Friday, October 24, 2014

IJ not reading Spanish

This is just a silly video of IJ pretending to read Spanish but really just talking gibberish. This was about a month into Kindergarten and I found it interesting how he had picked up on the different general Spanish sounds and was repeating some of them over and over. This was before he started reading in Spanish daily at home and I'm not sure if he had read in Spanish at school yet.

ZJ plays soccer

Here's some footage from one of ZJ's soccer practices.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

ZJ's 3rd birthday party

We celebrated ZJ's birthday last Sunday with just a few friends and family. I made her a triple layer pumpkin chocolate chip cake with thin layers of chocolate butter cream in between. She loved it of course and ate every bit of her serving. She was excited until the candle flames came near her and then she got scared. photo Picture1_zps9d11b25a.png

She quickly recovered and took blowing out her candles very seriously.
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She got lots of exciting gifts. Below is the book IJ bought her with his own money. He also gave her a small puzzle.
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She was amazed by her "gabba friends" as she calls them, seen below. She also got a nurse kit, pop together bead set, peppa pig family and car, 100 piece puzzle, clothes and balance bike.
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ZJ's 3 year pictures

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Friday, October 10, 2014

ZJ is 3 years old!

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ZJ weighs 28.5 pounds and is just over 36.25 inches tall. She wears mostly 2t clothes and size 7 shoes.

ZJ still loves puzzles and can complete our 48 piece puzzles on her own. She loves to read and will go through books on her own for great lengths of time or request that we read to her. She can identify most letters and knows several letter sounds. She likes to pretend to read since watching her brother read the last few months. She frequently requests to paint but isn’t into coloring. She likes to pretend to be robots, super heroes, bats and pirates. She loves playing with scoops in water or beads or anything small. She loved the pool this summer and towards the end of summer she decided she could swim even though she couldn’t and would yell for me to let her go. If I did she would swallow water and sink. This would go on until she was on the verge of being sick from drinking so much water.

ZJ says several funny sounding things such as calling marbles “marbables” and pajamas “toojamas.” She often uses an “f” instead of an “s” like calling a spoon a “foon.” She likes to tell us what she’s doing or thinking followed by “that’s what,” even if we didn’t inquire. She frequently yells “no, myself” when she wants to do something on her own. She uses the word “yes” unnecessarily all of the time. She’ll say “I yes want to go outside.”

ZJ has really come out of her shyness in the last few months. She no longer seems to fear men in general. She warms up to people very quickly and will speak to people she doesn’t know well. Everyone she meets seems to love her.

Her new schedule, as of the end of August, is to get up and ready quickly and ride in the stroller for the 10 minute walk to IJ’s school. Then we either get him settled, read a book and leave or stay to help in his class. Usually once or twice a week we stay and she gets to play with the toys in his class or read or draw/cut with paper. She loves being in his class and has bonded with his teacher who is quite fond of her too.

ZJ is participating in her first organized activity without me. She started soccer at the park by our house and she loves it. She has practice every Wednesday afternoon with her coach and the other 2 and 3 year olds. She stays on task quite well and listens to her coach. She doesn’t pay much attention to the other kids.

At the end of July I stopped putting ZJ in any diapers except for at night. I thought this was necessary to speed up the process of getting her fully using the toilet. She would still have occasional pees in her diaper and I was tired of taking them on and off for frequent potty use. She does well with peeing and some days pees in her underwear a few times (usually just a little) and some days not at all. The problem is she still refuses to poop on the toilet. She’s been given several incentives but still refuses. She sometimes wakes dry in the morning but still wears a night diaper.

She’s been going to sleep in her room for about 5 months now and is completely used to that. She still has never gone to sleep on her own. She occasionally sleeps through till early morning (5 /6 am) but usually wakes between 10 and 2 and yells for us. We put her in our bed and she goes right back to sleep. She’s been waking early for a while but seems to be adjusting to our new school schedule and is waking between 6 and 6:30 am.

She was having about once monthly colds over the summer but then when IJ started school they both were having back to back illnesses. We’ve had a couple healthy weeks now so I’m hoping we’re over it. She kept getting congested and fevers over and over again. This has been ZJ’s first year without hospitalizations.

3rd year at a glance (see last year's here).
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 2014 Pics

IJ and ZJ both started soccer early September with the same program IJ has been with for a year now. They added a 2-3 year old class so ZJ was able to join. She is actually letting me put her hair up each week for practice and leaving it until we're back home. She likes practice and her coach Ziggy and has had no hesitation. She follows all of her coach's instructions which is more than I can say for most of the kids there.  photo 20140903_143204_zps1d459d29.jpg

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IJ seems to be enjoying school and making some friends. He's struggling to focus and follow the rules and we're trying to help him with some extra incentives.

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He puts a sticker on his calender for each good day so we can keep track.
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Homework so far has been to make a "me" doll out of a paper form.
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And to make an "all about me" poster.  IJ chose the content and wrote all of the labels. We found, printed and cut out the pictures.
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ZJ is into cutting.
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And painting right now.
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I made dog cupcakes for Mikey's bday.
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We went to a cool, new to us, park at a Montessori elementary.  photo Picture3_zps8d1bf9c6.png

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