Wednesday, June 15, 2011

And he is standing...

It was quiet upstairs this morning and I thought Reece was asleep, so I tiptoed up the stairs. What I found was NOT Reece sleeping in his crib, but Reece STANDING in his crib - grinning ear to ear, clearly very pleased with himself.

I quickly got the camera and got a few pictures (not great ones, but pictures none the less) before he let go and toppled over. He was then promptly removed from the crib so Doug could lower the mattress a few notches so he wouldn't end up going over the top.

I can't believe he is already pulling up - he isn't quite crawling yet, but he is so ready to be completely upright! He is growing up so fast.

And we all wear night-night shoes

Gabe is feeling pretty needy these days, and apparently the extra 3 minutes of attention Grayson gets at night as we put on his 'night-night shoes' was just too much for him last night. He had to had some, too! So we put them on him (as we have done in the past) and he promptly fell asleep with them on!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gabe at the Big School

Gabe has been a bit jealous lately of the attention the baby gets - and it is making him quite the annoying little handful. First we had to get him to stop biting Grayson, but now he is "squeezing" him. I decided what he really needs is not another time out, but some 'just Gabe' time. So since I only had 3 kids in my first period class, and it is not looking like I will have many more today - I think a visit to the big school is in order.

First, we had lunch. He was a bit distracted by all the kids running around, but liked it. Then back to my room where we did a Lucky Charms counting and sorting (and then eating) worksheet. Followed by a little marker, glue, pencil, tissue paper art. When that got old we wandered down the hall to the preschool room. Jackpot! They had a neat little wooden train set and some foamy blocks.

With only minimal help in showing him how to put the tracks together, Gabe proceeded to build a train track, pull out the little trees and signage, and push his train around and around and around the track while saying "chugga chugga chugga" the entire time.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

It's that time again...SOL

Yep, SOL time. And either my kids do a good job or we are all S-O-L! I have a few I am pretty concerned about passing this time around, and the test looks harder than it has in the past. I have my fingers crossed! Results should be in by the end of the day.

OK - the results are in! 100% pass. Woo Hoo! Even better : 57% pass advance. Double Woo Hoo!

Of course, I can't possibly keep this up - so at some point my scores will drop and people will be disappointed. Hum bug. Oh well, for now it is all good. Looks like I have to go order a SOL Cake for the kiddos.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Red Lentil Soup with a Spicy Sizzle

Red Lentil Soup with a Spicy Sizzle

Making this for dinner tonight - as penance for the HUGE taco salad we had for dinner last night. It was super fast to get in the pot (15 minutes - including time to locate the bulgur on the top shelf in the pantry.) It smells pretty good bubbling away on the stove. I'll check it in about 25 minutes and see what we have!

It was very yummy - the 'sizzle' topping is quite spicy - and this is coming from someone who loves spicy food. This is NOT a pretty soup - but it is tasty (s0 not pretty I didn't even take a picture to post.) I think that maybe a swirl of yogurt might be a nice contrast to the spice of the oil. It was just as good for lunch the next day.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

3 Little Boys, All in a Row

Reece is growing up so fast! Watching the boys play and interact with him is really entertaining. I tried to get a video of the green bean snatch, but apparently I messed it up because it seems to be missing from the phone, which is a bummer. It was really funny.

Today I gave Reece green beans for the first time. As in whole, not smushed up, green beans. It was a huge mess - but a great time was had. He has been trying to steal food off of his brothers trays for a few weeks now, so I figured it was time to let him play with his food. So when it was time for dinner we lined up all three little boys and dished out the goods. This kept Reece entertained for about 35-4o minutes! He would pick up the beans and mash them to his face (where most of them then rolled down his face onto his lap!) A few actually made it in (and stayed in) his mouth. He was thrilled.

The boys were so cute. They would watch Reece and talk to him while they all sat there eating. I think it is time to go get another booster seat for Reece. He is getting big/strong enough to toppled the bumbo to reach things on the floor. I can't believe he is growing so fast.