Monday, January 17, 2011

Go Into the Kitchen and Take a Peek...

Anna is really loving Kindermusik!  And, she is so cute doing it. =)

Ok, she is all over the place a good portion of the time, and she shakes her eggs when they are supposed to be quiet, but she is starting to "get it", and starting to participate with all the other kids.

Her two favorite songs are "Shakin', Shakin'" and "Go Into the Kitchen". (We are doing the Milk and Cookies curriculum for anyone familiar with Kindermusik).  I have tried my best to get videos of her "dancing", but she is a hard one to catch.  She sees the camera come out and the show is immediately over.  Also, she is looking at me for what she is supposed to be doing, so I am trying to video while dancing and (ahem!) singing.

I almost can't stand the cuteness =)

Paige also loves Kindermusik (as if that wasn't apparent from the video - ha!).  We used to go when she was Anna's age.  She was thrilled last week when Anna's class was rescheduled due to snow, meaning she got to go too!  She was the "big girl"in the class, and got to show all the little tikes how to do it.

Here is Paige showing the little kids how to take a peek....

...and here is Anna =)

Such fun!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow Days Are "Snow" Much Fun!!

We are enjoying a snow day here in the Northeast.

Fortunately, we were spared the worst of the storm (we are a little farther inland) and we landed only about 6 inches, but that was more than enough to make for some good ol' winter fun this morning with the neighbors.

Here is a little slide show of us frolicking in the white fluffy stuff with our friends.

As much fun as snow days are...I would much rather be taking fun pictures of us at the beach or the pool. When does summer get here?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Getting Excited...

Today we had our Eligibility/Evaluation Planning Meeting with representatives from, what will soon be, Anna's pre-school.

We met with the Child Study Team Director, the Speech Therapist, the school psychologist, the school social worker, a general education teacher and we got to meet the ladies who will be her pre-school teacher and aide in the classroom.

To sum up our feelings about the meeting....We are Very Excited!!

Everyone we met with was so nice, and a friendly, and oohed and ahhed over Anna.  They were helpful with our questions, and offered us plenty of information.

We also got to visit the classroom and Anna got to play in there for a little bit.  It was oh, so cute, and Anna is going to love it there!

Yes - this is definitely going to be a good experience for Anna.

Next Steps: Evaluations in February/March timeframe needed to be able to develop Anna's IEP.  We will be doing a Speech evaluation, and a general education evaluation.  But, they will also be supplementing their evaluations from information and reports from her current Early Intervention therapists, including OT and PT. (We gave consent for them to be in communication).

Getting Excited about school!!
Anna about to enter her new school for the first time!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Increased Security

Anna has made it imperative that we increase security around the house.

Every door must be shut...especially to the bathroom.  She has found a strong fondness for the toilet...and not for going potty.

And even if the door is shut, there may be a need for even tighter measures.  The door to our pantry is the only one with a lever handle instead of a knob...thank goodness!

Making a sandwich. First I need the bread...

But, the other day, I caught her sitting in a pile of spilled crackers enjoying a little snack.  I had to put an end to that.

She has at least tried to put some of her mischievousness to good use. Now that she can reach the silverware, she likes to take it out and put it on the table.  It almost looks like she is trying to set the table for lunch. =)

At least the Christmas decorations have been put away.  I can breathe a little easier without her taking the ornaments off the tree every chance she got.