Friday, May 31, 2013

Robins

One last post I'm back dating to May since it happened then. We noticed a while back (maybe late April) that a robin was building a nest in one of the bushes behind our screen porch. I was a bit worried we would scare her off but she was not phased by the kids or the loud deck sanding going on. It seemed like she was hardly making any progress bringing tiny bits of stuff over a little at a time but before we knew it there was this really big and sturdy looking nest. Lucky for us it was right where we could easily see it from the screen porch. At one point I noticed the bird in the nest more often. I looked into the nest one time when she was out and saw the top of a bright blue egg. Eventually the egg hatched we got see a baby bird. It was hard to see at first, but there were actually four baby birds in there. I realized that there was more than one bird coming and feeding the babies so I looked it up online and found out that both the mom and dad birds feed the babies. The babies got bigger and bigger and started to get feathers. They looked very crowded in the nest. Then the next morning, they were all gone.
I took a couple of videos.




The End of May at the Elementary School

School doesn't end for Jaide until June 14th!  It was going to be later than that, but they waived the inclement weather makeup days.  We are glad about that.  May was a busy month at the elementary school.  I wrote about the first week of the month already and now here's the rest. 

Jaide's string concert 
Jaide has been learning to play the cello this year at school.  May 13th was her spring concert.  It was also the last PTA meeting of the year and officer elections.  I went to some of both.  I watched Jaide and the rest of the beginners play.  They did a good job.  I was elected treasurer for our PTA.  

Enrichment Fair
Jaide also participated in an enrichment program at school this year.  The program she was in was called Unbind the Mind.  It was about word puzzles and riddles.  Near the end of the year each year all of the kids who particpate in gifted and talented and enrichment programs present what they've done at the enrichment fair.  During the day they present to other students and in the evening to students, parents, and friends.  

team Bob, Luke, and Kiree at the start
The 5K
the kids who ran with the school mascot
This year four of us signed up for the school's 5K.  I didn't know if Kiree would finish and she didn't but she did do most of it.  Bob carried Luke in the pack since strollers weren't allowed.  I took Luke (and Kiree) from him after I finished so he could run the last bit.  I didn't do as well as my first one.  I think I did it in around 33 minutes.  I never found out the official time since apparently the company running the race goofed up all the times- yikes!  Jaide took longer but finished all on her own (she started with me, was with Bob a little while, and with her friends).   She finished before her (and probably Kiree's future) kindergarten teacher.   

Field trip
That's Jaide with the rolled up jeans
one of the critters
yay! a peacock!


















I finally got to chaperon one of Jaide's field trips.  We went to a nearby farm to learn about plants, composting, and things that live in the creek.  I've been to this farm several times before, but never at this time of year.  The first activity our group did was take a hayride to the creek.  Then we walked into the creek and used metal sieves to find creatures in the water.  One area of the creek suddenly got very deep and some of the kids decided to go swimming!  The warning from the teachers beforehand that there were no towels and that if they got their clothes wet, they would be wet all day were quickly forgotten.  Some kids asked if there were towels afterward (guess they missed that part).  Jaide only got her pant legs wet.  I wore shorts and both of us wore water shoes, so we weren't too bad off.  We then got to learn about composting and worms.  We ended up having to leave shortly after that so we missed out on feeding the goats and potting plants.  They sent several already potted plants along on the bus so all the kids could have one.  Jaide brought home basil.  

Here are two of the videos I took at Jaide's concert


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Preschool Wrap Up

Kiree is done with preschool and she couldn't be happier!  I also don't mind having to make an extra trip up to school and back to pick her up.  In August she'll be a kindergartener and be at school all day like Jaide.

We managed to make it through the last days of preschool with much whining on Kiree's part.

The last preschool field trip was to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.  It was a day off of school for the county so Jaide came along too.  I found some old pictures of visits we made in 2009 and 2010 for comparison.
2009

2010
2009
2013

2009

2009
Luke was there too, he wasn't tall enough to reach the hole on his own


We had a pretty good day at the zoo.  Getting home was not as fun.  We had to take several self made detours as one entire street in downtown Baltimore (one that divided where we were from where we needed to go to get home) was shut down for President Obama's visit that day.  The homeless veteran I talked to ended up being more helpful than the police officer I talked to as far as finding out what was going on and how to get back home.  

