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Cheyenne’s Spring Program at Mother’s Day Out

The end of the school year is coming up very soon and that means End of the Year celebrations!  Cheyenne had her Spring Program at Mother’s Day Out the other day and it was so precious!   The music teacher chose the theme Music and Motion in the Spring and watching a group of 3-5 year olds sing and move to the music was priceless.  One song they sang was Let’s Go Fly a Kite from Mary Poppins and they each had a little scarf that they waved around while they sang. I was happy to see how well Cheyenne was following directions and following the music teacher’s movements.  They sang several songs and had hand gestures and movements to go with each of them.  There were a few kids that just couldn’t stay up there for the whole performance.  Once little girl just stood up there crying loudly until one of the teachers went up to comfort her, but she just wanted to go sit with her mom.  There were other kids that periodically came out to the audience to hug on their moms before going back up to the stage.  I was proud of Cheyenne for staying up on the stage and not running down.  A year ago, she would have been one of those kids.  I am so proud of how much she has learned and how she has grown socially, developmentally and spiritually.

Cheyenne had a great time at her program and was so excited about it that for days before, she would tell everyone she knew that “My Spring Program at school is on Wednesday at 10:15!!  Would you like to come to my Program?”  It was so cute!!

I recently got her registered for the summer and fall sessions of Mother’s Day Out at our church.  She has been going during this last school year and has loved it and grown in so many ways.

Here are some pics from her program and I’m hoping to get it on DVD like we did the Christmas Program and the Video Yearbook we got a few weeks ago.

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You know she had to throw a little silly in there somewhere!

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The color was funny on this one because I took it with my camera and forgot to change the light setting, but this is such a cute picture of her.


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It’s Been a While…

I know, it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  As is usually the fact of my life, what I decided and planned to do gets railroaded and doesn’t work out so I create a bigger, better plan and this time, I’m going to stick with it.  I have decided that rather than start a new school year in April, I would wait until September and start fresh with our K4 curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  While I am sort of using her lesson plan that comes with the curriculum, I am supplementing with some other curriculum and lessons I have come across.  So I am sitting down and planning each week out adding in the other curriculum and things I have come across.  I am even planning out our arts and crafts for each day and science experiments for each week.

Over the summer I am going to do some preschool/kindergarten themes I had saved prior to getting the K4 curriculum and never used.  So we are just going to have fun during the summer, do a few themed lessons, do some arts and crafts and lots of playing!!

So on to what we have been doing…..

We have been working some puzzles:

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Cheyenne has never been a puzzle girl.  She has never liked puzzles even as a baby and toddler, she never expressed interest in them, gravitated towards them or even wanted to participate when I would get them out and do them with her.  But since I have packed away all of her baby puzzles and bought her some big girl puzzles over the last year, she still hasn’t really seemed interested.  So the other day, I showed her where I had put her puzzles in her closet on a shelf where she could get them whenever she wanted.  In the past, I had to keep them put up or all the pieces would be scattered all over the room or better yet, the entire house.  :(

So when I got a couple of puzzles out the other day for her, we sat and put one together and then she got a little more interested but I guess needs more work to get better at them.  Since she wasn’t that interested, I never pushed them on her, but wanted to reintroduce them to her and see if it sparks an interest.  Since that day, she has asked me to do puzzles again yesterday and today.  I’m hoping she will be a puzzle lover like her Mommy.  I remember as a kid and teenager, we would go to the Hallmark store at least once a month and get Springbok puzzles and we would sit and work the puzzles as a family in the evenings.  Some took no time at all and other took longer.  Believe it or not, those very puzzles are still all together, each one laid out on newspaper, brushed with puzzle glue and stacked on top of each other under our living room couch where they have been since we put them together and each one we completed would get added to the top of the stack.  I was thinking about that the other day and how much I would love to pull those out and see what condition they are in.  It’s been like 20 years or more, people, so there’s no telling.  But I remember one that was some teddy bears doing ballet and I thought that one would be cute to frame and put in Cheyenne’s room.  I would love to take some of them apart and do them again.  (I’ll just have to take pictures before I disassemble them since the boxes are long gone)

Anyway, what a fun trip down memory lane there, but we’ve been up to more than just reminiscing….

We also did a cute craft over a couple of days.  I bought a little simple wood frame and some wood letters at Wal-Mart last week and I decided we would do this as we had a lot of rain over a couple of days and then one (hopefully) last visit from Old Man Winter.  This is Texas ya’ll….winter should be long over by now.

I am running low on paint and didn’t see a color I really liked that would match her décor in her room, which is lime green and hot pink, so I went in and got the paint that I used to paint her entertainment center in her room.  So she painted the frame lime green and the letters hot pink.  Then I had a brilliant idea that I thought would be really cute…putting hot pink polka dots all around the frame.  Cheyenne did help, but I did most of the dots, but the rest of this craft, she did all by herself.  I think it turned out pretty cute!!

Painting a picture frame for her room

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Such a silly little girl. She went in the other room and came back in the den looking like this.  I couldn’t resist snapping a picture!

We also spent some time outside after the rain stopped and it warmed up a little.  Did I mention that Cheyenne has seemed to grow super muscles lately??  All of a sudden lately, she is doing things that she’s never done before, using her muscles to swing between the couch and coffee table, hanging and pulling herself up on everything using her own strength.  We were outside in the front yard and Cheyenne called me and when I turned around this is what I saw….

