"I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete." John 15:11

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Philip Funnies X

Julia (loudly and happily): Aaaaahh!
Philip: No, we can't do that inside! We make loud noises outside! If you scream inside, it can scare our ears.

Julia was playing with her flashlight one day and she apparently shone it in Philip's eyes.
Philip: No baby! We don't put flashlights in people's eyes like doctors do.
(The light in the eye made a really big impact on Philip. When Julia was a baby I used to ask him to tell her what would happen at the doctor's office before her visits. He would always tell her about the light the doctor would shine in her eyes.)

While playing outside he accidentally ran his toy school bus over the curb.
Philip: Oh no! My bus! It's downloaded!

Julia placed a tube of chapstick down next to the cat.
Philip: Herbie doesn't want chapstick on his lips. Herbie doesn't have lips...He has a teeth mouth.

While watching Olympic skiers doing tricks (I have no idea what that sport is called):
"I want to do that. That's what Daddy does all day." Later, while watching the women's luge: "That's just like you, Mommy."

"Mommy, can you open my refrigerator? This is my house."

Philip was excited to show Julia something we had been working on while she was napping.
Philip: Let's go downstairs and show Julia!
Me: She just woke up. Let's give her a minute to get warmed up before we show it to her.
Philip: Okay! We all warm now. Baby and me are warm!

Julia was laying on her back on the floor, arching her back in frustration.
Me: Wow, look at that backbend. You could be a gymnast!
Philip: Baby is just like a bug.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Playschool: Letters F and G

Since Philip isn't in preschool this year, I figured I better try to teach him a few things that he would be learning if he were in school. We have been working through the alphabet letter by letter, doing fun activities. We take one letter every two weeks so that we have enough time to do a variety of activities at an easy pace. This has helped me to finally start using all those great ideas that I have pinned on Pinterest and is keeping Philip engaged at home. We are learning through play!

I want to document what we have been doing, so that I will have everything in one place, should I do this with Julia in the future. So, read along if you like. I always like to see what other friends are doing with kids of the same age.

We usually do these activities during Julia's naptime. It is our special time together. Some days we work through her whole nap and other days we do nothing at all - it just depends on the day.

I'm starting with the letters we worked on in January - F & G.

Letter F

Mystery Box: I found lots of items around the house for his mystery box this week. This is the first thing we do each week and he usually pulls out the mystery box to look through a few times throughout the two-week period. This week's items included:
A fish, feather, fence, flower, flag, fork, flute, frog, fireman, felt, numbers 4 & 5, picture of our family

Books we Liked:
Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
At the Firehouse by Anne Rockwell
Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell
The Birthday Fish by Dan Yaccarino
Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert
Frederick by Leo Lionni
Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea by Marcus Pfister
Goodnight, Little Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Too Many Frogs! by Sandy Asher

I also printed out the Little Letter "F" Book from The Measured Mom and I read it to the kids a few times during meals.

Food we Ate:
For dinners we had a healthified Fettuccini Alfredo and fajitas.

Philip helped me make a fruit pizza for dessert one night:

He got two fun F week snacks.

A fruit face (I attempted an Angry Bird)
He later saw this picture.
Philip: Did you make a birdie for me, Mommy?
Me: Yes, did you like it?
Philip: I liked it all except the vegetables.
Fishing snack
(pretzel rod, peanut butter to dip the rod into, and goldfish crackers to fish out of a "lake")
I first saw this using a celery stick as the fishing rod, but that wouldn't fly with my little man at this point in time, so he got an extra shot of carbs instead.

We went fishing in the sink. He requested this a few times and Julia got in on the action as well.

I put together a farm sensory bin. I should have taken a picture of it before it got all mixed up, but you get the idea. Inspired by this.

We played with our felt board.
While Philip was at Atrium one week, Julia and I spotted this game at a store.

I had this growing up and loved it. We had fun playing with it all week. It was challenging even for me to catch the fish when they were spinning around, so we modified it. Philip would try to catch them on his rod while the fish were still. Julia practiced taking the fish out of the pond and putting them back in their holes.

