Meet the Sullivans: May 2015

May 29, 2015

Big Brothers Are the BEST!

We've got some exciting news to share today! Owen is going to be a BIG brother!



I'm just over 12 weeks and our next sweet little one is due at the beginning of December!


Owen is so excited to have a sibling and if you ask him, he's really really really hoping it's a boy. Although, I'm sure he'll have lots of fun with "our baby", as he calls it, whether we have a boy or a girl.


He's already been doing his reading to prepare himself, and laying out some ground rules and making plans for when the baby comes, like:
  • He'll hold the baby, and sometimes I can too. 
  • B, granny and his cousins are HIS and the baby has to find its own. 
  • The baby cannot play with his army men or Legos because it will choke (glad he's got that one down). 
  • He, the baby, mommy and daddy will all sleep in mommy & daddy's bed together. 
  • He'd really prefer if the baby were a big boy when it came out, and not a baby, and definitely not a girl. (going to have to work on explaining that one to him)
  • When the baby comes we're all going to be a family! (that's one of the sweetest things he's told me)

We're all so grateful to be growing our family. This is something we've been hoping and praying for for quite some time. I had my second prenatal appointment this morning and everything is looking great! I'll be back with more details next week.

May 27, 2015

Golf Ball Art

Preschool teachers have the best ideas when it comes to keeping young children busy, engaged and learning! One of the things I love most about co-oping is that I get to see most of the activities Owen does in his class first hand. The teacher sets up the art, sensory play and play dough stations and the parents working that day facilitate the activity.

I've been trying to remember all of the great ideas Owen's teacher has so I can re-create them for him over the summer when we're looking for new ways to pass the time at home. This Golf Ball Painting was part of a "daddy unit" this week at school (the sensory table included shaving cream -- fun! and messy!). The activity was so much fun that Owen wanted to try it at home later that day, and luckily I had all the necessities on hand -- and I bet you do too!


Here's what you'll need:
  • a disposable roasting pan or box
  • construction paper
  • a muffin tin
  • washable paints in various colors
  • golf balls
  • a bucket of water & a rag for washing (optional)
I definitely recommend doing this outside! Flying golf balls covered in paint would be disastrous inside. Owen does a pretty good job keeping the balls inside the pan, but you never know when things will get WILD with a 3 year-old boy!

Squeeze a few dollops of paint into each muffin cup and top each one with a golf ball. 

Put a sheet of paper in the bottom of the roasting pan making sure it lays pretty flat. I had to cut ours down a bit to fit them in the pan. Put the balls on top!

Let your child tilt the pan from side to side and back and forth. They'll love watching the balls leave paint tracks all over the paper and it creates a pretty beautiful piece of art work too! 

The first time Owen used ALL the colors and balls at once -- isn't it pretty?!

Then we rinsed the balls in a big bucket of water and dried them with a rag -- he loved helping with that step too! Then we tried just the green, pink and yellow paints.


I think this activity lasted around 30 minutes, and ended only when we ran out of paper. He made about 6 beautiful pieces of art work! They would make a colorful matte inside a frame with a picture of Daddy & kids for Father's Day or even folded to make a card!

I hope you enjoy this activity as much as we did!

May 18, 2015

Lately

Oh hey! Life has been so busy lately, and Owen has pretty much stopped napping, so time is precious these days, as is rest. But I still miss this space though and I know that someday I'll miss these updates, so here's what we've been up to lately.

Owen started swim lessons again a few weeks ago and this time I don't have to be in the pool for the class! He does so much better without me in the water with him and I'm able to see all that he's learning. How happy does he look to be in the water? And it helps that he adores his teacher!


Two weeks ago we took Owen to a Giants game. We got to the ballpark way early and checked everything out (and snacked on popcorn and garlic fries) and after a full lap around the park O was begging for me to hold him. By the time we made it to our seats he was asleep in my arms. The game hadn't even started yet! After he woke up he enjoyed the game and sat nicely the whole time.

I finished reading The Wedding Gift in one week and recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Kitchen House. I've moved on All Fall Down now, but haven't been tempted to pick it up too much, but I'll let you know what I think when I finish it. 

Owen's interests in toys are changing a bit. He still loves to play pretend with his dinosaurs, Star Wars figures and Army men, but he's becoming more interested in building train tracks and with Legos lately. And no Lego Duplos for this boy, he only wants the tiny ones meant for big kids. It's so fun to watch him create!

We've finally gotten around to making a garden bed in the backyard! Big HUGE thanks to Keith's brother Kevin for making it happen, because I don't know if Keith and I would have done it on our own. Right now we have a cherry tomato plant and Italian green beans and this morning we're heading out to buy a few more plants to add!

Yesterday Owen had his first Tiny Treks kid's hiking class. I organized the outing for our Mothers Club and I have to say I think nit was pretty successful! A while back I signed O up for a Summer session with Tiny Treks and after watching him yesterday I know he's going to LOVE it!

That's all for now! Hope to be back again soon!