December 26, 2011
So here is our menu
Munchies : The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins - Bugles and cheese dip
Salad : Gertrude McFuzz berries - Pomegranate & poppy seed salad
Main entrée : Who roast beast - Christmas rib roast
Veggies side : The turtles of Sala-ma-sond - Cashew Green Beans
Starch side : truffula trees - sweet potato puffs (using rosette tip of pastry bag)
Starch side 2: Who-hash - wild rice patties
Fruit : truffula fruits - Feijoa ( a tropical fruit with a pear like texture)
Bread : Yertle the turtle - pagnotta (from central market)
Dessert : Who-pudding - Chocolate pots de creme
December 23, 2011
December 10, 2011
Quinn, is a little rough when playing with Brock. I told her that she is teaching him the way to play, so when he is 4 and as strong as she is- he will be hitting her.
Quinn's response: "You won't remember"
"Maybe, how does my not remembering change the fact that he will hit you?"
"Because, you'll put him in timeout for hitting"
Clearly, I'm dealing with a mastermind here. She is only 4.5!
December 09, 2011
November 27, 2011
November 15, 2011
Just as a refresher, Quinn is extremely particular about what she eats, and will often refuse food based on look, mood, or any other whim. So we incentivized it.
I struggled about this, and I think/hope I have a good solution. Basically bites for minutes... Here is the gist.
She loves to watch videos, and they are usually restricted to the weekend. But with the new incentive she could watch them during the week.
If she eats (swallows) a food that she has had before, she gets one minute for the whole meal.
A new grain / protein/ dairy = 1 minute per bite
A new vegetable = 2 minutes per bite
A new "mixed" food (Casseroles, sauces,etc) = 3 minutes per bite.
Then for rewards we have
1 minute = Sesame Street video from the website, (most are about a minute long)
2 minutes = Zoodle (this is a kids app that usually pulls appropriate clips from YouTube, about two minutes)
5 minutes = Sesame Street podcast.
10 minutes = Mother Goose by Jim Henson available on Netflix instant download (she loves these)
30 minutes = Sid the Science Kid, Super Why, Dora, etc
60 minutes = Sesame Street episode, BackYardigans, Thomas, etc
60 minutes with at least 12 veggies = Feature length movie (Tangled, Princess and the Frog, etc)
Our goal is not only to get her to eat, but to not complain, try new foods, and eat a well rounded meals.
Learning objectives include
- New food can taste good
- How long a minute is
- Clock math (the tracking sheets are set up like a clock)
- Delayed gratification / accumulation (saving for a better video) (although that hasn't happened yet)
Learning outcomes so far
- Baked potato isn't good yet, even when mixed with jelly (barely even touched the tongue before it was rejected)
- Edamame isn't good yet, even though she was really hoping it would have worked for her. (she spit it out convincing herself that she was going to throw up)
- Corn, while vehemently opposed to it on principle, actually is okay. 9 bites == 18 minutes
- Chicken Florentine (Chicken, Spinach, Pasta, Sauce), is okay if you scrape off the spinach pieces and stick to the chicken. 4 bites = 12 minutes
- Accumulation hasn't happened yet.
- Day 1: 2 minutes = 1 x Zoodle
- Day 2: 30 minutes = 3 x Mother Goose
November 12, 2011
November 11, 2011
Quinn says "You don't have to go hungry... just make another sandwich" - LOVE IT!
November 06, 2011
November 05, 2011
I wished I had discovered this 30 years ago for my sister!
I honestly think that it is the fact that there is Halloween candy around (although thankfully not alot, thanks to the Great Pumpkin :) )... but she wants the candy for dinner, knowing that it happens after dinner, creates a power struggle that she wants to win.
October 30, 2011
October 29, 2011
I'm remarking on it tonight, because usually it is expected (to us) and don't remember to blog about it... but tonight / today Quinn isn't feeling well. She had a temperature since mid day and ended up taking 2 naps. (She normally doesn't take any). The last nap ended at 6. So by 9 (the time she is normally asleep (bedtime starts around 8:30), my expectation was that should wouldn't be tired. And she was meeting my expectation, was awake, not wired, as I still think that she felt off, even after the medicine, but singing and reading and otherwise fully engaged.
And that is when I noticed the quiver. I started singing some bedtime songs, which she sung along with me. Then the next thing I new she was sleeping. It kind of reminded me of the scene from "A Princess Bride" where he says laughing, "Never mess with a Sicilian when death is on the line", then keels over. (BTW I don't look at her while singing as it makes the bedtime songs less engaging, so when I did look back she was asleep - but moments before, she was singing with me).
