|Eating dessert after he cleaned his plate.|
Dave once complained that I don't put much about him in the blog. To appease him, I'll elaborate on his trip.... Dave went back to Georgia for more training for the new job he started back in June. He learned the mechanics of a specific and complicated machine. If you asked Spencer what his daddy does at work, he'd tell you he makes lights. If you asked me, I'd say pretty much the same thing. If you asked Dave, I'm sure he'd give you a detailed answer, throwing in examples of fancy lights the company made for such and such football stadium, meant to impress you. To be honest, I can never remember these types of details. What I can tell you is that my husband comes home from work a much happier man now, and that's all that really matters to me. (That, and the pay raise, of course.) .....Is that better, Hun?
Just because I had prior experience as a temporary single mom, didn't make it easy. I still struggled, especially in the afternoon when the day seemed to drag into eternity and I had spent all my energy earlier, leaving little to get through until supper and the night-time routine. To beat the afternoon blues, I tried to find creative ways to keep us entertained and distracted. We played T-ball, chased our shadows (a new favorite game of Spencer's), did projects, and drove to a semi-new park for a picnic supper.
Along with preschool starting this week, so did the Winona ECFE classes. I decided to opt out of classes this session, with the exception of Daddy and Me for Dave and Spencer on Tuesday nights. I am very excited to start Friday morning classes with just Ashton next session when he turns a year old. Until then, we will take full advantage of the ECFE's program Last Child in the Woods (or as we call it in my house, "outside school"), where parents and young children meet at various places in the community to play and do projects and activities Wednesday afternoons. This week we met at a park off the Mississippi river. The project was to first scoop sand off the beach, mix that with glue and paint and then make a picture. This kept Spencer's attention for quite some time, especially after copying a boy who had blown dandelion seeds onto his painting for a neat glitter effect. Ashton met up with a few babies from our Baby and Me class who aren't so "baby" anymore and he learned a lesson in sharing a sippy cup.
|Blowing dandelion seeds onto his painting.|
|Spencer loved when Jeff pushed him on the horse.|
|First taste of grilled cheese sandwich.|
|Ashton hunted down Spencer when he was eating an apple. Spencer gladly shared.|
|A random supper in front of the TV.|
|Ash crawls around with stuff in his mouth like a puppy.|
|Ashton is definitely more of a monkey than his big brother.|
|Drawing "numbers," which he mistakes for letters. (Ex. Number B.)|
|Helping Mommy do the maze on the back of the cereal box.|
|This is our deck one night in the middle of a bad storm -- that's hail!|
|Shhh, this is a surprise!!!|
|We made a Choo Choo, what else?|
|Spencer made another addition to his Artwork book, which is a book of his drawings that will span from the first drawing at 16 months until he fills it up. The point being to capture the growth, development and spirit of his age while being artistic.|
|His most recent entry. The previous entry was when he was two.|
|Straw blowing races.|
|More apple sharing.|
|Ash LOVES apples. After trying to steal Spencer's, I peeled one for Ashton. He did not let go of that thing the entire time he ate lunch!|
|Mommy's makeup drawer.|
|How I spent my Sunday afternoon: zucchini banana bread and muffins. My freezer is stocked for the year now. (The ones on the right are the yummy ones with chocolate chips.)|