Monday, October 22, 2012

Books Little J LOVES

I have been doing a lot of reading to little J this week.

On Wednesday's we take Jam and Boo to their piano lessons and we get to spend one hour alone. It is a special time and I try to make sure he enjoys it. Sometimes we head to the 'Pirate park' - to pretend to be 'Pirates' (most Mothers of three year old boys will understand). However this last week we went to the library.

Little J chose a huge pile of books and since it was raining we asked if we could sit in the back room and read. (We get a little too noisy to sit in the rocking chair in the children's section).

His eye therapy makes it hard to sit still and read at the moment so a book has to really capture his attention.

I thought I would share a few that we have read OVER and OVER this week.

They are not in any particular order - however I will let you know I saved his FAVORITE for last.

Press Here  by Herve Tullet

Press Here

I didn't know if he would like this one, but following the directions made it fun and unusual. He loved the way the dots look like they move all over the page.

I Spy With My Little Eye

I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs

Little J loved this book he liked looking through the hole. He was very pleased with himself as he guessed them all correctly.

Hugless Douglas

Hugless Douglas by David Melling - This was a very sweet read and as a bonus I got a HUGE hug at the end of the book.

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? Susan A Shea and paintings Tom Slaughter
This book brought little J to fits of giggles. He loved it and really participated answering the questions. As the book progress he laughed more. It was fun to see him enjoying it.

Dog in Boots

Dog in Boots  by Greg Gormley. Little J loved this one. He thought it was a very silly thing to see a dog wearing boots.

The Brave Cowboy

This book The Brave Cowboy by Joan Walsh Anglund was by far little J's favorite this week. We have read it over and over and over. Daddy has read it, Boo has read it, Jam has read it.

It shows that a book doesn't have to be bright and colorful to grab their attention or imagination. In fact this book is done in a black sketch style with very cute pictures and then the 'pretend play' is drawn in red. Any boy who has ever dressed up as a 'Cowboy' would love this book.

Little J has just come up and grabbed 'The Brave Cowboy' and started to read it to himself - very cute.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Lazy Eye Therapy 2 Week Check up.

Just a quick update. We went to the Ophthalmologist for our 2 week check up.

Good News. Little J's weaker eye has improved 8%. I know that seems a small amount, but we are very pleased.

Little J was very worried about our visit so I promised him a ice cream when we got home. I had planned to take a picture of him enjoying it. However, by the time I had found my phone - it was gone.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lazy Eye focus work

I have been doing some close up work with little J this week. The doctor recommended that we so some seat work to help his weaker eye.
It has taken some work and patience but here is a picture of one of the things we have been doing.
Little J likes using bingo markers on alphabet printouts to practice his hand eye coordination.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Phases of the Moon

Apologia Science 

I wonder.... why the kids LOVED doing this today.


They are waiting to show Dad before they eat them.
We have 2 sets. Little J couldn't see the point in messing with the cookies...he just ate his share.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Lazy Eye - Cool Shades

Cool Shades

Last year about this time I blogged about the importance of eye-tests. Well it was that time of year again so last Monday afternoon we spent a delightful afternoon at the Ophthalmologist. Don't get me wrong he is amazing and so all all the staff that work there but it was a very crazy afternoon.

My oldest Jam had to choose new glasses and did a great job choosing them himself and ended up ordering a pair of Raybans. Which arrived in the office Monday and look amazing. (I will try to get a shot if he lets me.) 
I ordered my years supply of contacts, I wear daily disposables and LOVE them. I am one of the rare few who build up protein so quickly that I couldn't wear those monthly sleep in ones. (I know I tried) When I tested them they were unwearable in 24 hours. I know just call me special lol.
The main event was Little J last year we took him to get his eyes tested because I had started to notice a turn in his right eye. You can see my original blog post here.  I was told that he was majorly far sighted but we were not sure if it was a true lazy eye problem. So we bought the glasses and the right eye straighten right up. Unfortunately our doubts were realized this week. He has a lazy eye. His right eye that is weaker is not working properly. So what to do...
Monday night we started eye drop therapy. I just need to say this has not been easy, for me or Little J. His lovely personality has changed over night. He is so frustrated it makes me sad. 
For those who don't understand what eye drop therapy is here goes... basically we put an eye drop in his left (good) eye every night. This dilates the eye and makes the eyesight in it worse than normal. Hopefully the plan is to make his weaker eye stronger and to force his brain to use it equally with the other eye.
We have been told the results are normally very good especially when treatment is started early.

We have all had to be very understanding with Little J. We have not really told him what is going on, as the drops are put in while he is sleeping it seems easier.

Today we had a very bright day and Little J found it very difficult to go outside. So we took a quick trip to the ophthalmologist and and picked him up some handy shades and the world was OK again...for a few minutes.

Piano lessons

My oldest children have been taking piano lessons for a few years now. If I remember correctly it is about four. 
When my youngest was born I convinced a friend of mine who plays wonderfully to take over their lessons. (THANK YOU)

Last week while we were getting ready for Church my husband asked my daughter who happened to be ready first (I know it sounds crazy that my daughter would ready before her brother but I guess I still have those teenage never get out of the bathroom years to come).
Anyway she did play hymns for us as we finished getting ready - it was wonderful.

Again this morning I had an opportunity to sit and listen to their piano practice. They didn't know I was listening (I was cleaning up the basement) it was wonderful. 

I know we always say nice things about our children, believe me I have sat through many practices of 'Twinkle Twinkle' and said they were great (and meant it). However it is nice to hear them and feel that you are listening to actual music.

So to all of you with budding pianists in your house. (Or other musical instruments)


Monday, October 1, 2012

Quick Crock Pot Dinner!

Chicken Tacos A'la Crock Pot :)

I know that I am not the only one who suddenly realizes their day is completely full to the point of bursting and you have nothing prepared for dinner.

Well that was my situation this morning...
I got up for work today at 5:45am - realized I had forgot to make my juice for breakfast (grapefruit, carrot and ginger.) Luckily I had a no-show lesson so I managed to make it before my husband ran out the door (He is so worth it). 
Ran downstairs with my juice in tow and worked till 10am. 
Got kids linked up with Nana for their Skype Latin Lessons.
It was at this point it hit ...nothing for dinner - and nothing out of the freezer. 
I have an afternoon of eye appointments, Apologia Astronomy lap-books to be supervised and soccer practice. (It was not going to be pretty.) 

Then I came across this link for "best ever chicken tacos in the crockpot" over at " lady with the red rocker

Go check out her blog following the link for the recipe. It's awesome. and was in my crock pot in less than 5 minutes. 

We will be using soft taco shells as they are (yep you guessed it) mu husband's favorite.

My day is saved.


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