Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Chicken Dancing

Grandma Carlson captured this Chicken Dance on her camera. If you look carefully, you can see the yellow chicken on the floor. He's providing the music the girls are dancing to.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Let it Snow

We don't get a lot of snow in almost sea level Seattle, so when we get even a dusting we make big deal of it. Yesterday we got our dusting, so the girls had a snowball fight and built a snowman.

Emma's holding a snowball, probably one that Ryan threw at her that bounced off her heavily-padded body and she picked up to throw back at him. Hannah is holding an "iceberg." This is a boot print that compacted into ice. Hannah called them icebergs.


Hard at work constructing a snowman.

Here's our Frosty. He lasted a few hours and then fell over. We told the girls he was sleeping. Our snow's gone now, but it sure was pretty and fun while it lasted!

A Self-Directed Learner

On Friday, Hannah was honored as a Student of the Month. Her teacher nominated her as a Self-Directed Learner.

Emma and I were able to come eat lunch with Hannah and watch her get her certificate from her principal, Mr. Terry. Emma was so excited she couldn't eat a bite of lunch. We all got to sit at a special table in the lunchroom with fun decorations. Hannah got her picture up on the screen in the lunchroom (sorry for the poor picture).

She got to wear a special badge with a purple ribbon attached.

Emma was sad to say bye to Hannah when lunch was over and it was time for recess. Emma tried to chase after Hannah to go play, but I redirected her in the direction of the parking lot. Once we were in the car driving home, Emma was able to calm down enough to eat her lunch.

Hannah was very proud of her award. The other night, when I was putting her to bed, I told her how proud I was of her. "You're such a smart girl, a good big sister, and so kind," I told her. She nodded her head and said, "And self-directed?"

While Mom & Dad Are Away...

Hannah and Emma stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Carlson while Ryan and I went to Utah. Here's some highlights from their visit:
Auntie Ann took them to see "Mr. Popper's Penguins" at the Children's Theater near Ann's school. The girls loved the play and are now enamored with all things penguin. They still walk around and "talk" like penguins. I didn't know penguins talked.
Grandma Carlson took the girls to visit Brother Call's farm. They were amazed at ALL the pumpkins and varieties of squash. Brother Call sent them home with a trunk load of squash.

The girls always love to color.
Grandma's backyard is inhabited by a number of well-fed squirrels. The girls threw peanuts out on the back porch, then watched at the window as the squirrels collected and burried their peanuts.