Tuesday, January 24, 2012
|Pancho wasn't sure he liked the fort. It entertained the boys for a very long time...catching him, putting him in the fort and then blocking any little hole in the fort that he escaped from. Pancho consistently a good sport.|
Posted by rat at 10:04 AM
It just happens like that for some readers. All of the sudden you get it, the sounding out, blending sounds, putting the sounds together and then you have a word. This process can take a while and sometimes it is hard to know what exactly you sounded out after you're done. Well not anymore. Spencer truly had his "lift off" for reading and got the big picture of how you blend the sounds to make words. It was one of those moments in parenting where you think your heart might explode :) (not really) but what I mean was I was so proud and my heart was so full when I saw how delighted he was at what he had accomplished. The confidence, the eagerness, and showing all of us how he can now read was priceless. Tres and I explained to him that now he can go anywhere in the world and any place in time, just by reading a book. What freedom to give a five year old! That one he couldn't quite wrap his head around, but he will.
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Friday, January 13, 2012
Today the sun was shining so bright and warm. I decided to use my solo time for a walk at a nearby hiking trail. I walked through the woods under the canopy of the trees where it was cool and damp. The trail came to the open sand and sun, where it was dry and warm directly in the sun. I decided to take a few extra moments to sit...and then lay in the sun and enjoy the warmth on a Friday afternoon in January on the Oregon coast! Amazing this weather we have, and my theory is get it while I can, because it may just start to rain and not stop for a very long time. So lovely this trail in dunes, quiet with no one around. Quiet and warm enough for me to doze off for just a bit, what a treat.
Posted by rat at 6:51 PM
|Mark shows Ruben and Spencer how to make ice cream.|
|Spencer helps Cynthia clean the ice cream off the mixer.|
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Spencer and Ruben both have aquariums in their rooms now. Each day they observe their fish. They interpret the fish behaviors and watch their patterns of swimming, resting, and interacting with other fish. It is especially fun to look in the tank when the room is dark. The fish tank is a big bedtime procrastination. Though at first I thought it to be a distraction, now I see it as a way for the two boys to calm down, be quiet, & just watch. Then get into bed, turn out the light, and watch the tank from bed as their eyes get very heavy, until they fall asleep. Kind of peaceful to have a piece of nature in your room. Calming to hear the water trickle through the filter, and just plain fun to have a tank of little fish to care for.
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Monday, January 9, 2012
|Ruben and Tres about to surf the river|
|Spencer and Tres, Spencer was so excited he danced a lil jig and shook his booty then made Tres do it too! :)|
Posted by rat at 11:13 AM
Ruben and Spencer were so impressed with their new tshirts. They change colors in the sun and dark! So Cool! Grandma Peggy and Grandpa Tucker sent these fun tshirts for Christmas. Usually I would say clothing is not a safe gift to give my kiddos, since they are quite particular about their clothing, but these tshirts really were a hit and super fun to see the color changes and more animals appear and disappear. We miss our Grandma and Grandpa in Florida. It is pretty cute to listen how often Florida comes up in imaginative play too. Whenever they are going on an adventure or setting up some kind of lego fortress, fort out of blankets and couch cushions Florida seems to work its way into their geography. Florida brings good memories to them....lizards and grandparents two very important things for these two boys.
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Thursday, January 5, 2012
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
|Spencer and Ruben watch their baking soda and vinegar fill a balloon with gas! Science in a bottle, loads of fun that have just begun. Thank you Aunt Kerri your gifts are always a hit!|
|For now, and I really mean for the temporary. This lego dragon will suffice for the real bearded dragon Ruben dreams, talks, draws, and thinks about every day.|
Monday, January 2, 2012
|Sunset on New Year's Day|
|Two sessions today, very happy man.|
|Spencer drawing in the sand. He drew his doubles math facts too! So smart!|
Posted by rat at 10:33 AM