Sunday, December 6, 2015

Preparing for Baby Girl #3: Packing Lists

Making Lists!

Lists help keep me sane. There is always so much to remember and by having a list (or two, or three, or eight) I know I will not (likely) forget anything important.

I have a list for when I go into labor, mainly so we don't forget anything as we're leaving the house.

This includes things like:
  • Making sure we have the car seat in the car. 
  • Making sure that we have both of the hospital bags, the baby's bag, the girls' backpacks for staying with Grandparents, their big sister gift bags that I'm making them, and Gage's overnight bag. 
  • A reminder to feed the animals and leave all of my jewelry at home (I don't trust hospitals anymore after they lost my Mom's ring.) 

I have a list of what to pack in each of those bags. :-)

I have a list of ways to try to help induce labor naturally.

I have a list of things to try to help with the labor pain.

And so on, and so on...

Labor, Baby, and Hospital Bags

I've created lists for two separate labor and delivery bags. The first bag, the "In Labor Bag" is going to be the one that comes with me into the hospital right away. The second bag is going to be mainly for after baby arrives. Gage can bring that in from the car later when there is time. 

The labor bag is a small bag that includes things that I will or may need right away, such as: trash bag and towel for the car in case my water breaks on the way, my glasses w/ the case, a watch, heat pad, oils to help with pain, socks, water bottle, mints/gum, my medicines and prenatal, folder with (and for any additional) important documents, birth plans (although I have never actually used one), , a camera (in case she arrives super fast for some reason), two phone chargers, and anything else I may need right away.

The links below are to the items I plan to purchase (or already have) to bring with me to the hospital. And I have NO idea how to remove those little white boxes next to the links.  ;)

The baby's bag includes her baby book, 2 outfits, 2 fleece sleepers, blanket, burp cloths, newborn hats, headbands, a few extra Pampers newborn diapers (the hospital will have them so I don't need to bring too many), some viva paper towels to use as wipes, and a couple binkies.

The hospital recovery bag includes:

Going Home

I'm also going to make sure that we have all of the following in the car for when we leave the hospital: my coat, a blanket for me (it's going to be COLD outside), and of course - the car seat.

With our first baby I was not prepared at all... with our second I was better prepared but still was missing some things, so for the third (third times a charm, right?) I am making a real effort at being better prepared.

Now it's time to prepare the following lists:

Recovery Kit
Meal Plan and Freezer Meals

Friday, August 28, 2015

2015-2016 2nd Grade Curriculum Plan



This year we are going to try out the work box system for the first time. I purchased the
Seville Classics 10-Drawer Organizer Cart to set up next to her desk.  Each day I'll refill each box with only what she needs to accomplish that day.  I think this will work well for her... she likes to see what needs to be done and also see how much she has left to do.

I remember being her age so well I can hardly believe that I have a daughter in 2nd grade! This year Zoe really needs to work on reading and writing so that's what our main focus will be.  A lot of copywork, phonics, and books!  This year I'm also implementing household responsibilities into her schedule.  We started with those this past week and so far everything has gone well! She enjoys helping out and I enjoy the help!

Avery is going to need some things to keep her busy so I am planning on a weekly letter, color, and number to go over with her. She knows most of the letters and their sounds already thanks to one game she plays occasionally on my phone so I think she'll enjoy practicing her letters and numbers. I'll have a few simple activities for her to do and books from the library (or as she calls it, the "birary").  She's only two so I'm in absolutely no rush for her to learn how to read. :-)

