Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Emily is now three and three quarters years old. Her favorite activity in the last month has been coloring. Markers are her medium of choice. She spends hours meticulously coloring every square inch of white space on pictures. Luckily, markers are cheap for back-to-school, so we have several boxes on top of the fridge available for replacements when necessary. :o)
Thomas & Friends is a thing of the past and Emily's new favorite show is Super Why! on PBS Kids. She especially loves Princess Presto. Watching the show and playing the computer games on PBS KIDS Island has really sparked an interest in letters, phonics and reading. Emily is continually trying to figure out what letter different words start with based on the beginning sound. /C/ and /K/ and /S/ are always tricky. We've had a few arguments over some of the non-conforming ones. The funniest one is that Emily insists that "truck" starts with /j/. I see her point.
Emily has also become extremely interested in the days of the week. She always asks what day it is tomorrow (along with "Where are we going?" and "What are we going to do?"). I don't think she has a firm grasp on judging the passage of actual time, but it's a step.
Another concept Emily has been wrestling with this month is last names and the fact that Lincoln, Austin & I all have Lorenzen as our last name, too. She sometimes insists that we can't be "renzens" because she's "Emily 'renzen".
Something we (okay, I) have been wrestling with is getting Emily to eat a balanced diet. She's in a phase where the only thing she really wants is chicken nuggets & french fries (she insists she doesn't like any other form of chicken), frozen burritos or bagels with cream cheese at meal times. We have a rule where she always has to take at least one bite of the meat/main dish. She does pretty well with some fruits and most vegetables and will always eat bread. It's that protein that's a little elusive. We laughed the other night because we've learned that sometimes it's just a matter of labeling. We were having a chicken & rice casserole with pimentos. Emily thought it was eggs and strawberries. She actually ate 3-4 bites. Whatever works!
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I was going to save it for last, but it was such a perfect park day, and I actually remembered to take the camera. Memorial Park (aka "The Castle Park") is the granddaddy of the Waverly Parks. It actually includes the Kids' Kingdom wooden playground, the Skate Park, the Municipal Pool, the Lions' ball fields and the fairgrounds. There are also two large shelter houses and restroom facilities. We have been to this park more often than any other because of the playground and because it's the closest to us--only 3-5 blocks away. This was a big draw when making the decision to purchase our house. Emily can easily ride her bike while I walk with the stroller or wagon. Here are some highlights from our visit today...
One of the favorite spots in the park is the giant sandbox area. We've learned it's a good idea to bring a couple shovels and various containers from home. You can definitely make friends that way!
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I had the pleasure of having another BFF and college roommate come to visit for a couple days. Angie & I met Sarah our first week on campus at UNI. We all lived together our last two years of college. Sarah & I were the night owls and stayed up until midnight almost every night doing homework and hanging out. Sarah is currently on staff with the Navigators at Iowa State University. We had a great time catching up, relaxing on the deck and playing with the kids--especially at the park. I am so blessed to have a life-long friend like Sarah!
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Monday, July 26, 2010
Our household is now on high alert trash patrol. Although he has kind of tinkered with it in the past, today was the first time I caught Lincoln deliberately lifting the lid and throwing something away in the tall kitchen wastebasket. It was two foam letters designed to stick to the bathtub/tile. A short while later Emily yelled at him about something, so he proceeded to grab one of her coloring pages off the fridge along with the LeapFrog letter magnet holding it up and dumped them in the trash, too. Luckily, Emily didn't notice. I had to dig them all out. This was made worse by the fact that an hour earlier I had emptied the full vacuum canister in the same wastebasket. :op I would have considered just leaving the items in the trash, but since they were part of an alphabet set they definitely would have been missed in the future. Sigh.
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Sunday, July 25, 2010
My sister and BIL were going to be in Ames this weekend for the annual Shrine Bowl where my BIL's brother was going to play quarterback. They graciously offered to meet us halfway on Friday to pick up Emily and give her her first experience staying at a hotel and swimming at an indoor pool. We met again on Saturday afternoon to take her home. By the sound of things she had a great time. I sent along the camera, so we got to see her adventure in pictures...
Emily was fascinated by the elevators and the ice machine.
Emily & "Ellen" (aka The Cat in the Hat) got a big bed to themselves.
Who doesn't love a Happy Meal with chicken nuggets & french fries?!?
It was a pretty quiet 24 hours without Emily at home, and it felt really strange. I think Lincoln enjoyed some one-on-one time and not having someone steal toys or yell at him about touching things. Emily already asked about staying at a hotel again. Someday. Neither Austin nor I have any desire to take both kids to a hotel until they are a little older. A big thanks to Auntie Abbie and Uncle Wade for giving Emily a great experience!
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Monday, July 19, 2010
Since I was set on playing at a park, and it was still a long time until supper, we got Emily's shorts changed and headed to Kohlmann Park (aka "The Music Park"). Kohlmann Park is located on the west bank of the Cedar River and spans 4 blocks starting at Bremer Avenue. It is considered the "town square" of Waverly and holds many city events and festivals including the Summer Concert Series featuring the Greater Waverly Municipal Band. They apparently create an ice rink in the winter there, too.
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There was a light rain after lunch today, but then the sun came out and I thought it would be a great chance to check out another park in Waverly. We headed to the very western edge of town to Willow Lawn Park. It's a small neighborhood park with slightly older equipment than some of the others we've visited.
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