Our letter craft of the week was a Fox.
Letter G
Mystery Box:
Giraffe, guitar, golf ball, garbage truck, gorilla, 
glow stick, google eyes, Easter grass, grapes

Books we Liked:
Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold by Jim Aylesworth
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Geraldine's Big Snow by Holly Keller
The Clown of God by Tomie de Paola
George and Martha: The Complete Stories by James Marshall
The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth
New Adventures of Curious George by Margret Rey
Ginger by Charlotte Voake
My Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone
Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein

Food we Ate:
Grapes and Gingersnaps

His special snack was a carrot garden.

Pic and recipe from this website. Mine didn't turn out quite as cute because I didn't get the green candy for on top. It seemed like it would be a pain to put together and I didn't want to buy a whole additional package of junk food just to get the leaves on top. He never knew the difference!


We made Gak using this recipe. It would form a solid ball and then immediately start melting in your hands. Bonus: It smelled really good because of the shampoo - even Philip commented on the smell.


Despite what it looks like, this was really easy to clean up because it is mainly cornstarch - it washed off of chairs, clothes, and hands easily.
We made a gumdrop sculpture.


Philip was sad when we ran out of toothpicks, but then realized he could eat the extra gumdrops.

Claiming a few extra as his own

After reading the Gingerbread Man many times, we had to make gingerbread cookies. I asked Philip if he thought our gingerbread man would run away from us, but he said no.

We made a G with our extra dough

Julia woke up on time to help us decorate (and undecorate) the cookies. Andy was out of town and it was one of those freezing days where we didn't set foot outside. I let them stay in their jammies all day and have at it with the decorations.

We played games. He got a couple games for Christmas, so we pulled those out as well as the other games that Andy and I have. The kids always love to look through our games and all their pieces. We have a rule that only one game can be out at a time - otherwise we have a huge mess in our basement. That rule got bent a bit this week, but we got everything back in order.

Our craft of the week was a goat. When I showed Philip a picture of what we would be making, he laughed at the silly goat.

We ended the week by going to our goddaughter's birthday party. It had a Frozen theme and they sent us home with a few glow cubes - the perfect way to end G week!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

January Journal

I don't think I have to tell anyone that it has been a really cold winter. We had several days this month where we didn't open the blinds, much less the door - it was just too cold outside and we didn't want to let out any of the warmth in our house. We managed to have lots of fun anyway!

She pretty much never moved from this location.

The snow was too bright, so he needed Mommy's sunglasses.

After we got back from our trip to Georgia, we got settled back at home. First order of business - family Christmas! Instead of bringing all of our gifts down to Georgia, Andy and I left our presents at home. The kids also had some presents from family that we opened yet. 
Julia loved playing with the Nativity set, but there was utter destruction in Bethlehem most days. I highly recommend Fontanini if you are looking for a beautiful nativity set that is kid-friendly.

Andy decided it was finally time to transition Philip to a toddler bed. I loved having him in his crib - it kept him contained for quiet/nap time and he slept well in it. (It was also a good place to contain him when he was in serious trouble.) I always said we would wait until he climbed out of his crib before we changed his bed, but he just never ever tried to climb out of it. Now that he is potty trained  (though not night trained at all), and I'm seeing pics online of kids his age moving from toddler beds to regular beds, we figured we better go ahead and do it. Poof, there went all naps and quiet time! He acts like he has never been left in his room alone before and freaked out anytime I tried to leave him for afternoon quiet time. It was not worth the fight, and he is doing okay without his afternoon rest time (although he often gets dark circles under his eyes late afternoon and a burst of hyperactivity in the evening), so we usually don't try. He and Julia's nap schedules have been off from each other for a long time now, so I am finally accepting having no kid-free time during the day. Philip almost always slept through the night while in his crib, but nowadays he wakes up at some point during the night and come padding into our room and bed. When he was a baby and toddler he would freak out if we tried to put him in bed with us, so we are enjoying having a little guy in bed with us now!


This month we did a lot of preschool tours. We have been doing some preschool work at home this year, (which I hope to start posting about regularly) but we had always planned to put him into one year of preschool for his social development. We visited five schools and I really liked two. We went with Philip's favorite - he cried when we left the school and rejected every school we visited after. He got registered over the weekend and will start in the fall.

