Monday, July 27, 2009

A slow beginning to the year

We started schooling again today. Very lightly though. We did some art appreciation, math games, phonics and handwriting. Katie is so happy to be back in school. For one of her assignments today she got to draw what her version of a middle age dress would look like (so I guess we did history too. Gotta love a good lapbook!). She adored doing this and asked if she could do another. Of course I said yes. Then I told her people draw and make dresses for a living. Her face light up! She was so happy about that and promptly exclaimed: "That's what I want to do when I grow-up!" So cute.

Owen was very happy at his little desk with some water colors and stickers. He has discovered the joy of peeling stickers and placing them everywhere! :-) He also helped me clean the dry-erase board and hang some more items on the wall. His big milestone today was counting all the way to 12 with me. He still needs to count with me but he knew all of the numbers between 1 and 12 to say them with me!

I am so looking forward to the hs expo this weekend. But, this will be the first time both of the kiddos go and spend the night with their grandma. I'm sad about that on one hand. But, on the other... I finally get to see Harry Potter!! Woo Hoo!

I am also happy the planning stages of school are winding down. My sewing machine looks so sad. I haven't made anything since the end of June.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Aquarium visit

Today we visited the aquarium in TN. It was completely phenomenal. Katie is sitting there spouting out factoids about the different animals, insects, reptiles, etc.

She looked at me at one point and said: "Look mom! There's a Blue Morpho" when we were in the butterfly garden. She can correctly identify several species of butterflies. I am so thankful that today she had several beautiful butterflies land on her. She was in heaven to see them fluttering their wings on her finger. It was like watching a pixie in a field. (The butterfly garden is just fantastic. If you have never been to the aquarium in Chattanooga it's a must see.)

She also knows the difference between the Gentoo and Macaroni penguins and completely absorbed any other fact that came her way. She even gathered the courage to touch a shark and a sturgeon.

Owen had just as much fun. He of course was not so gentle with the butterflies (that rascally boy. LOL.) so we kept his hands otherwise occupied in that area. He is in love with turtles and sting rays. Right now he's content to watch their movements. I can see him studying and storing it away though. I think one of his biggest fascinations today was the snake! Someone before us had tapped on the exhibit and a rattle snake was following the movements of all the people. Owen was tickled. Of course I was quick to tell him: "They are fun to look at but a No-No to touch".

We went with Scott's family as his dad's father's day present and his mom's birthday present. It went relatively well in the grand scheme of things. Scott's dad did not look all that well to me today. I am hoping he's OK. Then, on the ride home I had to hear again about how his mom is hoping to take Katie out shopping by herself soon. I got to be the bad guy after reiterating the answer as no once again (due to a plethora of reasons. Mostly she is physically incapable of handling Katie if she needed to due to back and leg problems.)

Overall today was a good day and I look forward to taking the kids back to Chattanooga. Owen wants to get to the Curious George exhibit at the children's museum.

Well off to get some lap booking stuff ready. Katie wants some schooling tomorrow.