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From F to A

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So we said good-bye to the letter F at the beginning of the week! Monday night’s F activity was to read a book with the letter F. Since we have a fireman in the family (Uncle Ryan), I chose this book….

Honey and Bumpy got to read the book with Ava because I was lucky enough to get tickets to see the Zac Brown Band at the Houston Rodeo with my one of my besties from high school, Suzette! We didn’t get to spend a ton of time together, but the short time we did, we had a blast. Thank you Suzy Q!!

Suzy & Me after Zac Brown

Tuesday night’s F activity was to play a game that started with the letter. I decided on Leap Frog. Now, I could tell you how much FUN we had playing and how silly we all were jumping over each other – we’re quite the perfect family, and everything ALWAYS goes as planned you know. Oh, and I am the perfect mother who is always even-tempered, never impatient, and always has everything done. BUT…..things didn’t go as planned on Tuesday. I picked the kids up from Honey & Bumpy’s (they stayed with them while I went to the concert and Shawn worked) in the morning, then we met Shawn for lunch at T.G.I. Fridays (where Ava pointed out the letter F’s without being prompted – so there ya go), went home, the kids took naps that weren’t near long enough, then we went to the park, then to the store, then grilled out. While we were grilling out, Ava decided she was IN LOVE with doodle-bugs (yes, she used the word love, “Mommy, I love it!”), and she was not interested in playing leap-frog (especially after she found out she could not bring her doodle-bug to dinner – she was quite devastated). I decided it wasn’t worth the battle, so we did no official F activity on Tuesday. I probably could have tried harder, buuuuuut I was tired. Everyone ended the evening pretty grumpy (see above note about naps)

For our next letter, Ava chose the letter A…to no one’s surprise!

And I’m just now looking at the picture above and realizing that I wrote my lowercase a’s differently…oops. I usually write my a’s as they are on the bottom, but for Ava’s sake I figured I would write them the ‘normal’ way…guess I better keep that consistent.

Wednesday night’s activity was once again coloring tracing the letter and coloring a picture. She did it extremely well, but I can’t find the picture (I know I took one…maybe …see perfect mom note above). We also made her an alphabet book where we will keep some of her letter creations to remember all the Alphabet fun we had, and as a way to review the letters we have learned.

If you have been reading my blog, you will remember that Wednesday night’s activity is something simple because we have gymnastics. Funny story about gymnastics this week…there wasn’t any. Unfortunately we didn’t figure that out until we drove up all ready for gymnastics only to find no cars in the parking lot. See perfect mom note above (Perfect mom saved the day, though, and suggested an evening of fun at Gattitown – that seemed to help).

Thursday night’s activity was a craft. She made an Alligator A!

A is for Alligator!

Ava and her Alligator

The alligator was a hungry one and went around eating everyone!

Shiner said, "Bring it on 'gator!"

I think Briggs was a little more worried that the alligator was going to eat all his blueberries.

Skippy was too fast for the alligator, and luckily for me, alligator’s heard that Mommy’s don’t taste very good, so I was safe 🙂

Now our day 3 activity is typically to do practice writing the letter and day 4’s is to do an activity that starts with the letter, but we planned on going to the zoo on Friday, so I switched the two, and our activity was “Animals!” We had a blast at the zoo, and Ava pointed out letter A’s and F’s. See next blog post for more on the zoo 🙂

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F is for Fun!

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The last few days have been filled with lots and lots of rain (which we are definitely QUITE thankful for), so that means we have spent mucho time indoors! Luckily, I had the letter of the week activities planned, so we didn’t go too stir crazy 🙂 Friday night’s activity was to write the letter. I plan on using different “fun” methods to write the letter each week. Friday night she got to write the letter on the dry erase board.

F is for Flag!

She wrote the letter F quite quickly (which I was extremely impressed), and by the time I got the camera, she realized that she could connect the two sidebars on the F and make a flag (a word that starts with F)…I wish I could say that I planned that, buuuut, she totally did that one on her own (which is really even better). She wrote the F’s on the other side of the board then switched to the back of it when I went to get the camera.

The other exciting thing that happened on Friday, was that Briggs started CRAWLING! I have mixed feelings about this milestone. For one crawling means the baby never stays where you put him. I have a hard enough time keeping up with things that don’t move right now….now a baby on the go?! Eeek! Secondly, crawling means my baby is growing up. Once they start crawling, everything goes SO fast (literally and figuratively). I am not ready to say bye-bye to the baby year yet, although I know there is so much fun to have in the toddler years, and beyond. I just want to hang on a little bit longer, so you definitely won’t see me encouraging the walking (Shawn however, can’t wait for the toddler years – Oh, the differences between Mommies and Daddies). Back to Briggs crawling – fortunately, he hasn’t completely realized he can crawl yet, so he hasn’t really crawled more than 4-5 crawl steps at a time. By the end of the weekend, though, he was getting a little more familiar with it. I think I only have about a day left until he truly takes off. Be on the look out for a video soon…

Now back to letter of the week. Saturday’s activity is to do an activity that begins with the letter. The first activity we did was finger painting. She did that really fast, and I forgot to take a picture of that one. When she finger paints, she mixes all the colors together, so I’m sure you can create your own picture. The second activity we did was to dress “F”ancy while doing a look and “F”ind (she did the fancy part on her own by donning all her necklaces). She first glued popsicle sticks onto the paper to form the letter F. She then sifted through a box of glitter foam letters to find all the “F’s” and things that start with “F.”

Finding the F's

"Tada! I found an F, Mommy!"

She absolutely loved this activity (she is crazy about stickers), and wasn’t content after she had found all the “F’s” so she snuck in a few other letters while I got the camera to take a picture…sneaky little “f”ox 🙂

Sunday night’s activity was to make a food with the letter. We made Fondue!

Shake, Shake, Shake! Preparing the cheese to be melted.

Fondue!

 

Even Briggs got in on the Fondue action. He actually loved it more than anyone else...who's surprised? And yes, he's wearing Christmas jammies...don't judge.

Fondue night got a little crazy

We had so much Fun-do! Haha…I know that was cheesy (okay, okay, I’ll stop) :p. And in case you didn’t notice, Ava decided she was going to be a “Buzz Buzz Bee” and wore her Bee costume all day long. She even took a nap in it.

This Busy Bee wore herself out

We have two more days to spend on the letter F, then Ava will pick a new letter. I am so thrilled at how well this is turning out, how much she is loving it, and how much she is getting into it- she is amazing me every day! Before I started this, she was showing very little interest in letters, other than the letter A, because A is for Ava (of course)…she’s not self-centered at all. I knew she knew more than she would show me, and this is really bringing it out. I hope it continues!