Friday, November 7, 2014

Three Year Old Birthday Interview

 Baby girl has grown up so much this year! She was barely talking last year around her second birthday and now she's not only talking, but telling stories, singing songs, and putting on puppet shows! She enjoys everything from tea sets and baby dolls to dinosaurs and toy cars, she's has a growing affection for books (much to the credit of her dad who reads to her every night before bed.)

For her birthday this year, we made chocolate dipped pretzel rods for her friends at school. After picking her up, we treated her to a cupcake of her choice at our favorite bakery, The Cake Shop.  The day ended with dinner and fun with our American "family" here in Jordan.

For her three "birthday acts of kindness" this year, Nyla gave away a toy car, gave away one of her books, and handed out flowers to friends here in Jordan.  Without further ado... here's the girl's birthday interview!

1.  How old are you today? 3 (with four fingers raised)
2.  What is your favorite color? Blue
3.  What is your favorite book? Dinosaurs
4.  What is your favorite movie? Turbo
5.  What is your favorite t.v. show? Sofia
6.  What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? Pasta
7.  What is your favorite thing to wear? dress
8.  What is your favorite animal? Tigey
9.  What is your favorite toy? Baby
10.  What is your favorite thing to do with Mama? Read
11.  What is your favorite thing to do with Baba? Read
12.  Who is your best friend? Ava
13.  What do you want to be when you grow up? a builder house doggy
14.  What is your favorite song? Frozen ("Let it go")
15.  What is your favorite thing about Khalid? Snuggle
16.  What do you like to pray about? for God
17.  What do you love about yourself? very kindful
18.  Where do you like to go? to Aunt Christi's house
19.  What makes you happy? people happy (when people are sad, they make me sad)
20.  What makes you sad? that people hurt me
21.  How big are you? this big (holding up a thumb)
22.  What are you really good at? choosing
23.  What do you like to do before you go to sleep? snuggle with people
24.  What is your favorite game to play? sofia
25.  What is something you learned to do this year? to make tea

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Four Year Old Birthday Interview

Four years! A fantastic day of celebration was had by all. K broke through the streamers over the bedroom door like a champ.  We had birthday sprinkle pancakes for breakfast, watched Planes, and then headed to a farm for the afternoon.  K got to ride a horse and milk a goat! Four special acts of kindness for strangers were also on the agenda today.  The boy chose to give away lollipops, leave a dollar in quarters in the toy section at Dollar Tree, give away one of his books to a sweet toddler girl at the grocery store, and hand out two specially made cards to unsuspecting customers at Earth Fare and Barnes and Noble.  We finished out the day with a few scoops from our friends Ben and Jerry. Lovely.  All lovely.  On with the interview...

1.  How old are you today? 4
2.  What is your favorite color? Rainbow
3.  What is your favorite book? Horton
4.  What is your favorite movie? Frozen
5.  What is your favorite t.v. show? Pinky Dinky Doo 
6.  What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? Pasta, Broccoli, and Bacon
7.  What is your favorite thing to wear? my bob the builder shirt
8.  What is your favorite animal? Lion because Lions are cool because they have yellow hair
9.  What is your favorite toy? Tigey
10.  What is your favorite thing to do with Mama? Play dragons (we've actually never done this before)
11.  What is your favorite thing to do with Baba? Read books with him

12.  Who is your best friend? Kayligrace.... actually Tigey
13.  What do you want to be when you grow up? a super hero
14.  What is your favorite song? If you're happy and you know it clap your hands
15.  What is your favorite thing about Nyla? That she's so pretty
16.  What do you like to pray about? Thank you for all of this food and the snacks
17.  What do you love about yourself? That I'm such a good boy
18.  Where do you like to go? to Imaginon (kids library in Charlotte)
19.  What makes you happy? Tigey
20.  What makes you sad? When you be mad at me 
21.  How big are you? four
22.  What are you really good at? helping you
23.  What do you like to do before you go to sleep? read a book
24.  What is your favorite game to play? candyland
25.  What is something you learned to do this year? to play candyland and how to ride a horsie

Thursday, July 11, 2013

DIY Preschooler Activity: Magnetic Dominoes

Our big transatlantic flight is coming up soon, and I've been fervently working on busy bags for the kids to keep them distracted happy during the flight. Honestly, most of the activities are really for K, but we're hoping N will at least enjoy messing around with the materials. (Please, God.)

Of course, I've been scouring Pinterest for all the best busy bag ideas. If you haven't jumped on this train yet, you're in for a treat. Busy bags are simple activities that can be fit into a small bag, usually the quart-sized plastic zippered variety. The idea is that they can be used during church, road trips, flights, or even at home while you're working on something else, or another child is napping. They also come in the form of quiet books/busy books, but ain't nobody got time for all that sewing right now!

