Saturday, December 17, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

4th Birthday

Here are a couple of my faves. I'll be back to post a montage soon!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

At the Blind Melon concert.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Scooter Girl

Yeah, I know, this is a really slooowwww video clip, but I had to post what she was doing. Erick bought this scooter for $3 at a pawn shop. It cost several hundred originally, so he got a good deal. He added the training wheels for Piper, and away she goes. I think she was more excited about the Tangled movie helmet than she was the scooter.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th!

We went to the girls' cousins' house for a bbq. They had lots of fun playing in the back yard. Piper loved Colin's 4 wheeler and wanted to ride it all day.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tire Swing

Daddy built her a tire swing for the tree in our front yard. As you can see she enjoys it very much.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Meeting Dora

This is the first time she has ever been okay with getting close to a character. Maybe she won't be scared of Santa this year.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ice Cream Truck

Um...I really hate the ice cream man. There are two different trucks that come through our neighborhood twice a day. Piper throws a fit if she hears the music and it's hard to talk her down from getting an ice cream. Sigh! It's going to be a long summer!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Family Learning Day at Preschool

Piper had her Family Learning Day at preschool on Saturday. Officially her last day of school was Thursday, but they always have a family day of learning too. So she and I went in and had lots of fun. We sorted fruits and veggies. We brushed some giant teeth with a big toothbrush. We did "yoda yoga" and played with the parachute. The children also sang and signed a song for us. I was happy that she tried to sing a bit. :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Playing Outside

Piper played outside almost the entire day today. She rode her bike and scooter here in the neighborhood. She played at grandma's house and drove her jeep and helped in the yard. We walked to the church, and played on the playground there. On the way back one of the neighbors came out to show her the bearded dragon she has. It was molting, and Piper got to take some of it's dead skin.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

General Update: April

NAME/ALIAS: AGE: Piper, 3 years 6 months

PSYCHOMOTOR STUFF: hopping better on one foot, seems very clumsy lately- maybe a growth spurt. For sure her feet are huge now. No real new milestones, just perfecting old skills.

COGNITIVE STUFF: I’ve noticed some different imagination techniques- for her at least. She is acting more and more like actual animals when she pretends, more so than just the noises- the real affectations of a cat or a dog. Amazing memory surfaces frequently. She is starting to question things on t.v. more and more, especially when characters are expressing emotion. We talk a lot about real and pretend.

ACADEMICS: Reading and writing growth in the last couple of months. She is going on pure sight words although we try to sound out words occasionally together. She is good with repetitive books, I’d say a level C right now. She points to words so I know she is really reading them and doesn’t just have the whole page memorized. Writing is hard still as there are many letters she just doesn’t know how to make on her own. She can write everyone’s name in the family without help, and a few other words. She has made a couple little books with pictures and words. We started working on telling time last night and she is spontaneously talking about and making patterns all the time.

CREATIVE OUTPUT: Is lately into playdoh again and asks to play most days with it. Is showing a bit more creativity in her designs so they look more like the real thing. Her people drawings are still pretty good, but no new leaps here. She also draws these strange but controlled circular designs.

EMOTIONAL ISSUES: typical 3 year old stuff. sibling rivalry. She is becoming more and more like me in terms of food issues. I try not to let her see mine- but she does all the same things I do. Her food can’t touch, she needs different utensils for each food item, food must be at the right temp. If it is supposed to be hot, it must be HOT not warm. Same with cold temps. I’m hoping she won’t inherit my noise sensitivity as she seems predestined to be as loud as possible. She is very in tune with my emotions though and tries to make me happy if I seem sad, turns down the t.v. if it’s loud, etc.

SCHOOL UPDATES: She did very well on her report card with the exception of social areas. The teacher commented that she has made good progress since she started though, so I am pleased. She has mastered everything else on the academic list (no surprise) I’ve signed her up for next year for two days a week again.

ANYTHING ELSE: Socialization is much improved in last couple of months. She plays regularly with kids in the neighborhood more often now, and seems to interact well with others at school. I’m waiting for a conference next week on this, as socialization is her weakest point at school, and was the main reason I enrolled her there. Oh, and she is pretty much potty trained at night now.