Taking a moment to show off

In the past couple of months, Amelia’s interest in reading, writing (and math) has really blossomed. She’s always loved books and being read to, but at some point in the near past, she’s been more interested in being the one doing the reading and writing. And it’s so much fun to watch her figure things out!

I’ve been getting 2-3 Learn-to-Read books from the library whenever we go and they’re usually the first ones she wants to get into when we get home. We sit together and she carefully sounds out each word until she gets through the book. And then she’ll read it over and over until she pretty much has it memorized. In the video below, it obviously isn’t the first time she’s read the story, but she figured out most of the words by herself just a couple days before. I’m very proud of her (but I’m her mama and I’m supposed to be)!

Year in Review 2013

I had a bunch of pictures printed, mainly of Amelia, and figured I would share them here as well. Some of these you may have already seen, either here or Facebook. It’s a good summary of our year in 2013. We spent a lot of time outside, especially as it got warmer, which was great. She and I did a lot of gardening too, which we both enjoy.

Wishing everyone a great year in 2014!

3/12/13 Running from the waves at Sand Beach

3/12/13 Running from the waves at Sand Beach

3/29/13 Amelia and Desmond playing in Indiana.

3/29/13 Amelia and Desmond playing in Indiana.

3/31/13 Enjoying a mild Easter day on the lake in Indiana.

3/31/13 Enjoying a mild Easter day on the lake in Indiana.

4/7/13 They look innocent.

4/7/13 They look innocent.

4/7/13 Two seconds after - wrestling!

4/7/13 Two seconds after – wrestling!

4/29/13 Re-potting our tomato seedlings.

4/29/13 Re-potting our tomato seedlings.

5/10/13 My little model.

5/10/13 My little model.

5/10/13 Riding "Ted", her horse swing that Nanny gave her for Christmas.

5/10/13 Riding “Ted”, her horse swing that Nanny gave her for Christmas.

5/16/13 Watering her newly planted sunflower seeds.

5/16/13 Watering her newly planted sunflower seeds.

5/16/13 Watering our lettuce and radishes.

5/16/13 Watering our lettuce and radishes.

5/26/13 Amelia and me during our Memorial Day weekend camping trip.

5/26/13 Amelia and me during our Memorial Day weekend camping trip.

5/26/13 Artie and Amelia at Quoddy Head State Park

5/26/13 Artie and Amelia at Quoddy Head State Park

5/27/13 One with her surroundings while camping at Cobscook State Park.

5/27/13 One with her surroundings while camping at Cobscook State Park.

6/9/13 A little outdoor finger painting, starts out so....orderly...

6/9/13 A little outdoor finger painting, starts out so….orderly…

6/9/13 ...until it becomes finger and toe painting...

6/9/13 …until it becomes finger and toe painting…

6/9/13...and whole body painting, really!

6/9/13…and whole body painting, really!

6/15/13 Her last tee ball game.

6/15/13 Her last tee ball game.

6/16/13 Hiking Great Head in Acadia N.P. on Father's Day.

6/16/13 Hiking Great Head in Acadia N.P. on Father’s Day.

6/16/13 Artie and Katie on Great Head (Sand Beach and the Beehive behind), Acadia National Park

6/16/13 Artie and Katie on Great Head (Sand Beach and the Beehive behind), Acadia National Park

7/6/13 Swimming at Grampy's

7/6/13 Swimming at Grampy’s

7/10/13 Sitting in her sunflower fort with her "Darling"

7/10/13 Sitting in her sunflower fort with her “Darling”

7/20/13 Camping on Deer Lake (just south of Nicatous Lake) watching a thunder storm (see the rainbow?)

7/20/13 Camping on Deer Lake (just south of Nicatous Lake) watching a thunder storm (see the rainbow?)

7/21/13 Enjoying the freedom of riding free on the dirt roads of Maine.

7/21/13 Enjoying the freedom of riding free on the dirt roads of Maine.

7/21/13 Two fingers...

7/21/13 Two fingers…

8/12/13 Taking Cooper for a walk. They are the bestest buddies.

8/12/13 Taking Cooper for a walk. They are the bestest buddies.

8/27/13 Wahconah Falls State Forest in MA...showing off her bravery.

8/27/13 Wahconah Falls State Forest in MA…showing off her bravery.

8/28/13 So proud of herself after convincing Artie and I to let her bungee jump on the trampoline like the other kids.

8/28/13 So proud of herself after convincing Artie and me to let her bungee jump on the trampoline like the other kids.

8/28/13 Such a brave, fun girl!

8/28/13 Such a brave, fun girl!

