Firefly Festival

About two weeks ago, we went out to Terhune Farms in Princeton, for their Firefly Festival with some friends. We had a great time eating farm fresh barbecue, dodging through occasional downpours, making buggy antennae and wings,

coloring firefly wings

coloring firefly wings

going on a tractor ride,

on the tractor ride

on the tractor ride

listening to kid-friendly music by the talented Miss Amy,  climbing all over farm equipment,

driving the John Deere with Jeremiah

driving the John Deere with Jeremiah

going through a gymnastics obstacle course,

Monkey Nose climbing with gymnastics instructor

Monkey Nose climbing with gymnastics instructor

and feeding some sheep and ducks. Oh, and just as the sun was setting, a beautiful double rainbow appeared over the field.

Double rainbow over sheep field

Double rainbow over sheep field

It was a great day!

sweet

sweet

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Breaking News!

On Father’s Day, (June 16, 2013) Busy Papa and I announced to our family that

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We are currently 4 months along, due at the end of November (after Thanksgiving), and feeling great, although a little stretched out!

We will be announcing “boy or girl” as soon as we find out, and may even ask some input on names, especially considering how long Monkey Nose went without a name 🙂

Thanks for sharing in this special time with us!

We are eternally blessed, and looking forward with great excitement to all that this new adventure will have in store. And, hey, maybe I won’t be quite so bored anymore…

(p.s. – photo credit, because I’m not that creative. http://healthycoconutblog.com/2012/10/29/baby-announcement-our-little-pumpkin/)

Ready to Travel

Okay, here we go!

It’s the first week of  “Summer Camp at Home”.

Getting Ready to Travel:

6/10-6/14/13 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Songs The Wheels on the Bus She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain We’re Going on a Bear Hunt A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea Father’s Day songs
Story Felt Board Story Travel books Travel books Father’s Day books Father’s Day books
Games Vehicle Memory Move Like This-vehicle copycat Blueberry Picking Trip Bubble Play Day Fly a kite
Art/Science Paint Passport Messy Shirt Smock: tie-dye or paint Blueberry Picking Trip Bubble Wand/ Bubble Painting Travel Suitcase

I had said the theme this summer was Traveling Around the Globe, so this first week is about getting ready to go. We’re making passports and suitcases, getting them packed up and ready for our “trip”. We’ll read stories and sing songs about traveling. Since Father’s Day is this Sunday, we’ll make a project (Painting with Bubbles) that can be turned into a card or poster for Daddy.

Most projects, songs and games have links to instructions found online somewhere. (You’d be surprised how you can find entire preschool curricula online if you know where to look. Like this!) For books, take a trip to your local library for a wide selection on any topic. I have a fairly good collection of picture books built up over the years from Scholastic Book Clubs. These clubs are only available through a classroom or school setting, so talk to your child’s teacher if you don’t already receive book club order forms. Otherwise, you can still get great deals from their website, http://store.scholastic.com/, or Amazon.com, or your local library book sales (often just .50 per book).

I’ll be posting pictures in the Visual Aids category as the week goes by of projects and games. So excited to see how little Monkey Nose enjoys her very own Camp experience!

Summer… camp? A bit of blogkeeping

So, summer is coming, and I want to have a routine in place so it doesn’t fly by before we get anything (fun) accomplished.

Monkey Nose at a splash park last summer

Monkey Nose at a splash park last summer

I’m planning on taking lots of trips to the beach, aquarium, park, farm market, etc, and none of that will happen if I just let it “go with the flow”! Also, I would like to work our way through an “Around the Globe” curriculum I used a few years ago in a preschool summer camp. That’s a pretty ambitious looking summer, so a plan is definitely necessary!

Here’s my tentative outline so far:

8:00 – Breakfast

8:30 – Songs and Story time (introducing the day’s activities)

9:15 -** Outdoor time (before the heat of the day) like the baby pool or gardening or a trip to the playground

10:30 – Snack

11:00 – Art/Science activity

11:30 – Freeplay/Games

12:30 – Lunch

1:00 – Quiet time (we don’t always nap, but we always take a rest for at least an hour because Mama needs it!)

**On days that we stay home, we’ll follow this schedule, but on days with a trip planned, we’ll most likely be leaving around this time. That means snack and lunch may be on the road, and art and freeplay are off the schedule. But trips are definitely worth this sacrifice!

Every week, I’ll post up our proposed activities for the week, and then put up some pics, reviews, and cute memories (because we know Monkey Nose will be throwing wrenches in my plans all along the way).

Next week, we’ll start with getting our props for “traveling around the globe” ready, like a cardboard suitcase, play passport, and (of course) a messy shirt/smock for arts and crafts time! We’ll sing songs like “She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain” and play matching games with traveling vehicles. Check in on Monday for song lyrics and game templates.

We’re looking forward to an exciting adventure with you this summer!

When We Were Weeding

I didn’t really mean to have such a wonderfully alliterate title, but I like it 🙂
Anyway, Monkey Nose and I went out in the front yard to do some much overdue weeding.  We kneeled down and got to work. Then I heard a little noise like this, “What work, tee work!” It took a few repeats to realize MN was singing the song from “Wonderpets”. It was so cute! Every time she pulled up a weed, she sang her version of “What’s gonna work? Teamwork!”

After a while, we turned to pull weeds from under this tree.

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There were a lot under there. They were hard to see because of all those weepy branches. As I cleared them away, I saw these little blue things.

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Can you see them? They’re robin eggs! How exciting! But, how did they get there? Hmm…

Then I looked up and saw this.

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A robin’s nest! How cool! We have a robin family in our tree! And, it’s right in front of a window, so we can watch them come and go! (Can you tell I’m excited?) I hope they keep living there so we can take more pictures! This may become the first post in a series. We’ll see.  😉

Size Comparisons

A few years ago, a co-worker gave my mom a tower of snacks for Christmas. The kind that comes in boxes in descending order, and a different yummy treat is inside each. Well, the boxes have hung around as decorations during the holiday seasons. This year, they didn’t get put away because they have been used as a toy for a little Monkey I know.
Monkey Nose loves to take the tops off the boxes and try to match them back up again. Then, she’ll pile them up and knock them over. Sometimes she even gets them in the right order, but usually they’re just in a pile. They fall easier that way 😉
Who knew that such a simple, generic gift, could bring so much joy and learning to a little girl? If only we could remember who it was from so I could send them a “Thank you”!