My birthday was Thursday and it was fun. That afternoon we went to the Valentine's Party for Alyssa's homeschool co-op. Alyssa was chosen to be the Valentine Queen for the day! She looked very cute in her heart cape and crown. Later that night we ate birthday cake, which Alyssa made (with the help of Granny) and it was yummy. She did a beautiful job! She had been planning that cake for a month and it took them 2 days to actually get it all done. It was 3 layers, chocolate with white icing and pink "roses" with candy letters that said "Happy Birthday Mama" and the number "35" on top. Due to the burn ban there were only 10 candles! :)
We are about done with our Ramona book and Alyssa liked The Emperor's New Clothes. We will be starting Poppy by Avi after we are done with Ramona. I am not sure what we will do after that but I think I might bring out some of the shorter classics and some mysteries. Gwen has enjoyed listening to our stories also, I find her reapeating the last word I said many times which tells me that she is listening. I have been so tired lately that reading aloud has been a good time for me to rest and still do school! Once the baby arrives there will be lots of reading aloud. ;) I am considering leaving the girls in gymnastics because I hate for them to be out for 9 weeks. The baby is due right in the middle of the session, but I think if I can get someone else to take Alyssa to class she will only miss a week or two. Gwen, on the other hand, her class is "Mommy and Me" so I'm not sure how that will work out. I'm not sure Brian would be up to the task. Although Alyssa would love to take my place, I'm not sure Gwen would listen to her. Let me point out that this class is made up of a couple one year olds, Gwen (2) and a 3 year old who is the instructor's son. This is basically controlled chaos with a little deliberate tumbling involved, but Gwen loves it and I feel like keeping her out for 9 weeks would interrupt her flow...she really is making progress in listening and actually "doing" what her teacher wants her to do! We'll see what happens!!
A similar thing will happen with Alyssa's homeschool co-op. It ends April 16 (I am due the 20th) and there will be the graduation/year-end party sometime soon after, so we might miss the last day, which should be the Medieval Feast (bummer!) and I may or may not be able to attend the year-end party. I am pretty freaky about taking the baby out before 6 weeks (or longer if I can get away with it!) so I try to stay home and get baby and mom situated. In the past Alyssa has not been too thrilled with others taking her somewhere, but with age, she has lightened up and hopefully she will attend some of these events without me. However, leaving the baby behind might cause her some stress, she is totally a "little mama." I guess if these are the only things I have to worry about, I am lucky!!
Have a great day!!