Jun 5, 2012

May-June

 So I had some pictures from Hannah's graduation and a few other things, but here's what happened to our computer. So I'll have to retrieve those when it's cooperating : )


 Here are some examples of what the kids get into, no matter what they're doing. I'm sure when they're all older, I'll look back on these times as funny, but a lot of work....just as I do now.
These kids cannot just eat a sandwich, no matter how many rules we impose. They just get destroyed no matter what. Here is a picture of the pb and j sandwiches stabbed with pretzels.

One of the guilty parties.

My trick of always having a bowl of apples on the table to provide a nutritious snack seems to have backfired. They came back to the shower and asked if they could have apples. I found this when I got back. They each had an apple, but Colin had taken bites out of all the other apples, too. I even pulled one out he had put back in the basket.  That's 8 apples chewed up by 3 kids!!



I woke up one morning to this. All three blinds ties (with 5 ties each) knotted together in one huge ball with clothes hangers on them. Of course half of Colin's clothes were now in the floor also. I don't know where they come up with this stuff. It took me a good 10 minutes to untangle everything.

 Maybe they get it from the Tunnel Monster who likes to attack sometimes after dinner.
For some reason, Dax loves getting in this thing- haha

This is the prime real estate for hide- and- seek games.

 Colin was all business after dinner that night. Frank Sinatra hat, cowgirl boots, purse, and food boxes.

 I've posted our idea on Facebook, but here it is with pictures. Since Hannah's been out of school, that's about 4 hours less driving a week and 8 hours more with all 3 kids. They definitely need routine or things get crazy fast. So I wrote down about 30 ideas and but them in a bowl. Each week they draw a topic, I do a little research, and we spend each day learning about a different facet of the topic. The first one they drew was "Movies."  I don't remember our exact sequence now. On Sunday, Dax and I took the girls to see the Chimpanzee movie in the theater, which we all loved. Monday we talked about how movies were made. We made shadow puppets to show what people had to watch before film that counted as a moving picture. We did some animation- you know how you draw a little man on the corner of every page of a phone book and then flip it? We used an etude book, but still the same effect. Then they made their own! The next day, we talked about the different jobs on a movie set, and watched some film of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen doing the Toy Story voice-overs. We recorded our own voices as different characters, but it quickly became just me following their requests. Can't wait for Dax to stumble on those on the Ipad someday! Another day we talked about how to make a movie, practiced being set and lighting designers, directors, etc. Then we chose one of their library books, Pirates Don't Take Baths.

They chose "scenes" from the book and made a storyboard.



 Chloe and I gathered props and made costumes. Later, I organized what we would film- because let's face it, little kids have no patience for disorganized adults- at least mine don't.

 Before the big shoot, we had our first family move night with everyone present and past their bedtime. We had popcorn and watched Wall-E.

 The next day, in an unbelievable hour and a half (largely in part due to the extremely organized producer- ahem) we completed the movie! Chloe was a bit of a diva actress, fitting the job perfectly
: ) but she said her lines well and was fun to work with so I suppose along with all the other tempermental actresses out there, she'll be hired again. Hannah did a great job holding props, being a gopher, and acting out her own lines- extremely careful about her memorization.  I wasn't sure how to edit things in our new computer, but it worked out easily, the only problem being it moves from scene to scene a little too quickly and I couldn't figure out how to space it better.  So here's their movie debut if you missed it on Facebook!

 This week's topic is weather! The first day, we learned about the four basic cloud shapes, water vapor, how clouds are formed. We put a mirror in the freezer and blew hot air on it to change the "cloud" into "rain" on the mirror. They also made cotton ball cloud pictures. Today they weren't at all interested in naming the clouds for Nana, which surprised me because they were so excited about it before. However, before bedtime, Chloe asked if there were stratus clouds outside : )
I've got fun plans for the other lessons and it looks like storms are on their way, so they'll get to experience some of what we'll talk about.

 The girls had their first official swim lesson today. Well, Hannah had them at 9 months old, but this is the first one she's aware of. A friend passed along a groupon for a set of 4 lessons at WinKids. This place was really cool. Decorated like an old Texas town inside, and windows everywhere to watch gymnastics, dance, and tumbling. There was even a little theater room where the kids could relax on huge beanbags and watch a movie on the big screen while waiting for parents and siblings.

 The life size fish tank/ : )

The girls loved their lessons! Right away Chloe accidentally stepped off the raised side inside the pool and got surprised. After one of the instructors grabbed her, she proceeded to climb out of the pool and walk away! Haha. They brought her back and she was happy the rest of the time. Hannah was really excited about all the different skills and loves putting her head underwater.

 Gotta pose with the bear on the way out.

 Our library is starting the Summer Reading Club. I remember doing this as an older kid. I loved completing the lists and required genres, but that's just me. I love completing lists. : ) For the little ones, they have to read 24 books, color each footprint as they read a book, and return the form to receive a prize bag. This will probably go quickly since we read so many books over here. So I decided each girl would choose a book to be theirs, and they had to really focus as I read and then we discuss it a bit since they can't read on their own. Hannah technically can read some simple things and loves finding "Silent E's" but I've yet to really work with her on bigger words and complete sentences so I'll spend a lot of time on that this summer. Anyway, these are there first choices. I figures I'd also make an official list so they could review what they read.

Colin's birthday is this Saturday! We're planning a little water fun!


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