Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tiny Talk Tuesdays -Food in your Hair



Sammy said some pretty hilarious things this week and I actually remembered them! We were getting ready to go somewhere when I said to Tim, "I really need to take a shower." Sammy asked, "Why?" I said, "I need to wash my hair." Sammy replied, "Ohh you have food in your hair?" Apparently we must tell him to frequently that is why he needs a bath ;-).

A few Sammyisms:

dindin - band aid (I'm not sure how he started saying it that way but he always does)
foofee - movie
tatoes - tomatoes
ittle - little
Q umber - cucumber

We had a yardsale on Saturday, Sammy stayed at his grandma's house during the sale. With the stuff that didn't sell we gave to a girl at our church who is raising money for a 5 year mission trip. We gave her stuff after church on Sunday. Sammy said, "ohhh all my toys.. where are they going?" Don't worry we only got rid of things he hardly ever played with!

For more Tiny Talk Tuesday's check out Not Before 7.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Giveaway Winners!!

Here are the winners from the Curriculum Giveaway from last week.

The winner of the How to Help Children Learn Through Play book giveaway was:
Katie from Psalm 90:12

The winner of the Precious Moments Through-the-Year Stories book was:
Stephanie from Sustainable Steffanie

The winner of the The Kids' Nature Book was:
Lisa from Our Country Road

The winner of the The Mailbox - Kindergarten magazine was:
Mississippi Rose from Rose Knows

I have emailed the winners they have 48 hours to give me their mailing addresses before new winners will be picked :-). Thanks so much Jolanthe for hosting this curriculum clean-out!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Curriculum Clean-out - The Mailbox - Kindergarten (April/May 2000)

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My friend Jolanthe is hosting a curriculum clean out this fall and I am now getting a chance to post the rest of my items to giveaway.

Up next is a one issue of The Mailbox - Kindergarten. This book is from April/May 2000.This has a ton of wonerful ideas in this issue. This is not the exact issue but here is a link to give you an idea of what it is like.

To enter simply leave me a comment telling me something you plan on doing this year while your homeschooling. The giveaway will end Sunday August 29th at midnight EST and I will be using random.org to pick the winner. This giveaway is open to the US only. Don't forget to leave your email address if you don't have it enabled through blogger.

For other great giveaways check out the Fall 2010 Curriculum Clean-Out at Homeschool Creations.

Curriculum Clean-out - The Kids' Nature Book


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My friend Jolanthe is hosting a curriculum clean out this fall and I am now getting a chance to post the rest of my items to giveaway.

Up next is a The Kids' Nature Book. This book is in great shape. I loved so many of the ideas from this book. I have plans for a lot of things this upcoming school year. I have them all written out and I would love for someone else to have a chance to use the great ideas.
To enter simply leave me a comment telling me your favorite outdoor activity. The giveaway will end Sunday August 29th at midnight EST and I will be using random.org to pick the winner. This giveaway is open to the US only. Don't forget to leave your email address if you don't have it enabled through blogger.

For other great giveaways check out the Fall 2010 Curriculum Clean-Out at Homeschool Creations.

Curriculum Clean-Out Precious Moments Through-the-Year Stories


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My friend Jolanthe is hosting a curriculum clean out this fall and I am now getting a chance to post the rest of my items to giveaway.

Up next is a hardback copy of Precious Moments Through-the-Year Stories. This book is in great shape. I bought it at a yardsale and read through it last year with Sammy. He wasn't real interested in it so I am going to pass it along.
To enter simply leave me a comment telling me your favorite rainy day activity for preschoolers. The giveaway will end Sunday August 29th at midnight EST and I will be using random.org to pick the winner. This giveaway is open to the US only. Don't forget to leave your email address if you don't have it enabled through blogger.

For other great giveaways check out the Fall 2010 Curriculum Clean-Out at Homeschool Creations.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tiny Talk Tuesdays



I finally remembered Mary's Tiny Talk Tuesday carnival on a Tuesday! Therefore I bring you the little things Sammy has been saying lately!

Sammy (age 3): Can we go to Bradley's house?
Me: No, Bradley is sick he has a cold.
Sammy (age 3): I will bring him a blanket.

Whenever we go out to his little swimming pool Sammy announces, "Pool Party!" Then dances around!

Sammy is really into dinosaurs lately (The Land Before Time). He has been stomping around the house claiming, "I sharp tooth roar!!"

For more Tiny Talk Tuesdays check out Not Before 7.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Curriculum Clean-out - How to Help Children Learn Through Play

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My friend Jolanthe is hosting a curriculum clean out this fall and I have a few things to give away. I will be posting more later this week as well so make sure you stop back by :-)

I will be giving away a copy of Scholastic's book How to Help Children Learn Through Play. I have found some wonderful resources in this book that Sammy has loved. This books is 48 pages in length with black and white pictures depicting the activities.

I would show you a picture but the book is old enough I can't find one online (copyright 1973). What's that.. take a picture... well lets be honest its late and I am ready to go to bed ;-)

To enter simply leave me a comment telling me about something you did this weekend. Fun, exciting, boring, same old it doesn't matter.. Basically I would love to read a comment from you other than, "I would love to win this!" Keeps my life fun and exciting *wink*

The giveaway will end Sunday August 29th at midnight EST and I will be using random.org to pick the winner. This giveaway is open to the US only.

For other great giveaways check out the Fall 2010 Curriculum Clean-Out at Homeschool Creations.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Why Bytes of Memory

When I first started blogging, my blog name included our last name. As it started to gain more readers beyond just our families, I decided that I needed to rename it to exclude our last name. I wanted a name that would always fit, not something that we would grow out of if we had more children or our interests changed. Tim suggested doing something computer related since we are both computer geeks. Since I typically write about the memories we are making as a family, I combined both concepts to create Bytes of Memory. The spelling of bytes is a dedication to my geekness. The actual binary code (the 1's and 0's) in the header does have a meaning. So that's the story behind the name!

Friday, August 20, 2010

About The Family

Lindsay:
I have lived in Virginia my entire life, and have had the pleasure of living in five very different parts of it! I graduated from James Madison University as a computer science major, even though I've never enjoyed programming. Pre-motherhood, I worked full time at a large language learning software company providing IT support for its employees. I still work for this company part-time, while taking care of my 3 year old son, Sammy. I go into the office one day a week and work from home a few hours the rest of the week. It really is a pretty awesome setup! I love playing board games, reading books, sewing, and hanging out with my family. When I was a kid, I loved playing softball, swimming, and just about any other sport I had the opportunity to try! I am the youngest of two, and have an amazing sister, Clare.

Tim:
Tim was born in Arkansas, but moved to Virginia when he was one. He is the oldest of seven children. He has 2 brothers (Dave and Greg) and 4 sisters (Becca, Reatha, Rachel, and Nicia). Tim works for a small engineering firm where he is a "Jack-of-all-trades." His main role is as a draftsman/designer for the environmental department of the company, but he is also the one man IT department. Tim loves board games, running sound at our church, playing music, and hanging out with the family. As a kid, he loved playing music, taking apart anything electronic, and being a big brother.


Sammy (age 3):
Sammy is a happy, tender-hearted little boy who turned 3 last April. He has two major passions in his life right now; Cars (as in the movie) and dogs of the stuffed variety. Sammy loves water, playing with his friends, and letters (as in the ABCs). We will be doing some preschool with him at home this year.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

About Bytes of Memory Series

So I realized there is nothing like an introduction post or a section where you can get to know me or the family. Over the next few days I will be writing some of these posts and changing a few things around on the blog. So in the mean time please excuse the mess!

If there is something you want me to write about or think would be helpful to someone new to my blog let me know!

What brought all of this on? I actually got a virus on my computer earlier this week. Yes, it can even happen to IT professionals :-P. I had to start fresh with my computer and I realized how hard it is so start on something with a blank slate. I realized a lot of times when I start following a new blog that it takes me a while to feel "at home" there since I feel like I missed so much before I started reading it. The posts about the blogger, their family, kid's ages and things like that are really helpful and I wanted to have those resources available on my blog :-)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Apron

Since you guys asked to see the apron I made for my sister-in-law's birthday.  I have finally uploaded the pictures from when I finished it last month.  It is nothing super fancy but I think it will get the job done!