9/1/13 Blue Hill Fair - my favorite picture of her in all of 2013.

9/1/13 Blue Hill Fair – my favorite picture of her in all of 2013.

9/1/13 Blue Hill Fair

9/1/13 Blue Hill Fair

9/15/13 Flying Mountain hike, Acadia N.P.

9/15/13 Flying Mountain hike, Acadia N.P.

9/29/13 Artie and Amelia on our S. Bubble Mtn. hike, Acadia N.P.

9/29/13 Artie and Amelia on our S. Bubble Mtn. hike, Acadia N.P.

10/5/13 Amelia and Desmond having fun in the leaves at Mimi's house.

10/5/13 Amelia and Desmond having fun in the leaves at Mimi’s house.

10/5/13 Playing in the leaves.

10/5/13 Playing in the leaves.

10/5/13 Drawing in the driveway.

10/5/13 Drawing in the driveway.

10/6/13 Playing at the playground before it gets too cold.

10/6/13 Playing at the playground before it gets too cold.

10/12/13 Ready for action in her orange hat. Columbus Day weekend camping in Northern Maine.

10/12/13 Ready for action in her orange hat. Columbus Day weekend camping in Northern Maine.

10/15/13 Sitting pretty, Moosehead Lake

10/15/13 Sitting pretty, Moosehead Lake

10/26/13 Playing soccer and loving it!

10/26/13 Playing soccer and loving it!

11/17/13 Hiking in the Orland Wildlands (a great place, by the way!)

11/17/13 Hiking in the Orland Wildlands (a great place, by the way!)

12/16/13 Playing in our first snow of the year.

12/16/13 Playing in our first snow of the year.

Fall Soccer

Amelia played fall soccer this year. She didn’t make the date cutoff to play with kids her own age, as she had to be four by August 1st, so she played with the younger group of mainly 3 year olds. This worked out pretty well, since she was still one of the smallest. This group also didn’t play regular soccer games, but instead played games like Sharks and Minnows, Follow the Leader and Red Light, Green Light to build their coordination and basic skills. As the weeks went by, they’d play short 5-10 minute games at the end of their practices. They met on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings for 6 weeks and I honestly can’t believe how much she improved in that time period. Plus, she had so much fun!

Her first day:

9/7/13 First practice.

9/7/13 First practice.

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9/7/13

Warming up with Grandma:

9/14/13 Warming up with Grandma.

9/14/13 Warming up with Grandma.

And Daddy:

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9/14/13

Wearing Dad’s favorite shirt:

9/13/13  My Dad Rocks!

9/13/13 My Dad Rocks!

Learning basic moves with Coach Shane:

9/28/13 Drills

9/28/13 Drills

Actually playing a “game”:

9/28/13 Playing some soccer!

9/28/13 Playing some soccer!

9/28/13 Charge!

9/28/13 Charge!

As soon as September turned into October, the temperature dropped.

10/9/13 Getting chillier.

10/9/13 Getting chillier.

10/9/13 Practice makes perfect.

10/9/13 Practice makes perfect.

10/9/13 Hands in!

10/9/13 Hands in!

10/9/13 Soccer!

10/9/13 Soccer!

10/19/13 Dribbling

10/19/13 Dribbling

She insisted she was too hot to wear her yellow undershirt, so we took it off. Then she spent the rest of the practice with her arms tucked into her shirt.

10/19/13 By the end of a session, they're all pretty distracted.

10/19/13 By the end of a session, they’re all pretty distracted.

10/26/13 Getting ready for their last game.

10/26/13 Getting ready for their last game.

10/26/13

10/26/13

10/26/13 My cute soccer player.

10/26/13 My cute soccer player.

On the last day, they spent much of their time playing a longer game. At the end, Coach Shane presented each child with a ribbon and certificate. She’s very proud of both!

10/26/13 Last day of soccer.

10/26/13 Last day of soccer.

Getting her certificate on the last day.

Getting her certificate on the last day.

My little soccer player

Amelia

More to come soon!

A Few More From Halloween

A couple days before the big day, we carved pumpkins. Amelia had fun designing them…well, the first one at least. Then she wanted to do the rest with the exact same design. We worked together to come up with some unique designs. Artie “carved” the big pumpkins. The small pumpkins came out of our garden. Amelia and I actually painted them last week, then decided to try carving a couple. They were quick and easy (the best kind).

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Keeping a watchful eye.

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Concentration

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Helping to clean out her pumpkin.

And the final products:

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She just wanted to play with the flashlight.

And this last one was from Halloween. It got left out of the previous post. Here is Amelia and her haul:

Lots of candy!

Lots of candy!

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