Our baby turned 2 on April 15, 2015. That was a Wednesday so we took him out to eat for lunch. Then we had his Birthday Party on Sunday. We had planned to have it at Trinity Park to have a picnic at the playground and ride the miniature train. Well, there was an event on the same street as the park. We were in traffic for at least an hour. All of our family was calling me to say they closed the park for the day. So, we found a picnic area by the Zoo which happens to be right next to the other entrance to the train :)
Turned out to be a super fun day! We played kickball, had a picnic & rode the train. It was Asher's first time on a train. He loved the "Choo-Choo". Both sides of our family came to celebrate.
We gave Asher some presents to open at home. He loves Hot Wheels just like big brother! He also likes Robots, Planes, Dinosaurs & Daniel Tiger.
So glad everyone rode the train with us. Lots of fun!
Asher still has a dairy allergy. We have to be so careful with his food. I made him a chocolate chip cake with Oreo Buttercream frosting. Tasted great with dairy free substitutes!
We celebrated his birthday at our house. It was a Monster Truck them because he loves to watch Blaze and The Monster Machines. He got lots of fun toys at his party.
I made a chocolate, dairy free cake with homemade marshmallow fondant. I had never used fondant of any kind before so that was a learning experience! But it was fun & Matt surprised me by helping out. He cut out the letters for his name & rolled out the fondant. Matt knows how to cook 2 things. Brats on the grill & smoked sausage in the skillet, lol. So it was fun to create the cake together. Funny story, I had a bag of food coloring gels that I borrowed from Jaley. I grabbed the navy blue & dumped it into the white fondant. It turned Magenta! The lids had been swapped. I almost cried and I pretty much threw a big, toddler fit. Then Matt added blue and we got purple.
Zander loved his cake! He kept asking to peek in the fridge at it. There's something special about a homemade birthday cake. :)
Zander got a little shy while we sang "Happy Birthday".
He had a great time being with his friends & family. It was a great day!
I took him to the park for pictures a few days before his party. He got a fresh haircut too! Gosh, he looks so much bigger. He's very energetic & always making us laugh. A few nights ago, he was laying down with me and he cupped my check and said, "Mommy, I wub you & I fink I should take this off." Um, he was talking about a pimple.
He loves counting and is very good at making patterns. I don't ever force him to do school work but sometimes he wants to join in with big sister. He surprised us & wrote "A B C D" all on his own.
Oh, and his C's sound like "T". So, it's chocolate chip tookies, Santa Taus & Merry Tristmas! He's amazing and we love him very much.
We chose an all-in-one curriculum from Timberdoodle this year. Violet is in second grade and is 7 years old. Timberdoodle has chosen their favorite books for each subject from all different companies to make a ready to use kit for each grade. You should visit their site, so many awesome educational toys! We had to add in our own Science and History. I chose Story of the World: Ancient Times. We have the chapter book and workbook. For History we are using Apologia: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day. There is a workbook that can go with this but Violet is journaling along with the chapters for now. I ordered Story of the World and the Apologia book through Rainbow Resource. They have a nice selection of learning material. That is also where I found that nifty MagnaTab for Zander. (He loves it!) We are a month into the new school year. I like how Timberdoodle encourages your child to learn independently. Violet's favorites are A Reason For Handwriting (lessons include Bible verses), Daily Geography and Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day. The boys also love to browse her Science book. Story of the World is a nice textbook as well. We read one chapter at a time and it keeps her attention. She also enjoys the coloring worksheets and maps in the workbook. Some cons for Timberdoodle. I'm not crazy about having 3 math related books to teach from. Some days we only choose worksheets from one book. The books are Building Thinking Skills, Jump At Home and Mathematical Reasoning C. I think I'll do an update on her curriculum close to Christmas.
We started our third year of homeschool a month ago.Violet is a second grader. Zander is doing preschool activities when he is up for it. He'd much rather be playing with Hot Wheels or outside. And Asher spends a lot of time exploring and climbing.
We took school pics in front of our chalkboard wall in the hallway. The kiddos had fun telling me their favorite things.