Thursday, December 17, 2015

Clementine, age 2

Things I don't want to forget:

-Clementine is a question-asker.
"Where we goin', Mama?" when we get in the car.
"What you makin', Mama?" when I'm cooking.

-She knows the colors and it's really cute.
It's been fun to see her pick up on things like that from Alice.
Counting, TONS of pretend play, using markers and glue, playing with the tiny Legos...
I think she often seems older than barely 2.

-However, she's still tiny. :)
I've worried about her being with the big kids at the gym,
but the report I always get is, "She holds her own!" and
"The other kids are so gentle with her because she's so much smaller than them."

-She loves all things nurturing.
Plays with the little dollhouse all the time.
Constantly takes care of her little babies.
She's quick to run over to give kisses and icepacks for any owie.
Often gives us hugs and says, "I miss you, Mama/Daddy/Alice!"

One night, she was crying and I went in to cover her back up.
She looked up sleepily and said, "Thank you, Mama."
Melted my heart.

-Say's "Superhero me, Mama!"
This means she wants me to tie a cape on her.
She also chooses to wear "Superman shirt" whenever it's an option.
(usually with a tutu)

-Clementine recently discovered she can get a cup and fill it up with water from the refrigerator...
all by herself.

-Still a picky eater, but she sometimes surprises us.
Last night, she ate the lion's share of broccoli.

-LOVES spending time with Ben and says, "Ticka me!"
She can't wait for him to come home from work so she can "show you".
(Show him all the things from the day.)

-She can often be found looking at, and talking about, a book, which I love!
Today, "Awe! Adigator (alligator) fall down."
:turned the page:
"He stand up!"

-Clementine is resilient!
She falls down, says, "I okay!" and jumps back up.
Nothing keeps her down for long.
I hope this is a lifelong character trait for her!

-She wants to do anything and everything Alice does.
The other day when I was brushing her hair,
she said, "Be careful, Mama."
That's Alice talk!

Those two are best friends.
They spend most of their days playing together, which I love.
I have worried that their 3 1/2 year age difference would be too much for them to be good buddies.
Definitely not the case for now!

Last week, I cut the pacifiers and we took the "broken" paci's to Target to exchange them for a toy.




-Current favorite song: The Little Drummer Boy


She makes my heart want to explode!
Our precious gift, Clementine.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

All Aboard!

Cog Railway Santa Train!







So fun!!
Until...Santa.




We had a blast with our sweet friends!

Lastly, I got the impression Santa didn't want to take a picture with me.

Homeschooling, part 2

We're 3 months in and I seriously cannot believe how much I am loving homeschooling!

Weighing rocks:

Calendar:

Tea parties:

Sorting and classifying:

Building:

Legos! Both girls love them.
I love the learning that happens with them!

LOTS of reading:

Sometimes, we go out for lunch...just for fun. :)

Baths. SO many baths.
We draw in the tub,
play with bubbles,
have "ocean" baths and "glow baths"...
so many baths.


I found this Marble Works set for $2 at a garage sale years ago.
Such a fun find!

Alice discovered she could make rainbows by spraying water in the sun.

We read a book about a little girl who traveled the world to make an apple pie.
So, we traveled around Colorado Springs to get ingredients for ours:
1. That's a $20 gluten free apple pie.
2. The girls learned they do not like apple pie.
3. I learned apple pie makes a delicious breakfast.

Field trip to a pumpkin patch:


In the fall, we tried to be intentional about going to playgrounds.
Such a fun way to challenge Clementine physically.

We learned about the ocean and went to the aquarium in Denver.
So fun!

Playing with magnets:

MagnaTiles on the "light table" I made.
MagnaTiles=worth every. single. penny.

Snowcream!

We read "A Cranberry Thanksgiving" and did lots of fun activities,
including this sensory bin with our buddies:

We've turned many grocery trips into field trips.
Takes forever, but the girls love it!

Art. A large amount of our day is spent doing various art projects.

Clementine likes to help sharpen the colored pencils. :)

On our first "snow day":

"Writing"

Learning at the library:

Another one of our favorite toys:

Loved this picture from a walk around our block:

She made puppets, then a puppet theater.
We watched a YouTube video about Jim Henson.

Puppet shows for days and days!

More sensory tables:




Seriously, so much art.


Picking and eating fresh herbs.
(Aerogarden is awesome.)

Cooking:

Sledding...the best kind of recess, according to Alice.



Alice and I do sit-down, more structured work together, too. 
I'll write about that later!

I just love it.
I'm so incredibly thankful this is a possibility for our family.
I'm so thankful for these moments!