Friday, August 31, 2012

Weekly Capture XXVI

Wow. August, you just keep sending twists and turns our way. My life is either in a suitcase or a washing machine these days. From wedding to sick week to funeral to a yard sale (selling my junk this go round!) to again packing for a trip down south - this time to visit my grandparents for a few days (leaving the husband home again to work and attend class and all that good stuff). I get to travel with my mama and best friend/sister, so that should be good times, too. Once again all you get this week is a wrap up and maybe some instagrams tomorrow. Maybe, just maybe, next week, I'll adjust back into "normal" craziness and be able to offer a little more substance on the blog. Thanks for bearing with me. 

Out of the mouth of Dom
"It's not smelling time! It's playing time."

Me: "Do you like being kissed?"
Dom: "Yes I do! I like being smooched, too."

"Daddy washed my special cup because he's a strong man, and we like him. I call him 'Daddy-pants,' and he calls me 'Dominic-pants.'"

Blaise-eroo Updates
Progress has come to our house! We have one tooth peeking through the gum, AND the little man has followed in the footsteps (bum-steps?) of his older brother and his aunts by deciding that bum scooting is the perfectly acceptable way to begin the life of mobility. I set him sitting in the living room the other day where I could see him. Peeked in to check on him a few minutes after and found I'd "lost" him. Then I walked in to find he'd scooted a good 4-5 feet across the room to get to the toy stash. Sneaky little bumkin.

Links recommended
On (not) raising deadbeat dads {An open letter to my sons} :: Tales from a Gypsy Mama
35 Things I've Learned in My 35 Years :: Simple Mom
The Secret to a Perfect Home :: Also on Simple Mom
The Pre Breakfast Productivity Booster :: Work Your Way

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Visual Recap :: Summer Week 10

sick, sleepy little man.

Blanket forts!


Homemade ice cream at Reading Challenge Library Party.

First time slurpees. (Yikes! So many scary things inside that cup
that mama gave a blind eye to...)

Balloon dino.

Sick + groggy boy.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Weekly Capture XXV

A short update for the week. After last week's craziness (see this post for more on that), I then ended up in bed for most of Saturday, dizzy and achey. This was followed by a sick, sick Blaise puking on me twice in the past 24 hours due to his coughing. I even called the pediatrician it got so bad (those that know me well know the doctor tends to be my last resort). We're packing to leave for the funeral at this point, so here's what you get from me for a late capture of a crazy week.

Out of the mouth of Dom
"After breakfast I will have some fruit. And then maybe some chocolate."

"My brain hurts, mama."

"'We'll see' means yes, just later."

Blaise-eroo Updates
Getting sick for the first time has put this little guy into a cuddley, "I-want-to-be-in-the-baby-carrier-as-much-as-possible" mood. The baba is taking is sweet time with teething- poor guy still has swollen gums but no teeth.

Finished up Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter - The Cross. Here's the post, 10 Books You Must Read to Your Daughter (or How to Keep Your Daughter from Ending Up Like That Horrid Girl in Twilight), that inspired me to read it, so I suggest reading that for a review if you're interested in why you should also read it. Sorry, my brain hurts too much to share my own review.

Links recommended
Why We Are Homeschooling (From a Gal Who Tried Everything) :: Carrots for Michaelmas Love Haley's reasons here. This is almost exactly why we have chosen to homeschool as well!
Modern Alternative Cleaning :: Modern Alternative Mama
Increase Handwashing and Decrease AntiBacterial Soap :: Kitchen Stewardship
Chapter Books for Younger Kids :: Sarah Jane Studios

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Friday, August 17, 2012

a week of downs.

A long week in this house means Mama gets no time to type up any blog posts. I still intend to come up with a Weekly Capture, so look for it sometime this weekend, but please forgive my tardiness. There have been downs and ups all week. I say downs first because we've mostly been on a downhill slope. From little to big things, it's just been a ridiculously long haul this week. This is pretty much sums up my week in jots:

Arrived home from a weekend out of town celebrating my beautiful cousin's wedding and enjoying wonderful time with my extended family. We also took a 3 hour-ish detour on the way home to spend a bit of time with one of my dearest friends, her husband, and 2 boys (who coincidentally are nearly the same ages as my boys).  (Long jot... sorry.)

Found out my husband's grandfather died.

