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Now I know my ABC’s

Another early morning BLOG entry, September is halfway through and school is officially in session, not only for us at home but for Monster who started half day pre k. What makes me even happier is that she comes home asking for mommy school. I planned out the first half of the school year, and extremely happy she wants to continue. Her teacher sent home a work sheet the first day of school that I had done with her that morning, and she also read them a story about school that I had planned on reading. Her calendar almost lines up perfectly with my lesson plans I had made. I think Banana is really starting to enjoy mommy tot school, she loves the sensory bins so far, and I have been brainstorming on all sorts of ideas for them.

We started last week with the letter A for Banana, the color red, circle for our shape, 1 for our number, and for Monster her sight word this week is were. Banana loves sensory bins so for our first week I made one with uncooked pasta shells and hid different colored letter A’s in the bin. We sorted each letter by color, and counted how many we had of each.

I started a fall countdown, and Monster and I played in our Apple Orchard pretend play today, and sorted colored apples. While Monster was in school Banana and I made an A is for Alligator craft, Monster and I had done a set of letter of the week crafts when she was two as well. I plan on saving Alanna’s too, and I am really hoping I get to do this with Little Man in the near future.

Week number 2 has gone smoothly, I haven’t gotten around to everything I wanted to do, it gets difficult with Banana’s ABA sessions, but we try to squeeze in what we can, don’t want to overwhelm her. This week I changed my mind last minute and we worked on B is for Body. I didn’t get to far into it being it was a last minute choice. We have so far read a few body books, and made a project where they glued pictures of eyes, nose, mouth, and ears on a face. I originally wanted to do B is for barn, so I had printed out barn printables with shapes on them so we could do a matching game. We also painted a letter B with a Q-tip. We wrapped up our day Wednesday with The Bee Movie, which I plan to do every Wednesday. I figure we could pick a movie that starts with the letter we are working on. It was a little over their head but banana was excited to see the Bee’s and ran around the room saying, Buzz.

The week is almost at a close, its Thursday and I have a sensory bin of beans the letter B and objects that begin with the letter B. I plan on adding some more time with our Apple Orchard pretend play. I plan on keeping it up until October where I will change it to a pumpkin farm. Our last two weeks of September will be mini themes of, C is for “Cowgirl” and D is for “Dinosaur”. I can’t wait to make mini pretend play bins for them to enjoy for both.

Also this months author of the month is Eric Carle, we made a Very Hungry Caterpillar craft.

I plan on writing another BLOG for the month of October for updates on what we are up to during my favorite month of the year. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I cannot wait to get started.

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Blast off

 

 

August has officially come and is almost gone, which means time to organize my thoughts for September. Monster is going to pre k for a few hours every day, but wants more “Mommy school”. I also plan on doing Letter of The Week with Banana. So I have been a bit scatter brained trying to come up with some lessons that aren’t too crazy. This is our last week of summer themes before we start our Back to School Theme. Next week I am dedicating my time to clean the house and organize before school starts and craziness begins.

 

The first week of August we went to the circus. I have to admit I had a lot of fun setting the whole thing up, from the wall decorations to the concession stand, it was exciting for me. On Monday I had the girls (with the fake money I made out of construction paper) Buy their tickets to the Circus. They bought popcorn and water as well. Then it was on with the show. They both gathered in the tent, while circus music played in the background. I had searched youtube for about a week just looking for circus videos for kids. Found a great cartoon that held their attention for the full ten minutes it was on. They sat in the tent ate popcorn and watched the show. None of us have ever been to one of those big circus shows that come around, so I joined in the fun and acted as if we were really there. Our week had many unexpected plans which happens in the summer time. We didn’t get to do all of the projects I had planned, and that was fine with me, I saved it all for another day. We made a popcorn craft, which I was going to use cotton balls for, but decided last minute to just use two cotton balls. The girls dipped them in yellow paint instead. I liked the way they turned out, even though I wanted the popping out effect, it still looked great. We also made Clowns with paper plates and pom poms. It was a fun week, I was sad to take down my decorations I had a blast making them, thankfully I can always do it again.

