It has been suggested that we come up with a K name for our baby boy since we have 2 Z names, 2 E names, and 1 K name. Zoe is all for a K name, but we have yet to come up with one that we like and I'm not determined that it be a K name. I think I'm procrastinating naming this baby because we never finalize the name until right before the birth anyway and it will give me something to think about those 10 days or so that I am overdue and wondering if the baby will ever decide to come out. So out of curiosity, what boy names do you love?
I opened a package of diapers last night for Zach and they had Sesame Street characters on them. I showed them to Zach and realized that he probably had no clue about Sesame Street. Who doesn't know about Sesame Street??? I really don't think he has ever seen Sesame Street. He may see the characters on the PBS website that he plays on from time to time, but I doubt he could name them. I think it's time to get a Sesame Street video from Netflix. He needs to be exposed. I'm not sure why this is important, but it is.
It snowed through the night last night, but had stopped early this morning, so the kids had a one hour delay instead of a snow day (which we were anticipating). Usually Matt waits for the bus with the girls in the morning and then heads to work, but since the bus came an hour later and Matt had left for work, I waited with the girls. They entertained themselves by sliding down a snowbank on their bottoms. I have noticed Spring-like weather on several blogs out there, but it will be a few more months before those posts appear here.
I have set a goal to have Kate walk everyday while holding onto my hands. Maybe this will help her to want to do it on her own. I used to walk all.the.time with Zoe because Zoe insisted. We called it her "big belly walk" because she would stick her belly way out when she walked.
I finished putting together my 2006 blog book today. Now I want to double check with my on-line blog posts to make sure I have them all printed out. I know I'm missing the ending to several posts, so I need to print those out as well.
Eleanor printed out this mask (she called them glasses) to color and then I cut them out for her. She was quite proud of them.
I set a goal at the beginning of the school year to work with Eleanor each day to help her learn her letters, numbers, and other things. I printed off a letter each day for us to color at first, but I think that lasted until we got to the letter D, so 4 days. Eleanor has little desire to sit down and do paperwork and life is busy, so the goal was soon neglected. After Eleanor printed out her glasses and colored them, I dug out a folder that has other paperwork activities and asked her if she wanted to pick one to do. She picked a feelings sheet where she had to determine whether the child in the picture was doing something that made him/her happy or sad and circle the face that showed that emotion. She had fun doing the activity and I think she would be willing to do more if I leave the papers out where she can see them. I used to have a preschool activity book for Emily and I'm thinking we should buy one for Eleanor. I think she would enjoy having a book of her own to work in and I wouldn't have to take the time to search the internet for new worksheets.
The kids went outside to play in the snow this afternoon after homework and chores were done. The boys from next door came over to play and the kids had a great time together. It ended on a sour note for Zach though as he had either taken off his mittens or they came off and his hands hurt from being so cold. I went out to get him as he was crying and we put his hands under cold water when we got inside until they felt better. He was so upset and he couldn't understand why his hands felt the way they did. It was so sad. During this crises, I was making a few grilled cheese sandwiches and getting ready to leave for Branch Council. My Mom arrived about the time that Zach's hands were feeling better and I left him and the other kids in her care. My Dad has a new calling as the High Priest Group Leader and counselor to the Elders Quorum, not to be confused with a counselor in the Elders Quorum since he is a Hight Priest, but he will assist the Elders Quorum like a counselor. Anyway, he was going to the meeting as well so I rode to church with him. It took a few tries to get out of our driveway, but we eventually made it out and were on our way...in snow showers that were becoming quite heavy on our way home. I checked the weather.com site and it says we have a chance of snow showers until noon tomorrow. It looks like I'll be checking for a school cancellation in the morning before waking up the girls.