Car acting up again. Our only car. So back to the shop for him again. ($500+ later, he's back to running order and hopefully no more scares for awhile).

Dropped a whole roll of fresh toilet paper in the pot. Small in comparison, but just the icing on the cake for that particular day.

Teething, cranky boy. No teeth STILL.

Complaining and whiny 2 year old.

Funeral plans being planned and then having to be replanned. Lots of rearranging of our schedules.

David gone every night all week desperately wrapping up research for the summer quarter.

Blaise decorating his ridiculously happy self, his pillow, the floor, and Sophie in poop. Ugh. So, so gross. My parents, however, are probably laughing since I did something of the same as a small person.

One sick boy. Not so bad, but lots of runny nose wiping.

Another sick boy. That bad. No sleep, and so miserable.

It's been so crazy that yesterday, I passed out yesterday for 2 whole hours of obviously much needed rest while putting B down for a nap. Once I woke up I realized not only had I not had my typical afternoon cup of coffee, but my morning mug was only missing two sips.

I sit here now typing this, forcing myself to complete today's mug o' joe, listening to the pirate-y fun going on behind me. Thankfully one of my younger sisters is here visiting for the week and has provided Dom with lots of much needed diversion. I'm mostly just trying to wade through all the muck of the week. I guess dishes and laundry and unpacking and pretty much all other household stuff will get taken care of next week.

So, excuse my lack of posting, and I'll get back to it in a week or so when we return from the funeral. Thanks for your understanding in advance.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Visual Recap :: Summer Week 9

Last week flew by as we prepped for an out of town weekend to celebrate one of my cousins getting married. It was a super, fun weekend with many great moments with family, and I forgot to attempt any captures with the ipod, so nothing here really reflects that. But, all the same, here's a quick photo capture of last week a little later than usual...

A new favorite: gnawing on cukes.

Passed out on Mama's back as she packs.

Sleep yoga.

Haircut = hairy back.

Happy boy trying out a public high chair.


Being a tortoise.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Musings for Sunday

The Feast Day of St. Dominic was this past Wednesday, August 8th. 
He is the saint for whom our first little man is named. Here is his blessing:

May God the Father, who made us, bless us.
May God the Son send His healing among us.
May God the Holy Spirit move within us
And give us eyes to see with, ears to hear with,
and hands that God's work might be done.
May we walk and preach the word of God to all.
May the angel of peace watch over us and lead us
at last by God's grace to the Kingdom. Amen.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Weekly Capture XXIV

B's favorite part of meals - spitting regurgitated
food into Mama's water glass

What a week! Hot (again), car in the shop (again), grumpy + teething baby (again)... celebrated 4 years of marriage to D yesterday, and heading to a wedding of one of my cousin's this weekend as well as a detour to see one of my favourite-est people in the whole world (and her little ones and her husband as well). Super excited for all that the plans entail - cannot wait to see my grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, cousin's spouses, cousin's kiddos, and so forth! It's been far too long.

Out of the mouth of Dom
"Mama, can I have a little snack before breakfast?" [making a cute face with a little smirk and rolling his eyes to the side- sorry, this might be a weird description if you don't see him often]
"What were you thinking?"
"Goldfish. You know - the crackers that crack open."

Me: "Are you going to make a huge mess?"
Dom: "Um, no. I'm going to make a tiny mess."

As I pulled a shirt over his head, "Dom, your head is huge!"
"I know. It's from eating all those muffins."

Blaise-eroo Updates
Annnnnd he's sitting of his own accord. Finally, I can set the boy down and not have to catch him as he pushes himself into a standing position, shooting off like a rockstar. I think part of this has come about due to the realization that with sitting comes the privileges of getting into older brother's toys. Thankfully, Dom is being a sharing trooper. Thus far.

We're going through a few more ABC books - check out many we've found and loved from this past week's post. Another favorite for the boy has been:

Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap, a follow up to Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed, is a fun tale of a Ninja who only want to rest but is having a hard time escaping from his fans. 
I have finally begun the final book of the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy, The Cross, and am enjoying it just as much as the first two. 

Links recommended

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A is for Alphabet, B is for Books :: 18 ABC Books for Preschoolers

September approaches rather quickly, and with that comes thoughts of school and preparing for lessons. Dom will not be 3 until December, but I am planning on this being our first year of rather informal homeschooling. I'm excited to dip our toes in the learning pool while not yet having to follow the state's requirements. I hope to teach Dom how to write his name and attempt other pre-reading schooling. With that in mind, we've been concentrating a lot this summer on reading ABC books. I've compiled a list of some of our favorites that cover a variety of themes. Enjoy!


