05 December 2013

3 Years Old, Halloween, and School!

Shirt Size: 3T
Pants Size: 2T-3T
Shoe Size: 7-8
Weight: 27 lbs 4.8 oz. (14.49%)
Height: 35.25" (8.11%)
She's still quite small for her age, but at least she is moving up on weight.

Interview with Kayla at age 3.

These answers are different every time I ask her. If I ask David before her, all her answers are David's answers.

1. What is your favorite color? dark turquoise
2. What is your favorite toy? David's bumblebee
3. What is your favorite fruit? vegetables
4. What is your favorite tv show? Cinderella
5. What is your favorite movie? I already told you.
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? kangaroo shirt (This is her striped sweat shirt with pocket on the front..doesn't actually have a kangaroo on it.)
7. What is your favorite animal? tiger
8. What is your favorite song? ABCD
9. What is your favorite book? Dr. Cat
10. Who is your best friend? Nobody
11. What is your favorite snack?
12. What is your favorite drink? lemonade
13. What is your favorite breakfast? waffles
14. What is your favorite lunch? peanut jelly sandwich
15. What is your favorite dinner? catfish
16. What is your favorite game? I don't know
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? drums
18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
19. What do you sleep with at night? ducky
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Princess Leia

Kayla's princess leia costume that I made her. I was actually able to reuse David's ghost costume from last year to make her costume this year. :)

I made David's costume too. He was Luke Skywalker.

Kayla started school in October. She's going to the same montessori school as David, but she's going half days (3 hours). This works really well for my schedule. I drop off the kids, run a few errands, then pick up Kayla, feed her lunch, read stories to her and put her to nap. She naps for 2 hours. Then, we go pick up David.

She started out kind of rough. She enjoys going, but she had to get used to being around other kids. After the    first month, her teachers said at the parent/teacher conference that they can't really turn their back on her because she's always messing with other kids. Biting, messing up their work, marking on kids' clothes, etc. *sigh* They even had to give her a designated table to work at. They also recommended occupational therapy. However, they love her and she is such a joy to be around. She is always happy.

After that meeting, I gave her a long talk about being nice to our friends. I also remind her daily that we need to be nice to our friends, so that means no biting, hitting, pushing, marking on other kids, grabbing other people's stuff, and asking nicely for things when we want it. I guess the talks are working because I haven't heard of any more incidences and her teachers say she is doing better.  I took her to do a screening to see if she needed therapy, but she didn't qualify.  They did think she needed a little help with her gross and fine motor skills.

I have seen some improvements in her behavior. I can tell she is learning things. It's fun to hear the songs that she sings from her class. When I pick her up every day from school, she is able to tell me some of the lessons that she does. She chooses to go outside a lot. This makes David go outside more too. His teacher said he rarely ever chose to go to the outdoor classroom. However, since seeing Kayla go out, he chooses to go out all the time. I love that they are able to play together at school. 

She LOVES art. She loves coloring, painting, gluing, cutting, etc. The things she plays with most at home besides coloring are her baby dolls, shopping cart (with her baby doll in it), cozy coupe car, and kitchen.  She does a lot of pretend playing.  Pretending to cook, take care of her baby, shopping, read stories, teach, etc.  It's all very cute.  She is a very good eater.  She will eat almost anything.  However, the things she doesn't like are usually the things David likes.  She loves to snack and would probably snack all day if I let her.  She's able to take her clothes and shoes off and put new ones on.  

She's very curious about everyone and asks lots of questions.  Everyone loves her.  :)

22 November 2013

5 Years Old

David turned 5 last month. 

I think 5 must be the age where kids are definitely easier. The moment we've been waiting for. He totally understands everything we tell him to do and he actually listens to us most of the time. Also, he can do most things by himself with little assistance. Yay!

Shortly, after his birthday, I convinced him to try his bike without training wheels. He was mostly always using his balance bike and rarely used the bike with training wheels. I told him since he's 5 now, he should totally be able to handle it. It took some encouraging, but he let me push him to get a head start. He didn't have any problems balancing or pedaling. Starting took him a few tries, but he eventually got it. 

