Saturday, June 28, 2008

Abigail's first tooth!

Abigail got her first tooth!
Actually, two teeth...
Her two bottom, front teeth cut through her gums today. So that is why she has been so fussy!

Abigail turns six months old next Saturday. She beat her brother by 10 days -- Joshua got his first tooth at six month and three days old.

This picture was taken a few weeks ago, so their are no visible teeth. I tried to get a picture today, but she would not smile at all.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Great Week of VBS!

What a great week we had! Every morning this week, Joshua, Abigail and I headed to the church for a morning of fun. Joshua was able to attend class with me the entire week, even though he was younger than everyone else.

As I said in an earlier post, I was co-teaching the Pre-K/K class with 17 children between the ages of three and six years of age. They were a terrific group... not a trouble-maker among them.

Our days started in the sanctuary with all the classes together, where we would sing songs and watch a little skit -- Joshua especially loved the puppets, Cooper the dog and Nick the squirrel. He also had a few favorite songs that we would play over and over in the car on the way home.

Our class would then head to the Bible Club, where we would learn the Bible story for the day in a dramatic retelling. Next was Food & Fun, where we played games and made snacks to eat. Then we headed back to our classroom for craft time and other activities that would help the children learn to apply the Bible story lesson.

Joshua participated in most of the games and activities. He was protected and encouraged by a little six year old named Max who would help him wherever they went. We were looking through pictures of VBS and Joshua called out "Max" whenever we saw a picture of him.

Tonight was our closing ceremony. All the parents came to hear what their children learned this week. Each class sang a song from the week for everyone -- our group had a fun song called "Great Love" with hand motions.

Joshua and I both had so much fun! What a great week!

Monday, June 23, 2008

First day of VBS

Today was our first day of Vacation Bible School at our church. I am co-teaching the preschool and kindergarten class, and Joshua is attending class with me, even though he is a little younger than the other kids.

This morning we arrived to find out that several additional children enrolled in our class over the weekend. We have 17 little kids in our class ... what a busy day. All the kids were great. Joshua did surprisingly well most of the morning, though by the end he was pretty tired (and he wasn't the only one).

Tomorrow we get up for another day of fun!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New Big Boy Bed

It is time for Joshua to pass his crib on to his little sister. She has been in a bassinet in our room for the last five months, but we are ready to start working on the transition. So, we just got a new toddler bed for Joshua and we finally put it together today (Joshua helped ... see the pictures below). Once it was ready, he excitedly sat on it with his animals while he munched on Cheerios.

We weren't sure if he was ready to actually sleep in it, but decided we would try. At first Joshua moved his teddy bear back to the crib to get ready for bed. But with encouragement he eventually moved to the new bed, sitting with his back against the headboard. We expected him to come out of his room after a few minutes and ask to move to the crib, but we never heard even a peep from him.

I checked on him after an hour and he was fast asleep, curled up at the head of the new bed with his back still against the headboard and his feet on the wall. I guess this means he likes his new bed ... I just don't know how you teach a two year old to sleep in a more traditional position.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

First Taste of Rice Cereal

Abigail is now old enough to start trying some solid foods. Today we were finally ready to give her the first taste of rice cereal, the typical first food for most babies.

Well... she hated it! I couldn't help laughing a little as she scrunched up her nose at the first bite. After the second bite, her eyebrows and nose turned red like it does just before she starts to cry. A few bites later she was crying and spitting it out as quickly as she could.

Joshua was just the opposite. He took to solid food from the very start. He loved rice cereal and most any other stage 1 food. His eating issues didn't arise until he had to eat more complex textures.

I guess we'll try again tomorrow!

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