Monday, March 3, 2014
So we started a new Saturday morning traditon around here. As long as our schedule allows we want to start having a little study/family time after Audrey's ballet practice. It gives Brian and I some time to get coffee and talk about goals and the week ahead. It also gives Audrey some time to work on little activities including drawing her lines and letters. I would love to continue this when she is older especially if she is struggling in particular area in school...we can work on it together as a family.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
This past weekend I traveled back to a small desert town in New Mexico to celebrate my Great Grandma's life. She passed away in her sleep surrounded with her closest family. She was 100 years old and one amazing lady. It was my first time flying back by myself in a really long time. It was actually the first time I was without Brian and Audrey for more than a day. I had some time on the plane to look back and reflect on memories with my Great Grandma. All the summers I spent and all the fun I had with my aunts, uncles, and cousins. There are such good memories back in that small town and even some days I secretly wished I lived there.
My cousins and I were talking that we would always meet at Grandma's place for events and holidays. We all vowed to still meet up... just need to find a new meeting spot. We all want to create good memories and create traditions for our children. I always want Audrey to have a place she can call home. I took a few pictures around my Grandma's home... I knew it was probably the last time I would be there. She created such a happy home and we all plan to do the same.
More on our visits...
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Audrey and Julian had their first snow experience while staying in the cabin. The week before we kept reading books about snow and talked about making a snowman, snow angels and snowball fights...so they were ready. There wasn't a ton of snow but we made it work. We found a local school and used a small hill they had for a little sledding. We all enjoyed ourselves especially the little ones. I love that we can take small trips like this and show Audrey new and exciting things. It makes the long work days worth it for moments like this.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
This past weekend we got the chance to visit the snow in Lake Tahoe. We rented a little cabin with our family and enjoyed the snow, scenery, and spent some quality time together. We left Friday night after work and made our way up north. Although we were tired from driving as soon as we arrived the relaxing and unwinding began. Slow meals were made and the playing card competitions started. It's always nice to get away for a few days and a cozy cabin was just what we needed. Audrey's first time in the snow was a success...more on that later :)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
This past Sunday we decided to make some rainbow pizza. I thought it would be a fun way to sort, name colors, and name each veggie. Audrey loved this activity and was really excited to help. She would place each veggie on and make sure it layed perfectly on the pizza. I was really supprised with her patience and her need for each piece to be perefect...In all honesty I pictured her throwing the veggies on there and creating a huge mess, but it was quite the opposite. It was really a fun and cool learning activity to do. I really want to start getting her more invovled in the kitchen, especially when I have more time on my hands. There are no pictures of the pizza actually baked because we were too busy eating it :)
Sunday, February 9, 2014
These past two weekends have really low key. We have had some rainy weather and staying close to home just feels right. We celebrated Lunar New Year...one of Audrey's many nationalities. She loved her outfit and thought it was beautiful. Our petting zoo is growing whether I like it or not. Five new insects have been added for Audrey to care for...five Madagascar cockroaches to be exact. Audrey and Brian are over the moon. I am just happy that Audrey has a passion for all things insects and animals. Slow weekends have been so nice to have around here but next weekend we have a suprise for the Little Lady...a roadtrip to the snow!!!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Audrey has been busy learning lately and enjoying it too. I love to create projects for her to learn. Projects that consist of her following directions and also projects that let her play too. We recently made a ocean in a mason jar. We collected sand, seashells, seaweed, and underwater sea creatures. It was a fun project and she loved learning the names of the different fishes. She played with this jar all afternoon and even wanted to nap with it... I convinced her it needed to stay on a shelf :) She also has been busy with her ballet. They will have a little recital in June that we are looking forward too. Her classes are closed practices, but I am told she is staying focused and always has a huge smile on her face :)
Audrey has recently showed interest in writing the alphabet... she has mastered a few of the letters. I love this drive she has to learn things, I hope this drive sticks around in her older years. My goal is to always to make things new and interesting. I know in school things may not always come so easy...so keeping her motivated and her knowing she has support at home is key.
Learning can be fun... it's my promise :)