Sunday, September 28, 2014

On the move!!


This little guy is ready to go!!! I'm afraid his little tiny legs have trouble keeping up with the pace at which he wants to go, but I don't think it will take him too long to figure this out!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hanging on by a thread

Have I mentioned that Rachel's top front tooth won't come out?  Have I mentioned that she can't focus on her schoolwork or her violin practice because she thinks about (and wiggles) her tooth?  Have I mentioned that Rachel can't sleep, worries about ballet, and is nervous about Art because she thinks she'll swallow or lose her tooth (as in, can't find it when it comes out and therefore can't leave it for the Tooth Fairy).  It has gotten so bad that she is now writing notes to the Tooth Fairy.  Two nights ago she left a note under her pillow to ask the Tooth Fairy what she could do about her tooth.  Luckily, the Fairy had some special powder that she left in an envelope for Rachel to rub on her tooth after every meal.  It's purple and smells like blueberries and it's NOT WORKING!!!   I have pulled and tugged and yanked on that tooth to the point that Allen probably just passed out reading this and the doggone thing won't come out!!  This is getting ridiculous!!!  Two weeks ago she told Dr. Ed at her checkup that she'd come back in a week and let him pull it if it hadn't come out.  The next week we had to go back and see him because of her swollen eye and he tried to pull it, but it wouldn't budge.  Next week Baxter has a 9 month check up and I'm not leaving that office until her tooth is out!!!  Hopefully it will come out on its own before then, but OMG this is putting a real kink in our days!!!!  Come on, tooth!  The Tooth Fairy is obviously hovering around waiting for you!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What we're doing this week...

Science...finishing up Animals with Ford and Habitats with Rachel
Math...inequalities with Rachel, tally marks with Ford
Language Arts...animal folktales
Autumn stories and information with everyone leading us into a week of leaf activities next week
Ruby...letter B, activities in her preschool book, working on being patient!
Baxter...crawling on knees, climbing up stairs,  cruising all around the furniture!
Teeth...Rachel has a dangling front tooth, Baxter has a mouth full ready to pop through any day
P.E....Ford suddenly hates soccer, girls LOVE dance class
Art...awesome as always, Ford and Ruby are visiting different countries, Rachel learns new artists
Costumes...Ford now has his own Batman, Thomas, Peter Pan, and Robin costumes, Baxter is going to try out Olivia's Robin costume, everyone has to decide next week what their Halloween costumes will be and then we get to work!  Looking like a family of super heroes this year!!
We are all super happy that Fall is finally here!!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fair Time!

The Ingrams finally got to experience the fair this year!  We weren't planning to go but after a phone call this morning and complimentary tickets, Baxter was entered into the Diaper Derby!  Funny enough, the boy who crawls everywhere didn't move a smidgen until the girl who won his heat was finished!  It was pretty cute, though, and the big kids were excited to go.  They had hot dogs and cotton candy.  Ford and Ruby wanted to ride a roller coaster but Rachel's anxiety level was way too high for that!  Luckily, they only had enough tickets for the helicopters so no one had to stress out about the safety factors!  Rachel wanted to pick a duck instead of riding and she won a large yellow ball.  The Fair is just one more thing that is completely different as an adult then it is as a kid.  I hope they had a good time!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014


We finally had a great morning of school despite the fact that Baxter didn't take a morning nap until 10:30.  He was in a great mood and found lots to play with, so we were able to get so much done.  Everyone did some handwriting.  Rachel wrote a journal entry about why it's important to keep promises.  Ford learned about fish and filled out the L part of his KWL chart.  Rachel worked on inequalities.  Ruby put stickers on faces and named each part.  Ford read a couple of Bob books to me and Rachel read a story with un- and re- words in it.  Ruby made the letter P with Play-Doh and a witch out of Play-Doh without any help!  She also played with her alphabet cards and built letters with blocks. Rachel reviewed ocean currents and underwater life.  Ford read "How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have?" and Rachel read "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" then Ruby answered all of the questions for each story that I asked ☺️.  Ford did some work with tally marks and worked on his Lego track.  It was amazing how much we accomplished!  The girls and I went for hair cuts today and now everyone is resting (we actually turned on a movie because they've been so good and the mosquitoes outside make it miserable to play out there!!).  It was nice to feel successful at school and ready to move on to some fun activities tomorrow with what we've been working on!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Using my resources

Today was a much better school day.  We started a little later than normal so that we could clean up and get some laundry done first.  Rachel even sewed a present for Baxter before school started.  She loves bring crafty!  She worked so hard this weekend to help Allen load up bricks that we ordered her a set of looms for knitting...don't be surprised if everyone in our family has new scarves and toboggans before Christmas!  Anyway, I was delaying starting school, too, hoping that Baxter would go ahead and take a morning nap so that we wouldn't have to stop to make that happen.  Not-so-much.  He was happy to play for handwriting and math then threw a huge fit for  reading time and finally slept for Science!  During Scuence today I got the wise old idea to look in one of the books I'd bought for Rachel (What Every First Grader Needs to Know) to see if there was any info on animal habitats.  I felt about as unplanned and unorganized as I could possibly feel when I opened it to a whole section of information on all of the science topics we've been covering.  Duh!!!  Isn't that why I bought the book?!?!  I really need to get my act together here!  I'm really not doing a very good job of using all of my resources and I'm doing a lot of flying by the seat of my pants!  Just can't wait to have all of our school stuff in one place to make planning and organizing easier :)