Friday, March 22, 2013


We wrapped up a fun week of Spring Break with a trip to the annual Houston Livestock Fair and Rodeo.  We have enjoyed living so close to Houston and it was just a quick trip down south bound I45.  We enjoyed playing games at the midway...

{Check out this competitive girl's game face!!}

We visited the livestock (even the nursery area where there were sweet animal babies just days old!)

These brave three tried out the 'Goliath Slide'!  They loved it!

{Owen had a grin on his face and both hands in the air most of the way down!}

A hug for 'Ms Moo' (little brother wasn't a fan)

Emma had her mind set on doing this mechanical bull ride!  She did a great job and never fell off!

This corageous girl is always up for a new adventure!  Her favorite thing of the day was this giant swing!  She barely met the height requirement with her big hair bow :)

There were only a hand full of rides that both kids were tall enough to ride together:

My handsome fair date :)  He even found me a yummy funnel cake!

The weather was gorgeous and fun was had by all!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Owen Lingo

We are happy to report that Owen continues to make strides in his speech!  Last month we visited with the speech therapist for our school district.  She had him identify a series of image flashcards.  He knocked the socks off of everyone in the room by correctly identifying 99% of them!!  As I have known all along, his vocabulary is huge.  His new words impress me on a daily basis.  The therapist agreed that his pronunciation is lacking a bit but assured me that he is on track.  He especially needs to continue working on the sounds F, S and L.  I love that he is talking more now and I adore the way he says things.  We often say that he has his own language and his sister is his best interpreter.  Because I don't want to forget, here is a list of his newest and most used sweet words:

"carswul" - careful ("I be carswul!" when he is doing something that he usually needs help with!)

"nuhswing" - nothing

"naush" - fish (he loves fish tanks!)

"One, boo, sree, por, pibe, sees, sesen, eight, nigh, teen, elesen, twell" - counting

"Tinkle, tinkle leetle tar" - Twinkle, twinkle little star

"Deezuz lubs me dis I know" - Jesus loves me this I know :)

"boobaya" - banana (He says "Monkeys eat boobayas and monkey bread!")

"Gotch my bows" - I'd like to watch my TV shows (not yours, not hers, MINE!!  Typically referring to Jack & the Neverland Pirates or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse)

"I just keedin" - I'm just kidding! (such a comedian already!)

"yeemon" - lemon (he often sneaks the lemon juice out of the fridge for a snack ~ so silly!)

"yike" - like ("I don't yike to eat")

"kicken" - chicken (We see chickens in a nearby yard while in the pick up line for sister!)

"wees" - with (I go wees you!)

"curn" - turn (It's my curn to play Wii!)

"gown" - down ("Lay gown in you yap, mama!" Still oh so cuddly)

"Pea sha" - Pediasure (his favorite treat!)

"fweeze" - please

"boojahmies" - pajamas

"tidered" - tired ("I not tidered" at bedtime)

"yungry" - hungry ("I not yungry" at almost every meal)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mommy & Me art class

This morning Owen and I started a six week long Mommy & Me art class at the Wynne Home arts center in Huntsville.  There are five children total in the class with ages ranging from 3 to 5.  I just recently stumbled upon this place and I'm so excited about their upcoming Spring and Summer activities offered.  In fact, I'm also starting a photography class there this evening :)  First today Ms T taught the kiddos all about lines (vertical, horizontal, curved, zig zag, etc).  We created watercolor castles using the different kinds of lines.  Owen listened very well, followed directions and was even willing to try new things!

Our masterpieces :)

Next the kiddos learned about primary and secondary colors.  Owen loved mixing and discovering how the colors would change.  We started a project that we will finish next week.

Of course he preferred to paint with this big ole brush!

My happy little artist :)  During class we learned that the public library was having story (& craft!) time right after so we headed there for more fun!  I had the best day with my little buddy and eagerly look forward to Wednesdays this season.

"Every child is an artist." ~ Pablo Picasso

Friday, March 1, 2013

Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss!

In honor of Dr Seuss' (109th!) birthday, Jarrod and I participated in the national Read Across America day. He read "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" and I read "Green Eggs and Ham".  

Fancy hats :)

Sweet Kindergarteners (+ little brother!)

"Green eggs and ham" treat for snack time (Thanks, Pinterest!)

"The more that you read, the more things you will know.  
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"  ~Dr Seuss