Camping was week number two, we started our week off roasting missing vowel and ABC marshmallows. I saw the idea on Pinterest and was excited to have fresh ink for my printer to print out pictures of marshmallows. We played the game throughout the week, the girls enjoyed it. I left out the fake candles we used for the fire so they could play, but half way through the week I had to put away the candles, Banana decided she would eat the candle… Our craft for the week was making tents out of craft sticks, I was very proud of Banana and how well she did with the paint. We didn’t try to eat it, and we didn’t get it on our clothes. We had an outdoor camping scavenger hunt where we looked for things we might see if we were camping. Monster had a blast looking for bugs with the magnifying glass. I had planned on a big sleepover in the tent in our living room, but banana was not ready for that. She would not sit still, and the tent got very warm with us inside. So we read our nighttime books, I shut off the lights and made a fake campfire with the help of youtube, and the fake candles. We had s’more ice cream; Vanilla ice cream, melted chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. It was a fun week, hopefully next year we can camp out in the tent.

 

I had planned on making a rocket ship out of cardboard, but Monster insisted we use the tent, so for week three we blasted off into space in our tent. Our first mission was to the moon, but before my mini astronauts were able to take off they had to complete a training course. We read a book about blasting into space, followed by a discussion on Astronauts. We made a chart stating what they can do, in which Monster told me they can go to the moon. What they have: space helmets, and what they are: she said boys, and girls. Then they had to complete a physical training course. We went through a tunnel, did jumping jacks, and they walked on a line of construction paper like a balance beam. Once they passed the test they were given badges, and afterwards we set off into space. When we got to space we headed to the moon, and once we landed we played with some “moon sand” aka kinetic sand. When we got back from the moon the girls checked out some items we brought home from space in our sensory box. We made two projects for space week, one included a footprint rocket ship, and then we made planets. I cut circles from paper plates and put the circles in a sandwich bag with paint and had them mush it around, little man even got involved and had a tummy time painting session. We still have a few more things that we didn’t get to, and that’s okay because for the next two weeks I will be prepping for the school year so there is plenty of time to go back to the things we missed.

For my next BLOG I will write about my back to school week, and the back to school party I plan on having for Monster. I found a cute idea on pinterest (the most addicting site on the planet) lol. Below you can check out the pictures from our adventures this past month.

 

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Another early morning here in my house has given me the motivation to write a new BLOG entry. It’s been about two years maybe since the last, and we have done so much and have come so far. My previous computer bit the dust, and writing entries on my phone was a disaster, and I would always end up losing my whole entry. Now I am back in action with a new computer, and an additional child. Three kids four and under has definitely been a challenge. Right now my little man; out newest addition is having his usual early morning grump fest, as I sit here and hope that my two year old Banana stays asleep in her crib for another few hours, and also hoping my oldest Monster doesn’t roll off my bed, since I jumped ship into the living room.

Now to get onto the good stuff, as you know my BLOG features the fun little adventures we have while doing our now titled “School Days”. Although Monster will be starting pre K in the fall, its free I’ll take it, she told me “Mommy when I get home from school, we will do Mommy school at Mommy’s house.” Okay kid, fine with me, so now I sit here during day time feeds and night time feeds pinning every resource I can find, and hand writing in a notebook (old school I know) a fun and easy curriculum that maybe I can pass down to Banana and Little Man. Although Banana is currently going through ABA after being diagnosed mildly autistic, I still plan on using our free time to do some fun little activities on our own. Plus I now have little man, and have been researching fun things for him as well. Between that and trying to keep up with house work and playing it has been hectic but enjoyable.  Currently I am working on the new school year, trying to rewind back to letter of the week for Banana, while adding in some pre k lessons for Monster. I have September through December outlined and just finished September’s full lesson plans.

