1.28.2015

Back at it...Tot School {26 months}

I finally found the time and energy to start Tot School back up again with Luke.  It's been a long while since we have done some structured play and learning, so I am excited to get back into a routine.  Life is a lot busier with two babes, so I am going to try my best keep up with it.  Here is what we were up to last week during Tot School...

Circle Sensory Bin

Rating: 3/5

Skills:
Sensory development
Vocabulary
Shapes: circle
Colors

Activity:
Luke explored the circle sensory bin for a small amount of time.  It definitely wasn't his favorite activity of the week.  We talked about how each item was a circle and I had Luke run his finger around the items.




Dot-a-dot Circle

Rating: 4/5

Skills:
Fine motor development
Shapes: circle
Colors
Vocabulary
Writing/Drawing

Activity:
Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of this one.  Luke used dot markers to make dots around a circle.  We talked about each color he was using on the circle and he was pretty efficient at saying the word 'circle'.  I found the page over at www.3dinosaurs.com.  They have lots of great 'shape' pages. 

Circle Color Sheet

Rating: 3/5

Skills:
Fine motor development
Colors
Shapes: circle
Writing/Drawing

Activity:
Luke used crayons to color each circle with the correct color.  This was an activity that didn't last too long.




Gluing Circles

Rating: 5/5

Skills:
Fine motor development
Shapes: circle

Activity:
I 'drew' a circle with glue on a piece of paper and Luke placed circles all around it.  He really liked making the circles stick on the paper.




Counting Circles

Rating: 5/5

Skills:
Shapes: circle
Numbers/Counting

Activity:
We used number cards and Luke counted circles for each card, with my help of course.  He really like stacking the circles on top of each number.  If I were going to do it again, I would have enough circles for Luke to do each number 1-5 and see them all laid out together. (Sorry about the poor quality of this picture.)




Cork Stamping

Rating: 5/5

Skills:
Shapes: circle
Colors
Fine motor development
Art

Activity:
Luke loves paint.  I gave him a cork, since the end is in the shape of a circle, and he stamped away.



Decorating a Circle

Rating: 5/5

Skills:
Shapes: circle
Fine motor development
Colors
Art

Activity:
Using a circle paper, I put dots of glue on the paper and Luke placed poms on each one.  He, of course, picked out where he wanted the glue and pons to go.













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1.23.2015

Random Picture Friday

We have had a pretty busy and fun week, but we are definitely looking forward to another 'warm' (for Iowa) weekend!

P.S. Some of these pictures are a few weeks old because I finally was able to upload Kevin's phone pictures onto the computer!  

Luke can be caught doing this multiple times throughout the day...reading his Bible with his door shut.

Luke usually gets to pick the books read to Lily...Little Blue Truck it is!

Luke wanted to sit in Lily's car seat.

Great-Grandpa Turner and Great-Grandma Turner were able to meet Lily!

Lots of blue for Baby John Newcomer!

The beautiful amaryllis that Diane gave me for Christmas...even more beautiful when it's cold outside.

We have spent lots of time at the zoo this past week and a half.


Daddy reading to Luke and Lily...another tractor book.

Sweetness.

Luke showed Daddy around the zoo on MLK Day.

His favorite part...the 'big crane'.

She is getting so big!

Luke helped me make blueberry muffins this morning.  He was very interested in the batter.


1.16.2015

Random Picture Friday

It's been a busy few weeks, so we're playing a bit of catch up this Friday.  We are supposed to have beautiful weather on the Trail this weekend and are looking forward to spending some time outside.  Hope you have a blessed weekend!

We made a road trip to Sioux City to visit Betsy...

...and celebrate Kaden and Kolton's 1st birthday!

We had a chance to play with the Ruff girls at the library.


White Elephant Party with our Journey Group!  The kiddos are so cute together.

A playdate to meet Miss Tessa...how cute are they??!!

This girl loves to smile.


My two munchkins

Paige came down to see us when we were in Ottumwa and met Lily.

The boys loved swimming.

She still sleeps great in her car seat.

Luke loves his slide from Papa and Gaga.

Hanging with these two is the best.




1.14.2015

Hasley Christmas

Christmas lasted a little longer for us this year.  My brother's family came back from California on my birthday and we were able to celebrate Christmas together a few weeks late.  Here is the Christmas we celebrated together.

No caption needed.

Brandon and his family

Rachael and Landon

Our family

Mom and Dad and their grandkids

Uncle Brandon meeting Lily

The boys doing a beer tasting.

My mom got Luke a slide for Christmas...he was pretty thrilled.





1.12.2015

Our Lily is 2 months

Our Lily Jo has been in our lives for two months, although, somehow it seems like she has been here forever and only for a short while all at the same time.  She is our sweet baby girl and we are eating up all the snuggles, coos, and smiles we can get.  Here is what she has been up to the past month...
  • Lily has started to smile.  She smiles when Kevin and I talk and coo at her.  I'm pretty sure she would smile if a complete stranger talked and cooed at her as well.
  • Lily nurses about 6 times a day and takes one bottle from Daddy.  She doesn't like to miss a meal.
  • She takes 3-4 naps a day and sleeps for 4 hour stretches at night.
  • Lily enjoys laying on her playmate and looking in the mirror.  She also enjoys hanging on the rings and talking to the animals.
  • Lily has no choice but to listen to truck books.  Luke chooses books for story time and there is always, always a truck involved.
  • Lily loves sleeping swaddled.  We are thankful she loves her crib as well.
  • A pacifier will soothe Lily pretty well when she is upset and also when she is drifting off to sleep.






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