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After my heart went back down into my chest, I snapped this picture quickly before letting her know that that was extremely dangerous and urged her to carefully get down.  Especially since this tree’s roots come up above the ground and are very large.  She had completely used her arm strength to pull herself up there and stand up.  I was shocked.  She has tried for a while to climb up there, but hadn’t been able to do it.  I am constantly amazed by this little girl!  :)

 

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Week in Pictures – Week 8

We had a busy week this week.  We started school back up, had some play time with friends and just chilled at home.

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Princess Cheyenne playing dress up at Alexis’s house…on Monday.

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Getting back into school…on Tuesday.

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Drawing a diamond…on Wednesday.

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Shamrock tattoo she got at a St. Patrick’s Day party playdate….on Thursday.

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Beautiful peacock not too far from our house….there were a ton of them….on Friday.

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Just chillin’ in Grandpa’s chair listening to a book on the Kindle…on Sunday.

I hope you all had a great week and had lots of fun too!!

Asign


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Project 365 – Week 7

I did better this week, but still didn’t manage to get a picture every day.  I think I’m just going to turn this into a Week in Pictures post for a while.  I have been thinking about it and have pretty much decided that I am going to abandon the Project 365 for now and just do a week in pictures post to let you see what we have been up to.  I will be starting Project 365 up again on June 8th, which will be Cheyenne’s 4th birthday and I will be doing a Project 365 – Cheyenne….Age 4, and taking a picture each day through the year that she is 4.

So here is our Week in Pictures post for this week…Week 7.

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Taking a break in our friends’ backyard….on Monday.

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Cheyenne got 3 huge bags of clothes from her bestie, Alexis. This is one of the many adorable outfits…on Tuesday.

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Cute new nightgown…on Wednesday.

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Another adorable outfit….on Thursday.

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Devon absolutely adores his little sister and loves playing with her…on Saturday.

 

I hope you all had a wonderful week as well!!

 

Asign


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Project 365 – Week 6

Well, I knew it was bound to happen.  I’m just not capable of keeping up with an ongoing project….my life is a huge bundle of ongoing projects!!  LOL  Plus, these are the pictures from week before last, so I will have another post for last week’s pictures coming soon.  So I didn’t get a picture every day that week, but here’s what I did get…

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This girl loves to paint…on Tuesday.

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Cheyenne and her bestie, Alexis hanging out before we went out of town for the weekend….on Thursday.

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Cheyenne’s first carousel ride at her cousin’s birthday party in Austin…on Saturday.

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Eating some frozen yogurt with her cousins before heading back home from Austin…on Sunday.

So that’s all the pictures I got for this week.  Hopefully I can get back into it and keep up.  If not, I am still getting good pictures every week and now that it is spring, we are getting out more, having more fun, creating new memories and documenting them along the way.  :)

Asign


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St. Patrick’s Day Man

We made a fun craft the other day, and I never got it posted….surprise!  Being as it is St. Patrick’s Day, I figured I better get it posted for those of you that want a last-minute St. Patrick’s Day craft because aren’t you all like me and wait until the last minute??

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We had fun with this one….once I got everything ready.  I made the mistake of telling Cheyenne we were going to do a craft, then had to get everything ready while she was wanting to do her craft.  Why I didn’t get everything cut out and ready ahead of time, I will never know.  Hindsight is 20/20 and next time I will know…..

Anyway, I gathered our supplies:

You will need:

green construction paper

white construction paper

2 googly eyes

scissors

glue

black marker

large and small shamrock templates

I would highly suggest getting everything cut out ahead of time unless you have an older child that can cut the shamrocks easily.

Then take your white paper and cut 4 strips about an inch wide and fold each of those accordion-style.

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After this point, I pretty much let Cheyenne do the rest by herself.  I have been guilty in the past of almost doing it all for her or correcting what she has done to make it perfect, but I am having to just let go and let her create the way she sees it.  I do still help with the glue so that one project doesn’t use an entire bottle of glue.  She did a great job on this one!!

She drew the mouth on her shamrock man and glued the eyes on first.

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Then she glued the accordion-style arms and legs on and attached the small shamrocks for hands and feet.

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She was pretty excited about her Shamrock Man and couldn’t wait to show it to Nana and Grandpa!

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This was a pretty fun and easy craft that I felt comfortable letting her take the lead and create, except for the glue, and we had a lot of  fun.  We haven’t done it yet, but we are going to punch a hole in the top of his head and use some string to hang him up for decoration.

He will make a lovely birthday decoration as well, since today is my mother’s birthday.  Cheyenne made Nana a birthday card, which I will share tomorrow.  We will be celebrating her birthday today and going out to dinner tonight and Cheyenne wants to go to Monster Yogurt (our favorite frozen yogurt place) for Nana’s birthday dessert!

So we have a fun filled day and evening ahead of us!!

I hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!!

Asign

 

 

 

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Project 365 – Week 5

Here are our Project 365 pictures for Week 5:  We had fun spending time outside, celebrating a birthday, being silly, preparing for school and playing with new activities!!

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Swinging…she will only let Grandpa swing her because “You swing me into the tree Mommy.”….on Monday.

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Birthday cake to celebrate my Grandmother’s birthday…on Tuesday.

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Apple smile…..on Wednesday.

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Fun cutouts to make a busy bag for Cheyenne….on Thursday.

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Our new calendar in the school room….on Friday.

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Such a big girl in her new car seat since she maxed the weight limit for her other one….on Saturday.

She loves it!!

Playing with her new geoboard….on Sunday.

I hope you all had a wonderful week and were able to enjoy some fun times with your families!

Asign

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