Friday, October 31, 2014

Miranda is 14 Months!


I totally missed Miranda's 13 month pictures and post.  oops.  I'm sure she'll remind me when she's a teenager that Mackenzie and Meredith both had 13 month pictures and she didn't.  I'll deal with that later! ;)

At 14 months Miranda...
- pulls up to standing and occasional "cruises" a few steps at a time along the couch.  And it's usually to get food!
- eats ALL the time and loves almost everything she's tried.  Boiled eggs and cotton candy are the only foods I've seen her turn down.
- drinks cows milk!  yay!
- crawls to me or Brandon and yells at us (begs for food) if she sees us get something out of the pantry.
- is teething in such a crazy way.  Two bottom teeth, two bottom molars, ONE top front tooth and one top molar.  Plus I think she has two more top teeth coming in, but not the one that matches the other top front tooth.  As my friend says, Miranda does everything in her own way!
- is really talking to us, but obviously in jiberish that we don't understand.
- wears 12 month clothing and size 3.5 shoe
- loves to climb into the girls chairs from Pottery Barn.
- loves to play in the bath tub and cries every time I get her out.
- takes 1 or 2 naps a day and sleeps 11 hours at night.

As always, the comparison picture of all three girls.

I think Miranda looks like both girls in different ways.  I can't wait to see them as they grow up to see more similarities.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Preschool with Meredith - Week 4

For Meredith's home preschool we are starting with the vowels first, so for week 4 we studied the letter E.  We also talked about the story of Noah and of course rainbows!  I didn't really plan to do a lot of stuff, but she really likes to do school at home, so I always end up adding more stuff as we do school. ;)

Our bible story/lesson was about Noah's Ark.  I found a cute printable pack from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.  I think there are quite a few printables she has that I *need* to download! ;)  Anyways, Meredith had fun tracing and cutting...
She also had fun gluing animals to the ark and playing a roll and cover game with Mackenzie.  They had fun rolling the paper die until all of the circles were marked!
We also worked on "over, under, left, right, etc."  Behind was a little difficult but I think it's because we were working with 2d paper and she didn't really know how to make it go behind the ark.

I also downloaded a few activities from 1+1+1=1.  She put numbers in order...
and made a little book.  She enjoyed "reading" the book, too. ;)
We also played with our ark and animals.

Animal ABC's:
Our main introduction to the alphabet is through 1+1+1=1's Animal ABC's.  She really enjoys learning about the animals and doing all the activities in the pack.  I space out the tracing sheets over several days and she doesn't seem to get tired of tracing, so that's good.  Usually, the tracing of the shapes ends in her coloring them all in with solid purple.  At least she traced them first! ;)
Cutting and pasting the elephants on her uppercase E.
And eagles on the lowercase e.

The only time she colors/writes in something other than purple is for this coloring sheet.  We usually take turns coloring, but I have her pick the color she wants me to use.
We are still working on number recognition past 4 or 5, so I'm glad she traces the numbers 1-20 every week! We usually count them before and after she traces all of them.  Between that, she can trace them in any order she wants. 

We did additional letter E activities like this dot marker and tracing sheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
We glued pictures of eggs on a large E.  The egg pictures are from Hubbard's Cupboard.  And she learned how to sign the letter E.
 Sorting upper and lowercase e's from Lovely Commotion.
She thought this E was really silly!
And to round out our activities, we hunted e's from Confessions of a Homeschooler and matched oral descriptions from 1+1+1=1.

I hadn't really intended to add a theme to our school activities for this unit because I thought we had enough with the Noah's Ark printables, but the rainbow activities were to cute to pass up and I already had them printed from when Mackenzie and I did the unit two years ago. She did great counting and matching numbers.  She even new numbers 2 & 3 without having to count each dot.

Fruit loop rainbow!  She insisted that the fruit loops NOT be glued to the paper because she wanted to eat them! ;)
She also matched color words to rainbows.

Now for all the rest of the activities!  She brought home her name recognition activities from school and was super excited to do them at home!

Our shape for the week was the SQUARE.  She traced and then went on a shape hunt.

Alphabet puzzle.  Both girls love this puzzle, so I need to get the uppercase puzzle.
Shape sorting puzzle.  She did the puzzle twice...once with the center shape and once without.
And lastly, our bulletin board with all of her work from this lesson.

We are slowly moving through our latest unit.  School activities seem to be sort of like my blog and are pushed to the back burner while I take kids to and from school, help with homework and keep up with laundry. :/

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Eating is so much fun!

Miranda eats ALL THE TIME!  She "yells" at us until we give her the food we are eating or some other food.  I was feeding her mashed potatoes one time and she whined/cried until I gave her the bowl for her to feed herself!
Of course she makes a mess with all of her food, but I'd say mashed potatoes and refried beans are the worst to clean up!  Last night she ate Brandon's spaghetti and a tortilla - all after she had already had her dinner.  Let's hope this is just a growth spurt because I can hardly keep up!

I'm working on teaching her "eat" so that I don't have to hear her crying so much.  Although, I guess I'll just hear her say eat over and over like Meredith used to do.  It's got to be better than crying, right?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Photography Challenge - Day 08

Feel free to join me as I go through this "30 day photography challenge".  I'm having fun and learning lots even if it is taking me FOREVER to complete! ;)  Also, go check out Click it up a Notch to learn even more about photography.

Day 08 - Limb chopping

I worked on challenge day 8 last weekend and hope to do a couple more challenges this weekend, but day 8 was a great lesson because I'm pretty bad (or maybe it's "good") at limb chopping!  I constantly zoom in and cut off the tops of the girls' heads or crop at a weird location.  So for this challenge, I focused on "backing up" and taking in the whole picture with NO limb chopping!

Here are the photos I took last weekend.

And here are the edits.  All the pictures below include my straight out of camera image (left or top) and my edited image (right or bottom).  I used my Canon EFS 18-135mm lens to take all of the photos.  I'll list the details of each shot below if you are interested.

36mm   f/4.5    1/100ss    ISO-200
36mm   f/4.5    1/100ss    ISO-200 

29mm   f/4  1/125ss    ISO-200 

289mm   f/4  1/125ss    ISO-200

26mm   f/4  1/125ss    ISO-200

28mm   f/4  1/125ss    ISO-200

45mm   f/5  1/60ss    ISO-200

24mm   f/6.3  1/50ss    ISO-200 

There are definitely some new favorite photos in this group!  Now onto day 9!
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