Monday, January 31, 2011

Living in January – From 2bed/2bath to 3bed/1bath

We live in a 2bed/2bath condo.  We’ve lived here for over six years and it’s been nearly perfect, up until we joyfully discovered that I was pregnant with our second child.  We knew that it would be difficult to have a baby and a toddler share a bedroom, but we were up for the challenge!  Mackenzie has been an okay nighttime sleeper, not like our all-star nighttime sleeper, Trevor, but good enough.  By four months we had moved her full time into Trevor’s room and she was sleeping 10 hours at night.  This was fine by me, and it continued until we decided to be adventurous and break from our very consistent nighttime schedule.  I figured, how bad could breaking from our schedule for one night be?  As it turns out, VERY bad.

We went to a friend's house for New Year's Eve, and kept Mackenzie up until about 10:30 (not wanting to wake other babies up who were already sleeping in all available rooms) and she decided that 10:30 would henceforth be her new bed time.  After many nights of crying, she finally was convinced again that 7:30pm was an okay time to go to bed, but then she started waking up in the middle of the night…sometimes twice.  This was not a big deal for the first few nights, but after almost a month of mama not sleeping through the night, Tim and I decided that enough was enough and we converted our home from a 2bed/2bath to a 3bed/1bath.  Sorry Mackenzie, the bathroom is your new home. She must not mind too much, because from the first night we put her in there she has slept through perfectly at least 10 hours, sometimes almost 12.

My only reservation about her sleeping in the pack 'n play was that we have the cheapest model and the pad on the bottom is super hard and not completely flat, so we ended up buying this Dream On Me 3" Portable Crib Mattress . Now my mind is at ease. 

Happy Living!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Feature Book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

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                  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...)                                                                                                         
 We have been reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff this week during school to complement our theme of cookies.  It is a very cute book that follows just what might happen if you gave a mouse a cookie, and it turns out that you would probably end up just where you started!  It is a great book for introducing the concept of cause and effect to little inquiring minds. The words are simple and easy for little ones to remember. The illustrations keep you looking to notice the references to previous pages. It is silly, imaginative, and answers perfectly the question asked in its title. A great book for preschoolers!

Trevor’s review of the book: “Mom, this is my favorite book. I love reading this book.”

Trevor says that he “loves” a lot of things (especially reading!), but he has never deemed a book his favorite before.

I was recommended this book off of a list of 1000 Good Books  over at I love the site and the list of books!


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Friday, January 28, 2011

Preschool - Week 9

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This school year, right after Trevor turned two, we started preschool. I’d love to say that we are faithful in doing it every day, but that’s just not the truth. Honestly we probably do it two or three times a week, but I love that it is slowly getting both of us ready for the pattern of school that will come in the next few years. This year we are taking our inspiration from We have tweaked the way we do things as the weeks go by and added more elements as Trevor has grown. The curriculum is set up in weeks, but realistically it takes us about two weeks to get through it. So here is what we did this week!

Day 1 - Theme: Cookies




Day 2 - Letter: “I”

  •  Color letter “I” coloring page
  • Talk about the sounds the letter “I” makes 
  • Talk about words that start with the letter “I”
  • Trace the letter “I” with your finger (we used these Lauri Toys)
  • Practice writing the letter “I” 

Day 3 - Number: “9”

  • Count to the number “9” 
  • Put nine stickers on the number “9” handout, counting as you put them on
  • Put nine pegs in the pegboard, counting as you go (we use this Lauri Toys pegboard)
  • Work on copying patterns on the pegboard (for beginning math skills)  (more details)


Day 4 - Shape: Circle


Day 5 – Review

  • Do another activity regarding the theme if desired (I didn’t do one this week)
  • Review concepts from this week while putting the pages into the school binder
  • Quickly review past weeks concepts while putting this week’s pages in the binder

Each day after we learn our new concept, we quickly review the past day’s work, read the theme’s story, and possibly sing a song or recite a poem on the theme. In the coming days I will post more details on some of the activities that we do.


Looking for more preschool information?  Click on the picture below to find a list of all the preschool posts here at Living and Learning at Home, plus some of my favorite preschool resources!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Take a Peek Inside our Home

Welcome to my blog.  I have started this to chronicle life in my home.  I invite you to come and take a peek!  My name is Amy and I have been married to my best friend, Tim, for six years.  God has graciously blessed us with two children, and we strive daily to learn better how to train them up in the Lord.  I plan to write about things I'm learning in my home and what I am teaching my children. I hope to inspire you in your home and hopefully learn something from you too!  Stay tuned to find out what we're going to learn next!