We went on a field trip with our Mom's group to a Duckpin bowling alley. You use small, three-pound balls and hit short, squat pins that resemble the shape of ducks. The kids used a ramp (and bumpers) and even Julia could do it. She would barely touch that ball with one or two fingers and it would roll all the way down the alley and knock over lots of pins. Philip loved this activity and we are looking forward to bringing Daddy to the lanes one day.

I love seeing Julia in the background, looking intently at where the ball is going.

I have been on an exercising, cleaning and organizing kick, as I'm sure many others are. I missed most of my spring cleaning last year since Julia was still pretty young and needy at that point. Hoping to get a lot of it knocked out this cold winter so that once it gets warm, we can play outside!

Philip's lines of the month:
"I'm a racerboy!" He likes to use that for an excuse not to do anything - "I can't get dressed, I'm a racerboy!"
"I go ahead of you." He always has to be the first one to go up or downstairs, even though he takes for.e.ver. to do it.
"I too nervous." "I too tired." Excuses again for getting out of stuff.
"Race cars don't need headlights because the track is always lit." He picked up this bit of trivia from the movie Cars and I usually hear it a few times a day.

It was Philip's half-birthday, so we celebrated with half a cake.

Philip is starting to get into having friends and wanting kids over for play dates. Of course, he usually doesn't interact with kids on play dates, but he likes to have them over. He has made up an imaginary friend that he named Seda. Seda sometimes comes over to play in the basement. He usually says things that Philip wants to say. "Seda wants a lollipop." "Daddy said Seda didn't have to go today." Seda and his friends Ena and Boinky were in need of a lot of rescuing last week.  Philip is also telling me often that there are noises in the basement and that there is a big birdie in the basement. He talks about monsters sometimes. Luckily at this point, he doesn't seem to be scared of these things, he just thinks they are fun to talk about.

Sweet quote of the month: "Through Christ our love. Amen."

Julia got a pretty nasty virus this month (not the stomach variety, luckily). She only had one really bad, lethargic day, but was sick for about a week. I kept waiting for the rest of us to contract it, but luckily we never did! Julia also got her fourth molar.

Poor sick baby

After months of a teething drought, they have been coming in fast and furious the last few months. She is down to only four more teeth and I say, bring it on! The sooner we can get these teeth in, the sooner she (and I) will be able to have uninterrupted sleep at night.

She has started to speak in three word sentences. We often hear, "I did it!" and "I got it!" She also often says, "Love you" Bless you", "Nigh nigh" "Where's Herbie/Daddy?" "I stuck" She calls Philip by his nickname, "Pup Pup." Andy taught her to say fun things like, "Awesome!"  Even though she has been saying yes and no for a while now, I am still taken aback when I hear her answer my questions with a "Yes." After having Philip who would never admit that he was tired and would throw a tantrum at the mere mention of a nap, I am always surprised when I ask her, "Are you tired?" or "Do you want to go to sleep." and she answers honestly, "Yes." Julia has a little alarm she sets off when she is upset. Amidst her incoherent babbling of complaints, you will hear her call out, "ding, ding, ding!" I love that little bell alarm that she sounds, hoping to draw attention to her plight.

Julia playing peekaboo.
I can often stem off a tantrum by asking, "Where's Julia?"
She hides behind her hands like this.

Sweets of the month: She started saying "I love you" spontaneously. We just crossed that milestone with Philip this fall!

These kids love to go out in the rain to stomp in the puddles.

The kids are getting better at playing together now. Many mornings Julia will ask to stay downstairs with Philip while I take my shower. One afternoon while I was getting some things cleaned upstairs, they trotted into Philip's bedroom and played together for 10-15 minutes. I kept waiting to hear Julia cry, but they played very well together. When I asked Philip what they were doing, he told me, "We cracking ourselves up!" They are also partners in crime - usually this involves raiding the pantry when I forget to lock it. Yes, I had to lock the pantry because of a certain little boy... There are still many conflicts each day, but it is nice to have them interacting positively a bit more now.

That's the news for now!