Friday, June 24, 2011


The letter this week was O. Spencer had a lot of fun saying this letter. We spent all of the big letter O project going "Oooooooooh" over and over and over again. Here is a video of him gluing oatmeal onto an orange O.

Next we used a bunch of tupperware containers to stamp Os on a piece of paper with orange paint. Spencer really enjoyed this. (I am not adding pictures for this project because my desktop computer was struct by lightening and I am using my antique laptop, which is far too slow!! I don't have the patience to upload the pictures.) He also colored an Oo is for Owl coloring sheet. And we checked out a few O books from the library: opposites, Otto the Octopus, etc.

Whenever I listen to the baby's heartbeat with the doppler, Spencer gets very excited and wants to help. His favorite part is wiping the gel off my tummy. One day I decided to lay him down so we could hear what's in his belly. I asked him what was in there and when he didn't answer, I asked if it was a tractor. Now every time we listen to the baby's heartbeat, he says, "tractor?" over and over. I'm afraid my son will be very disappointed when I come home from the hospital with a baby instead of a tractor!

Friday, June 17, 2011

No time for N!

This week was super busy. We barely had time for any letter projects. We hit up Toddler Tuesday at the Marine Art Museum, where Spencer got to do some projects and play with a bunch of kids his own age. We visited the Steamboat Days carnival and ate some yummy food. We walked around the lake a few times and played at some parks. And, finally, we went to the kiddie parade and free concert in the park. Yet....we still squeezed in a few projects somehow.

This week was the letter N. We started by gluing noodles onto a big N. My husband made a smart remark about how the noodles are all arranged in a perfect line, and I want to confirm for the record that Spencer did put most of them in a nice, straight line....but then I helped with the rest.

We dedicated the week to learning numbers. I cut out numbers from an old phone book, punched holes in them, and let Spencer string them onto a piece of yarn. I then hung the number string on the wall. Sadly, the 9 did not make it. I also checked out a Baby Einstein numbers DVD from the library. Since Wednesday was rainy and crummy outside, we watched the movie. Spenc made it to the number 6 before growing bored and restless. We've been counting things for a while, but I amped up the counting this week. Hopefully soon he'll know more than the number "free."

Finally, Spencer painted on newspaper. Once it dried, I cut around the painted portion and hung it on the door by the rest of his projects.

Since this weekend is Father's Day we devoted some time to making him a card. The left inside of the shoe is a poem that says:
Here is my little footprint
One day it will fit your shoe
I watch what you are doing
Because, Daddy, I want to be just like you.

He also made a card at playgroup last Sunday with friends while Dave and I were at a Twins game.
To celebrate Father's Day weekend, we are spending Saturday at Oxbow Park with some good friends. We'll see animal feedings, visit the zoo, play at the park and have a picnic. Then we'll have a BBQ at the friends' house for supper. Sunday is all about Daddy! He wants to eat at Famous Dave's, so after church we will eat some yummy food for lunch. For supper he wants to grill big, fat juicy steaks and eat some pumpkin bars.

The little baby in the Mommy Hotel is about 11 inches and 1 lb. Apparently, he looks like a miniature newborn. Everyone keeps saying I barely look pregnant, so I pulled out my Belly Book from Spencer's pregnancy to compare. At 22 weeks with Spencer, I was a lot smaller than I am now. Give it a few weeks; I'll be huge soon enough. Bring on the cankles!!

Friday, June 10, 2011


I find that I am less motivated to do these projects now that it's actually summer weather. Both Spenc and I want to be outside. He'll stand at the door and say, "side, side" (his way of saying outside). Plus, now we're busy with play dates and mommy groups and library activities. But....I'm still staying dedicated to the letters!

This week is M and we started by putting Micky and Minnie Mouse stickers on a big M.

Next we learned about money. Spencer got a tupperware full of coins and had a blast putting them in his piggy bank. When he put all the money in, he wanted more, so I dumped more out and he did it over and over and over again. It was definitely a nice source of entertainment....and he made some money! You can watch a short video of this.
Our final M project was to make a monogram. I traced his initials on card stock and then cut them out. He painted each letter. Once they were dry, we glued them onto a whole sheet of card stock.

I had to break down and haul out my maternity clothes this week. They are still too big, but I just couldn't comfortably fit into my regular jeans anymore. The baby is moving a lot. I can even sometimes see the movement on my belly. I forgot how neat that is! He weighs about 3/4 of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long, or the length of a carrot. 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Lllllooong short week.

Matching outfits for a BBQ.
We had a great Memorial weekend spent with family and good friends. We got yard work done, hung out w/ Grandma Amy and "Marmer," camped, went to a Memorial Service w/ Grandpa Dave and Barb, and had good friends over for a BBQ.
Pooped from the loooong weekend!
But back to reality......this week we focused on the letter L. Because of the short week and our busy schedules (ultrasound, doctor appointment, Grace Place picnic, walking around the lake w/ a bunch of moms), we didn't get to spend as much time on our projects.

We started by using Spencer's lips to decorate a big L. I put lipstick on him and then he kissed the L. He thought it was pretty fun and he even puckered his lips so I could put the lipstick on. Shhh, don't tell Daddy!!!
Our only other L project was to make a lion out of a paper plate. It's so nice having a printer again!! I was able to print off a lion template, so it isn't as ugly as our past projects.

On the pregnancy front, we found out we are having another boy!! My doctor said everything from the ultrasound looks great. Healthy baby boy!! He is currently breech, but he has plenty of time to flip around before his big entrance. From head to foot he is about the length of a banana, 10 inches, and weighs about 10 ounces.