I've put together about twenty so far, borrowing from some of the best bloggers out there. This felt Mr. Potato Head one is my favorite so far, although I didn't make mine into a book page. Today I came up with my own busy bag that is SUPER quick to make: magnetic dominoes. 

You know those colored dot stickers you can get in the office supply section of any store?


Yeah, those.

Well, I cut out small cards from white card stock, roughly 2" x 3" in size, added a simple black line down the middle, and slapped one of these bad boys on either end. To top it off, I adhered a small strip of magnet to the back. (You know, the ones with the peel-able adhesive on the back.) Check it out...



Legit, right? They remind me of Candy Land cards.

These simple dominoes are perfect for a young preschooler. You could even do them with character stickers, numbers, letters, etc. They're perfect for traveling because your toddler can play with them on a metal cookie sheet. We found a small metal tray for K to use on the plane. How cute is this?



He's going to love it.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Weekly Toddler Book Activity: The Goodnight Train

by June Sobel
illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith

We love all the colorful illustrations in this children's tale of a train that choo choo's into slumber! After reading it together, K did a huge abstract painting on butcher paper using washable paint and a few of his older plastic trains.



Sunday, March 31, 2013

Our Three Year Old Guy: A Birthday Questionnaire

Our little guy turned three today!  His birthday fell on Easter Sunday this year so, we were forced to juggle our celebrations.   We're hoping this is a rarity.  

We stopped at the European Bakery on our way home from the Easter service at the Garden Tomb and let Khalid choose a birthday treat.  He decided on chocolate eclairs--yum.  After our natural egg dying fiasco (which was definitely a fiasco), we Skype'd all the grandparents, sang "Happy Birthday," and let Khalid open a few gifts from family in the States.  Of course, his much more extravagant celebration will be on Friday.

We've started a new birthday tradition this year, the birthday interview.  I can't wait to see how his answers change over the years.  

1.  How old are you today? 3
2.  What is your favorite color? Green
3.  What is your favorite book? Scrambled Egg Super (by Dr. Seuss)
4.  What is your favorite movie? Beauty and the Beast (This was actually his first answer for "book," "movie," and "tv show."  Obsessed?)
5.  What is your favorite t.v. show? Blue (Blue's Clues)
6.  What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? Pasta
7.  What is your favorite thing to wear? hats
8.  What is your favorite animal? Monkey and Elephants (Incidentally, all of his dreams are about monkeys and elephants too)
9.  What is your favorite toy? Watson (not sure this is actually true, but it's what he was playing with at the moment)
10.  What is your favorite thing to do with Mama? Play with play dough 
11.  What is your favorite thing to do with Baba? Play with the ball
12.  Who is your best friend? Baba and Mama (perfect.)
13.  What do you want to be when you grow up? Astronaut 
14.  What is your favorite song? ABCD... (He also likes "Some Nights" by Fun.)
15.  What is your favorite thing about Nyla? She loves Mama
16.  What do you like to pray about? God
17.  What do you love about yourself? I love my eyes and I love my eyes and I love to go night night.
18.  Where do you like to go? to a date (no idea where he got this idea... no one in our house is going on dates)
19.  What makes you happy? loving people (heart melt...)
20.  What makes you sad? I got a wah-wah (a boo boo)
21.  How big are you? THIS big (with his arms in the air)
22.  What are you really good at? loving people (d'awww)
23.  What do you like to do before you go to sleep? Play
24.  What is your favorite game to play? tumble (summersaults on the floor)
25.  What is something you learned to do this year? wahad, t'nain, telata, arba, khamseh (counting in Arabic)


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

As Easter Approaches...


It's almost Easter!  We're planning a week's worth of activities with the kids to introduce the passion story to them this year.  I'm looking forward to sharing it with you here!

Until then... remember this cute little bunny....?



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Weekly Toddler Book Activity: Whoever You Are

I guess I have some catching up to do with posting about our weekly book activities.  Yes, we're still doing them.  For our second book, we read Whoever You Are by Mem Fox.  I picked this one up at one of my favorite stores, Ten Thousand Villages, when we were in the States.  It's a wonderful book that teaches diversity of cultures while emphasizing the deep similarity of our humanness.

After reading it together, Khalid made a heart shaped collage with tissue paper.  The idea was that we are all created so differently... but still look so beautiful together (hence all the colors)... and we all have hearts...or something... yeah...you get the idea.


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