So just a few updates from recently....
Rhianna was super into Valentine's Day again. She made all the cards for her class with construction paper and doilies - she just thinks they are prettier if she makes them. We also curled her hair with rags that weekend. I actually think both the before and after are cute.
The rodeo is a big deal around here. Rand made a cowboy vest in art class.
They even have Rodeo Break and get 2 days off of school. The PTA did a Rodeo Dinner with hot dogs etc plus some little games like horse roping and digging for gold. The kids liked getting their faces painted.
The first grade classes also had a rodeo lunch cooked on coals...but I guess it was hot enough that day (probably in the 80s) plus the heat of the fire and most of them just ate "warmed" hot dogs. Rhianna said she just had the adults help. Thanks to other great parents! They also got to have a Shetland Pony and Clydesdale come to their school for an assembly.
In the middle of all that my cousin Chandra was in town for work just for a little while, so she stopped by our house and we got to talk for a little while.
During the actual Rodeo Break, Amelia and Grace were at our house for the 2 days while Bob was at work and Corine was in CA helping family. We mainly stayed around the house (though we did go out to the park and YMCA too). So the kids played, colored, made flower gardens for their moms, watched movies, ate snacks, etc. You may laugh, but I rediscovered that I really do like Ramen Noodles. Steve hates them so I haven't bought them or eaten them in the 10+ years we have been married. I might just have to get a few now and then...
Rhianna read a super huge book - The Mysterious Benedict Society. Steve and I read it too. It is a young adult novel about 480 pages long about a group of kids, all smart and talented in different ways, that have to "save the world." It is pretty easy to understand, a little intense at times, and long, but Rhianna did it. Here she is reading on the bed with Steve.
And Seth...he is still so fun and cheerful....
but now he really gets into stuff. He can open all the doors now so my technique of keeping him out of bathrooms or other places no longer works. He is our climber. He has been able to climb on the beds and couches for a while now. Though we try to make him sit on his bum he just thinks we are funny. Today he discover how to climb on the kitchen chairs and then up onto the table. I guess I will be busy keeping an eye on him. For example, Seth and Rand were playing outside the other day and were cute so I got the camera and started taking pictures.
I stopped when he moved past just putting dirt in his mouth and started putting whole plants in.