Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Up at 8:00 a.m. today, although I'd been waking up and going back to sleep all morning - it's got to be the liquid Vicodin I've been taking for my back. Gives me weird dreams and not quite consistent sleep. Harry came to the side of the bed telling me, "Daddy go to wok." I got up to find both Harry and Olivia up - Olivia outside with the cats, her usual place in the morning. Reminded her to feed them. Started breakfast, listening for Eve. No sound from her room, so I went about making toast and oatmeal for the kids. Joe called during his morning break/walk and we talked awhile. Still no Evie. At almost 10:00 a.m. I hear Eve stirring. Her room is really dark since Joe hung up the blackout curtains. They may be bright pink, but they definitely keep the light out. It's also overcast today - starting to cool down finally and rain is predicted this week. Thank goodness - this 90+ degree heat at the end of September was atrocious. Eve is up but whimpering and very hot. Take her temp to find it is about 102. Harry was feverish yesterday but seems fine today. Carissa said there was scarlet fever going around and to check for a rash. I don't see anything - but Eve is definitely not feeling well. She cries a bit when I pick her up, which means she must be achy and sore. Got Olivia ready and to school at 11:30. Back home and getting invitations addressed for Eve's party on the 30th. Decided not to invite everyone we know - we want to keep it relatively small and intimate, which is nearly impossible given the size of our families.
Eve down for nap again at 1:00 and still sleeping when I started dinner at 4:45. She is obviously not feeling well...poor baby. I hate for my kids to be sick. Harry engrossed in his Nick Jr. computer games - he is spending way too much time on the computer. He needs preschool badly! Olivia working on her usual daily artwork. Today she painted, cut, stamped and glued hearts. She has made quite a gallery over the desk in their bedroom. Seriously thinking about buying her an art center to keep all her supplies and also have a place to work. Today she chose to work outside at the little table. She really is an amazing artist and the fact that she spends several hours a day painting, coloring, drawing, markering...it's obviously something she got from her dad. She loves art and she has a gift. I need to find a way to save her work - i need to buy some big binders and sheet protecters to put her favorites. Right now she is working on flowers, people, houses, suns with eyebrows, and lots of color!
We are planning a trip to Sacramento this weekend to see Danielle and Danny for their birthdays. Think we're going to squeeze Mom and Steve's birthdays in there as well...should be fun. Haven't gone up there since Danielle's wedding in March. It's a bit of a trek to get all the kids up there. I always stress about where we'll all sleep and eat and dress and all of that. But this time Julie and Jeff are getting a hotel room so we can stay with Danny and Stacy.
Dinner of tacos - made these with leftover steak - yummy. Showers and storytime - Harry won't let me leave the room without reading at least two, usually three, books. Everyone in bed by 8:15 except Eve. Dad went out to get her chewable Tylenol and that did the trick! She thinks it's yummy and won't spit it out - woo hoo! Finally got her down around 9:00 p.m. Watched a little TV and worked on paperwork. Getting late now...to bed. Looking forward to tomorrow's predicted rain!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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Sunday, August 29, 2010
|Our Kindergarten STAR!|
Olivia at 5
Olivia is just an amazing kid - very smart, very independent. I love that she is artistic - just like her dad - and can't seem to get enough painting, coloring, and drawing. She paints or draws a new picture everyday, sometimes several. There have been nights when she begged to stay up just long enough to paint one more picture. And she's good! Of course I am a bit biased, but her artwork is the sweetest, most colorful, well thought out stuff I've seen a five year old do. She took art classes through Arts Visalia over the summer and really enjoyed it. They had an art show early in August featuring the kids' work. That was a fun night. After the art show, we all went out to eat - my mom and Steve, Julie and Jeff, Joe and I and all our kids. It was crazy and noisy, but nice too. We just don't get to do that much anymore.... But back to the artwork - there is just so much of it, I don't know what to do with it all! I can't seem to bear throwing any of it out. I have started a folder and it just keeps piling up in there, but that is not a permanent solution. Gotta think of something else...
|Yet another art project...|
I think kindergarten will agree with Olivia; if anything, she might be bored. She came home this week telling me how they were talking about colors (she's known colors for years now) and the letter A (seriously?). I realize some kids have had no preschool or parent-teaching, but Olivia is ready to read. She can already read simple words, so it's just a matter of putting things together and she'll be reading sentences and then paragraphs - probably by Christmas. I've heard VUSD has charter schools that offer a more challenging, fun and enriching curriculum - but I would have to be sure that it isn't part-time home schooling. Not that I couldn't do that, but it would be hard with Harry and Eve at home, not to mention my online teaching job that starts in October. Besides, Olivia needs and wants to be with other kids and in a new environment. It's her chance to get away for awhile and see new faces - it's a good thing.
Lily is a PIONEER!
|My freshman and my kindergartener|
Harry and Levi's Birthday
|The GIANT Bounce House/Slide Combo|