Mar 17, 2011
I haven't posted much about what the kids have been up to lately - but they are keeping me busy as usual! Last week was the school Book Fair that we always go to since the prices and selection are great. Loch is such an avid reader we have to stock up when prices are good, he likes fiction that we can always get at the library too but he also likes to have a lot of non fiction reference type books that he reads and refers to all the time so I never mind spending money on those. Finn is just beginning to learn to read, so this is the first book fair where he got to select books to read himself instead of me or Loch reading to him. They always have a great selection of the beginning level readers.
We didn't purchase these, since my kids are pretty keenly aware of this stuff already living in a military family (their uncle is also boots on the ground in Iraq and has flown missions in Afghanistan), but I thought it a worthy comparison to what types of material kids read in other parts of the country... can you tell we live in a 90% military town LOL?!
What saddens me is that save for about 5 families the book fair was a ghost town. Considering how large his school is, there were a few kids in there that happened to be in the after school care program, browsing, but where were all the parents and families interested in reading and their kids? It is so important to us that hubby even fanagled his way home early from work so we can all go together. It would be so sad to see events like this disappear due to lack of participation. The kids sure seem to want to be there, but where are the parents?
Right after the book fair we had to hustle to Loch's classroom to get him dressed for his school program. The 2nd Graders did a program about Egypt, which is what they have been learning about.
Loch is 2nd row down, all the way to the left. Check out the "mummy" behind him LOL - poor kid was messing with that toilet paper the whole program, trying to see and/or breathe! Apparently the other kids got to help with his costume :)
I asked him what the "lightbulbs" were on their heads, and he replied they are snakeheads, like cobras... really?! LOL, they did make their own costumes though, so bravo!
Loch is the "narrator"...listen carefully, he's fast!
A sign of the times: Finn kept calling the mummies "zombies"! Zombies sure are everywhere these days.
The photo below shows what I have resorted to at home to keep them occupied while I ransack their room, redecorating. Yep, I got my kids owl poop to dig through LOL!
In all seriousness, this is pretty cool and right up their alley as far as science goes. It is a "synthetic owl pellet" in a little package containing the skeleton of a starling, which is something that would normally be found in an owl pellet. They dig through it all, pulling out the tiny bones, and glue together the skeleton of the little bird. They got as far as retrieving all the bones, the rest will wait until daddy can help them this weekend. (Little boys and super glue tubes don't mix well unsupervised!)
Finn above, checking out the bones. Below is the owl "pellet".
For the furry kids, last night was bath night! Poor Sprocket the Outback Jack looks like a drowned rat, although she loves it.
Marley doesn't care for it much but she puts up with it since she's "the good dog".
I finished the jammie pants for Loch. Notice the lack of jammie shirt? Yeah, I'm done with those LOL. From now on, jammie pants for everyone and we'll just use white tshirts or something, those sewn ones are a pain, I'm definitely not ready for v-necks, although with a few more mitered quilt bindings' worth of experience, I may be ready to try the v-neck again someday. Poor Loch, I went to the fabric store to look for something he'd like, namely chess pieces or math equations - of course there was none of that, so I ended up with dinosaurs. "Dinos? Really, Mom?"! But he is my kind and patient one, happy with whatever he gets, I wish some of that would rub off on Finnegan.
With that miscellaneous update, I now have to do a speed clean of my floors and bathroom and get outside! With temps scheduled to hit 66 today and 80 tomorrow, I need to put everything indoors on hold and get out in the garden, there's still so many prep chores to be done. Sunday looks to be cold and rainy so that will be our kitchen painting day hopefully.