Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesdays Wonder: The MIRACLE of Life

Many  months ago I posted that I was pregnant and taking a blogging break for a while.  It was a rough pregnancy but we all made it through and it was worth it!!! 

Our little girl was born on May 25th at 7:54 a.m. 
She weighed in at exactly 7 lbs. and measured exactly 20 inches long. 

To put my feelings into words would be impossible.  I'm still amazed at her tiny fingers and chubby toes.  It's incredible how her curly black hair keeps growing and isn't falling out.  I love her first morning smile as I get her out of bed.  I love how she holds on to my finger and how she loves to chew on her fist.  I love how she looks for me the instant she hears my voice no matter who is holding her.  How did my life go on before her?  It seems like she's always been mine and that I've known her forever...and yet, I'm learning more about her each day.  She is determined, and sweet.  I wonder how it is that she falls asleep better in a bright room than at night, and yet, will sleep through the night.  I love how she cries as she's going to sleep--she'll belt out a few good screams and then is out like a light.  I'm amazed by her long eyelashes and dark blue eyes, and I wonder if they'll end up being brown.  I'm curious about that one blond hair in the back of her head.  Where did that come from?!   Our 4 year old boy is completely smitten by her.  He loves to flex and show her his BIG muscles and sing to her.  He tells her how beautiful she is about a million times a day.  Not one ounce of jealousy from him.  If anything, he may like her more than me.  I simply love her and love how she's brought with her such a gift of love that is permeating our home. The wait, the prayers, and the patience that about killed us has paid off.  We have another MIRACLE!  And what a miracle life truly is!!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday's Words

A few profound thoughts...

We have a neighbor that gave me this mini-booklet thing with fun sayings. Just thought I'd share a few:

1. Why is 'abbreviation' such a long word?
2. Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep
(I told Kyle he should have this quote because I am NOT a happy waker upper)3. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.
4. Eat right. Stay fit. Die anyway.
5. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
6. On the other hand, you have different fingers.
7. If you don't like the news, go out and make some.
8. No matter where you go, you're there.
9. This statement is false.
10. The word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary.
11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
12. I intend to live forever. So far so good.
13. What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
14. Corduroy pillows: They're making headlines!
15. Honk if you like peace and quiet

Hope you had a few smiles and even some laughs!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday's Thing to Do: Color "I SPY"

Hello Everyone!  I had an idea to I am back to least once.  :)  Thank you for all of your well wishes...  this pregnancy has been a little rough, but completely worth it.  Only about two more months until our little GIRL arrives.  We are all so THRILLED!!!!!

One of the basics for children to learn is color recognition.  Here's a fun game that's pretty simple, but kids love!!!

Start with basics of Red, Blue, Yellow, Black and White.  Gradually add other colors.  Keep in mind that most kids learn Brown and Gray last.  (If your child is grasping certain colors, but never seems to be able to be able to differentiate between other certain colors on a regular basis, like blue, red, green, etc. over an extended period of time.  Don't get frustrated.  Check with the eye doctor, color blindness is common especially in boys, and isn't a huge concern.)  
Have a color "I SPY" hunt

Here's how it works: Find a red piece of paper, show your child that it's red, say that it's red, have him or her repeat the color name, and have him or her look around your home to find as many other items that are red as they can.  As they get better at colors, you can add variety to this game.  

Variety Examples:
  •  If you have multiple children, you can make it into a team game...working together to find as many as they can taking turns.
  • Make it into a competition game.  See who can find 5 or 10 items of that color first, or set a timer for one or two minutes and each one finds as many items of that color as they can.  (The tricky part, is they need to be able to count first too...) 
  • This can also be used as a "game" while grocery shopping to try to keep their attention on something instead of pulling all the fruit snacks and cookies into the basket, or hitting their sibling....
  • Have a box or bag with small pieces of various colors of paper.  One at a time, pull out a random color and  have them look for something of that color.
  • Use creativity in mixing this up