He's got all kinds of skills 

Shirt Size: 4-5T 
Pants Size: 5T 
Shoe Size: 12 
Weight: 38 lbs (29.66%) 
Height: 43" (49%) 

Interview with David at Age 5

1. What is your favorite color? no favorite color..I can tell you what my worst favorite color is: Pink. 
2. What is your favorite toy? Transformers
3. What is your favorite fruit? Pomegranate
4. What is your favorite tv show? Handy Manny
5. What is your favorite movie? Wall-E
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? My running shoes
7. What is your favorite animal? cheetah 
9. What is your favorite book? Revenge of the Dinotrucks
10. Who is your best friend? Eytan, Daddy, Mommy, Kayla, Cousins, and Uncle 
11. What is your favorite snack? fruit snacks 
12. What is your favorite drink? Orange Juice 
13. What is your favorite breakfast? Pop Tarts 
14. What is your favorite lunch? Pizza 
15. What is your favorite dinner? Cheese Pizza 
16. What is your favorite game? SpongeBob Squarepants and Pet Pals (Leap Pad Games) 
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? Ninjago 
18. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween 
19. What do you sleep with at night? A dream light 
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? I haven't figured that out yet. 

He rarely naps. Occasionally, we let him use his leap pad when Kayla naps. It's always his favorite part of the day on weekends.

He is enjoying school so much this year. He especially loves that Kayla goes too. He is still working on trying to learn to read. He knows the sounds that each letter makes, but he doesn't quite hear the word when he sounds it all out. 

Here is some of the work that he enjoys doing at school: 

He likes science. He brings home little booklets like this that has different parts colored and sometimes labeled of different things and phases of stuff. 

He LOVES doing math. He did these first, but has gone on to more complicated math below. 

He calls this the snake game. 

All these sheets are the stamp game. I was super impressed when he brought these home and a lot of them are actually correct. 


He's even learning multiplication! I don't remember doing that until second grade! 

He also LOVES geography. 
He likes making these little flags of different countries. 

He's brought home several maps the he has pricked and traced. 

I think he is doing great in school. His teacher says the he is great and likes to help others. He will spend an entire day trying to master one thing and wants to do new lessons all the time. I'm so proud of his work. I see so much improvement since last year. I think switching to this school last year was definitely the right decision. I think we are leaning on keeping him at this school next year too instead of going to kindergarden at a public school.

30 October 2013

Customized Birthday Outfits

I thought I'd do a separate post on our birthday outfits.  I made the kids some matching shirts.  

Stencil Vinyl with Fabric Paint on a T-Shirt.  
I LOVE using the stencil vinyl instead of freezer paper to do the stencil.  No ironing and easier to transfer.

 First, cut out your design using your Silhouette machine.  This was an easy design to make because it was just 2 circles and choosing the font.  I chose a font that had a 3 that looked the most similar to the 3s on Kayla's skirt.
Next, if you're using the vinyl, you need to use transfer tape.  I use contact paper to transfer my design to the shirt.  Paint the colors.  I made this glow in the dark.  After painting my colors, let paint dry and then use glow in the dark paint over it.  David loves it.  Although, he was a little bummed that the blue didn't glow blue.  

I did the same with Kayla's shirt.  Although, I should have moved the design over to center it on the vinyl for easier painting.  I think the glow in the dark works better if you're painting light colors like white.  Only the circle glows in the dark.  
I went to Hobby Lobby and bought the colored glow in the dark paint, but didn't use it on Kayla's shirt because I didn't want David to be jealous that her's was different colors so maybe next time.  I try to avoid any unnecessary drama when possible.  :)

I made a skirt to go with Kayla's outfit..  I don't think anybody noticed that the fabric was specifically for a 3 year old, but it was very cute.  :)

I cut out Birthday Boy and Birthday Girl using adhesive vinyl.   This was only for their party.  You'd never know it wasn't permanent just by looking at it.  However, I removed it later so the shirt is still wearable after their birthday.  :)

24 October 2013

Birthday Party Time!