To catch you up on some of the things we have done, this past school year we did a whole slew of themes, from outer space to our recent “trips” to Italy and Ponyville (you know where the My Little Pony’s live) it’s been a busy adventure. My goal for this BLOG is to start slowly getting back into writing about our learning adventures, in hopes that I can inspire someone to maybe to do the same with their little’s. Please ignore my terrible grammar, it’ not my thing hah, I think I need to hire an editor, ha.

So here are some of the activities we have recently done, I plan on really starting to BLOG in August when we start our new themes. This month we traveled the world, we learned a little about America, Africa, Italy, Japan, and this week Hawaii.  I am going to throw some pictures of our traveling through July month in this BLOG. For now it’s time for me to try to squeeze some me time in with a little Sailor Moon, or maybe some extra sleep. Yawn. Hope you enjoy! Look out for my next BLOG coming in August.

 

-Messy Mommy

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Little man on Sheriff Callie day

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In Ponyville

Cheerios Return

Its been too long since I’ve written a BLOG, life got in the way. I hope to write more especially with the holidays approaching, and now that our friend Cheerio the elf is visiting, hopefully my creativity will pick up.

After a few weeks of searching for a way for Cheerio to appear, I decided a North Pole breakfast was perfect. I had written down all these ideas I was going to make a smörgåsbord of food. So the day arrived quickly, and both my daughter and I got sick. Thanksgiving night we both ended up with a cold.

I figured I’d postpone one night and I’d feel much better the next day. Didn’t feel much better, but was too excited to keep miss cheerio away any longer.

Late last night she came, made a mess of my dining room table, and wrapped my daughters present all before hoping into a Santa cup and took a cotton ball bath.

Early this morning my daughter woke up to paper snowflakes lining the hallway, and a cute little set up at the table. It wasn’t as immaculate as the ones on pintrest, and I didn’t go all out and bake the night away… But she did have a Christmas tree and a snowman pancake.

She was also excited to open up her present from Santa and Cheerio.

All in all I’d say it was a successful North Pole breakfast, without all the fancy pinterest ideas.

Here are some pics from the morning, as well as Cheerios zip lining adventure for tomorrow.

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Clifford day!!

Today we celebrated one of my daughters favorite characters, Clifford. Everything was last minute, I stayed up till midnight creating everything.

I started off making Cliffords paw prints, and had them lead her to the table. On the table I put Clifford books and dog bone cut outs. Plus a drawing I made.

We then created Cliffords dog house. I let my daughter pick out the colors she wanted to make it. We then made Cliffords ears from construction paper. As a snack I made puppy chow with store brand chex, pretzel twists, and dried fruit. I put it in a dog dish. My daughter got a kick out of it.

We also played two games; find the bones, and paw jump, where she jumped from paw to paw. The last thing we did was make a handprint Clifford. Please ignore my horrible art work haha.

Today was a lot of fun. I asked my daughter what theme she wanted next, Jake and the Neverland pirates was her answer. I guess that means I am on the hunt for Jake party ideas.

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If you give a toddler a cookie….

 

 

One of my daughters favorite book series is “If you give a mouse a cookie”. I ended up finding an awesome book with most of them included. This book also includes; recipes, songs, games, and activities that involve the books.

I have been wanting to actually bake somethingIMG_20140804_193451285 that turns out right. In the book they have a recipe for chocolate chip cookies inspired by, “If you give a mouse a cookie”.

I was so excited to do this with my daughter too. She helped add the dry ingredients to the bowl, and was happy to do it. She was so excited she watched them bake.

 

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My daughter decided we would read the book while the cookies were baking in the oven. When they came out I was shocked, they looked like normal cookies. I so far had done something right. Haha. I let them cool,  and prepared a cliché blog photo of the finished product. I then gave the cookies to my two toughest critics; my husband and daughter. As you can see from the picture I got a thumbs up from  my daughter, and a, “They turned out fine”, from my husband.

