LifeMy husband is finally at home with us more, now that tax season is over. We're trying to get back into the swing of things and getting used to having him around at dinner time again.
Liam does a lot of standing now. He still crawls to get to where he wants to be, but as soon as he gets there he pulls himself up into a standing position. No more sitting on the floor playing with toys. He wants to see everything (and destroy everything). Liam is now nine months old!
PoetryEvery morning at breakfast, I read to the children. We usually start off with a scripture story (we're reading in the Old Testament right now) and then I read from a book of poetry. Bridget has very quickly memorized a couple of the poems I read to her. It wasn't necessarily my intention (I was only trying to expose her to poetry), but now that I see she enjoys memorizing them, I am working more with her on that. If I am about to read a poem she already knows, she wants to say it instead of me reading it. Sometimes she still needs to be prompted with certain words, but I think she's doing great. Trying to get her to recite them to someone other than myself is more of a challenge because she gets very shy, but once she's done it she's proud and more confident.
HistoryWe went on a last-minute field trip last week. I learned on Friday that the Nina and Pinta were going to be docked in Morehead City. Since we had recently covered Christopher Columbus, I took this as an excellent opportunity to do a little bit of review and give Bridget a special treat of being able to tour the ships (even if they are only replicas). Daddy and Grandma were also there, making the day that much more special.
The kids both loved the tiller at the back of the ships (especially George). Most of those photos were of the backs of their heads, but I did manage to get this one of Bridget giving me a real, unforced smile. I am glad she was having a good time!
The kids were also interested in this model of the Santa Maria. I couldn't get them to turn around for a picture this time. It took some effort to get them away from the model and off the ship, but we managed just in time, as it began to pour down rain as we made it back to the van.
BooksWe've begun the Magic Tree House series. It is a bit too advanced for Bridget to read by herself, so I am reading them to her. She loves adventure stories so I knew this would be a good fir for her. My intention was to take a couple of days to read one book, but we've ended up reading one book per reading session. I don't know if this series was around when I was a child, but I am glad they are around for my kids to enjoy.
We're also getting into the world of audio books. Our Strega Nona book came with an audio CD read by the author, so I used this as our guinea pig audio book to see if the kids would pay attention to the audio version. They did, and we must have listened to the story twenty times on the trip to and from Morehead City. With another trip coming up the following week, and not watching to have a repeat Strega Nona marathon (great story, but really !), we promptly ordered the Chronicles of Narnia audio books (this is my absolute favorite series). I hope the kids fall in love with Narnia just as I did.