Then we went outside and threw everything into our kiddie pool and I gave them each a small fish net (from Walmart) to go "Diving for D's". They could only pick out things that started with D. That was super fun for them.
Then they came in back to the kitchen table and I gave them each one of Charlie's plastic dinosaurs to hold while we read "How Does a Dinosaur Say Goodnight?" They loved that book, and at the end I had them kiss their Dinosaurs goodnight and lay them down on the table. Then we had to be very quiet to not wake them while we did a page of practicing writing the letter D. This helped them to concentrate on their writing for approximately 3 minutes before certain kid's dinosaurs started waking up. I just told them to tell their dinosaurs it wasn't morning yet and to go back to sleep. (Some weren't very sleepy).
Once they were done coloring their pages, I had them wake up their dinosaurs and come into the living room so they could have their dinosaurs dance to the Wiggles song, "Dorothea the Dinosaur".
Then we went back to the table and they got to make D things out of playdough. I had cookie cutters that my mom gave me a long time ago like a: Dog, Dinosaurs, Diamond, etc., and they could also make Donuts. They liked pressing their dinosaur feet into the playdough to make dinosaur tracks!
They were having fun so I had my breakfast at the table which was squash I had cooked the day before. I said how much I loved it and does squash start with D? No!!! Then they all said they were hungry and I said, "Well I have these donuts. Can we eat them? Do they start with D? Yes!!!!! (They were all maple donuts because too many choices just leads to tears).
Then we began our art project- making drums. They are these really easy Chinese New Year drums where you staple two paper plates together. They didn't do so good on the painting because they seemed to think they needed a gallon of paint so the paper plates got pretty saturated and wouldn't dry in time. I had to beg Dallas to come out with a blow-dryer as the parents were coming and I wanted them to be able take their drums home. We finished them just in time. I also tried to encourage them to use only one color so it would look somewhat nice like the drum picture above, but they mixed every color, because, they're in preschool. I probably didn't need this project. They could have just played more, which is what they need at this age the most. But it was fun.
The only thing I couldn't find was a Song for the letter D! I looked through so much stuff, and the best I found was Sesame Street has Ernie singing a D song, but it was too hard for them to sing. So we had no song. Later I realized, "Do as I'm Doing" would have been perfect. Ha ha.
As the parents were coming Charles ran around collecting his dinosaurs. I think he was worried some of them would walk away. Anyway, it all went really well and was a lot of fun. Luckily the weather was nice enough to do some of those activities (like painting and diving) outside and we could keep moving.
On another topic- Do you know how difficult it is to plan for family pictures? We've not done professional ones since Charlie's been born so I've been feeling badly that he's not in any of our family pictures and he's almost five! I've figured out four of our outfits from what we have, but not the three oldest boys. Bleh. So I had to take Dallas to the store with me after his Cross Country meet and he made sure I knew how much he hates clothes shopping.
Aunt Steph and Uncle T have been getting the kids new shoes each Christmas which is amazing! It is seriously so helpful to us, I can't even say. But because of all the running the three oldest are doing lately, she decided to get them some new shoes early. They were so happy!!!
I just love this photo of Evan in blue running his race. It's so New Mexico! This is very close to our home.
I got to go out visiting families in our ward with Pat one night last week. I really love doing that. He's also gotten to go out with a young man and had a neat experience with a Spanish speaking sister in the ward. Yesterday after church he didn't get home until 5pm, at which point we hurried and packed up some pies he had made and went to dinner with the bishopric families. We do that once a quarter. A funny: I packed him a lunch since I knew he'd be at church forever. It needed to stay cold, but sadly whatever is left in the fridge often gets stolen and eaten, probably by hungry boys. But I thought, oh well, if it's stolen, it's stolen. Maybe they needed it more than the Bishop anyway. So I put his sandwich and two cookies in a brown bag and in the fridge after writing 'Bishop Name' on it. When he went to get it later, it was missing just one cookie. It cracked me up. It was like someone knew they shouldn't be stealing, especially from the Bishop, but they couldn't help themselves.
They let me go back with her as she was going to "sleep". It was kind of scary to watch the drugs take effect. She suddenly couldn't keep her eyes open. Then I went in the waiting room and cried. Luckily, the surgery was pretty quick so I didn't have to fret too long. The surgeon says he thinks he'll be seeing her more in the future. He really wanted to get another x-ray to see how it all looked, but didn't want to zap her again since she'd gone through a lot of high-dose x-rays for this procedure. Two at the orthodontist, and one 3-D one for him. I'm glad he didn't do another. Everyone wants to know. I really want to see too! But I don't want to expose her yet again. I am really thankful for this understanding and good surgeon since I really am sure that I'll see him with my kids in the future more. And he's LDS.