Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
My two little astronaunts! The space shuttle was Grace and Jack's favorite display in the museum yesterday. I think these two will be making history some day by becoming the first brother-sister team in space together.
Grace loved dressing up in a NASA space suit and Jack was fascinated by all of the switches and lights in the space shuttle.
Jack was full of smiles all day yesterday. The museum is such a great place for Jack to learn and experience so many new things!
There is a new whale and ocean display at the museum. If you look closely you can see Grace looking into an underwater camera. Grace's face is displayed on the screen on the wall. Jack looked on with amazement to see his big sister on the big screen!
Jack was so happy to see a lobster boat at the museum. He instantly became a real lobster man! Jack knows the sign for lobster and says, "ack ack" for "clickety-clack" every time he sees a lobster.
I love how hands on the Children's Museum is. It's the best way to learn! Grace has always enjoyed the touch tank at the museum. Grace was excited to touch several starfish and lots of seaweed.
Jack looked so very proud as he walked all around the museum yesterday. The last time we were there I carried him everywhere in a sling. How very quickly time goes by. Our little man is now walking.
Grace learned all about physics as she experimented with rolling balls down various ramps and slides. Grace was able to adjust the ramps and learn how her movements affected the movement of the balls. Jack was fascinated by observing the balls move too. The ball/ramp room is a great way to learn about spatial relationships.
Grace enjoyed working the cash register at the museum's grocery store yesterday!
Jack climbed the stone wall at the museum's river display in order to get to those boats. He would have loved to climb right into the river too!!!
Grace kept turning and turning the large globe at the museum yesterday. I knew she must have been looking for a specific place on that globe. I waited until Grace found just the place she was looking for -- Argentina, of course!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
It is very important for me to raise Grace and Jack to celebrate diversity, to respect and value all people and be to proud of themselves. As our nation grows increasingly diverse, there has never been a better opportunity for us to learn to live respectfully together and to benefit from one another's wisdom and experiences. This is an extremely important lesson that we addressed last week but it is a lifelong lesson that I try to infuse into Grace and Jack's life each and every day.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
We enjoyed our final days in Vermont last week playing outside! What a treat it was for us to walk to several playgrounds from Maddy and Poppy's home. It was the perfect way to end our week in Vermont. Thank you Maddy & Poppy for making our week in Middlebury so very special. We loved every minute of our time there with you and we can't wait to come back!
We could all hear Grace laughing the entire way down the hill. She LOVED it! I, on the other hand, could barely keep my eyes open -- I was so nervous watching my little Grace slide down such a steep hill!
Jack-a-roo couldn't believe his eyes as he watched his big sister slide down that BIG hill. I can't believe that Jack will be sliding down that same steep hill two winters from now too!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
We love, love, love the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury. It is a great library that has the most amazing librarian and children's section. Grace and Jack enjoyed a wonderful story time there that was filled with fun books, songs, and an art activity that accompanied the stories that were read. After story time Grace enjoyed reading new books, playing with the other children there, and rocking on a rocking horse while reading books at the same time! Jack enjoyed finding all new books, building trains, and playing in a tub filled with large stuffed animals. We had such a great time there last Wednesday that we went back on Thursday too!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
These are some of my favorite pictures of Grace and Maddy. Grace loves every moment she spends with Maddy and some of their sweetest moments together have been spent sewing. Grace is learning all about sewing and how to use a sewing machine from the best --- her Maddy! Grace and Maddy worked together last Tuesday to sew Grace's lovey named Ella. Ella is a small pink elephant that Maddy gave to Grace when she was just a baby. Grace has loved Ella over the past three years so much that she was very frayed and slightly torn around the edges. Grace and Maddy chose a zigzag stitch to sew the outside edges of Ella and now she is as good as new! Maddy also added a little fabric patch to the end of Ella's trunk. Grace loves her "new" Ella so much.