Wednesday, November 16, 2011

School Stuff: C is the Letter of the week

C week was actually like a month ago.  I haven't been doing as much school stuff lately and probably won't get back into the swing of things until after our Disney trip.  I can't wait for Disney!  We are leaving a week after Thanksgiving and will be gone for two weeks.  I am nowhere near ready!  Maybe I will bring some school stuff for the kids to do in the car since we are driving.....

We used this worksheet to practice writing the letter C:

I forgot to take worksheet pics!  Opps!
For more details on what I did for these worksheets, check out this post here

Snacks that start with C
  -Mon - Cheese Stix
  -Tues - Cucumbers
  -Wed - Bugs on a log (Celery with peanut butter and raisins)
  -Thur - Cantaloupe
  -Fri - Cookies

Books we read that focus on the letter C: 
  -Cassie's C Book by J. L. Mazzeo
  -It's C! by Oona Gaarder-Juntti

Other Alphabet books we read:
  -The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra
  -ABC T-Rex by Bernard Most

Season/holiday that starts with C that we learned about: Columbus Day
  -Read Follow the Dream:  the Story of Christopher Columbus by Peter Sis
  -Craft: Construction Paper boats

One of our projects was to look in a magazine and find pictures of things that started with C.  I then had her cut them out and glue them on a piece of paper.  Here is our C magazine project:

Cones, Crunch Bar, Cherries, Car, Count, Camera

We also created some colored bubble art but that didn't go very well.  The colors did not show up as dark as I thought they would and Alyssa ended up with a mouthful of paint and soap.  Let's just say that that project did NOT go as planned.

We also decided to make cookies, since that was one of the snacks.  Here is a picture of Alyssa helping with the cookies:

Hope you enjoyed our C week!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas shoppe Items

Every year, Alyssa's school does a Christmas shoppe.  The way that her school sets theirs up is that people (usually parents of the students) donate handmade items.  The items are then step up on tables and during two different days in early Dec., the kids get to shop for Christmas gifts from these items.  Here are some of the items that I donated to the Christmas shoppe. 

crocheted kitchen towels

Yarn wreath with felt flowers and ribbon

Blue and Purple knitted scarf

Black and orange knitted scarf

Since this is our first year in school, I only heard about this shop three weeks ago.  All these items are things that I mostly had done, just needed some finishing touches.  Next year I will be more prepared and be able to donate more. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sat. chores

This is what the view from my front window has been looking like for the last few weeks:

So yesterday, our morning consisted of this:

And this:

With a little of this thrown in:

Alyssa wanted to make a "leaf angel"

Thursday, November 10, 2011

What do you want for Christmas???

On Monday night I gave the kids some ads from the Sunday paper and told them to let me know what they wanted for Christmas.  I needed some ideas for their Christmas lists since my siblings and other relatives are starting to ask.  The first thing Alyssa told me she wanted was a Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle

I then looked at the price.  $145?!?!?!  Are you kidding me??  For a princess castle?!?!  Needless to say, this did not make the list.  My MIL has informed me that she got Alyssa a new doll house, so that will have to work instead.  The next thing she asked for was a Lite Sprites Wand.

This thing was cute but not for the $30 price tag that was attached.  

The third thing Alyssa wanted was a baby cradle/bed for her dolls.  We have a wooden bassinet that was her's when she was a newborn that I picked up from a garage sale for $5.  I told her she could have it for her babies.  Currently it is sitting in our "office".  I think that I might paint it white and she can have it for the room redo I am planning next summer for her room.  I have already found a few ideas on Pinterest for this project. 

The last thing (or should I say things?) that she wanted was a Princess Cinderella Baby and a Princess Aurora Baby.  I only put the baby Cinderella on her list. 

Malachi only wanted only a few things. 

I put it on his list even though it was a little pricey.

Next, he wanted a Power Wheels 4-Wheeler.


This did not make the list.  Plus, my MIL already has one that he can use when he goes over there. 

Other items were put on the Amazon list that were not asked for (Leapster Explorer, clothes, other little toys).

What are your kids putting on their Christmas lists this year??

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

knitting project

For the last few days I have been MIA in bloggyland.  Pretty much any free time I have had for the past 4/5 days has been sucked up by my current knitting project.  The project was a winter hat for Malachi.  I really wanted to get it done before it got cold since he didn't have a hat.  And of course, for the past few days, it has been really warm around here.  I just finished his hat last night and had him try it on this morning (that's why he's in his pajamas!).  These are some pictures I took of him in the hat.  Sorry that they are not better.  This is the best I could do with a child that kept running away from the camera and closing his eyes.  The pattern for the hat can be found here.

I think that I actually messed up the top of the pattern because it doesn't look quite right.  Also, I made the pattern size for a child (suppose to fit a 2-4 year old) but it seems a touch too small.  I think that I will make another one soon but add an inch or so to the length so it completely covers his ears. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Oh, How Pinteresting!!!! Quote Edition

Here's another Thrifty Craftin' Mama edition of Oh, How Pinteresting!!!  I am sort of getting addicted to Pinterest.  I am finding so many good ideas (and quotes)! 

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I love Wicked!

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So true!

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I need to remember this more often!

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Go State! Have to support the Alma Mater!

Linking up with The Vintage Apple!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Sorry I haven't blogged in a long time!  Nothing really exciting happened last week and we were busy doing some other things.  I love reading other people's blogs and sometimes I spend my time doing that instead of focusing on my own blog.  I think I am going to make it my goal to post on my own blog first then read other blogs.  In other news, my computer is fixed!!  YAY!!!  Somehow my log in got corrupted.  New log in and now it works great!  This makes it so much easier to blog at naptime.

For us here in the U.S., yesterday was Halloween.  This was actually Alyssa's fourth time dressing up and Malachi's third.  Dress up time #1: church fun fair.  Dress up time #2 (just Alyssa): Preschool.   Dress up time #3: Alyssa's school Trunk or Treat.  Dress up time #4: Halloween.  Because we had dressed up so many times already, I was done with Halloween.  I guess we should enjoy it while the kids are young and can still go out. 

Below are pictures from Alyssa's Preschool Party last Thursday.  They let all the parents take pictures before they picked up their children.  Alyssa went as a fairy. 

Her teacher was a penguin.  It was really cute!

Here are the pictures from last night.

Yummy mummy hotdogs for dinner.  They tasted like a healthier
version of a corn dog.

Malachi didn't want to get out of the stroller to take pictures.

He finally did when we told him he could get a sucker. 

Baby and Daddy Leopard.  Yay for Trick or Treating!

The kids with the little girl next door

Alyssa was ready for Round #2 of Halloween this morning.  She put her Princess dress over her pajamas.

Alyssa and the bat decorations. 

Hope you had a great Halloween!  If you don't live in the U.S., do you celebrate Halloween?  What are your traditions this time of year?  I would love to hear your comments.