Monday, October 29, 2012

reading


Auburn has been asking me to teach her to read.  So, I decided to try and just see what would happen.  She just barely turned four and I didn't want to push her, but she was excited so we started.  I am also not a fan of German Kindergarten (preschool here) and I know that she needed some extra stimulation.  Thank heavens for the internet and a knowledgeable sister-in-law.  We have been doing word family crafts, a sight word caterpillar and working on phonics.  There are so many wonderful resources out there to make learning to read fun.  She is really reading now and loves it.  She picks up books and reads the words she knows and asks us for the ones she doesn't know.  She is sounding words out and totally amazes me.  Right now she will read to anyone that will sit down with her. 






reading to Uncle Seth and Conley


 This is a common scene at our house, and makes me so happy.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy 4th Auburn!


 Our little Auburn turned four last month.  She was so excited for this birthday.  She has been on the countdown since Conley's birthday in May.  She got so excited when we moved from months, to weeks and then days.  This lucky little girl had her California grandparents here for the occasion.  We surprised her on her birthday with a trip to Wildlife Poing.  It is a park where you can feed the animals and see some other native animals from Germany.  She loved it.  It was a little bit rainy and overcast, but still great.  We came home to dinner, chicken pillows, potatoes, salad and peas all at her request.  We then opened presents and ate cake and ice cream!

Auburn feeding the goats.  This girl has no fear of animals.


Talking to the donkey


This goat was a little demanding and jumped on all of the adults.  
Conley was afraid that this goat would eat him.



Conley and Grandpa looking at the bears.  Don't worry, you can't feed the bears.



This sweet little girl wanted a pink and purple castle cake for her birthday.  Her Mom really loves her, because she is not a cake decorator.  It isn't perfect, but Auburn was thrilled with it and that is all that really matters.


The cake was of course chocolate. 
 I don't think my kids know that there is another flavor of cake, and I am okay with that.


She was totally spoiled!  Thanks Oma and Opa, Grandma and Grandpa, Abuelita and the Johnsons!

Grandma made her this dress for her birthday.  She loves it and tells me that because the dress is purple she is Rapunzel.  If you can't tell we are on a big princess kick right now.

Happy Birthday to our sweet little four year old.  You are sweet, bright, considerate, creative and such a joy to be around.  The last four years have been so happy for us.  We love you!