bread. . shaped like an Easter Bunny. Mom of the year? Damn right!
PS. After these photos were taken I fixed the teeth so they aren’t 5 feet apart. . .
So, I’ve totally become that mom. I don’t update the blog, baby books are MONTHS behind, laundry is literally overtaking the boys’ bedroom. sigh. The good news is, the kids are healthy, clean, and happy. Below are pictures from our spring so far. I have no idea what the hell happened to the captions I spent an hour of my precious time typing, but they mostly disappeared. Also, some of the pictures appear as duplicates. oh-well. Enjoy them anyways! Click the small ones for larger views.
Events include: (apparently in a totally random order) Easter, Spring Break at the Cleveland Zoo, Valentines Day, Random Times
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Its been so long! First, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU– I have received so many nice messages and emails from people I have never met in real life. I had no idea you all found us so interesting, but I am glad you do. I promise I will be updating you all much more frequently in 2010, AND there will be no more boring school posts! If you need the photo password, please comment, or hit me up with an email and I will send it your way!
So, Where are we now?
I can barely answer this question myself, the boys are growing and changing so much every single day! Their personalities are really emerging and they are getting into such a fun stage now. That ‘double trouble’ everyone talks about is definitely starting to come out!
Play: Both the boys are way into their toys now. They love anything that makes a loud annoying sound, or anything they can bang on. They are so busy and must be entertained at all times. The are getting pretty good and putting shapes in their shape-sorters and pushing each other around on their ride-on toys. They haven’t figured out how to make them go on their own yet though! (thank goodness!) Another of their favorite games is to grab each others hair and rip their binkys out of each others mouths. They do this simultaneously and repeatedly which is sorta hilarious until they are both screaming at the top of their lungs.
Movin’, Movin’, Movin':
Both boys are crawling. . . . FAST. Sometimes they go so fast they collapse and smush their faces into the floor which results in excessive screaming. (are we seeing a pattern here?!) Both the boys can stand unassisted and walk pushing their wagons around. As of today, Baby J is officially WALKING! He has been taking tentative steps for a few weeks now, but today he was walking across rooms. It was so fun watching him– he gained confidence with each step and got more and more brave as the day went on. Baby C scoots but will not take unassisted steps. I’m a bit surprised that Baby J went first, as C has been first in nearly everything else (sitting, crawling, etc.) The running joke right now is that we live in a ‘gated community’ because there are gates everywhere you look. I just add hurdling 23,000 gates a day while holding 40 lbs of baby onto my daily workout log. (ok, if I’m being honest, I actually use it as an excuse to eat an extra christmas cookie, but I digress)
The boys are down to two bottles a day– one in the morning and one before bed. They get half formula and half whole milk in each. Whole milk tends to lead to major diaper blow-outs, and since I love those so much I have neglected to switch them totally over just yet. They don’t really need any bottles as we have made MAJOR strides with cups in the past few weeks but the only time of day they wanna snuggle with me is when they are drinking a bottle. (YES, I have totally turned into that mom, but don’t worry they will be bottle-free in a few weeks.) Outside the bottles the boys eat, well, WHATEVER I put in front of them. I’m talking anything from Mac ‘n’ Cheese to Chili and everything in between. They aren’t super crazy about peas and the pork roast from New Year’s Day wasn’t a super big hit, but other than that, you name it, they’re eating it. Baby J does NOT want to be fed from a spoon anymore. He wants to pick up everything and look at it and eat by himself. All-in-all we are very fortunate though– food is not a battle for us and allergies have been a non-issue.
We had our one year check-up this past week and the boys are lookin’ good! Baby C is weighing in at 20lbs 8 oz and is 29.5 inches tall. Baby J is lagging a bit behind at 19lbs 5oz and is also 29.5 inches tall. Both boys have five top teeth and four bottom ones. Their hair is growing like crazy and is super curly–probably I’m never cutting it. I am also happy to report that their eyes are still blue! I have been hoping and hoping they would keep their beautiful baby blues and it seems they will!
So, what did ya do all Fall? -
Fall was a busy and stressful time as the boys went to daycare and I went to school full time. They boys did fantastic at daycare and love their teachers. I am happy to report that I earned a 4.0 this semester and really like my new major. Besides school and work we stayed very busy! We visited great grandma a few times and spent as much time outside as possible. Unfortunately, baby C was hospitalized in October with Swine Flu and Pneumonia. It was a rough few days, but he recovered everything went back to normal! They boys had fun carving pumpkins for the first time and dressed as monkeys for Halloween. They celebrated their first Thanksgiving at their Aunt Robyn’s house and were very good boys for her while momma went black friday shopping. Thanksgiving was bittersweet for me as it hit hard that it was our last ‘first’ holiday. My little men are growing up way too fast!
So, if you made it through all this, you deserve an award! Lots of pictures to follow! Enjoy!
I can’t believe how quickly this semester has gone. I feel as though I was just posting my first post for this class! This week we used Myebook to create an online book about all the things we have learned this semester. Myebook allows its users to create online books about any topic of their choosing, for free! The site features a really user friendly format and is mostly drag-and-drop.
The site also has a whole bunch of background options as well as clip art, frames, and the ability to upload images form a variety of social networking sites like Facebook or Flickr. Myebook has obvious applications in the classroom, but could also be used for personal things like digital scrapbooking or online journaling.
We also learned about the ISTE NETS standards this week. I liked connecting the standards to the various projects from the semester because I hate learning things that I don’t see a point in. The topics covered in this course all had obvious use in the classroom, so it was nice to see that they are things we are ‘supposed’ to be learning as well!
You can check out My Final Project Here:
I can’t believe the semester is coming to an end! Time sure does fly! This week I am writing about a really cool website I found while I was doing some teacher observations this week. The site is called Tools for Educators and features many tools useful in the classroom. The site includes several different tools such as a wordsearch generator, a board game maker, a crossword puzzle creator, and many different worksheet generators. Some of the services are free, while others have a minimal cost.
Tools for Educators is part of a larger network of sites called Mighty Education Systems. Mighty Education Systems is an amazing resource containing links for sites for various classroom materials such as printable certificates, stickers and charts, and even listening tests. Teachers today are fortunate to have so many online resources and options for lesson plans. Free tools like these should make lesson preps a breeze!
This semester sure is flying by! This week I worked on an online group project. We completed a digital story using a website called Mixbook. Mixbook is really cool, it allows you to create digital scrapbooks which you can share online or even have ‘published’ and shipped to your home or classroom. The books are fairly inexpensive and I can’t wait to have my classes create them. Especially at the elementary education level, there are limitless possibilities on the books your class could create. The Mixbook website has a wonderful example of a Mixbook created by elementary students. Its called Kids for Kenya and features illustrations that the kids in the classroom had drawn. I think it is a great way to encourage students to take pride in their work and is a tool which gives them a tangible sense of accomplishment. Having students create a Mixbook is also a great way to involve parents as the books can be viewed online.
My groups Mixbook focused on Unique Christmas Customs from around the world. Check it out!
This week I am here to tell you about my next new favorite thing. Its called EtherPad. EtherPad is an online wikispace which allows its users to communicate by modifying the same document. My favorite part of EtherPad is that once you have developed your ‘pad’ each user’s comments show up in a different color. This feature is especially handy if you do not know the people you are working with. I am currently using Etherpad for an online group project and I have not met the other members of my group. It helps me to remember who is who, for example, I can think ‘oh, Anne is the blue girl’ — its very nice for those of us that are visual!
Another thing I really like about EtherPad is that it is in real time. Updates show up instantly which allows for lightening fast collobroation! If you are working on a group project planning an event across a distance, EtherPad could be a great tool for you. Try it out!
Here is a sample of an EtherPad Screen!