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Recycle City

Our playgroup is awesome. Not only are the moms great but there are always fun activities going on. This past week we took a trip to Recycle City to learn about recycling and trash. It was super fun and the kids had a great time.

When we first arrived, the kids got to watch the trash trucks dump their loads and listened to our guide explain how they sort out the recycle bags. It was pretty gross watching all the stuff come out of the back of the trucks. Surprisingly, it didn’t stink all that bad in the room we were in which overlooked the dumping area. Many of the kids were having fun playing “eye spy” with the trash. We saw pumpkins and more. They also played a video about recycling. Honestly, can’t tell you much about it other than it featured dinosaurs. Must have been memorable, huh?

We then headed out to put sort the recycling that we brought into the correct containers. We then walked over to the huge scale where they weigh loads that people come to drop off. The entire group climbed up on the scale and got weight. 2200 pounds!!!! I blame the excess on the pregnant moms in our group!

It was a super fun time and Emily really enjoyed herself. Zachary, well, he was happy to be out of the house. Thanks playgroup moms for a fun and educational trip!

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Just sew you know

I asked for and received a sewing machine for Christmas. And just took it out of the box last week. How sad is that? I have been using the excuse that I wasn’t able to walk down the stairs for three months but that doesn’t hold a lot of water. What happened to January-April and June-September? Procrastination!!!

As a kick in the butt, I signed up for “get to know your sewing machine” class at our local community college. In my opinion, the instructor spent too much time on explaining the needles, threads, etc and not enough hands on time. It was still a worthwhile class. I can thread my machine and clean it. I *think* I can sew somewhat of a straight line. I still have many, many questions. Luckily, I have several mommy friends and my mother in law to help me out.

Surprisingly, I actually got the machine out of its case after class was over. Both kids were at their grandma’s house for the day so I decided to finish a blanket that I was supposed to make for Emily over a year ago. She was still in her toddler bed when I bought the material!

It is not perfect, by far, but she loves it! The look on her face when she came home and saw it waiting for her. That was enough to make the frustration worthwhile.

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Summer Reading

Monday begins the library’s annual summer reading program. Emily is very excited about it. She had participated in it the past two years and really enjoys it. She is a little book-worm!

It’s going to be a perfect motivator to get me moving on the “100 books to read before kindergarten” list. We have been going to the library but I have been bad about checking out books from this list. Hopefully will be able to knock it down some more! The books in bold are the ones we have read.

100 Books to Read Before Kindergarten

“More, More, More” Said the Baby

A Nap in a Lap

A Splendid Friend, Indeed

ABC, Like Me!

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alphabet City

Alphabet Rescue

Amazing Grace

An Extraordinary Egg

Angelina Ballerina

Bark, George

Barnyard Banter

Bear in a Square

Big Fat Hen

Book! Book! Book!

Bread and Jam for Frances

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?

Caps for Sale

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chrysanthemum

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Come Along Daisy

Come on, Rain!

Corduroy

Counting Kisses

Curious George

Daisy 1, 2, 3

Does a Cow Say Boo?

Duck on a Bike

Each Peach Pear Plum

Eating the Alphabet

Fancy Nancy

First the Egg

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Freight Train

Goodnight Moon

Gossie

Guess How Much I Love You

Hands Can

Happy Birthday Moon

Hear Are My Hands

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

How I Became a Pirate

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!

I Kissed the Baby

I Went Walking

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

In the Tall, Tall Grass

Is Your Mama a Llama?

It Looked Like Spilt Milk

Jamberry

Jazz Baby

Jump Frog, Jump

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Little Red Hen

Little Toot

Llama, Llama Red Pajama

Love You Forever

Maisy Goes Swimming

Make Way For Ducklings

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens

Mama, Do You Love Me?

Max Cleans Up

Max’s ABC

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Mouse Mess

Mouse Paint

Mr. Grumpy’s Outing

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha

My Friend Rabbit

My Very First Mother Goose

Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs

Old Black Fly

Olivia

One Beautiful Baby

Planting a Rainbow

Rosie’s Walk

Silly Sally

Snowy Day

Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails

Ten Tiny Tickles

Ten, Nine, Eight

The Doorbell Rang

The Hat

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Little Engine that Could

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

The Napping House

The Story of Babar

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Three Bears

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

Wemberly Worried

Where the Wild Things Are

Where’s My Teddy

Where’s Spot?

57 more to go!

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Numbers, numbers

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. 4 days later and we are still trying to recover. Hopefully I will be able to get everything done that I want to before Zachary gets here! I have several projects I want to finish, update the blog and relax. Not sure how much I will get done but I have lofty goals!

I have been a bit lagging about working with Emily on her numbers. She can count to 12 or so but she doesn’t recognize her numbers. I am really stinking in that department. But I am trying to make some progress. I am always looking for ways to teach her numbers and letters so if you have any ideas, please share them with me. I figure I need to have some quiet activities for the future.

Last week we made a number caterpillar. She loves it! I found the template online somewhere and printed it off. She had a blast coloring each circle. I then cut them out and put some contact paper on them so they will last a while. I am working with her recognizing her numbers while putting the caterpillar parts in order. So far, so good. She seems to enjoy it for now!

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