Friday, October 26, 2012
Posted by Laura at 12:47 PM
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Two of our children bite their fingernails. Just looking at them makes me cringe because they are so short. Strangely enough, I'm constantly having to tell the same two children to get their fingers out of their mouths (a pet peeve of mine), although they're usually not biting their fingernails when I see them. They are just, well, putting their fingers in their mouths. These two are also our finger suckers (only at night), and (sorry if this is TMI) they are our nose pickers. I have a feeling that these things are all related.
I'm wondering if anyone out there has had experience with this. If so, what did you do? How do you go about breaking the bad habit of nail biting? I don't mind finger sucking when they are babies, but at 5 and 6 years old I think it needs to stop. I'm open to suggestions. Let 'em fly!
Posted by Laura at 5:06 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
We had a nice, quiet day at home last Saturday, which allowed us to get a lot accomplished. We ended up having to butcher one of our rabbits. Cottontail had injured himself and we weren't about to pay a vet bill, so Adam put him out if his misery. We bought our rabbit hutch off of Craigslist and it had a few wires that had been cut and were protruding. We knew that it needed to be repaired, but didn't think that it was incredibly urgent. It had, after all, been inhabited by rabbits before we got it. To make a long story short, Cottontail (one of the male rabbits) tried to squeeze through a little hole into the females' side of the hutch and ended up really hurting himself on one of the wires. I won't disgust you out with anymore details. I'll just say that I hope the other male rabbit learned his lesson! Adam has since cut off the sharp wires and closed up the hole in between the two sides. I made rabbit stew and we ate it for Sunday dinner! It was pretty good, but I think that I will try another recipe next time just to see what else is out there.
At dusk on Saturday, Adam loaded the oldest 5 children into the truck for a drive around the field. They wanted to see if they could spot any deer, and Adam took his gun along just in case. A few minutes later I heard a shot. Right as they rounded the corner to drive into the back field they spotted a big, 7-point buck! Adam got him with one shot. Thankfully we found a processor that was willing to take the deer at 9pm. The folks there commented on how big it was and asked where he got it! We should get the meat back by the beginning of next week, and I think that Adam is going to have the head mounted. We have a mounted deer head already...I bought it at a yard sale for $3. :) I was pretty excited with my find, but it would be much neater (and would make a much better story to tell the grandchildren) to have a deer that Adam killed himself. I'm pretty sure Adam's deer will be bigger and more impressive than my yard sale deer anyway. :)
Posted by Laura at 5:40 PM
Friday, October 19, 2012
1. Exercise. I exercised 4 out of the 5 weekdays. I walked three days and hoed one day. I stayed up too late watching the presidential debate (blah, blah, blah...why do I stay up?), so I did not get up to walk the next morning.
2. Clean up the storage room. I did get a good bit done in the storage room. I sorted through 5 or 6 boxes that were on the floor and put them into appropriate piles. It doesn't look much better than it did at the beginning of the week because of all the piles on the floor, but it is more organized. Hopefully I'll get the piles put away next week.
3. Start on spring/Easter dresses for the girls. I ironed the fabric this week. I'm itching to start making Abigail's dress, but my pattern still has not come. I was getting impatient and I like to have something to work on, so I started crocheting a shawl for myself. That will probably get put on the shelf when the pattern arrives, but I can pull it out later.
Posted by Laura at 5:28 PM
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
By the way, his shirt says "Little Brother", not "Little Bother". :) Just had to clarify that since you can't see the first "r".
Posted by Laura at 4:46 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Peter turned 9 months at the beginning of October. I took him to the doctor last week and he gained well! He is up to 16lb 3oz. That still doesn't put him on the weight chart, but his curve is going up and I'm happy with his progress. The doctor said that he must have just been "taking a break" when his weight gain and his curve dropped at around 6-7 months. Peter is still drinking four to five 8oz bottles every day and he has started to eat more solids again. He is not interested in baby food or anything pureed, so he just eats whatever the rest of the family is having.
Posted by Laura at 4:50 PM
Monday, October 15, 2012
It is high time that I put a pregnancy update on here! I am 15 weeks and feeling pretty well. The complications that I had early on have resolved themselves now and I am back to my exercise routine, which is nice. I guess the exercise has gotten my blood flowing because my varicose veins have really started to bother me. I suppose I need to break out those wonderful compression hose. :) I finally have a baby belly to show off! I like looking pregnant. :) Actually, I really like being hugely pregnant. I think I'm still in the stage of looking like I've eaten too many donuts or something.
Posted by Laura at 4:32 PM
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Posted by Laura at 10:20 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Posted by Laura at 8:38 PM
Friday, October 05, 2012
1. Crochet 4 dishcloths. I did another green one like this. I'm happy with the number of dishcloths I have in my stash now!
2. Exercise. I put this on hold because of a few pregnancy issues.
3. List some things on Amazon or eBay. I purposefully did not list anything else last week. I have enough on there right now and I want to wait until some of it sells before I add anything else.
So, basically, I didn't get that much done last week. Oh well. :)
Here are my childrens' goals:
Posted by Laura at 3:51 PM
Thursday, October 04, 2012
I have read several blog posts over the years about different ways to keep little ones constructively occupied while schooling the older children. I've picked up some tips from friends here and there and a few ideas from Pinterest and other sites online. I'm not going to attempt to link to where I found everything that I use because, honestly, I don't remember. :) If the idea came from you, feel free to give yourself credit in the comments section!
2. Playtime with a sibling - this is something else that they are very possessive of...especially Joseph. If I tell him that it's time to play with Abigail, he will run and grab her hand and drag her down the hall saying, "Come on, Agibail! Let's go play!" Yes, that is what he calls her and I think it's cute. :) Noah and Joseph share a playtime with Joshua and, without fail, they want to play with Joshua's legos. They are not allowed to play with them any other time, so it's a big treat for them.
3. Planned Activity - I have a list posted on the wall of things to choose from. I designate a place for them to be, which is usually close to my desk. I need to be able to keep an eye on them and I want them to hear what the other children are learning. They will often parrot my dictation of spelling words to the older children, which tells me that they are really listening. I generally choose three activities and let them do any or all of them. The rules are that they have to do them quietly and that they may not get up from their designated spot. There have only been a few times when they protested to not being allowed to run around and make noise, but when I explain the other option to them (sitting still on a chair with no activity), they quickly decide that they would rather do what I've given them to do!
Here is my current list of activities for my little ones. I already had nearly all of these things on hand, and what I didn't have I probably spent a total of $20 on.
What kinds of things do you have your preschoolers do? I'm all ears! I would love to expand my list as much as possible so that I have many options and so that I can rotate things out. If you don't have preschoolers or even if you don't have children at all, of course I'd love to hear your ideas too! Please share. :)
Posted by Laura at 7:54 PM