Some of the best conversations with my children happen at bedtime. A couple of nights ago, I was putting the boys to bed and they were both sleeping together on the top bunk. My older son, Lil' Expert who tends to be a little morose started asking me questions about death and dying.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Out here in the Wild West, grass backyards are scarce. It is too hot and takes too much water to keep a yard green and growing. The typical landscape for front and backyards is a "rockscape" yard. Colored rocks are used in desert tones to make paths around the plants and trees. This is true of our home, and unlike grass, rocks are easily transported inside. Rocks in the dryer, rocks in the baby's crib, rocks in the bathtub, and lots of rocks in the carpet.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
We have finished the first book and now we are on to the second book Surprise Island. My kids really like that there are four boxcar children (two boys and two girls) just like in our family. I loved these books when I was a little girl. It makes me so happy to share something with my children that I cherished as a child. It has been fun reading to them out loud and reliving the stories once again.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
School's out and we are all excited to have a break from the hectic pace and early morning schedule. We have a short summer due to year round school. The kids will start again July 14th. Lil' Expert will start 2nd grade, Storytellin' Boy will start kindergarten and Brown-eyed Gal will start her speech preschool three days a week. Three kids in some sort of school, amazing!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Trips to the grocery store, Target, or Walmart with all four kids can be challenging. My goal is to get in and out of the store without losing my sanity. If you have a lot of kids, you know what I'm talking about!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Big Expert and I began our love story years ago at the trash dumpster behind our apartments. I had just moved in and was taking a big load of trash outside from unpacking. Big Expert arrived home from work and parked in the space next to the dumpster. We only exchanged a few words, but I always felt we had nowhere to go but up from our "trashy" beginning.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Storytellin' Boy's preschool graduation was last night. It's hard to believe he is such a big boy and ready for Kindergarten. We are on a year round schedule here, so it's a short break and then off to big boy school after the Fourth of July.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
- Deficiencies in social skills
- Difficulties with transitions or changes, preference for sameness
- Obsessive routines
- Repetitive motions
- Restricted interests
- Difficulty reading nonverbal cues
- Sensory issues
- Difficulty with space and boundaries
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
My kids have a loose association that the chicken, turkey, or beef we eat for dinner is in any way related to the animals they sing about in "Old McDonald's Farm" or read about in "The Big Red Barn." It is difficult to explain to kids where meat originates. We have taken a laid back approach and try to answer their questions honestly as they come up.