Friday, October 30, 2015

Week in Review 2015: #43


We've had a good week. Very quiet and restful. It's nice to be done with our vacations for the year. Don't get me wrong; we all love travelling. It's fun to see new places and try new things. It's even fun to do the same things we've done before. But it's also nice to be at home, unpacked, suitcases put away, and nothing to look forward to but the upcoming holidays and family time at home.

I did manage to take Bridget to her 6-year check-up at the pediatrician's office. Nothing much to report from that. She is perfectly healthy and growing well. She's now a whopping 47 pounds (58th percentile) and measures 46.5 inches tall (70th percentile). While she was not due for any vaccinations this year, I did make her get her flu shot. She was not happy about that at all, as she thought she was in the clear. Today, she is feeling slightly under the weather. Most likely it is the effects from the flu shot. She's so sleepy and her head hurts. While there are no other flu-like symptoms, I've allowed her to take a "sick day" today to recover.

Bridget's "Sick Day"

She is trying her hardest to feel better, as tonight is our church's Trunk-or-Treat. It's the only Halloween activity we participate in (we stay indoors on Halloween and do not pass out candy), so she has been waiting all year. Costumes came earlier this week and both of the older children are thrilled with them.




She has been enjoying this more, I think because it requires little to no writing on her part. She does well will the poem memorizations from our book and she is getting so much better at narrations and telling things back to me in complete sentences.



We learned about elephants, hippos and rhinos this week. They're all pretty neat, but I think I gained a new love for elephants. They are absolutely amazing animals. We read a few non-fiction and fiction stories about them. One of the issues we discussed were ways that we can ensure that elephants are still on the earth decades from now (the books discussed poaching, which has become a bigger problem that many of us care to admit). Bridget's idea was to build a big fence in the wild to protect the elephants. George, on the other hand, had the idea to "throw toys at the mean people that get the tusk out the elephant" and "maybe our car can zoom all the way to  the elephants to throw toys at the mean people and kill them". He went on and on for a few minutes, but those were two ideas I was able to write down word for word. He was obviously very passionate about it. (Disclaimer: I do not condone his idea to "kill" the poachers, and I did discuss with George that killing them was not what Heavenly Father would have us do.)  


A Few Books We've Read...

Baby Elephants by Alice Twine
A Baby Elephant in the Wild by Caitlin O'Connell
Elephant Families by Arthur Dorros
Elephant's Story by Harriet Blackford
Rhinoceros Mother by Toshi Yoshida

Family Movie Night

Our church is having their annual "Trunk-or-Treat" on our movie night. However, we have spent the week watching Halloween movies during quiet time as a special treat. So far, we have watched The Nightmare Before Christmas, Halloweentown, Casper, Corpse Bride, and Hocus Pocus. Two more on my list is It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.  That is most definitely enough movies for the week, don't you think?!
Next Week's Movie: TBD

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