Saturday, November 12, 2016

School Work

I'm very impressed with the school work coming home for both Amelie and James.

James is writing and writing and writing. Can you see where this one says "Happy Halloween"?

James also loves to draw and draw. They've pretty much quit giving him clean pieces of paper at preschool because he goes through so many every day, and he's using the backs of other things they've printed out.

Amelie is doing addition and subtraction in math with number bonds (and with regular addition/subtraction problems). If you can't see it clearly, 2 of the numbers are filled in and the student has to come up with the other one, either by adding the two bottom numbers together or subtracting one of the bottom numbers from the top one:

Here, they're suppose to draw pictures and write the word underneath of things that start with the same sound as the picture and letters at the top. Under S, she put "snake" and "sun." Under T, she put a tiger going "grr" and my absolute favorite - a tire swing! I thought the Buffaloes would get a kick out of it as well. For St, she has "stairs" and "stamp."

We went to parent-teacher conferences yesterday and got a great report. I mentioned that we hadn't seen any writing come home in her folder, and Ms. Hanney had Amelie get out her writing portfolio. She had many good pieces, including one 4-page story all about her cousin Ellie's birthday, and then several that weren't finished.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Happy Halloween

Happy (somewhat belated) Halloween! James was Ash from Pokémon.

He even had a Pikachu to complete the ensemble.

Amelie was a Butterfree, which is a moth-like Pokémon:

I think she is much cuter than the original.

I was a Pokeball, which several of the trick-or-treaters got a kick out of. They'd very excitedly tell me what type of Pokémon they were dressed as and I pretended to know what they were talking about. I think we got about 30 kids this year.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Big Annoucement

We have big news!

Here's a foot. It was really neat to be able to feel the baby kicking and see a leg moving on the ultrasound screen.

This one's a little blurrier than the first one, but you can clearly see a foot up by the baby's nose. He or she was all curled up for most of the appointment, so we were there for a long time while the ultrasound tech had me lie on one side and then the other and then she poked my belly with the wand to try to get the baby to move into a better position so she could see all of the things she needed to. When she was looking down around the groin area, she told us to close our eyes, which I thought was funny, since we'd like the sex of the baby to be a surprise.

I'm 20 weeks, due March 15th with Baby Buffaloe #3. This bean weighs about 12 ounces.

Amelie is Very Excited about the prospect of a new baby, which I thought was funny, since she was jealous of James, and of the two of them, she's the one who knows (more of) what they're getting into. James was excited when we told them, but he's mostly forgotten about it, I think.

Monday, October 24, 2016


A firefighter came out to preschool. (James used to call them "fighterfighters")

Look, you can see James between the girls in the pink and green coats. He's smiling so big!

James says they got to go in the fire truck, and they turned the sirens on. James was impressed with all of the firefighter's clothes and mask when he put them on.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

School Pictures

Amelie took school pictures, and they did them at the preschool James goes to as well.

First grade, 6 years old:

Preschool, 4 years old:

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Caramel Apple Slices

Sam made caramel apple slices with the kids (and then I ate some):
Right after I took the picture, our power went out for over an hour, and the kids loved it. We went for a walk around the neighborhood and several of the neighbors were outside, too. Then we came home and lit candles and looked for batteries for the flashlights.

We realized that next time, we need to wait a little longer for the caramel to set up before putting it on the slices. Sprinkles optional.

Amelie's looking over my shoulder as I write this, and so far she's asked: "Are you putting this on facebook?" "Our family blog?" "Are you telling a story ?" "How do you type so fast?" "Are you writing how to make them?" "Why are you putting a bunch of question marks?"

Friday, October 7, 2016


I took this video of Amelie and am uploading it without listening to the sound, so I hope it's not too embarrassing: