Friday, May 14, 2010

Potty Training

We are working on potty training Sethie right now. He is a boy that is all present from the moment he wakes until he crashes and he is drawing me into it with this new step for him. If he is excited he is all excitement, if he is sad it is all sadness. So now he is potty training and when he goes he needs that honest to goodness, look me in the eye and be fully aware of my achievement this very minute type of praise and join me in a mouth open, down to your toes clapping session. It's nice to join him in the achievements of one particular moment.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Extracurricular Activities?

"How do you manage the extracurricular activities?"

We have a hard time deciding this sometimes. We schedule classes and events
based on how much they will impact us, and how interested the children are in it
and whether it fulfills a need. I also limit classes for kids under eight. My
son is in piano and scouts, my daughter is in dance and activity days. All of
these are 4 p.m. and later, but allow us to eat together at 6. They are all
within 10 minutes from my house, and my daughter is picked up and dropped off
for activity days. My daughter would like to do gymnastics, but the classes are
a 20 minute drive, so the answer is no for now. We are moving to the other side
of town in a month, and then she will probably pick up gymnastics and drop
dance. The rec classes are also on the other side of town 5 minutes from our new
house, so we may add in a month long class here and there. My son will continue
piano after he takes two months off for summer-he is making so much progress
with the teacher I am willing to drive across town. He will switch scouts to the
one that is closer to us when we move. We also do a family park meet-up day from
3-5 on Fridays (the Tuesday morning park day for homeschoolers was nixed,
because it is too disruptive to morning academics). We have a gym membership,
which has a pool, kids classes (art, basketball, toddler tumble etc.), and a
rock climbing wall etc. All the children go to this whenever the mood strikes
and time allows. For field trips-we only average about once a month. So
basically an activity needs to

-have minimal driving
-be for 8 yr. olds and older, unless it is a very short run
-be in the late afternoon to evening, to allow time for academics and my work
schedule, but mustn't disrupt dinner time
-I usually need to be able to drop off and come back for most activities, so I
can get other things done (I do tend to come the last two to fifteen minutes of
classes to watch the kids, ask what they've learned or exchange any other info)
-we do allow a very occasional exception, such as a morning play, drawing class,
but never for more than a month

Next year we will be adding ceramics and Spanish classes, but both instructors
will be coming to our house, so impact will be little.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Baby Mila is 3 Months

Don't you love those dimples?
This is today, 3 months exactly.
You may recognize this dress from one of my projects before she was born.
She's already rolling over.

What a beautiful princess.

Amelia's Blessing

I have been intending to put pictures of Amelia's Blessing up for awhile, but right afterward my camera's memory card got broken. I finally got some pictures from my mother-in-law.

I had called my sister Starr about three weeks before the blessing to see if she could make the dress. She said she would love to, then called me back that afternoon, said it was done and would be in the mail the next day. I got it two days later. She's amazing. The dress turned out beautiful. I had taken a few close ups of the details on the dress. I will try to retake those soon.

Uncle Dan, Grandpa Guy, Great Grandpa Larson, Dad, Uncle Steve, Bishop Wansguard

Here are the California cousins who were at the blessing.

I figured while I was snaggin pictures from my mother-in-laws camera I would take these ones too.

I love Aubrey's look here.

Girl cousins at the lake.