Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Turning 7...Only Four Years from 11

L turned 7 today, I can hardly believe it. We decorated her door with streamers and balloons that she ran through when she awoke. We also decorated the living room and kitchen.



I made pancakes that said I Heart U and the number 7 for her age along with eggs for her breakfast. She thought it was really cool.
For dinner she had macaroni and cheese, fish sticks, bbq chicken, broccoli and cucumber slices. She wanted donuts for her dessert.

After dessert, she opened her presents from us, her grandmas and her auntie. She got quite a haul but her favorite item was the ninja outfit her sister bought for her.


Since her birthday was in the middle of the week we waited until the weekend to have some friends over for a movie night with pizza, popcorn, and cupcakes. We watched Big Hero 6. Her friends brought her a HUGE present! It was a Green Machine and she loves it!

The boy next to L is our future son-in-law.
 

L is now 4'8" tall and is an amazingly bright and active child. She loves to read and is in the accelerated reading group in her class. Her favorite books right now are the Magic Rainbow Fairy series. It's a good thing there are so many different sets because she can go through a seven book series in two days. She also enjoys reading Ivy and Bean, Fairy Realm and Dragon Masters. She is still taking speech at school twice a week for 15 minutes. She only needs it because she talks so fast. Once we get her to self regulate her rate of speech she will be done with speech.
She has tons of energy and loves to do anything outside. She is still taking Taekwondo and really likes it. She loves swimming and wants to take gymnastics as well. She spends a lot of time outside riding bikes or jumping on the trampoline. At school she likes to play basketball at recess.
L is very stubborn and hasn't been listening or following instructions at home lately. When she is asked to put her dirty clothes in the hamper, she takes them to the hamper and drops them on the floor beside it. When we ask her to clean her room, she shoves everything under her bed and into drawers instead of putting things away. She is fighting for her independence right now but doing it in the wrong ways. Unfortunately sometimes us making her conform to our rules causes her to have a mental breakdown. She will cry and scream and cannot be consoled or talked down. She must be left alone until she can relax and let it all go. At that point we are usually able to talk to her and get her to comply with our "demands". I hope one day she will use these tools for good:)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Taekwondo Eugene Tournament

The girls participated in a tournament at one of the local high schools. L competed as a Tiny Tiger and went first. She performed very well and received a medal.


Doing her form.
Sparring with another competitor. She did outstanding.


We stood around watching other competitors for an hour before it was time for K to compete. She only had one other competitor in her ring. She did really well, but with only one other competitor she was going to come in first or second no matter what.
Doing her form.
Doing her weapons form.

Sparring
L got to keep score.

Combat sparring.
K received first place in form, sparing, weapons, and combat sparring.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Powerpoint on Killer Whales

For her reading class, K had to research information on an animal indigenous to Oregon and create a PowerPoint presentation. She chose Killer Whales.

The class worked on their PowerPoint at school for a couple of weeks and then presented them to their classmates. Here is K's presentation.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

McDowell Creek Falls

On a cold overcast day we went on a family hike near Sweet Home. We only walked two miles but we saw four different waterfalls along the way.

Majestic Falls
Crystal Pool Falls

On the Bridge next to Royal Terrace Falls.
Royal Terrace Falls
Lower McDowell Falls

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fun on the Tramp

Dad is so good about going out and roughhousing on the trampoline with the girls, especially when it's cold or rainy outside. They always have a blast playing together.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Volcano Project

Over Christmas break K decided to make a working volcano to present to her class. She researched the different types of volcanoes, how they are created and what makes them erupt. She drew a diagram of the internal features of a volcano on one side of poster board and the outside of a volcano with all the things that could occur during an eruption on the other side.


She used wads of newspaper taped around a plastic bottle covered with aluminum foil. She then covered the outside with paint and sand to represent landscape.


 For the eruption she used peroxide, yeast and red dye. She presented her project to her fourth grade class. They thought it was so cool! 
The video is a little long. If you don't want all the info, go to the last bit of the video to see the eruption.


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Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year's Eve

The girls went to Bahmah's for New Years Eve so we got to ring in the new year alone. We grabbed some Chinese takeout and cuddled up on the couch at home watching movies. It was a quiet and relaxing evening. The girls had fun doing chores with Bahmah, making tie dye shirts and learning how to use a yo-yo with Papa.