It’s a beautiful hotel and they have these fun windows that they decorate all up for Christmas. This year’s theme was Christmas Around the World. We picked up our “passports” and had to visit the windows for the way different countries say “Christmas.” At the end we had to get our passports stamped at the toy store and then we got to visit the bakery for a yummy cookie! The kids love the activity and this year’s was really awesome with the realistic passports! So fun!
JJ is technically a 5th grader this year (although they have different age groups in his special classroom) and his new teacher is Mrs. Vitone. JJ has grown so much and I love that we are communicating so much better. He loves playing games on the computer, the Wii, apps on the iphone/ipad, and his Nintendo DS. He thrives on structure. He is starting to enjoy reading and he likes to help out around the house. He loves watching his dad on the computer and I can just see him growing up just like his daddy. JJ LOVES Agent P/Perry the Platypus, Phineas and Ferb and all superheroes. He likes to run and to draw. He’s always so busy and hardly ever sits/stands still. He really enjoys movies/tv and his favorite food is pizza. I love watching my JJ grow and use his imagination in all that he does.
The kids love playing on the tire swing, the treehouse, and the old farming equipment.
We have really been having a great time with our @Home Summer Camp!
Our first Make-it-Monday was really fun. I taught the kids a little bit about Negative Space and I blocked out each of our names in the negative space and then we filled in the other space with doodles and coloring! They turned out really cute.
I found the idea HERE.
The last week in April, I got a call from my brother. He had decided to take his wife on a fun little train trip for their anniversary, but they needed someone to take care of little Mallory. Of course, I was delighted to do it for them. A few days later, Cody and Becki and Mallory spent the night at our house and then in the wee hours the next morning, they left on their adventure.
Having a 2-year-old around the house was an adventure as well, but one that I enjoyed so much. It made me miss having a toddler pretty bad. I enjoyed getting to know Mallory more and we had a great time.
After getting the kids off to school Friday morning, Mallory and I had the house to ourselves. We watched a bit of tv, ate some breakfast, and ran some errands. And of course we had to hit the park for a little while. Mallory adores swinging on the swings at the park! We did a little grocery shopping and visited Uncle Joey at work for a bit. We had lunch and then I got to sing to Mal and we both had a bit of a nap before my kids got home from school. JJ adores his cousin and he loved coming home and getting to play with her. I swear he is the only one who can make her laugh so hard. I always love to see the special relationship that Mallory has with JJ. We ended up going to the little park in our trailer community for some playing too. Then of course we had to watch “Meet the Robinsons, ” which I’m pretty sure is Mal’s favorite movie. It was darling to see her giggle and enjoy it. We had Chili for dinner which Mal just gobbled right down. After getting my kids to bed, it was a bit of an adventure trying to get Mallory to go to sleep. She was missing her parents pretty bad. I sang to her and we watched part of Meet the Robinsons yet again. We hit a snag, where she kept asking me to sing, “the dog song.” I couldn’t figure it out, so I ended up calling Becki, where I was informed that she was saying “duck” not “dog.” So once we solved that mystery…we sang “5 Little Ducks went out to play” and she calmed right down. I thought she would sleep with me, but for some reason she really didn’t want to sleep in my room, so she ended up sleeping on the air mattress. Once she got to sleep, she slept all night.
On Saturday, we went to the park again and Mallory loved swinging. We came home and had Mac & Cheese for lunch. We played and played and played. The kids loved playing outside with Mal. We also finally got Mallory to take a little nap before her Aunt Ashley came over to take her for a little while. I spent some time with my own kids and we had dinner and cleaned up before Mallory came back to us. After getting my kids showered and off to bed, it was some special one-on-one time for Mallory and I (Joey had gone to a movie with a friend.). This was probably my favorite couple of hours that I had with Mallory the whole weekend. We watched some tv, sang some songs, and I finally felt like we really connected. We started actually having a conversation and giggling and snuggling. She would not go to sleep, but I was enjoying her too much to really make it happen. I was kind of sorry to hear the knock on the door and see Cody and Becki arrive back. I had been having so much fun with my niece. But Mallory was so glad to see her parents and she just wouldn’t let go of them. It was fun to visit with Cody and Becki for awhile. Joey came home soon after they did, and we all stayed up and talked for awhile, before all heading to bed.
It was such a fun weekend with Mallory!
Beth can get pretty particular about things and she enjoys bossing her brother around. He’s pretty good about letting her get her way, although sometimes he has to break free and do his own thing. Both of my kids can go through lots of blank paper, drawing their little hearts out.
One day, as I saw we were getting low on paper, I just tore off a big sheet of my brown butcher paper and let them have at it. It keep them busy for a couple of hours, filling every inch of the thing. But the first thing, that Beth had to do was draw a line down the middle. She had to make sure that things went her way and that the drawings were separate. Silly kids.