Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
This morning the kids played in a giant sandbox down at the river, and we went for a walk. Further proving that I am middle aged, I'm thinking about taking one of those historic trolley tours during John's meeting this afternoon.
The children fell asleep nicely in our hotel, but it was not lasting. Ella fell out of bed in the middle of the night, and the baby woke up every three minutes. My eyes are made of burning coals.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Someone else got new shoes too. We are feeling the first of the winter chillies around here. I got him the sheepskin liner that goes in these as well. I must be turning into a grandma. I've been worried about everyone's feet staying warm. Next thing you know it I'll be pushing cookies and noodle soup.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Red got her almost five year old ears pierced today and Ella is flaming jealous. We told her a while back that she could get her ears pierced when she was of a certain age, maybe nine or twelve. I can't even remember right now. I'm sticking. Why do girls want to be friends with a mean girl?
I need a walk in some fresh air. I think we are going to Pandapas.
Monday, October 23, 2006
"Focaccia was an artist who took things apart and put them back together in interesting ways," said Ella.
"Who?", I said.
"Focaccia," she said with a slightly impatient tone.
"Who is Focaccia?", I said.
"Am I going to have to go all the way downstairs to get you the book and show you?" she said.
"Do you mean Picasso?" I said.
"Yes, "she giggled, "How do you spell that?"
Sunday, October 22, 2006
A few weeks ago I started talking to Ella about home schooling. She frequently meets home schooled children, and home schooling could be an option if we ever buy our goat farm. Ella thought that home school was a brilliant idea....ON THE WEEKENDS. School is pretty much her favorite thing in the world. For now, we play home school on saturday and sunday.
We went on a leaf walk yesterday and pressed them between sheets of waxed paper.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Somewhere along the way I finally stained our back deck and started redecorating the upstairs bathroom. It is delicious chocolate brown. Yesterday we drove one hundred miles looking at fall color in the mountains; We crossed the New River up near Pearisburg and then turned around and headed down Spruce Valley. The pavement ended and we had to stop for the same coal train twice, but we eventually followed the New River up to McCoy, Virginia and had some sense of where we were. We have pine needle fairies in our house and kabocha pumkins for roasting. It must be fall.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Ella's Granny and Grampy came to Smalltown to spend the night and celebrate Ella's birthday on friday. They went to preschool with her, and Ella was very happy to present her grandfather as this week's show and tell. I still haven't heard what she told. We had a giant Greek salad, pizza, the cake of her dreams and lots of presents. She got a new scooter, two wheels, a brake, and very speedy.She got a lap harp with the music cards that slide underneath. It is going to sound great after I find a way to tune it. Ella's granny sewed her a poodle skirt as well as some pretty playclothes. The dollhouse got some interior windows, a bed, a fireplace, and, best of all, a framed portrait of it's doll inhabitants.
Yesterday we went down to the playground, and Ella rode her new scooter on the bike path by the river.John loved swinging on the swings, and he so wants to slide down the sliding board. We went out for ice cream in our little downtown. What a nice wrap up for Ella's birthday week. It does take a village, and we certainly have a dedicated and generous group of villagers.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Circle Time- discussions about herbs including identification, smells, and uses for herbs
Small Group Time- practice writing numerals 0-10, practice writing names (first letter upper case; beginning each letter at the top), adding two numerals under 10 on fingers, math workbooks, alphabet puzzles, phonemic awareness and letter formation of Aa, Bb.
Story Time- And the Good Brown Earth, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Nora's Stars, Two Little Gardeners
Ella will remember the little things. The spider. Chicken on a stick with Sasha and Isaac, fried ice cream. Oh, and that crazy haired Dan Zane saying, " Where is Ella?" My favorite was when she said to Nancy after DZ had played two songs, "I'm not sure, but I think that is Dan Zanes." Then she said, "I'm so excited that my seat is vibrating." Later, she realized that Rose was kicking her seat.
I saw so many people at the Dan Zanes show that I remember from my own younger years. I saw two people from William and Mary, both drippping with littles in the nicest way.
I'm so grateful to all the people who helped make it all so special for her.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Single mom week is almost over and what have I really accomplished. I drank a lot of coffee. (Thank you, Nancy!) The car is freshly oiled yet apparently needs five hundred dollars worth of new tires. Crap. Crap. Crap. The car has 34 thousand miles on it! Home and car ownership and management make me hyperventilate because everything seems to cost five hundred dollars that we don't have. Well, the dishes are washed, the floor is somewhat clean, the children have been sleeping since seven, and now I better get to the packing.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
See, I'm not even calling it a dollhouse. Is this not wonderful? Baby was sitting in the high chair yesterday wearing Ella's old pajamas with a little bow at the neck while playing with a little naked baby doll, and John was wryly commenting on how secure he was with his son's masculinity.
I saw this at Imaginations, and I think it will be John's Christmas present. And the tractor to go with it.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Apple Week Curriculum- Welcoming Autumn, Apple Harvest
Discovery Time- apple prints, apple bulletin board, stringing apples, apple mobiles, apples trees through the year
Circle Time- Apple tasting, anantomy of an apple, making applesauce, how apples grow
Small Group Time- Older Group- adding two numerals 0-10, using pictures and minipulatives to group objects, math workbooks, recognizing same leters/same words, rhyming words, Rhyming bingo, phonics workbooks
Story-Autumn if for Apples, Apple Picking Time, Apple Tree, Johnny Appleseed, Apples to Oregon, Rain Makes Apple Sauce