Peanut Butter And Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book by Brian P. Cleary and illustrated by Betsy E. Snyder
We especially loved the art in this one as each page had many, many hidden items beginning with the featured letter. Verbs and adjectives get a little workout in this book rather than the usual nouns.

Paul Thurlby's Alphabet by Paul Thurlby (of course!)
Simple, but a great collection of designs. So lovely that I think I'd almost want to own a copy to hang as wall decorations!

Curious George Learns the Alphabet by H.A. Rey
A classic character takes on the alphabet; appreciated the fact that both upper and lowercase letters made their appearance in this one.

Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo? by Carlyn Beccia
Alongside beautifully illustrated vintage looking posters are facts about the traveling circus in the 1800s and early 1900s. To be noted: a few of the characters are a little scary/dark for younger listeners.

Look Behind!: Tales of Animal Ends by Lola M. Schaefer and Heather Lynn Miller; illustrated by Jane Manning
Who doesn't love a good book about bums? This is actually the 3rd tale we've discovered on that theme. This one is quite the collection of facts particularly around the behinds of 26 different animals.

Lights on Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Elliot Kreloff
Another fact themed one for all those theatrical loving folks. We have a special place in our hearts for the stage, being related to an actress, and this was one that had to be added to our reading list. Quotes from famous performers surround words from marquee to understudy.

An Edward Lear Alphabet illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
Little poems of complete nonsense accompany each letter teaching important rhyming schemes. So silly and sure to become memorized quickly. This book helped Dom immensely in learning to rhyme.

Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Military Alphabet by Chris L. Demerest
The ABCs of the military - this book not only teaches the ICA words and flags, but also introduces children to many military terms.

The Sailor's Alphabet illustrated by Michael McCurdy
This book pairs a traditional chanty, which offers bits of nautical history, alongside beautiful woodcut style art.

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
This is one of my favorite real food books, which includes Indian corn rather than the ever popular ice cream. Fun art teaches a variety of new foods, and we were able to talk about what times of year certain produce was available, where foods came from, and more all from this simple book.

E Is For Empire: A New York Alphabet by Ann E. Burg and Maureen K. Brookfield
It's never to late to begin to learn one's State history. We're NYers, so this obviously applied to us, but you can also find several other states by the same publisher.

ABC UK by James Dunn and illustrated by Helen Bate
A fun approach to learning a little about the Brits from H is for Holmes to V is for Vindaloo, well known as well as new facts are included.

B Is for Big Ben: An England Alphabet by Pamela Duncan Edwards and illustrated by Melanie Rose
Another British one. This one, however, has a little more wordiness included in the facts on each page. It still can be read the "abridged" way for young readers but also offers a bit more for older ones.

M Is for Music by Kathleen Krull and Stacy Innerst
Tunes. Instruments. Terms. Composers. They're all included, and the art is fabulous. A little classic- Mozart with the new(er)- Elvis.

Tickets to Ride: An Alphabetic Amusement by Mark Rogalski
An amusement park tale with a letter representing a different attraction or ride. A poem is presented on a ticket to accompany each one. Fascinating art to spark imaginations of all ages.

A Was an Apple Pie by Etienne Delessert
Each letter describes a verb happening to the one noun (the apple pie) - a rarity in children's ABC stories. From jumped for it to peeked in it, this book goes past any boring happenings and makes sure the pie has an eventful "life."

A Isn't for Fox: An Isn't Alphabet by Wendy Ulmer and illustrated by Laura Knorr
Hooray for an 'isn't' tale! After reading so many 'is' books, it was fun to find the opposite. Each page has a short rhyme describing what the letter is not for as well as one thing that it does represent. As a said, a nice reprieve.

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Tour a variety of jobs + hobbies from A to Z with your guides, peas! A fun variation featuring everything from acrobat peas to yogis.

For some awesome activities collected over at No Time for Flashcards, I suggest checking out 25 Alphabet Activities, with ideas perfect for preschool and kindergarten. Make use of what you have around your home, and help your kids learn by touching and creating!

Also check out this pin from my Activities + Learning Pinterest board for a link to ABC animal coloring pages.
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