Saturday, December 8, 2012


This girl....she's really something else.  On Thanksgiving weekend, she got the chance to shoot this awesome gun.

And has wanted one of her own ever since.  She even asked Santa for it.  THAT was a priceless moment.

Santa: What do you want for Christmas?
Katryn: A gun.
Santa: .....
Matt: Her uncle has a nerf gun, I think that's what she's talking about...

Poor Santa wasn't quite sure what to do with a 4 year old asking for a gun I think.

Also over Thanksgiving weekend, she got to help Grandma and Grandpa W. set up their Christmas stuff!  She loved that.  Even wore her Christmas colors!!

And of course, needed a hat to complete the ensemble, right?  While going through the Christmas boxes, she came across this decorative horn that was just calling out to her.  Maybe I have a little musician on my hands...

But really, the highlight of her Thanksgiving weekend was seeing her favorite Auntie Amber, and kinda-sorta-uncle Cameron (amber's boyfriend).  She loves spending time with them!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

In the police car

Katryn's uncle recently became a police officer, and showed off his car to Katryn.  

He even let her turn the lights and siren on.

I think in her mind it was just another car, only she got to sit in the front seat, instead of the back seat.  A special privilege for sure.

Really though, the adults probably thought it was cooler than she did.  She was very clear that she did not want to sit in the back, after peering back there and seeing the little caged seat for the bad guys.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cowgirl in the Making

Yeah, she's totally ready for her own pony.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Trendy Tryn

I've got a fashion diva on my hands.  Setting new trends and everything!

 Just you wait, pants on backwards is going to be super popular.

Color blocking?  Already in.  She's ready for the world.

And this hat?  I just love it on her so much.  :)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy Birthday!

We have a four year old on our hands now.  It's kind of weird to think it's been FOUR years!  As Matt and I were going to bed the night before Katryn's birthday, we were reminiscing about when she was born.  About how I joked about if my water broke that night since we hadn't bought a carseat yet.  How it really DID break.  About how it snowed that day, the big fluffy flakes that just slowly fall to the ground.

We celebrated the day by taking her and Martin out to lunch to Carl's Jr.  We went specifically for the play area.  Which she didn't care much for.  Katryn has this fear (that's not quite the right word) of playgrounds.  She gets herself all worried about how hard it is, and how scary it is, how high the slides are.  But then if other kids are around she plays a lot better.  Matt only had to go rescue her twice, when she got suck trying to climb up into one of the tubes.

We then stopped by Grandma and Grandpa W's to open so presents, and drop off Martin for them to watch while we took Katryn to her FIRST movie in the theater.

She got some kid's yoga dvd's (to go with her yoga mat she got for Christmas).  Now she doesn't climb all over me when I do yoga!  it's a win in my book :)

And then she got some new fun games--Pigzup, and Bingory.  So far she likes them.  And we like having games we can all play together.

We then took her to the movie theater and watched Happy Feet Two in 3D.  She did better than we thought she would, but didn't want to keep her glasses on.  And the last 20 minutes got really antsy, and just wanted to leave.  It's not too surprising, considering she never just sits and watches movies at home, she's always playing, and running around, never sitting still.  Ever.

But she's 4.  And when I ask her about her birthday, she says she had a good time, so that's what counts!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Aerial Silks with Aunt Nat

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Week One of Preschool--Letter Aa, and Gardening!

What a first week we had!  Katryn loves school. . .for the most part.  I'm not quite sure what kind of expectation she had, but she often says she wants to 'do school' and when I give her one of the activities, she gets mad, claiming that it's not school.  Perhaps because the activities have been ones we've been pulling out for the last month when she wants something fun to do.

Anyway, here we are, done with the first week of school and halfway into the second!  The total time we spend actually sitting down doing things is probably 1 hour, spread through the whole day.  Not too intense for her, but it helps teach her to focus on sitting still.

Each morning we do our calender, talking about what today is, what yesterday was, and what tomorrow will bed.  What month it is, and how it's the 17th day of the month.  Then we sing our Letter on the Bus song, and the theme song for our preschool packs.

Most everything we did comes from our Gardening Preschool Pack, and The Letter Of The Week program from Confessions of a Homeschooler. (here's her link to letter A) The other random stuff I pulled from all over the internet.  I could probably find the source if you wanted it!

I now know what skills we need to work hard on with her--recognizing double digit numbers is the main one, and sounding out the starting letter for words. She's had no problem counting things out, matching colors, lower/upper case, sorting things, sequences, recognizes all upper and lower letter, can mostly say their phonetic sound, and even traces the letters great (need to still work on writing letters without something to follow).  Which makes me happy!!  And the reason that first picture is all in blue, is because blue is her favorite color.  No other color will do right now.

If she keeps going at the rate she's going, we'll be right on track to start PreK stuff after Christmas (which was my goal all along) And then we'll be set to start kindergarten next year!  Yay!

We're still trying to get into the groove of things, and once we get that figured out, we might start doing two letters a week.  We'll see how things go.

To go along with the activities this week, for our Family Home Evening, we talked about Faith, and how our faith grows strong and weak, like a plant.  We use this awesome resource (and plan to use the other half about the Brother of Jared next week).  Katryn enjoyed putting the leaves on the strong or week plant!