Friday, March 30, 2012

Preschool Corner–Dr. Seuss

Since it is now almost April and Dr. Seuss’ birthday is the beginning of the month we will consider this post early for next year Winking smile 

I haven’t been taking as many pictures of our preschool time lately.  I did get a couple of pictures of our time from the beginning of the month! 

Sammy did a fun matching game with a magnifying glass.  He had to look at the small picture and match it up with the bigger version.  I printed these from Kelly’s Kindergarten and Sammy loved the fruit matching the most!

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Sammy did several different Dr. Seuss printables from all over the web.  I have linked to the ones we used at the bottom of the post.  I can’t tell in all of the pictures which printable is from which wonderful resource but I will share the ones we used.

Same size matching this was something new for Sammy and he really liked the difference!

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I am not sure he will ever get sick of do a dot pages! 

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Finding upper and lowercase Hs:

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Some simple addition.  We worked the problems with crayons so we could count out the problems:

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Cutting practice then directional words:

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Sammy has been working through the Funnix reading program and he has been loving it!  We are now on lesson 19.  We haven’t been doing it everyday but almost every weekday:

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Dr. Seuss Printables:

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Living Life Intentionally

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To see what others are doing for Preschool check out Preschool Corner!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Dear Grandma,

I have so many amazing memories of you from my childhood!  You were the Grandma I hope to be!  You made a special effort to come to so many of our school events, sports games, birthdays and holidays!  I have been thinking about you non-stop during the last week and a half.  I am so glad that I will never have that moment where I say I wish I knew you better or I wish I had spent more time with you. 

Your health right now is touch and go.  We all thought we were saying good-bye this week.  During my visits with you, so many things came flooding up from my past that it was hard to be sad.  I know that you will leave us some day and, as much as that breaks my heart, I know I will see you again in Heaven!

So many of my childhood memories were of things that you and Granddaddy did with us!  I remember our trip to Florida like it was yesterday, including all of the snacks that my mom packed and the long drive in the car.  I wonder how you guys did that!  You used to say that your girls (Clare and I) kept you two young!  I am not sure how we didn’t drive you crazy from Virginia to Florida, but we made it and, once there, had a blast swimming, going to Disney World, and, one of my favorites, Sea World:

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Our holidays were always that much brighter with you there!  Every Christmas that I can remember, you two were there watching us open presents:

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Your house was a anchor in our lives.. as we moved around the state, we always knew we had your house to both make and keep memories in.  During some summers, that meant living there as a house was being built.  On other summers, it was simply staying with you guys for a few weeks to give my parents some time off.  Those summer memories were filled with gardening, swimming, egg salad sandwiches (my favorite), watching Anne of Green Gables, playing in the basement, and working on jigsaw puzzles (something I still love to do because of you)!  Clare and I have wonderful memories at your house, including yearly pictures of us on Granddaddy’s tractors:

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I am so thankful that you got to meet Sammy!  I know he wont remember you like I do, but it is a memory I will treasure forever:

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You motivated me in school, but not in the same way as you did with Clare.  Clare wanted (and did) follow in your footsteps as a teacher.  Instead, you motivated my savings side.. You wanted to see me succeed and I wanted to see the hard work pay off in my savings account.. Eventually, I learned to work hard for my grades, just to be proud of them myself.  I fully believe that was what you had intended when you paid me for my A’s and B’s.  Your believing in me and helping me succeed early on helped me to graduate from James Madison University with a computer science degree.  You were so proud of Clare and I, and helped us buy our books each semester so that we could focus on what was important!  Thank-you for that generous gift!

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You loved to tell stories to your friends about us.  You always told people how I would come in the house and have to find you and give you a hug first thing.  You could be in the middle of making a huge Thanksgiving meal (which was always amazing) and I would stop you and say that I needed to give you my hug.  Those huge holiday meals are what I imagine for holidays and hope to continue with my family!  Our favorite part of the meal was that you always asked us a few weeks beforehand what we wanted you to make.  We picked out our favorite dish and you always made it happen!  To me your mashed potatoes and gravy are legendary, and every time I make them I think of you and how you taught me to make them!

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We went on vacation to the Outer Banks almost ever year.  I remember this moment.. after a day at the beach coming home and getting all cleaned up and snuggling up with you:

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You made us a priority.. there are very few birthdays, holidays or other big events that you weren’t a part of.  I loved having our birthday dinners with family and the feeling of being so special on our big day!  You would even come over to celebrate your birthday with us!

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Here’s a picture of you watching your great-grandsons swim during a day at the lake.  I wonder what that must have felt like.. after watching us swim at so many different pools all of those years.. to see your girls (how you lovingly referred to Clare and I) out in the lake with their boys!

