Monday, January 26, 2009

Goal

I saw this weight loss ticker on my friends blog, and thought if I posted mine out there for all the world (ok...maybe the 2 people who read this) to see, then it would be some motivation for me to get it done! My goal is to lose 30 pounds by April 1st. You can see I'm off to a good start. Now I just need to kick it into high gear and get it gone! So now that I have you all to report to...I can't slack off!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Corbin


Corbin turned 9 months old this month! I can't believe he really is that old! He will be 1 before too long! We finally have him sleeping through the night...yeah! And around Christmas time he decided that he would start rolling over for us. He's such a happy boy (most of the time), and lately a mommy's boy. We sure are grateful to have him as part of our family! He loves bath time. In this picture, it was the first time I had let him play with a duck. He LOVED it. He thought it was pretty neat when he figured out that the duck's head fit inside his mouth! He would just leave it there and use both of his hands to splash water and then just look at me and smile. What a cutie.

Hair Cut

Lainey had her first real hair cut last week. (I took her in last year to have the ends trimmed-minimally, and I'll trim her bangs every so often...but this was her first major hair cut). So now all of her baby hair is officially gone! Kinda sad! Her hair was getting really long and had a pretty curl to it at the ends, but desperately needed a cut! Lately she wants me to just do her hair down, and it was always in her face driving me crazy and always looked like it needed to be "done". These aren't the best pictures of her and the cut, but I took these at the salon when she was done. She looks so much older to me now!




HIPPY

In September, we registered Lainey for the HIPPY program through our school district (HIPPY is nationally based, it just may be ran by different programs in different states). HIPPY stands for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters. Now, some of you might wonder why a former teacher (of kindergarten and 1st grade) would need a home based program....why not just use my own stuff???? Well, one reason-I don't have to "reinvent the wheel" so to speak and come up with my own ideas/lessons. Another reason-98% of my teaching stuff is out in a storage room off our carport, and it's a pain to go find things, put things away, etc.....So....we do HIPPY! It's really great. We have a home based educator assigned to us (they are not certified teachers, just an FYI for anyone who is interested in this program) and shes come to our house once a week. She goes over the new lessons with me, brings me whatever book or supplies they are providing, and picks up the old lessons. We get to keep all the books and supplies, too! I thought I would share some things from our lessons 2 weeks ago.....





This is the current book we were on. There is at least 1 lesson a week geared toward a book. You use the same book for about 4 weeks.



This lesson worked on some basic math skills that tied along to the book. Lainey and I split up the money. We laid the pictures of things out in a "store". Then we took turns rolling the dice. If it landed on "store", we were able to use a coin and purchase one item from the store. If it landed on a blank side, we did not get to buy anything.



This lesson focused on story comprehension. Lainey cut up the pictures and I made two piles. One for people/animals, and one for things. Then she picked a person or animal and had to pick the matching picture of what was bought for them. Then she got to glue them into a mini book.




This assignment worked on problem solving skills. I would give Lainey clues to who one of the children playing were, and she would have to find them and then color a specific thing.


The tree and the fish bowl were lessons working on the concept of empty and full.
Any of you moms out there that are looking for something to do with your 3, 4 or 5 year olds, I HIGHLY recommend it! As a former kindergarten teacher, I think it is wonderful. Now, just an FYI for those who are interested. It is NOT an ABC/123 program (at least not the 3 year old curriculum). They do not directly work on teaching numbers and letters. But the skills taught are very valuable and great! I think it really does help prepare kids for school! Lainey LOVES the lessons and she'll even want a turn to be the teacher and teach them to me after she's done them. It's nice, too, to give Lainey and I something interesting to keep from going bored in our small town!








Sunday, January 11, 2009

1st Birthday



A lady called and wanted me to do birthday cakes for her grandson's 1st birthday. They wanted the big cake to look like their napkins. The basketball cake was for the little boy to tear into on his own!



Christmas morning

Well, I know it's a bit after the fact...but here is Lainey and Corbin ready to go Christmas morning. On Christmas Eve, we get to open new PJ's...so here's Lainey and Corbin sporting their new PJ's and ready to open some presents! It was a fun Christmas. We were unsure what Corbin would think...he's about 2 1/2 months younger than what Lainey was on her first Christmas, and she did not enjoy it! She was extremely overwhelmed and it took all day (and I think the next day) for her to open presents. Corbin was the exact opposite. He loved ripping the wrapping paper off (and chewing it of course) and loved to see what was inside each! What a fun day!