Friday, July 31, 2009
The girls before we "dove in." Again, we swapped Violet for a more mobile and less needy cousin courtesy of Grandma:
Daddy and Annabelle floating down the lazy river:
Aliah demonstrating yet another physical trait she inherited from me, large feet. We just have a better understanding than most people.
Tomorrow's agenda: boating with friends!
"Biwet scared goats Mama!"
The goat, reaching with his tongue for a bite of food:
Lexy going for her first pony ride:Watching the cow being cleaned for her milking:Even the bathroom had farm decor:
We wrapped up the morning with a picnic lunch:
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Violet kept her distance, but even from behind we could tell who her loyalties belonged to (I heart Mommy):
Mr. Brian put on his firefighter gear. When he attached his oxygen mask and started talking like Darth Vader, Annabelle kept her ears covered:
While wearing his suit, Mr. Brian crawled around on the ground so the kids could see what a firefighter would look like coming to save them if they were in a fire. It was a great educational trip for them.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
During nap, I heard a large truck pull up in our drive way so I went out to meet the Fed Ex guy before he rang the doorbell. When I got outside, I noticed that the garage door was open, all of the bikes, scooters, big wheels, balls, sidewalk chalk, and roller skates were strewn throughout the driveway and lawn. The lid was off the sand table. Hmmm, I thought to myself, I know that everything was inside and the garage door was shut before I put the girls down. What is going on?
I found Aliah in her room and asked her if she had gone outside during nap time. She adamantly tells me she stayed in her room and only left for her daily 30 minute visit to the bathroom with a tall pile of books (sorry, TMI, but she is a regular kinda girl). Okay- this is weird.
A half hour later, there was a persistent knock at my door. A police officer was there. She told me she knew it was a strange question, but do we have a croquet set? No, I told her, but we do have a booce ball set that is large solid plastic balls. She goes back to her car and shows me the balls, and sure enough they were ours.
Apparently, a 4 and 5 year old swept through our neighborhood like a tornado. They were only stopped when my neighbor called the police when they were throwing these 5 pound balls at her window. It was only then did anyone realize that two preschool children were running around town unsupervised.
No, you are not crazy, the police officer told me. She was not surprised at all that these two hoodlums opened my garage door, removed all of my children's toys and turned our booce balls into weapons against my neighbor's windows. Wow is all I have to say.
Today Violet decided that she must have accessories for nap time. She wore a dress-up hat, a big sister sock on her hand (or a "gwub" as she calls it) and insisted on taking her pull-behind dog into her crib:
Putting her hat on her bear, who is her normal sleepy-time pal:
Considering what to do next:
Okay, I'll hit the sack:
Annabelle wanted to know what I was doing while I was taking so long to put Violet to bed. When she saw my camera, she insisted I take a picture of her too:
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Here are all of our kids. As you can see we are a prolific bunch and what makes it even better is out of our three children, we each seem to have a mini-me:The funnest part of the get-together was seeing our children play together. Aliah hit it off with Maya, Christine's daughter. They are two peas in a pod, both first born and glasses-wearing. They can't wait to see each other again.Now for some fun flashback pictures from high school. The shorter of the two is Kim, who was able to be with us this weekend:
Gotta love big hair and banana clips!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Uncle C. G. getting his climbing technique perfected:Aunt Marilyn playing with Elijah:
Deidra climbing the tree. She took to it just as easily as the kids:
Ricky's cousin Chalise with Annabelle. Annabelle immediately attached herself to Chalise and her dad Uncle Russ. Chalise humored her by playing in her bunk beds with her.
Annabelle getting some love from Uncle Russ:I would be neglectful if I didn't mention the food. Brisket was a big hit with everyone. Violet discovered she likes rich desserts. Here she is enjoying a Red Velvet Cake:
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Peter and the Wolf is a story accompanied by an orchestra. Each character in the story has a particular instrument and a musical theme. For example the bird is a flute, and the duck is an oboe. At the end of the story, the sections of the orchestra are introduced such as the brass, woodwinds, percussion.
This CD came with Aliah's first grade curriculum but I got it out about a month ago to let them listen to it early. They both sat on Aliah's bed listening to it from start to finish the first time they heard it. This time as they were listening to it, I heard them discussing what instruments they would like to play. Aliah decided she wants to play the flute and Annabelle wants to play the trumpet.
One time they heard a violin (Peter) and Annabelle said, "Aliah, you play the violin like that!" Aliah replied, "No I don't, I can't play like that yet."