The kids' birthdays happen to fall on the same week, so it was birthday celebration week!  This is the first year that I have thrown David and Kayla a party with people other than family.  
 This is David on birthday morning.  He was so excited to be 5!  I don't think I've ever seen him so excited.  He was excited the ENTIRE day.  I had asked David what he wanted for breakfast the night before for his birthday and his response was two boiled eggs... ok! :)
 We went to the birthday celebration at his school.  The montessori ceremony consists of the children sitting together in an ellipse with a candle in the center to represent the sun.  The birthday child holds a small globe and walks around the ellipse while the class sings "The Earth Goes Around the Sun."  At the end of each revolution representing a year, they show a picture of the birthday child and share a bit of info of what his/her life was like at that point.
 While the kids were in school, I baked cupcakes and cookies.  I actually made the icing from scratch!  The cookies are lime because David likes sour stuff like lemons and limes.  David doesn't like cake, but I made the cupcakes for the family cause what's a birthday party without cake? :)
 Kayla was my tester.  She approved.  
 After school, David had his swim class and then we went to Chuck E Cheese for his party with family.

 David requested a cookie from the mall, so we ordered this one together.

 Fun was had by all!

On Saturday, we had the birthday party for both kids.  Hopefully, you can't tell who any of the kids are except for mine.  I'm trying to make sure I don't post stuff of other kids without their permission.  We had the party at JumpZone.  It's a local bouncy house type place.  I think it's a great place for a party and they definitely try to make everything as easy as possible for the parents.

 Hurricane Simulator
 We got this cake at Walmart.  I thought I was going to make cupcakes in the morning, but changed my mind and got a last minute cake.  I didn't even know what flavor it was until the party host cut into the cake and then asked me if it was half and half.  Haha.  It turned out to be all chocolate.  I think it's easier that way.  Then, you don't have to spend time asking everybody what flavor they want.
All the kids who came got a little goodie bag that David and Kayla helped me put together.  David helped me distribute all the stuff to the bags and was able to string the twine through the holes.  
After all the party goers left, Kayla was still at the table eating her cake and ice cream.  :)
This is Kayla on birthday morning.  I took a pic of her right when she woke up.
Kayla's birthday outfit for the day.  I made her shirt and skirt.
 Chris and I went to the birthday ceremony in her class.
Afterwards, we went to Chick Fil A for lunch.
We partied at home for dinner.  I ordered Kayla a princess cake from Walmart.
She was excited that it was finally time for HER to open presents after watching David get to open presents for HIS birthday.

16 September 2013

School has Started!

David has gone back to school.  He is still at the same Montessori school in the same class as last year.

The first week was a little rough for him.
The first day he sprained his ankle.  He was limping when he got to the van, but he was excited that I let him lay on the couch and watch tv all afternoon.  The next day it was still a little bruised, but didn't hurt anymore. However, he got stung by something on his arm and it swelled up big.  The next day something stung him around his eye and swelled up the next morning.  :(  However, he's been doing great since then and loves going.

Kayla and I keep busy most mornings.  After drop off, I usually work out.

I've been running a lot trying to lose some weight.  When I run around the neighborhood, I try to get about 4 miles of running and about 1.5 miles walking in about 1 hour.

Kayla loves riding in the stroller while I run in the mornings.  A little conversation that we had one day:
Kayla:  Are we going running today?
Me:  No.  I'm tired.
Kayla:  Please Oh Please!!
Me:  No
Kayla:  PLEASE!!!
Me.:  Ok
After running 2 miles, I decide to slow down and walk.
Kayla:  Mommy, why are you not running?
Me:  I'm tired.  I need to rest a little bit.
Kayla:  No!  Rest at home.  Resting outside is no fair.
Me:  Ok.  Running now.

David and Kayla did soccer class last month, so we continued soccer class for her.  She loves going, but gets a little bit tired at times when the coach has the kids run around the room several times.
  We play outside a lot and love playing with our neighbors.

  We go shopping and hangout with Old Navy models.
 Kayla loves shopping and picking out clothes.  
We also love story time at the library and doing the craft afterwards.  :)

Some fun pictures that I took of the kids around the Rogers downtown area.