Halloween and More

I’ve been really bad about blogging lately and I’m going to blame it on my new teaching job.  Don’t get me wrong I love it but I’ve never been so busy planning, coloring, cutting, and gluing things.  I only work two days a week but it’s a lot of work!  Anyway, here are some pictures of the kids that are long overdue.

Ashlyn and Emily Pumpkin Patch

At Green Meadows Farm

Emily

Ashlyn and Emily with Scarecrow

Emily on Halloween

Ashlyn on Halloween

Ashlyn

Ashlyn with her favorite gymnastics coaches.

The Best Ever…Maybe

I have started doing a Mommy daughter devotional with Ashlyn everyday.  It has been awesome!  We have had great conversations and I have seen her put into practice what we have been learning.  Each day it focuses on a different story in the Bible.  Then it has some real life questions for Ashlyn to answer and then it has a Mommy’s Touch section.  I have to share stories with her about when I was a little girl. 

The other night after we had finished we were just laying in her bed talking.  She said, “Mommy, you are the best Mommy in the whole world!”  But then she paused and said,” Well, actually, I don’t know if that is true because I don’t know all the mommies in the world.”  You gotta love a child’s honesty!

Fun Websites

I know I have posted about this before but I have a few more to add to the list.  Ashlyn loves playing on the computer and is able to do it independently.  I love this because I can either spend some one on one time with Emily or get stuff done around the house.  Sometimes I play with her especially on the websites that don’t read things to her.  These are her latest favorites.  It’s a nice break from noggin and pbskids.org  My favorite is still www.starfall.com  It is the best for teaching letters, sounds, and so much more.   Emily loves it!

www.peepandthebigwideworld.com

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/fimbles/index.shtml

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/menu.shtml

Things Learned this Summer

Our family has had an amazing summer.  We did many things together and the girls learned so much.  I feel like both have grown physically and have become more independent.  As their mom, I am very proud of them but also sad.  My little girls are growing up!!!  Maybe it’s time for another one…

 Ashlyn, (my cautious 4 year old) has come out of her shell and become much more daring.  A couple months before summer began we (Chris) taught her how to ride her bike without training wheels.  Now we go on 4 and 5 mile rides on different trails in our area.  She learned how to swim two summers ago but now jumps off the diving board, and dives down to the bottom of 8 feet deep pools.  What happened to my careful, non risk taker?!?! 

The accomplishment that has made my life so much easier is… she learned how to tie her shoes!!!  I’m going to go ahead and take credit for teaching her that one. 

Now let’s talk about Emily, (my fearless 2 year old).  She is now drinking from regular cups, opening doors (that lead outside), and  drum roll please… going to the bathroom on the “big girl potty.”  This one we just started about two weeks ago but she is doing great!  She is talking non stop and loves to ask “Why Mommy?”  She learned to ride a 3 wheeled scooter and ride on Daddy’s surfboard.  Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that she can count to 6 in Spanish thanks to Dora.

It’s crazy to think that just 2 months ago most of these things were unable to be done by them.  They learn things so quickly.  They really are like little sponges.

Going Back to Work

Yes, it’s true.  I’m heading back to work in a couple of weeks.   I have been offered a teaching position at the preschool Ashlyn goes to teaching 3 year olds.  I will only be teaching twice a week for 3 hours at a time but it still feels kind of weird.  I have been a stay at home mom for going on 5 years now and love it.  Part of me feels guilty for not staying home longer with Emily even though it is only 8 hours a week.  Chris assures me I am still considered a stay at home mom and that it’s just like going to the Y 4 times a week. 

I’m really looking forward to it though.  Ashlyn is going to be in the 4 year old class 3 days a week and Emily will go to the 2 year old class 2 times a week.  I know Emily will love it and is so ready but am I?  We will find out.  My first day is the 19th so I will let you know how it goes.