Thursday, October 06, 2011

Builder of the Week/First Report Card

The week before last, Ava was named "Builder of the Week" (student of the week). As the Builder of the Week, she got to make a poster of family photos to share, fill out a little biography form, take a movie to share with class, and have a parent come and read a story to the class.

When she got off the bus on the Friday before her week, she was so excited. Every week she had been talking about what the builder of the week had done, and finally, it was her week! I believe she told everyone at the bus stop and showed off her letter.

We made a poster and she chose all the pictures herself. She added illustrations and would have covered the whole thing with drawings if she could have. She took the movie The Aristocats to school and then I took cookie and punch to school for her class on Friday. While there, I read two book to her class. We read No David and There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves. The kids loved both stories and they both got a good amount of laughter.

Ava had such a great time that week. She says her favorite part was "Building the big poster."

During that week we also had her first parent/teacher conference. I went to it wile Bradley kept Harrison and it was a nice conference. Ava is still having issues with talking and staying on task, but other than that, she is doing fine. Her first report card shows that she has mastered all the skills that she should have by this point (duh) and she is doing satisfactory. :) That's my girl!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

iPhone Photos

Since getting a new phone, I have spent a lot of time playing around with it and trying little fun things. I love that it has a camera that takes relatively good photos. Once I figured out to take the protective film off the camera, it was tons better. :) I like that I have it everywhere I go and can so quickly snap a shot. No, they aren't the greatest photos in the world, but the little memories are what matter!

1. and 12. Harrison cheesing

2. Ava - First photo with new phone

3. Ava with her student of the week poster

4. Harrison enjoying supper (Playing with it at least)

5. and 6. Ava and I shared a slice of cheesecake at Sweet Peppers

7. Playing outside

8. Ready for dance

9. Supper

10. Working hard

11. Harrison stealing Fritos before supper

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Story of Baby "Mosef"

A couple of weeks ago, Wednesday night marked the return of kids/youth programs at our church and Ava was so excited to get back to Wednesday night church. She loves being in class with Mrs. Alma Ruth and always has such a good time. In fact, when it is time to leave, she never wants to go. She always begs to stay a little while longer.

The first Wednesday night she was the last little one out of her class because she was finishing her craft project. They had studied the story of Moses and how his mother made a basket and put him in the river. At the end of the story they had made a little paper doll Moses and a paper basket (more like a box). Ava was so excited that she came running out with her "Baby Mosef." She had even made him a teddy bear (colored in the box), and a blanket (from old rags).

All night long she talked about "Baby Mosef" and the story of his basket. When bedtime came, we read the story of Moses from her children's bible and then she wanted me to put Mosef somewhere to sleep. Everywhere I chose was wrong. The bookshelf was too dark and he would be scared and the baby bed wasn't safe because Paisley might get him and puke on him (Paisley is our pukey cat). Finally she found the perfect location and I figured that was the end of Baby Mosef, because she would forget about him,

Alas, that was not meant to be. Baby Mosef kept reappearing as she carried him around the house and then put him in a LARGER basket for protection. Anytime she had to leave the room, I was charged with watching Baby Mosef so Harrison could not steal him. He even slept in his LARGE basket on her bed. The first morning when I went in to her room, she was upset that in the middle of the night, someone (Daddy) had moved Baby Mosef to the foot of her bed and when she woke up in the middle of the night, she moved him right back to the top of the bed. :)

Then for a little while, Baby Mosef hung out in our pictures in the hall so he could watch over us. That is where she rediscovered him and began to play with him again.

The second Wednesday night they learned about the burning bush and colored one and then this past Wednesday night, they made a staff that turned into a serpent (bracelet). Since then, we have read the story of Moses, watched the movie "Prince of Egypt" and looked at anything resembling Egyptian stuff. Harrison was even the unlucky kid who had to play "Pharaoh" while Ava was Moses and chased him with a stick. This morning, Baby Mosef has inherited a cookie cutter sheep "because Mosef had sheep."

Her big imagination continues to astound me and I love seeing what she will come up with next. I love her zest for church and am glad that she enjoys learning about the Bible.

So sweet to see these little quirks that my baby girl has. I love seeing what interesting things she does and always have loads of laughs!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Catching Up...again

Whew! What a crazy couple of weeks! It seems like I am always saying that anymore. Just trying to make it to the next weekend or next break, and low and behold, I have made it to Fall Break. 2 weeks! Except today on my first day of break, I had to go to inservice. Yuck!

We have been hanging in here at the Rogers' house. Harrison is getting meaner, but funnier everyday, Ava is as dramatic as always, and Bradley is obsessed with baseball (the Cards are in the playoffs) and college football. I am on my last class of my Masters degree and in 7 and 1/2 weeks, I will be finished! It can't get here quick enough, but then it can, because the next day, Harrison will be 2 years old.

We have been relatively well (with the exception of snotty noses) and just so busy with things around the house. I have lots to post about, but I need to figure out how to get pictures from my phone to my computer. That will take some tinkering with! So, I hope all are well and that I have at least 3 or 4 people still reading this blog! :)

Happy Fall Y'all!

Ava on "Orange Day."

Enjoying the cooler weather.

A few weeks ago we caught this rainbow on camera. It didn't last long, but it was beautiful.