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Thank you for being so involved and making so many amazing memories with us.  Some of which I don’t remember (that is the beauty of photography) but, as you can see, I was having the time of my life with my mom and my grandma:

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I am so blessed to have you in my life!  You are my namesake or at least partially.  You loved to tell the story of how my parents wanted to name me after you.  You said don’t call her Shirley.. call her Lindsay.  That was the name on your birth certificate and it was crossed out with Shirley written underneath.  I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing person to be named after!  I love you!

Love,

Your youngest girl Lindsay

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What I’m Reading for the Spring Reading Thing 2012

I love Katrina’s reading challenge and I LOVE spring! I have been looking forward to this reading challenge since I didn’t do so great with the fall challenge!

Some reading goals I have for this spring are:

1. Read at least 30 minutes aloud to Sammy a day. Whether its our current read aloud or picture books doesn’t matter just that we are consistently reading together!

2. Start a reading time where Sammy has a stack of books to look at and “read” while I also read from one of my books!

On my Spring Reading list:

1.The Money Saving Mom's Budget: I want to re-read The Money Saving Mom’s Budget and start implementing even more of it in my life. If you are trying to save money and just getting started this is the book for you! If you have been doing it for a while I still think you would find some wonderful ideas to implement. Plus all of the proceeds go to Compassion International!

2. A Game of Thrones: I am almost done with this book! It has been really good!

3. Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland: My friend Jolanthe let me borrow this book and I am excited to give this author a try! I also want to finish this so I can get it back to her since I have had it a while Winking smile

4. Love Amid the Ashes: Jolanthe also let me borrow this one. I read The Red Tent last year so I think this book will be great since its also another story about Dinah.

5. A Clash of Kings: If I get all of that reading done I am going to start the second book in the Games of Thrones series! I am really liking this series but the books are so long they take me a while to read!

Read Aloud Books:

1. The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh: I want to finish reading this aloud to Sammy this spring! He has been loving The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh and has actually been sitting and listening to this and I am loving it. This is our first read aloud we have ever done!

2. The Mouse and the Motorcycle: This is our next read aloud for when we finish reading Winnie the Pooh. Sammy loves animals and a friend of me suggested that he might like this book. So we are going to read this next.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Well Hello There

I feel like I should introduce myself to you all!  Hi my name is Lindsay and I took a bloggy break.  Life is busy and I didn’t feel like putting thoughts to paper the screen. 
Since I haven’t blogged in a while and since I haven’t dumped picture off of my phone.. I give you random phone contents.  I do hope to do a better job of blogging with the photos from my phone.  We will see how that goes Smile with tongue out
Tim and I playing Rivals for Catan:
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This is a logic puzzle at Tim’s sisters’ house, we have all tried to solve it without much luck.  After looking for the solution in google images we solved it and took a picture for future reference:
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My little south paw playing tball in the backyard:
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We still love playing with our Stomp Rocket:
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The wreath I made for Valentine’s day.  It may or may not still be hanging on the front door Smile with tongue out I used this tutorial for the flowers.. they didn’t turn out perfect but I liked the result Smile
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The big cousins playing in Ellie’s bounce house:
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The biggest cousins playing boy toys:
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Melty snowmen cookies for the super bowl inspired by this:
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Sammy watching the big game:
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Homemade soft pretzels with friends.  Sammy made his name:
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Because he is super handsome Smile:
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The puzzle is coming along from your last update:
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At the arboretum feeding the ducks and fish with friends (Sammy has on the blue coat):
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Taking a walk on a warm winter day:
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Dressed up like a hunter and enjoying yet another warm winter day:
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We spent the month of January and half of February battling these chapped lips until my Dad reminded me of the miracle Eight Hour Cream (its pricey but works fast and doesn’t sting or smell to bad):
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Tim unboxing a bunch of new sound equipment for our church.  We are moving to a new building and had to reconfigure everything so we can setup and tear down each week:
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This made my heart happy.. Sammy asked to for blocks during quite time one day.  Then called me to come look.  I was glad that I actually came to see what he had done:
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Not a bad castle for two tiny plastic bears:
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Sammy at a birthday party.. he loved the cheese balls and the vanilla icing that he licked off of the chocolate cupcake Smile with tongue out
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Playing putt putt inside.  This place has a night when you can play with black lights:
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Getting further:
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The green is done:
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Sammy checking himself out on the TV screen at the Children’s Museum:
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He at some point during a visit has to sit on the tractor:
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And drive an ambulance:
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Fixing the muffler on the pretend car.. Gigi and Pop Pop he kept pretending this was your car.. I hope you don’t have exhaust issues soon Smile with tongue out
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Last night I went to our church’s band’s cd release party.  We weren’t allowed to bring our coffee into the bar.. So we had to sit out with the kegs and finish it Smile with tongue out
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So I promise I am back but was glad for a little break!  I hope you guys didn’t miss me to much Smile