Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Joey on the Move!

Joey is quite the mover and wiggler now.  He is busy busy and finding all kinds of new ways to move about the living room to get the toys he wants. 

Discovering his hands and putting them together (March/April)
Discovering his toes! (April)
Starting to twist around but can't quite get himself over (April/May)
Finding his toes to play with and put in his mouth! (May)
Rolling over from tummy to back.  (May)
Standing on his feet (He loves this!) (end of May)

Rolling over from back to tummy and over and over and over again! (June 2nd)

Trying to figure out how to crawl. He can scoot around in a circle and has even tried crawling backwards.  (June 21st)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Southern New Hampshire Public Libraries

David is really into visiting libraries.  We are luckly because the Manchester City Library is linked to a number of locations thru GMILCS Inc. The library cards are common borrower cards.   

[from GMILCS Inc. website]
What is GMILCS, Inc? GMILCS, Inc. is a nonprofit consortium of public and academic libraries in New Hampshire, sharing an integrated system, sharing resources and sharing experience. By sharing, we offer more to the communities we serve.

The GMILCS, Inc. consortium serves the libraries of Amherst, Bedford, Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Salem, Southern New Hampshire University, New England College and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

We like to visit Manchester, Hooksett, Derry and Salem.  Derry has a nice big open area with lots of toys, games and puzzles.  It's a great rainy day actiivity.  There is also a door in the children's room that leads out to a nice grassy park.  You really could make an afternoon out of it. 

On our summer schedule, we hope to include some of the FREE activities that the library has for children. There are story hours, craft projects, outdoor activities and a Summer Reading Program that begins June 21st. 

Here is the link to the :
Salem Kelley Library Events
Manchester City Library Events
Derry Library Events
Hooksett Library Events

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Strawberry Picking and Other Summertime Plans

I can not believe this is already the last week of school! Where did May and June go? Life has been busy and different now with baby Joey so I guess I didn't even notice the time flying by.  It is funny with a baby... how can time go by so slowly (like when they are not sleeping thru the night) and so quickly (end of the school year already) all at the same time!!!

I am so glad I try to stay somewhat organized and document alot of our plans in spreadsheets and word documents.  Otherwise I don't think I would remember from one day to the next what is going on.  I pulled up the list I made last year of all the fun places to go and things to do over the summer.  Here is our list:

Local (New Hampshire)
Strawberry Picking (Sunnycrest Farm has already started June 5th)
Cherry Picking
Blueberry Picking
Friendly Farm
Sand Sculpture Contest at Hampton
Charming Fare Farm
Fairy House events
Touch a truck events (Manch/Nashua/Londonderry/deerfield)
Greeley Park - go Nashua events
Derry Splash pad =- moonscape playground
Griffin Park Windham - Johnson’s Highland View Farm  Ice Cream stand
Ann Denicola memorial playground in Bedford 101 Nashua road to county road - across the street from highschool
Nature Walk
Met Childrens Museum derry
Kaleidoscope museum millyard
SEE science center
Swimming at Livingston

Museum of Science
Farmers Market
Childrens Museum

Maine Lighthouse
York animal Kingdom
Childrens Musuem in Dover
Lakes region - kellerhaus
New Hampshire Fairs
Hot Air Balloon Festival

I am anxious to see how the fruit is this summer.  I will update when we go Strawberry Picking and Cherry Picking!  Yum!

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3....Coming to Theaters June 18th
and Toys already in Stores!

Back a month or so ago I was searching online for any new toys that may be coming out this summer.  Much to my surprise, Toy Story 3 has a garbage truck and landfill in the movie.  They have come out with many toys to go with the story.  We were anxious to find out what the story was about so we found two Toy Story 3 books.  One is entitled Toy Story 3 a Little Golden Book and the other is Set into Reading Level 2 - The Great Toy Escape.  Both books not only have the landfill and garbage truck, they have an incinerator.  David is familiar with an incinerator and what it does, but for some reason it is scary to him...perhaps the fire.  Or maybe perhaps the toys falling into the fire.  We have been reading to David for a very long time (since infancy) and we tried to explain to him that movies and books have a conflict and a resolution.  There always has be some sort of drama and then in the end, in most children's book, everyone lives happily ever after.  (I wish real life was like this!)  I guess it is a hard concept to understand when you are 5. 

Prior to knowing the whole story of the 3rd movie, I had bought some early Christmas gifts to put away.  I didn't want to wait until the last minute and not be able to find what I was looking for (Garbage Trucks of course! ). One of the gifts I picked up was the LEGO Toy Story Trash Compactor Escape .  Well David decided he was too afraid of this toy. So I trekked back to Toys R Us to return it. 

Low and behold, David, being so creative and imaginative, came up with his own Landfill, trash compactor and incinerator with toys that he already has.  We have this wonderful Lego Duplo Knight's Castle that we earned with Pampers Gifts to Grow Points back many years ago when David was a baby.  He combined the legos with k'nex, his garbage trucks, playmobile and Matchbox Rigs to create this masterpiece!

It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be.
Imagination gives you the picture.
Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.

Author: Robert Collier

Monday, June 7, 2010

Joey at 6 Months

We had Joey's 6 month appointment today.  He is doing great!!!
 He weighed in at 16 lbs 3.5 ounces and 25 3/4 inches tall. 

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