The next week was Kiree's preschool commencement.  Bob, Luke, and I attended.  They played some games, sang, did "olympics" and showed off their work.  Luke enjoyed it very much.  

that's a medal around her neck


"performing" the Very Hungry Caterpillar

and this is the picture I got of Kiree getting her certificate, the real camera died at just the wrong moment

Kiree, her class, Miss Karen, and Mr. Jack (whose birthday is not April Fool's day)

They had one more day of class after commencement.  It was a "regular" day and the teacher packed up the room.  They are moving to the new elementary school next year.  I don't know what they will use this room for next year.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mayish Kidisms

M: Pick a card, any card.
L: ha ha (grabs all of them)

K: We don't want to get more stamps for irresponsible... or do we?

L: bye
L: da da
L: he-yo = hello

(Jaide hit Kiree in the car and we were asking what happened) K: It sounded like Jaide's elbow.

K: (at dinner) This is the best day ever! I found leprechaun bags, I had school, we have pasta. (then after dinner her stomach hurt and she threw up) K: You shouldn't say it's the best day ever at dinner because you might throw up afterwards.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Busy Week

It's getting to be the end of the school year so there are going to be a lot of busy weeks, but here is the story of last week.  Last week was teacher appreciation week.  No one had stepped up to head up the committee so it kind of became a PTA group effort.  I suggested the theme which was through the ages (each day was a different decade).  I spent a bit of time making a banner each day with a phrase from each decade.  It was fun to see how it all came together and the excitement and enthusiasm a lot of people had for it.  They invited the students and staff to dress up for each day.  I didn't get a picture of Jaide in her tie dyed shirt for 60s day, but I got one of the other days (not the 2000s though, everybody just wore current clothes since it wasn't long ago enough yet).  
70s day.  A thriftstore find.  It still had an ancient paper tag on it and a couple decades of dust before I hand washed it.

Monday was the mothers, grandmothers, (etc) tea at Kiree's preschool.  We got to see what they've been working on, got a little gift, and had cookies.  The kids also sang some songs for us.  
Tuesday someone watched Kiree and Luke so I could go in and help out at school.  For teacher appreciation week, the PTA usually has a meal for the teachers and staff each day.  On Tuesday I helped out with the tail end of lunch and cleaning up.  I was thanked so many times by the teachers and staff, I felt so good for the rest of the day!  You don't hear thank you very often when you're at home with kids all day.  
Kiree wanted to dress up too and finally got to for 80s day

checking out the age of trees
stinging Luke
Wednesday Kiree had a field trip to the nature center.  Luke and I came along (I have to bring and stay with Kiree on preschool fieldtrips).  We stopped by our friend's house on the way since they live near there and I needed to pick up some produce we had bulk ordered.  She was so kind as to loan me her baby carrier so I could get Luke to nap while we were there.  Unfortunately the trip was right during nap time.  He did sleep for a little while which was good because he was cranky!  

90s day!  I was sad I couldn't come in to help this day.
Thursday was activity day.  I also made some food for the lunch at school that day.  We had a mother/daughter activity that night.  The girls wanted to compete with their moms (or have a water balloon fight, or a three legged race- they were overruled on those) so we decided to do some minute to win it type games.  One of my co-leaders organized all of the games and they were very funny!  I used my handy dandy silhouette to cut out paper pieces to make mini photo albums out of.  I also brought some funny props to use for a "photo booth" to take pictures of the moms and girls.  I didn't have time to put together the background I had been planning on, so I drew a little picture on the chalkboard.  I think everyone had a good time.  Several of the girls volunteered to bring treats and we ended up with a ton!  

The huge glasses were a huge hit.  Great clearance find at Michaels.
Friday Bob took the day off and we worked around the house (yard work) and I went to school in the afternoon to help out with the last day of teacher appreciation week.  I brought in brownies and caramel corn.  It was dessert day (and tons of leftover lunch too!).  Bob and Luke ended up coming in at the end to have some of the leftover lunch food.  One of the other moms ended up taking a large amount of food to the local food pantry.  
Saturday we spent some time cleaning up our neglected house (inside).  We also attended an open house for a lovely young lady who used to babysit the girls and had dinner at a friends house.  


Just some of the desserts

Make your own yogurt parfaits in addition to dessert


Each day there were trivia questions from the decade and prizes!