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Madeline recently turned six. Her day was just perfect. We started with breakfast and opening a few things in the morning, followed by a simple get together at a local bagel and treat shop. Yesterday we had a few friends join us at a gymnastic place and we jumped the day a way. sadly, I did not have my camera for that…
Monday Ritual: one or two photos, just a few words. Enjoy!
This babe of mine has a new love for trains. This new love has helped to bond the siblings even more, as they are always wanting to play trains together. (By the way, the train table was my awesome $15.00 garage sale find!)
Madeline turned four this past Friday. Oh, what a joyous day she had! She kept saying “This is my lucky day!”
She asked for Grammy to join her in cake decorating. I baked a super healthy cake and it tasted really good. We iced it with chocolate peanut butter. This was a healthier alternative to icing and it really added something to the cake.
We celebrated with her friends the next day at an indoor playground. We opted to serve fruit, muffins and simple gingerbread men. To decorate them each child was given an individual pack of chocolate peanut butter or almond butter and raisins or SunDrops, a healthier version of m&m’s. The children loved this activity.
Instead of gifts we chose to have an ornament exchange. This was such a big hit! We have always had a book exchange at her parties as an answer to her not getting too many gifts right before Christmas. We all enjoyed the new twist. We passed the ornaments each time we sang jingle in the song Jingle Bells. I love that each child leaves with something as well and not a bunch of plastic things or candy in a goody bag.
Her main gift from us was this balance bike from Kazam. We did a lot of research and this one won out. She loves it and has wanted to ride non stop! I love that this is such good quality that Max will be able to use it in a few years.
Happy Birthday my love! Oh, how you melt my heart!
Wow, have we been busy around here getting ready for my new at home preschool to start. We started today with 8 wonderful children. I could not have asked for a better group of children. I am modeling the class around the Reggio Emilia and Play Based learning philosophies. I loved watching all of the children do their own thing. At one point we had rocks and shells being “baked” and markers exploding all over faces! It was exactly what I was hoping it would be.
I made Madeline this sweet little dress from this idea over at The Artful Parent. I love her sock choice!
This week was also the first week for Ethan. He is actually at home with us again this year as he was for Kindergarten two years ago. We have enjoyed getting back into the swing of things.
Oh this life is great!
We recently read Ramona Quimby, Age 8 as a family. Oh, that Ramona is so funny. She reminds us all of our own little Madeline!
In this story, Ramona has to make up a commercial about a book she read for her class. Making up our own commercials seemed like a natural activity to try with the kids once we finished the book. This activity was a big hit with all of us!
This is a good activity to help children retain what they have just read. It also allows them to be creative in other ways than pen and paper.
“Ramona’s books are the best! You should read them to your sweet pest, only $9.99!!!”
My little artist decided she would like to paint her whole body after seeing a picture of a boy in a magazine who tried this. She is certainly no stranger to getting messy or even to painting her face, hands or feet. But her whole body, that was new to her. Needless to say, she had a blast.
Here’s to a happy childhood!