Monday, February 27, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Ellie has been begging all season to go to one of Greg's games by herself, and the time finally came. Greg and Tammy were reffing in the Junior College tournament in Twin Falls, so they took Ellie along. She stayed with Greg during Tammy's game, and stayed with Tammy during Greg's game. It was a long day, but she had fun!
Friday, February 24, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Ellie stayed home from school today, and made this awesome owl out of Perler beads. I love all of the skills that come with this activity: the spatial awareness of following the pattern, the fine motor skills from grabbing and placing the beads, the concentration and tenacity to complete a large project.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Lynlee's current favorite show is called "Mia and Me" and it has fairies, butterfly rings, and unicorns. She requested I make her a unicorn, and she picked out the yarn to match her mermaid tail blanket. She named it Ontrea. It was a fun project, and the mane and tail took as much time as the rest of it all together, I think. This was a labor of love because of all of the sewing required. I enjoy crocheting, and don't really enjoy the hand sewing for assembly. But the finished products are always worth it.
Pattern purchased on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/287879879/curlicue-the-unicorn
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
At the Book Fair, I let each girl pick out one item, and I strongly encourage them to get an actual book. Lynlee vacillated between a puppy poster and a puppy book, but the book won. Imagine her delight when she got a mystery prize at her Library specialty class today, and Mr Wright let her pick the exact poster she had been wanting.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
We've all had a rough adjustment to my calling as Primary pianist. In theory, it sounds like the perfect calling -- I love serving in Primary, and playing the songs is therapeutic and easy. In actuality, it has been tough. Lynlee is a tenuous Primary attender (at best), and having me in the room has made it even more difficult. Cece will not go to Nursery, but I'm fine with that. She actually does great, just hanging out and playing behind the piano. Lynlee is the one that has had screaming/crying fits on multiple Sundays... Ellie tries desperately to help, which proves distracting to her class. Maybe, eventually, we will get this all worked out and I will cry less over the craziness and the missed cues (from dealing with crying children) and the embarrassment...
Friday, February 17, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Ellie created this impressive rain forest habitat at school, and then brought it home and embellished it with her doll and some accessories. She did not want this project to be disassembled and recycled, so it is currently being stored in her closet. (And has not been looked at again in 4 months).
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Now that Cece is in all-day preschool, I have been volunteering in Ellie's and Lynlee's classrooms. It is fun to watch their amazing teachers in action and to see the dynamics of their classrooms. Lynlee was OK the first time I came to help, but then increasingly had meltdowns and created distractions. My volunteering was not helping, but hurting the flow of the class (as she spent the time crying at her desk or sitting in the corner crying). Mrs Holmgren and I decided it would be better if I stopped coming. Lynlee is always fine at school with other helpers...
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Watching Lynlee's dance class is always more fun when you have a lollipop from the credit union.
And just a fun note about the woman in the background: she is a mom of one of the other dancers, and she had an older daughter who would be there also. Ellie and the daughter became fast friends and liked to hang out every week. Plus, the mom knows quite a bit of sign language and she was great to talk to Cece every week.
I can't think of a great way to state this, but we've always had positive experiences with other people reacting to Cece's implants and/or deafness. People are generally so kind and genuine.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
The girls "get" to use learning software every day as part of their homework. They are pretty good about getting it done, even when it gets repetitive. Imagine Learning is adaptive, so it repeats activities that need more practice. Lynlee especially does not like this feature. Some days she gets a lot of things wrong on purpose, and then gets mad when the activities repeat.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
One of the unexpected positive consequences of Cece going to preschool is how much time Lynlee and I have together. She gets home from carpool around 11:15, and we have until around 3 when Cece gets off the bus. We eat lunch and do homework, and have project time. The time goes pretty quickly. Today Lynlee spent hours making and playing with a penguin puppet. She was inspired by The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music.
Monday, February 6, 2017
After I gave Sarah and Travis their Christmas crocheted gifts, I promised Amber I would make her something as well. She told me that owls were her favorite. I combined two patterns I found on Pinterest and made this cute amigurumi owl. It turned out much smaller than I expected, though, so I determined to make her something else "owl" as well.
I mostly used this pattern http://www.craftpassion.com/owl-amigurumi-mr-murasaki/2/
and loosely used the eyes and nose from this pattern http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/06/crochet-owl-family-amigurumi-pattern.html
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017
We often go to Costco on Saturdays and stock up for the week. Our water softener was completely out of salt, so we got the orange cart to stock up. The girls loved riding on it! We also scored on some new blankets for $14.99. The green blanket that was on our bed was a wedding present and it had a lot of holes.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Cece usually gets a pretty good snooze on the bus ride home from preschool. There is another little boy who lives over by Eaglecrest Elementary, and Cece will generally wake up when he gets off the bus. Not today! I had to take a picture of how she looked when I went to get her off the bus.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
One of my favorite things that Ellie has learned in Let's Play Music is chord theory. Since the very beginning, maybe even the first class, they have listened to and learned to identify the red, blue, and yellow (I, IV, and V) chords. Now Ellie is in her 6th and last semester of LPM, and she is tackling chord inversions, first learning them through a game with whole body learning, and then practicing them on the piano.
Annie, Junie, and Ellie were a D minor chord, and they took it from root position to 1st inversion, to 2nd inversion, and back to root position.