Thursday, May 26, 2016

Soccer

The kids have had several games lately, and I don't think I have posted any pictures of their team shirts.  Summer is #3 and Colton is #4.  They get their team photos done next week, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures of their warm up, that include Summer, Colton, and Coach Daddy all in the same picture.  I'll try and get better action photos as the season goes on.  Also included is a cute cousin shot when Auntie Kristin, Teddy, and Grandma K came to S and C's first game. :)



Cousins!

Colton 4 year picture

I realized I never posted Colton's 4 year picture!  He was a total champ, and SO easy to take in for pictures this year, smiling on command and doing everything the photographer said.  

Colton 4 year picture

When I went through Colton's closet the night before his pictures to determine what he should wear, Daddy helped put together Colton's shirt and sweater, and I love how he looks like a mini-Paul!

My handsome dudes!

I don't have too many updates on my favorite middle kid, so I'll just throw on some pictures of some things we did for preschool this week.  We tried a new sight word Dominos game and it was a TOTAL hit!






I used index cards to make Dominos with the kindergarten sight words.  We put them in a pile and took turns looking for matches to make our domino train as long as we could, splitting it when we needed to.  We ended up making sight word "train tracks" to drive C's trains on.  The cards that didn't fit in the domino train track line became ships that could transport the trains to different places on the track, landing at "ports" that had matching sight words somewhere along the track.  We both had a lot of fun, it was active, and required a lot of reading/saying/recognizing the sight words. 

We have also been working on handwriting lately.  While he learned to match upper and lower case letters this year, he is still working on how to write the lower case letters, however his upper case letters have definitely improved.  I had him write his alphabet from memory this week, without looking at how the letters were made, to document his current progress on the uppercase letters at the end of this school year.

Snapshot of how Colton makes his uppercase letters, age 4.
Lately, I've found it works well to give him a sheet of letter practice while I tuck in Larkyn for her nap and read her Bible story.  It keeps him busy and productive for a few undistracted minutes while he waits for his special Mommy-Colton time (during Larkyn's nap) and allows him just a little bit of practice in a day (his attention span for writing is not long, and unlike his sister, he does not love to write!).

One thing I love about Colton is he is so good at making his own fun and entertaining himself with cars, trains, planes, the sandbox, the water table, anything with wheels, etc.  He has been a total sweetheart this week as I spent much of the day focused on Larkyn and her potty training, and has completely made his own fun.  He has also been a huge encouragement to both his sisters, cheering Larkyn on with her potty training and Summer on in her gymnastics meet.  Love you, buddy!

Larkyn Potty Training

 
We took the Monday- Wednesday this week, stayed home, and did an intensive potty training with Larkyn.  She has been showing signs of being ready for the past few months, but I wasn't quite ready to take the plunge into the work it would entail until this week.  My friend Jessi, who recently potty trained her son Carter (one day younger than Larkyn) was my biggest encourager and supporter as she daily texted me encouragement and tips!  We spent the first two days completely outside, with Larkyn running around the backyard playing in her underwear, pumping her with liquids, and watching her body's signals for when she was about to go.  Colton enjoyed his job of "clean up crew" and sprayed down anything that got potty on it with the hose ;).  Day 1 was filled with 20+ accidents and got Momma pretty tuckered out chasing around a very active Loo and running her to the potty :).  Day 2 was much better and the successes outweighed the accidents.  Day #3 was only one accident all day, including a dry nap, as well as her third consecutive day poop success.  Today was her first official day "doing regular life" in underwear.  Grandma K babysat while Mommy volunteered at Summer's school and Larkyn did a great job telling Grandma when she needed to go (big win!).  Tonight, at the kids' soccer game, I felt a little frustrated as she repeatedly told me she needed to go potty, but as soon as we got to the bathroom, she wouldn't go.  At first I thought she was just playing games, but then I realized she didn't like the public toilet.  Except for a tiny leak, she held her potty all the way until we got home and then went in her potty.  I guess we will have to work on the public toilet issue ;).  Anyway, we are not out of the woods on accidents, but we are well on our way to having our baby toilet trained - and that is VERY exciting!  Here are a few pictures of Larky-Loo this week as well as a video of her reading herself a book on the potty before she pooped (too cute!).

Both Summer and Colton have been huge helps.  Colton would read to her on the potty if I needed to do something and Summer helped to get her on the potty today when she needed to go while I was upstairs.

My friend Jessi told me to try a straw to encourage her to drink a lot (more potty to come out and get practice with!) and it worked!

Watching the DVD "Elmo's potty time"


Playing outside in her underwear ;)
 Video of Larkyn reading on the potty: