New School Year

Micah started school almost one month ago.  We’re slowly getting into our daily and weekly rhythms.  Micah is in the first grade.  He has the same teacher and classmates as last year.  Since everyone already knows each other, “they can get straight to business,” as his teacher likes to say.  =)  Micah is in his third year at Awana and also has weekly rehearsals for “A Year With Frog and Toad.”

While Micah is in school, Bekah and I are enjoying MOPS (5th year) and attending women’s bible study (6-1/2 years with the same group).  We fill our other mornings with library storytimes, play dates, classes at Sulphur Creek Nature, toddler ramble at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, and volunteering once a month at MOPS in Alameda.  We’re keeping busy!  😉

Here’s my first grader on his first day of school.1243563_10151869663647008_186638673_o

Micah got a scooter for his 6th birthday from friends.  He’s been riding it to/from school…and absolutely LOVES it!IMG_6561IMG_6562IMG_6563

Here’s to another great year!

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Toddler Ramble @ Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

On Friday, I took Rebekah to the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center for their Toddler Ramble class.  We’ve been to the Interpretive Center many times before, for their Summer Bay Camps, Micah’s 4th birthday party, and the Leopard Shark Feeding Frenzy, but this was our first time there for their toddler program.

Toddler Ramble is for kids ages 1 to 3, held on Friday mornings from 10:30am -11:15am. The cost is $5 per child.

Here’s the description from their website – Enjoy Friday mornings with your child at the Interpretive Center. Your little one will discover the shoreline through crafts, books, and hands-on experiences. Every month there is a new theme, with each week exploring that theme through different activities. Parents and caregivers grow as facilitators of nature education along the way.

This is the description for the month of September –
September is one of our warmest months at the shoreline, and this month we are exploring temperature and how some things are warm, cold or even hot like sunshine.

It was nice to spend some one-on-one time with Rebekah.  She tags along with me when I run errands, go to bible study, and MOPS, but it’s also fun for me to tag along with her during her activities.  When Micah turned 1-1/2, I took him to toddler classes at Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward until age four.  About 1-1/2 years ago, they started this toddler class at the Interpretive Center and I’m so glad they did.  The naturalist does a really great job and the kids have so much fun.  Btw…Rebekah loves the classes at Sulphur Creek too.  =)

Here are pictures from our day at the Shoreline…

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Feeling and playing with different textures and shapes
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Checking out the big aquarium
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Bottles filled with warm and cold water (theme is cold/warm/hot)IMG_6467 Exploring with ice (cold!)IMG_6473Having so much fun pitching the ice
IMG_6478The water is at low tideIMG_6470She kept coming back to the ice
IMG_6479Taking a little stroll (hot weather)
IMG_6474Bonus! Someone from Sulphur Creek came to release a Canada Goose they helped rehabilitate at their center.IMG_6481Out of the blue bin and back home!IMG_6482IMG_6486

I loved tagging along with my little girl and creating these special & fun memories with her. =)

Papa Murphy’s Mini Murph Pizza Night

The kids got a lot of great prizes from participating in the library summer reading programs this year.  One of the prizes, from the San Leandro Library, was vouchers for free Mini Murph Make ‘N’ Bake Pizza Kits from Papa Murphy’s.  We also got the same vouchers from the San Lorenzo/Alameda County Summer Reading Program.  Each kit comes with mini dough, pizza sauce, whole milk mozzarella and your choice of pepperoni or cheese topping.  We always choose the kit with Pepperoni.  =)  I think the kits normally cost around $5.

The kids always have fun making their own pizzas, so we went to Papa Murphy’s in San Leandro to redeem our vouchers.  Two kids = two kits + throw in some home grown purple beans = dinner for a family of four!