Zoe's 2nd Grade Curriculum,  Ages 7 & 8



Daily
Daily Learning Notebook (Weather, Calendar),  Presentation Practice, Piano Practice 5x a Week)
Math
Saxon 3, CC Memory Work, Math Fact Practice, Math Games
CC Memory Review
All Subjects for Current Week
Odd Days: Last Week’s Content
Even Days: 2 Weeks Previous
Monday - Latin, Tuesday - Math & Geography, Wednesday - History/Timeline,  Thursday - English, Friday - Science
Reading / Phonics
Daily: Phonics Museum 
Supplements: Hooked on Phonics, Phonics Pathways, Early Readers
Spelling
Spelling U See - Jack & Jill (B)
English
First Language Lessons - Level 2 - 100 Lessons
Handwriting  - Cursive Practice, Classically Cursive - Primer
Writing with Ease - Level 1,  36 Weeks
Our Mother Tongue - 10 Lessons (Plan to complete this book in 4th grade.)
CC Memory Work - Prepositions, Helping Verbs, Linking Verbs
Poem Memorization & Copywork
Geography
CC Memory Work -- Africa & The World,  Map Tracing / Blob Maps
Science
CC Memory Work, Van Cleave & CC 24 Science Experiments, Library Books, Zoo Visits, Nature Outings, Nature Studies
History
CC Memory Work, Library Books
Fine Arts
CC Drawing Lessons, Orchestra & Composers Lessons, Symphony Visit, Piano Lessons, Tin Whistle, Crafts @ Home, Sewing w/ Grandma
Bible
AWANA, What’s In The Bible?, CC Memory Work
PE
Swim Lessons in the Fall -  September through November, LLA Gym
........



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Zoe's 7th Birthday Party





Happy 7th Birthday, Zoe! 

The dress was a gift from her Grandma & Papa (my husband's parents).  The rest of the party was created by using cheap decorations and simple creative desserts.  Trust me, it looks far better than I thought it was going to.  Haha!

My goal with birthday parties is always to spend as little money as possible but still put enough effort into it that will make it memorable.   The purpose of the party in my opinion is to help her remember things about her life in the future. I want to create little "pegs" in their brain that will help them remember a specific time period a little better, just like the timeline she's learning through CC and all of her memory work she learns each year.  I don't want their childhood birthdays / ages to blend together in their memory like so many of mine did.  This is why we devote a week to the birthday instead of a day and we have a themed party each year.  I also try to plan different things for each year.  I want her to have as many of those good memories of her childhood as she possibly can! It goes by so fast and it'll be something she thinks about often as an adult.





I found these chalkboard stands for $3 each at Target in the dollar section.  I purchased two of them and plan to use them at all (or most) future celebrations.







I put sooo much effort into trying to get the white chocolate covered oreos to look nice.  I only managed to make 5 of them due to the level of insanity they brought me to while I was making them. Of course I forgot to take pictures of them.... you can see them in the background on the plate with a few "Frozen Hearts".



The trees, snowflakes, and bowl of silver ornaments were actually borrowed from a friend who also had recently had a Frozen themed party!



Frozen Theme Labels - Found HERE (Delicate Construction) and HERE (Poshtart Parties)!  :-)

Sven's Antlers - Seriously, how easy is that? We already had the pretzels too.

I Wanna Stuff Some Chocolate In My Face - I just typed it up and printed it out.  Poured some chocolate kisses in a bowl. Simple enough.

Ice Blocks - Also pretty simple! Two small boxes of blue jello, cut into squares (warm up the bottom of the dish first with warm water before scooping out the jello squares.)

Elsa's Punch - I really wanted to try and find a better option for blue punch but I never found anything so I just stuck with blue hawaiian punch (which I likely will not buy again unless I need absolutely need a blue drink...haha), 7 up (or Ginger Ale), and vanilla ice cream.

We made some very basic cupcakes.  Grandma bought all of the cupcake makings and the cupcake stand.

I probably spent more on her cake than I did on the rest of the party supplies.   It was a Frozen themed ice cream cake though.... the them was FROZEN.   We just had to get it!



About 20 minutes into the party, we had some surprise 
SPECIAL GUESTS!!





7 years old, already.  *sigh*


We had to have a frozen cake... because, you know... 




Kristoff, Anna, and Elsa were so nice to stop by for the party! 

I was so surprised at how much Kristoff resembed my brother-in-law, Brad! ;-) 

(I even overheard Zoe telling someone,"Yeah, Kristoff is my Uncle!")





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