Sunday, October 30, 2011

Just another sunday...in the ER

Shortly after Brian left for work, Cameron fell & hit his the back of his head on the fireplace. It was gushing blood before I even got to him. As soon as I had him in my arms, I reached for a towel with one hand, the phone with the other. Thankfully, my parents were home and rushed over so I could take him to get stitches.

My Mom drove us to the hospital, while my Dad stayed behind with Austin & Bryanna. We were fortunate again and didn't have to wait too long to see a doctor. He explained that one quick  staple would close it nicely, as opposed to several stitches that would take much longer and require freezing.

Cameron was so incredibly good. He didn't fight them when the Dr and nurse wrapped him in a sheet so he couldn't move, and didn't make a sound the entire time! In fact, he barely flinched when the staple went in!
The nurse wrapped his head in a huge bandage, then sent us on our way.


I did manage to get a few pictures on my phone after we left. (He's eating a chocolate-dipped donut.) 



What a trooper! 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Party

My cousin Melissa & her husband Chris, decided to host a kids Halloween party this year. Melissa went all out when she prepared the food. Eyeballs  floated in the bloody punch and garnished plates of squids and monster mouths.




Even my kids wouldn't touch the eyeballs.


After lunch the kids decorated mini pumpkins and cupcakes.   

 

It was nice for all the kids to have a chance to play together.



Thanks Melissa & Chris for a great afternoon!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Birthday Party

After patiently waiting almost a whole week, the day for Bryanna's birthday party was finally here! Jenn & I recently opened a party styling/planning business, and our really fortunate kids now get to reap the rewards!

We were going to my Mom & Dad's for dinner anyway, so they suggested we have the party in their upstairs den. Strawberry Shortcake proved to be the perfect theme for a little girl, without being too pink & frilly.  

We had a mini-candy buffet, face painting and balloon animals for the kids before heading down for dinner, followed by cake & gifts.        












After I read each card, she would look for the gift bearers to tell them "THIS IS FROM YOU!!!" as though they didn't already know. It was adorable especially when Austin kept telling her not to "say that".

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'm thankful...

... for three little munchkins. They are my world.
 

...for the man who is the beginning & end of every day, and who is never too busy or tired to play.


... for our "people". Parents, sisters, brothers, and an extended family large enough to fill a hall for Thanksgiving dinner.



Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Bryanna!

 With Bryanna's birthday falling on Thanksgiving this year, we had to postpone her party until next week.

But that didn't stop us from making it a special day. We sang Happy Birthday and she opened her gifts from us and Gramma & Jack.




The cowgirl boots from Gramma & Jack were a hit!


She was thrilled to open the Princess Ariel doll she was eying in the store.

And to top it off, we ate cake for breakfast!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Apple Picking with Gramma

Brian's mom was here for a visit, so we decided to spend the day at a local apple orchard.  Despite the horribly windy weather, once we were in the shelter of the orchard, it turned out to be a beautiful day.




Naturally, the kids had to climb a hay straw stack, play in the barn and roll through the straw.





Thanks Gramma, for sharing a nice day with us!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

School Update

It's been a few weeks since school started, so it's time for an update.

Austin is doing really well with his new workbooks. We went with a more formal approach this year to keep the prep work (for me) at a minimum. So far, I`m loving Horizon`s straightforward approach to phonics and math. He easily completes two math lessons each day, gradually building his skills while reviewing the ones he has already learned. Each lesson combines addition, time, and money concepts. Phonics takes an average two days for each lesson, but he covered a lot last year and skipped the first half of the workbook set.



Bryanna is right on track too. She just completed her first workbook (very basic all-inclusive preschool) which was mostly for structure. Every day we do one letter from www.starfall.com focusing on the sound and how to write it. She struggles a bit with remembering the letters, so I`m sure we`ll review it a lot when we`re through the alphabet. Her favorite activity is cutting out pictures and gluing them to match a letter. (Yes, she`s allowed very limited access to scissors!) We do two letters at a time for a challenge.      



The geography program I planned to use is much too advanced for them at this stage, but we are following it really loosely. I will save it to use next year, or the year after. We've read a few books from the suggested book list, and attempted to make a paper mache globe, but none of the kids wanted to get their hands dirty!!! And Cameron?  Well, he still sits at the table through most of our schooling. Usually colouring, but he also likes to sit and listen.