Sunday, July 20, 2014

Elle's first ride

I can hardly believe it but my two year old was tall enough and brave enough to go on a fair ride all by herself. The ride was her and another girl spraying water on a building to"put out a fire". She says it was"washing the hotel". I am so proud and she is very proud of herself. What a fun time at Como Town at the Como Zoo.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Elle says

Happy New Year!
Where's hat and mittens? (referring to her chef's hat and oven mits).

Elle believes your jammies should be accessorized with skirts and shoes

Helping daddy shop at Macy's for spiffy work clothes

Elle's "hat"
Some of the things Elle says are quite funny especially since she is not even 2 years old and we have some good little conversations sometimes. She remembers words from weeks ago and even the intonation used when she learned the word. 

Examples include: 
Looking at her matching book one of the pages is all about racing vehicles, I pointed to one and she said "MONSTER TRUCK" in her best monster voice. I wasn't there when she learned this one but it stuck with her and she still says MONSTER TRUCK whenever we are matching pictures on that page. 

Yesterday I made myself a latte and we were headed out the door. Elle asked me what I had I said mommy's milk, she replied, "chai tea?" I asked her to repeat it and she said "chai tea", yes I said, it's chai tea although she hasn't heard that phrase since new year's when my mom was here. 

Chad and I were telling Elle that her birthday is next month and she will be two years old. What fun! How exciting! What kind of birthday do you want? we ask, "happy" was Elle's reply. That I think we can do.

Lately I've been coughing alot so Elle says "bless you" in her sweetest voice. (heart melt)

Many conversations usually revolve around, "where did (something) go?" Elle asks, I say "I don't know,"  Elle says, "find 'em?" Then you can hear "hmmpht" as she walks around with her shoulders shrugged and hands in the air. This goes on and on but its super cute and sweet. These somethings often include, daddy, the moon, the sun, the cat that walks through our yard everyday, the deer on the hill where we live, other family members and the list goes on.

Just this morning I asked Elle if she wants cereal. "Kix?" she asks, okay. So I go to the kitchen to get her a bowl, she follows me, "and milk?", yes, milk I say, and "spoon?" she asks. Yes I say and go sit down I'll bring it to you. She turns around, "and napkin?" Okay, napkin too. Geez, talk about quality control, she wasn't so sure I was gonna get it right. Too funny. 

Now, you'll often hear, "okie dokie." She may be spending too much time with me. What a sweet girl.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Keeping our toddler busy


I am learning to love the dollar store. Now that I am working in the schools with preschool and elementary aged children I need to find inexpensive activities to enhance fine/visual motor skills. This also provides an opportunity to find fun things for Elle to do.


I love the window clings and magnets too which happens to be some of Elle's favorites. We have a magnetic whiteboard where she can play with different magnets and also color with whiteboard crayons.


I love pom poms and so does Elle she is finding lots of places to hide them around the house. This was a color sorting activity which she was able to do very easily and soon we will be doing some projects with them using glue and popsicle sticks and tongs for additional fine motor practice. The opportunities are endless.
 
The foam letter and number puzzle is fun and time consuming to disassemble, one day putting it back together will also be entertaining. Anything for learning and to keep busy.  

Elle's Latest Artwork


Salt dough handprint ornaments
Handprint turkey







Elle has a lot to do during her day in school this includes creating works of art. It is always fun when we go to get her and there is a fun project waiting for us to bring home. It is a shame that we are the only ones who get to see them so I thought I'd share them with friends and family. Take a look, the salt dough handprints were made at home as gifts for grandparents with a little help from mommy.

Whenever we see Elle's art she always says, "I made that!" She is so proud of what she does. She also recognizes her name and can identify the letter E. Pretty cool. Enjoy. I hope to be able to put more fun things in our blog to keep people up to date with our family. Please feel free to comment.