Woohoo!! I am so proud of myself, I finally baked something from scratch without messing them up. Everyone enjoyed them. 🙂

 

Messy Cooking

So I am the kind of person that if I look at a recipe and see it has a huge list of ingredients I won’t make it.  I don’t want to deal with the clean up. I will use taco packets, or potatoes in a box; yeah I am that person. As a mom I guess its probably not good to make like that all the time but I honestly hate cooking. I don’t enjoy making this huge mess, just to have to clean it up, and rinse and repeat. I like simple.

Today I ventured out, not realizing how much of a mess I would make. I spent my entire morning from about 9am to noon, making and cleaning. I found a recipe while scrolling through my face book feed a few days ago. It was a no bake cake, and it looked so great I had to try it. I got all the things I needed to make it; strawberries, cool whip, bananas, pineapple (I used pineapple chunks), butter, powdered sugar, and graham crackers. As I begin to prepare everything, I am realizing I am using more bowls, pots, pans… than I really wanted to.

While I am doing that, my daughter is getting impatient with me and bored, while the baby sleeps without a care in the world. So I turn on the “babysitter” (the big “no no” to some) the dreaded TV, and continue working on the cake. I then ask her for some help, and she is more than happy to do so. I ask her to help crush the crackers. I placed them in a bag and put them on the floor. At first she was  really upset because I was crushing them, and she wanted to eat them. After a few minutes of whimpering over it, she started crushing them too.

She was still upset over the fact that we were hurting the poor graham crackers, that she left to continue to watch TV.  Okay, so back to preparing everything. Time goes on and more dishes pile up, that as I am doing step number 10000 on the list, I began to wash dishes too.

Then I try to get my daughter involved again by having her help me wash the strawberries, and put them on the cake. She is over excited, but of course starts eating them. I give her some on a plate to keep her busy, while I cut up the ones to use. When its time to put on the strawberries, bananas, and pineapple; I have my little helper do it with me. Of course once again while we are doing it she’s eating it.

She starts dipping the fruit into the butter and sugar mixture and eating them too. Finally I cover the fruit with the cool whip, and I thought she was done eating the cake, when her little fingers make their way into the cool whip. So I take a big spoon full from the container and stick it in her mouth, and she laughs. I ask her what she wants to put on top of the cake. I am not a fan of chocolate syrup and its not in the house, so she says, “Chocolate Chips”. So we sprinkle left-over strawberries and chocolate chips on top. Once again we eat more.

Even though I had tried to clean up while preparing everything, my dishes in the sink never seem to disappear. Before I can even think about washing them, I hear tooting coming from the little blue chair in the middle of the kitchen. Ah- I guess I have to change diapers before I can even clean up the disaster I left in the kitchen. Quickly I cover the cake, and get it in the fridge. All I really want to do is an “I dream of Jeanie” move, and the dishes disappear, but it doesn’t work. So I quickly change diapers and finally get around to the mess. Its not just dishes, it’s the little green leaves from the strawberries, banana peels, the cool whip container; which has fallen on the floor splattering some. There are strawberry stains on the counter, and a pineapple juice puddle too. Once again reasons I never make anything that will be a project. You can call me lazy, but I would rather spend the time coloring with my toddler, or having tummy time with my one-month old. Cooking has always been my least favorite thing to do. I could handle making simple pasta, or chicken cutlets every night since the clean up is minimal, but something that will make an big mess I like to avoid.

Today I made an exception so that I could do something fun with my daughter. I figure since the recipe doesn’t call for anything raw she could help as much as she’d like. If I can involve her in the process, it makes the mess not seem so bad after all. IMG_20140713_103553083 IMG_20140713_110233666 IMG_20140713_110239115 IMG_20140713_110609918 IMG_20140713_110927536 IMG_20140713_110932709 IMG_20140713_111200591 IMG_20140713_111358301 IMG_20140713_111715799

 

If you are interested in the recipe here is the site I got it from: No Bake Banana Split Dessert