Saturday, February 11, 2012

Interview With The Birthday Boy

It's hard to believe that we are parents of a 6-year-old.  I know I say that every year, but WOW.  Can someone please stop time for just a little while??  Eli had fun celebrating a week early with some of our extended family last weekend, as we had a little party over at house.  Then yesterday, for his "real" birthday, he was allowed to choose a place for our family to go to lunch, something fun for us to do, and a place to get dessert... he chose Chipotle for lunch (yes, we've trained him well), Makutu's Island for the fun activity, and Paradise Bakery cookies for dessert!  We also made a little stop at Target so he could spend some of his birthday money (he bought his 4th set of Squinkies... who knew those things could be so entertaining?).

Here are a few pics of all the fun, and be sure to scroll down below for an interview with the birthday boy...
Eli saw pinatas in WalMart one day, and really wanted on for his birthday party :)
Hit it Mikayla!
Micah had a good laugh in making his mom use a pool noodle for her turn :)
Eli and Grandma gathering candy
Mikayla made Eli an adorable "book" for his birthday... she wrote in it all about how he was her "best brother."  It was so cute!!
2nd year in a row for the Paradise Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie, instead of cake... I think this will become his tradition!
Make a wish Eli!!
This was in the living room when Eli woke up on his birthday morning... a baseball bike!!
Eli has been learning to ride a two-wheeler, but his other bike was slightly too big for him to control very well, so this one was a size smaller and that was the key - he took off riding like a champ!
Having fun at Makutu's Island
The kids weren't the only ones having fun...

Happy Birthday to my sweet, sweet boy. .
The "three" children wanted their picture taken together... the one in the middle looks over-joyed about this, doesn't he?
So, here it is... life according to Eli at Age 6:
  • What is your favorite animal?
    • Lion
  • What is your favorie color?
    • Blue
  • What is your favorite song?
    • The ABCD Song
  • What is your favorite thing to eat?
    • Pizza
  • What is your least favorite thing to eat?
    • Pickles
  • What is your favorite thing to do?
    • Play with cars
  • What is your favorite TV show or movie?
    • Cars 2
  • What are you really good at?
    • Baseball probably
  • Who are your best friends?
    • Evan, Aaron, Danny Boy.  Those are some of my best friends.
  • What do you and your mom do together?
    • Go out for dinner
  • What do you and your dad do together?
    • Go watch baseball
  • What is your favorite sport?
    • Baseball
  • Where is your favorite place to go?
    • Disneyland
  • What is your favorite book?
    • I have a lot of favorites.  I like Cars, Nursery Rhymes, Dust Bunnies, and Hippo and Rabbit.
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
    • A baseball player and a soccer player.
  • What makes you happy?
    • When I get to play and do video games and watch movies.
  • What makes you sad?
    • When people yell at me.
  • Is there anything else you want to say?
    • No, that's enough.
Happy birthday sweet boy!  Your dad and I could not be prouder of the person you are becoming - we love you so very much.

Monday, February 6, 2012

New Blog Address

Well, here we are... same old blog, but brand new web address!  Hope you found us okay :)  For those who had previously bookmarked our Adoption Blog (and if you still refer or link to it for any reason), please be aware that I changed that address as well.  You can now find the Adoption Blog at: 

I have been thinking about updating these for quiet some time now, but you know how it goes...  The order of importance given to "update blog url's" on my to-do list was extremely low!  I wish the fact that I was finally doing it meant that I had accomplished all of the other things on my list... but alas, that's not the case.  Truth is, this seemingly small to-do item gained higher priority status on my list knowing that we are in the initial stages of a new journey toward becoming licensed foster parents!    I wanted to remove our last name from the blog url, for privacy reasons... smart thing to do for anybody, but especially smart if one is considering blogging about said "foster parenting journey."  Yep - be on the lookout for a new blog series coming your way :)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Story About Ping

We started off our 2nd school semester with a Five in a Row unit on The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese.  This is a cute story about a duck who learns the importance of facing up to consequences for his actions.


Here are some of the activities we did to go along with the story:

  • Studied China - Ping lives on the Yangtze River in China, so we found China on our map at home, and drew the outline of China on a dot-to-dot map.  We also read lots of books, and learned some interesting facts about China through websites such as this one.  I also "rented" a  "Follow Jade" video from Youtube which taught the kids some Chinese words and phrases.  They really enjoyed watching it, and had fun trying to remember the words... I wish I would have caught them on video when they were "practicing."

Mesmerized by the Jade language video... :)

  • Math: Counting - We completed a math activity from, which involved counting all of Ping's family members (and he had a LOT of family members).  The kids grew a little tired of coloring every single duck by the time we got to his "42 cousins," so we just marked them and called it good.

  • Bible: Jonah - For our Biblical tie-in, we learned about the story of Jonah and how he tried to run away from something he didn't want to do (just like Ping!)... but nobody can hide from God!  We memorized Hebrews 4:13, "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight."  I also found this  really cute activity for telling the Jonah story that involved using the faces in the pictures below (basically you hold up different faces according to what Jonah was feeling at different points in the story).  We then made our own whales, and put Jonah inside of them (Jonah was made out of pipecleaners).  My kids are still playing with their whales, and they love to tell everyone that Jonah is inside!

  • Art: Colored Pencils - The Story About Ping was illustrated using colored pencils, so we studied the different drawings and then the kids each drew their own duck to illustrate a poem about ducks.  We also discussed how the illustrator drew the water lines trailing the ducks in the book to make it appear as if they were moving... so we practiced including water lines too!

  • Science: Sink or Float - Since we spent time learning about ducks this week, we had fun doing a little experiment and learning about why certain things sink or float in water.  First we made a prediction about each item (pencil, block, popsicle stick, scissors, rubber band, rubber ball, spoon, paperclip, penny, can), and then tested them out in our tub of water.

  •  Science - Ducks!  Of course we learned about ducks :)  We enjoyed saying poems about ducks, reading about ducks, looking at pictures of different kinds of ducks, and then taking a field trip to the Riperian Preserve near our house to have a picnic lunch and take our own pictures of ducks!

We have quite a few little projects from this unit that are just waiting to be put into a lapbook... but instead we jumped right into our next FIAR unit with Make Way For Ducklings (our Ping unit flowed so nicely into this one... and our journey with ducks continues!).  Following that, we are looking forward to rowing Katy and the Big Snow, but my plan of driving up to Northern AZ to take a sledding "field trip" in honor of the book is not looking so great... considering the mountains of AZ are in desperate need of some snowfall this winter!  So pray for snow!!