little buddy in his class, Braden. Chad and I just looked at each other when we saw those two in action together. I hope they don't sit by each other in class! Their teacher would have her hands full!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dinnertime

I can't help but ask myself, "Why do I even try??"

Monday, February 8, 2010

Home All Day

Poor Mira is so sick. Sore throat, cough, runny nose, fever. She's been this way at least 4 days. Now Ella's starting in with it. I just hope we can keep it from being passed all throughout the family. It really slams you.

Having sick kids means that, except for essential stuff, you're home all. day. long. If it were warmer, I could at least take them out for walks. Well, if I had a stroller. But I'm home all day. I haven't worked out in a long time. I am so ready for spring. I am afraid for my post-pregnancy stage. I feel like I could eat all day long. Seriously. Chad found Reece's peanut butter cup wrappers in various garbage cans when he was helping the boys do their chores Saturday. Were they mine, he wondered? Well, yes indeedy, they most certainly were. And others I'm not even going to tell you about. This is a bad combination.

Pray for me.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hooray for Saturday

At dinner last night, Colin was going through the days of the week and giving each a title. Let me see if I can remember what he said:
Monday is Family Home Evening
Tuesday is The Biggest Loser on TV
Wednesday is Scouts and basketball practice
Thursday is Pizza Day (lunch at school)
Friday is movie night
Saturday is chore day
Sunday is church

Practically every day we get up by 7am and it can get exhausting! On the occasion we get to sleep in a little later, it is heavenly. Chad got up this morning with the boys to get them breakfast while I stayed in bed a little longer--Thank you honey!

Colin had his last basketball game. He was so excited to get his own trophy. Chad has a bunch from growing up, which the boys think are so great. (Micah displays them in his room, which makes me smile.) Colin was proud to have one with his name on it.

Tonight the boys and Chad are off to another Jazz game. Normally, it's just Chad and one boy. But Amber had a ticket and invited Colin along. I think Chad's jealous because I'm sure she'll have decent seats, compared to the nosebleed section we always buy...like second row from the top!

Micah made a sign to hold up "Go Jazz Go! (The 'J' and 'zz's spelled backwards) Jazz rocks yeah!"
And Ella got spoiled today by Grandma and Grandpa Miller. They took her on a birthday outing to 'wherever she'd like to eat' which happened to be Carl's Jr. After downing too much root beer, she apparently told my parents she never wants to have another root beer again. Then they took her to the Gateway and let her pick out and let her assemble a bear at the Build-A-Bear workshop. How cute! How could you not feel special?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Little Stinker

I have to make note of my little 3 year-old who has been getting into mischief a lot lately. I'll probably forget about all this one day, and I don't want to. She has given me a run for my money the past little while. You all know about the haircutting incident. Well, now she's:

*getting into my nice lipstick, smearing it all over her mouth (and anywhere else it might get accidentally). Then she turns off light switches, opens doors with the remnants on her fingers getting on the walls.

*taking a pencil on a couple of occasions, going into her bedroom, closing the door, and drawing her masterpiece on her walls and dresser. The most recent time it was with permanent marker. Thank goodness for Mr. Clean sponges! Unfortunately, Mr. Clean does not take out permanent marker off bed sheets. Argh!

*getting up after she's supposed to be asleep in bed, climbing onto the counter to help herself to 5+ pieces of gum. She still had a piece in her mouth in the morning. Thankfully, none in the hair.

*discovering a 'hidden' treat and taking it into her room (again, she closes the door and I don't realize that she's being sneaky for a while) and helping herself to the contents.

Even though some of it gets me wound up, I have to laugh once the day is done and I'm retelling my experiences of the day to Chad.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ella Turns Five!

Ella has so been looking forward to becoming a year older. I've heard for a while, "How many more days until my birthday?!" The day finally came for her. She woke up to streamers and candles in her breakfast muffin. She got a new Barbie bike which she can't wait to learn to ride. But her reaction over getting a container of Mr. Bubble was over the top!
Here she is the night before her birthday, resting with the cat. She and Micah have agreed to take turns having the cat in their beds (which doesn't last too long, usually).
Sunday we had the grandmas and grandpas and Aunt Amber over for dinner, cake, and ice cream. She decided to have My Little Pony top the pink strawberry cake she'd picked out. It did make it look pretty cute. For her birthday dinner she decided on spaghetti (and meatballs, garlic bread, and salad).
She's great at posing for pictures.
Since our table seats 8 comfortably, we told the kids that Ella got to sit at the big table since it was her birthday and the other kids got the bar stools. They weren't thrilled with this, but were satisfied to learn they'd get a turn when they each had a birthday.
A proud little birthday girl! She got a create-your-own jewelry set, a princess book and several princess CDs from family. Very nice!