Thursday, January 28, 2016

January Preschool Theme: Nursery Rhymes

 We focused on Nursery Rhymes during the month of January.  We started off with Hey Diddle Diddle.  We did sorting games with the rhymes to determine what was in the rhyme and what wasn't in the rhyme.  We also did a matching game. 

We also read Jack Be Nimble.  I printed out these candlesticks and we lined them up across the room and had the kids jump over them.  We also counted and graphed them.  
We made finger puppets when we read Hickory Dickory Dock.  The kids really liked those.  They also liked running the little mice up and down the grandfather clock.  We also practiced our counting with the mice.  
 When we read Humpty Dumpty, I had props and had the kids act out the rhyme.  One person wore the crown while holding up the king's men.  We also counted the king's men; we have needed practice with one-to-one correspondence. 
 This was my favorite.  I put magnets in some Easter eggs and drew faces on them.  The kids built a wall out of Magformers, and they got to show Humpty on the wall throughout various stages of the rhyme.  We also put Humpty on the table and used additional exterior magnets to spin Humpty around without touching him.  
 After reading Humpty Dumpty to the kids, I gave them a piece of paper and had them draw Humpty at either the beginning, middle, or end of the rhyme.  Stella chose to draw him while he was sitting on the wall.  Look at how great her name looks, and isn't her egg cute? 
 Random insert of Bryce.  He is sitting up in the bumbo really well.  He started rolling over at about three months.  Actually, when we he was three weeks old, he rolled over six times in a row, but I didn't really count that as it didn't happen again until he was three months.  He almost always has this dazed look on his face.  It's as if he's amazed by all the craziness around him:)
 We painted flowers and things when we read Mary Mary Quite Contrary
 The kids had fun making sheep with Little Bo Peep
We ended with Little Miss Muffet.  I remembered that Anne had read the rhyme to her class and had had them try curds and whey to see if they liked it.  I decided that would be fun especially since Stella LOVES cottage cheese.  We graphed the results.  All but one of the kids liked it which kind of surprised me.  
Curds and Whey. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Things We Love and Stella the Doctor

 We had a "Things We Love" activity for Relief Society.  Everyone brought a product they love ($10 or less) to exchange with another person.  We took turns explaining what our product was and why we love it.  After doing so, each sister drew out a name from a glass jar and gave away their product to another person.  We got to know the sisters in our ward a little better, and we had a hot cocoa bar too!  It was a fun activity.  I decorated the table with Valentines Day decor to go along with the theme.  My calling just changed, so this was my last activity to coordinate.  I am pretty sad, but change is good.  



Stella gave this stethoscope to Bradford for Christmas.  She was very excited about her gift to him, as you can tell.  Poor Bryce. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Dance, Rocking Horse, Wedding

 Stella was so excited to begin dance lessons today.  She was a great listener (Stella, really?) during class and really enjoyed it.  Toward the end of class, she asked her teacher when they were going to start dancing.  I think she had envisioned western swing dancing with a partner when I told her she was going to take dance lessons, so she was a little confused by all the plies and sautes. 
 I finally finished re-making the rocking horse my dad had made for the kids when Bradford turned one.  It had gotten damaged when some neighbor kids sat on it in wet swimming suits, and it was a little abused from my own children; Bronson picked off the eyes, etc.  I decided to forgo eyes, a mane, and a tail until the kids are old enough to handle them.  I kind of like the simplicity of it, but I will probably regret the white color when it's combined with my dirty children.  Oh well. 
 I recently helped my mom with a wedding.  My dad made these pillars for my wedding, and my mom now rents them out to people. 
I helped my mom make these arrangements for four plant stands that flanked the pillars.


I don't necessarily care for navy blue, especially in a wedding, but I thought everything looked well done.  We didn't do any of the table decorations, but we got our inspiration for the flower arrangements from them.  Literally.  My mom walked into the hall and realized the flower arrangements we'd made didn't go with what they had going on in the hall.  She called me and I dashed down to St. George to help her redo them.  It was a little crazy.  The arrangements we'd made were a little too whimsical and romantic for the decor style they went with. 
I helped make the bridal bouquet, boutonnieres, and corsages for the line.  It has been a long time, so it was a little slow going to make them.  At least we didn't have to redo those.... 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Christmas 2015

We had a nice Christmas.  Some of these pictures are out of order.  Bronson really enjoys wearing this old hat of Phillip's.  Vicki, our friend from Laramie, sent the kids some Christmas pajamas.  It was so nice of her.  We can't wait until she visits in a few weeks!

 Stella wanted gum and more gum for Christmas. 


 Bryce was pretty chill for his first Christmas. 


 Oh my!  The kids have enjoyed this geo dome from my parents. 


 I didn't picture it, but we got a grill from my parents.  Phillip is pretty excited about it. 


Brock doesn't look so sure about holding hands:)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Family

Lyndy decided to come down for a visit right before Christmas.  It was nice to have everyone all together again. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bundy Family Christmas Party

 We had a lot of fun at the Bundy family Christmas party.  Thanks Aunt Margie and Grandma for all the work you put in to make it a success. 
 Dessert contest.  Way to go Chantry for being the only guy who made a cake.  It said JOY on the top in fancy cursive. 

 My favorite part was the photo booth. 
 I loved the Grinch sweater I got for our Relief Society ugly sweater contest.  I wore it on multiple occasions during the holiday. 

 Can you believe this girl is going to have her baby any day now? 

Frosty had a little too much party. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Phillip's Birthday and Family Party

 Phillip turned thirty on the 21st of December.  I always feel bad his birthday is so close to Christmas.  I think December birthdays get the short end of the stick, but he is always a good sport about everything.  This year, I bought his birthday present a few months in advance to ensure I got him something nice.  
 Phillip wanted an eggnog pudding pie with an Oreo crust for his birthday.  It was a strange request, but I did my best.  I didn't love the taste of it, but Phillip liked it, so that's all that matters. 
 We had a little family Christmas party at our house on Phillip's birthday.  It was fun to get together with everyone. 
 We made squeeze fudge...
 and I read Christmas stories to the kids while the fudge was squeezed into shape. 
 Everyone was loving Uncle Brent in this picture. 
 Here, the kids are all lined up for the giant marshmallow/snowball game we played.
 Grandpa was a good sport and held the bowl on his head the whole time. 
 After my Uncle Brad passed away, my Grandma Bills took his stocking and filled it up on Christmas day with little things for all of us grandkids to have.  I enjoyed going over to my grandma's house and opening the stocking when I was younger.  My Aunt Loraine inherited the stocking when my Grandma passed away, and she gave it to me after we named Brad.  I thought it would be fun to continue the tradition now that we have the stocking.  I filled the stocking with a couple things for each kid in the family. 

Surprise, surprise- when Mattie went in for another ultrasound, she found out she's actually having a girl!