Monday, February 21, 2011

The bunk beds rock! They came on Thursday and Scott and Mateo built them that evening. The beds had be assembled in the girls' room since the door is narrow. It was a tight tight squeeze building them! Their room is only 7ft by 9ft! The girls love their beds. Abby has no problem sleeping on the top bunk. Vera stays in her bed all night. She gets up around 1am to pee and then sleeps until 8am. Sometimes she'll wake around 4am if she hears me walking to the bathroom, but she'll fall back asleep without issue.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

The bunk beds came this afternoon!  We're waiting for Scott to get home to start assembling them. Abby is beyond excited to sleep alone in her own bed again. It drives her nuts that I have to sit in bed while Vera falls asleep.

Abby and I are seriously enjoying history right now.  This week we read about the Phoenicians and how they made blown glass and purple dye and sailed the Mediterranean Sea.  Abby was mesmerized by the videos we watched of people blowing glass.  The first few ones we watched had only men blowing glass.  Abby asked if women could blow glass too.  I said of course they can.  Anyone can, they just need to take classes to learn how.  Abby said the tools looked heavy.  I found a short documentary on a woman artist that blows glass.  Abby was enthralled, especially when the artist said she discovered glass blowing as a young girl on a Girl Scout trip.

I started The Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading with Vera.  We did the first lesson this week.  Every time I'm doing lessons with Abby, Vera bugs me to 'teach her'.  Vera has been doing tracing work while I work with Abby until she gets bored and wanders off to play.  When I called her to the couch for her lesson, Vera was like, me? Really?  It was the short vowel sound of A.  Maybe if she stays open to the lessons, learning how to read will come easier for her.  I do regret not being more on top of showing Abby the alphabet and discussing letters and numbers more with her.  I think if I had, reading wouldn't be so hard for her.  It's such a one step forward two steps back type of thing.  Everything else comes so easily for her.  Math has been too easy for her this year.  The only thing that seems to hang her up is adding ten to a double digit.  Abby had some plus/minus ten problems on her worksheet today, and after explaining and showing her on a number chart for the hundredth time, I think she may have finally grasped it.  The writing program is going well.  I like the format.  Two days of copywork and two days of listening to a passage and then answering questions.  Abby has liked the reading selections so far.  No complaints and she already understands what a complete sentence is.  I'm waiting for Spelling Workout grade 1 to come in the mail.  I found it on paperbackswap.com.  We're almost finished our Geography program and I need something to fill its place.

31 weeks this week.  I'm getting really uncomfortable.  It's the usual third trimester stuff.  I'm up all night to pee and then I have trouble falling back asleep and I NEED to sleep.  I have a small stash of infant sized prefolds and a prefold belt and a small arrangement of newborn clothes.  Scott said he wanted this baby to be completely clothed in organic clothing for the first month, but I don't see that happening.  This is a really geeky ec thing to say, but I'm excited to try the prefold belt.  I never got to use one with Vera.  I still need to order my birth kit.  Last time, it took a while since it was coming from Montana.  I need to remember I can't wait too long...

So we missed our window to get Marge a partner bunny.  I'm kicking myself for being so wishy washy about it back in November.  Now Scott says the house will be too hectic with a second rabbit and then the health insurance sucked out all our extra funds.  Poo.  I still want a second bun.

Friday, February 11, 2011

I ordered the bunk beds this morning. I can't wait for them to come. They should be here by the end of next week. Vera has been staying in Abby's bed until 5am. It looks like we might be some what prepared before this baby arrives! The only thing we need to work on is our bedtime routine. Vera won't stay in the girls' room while Scott reads. She wants me. I'm still having to sit on Abby's bed until she falls asleep. I've prepared a disaster plan. Worst case scenerio I've got a screaming baby and Vera. So if the baby will take a pacifier, then Scott can wear the baby while I calm Vera down. Or babe nursing in carrier while I sit in bed with Vera. And lastly, Vera ends up crying with Scott.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Here's the new homeschooling nook and the living room toy arrangement.
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Monday, February 7, 2011

I'm inspired by Amy's (http://riley-and-avery.blogspot.com) art center. All the art supplies were nice and neat on shelves. After soaking in the tub and contemplating how to arrange our supplies, I remembered we have a little one on the way and I can't have art supplies within reach of a crawler or toddler. Plue there's Miss Marge who acts like crayons are crack, and all crayons have to be in a plastic container out of reach of a jumping, climbing bunny. So how to get all our stuff organized? The bookcase I want to use is in the living room and is housing our small stash of "living room toys" and the Gohonzon. The toys can go back to the playroom, but the Gohonzon has to stay on top. If I put it on our small round marble top table, kids and babies and rabbits will be all over it. The art supplies have to stay in the bookcase in the playroom, but the homeschooling books don't! The homeschooling supplies seem to wander all over the playroom bookcase. Tomorrow morning I'm going to move the schooling books/supplies out of the playroom and then I should have room to spread the other stuff out.

Vera hasn't nursed in a few days! She didn't even ask to nurse tonight.

Anyways, it's late and I want to read before I pass out for the night...
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