October 17, 2011
October 15, 2011
October 09, 2011
October 07, 2011
October 01, 2011
September 27, 2011
Well you can't beat that logic, now can you.
September 23, 2011
September 21, 2011
September 18, 2011
September 14, 2011
She said that she couldn't decide.
I said, Let's try. I'll stand in the hallway.
She agreed, and so for the first time with a parent, Quinn while still actively awake, went to sleep alone in her room.
And just for the record, she has had 17 days in a row of earning stars, and 33 stars earned since Aug 1st.
September 05, 2011
September 03, 2011
August 23, 2011
August 02, 2011
July 31, 2011
(BTW Pam later informed me that while teaching follows to dance, that she often refers to the right arm as decoration... the jury is out if that is where Quinn got it from, or if it was just a cute recognition that she was unable to use her arm, like decorations are just to look at).
July 26, 2011
July 25, 2011
July 23, 2011
July 19, 2011
After much crying, I'm pretty sure that she won't do that again.
July 16, 2011
Then we got Quinn a new bed that has a bunk play space. It was a lot of effort to get here, but she loves it. We also got her skates, but in retrospect, I think that might be a year too early. And clearly the lilac nail polish was a hit. (For historical documentation sake, when Quinn was two, we said she could paint her fingernails when she was four- so this was a major milestone in her mind)
July 04, 2011
Continuing on, we spread all the coins out to count them. I suggested we put them in lines so it would be easier to keep track of the coins she had counted. She said, "Or you can just pick them up as I count them."
I've been out thunk by a not quite 4 year old. Sigh.
July 03, 2011
What does Quinn remember most? The fact that she got gummy's and a lollipop on the plane home (she did a fantastic job on the plane).
June 26, 2011
Everyone did great on the plane, but safety pops where quite messy for Brock.
Had a great time at the family reunion and then spent a couple of hours with Brian, Savanah, Conner, and Cadence.
On Sunday, had breakfast with Pappy and Cindy. Then a fantastic picnic at Tom and Jennifer's where we saw Maria, Peter, and the Foote gang again.
After several mishaps and misunderstandings around the rental car - we left three hours later than the we wanted (8pm instead of 5). Brock didn't fall asleep until near 10. It is a quarter to 11 and Quinn, Samantha, and Nathan are still awake watching videos.
June 13, 2011
First I'm proud of her for wanting to ride her bike down the big hill at Godwin park. Second, I'm proud of her for figuring out how
to drag her bike up the hill ( she ended up pulling the front handlebars while manually turning the front wheel). Finally I'm proud of her for deciding not to ride down the hill once she got to the top. Brave, creative, and cautious - what a fabulous combination.
June 05, 2011
May 28, 2011
May 26, 2011
May 15, 2011
May 13, 2011
Quinn is very creative when playing with her peers, both at centers in the classroom or outside. Occasionally we continue to remind Quinn she is not the "boss" or "teacher." She quickly re-approaches the situation and restates the comment. We are proud of Quinn's success.
We know next year will be a terrific year for Quinn in Pre-K!!! Thank you for sharing Quinn with us!!
May 09, 2011
May 07, 2011
May 06, 2011
May 03, 2011
Quinn's project said: "He helps John" :)
This is referring to John Bennett, a co-worker and friend who has been over to dinner several times.
May 01, 2011
April 11, 2011
April 09, 2011
April 08, 2011
April 05, 2011
March 28, 2011
We got to SA around 11, and Quinn was still awake! and wanted to jump on the bed at the hotel.
Then we spent most of Sunday at the Bay Of Play in Seaworld. Followed by Kiddie Park and then Magic Time Machine.
What a whirlwind of a weekend.
March 25, 2011
March 22, 2011
March 19, 2011
Lots of teaching points, but it is hard to do in the middle of show.
March 16, 2011
March 09, 2011
February 26, 2011
February 23, 2011
Quinn says tonight that one is big and small. Brock is one and he is becoming a big boy, yet he is still small. He is both, or maybe medium.
February 16, 2011
Then at least she has to calmly wait while she is starving, or at least eat something healthy.
February 08, 2011
February 06, 2011
February 05, 2011
January 29, 2011
January 27, 2011
January 25, 2011
January 23, 2011
January 18, 2011
January 16, 2011
Things, like I would need to say January, but would say July, as my mouth just fills in a "month that starts with J", or other similar style replacements.
Apparently Quinn "inherited" this condition from me. She is constantly calling me, mommy, and Pam, daddy, when she is excited as her mouth fills in "one of my parents"...
I'm just going to assume that that means that she is a fast thinker :)
January 10, 2011
January 08, 2011
January 07, 2011
January 04, 2011
January 01, 2011
I was thoroughly impressed.