Micah and Bekah with their pizza boxesIMG_0828

Spreading the sauce around.  Each kit also comes with a Mini Murph tattoo.  Bekah has one on her left arm.IMG_0830

Next up!  Cheese!IMG_0831

All finished with their pizzas.IMG_0832

I added mushrooms to Bekah’s pizza, because I love mushrooms and we had them in the fridge already.  I also love that you can bake the pizzas on their bake n serve trays.  It makes things simple and easy to clean up!  I forgot to take a picture of the pizzas after they came out of the oven.  They were really good and we had enough left over for Micah’s school lunch the next day.

We might have to make this a monthly activity for the family.  =)

A Swingin’ Good Time

Just a few months ago, this little one was still nervous about being in the swings.  She would be okay sitting in one if it wasn’t moving.  As soon as you gave it a little push, she would get anxious and tense up.  She did not like swinging!

Today, at the Kindergarten end of the year bbq, her daddy placed her in the swings and gave it a little push.  Then another push…then another…

This was her reaction…

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She had a swingin’ good time!

Siblings: Sharing snacks, sweet moments

While driving home today, I overheard a short, yet very sweet, interaction between my 5 year old and almost 2 year sitting behind me.

Micah reached into a plastic bag, pulled out a Japanese cracker and handed it to his little sister.

Micah: “Here you go, Bekah.”

Bekah: (excitedly) “Oh!  Thank you, Doh, Doh.”                                                                (Goh Goh is older brother in Cantonese, but Bekah can’t pronounce the “G” sound.

Micah: “You’re welcome.”

This made me smile.  Normally, I have to ask Micah to share snacks with his baby sister or she’s screaming at him for a bite.  😉  Need to cherish these sweet moments between siblings.

Past Post: A Sibling’s Compassion

MOCHA – Museum of Children’s Arts

Enjoyed another Mama and Bekah day out when we visited MOCHA (Museum of Children’s Arts) in Oakland.  We used a voucher that we got from last year’s library summer reading program, so our admission was free (normally, it’s $8/child & adults are free).  They have a great open studio for kids age 18 months and up.  We visited just in time before our voucher expired.  The last day open at their 9th street location was on May 18th and they will re-open at their new space on Clay Street in August.

IMG_5608Bekah played with play dough, drew with markers and had the most fun painting for the first time.IMG_5593She likes to draw circles.IMG_5596IMG_5598IMG_5607

I love the big t-shirt smock.  It really protected her top and pants.  Can’t say it protected her arms or the bottom of her shoes though.  😉IMG_5613So many colors to choose from…IMG_5614We stayed for a couple of hours before heading home for Bekah’s nap.  There was also the Old Oakland Farmers’ Market going on right outside MOCHA and we picked up a few things from several booths.  I will write a separate post about the Farmers’ Market.

Except for the parking ticket that I got (didn’t realize that it was a white loading zone only), we had a great time!  Can’t wait to visit MOCHA at their new location!

Little Farm at Tilden Park

Bekah has a real interest and love for animals so the two of us met up with some friends and made a visit to the Little Farm in Tilden Park.  This was our first time at the Little Farm. We packed a bag lunch for ourselves and a bag of celery to feed the animals.

IMG_5504IMG_5508We had heard about the cows and their long tongues!  Bekah had no fear of the cows (at first) and quickly ran up to them to get a closer look.  After she fed one of the cows a stick of celery, she was more cautious about being so close to them.

IMG_5490You can only feed the animals celery and lettuce. I’m glad I didn’t bring carrots, apples or bread!IMG_5505

IMG_5500She would get really close to the goats and then drop the celery in front of them.  She wasn’t scared to pet them though.  =)  The cows and goats loved the celery and the bag was gone in no time.  IMG_5502A bunny looking at a bunny…IMG_5507

We also saw pigs, chickens, ducks and sheep.  There’s a visitor center next to the Little Farm and a small playground next to the parking lot.  Parking is free.  We explored the visitor center for a little bit and then had lunch near the playground.  It was a very warm & sunny day.  Bring water, sunscreen and hats if you decide to visit on a sunny day because there is little shade in the farm and playground areas.  It’s a very fun place to bring the kids to and I’m looking forward to going again (along with my five-year old too).