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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:03
  • I haven't blogged in a while. Which in and of itself is ridiculous, but the worst part is I just realized this a few hours ago. Oops. 

  • Since our ER visit last week, Zachariah kinda broke his toe (Jury is still out on that one. I have never seen a non-broken toe turn black, blue and purple and swell like that, but I have also never seen a broken toe heal completely within five days either. Weird.) and Micaiah came down with strep. He had a 103-104 fever for almost a week. Needless to say, it's been fun over here! :P

  • Thankfully Micaiah is on the road to recovery. He still has a nasty cough, but he is no longer contagious and he is acting MUCH more like himself, which is very encouraging!

  • FYI: We love colorforms. Did you ever play with these as a kid? This is one of the items I bought at the beginning of the "school year" and Z is just now starting to play with them on a regular basis. I am obsessed. And it is cool watching Zachariah play with them. He makes ice cream cones, race tracks for small cars, snow men, abstract art (aka: lots of random shapes thrown together. Ends up looking really cool!), and just yesterday he made me a flower! :)

Playing with colorforms has been one of my favorite things to do with Z. It is relaxing, fun, encourages creativity, requires use of the imagination, and it is low key enough that we get some good one on one time just to casually talk and joke with each other while playing. I love simple, low-key fun. No battery operated toys. No fancy gadgets. Just vinyl shapes and a board. Heavenly. 

  • We have had our house on the market for about a month now. Not sure if I have mentioned that we are selling our house yet, but we are! Or we are at least attempting to. It may take a while. So in the meantime we are looking at houses trying to find "the one". I'm not gonna lie. It has been an absolute blast looking at houses. Sometimes we look at houses with the kids, but when we can go house shopping with just us it is so.much.fun. Our Realtor is fabulous and funny and makes the whole thing SO enjoyable. And it's fun spending the time with Daniel WITHOUT kids. It's amazing. I am able to complete a FULL sentence without interruptions! And I can laugh hysterically at/with Daniel without having a four year old get all up in my grill asking me "What are you laughing at? Are you laughing at me? What is so funny? Huh? Huh? Tell me what you are laughing at." It's the little things in life...

  • I have officially begun the process of looking into homeschool associations for Z next year. I started out a little overwhelmed, but I am now mostly excited. I don't have everything figured out yet, but I think I know what I want and it's now just a matter of crunching numbers and visiting classes and talking with a couple more people to figure out if this will be the right fit for us!

  • Speaking of homeschooling, Zachariah has all of a sudden made amazing progress with writing his alphabet and counting. We are only on the letter "M", but last week he came into the kitchen and declared that he wanted to write his alphabet.

So I gave him his dry erase board, one of the nifty little crayons that goes with it and he started writing while I made lunch. I would hear him quietly singing his ABC's over and over again. He started writing the letter A, then wrote B, then started singing "A, B, C... C. C is next." And then he would write the letter C. Then he would sing "A, B, C, D... D." Then write the letter D. He did that with every.single.letter. It cracked me up. Anyway, he wrote the whole entire alphabet! When he didn't know how to write a letter (which only happened 3 or 4 times) he would ask me to write it on a sticky note, then he would take it back and copy it. And believe it or not, the whole alphabet fit on that dry erase board. He looped the letters around and zig-zagged them everywhere, but he got each one on there! And the counting. I am floored by the counting! Just a month ago he was throwing in "elventeen" and skipping fifteen, and he wouldn't go higher than twenty. But just last night he randomly counted to a hundred. A HUNDRED! So proud of this kid.

 

  • Speaking of Zachariah... He is a picky eater. I have mentioned this before. With only a few exceptions, he has sworn off meat and cheese and vegetables. I am getting tired of making him a sandwich or hot dog when we have meat as our main dish, so we are making him try one bite of each thing I prepare for dinner. (If I make two veggies he has the option of only eating one.) Veggies, meat, pasta... whatever it is he has to take one bite. Last night we had The Pioneer Woman's baked mac n cheese. Which is amazing. It is seriously the best macaroni and cheese I have ever tasted. So we put a tiny spoonful on his plate, and he got SO upset about taking a bite that he eventually made himself sick. He literally threw up. I guess thirty minutes of crying and whining hysterically will do that to ya. Good grief. Anyway. I found that appalling. What kid doesn't like mac n cheese?!?! Especially homemade mac n cheese!! Oh, right. Mine. *insert eye roll here*

  • On a slightly similar note, that same picky child asked for scrambled eggs for dessert earlier this week. I mean, seriously? Scrambled eggs? He confuses me. 

Ok that about does it for my random bullet points. My hubby just got home from work early, so I'm gonna go pretend to fold some laundry or something. :P

Have a good Wednesday, everyone!

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