Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Today we were cleaning and getting ready for the contractor to work in the basement and I scrubbed out Brandy's dog crate. When I brought it back in the house all nice and dry; Sophia just couldn't help checking it out. Sophia is usually napping when I clean the crate so she never sees it without Brandy. She is so curious lately that she opened the door and walked right inside. Then, she closed the door.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Playing with Thomas the Engine Trains or as Sophia would call them and did over and over while playing, "Go Go's". In case you are wondering about the black outline form in the foreground of this photo; it is a train cut-out. I am still getting used to this camera and couldn't quite capture the train outline and have Sophia is focus. I couldn't get her to stand there for a picture so I just snapped some photos through it.
Don't look now Mom! I am at the top of the boat all by myself. Sophia spent most of the hour sailing the ship as the Captain.
Ahoy, all aboard that is going aboard. Captain Sophia at your service here. Please keep all hands and feet inside the boat as we set sail. A quick glance starboard and a view of the Port side and we are a sailing mateys. Argh! It is lucky for the other kids, she didn't make them walk the plank.
Ooh! This looks like fun. Sophia briefly checked out the kitchen area complete with cabinets and sink and refrigerator. She said "cup" when she picked up the little cups from the wooden cabinets.
Look mom, I can climb up the steps of the boat all by myself.
Today, was Sophia's favorite day. She learned about all modes of Transportation at the Museum of Transportation Creation Station. Our playgroup went there today to enjoy this exciting experience. Sophia especially loved learning about all the "go gos". Clearly, since I couldn't drag her away from the boat for very long, she will grow up to be a pirate and sail the seven seas. Argh! At least, I hope not.
So as a parent I have this responsibilty that is given to me to raise a child to be an independent responsible human being who can take care of herself and feels as though she can do anything she wants to if she sets her mind to it. With that in mind, I am always on the look-out for new methods of helping Sophia develop and learn and grow into a perfect little being. The other day I had escaped my world for a little me time and headed over to Target. At Target I was looking at the toys and came across this little what I thought was a wooden fish puzzle. Well, when I got it home I discovered it was so much more. It has little fish that fit into the wooden puzzle but also a fishing pole with a magnet on it to pull the fish out of the water puzzle. I was thinking what a cute puzzle, when I quickly discovered that this was not just a lesson in very basic spatial reasoning, but a hand eye development coordination tool. Sophia loves to go play the fishing game and go fish. Then, when she is finished sporting her fishing pole, she sits down and puts the fish back into the water in the wooden puzzle. Or ideally, that is how it is supposed to work but she has yet to get all the fish back into the puzzle. Many of you who read my blog know that my dream at one time was to teach preschoolers. Each week we have some structured learning whether it be artistic, such as finger painting that I still haven't posted from last week or simply coloring pictures and talking about them from a coloring book or printed from the internet. We explore our senses through scented squishy play-dough, magical soap bubbles, touch and feel books, etc. We get outside and talk about what we see on our walks the leaves the trees, the kids at school in the school yard. She likes to point out the "Go Go's!" I ask her what kind of Go Go does she see. That way she learns the proper words for each form of transportation we come across. to her, they are all go gos right now but soon she will know automobiles, trains, planes, and her new favorite boats.
Come on baby, if we hurry we can hide inside our little playhouse and no one will miss us.
Not only did Sophia enjoy playing in the home-made home, she also received a couple surprises from her Grandma. Grandma brought Sophia a little Irish Hat to put on her head. We had trouble getting a photo with it on but she liked putting it on her doll's head. She also recieved an Elmo kite and a clapper toy. Grandma also gave her some clothes and a jacket.
The fairy princess is saved. Whew! That was exhausting. Now for a short rest.
Resting on the landing on the way up to the highest tower in the castle.
As you will see in the slideshow there is a short story that follows.
Our adventure started out with Sophia flying high up into the sky soaring with the eagles on the swings. From that vantage point she could see the fairy princess was captured and stuck in the tower. We had to save her. Like a Knight in shining armor Sophia fearlessly slayed the vicious dragon surrounding the castle. She fought off a rogue villian also battling the dragon. Whoosh she rushed down the slide! As a princess on her horse, Sophia rode the seahorse and the glider until we came to the huge mysterious winding castle. With a quick wit she escaped the green dungeon window as she called to her daddy. "Dada Dada!" The massive castle in the nearby field had steps and bridges and a drawbridge. Sophia stomped across the drawbridge over the moat and fiercely entered the huge castle. Nothing is going to stop this baby from getting into that castle. We climbed steps and we crept through walkways and more bridges. Next, Sophia swung on the pendulum swings to get across the divide. Where she finally scaled the wall blocks to reach the tower where she rescued the fairy princess and saved the day.
Okay, so maybe this is a little silly, but it was fun writing. I also noticed some interesting photos of my dog and cats slipped into the slidshow. What I want to know is who are the guys golfing and how did that photo get in there? I guess Scott was practicing taking long range pics out our back window on the golf course.