On Sunday night I had Kalissa’s boys and had them again on Monday. Here are some happenings from then.
I am catching Gannon all the time like this. He has a tool and is pulling on his pants. One time he even ended up with his diaper off. Good Grief! I finally figured out that he was trying to put a tool in his pants like Carver always does. Oh my. I ended up putting the tool in his waistband and he was all happy. It looks like we are going to have two tool loving boys.
Craig came home Sunday night all HAPPY!! He is done combining. The crop is out!! YAHOO!! He still has some long days ahead but the stress of having the crop out is OVER. I’m so happy.
You can see that Craig is sporting quite the facial hair. He said he refused to shave until the corn was out.
I am super happy to say we have a beginning reader at my house…see??
On Monday Kalissa and I were talking saying that we thought Carver might be ready to start reading. He knows all of the letter sounds and the other day he asked me, “Does ‘car’ have a ‘c’ or a ‘k’?” He meant for the first letter of the word.
Carver is a smart cookie, at only 4 years of age, and the other day I decided that he was likely ready to start doing some reading. I went to Making Learning Fun. That’s a website I created years ago filled with early childhood activities that are free and many printable. HERE is the link if you’re interested.
Well, I went looking for an activity that would help Carver learn some sight words. I printed the activity out and laminated the pieces. HERE is a link to the specific activity I picked.
It has houses and flames. The flames have words on them. We put the flames on the houses and I told Carver that we had to read the words and if he got the word right he could get the flames off the house and save the house so it didn’t burn down. He loved it.
I ended up programming some of the words differently so he could later go on and read the Dick and Jane book that I bought at the thrift store.
Carver did awesomely. He can read enough words to read the first two stories in the book. He is so proud of himself.
Karl came home from lunch and Carver showed Karl how he could read all of the words. It was so cute.
Then about 1:00 pm as I was putting the boys down for a nap, the electricity in my house went out. I called in to report it.
So what was I to do..the boys were sleeping and I had no electricity? I couldn’t write blog posts as I usually do. I couldn’t do laundry…there were so many things I’d think of but couldn’t do. I had trouble cross-stitching as I couldn’t use my overhead light. I ended up cleaning several drawers in the kitchen, took out the garbage, and then realized I could take some blog pictures.
About two hours went by, still no electricity. Then the boys woke up and they both were bothered as it was slowly starting to get dark. I don’t have a lot of windows in my house so it was getting darker and darker.
We ended up going outside. There was daylight there but it was chilly….and the sun started to set so our outside time was short-lived.
Then I heard from someone that we might be out for 6 hours more. Oh my. That would take us to 10 pm. I started digging for lights and candles. I ended up pulling out this light. It’s a book light that I’ve used for cross-stitching too. The light was awesome. My hands were free and I could do whatever I needed to with the light coming with me. You can find the link for the light HERE.
Honestly, I liked the light better than a flashlight.
Kalissa ended up stopping but for a half-hour before work. Carver showed off his awesome reading skills to her by lantern light.
Kalissa and Carver were both so excited. What a great day minus no electricity.
Karl brought pizza home from work and we ate by lantern light. By this time Gannon refused to do anything except sit on my lap. He hated having no electricity!!
Craig came and had pizza too and then took the boys home. I didn’t know what I was going to do with the rest of the night. I ended up stitching on my wool applique piece for a bit and then just going to bed. I can’t tell you the last time I went to bed at 8:30 pm!! I was likely a child.
The crazy thing is…I slept until 7 am. Oh my. I can’t tell you the last time I did that either. All I can say is I must have needed it. We did get electricity at about 10 pm that night just as predicted. I’m so thankful.
But that was our news…Craig is done in the field. Carver is starting to read and we lived through a day with no electricity!!