A recap of our week in pictures:
Mary got glasses! EVERYONE loves them. (Me, most of all.) I cannot get over how simultaneously grown-up and seriously ADORABLE she looks in them. They are just so pretty.
(She also got a new haircut last week. Even though she doesn’t love the bangs she wanted as much as I do, I really love the way she’s been wearing them clipped back - especially with those new specs!)
We also decided it’s time to put her into catechism classes, which means that when she’s finished she’ll be able to do communion with us on Sundays (on the Sundays we actually make it to church, that is.. *ahem*) and (more importantly to her right now) to go on annual trips around the country with our church to meet other Lutheran teens once a year.
|Some of our instcts "caught" in a spider's web: reinforcing that spiders are not actually insects |
themselves. Matthew inspired this activity himself when he noticed that our spinning
clothesline actually looks like a web.
Matthew learned about insects this week!
We made an egg carton/pipe-cleaner insect (to reinforce the 3 separate body parts and number of legs), an antennae hat, a 3D spinning ladybug, a butterfly out of coffee filters and a clothespin (unfasten the coffee filter and you have a caterpillar!) and a cocoon from yarn. Matthew’s friend (who’s in first grade) came over and taught us some things about insects that even I didn’t know, too! Matthew’s favorite to learn about was the spittlebug.
Daddy got a new truck… again. Two, in fact: two of the same 1960 Chevy, which he’ll basically be combining into one. Nothing makes him happier than a car project, and he’s been wanting an old pick-up like this one for a long time. We also decided over breakfast that Spencer will be making more time to let Matthew “help” him around the garage. Needless to say, Matthew’s all about it. (Unfortunately the truck doesn’t have seatbelts, but Matthew had fun playing around on it in the driveway.)
We’re introducing Scarlett to Starfall.com letter activities in small doses now. Not all the time, but once in a while. She’s already learned to interact with the screen by touching the letters in order to move onto the next video!
I try to make a large batch of smoothies every Monday for us to snack on throughout the week. This week our recipe was: banana, mango, strawberry, celery, vanilla yogurt and honey. We froze half the batch into popsicles and drank the rest. The kids couldn’t get enough!
Scarlett had a few really cool firsts:
She jumped! (on command!) And picked dandelions for me! And got a scrape from falling on the sidewalk! And has started actually repeating new words! And jumped! (Haha, I like that one.. :-P )
Spencer and I have actually had two weekends in a row with a night to ourselves. We are so fortunate to have two sets of grandparents to rely on for trustworthy babysitting… Honestly, I don’t know how people without that recourse survive marriage. The best part is that the kids get an exciting night out of the house - we’ve never had to worry about how they’d fare apart from us - and Spencer and I get a peaceful morning the next day, which we usually use to go out to a quiet breakfast. Whether our night was a blast or a total bust (which happens from time to time), breakfast the next day is usually our favorite part. I like that there isn’t so much pressure to cram all of the excitement and adventure and romance and relaxation we’ve been missing into such a small pocket of time. It’s just us, being us, alone.
How was yours?