One of the things that I like about the Chrome browser is that it automatically tells me if a webpage comes up is in a language other than English, tells me what language it is, and offers to translate it for me. Often I will agree to let it translate for me because I think that the webpage looks interesting, or I’m feeling like I want to broaden my horizons a little bit and try to learn what some of the words mean. That is how I learned that the phrase “abogado de inmigracion” is Spanish for “immigration lawyer.” I wonder if I could learn to read Spanish just using that Chrome browser translator.
Lady Bug and I had a play date this afternoon. While at her friend’s house I saw something extremely clever. Every wooden puzzle had a small piece of Velcro on each piece and it’s corresponding hole.
I thought this was shear genius! I love that Lady Bug could pick up the puzzle and move it to a different area without all if the pieces falling out. This also allows for vertical storage of the puzzles so she can flip through a few to find the one she wants like on a bookcase.
I live this idea soo much that I’m going to stop off at the craft store tomorrow and pick up some Velcro for our puzzles.
Ladybug had a Christmas performance at preschool this morning. She was soo cute. All of the girls and boys in her class were dressed as little elves. There were also angels, reindeer, and Santas in other classes. Each child was adorable in the costumes they had made. I think my favorite were the painted on red noses that a few reindeer had. Each class sang a few popular Christmas songs including Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Ladybug did a fantastic job and smiled the entire time. I just wish I had a better seat to capture the special memory.
I tried to get to the school early but then I remembered a little bit before it was time to go that my phone was almost full and I wouldn’t be able to take any pictures or videos. I quickly plugged it in and started transferring all of the images to my computer so that I could make space for new pictures and videos from the performance.
It took 18 minutes to move it all which put me behind schedule. I ended up getting to the school about 5 minutes before the show started. That meant that I had a crappy seat and it was hard to see over every person in front of me with their cameras held high. Note to self, clean out the camera ahead of time and always plan to be at school shows at least 30 to 45 minutes early if I want to get a decent seat.
I like to let Ladybug choose what she wants to wear to school. Some days she matches and other days well let’s just say she is proud of her selections. She’s even asked to wear some of her dress up clothes to school. I’ll let her wear most anything she wants as long as it will not be a distraction to her or any of the other children at school. I would not let her go to school in a pony costume or something crazy like that because I know all of the focus would be on the costume and not on learning.
I have seen some crazy outfit choices over the past years. As long as she’s happy that’s really all that matters to me. If she wants to wear a purple polk-a-dot shirt with a green skirt and hot pink leggings, then so be it.
It’s important to me that I give her choices and that she be allowed to have some control over things in her daily life. Now, I’m not going to let her decide everything, just a few small things that will make her feel independent and like her opinion matters and that she can make a difference in her own life.
Do you give your child a sandwich for lunch every single day? well I’m going to give you some tips to make those lunches more exciting, even if you still pack a sandwich every single day.
- Add some color to each lunch. Vibrant colors look appetizing and make my mouth water. Include fruits and veggies of contrasting colors. The more colors you have the larger the variety of nutrients your child will be getting as well.
- Accessorize with food picks, wrappers, and silicon cups. Bento style lunches make use of these tools and make lunches into works of art.
- Include a character. if your son or daughter likes Mickey Mouse try using items like cheese to cut out shapes that resemble him or whatever character of your choosing.
- Give your lunch a theme. Maybe one day try packing a lunch that only has food that starts with the same letter, or is the same color. Or cut everything into the same shape.
- Sandwich cutters can turn an ordinary sandwich into something exciting just by changing the shape. I have a collection of sandwich cutters for Ladybug to chose from. We even have tiny sandwich cutters. I like that kind that turn your sandwich into a pocket sandwich by sealing the edges of the bread. This helps to prevent all of the inside fillings from going all over the lunch box or all over tiny hands. I’ve gotten most of mine from amazon and ebay for great prices.