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I even figured out how to make the straps for it.  With the last apron I used ribbon for the ties. 

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I love that I was able to make this apron reversible!  For one thing it gives the apron a nice weight but I love that you can change up the look of it!

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With my next sewing project like that I am going to try and make pockets and maybe some ruffles.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

A Little Play Dough Fun!

I finally downloaded pictures from my camera!  So these pictures are older (from July).  I made up a new batch of play dough for Sammy and then died it blue and green.  He had a blast making balls, worms, and sticking sea creatures into it!

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This boy loves play dough.. I loved it as a kid.. I don't however like trying to get it out of the carpet!

 

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He loved making prints of the different sea creatures in the dough and hiding them inside. 

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I need to make sure I keep making a fresh batch every month or so.. He played with this for over an hour the first day I brought it out.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Down for the Count

We have been under the weather.  I am feeling better however, Sammy is taken a turn for the worse today!  I am not sure what is going on with him but I sure hope he bounces back soon.  This morning he asked me to hold him.  I don't think he has asked me to do that any other time then when he is feeling shy!  He is currently laying on the ground watching a movie and not moving.  This has happened so few times I could count them on one hand!

Since we haven't been feeling well it feels like everything is behind.  Does this happen to anyone else?  The clothes are over flowing out of the hamper, the dishwasher is full, the daily cleaning has not happened, etc.

So now that I am feeling better and Sammy is moving slower than normal its time to whip this house into shape!  What do you guys usually to get your house back into order?

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P.S. I have a ton of pictures and things to put up on the blog.. hopefully I will get a bunch of that done after the house looks better!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

End of Summer Check List

I didn't create a "bucket list" for summer like a lot of bloggers did this summer. I do however want to create a list of the things I wanted to do before the end of this summer. Either things we haven't gotten to so far this summer or things I want to do more before the end of the summer!

  1. The Beach – This will be the "grand finale" when we go the week of Labor Day
  2. Lake – We haven't been much this summer and I know Sammy would love to go again soon
  3. Swimming in the pool – We have done this a bunch but we need to do more of it!
  4. Safari Park – Sammy had a blast there last year I think another trip is in order
  5. Aquarium – We will be doing that at the beach along with some other fun activities
  6. National Zoo – This might be a stretch but I would love to go Sammy would have a blast!
  7. Ice Cream – We haven't done this, this summer
  8. Go Swimming at Bradley's pool – this is Sammy's request, guess I need to talk to Aunt Clare when she gets back :-)
  9. Pick Peaches – There is a cute little peach picking place not far from our house!
  10. Lots and lots of playing!

What's on your to do list for this summer?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Whatcha been watching?

Tim and I got netflix a few months ago and we have been enjoying some movies. Here are a few movies we have enjoyed:

  • Time Traveler's Wife
  • Avatar
  • The Blind Side
  • Pillars of the Earth (streaming)
  • The Proposal (streaming)

Here are a few that weren't our favorite:

  • The Hurt Locker
  • Super Size Me – to give this credit I didn't watch all of it.. once they showed him throwing up I was done watching :-P

What we really love about netflix is the instant streaming for kid's shows and movies! Sammy loves getting to pick out a show to watch after his nap. A few of his favorites:

  • A few of the Land Before Time movies
  • Blue's Clues (the first 3 seasons are on there)
  • Kipper – very chill shows with just silly stories
  • Super Why

Have you watched an good movies lately? What have you liked or not liked? I would love to hear and add them to our queue if they are good :)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mommy and Me - Dr. Sammy

Sammy HATES going to the doctor.  Not long ago he had an ear infection and the whole visit was pretty miserable.  Since then we have been playing a lot of doctor in hopes of getting him over his doctor fears.  His favorite parts – giving shots and making Mommy and Daddy say ouch, jamming the thermometer in your mouth until you choke it gets a good reading, and telling you your ears are dirty.  Here is a wonderfully non-flattering picture of me being the patient:

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Me and the good doctor post check up:

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For more Mommy and Me Monday posts check out Really, Are you Serious?

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