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Easter Bunny Brought BIKES




 

 

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Park March 24 2012

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FIRST ice cream cones ever!!!

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a first

Today marks a first in our home.  Today we finished our first chapter book read-a-loud.
 
We read daily, of course, and read and read and read daily.  Nevertheless we generally read “one sitting books”; usually 3 or 4 at a time actually.  But the boys have never done chapter books really well.  To be fully honest, Little Brother did not, till the last year, allow me to read more than 3 to 5 minutes at a time, and was not at all interested in sitting for stories and reading time. 
 
In the past 6 months or so Little Brother has demonstrated a growing maturity and our reading time has stretched back to the 45 minutes or more at a sitting that was routine before Little’s brother hit about 16 months and began to voice (and act out) his lack of interest in story time (he’d not even agree to play while I read to Big Brother for a long time Little Brother felt it necessary actively interrupt rather than just ignore or refuse to participate).
 
Recently I decided to try a chapter book, it has been about 6 months since the last time I attempted one with the boys.  I chose My Father’s Dragon after seeing so many other homeschooling moms with BOYS suggest it as a “not to be missed” read-a-loud  (gotta love home school message boards).   
 
The book, and the experience, was a resounding success. The book is 77 pages long and broken into 10 chapters; most days we read 2 chapters.  today we finished the BOOK.  Each chapter follows the same formula thus making it easier for the boys to follow the story.  There is a small illustration on most of the pages, but it is not a picture book.  The illustrations are simple and pen and ink; and while the boys really wanted to look at them, and study the map at the back, the story held their attention without the art. 
 
I am so excited!!  Next we’ll be reading the sequel: Elmer and the DragonBig Brother asked for instantly at the conclusion of My Father’s Dragon. 
 
After that, I am so excited to be able to finally dig into the shelf of read-a-louds I have been collecting.  Keeping the books fairly short and simple I am thinking of progressing on to:
 
The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends) 
Mr. Popper’s Penguins 
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle 
And
The School Mouse 

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Boys’ First Trip to Allen Field House (part 2)

The game…

 

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Boys’ First Trip to Allen Field House (part 1)

Over semester break our family, and took a break to introduce the boys to KU Basketball at home, Allen Field House in Lawrence KS.  Both Daddy and I are KU Alumni and there are more memories there than one can say.

More memories were surely made that day with Aunt Raymona and Uncle Mark and Grand Pat and Pa Pa.  These are the things, in 12 years as Big Brother walks campus as a incoming freshman (and Little in 14 year) will remember.

Part ONE — campus ….

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Santa and the Tooth Fairy

The boys had a great Christmas Eve this year, playing together, enjoying the dogs and visiting with family.  Beyond all that, this year, a Christmas Eve will not be forgotten, Big Brother lost his first tooth.  So the family went to sleep awaiting two special visitors.  

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Cleaned out the diaper bag tonight …

…for the last time.

Somehow I blinked and my babies are now little boys. 

My diaper bag.  I fell in love with it while pregnant in 2005; and promptly stuffed it full of anything and everything I thought I might need.  Most of which, honestly, I never touched.  Then found it too bulky to carry with a baby or toddler in the sling (where Big Brother lived outside the house for the first 18 months of his life) and ended up leaving it in the car, dragging it in to momma-dates (I admit the play dates were for me, not him) or leaving it to Daddy (self proclaimed family pack mule) to carry.

Now, as the boys grow, I have grown too.  I now have a backpack that I find too cumbersome to wear with two little people dragging me to different directions, trying to keep two little imps alive getting across parking lots, and half the time wearing or carrying the now-four-year-old.  So the backpack sits in the car, in the place that used to hold the diaper bag.

I still carry extra clothing, a tubbie full in the back of the van.  I still carry a full first aid kit, again in a tubbie in the back of the van.  There is still a bag of toys in the van. 

 

No more diaper bag.  No more adorable wallypop cloth diapers, no more cloth wipes, no more teethers, no more cute board books, no more breast pads, and no more burp rags.   Now my pack is full of coloring books, crayons, tiny aliens, match-box-cars, bubbles and playdough.  I never used the bottle carrier on that diaper bag, but now I carry 2 or 3 water bottles all the time. 

It is a whole new reality I find myself in; I love it, would not trade it for the world, but still find it sad.  I’ll keep the diaper bag, I can’t give up babyhood just yet.  

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