14 Months with Fairley

Posted: April 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


Fairley Anne,

Time hasn’t seemed to slow down any since you turned one. If anything, time’s flying by even more quickly, and I’m still trying to enjoy and remember each moment with you.  So here’s a recap of your fourteenth month:
-You’re walking now! Full. out. walking. It’s about the most adorable thing ever to see you toddle around! I’ll be honest, though. Your motivation? Food? The first few times you walked clear across the room it was to either come over to me for my lunch or for a bite of my chocolate chip cookie. A girl after her momma’s heart for sure.
-Speaking of food…you don’t like to share it. Again, you got this honest from me, I guess. We have a super fun video of me following you around asking for you to share a raisin with me, and everytime you just say, “No.”
-You love to read, and I love to read to you, so this works out so well! You have these alphabet books that you love. When I pull out the book for “Pp” and “Ff,” you know the sound for each letter! Such a smart girl!
-You can identify eyes, ears, mouth, lips, and head (mostly on other people for now, but you’re starting to find them on yourself, too!)
-This month you got your first case of a stomach bug…and it was not fun…for anyone. The only good part about it was the extended cuddle time we had together. We just sat for over an hour as you snuggled me and I sang in your ear. Pure bliss.
-You love finding your belly button now. You also like to find other people’s belly buttons, too! (Which can be a little awkward in public, but oh well!)
-One day you were sitting in your high chair, and in the sweetest voice I have ever heard, you just said, “Mama.” I came over, and you reached up for a hug. Made. my. day.
-Here are some new words you’ve learned:
cracker, yeah, happy, hungry (with sign), owl, shh, Addie, shoes, apple, bubble, and amen (which you love to yell emphatically at the end of each prayer!)
-You love when we tell you “secrets” in your   ear, and you’re learning to tell them to us, too!
-Daddy plays a “password” game with you where he traps you in between his legs. You can’t get out unless you know the password…which you will soon learn one day…here’s a hint: “I love Daddy.”
-You are so super silly, and I just love seeing your personality develop! You loooove playing with Emma, and you miss her and ask for her when she’s not here.
Fairley Bug, we are just smitten with you. Each day with you just brings more fun, laughter, and love. You are the best!
We love you to the moon and back,
Mommy and Daddy

The spring is always a busy time for our family, but I’m excited to come up with some intentional learning activities to keep us somewhat focused and to ground us in the truth that we can be made new in Christ! Here’s a quick glance at our April Tot School Plans!

A lot of great ideas are on this website (some of which will be better for next year).

Bible Verse:

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17


Baby Loves Spring!

Any other fun spring books that we find along the way! 🙂

Color Focus:   Purple

-We will probably color mix with water.

-We might also color mix with yogurt.

-We will probably go on a purple hunt.

Shape Focus: Diamond (Why not get all of the obscure shapes out of the way first?!)

-We might use the kite printables (from the website at the top of the page).

-Or we might just make a kite from construction paper!

-Or we might just go fly some kites!

Letter Focus: Ss – We don’t usually do a whole lot with the letter yet, but this one has a fun sound to make, so we’ll keep our focus there!

S is for Strawberry

S is for Star

S is for Sun

S is for Snake

Music: Grooveshark Playlist – This will be a work in progress.

-Tiny Tim (Turtle Song)

-Parts of a Plant (by Dr. Jean)

Dramatic Play:

-Dress up with feather boas, hats, sunglasses, etc.

-Felt Spring Scene

Art Exploration:

-Baby Animals Do-a-Dots: Lamb and Puppy

Here are some great ideas for flower art projects (which will be nice for upcoming birthdays/Mother’s Day!)


-Coloring Flowers (using carnations, water/food dye)

Spring Sensory Bin – (same as Easter)


-Counting with bunny pasta (working on numbers 1, 2, 3)

-Maybe making another counting book

Motor Skills:

-Pompons – They like to put them in a jar and dump them out. (fine motor)

Snack Ideas: Flower Snack (and also some great ideas for flower-themed unit)

Field Trip: Seeing all the flowers in bloom in Central Park – one of my favorite things about the city!

Service Project: Hoping to start serving at the nursing home once a month

March Tot School Recap

Posted: April 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

March was a very busy (but fun) month! Check out what we did!

Bible Verse: “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said!” Matthew 28:6

Books: We loved reading these a lot!

 Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs?

Easter – Touch and Feel

What Is Easter?

Color Focus: Green

-Mixing blue and yellow to make green. (We used water this time, and E really liked it!)

-Book – Little Blue and Little Yellow

Shape Focus: Oval – Stickers activity – E liked this. She was pretty good at keeping the stickers inside the oval.

Oval sheet

Letter Focus: Ee

Easter Coloring Page

Easter Coloring Page 2

E Is For Egg Coloring Page

Music: Grooveshark Playlist

Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Little Bunny Foo Foo

Art Exploration/Dramatic Play:

Do-a-Dot Art – E loves dotting!

Handprint Gift Ideas – missed this one; maybe next year

Tissue Paper Cross – they loved shredding the paper better than sticking it on the cross

Felt Easter Basket – same as our Christmas tree/snowman – I actually made a full spring scene, which they seem to like!


Easter Sensory Bin – a hit!

Chocolate-Scented Playdoh…a little worried to make this since Fairley already loves eating playdoh…saved this one…

taken from this blog

1 ¼ c. flour
½ c. cocoa powder
½ c. salt
½ T. cream of tartar
1 ½ T. cooking oil
1 c. boiling water
Mix the dry ingredients. Add the oil and boiling water. Stir quickly, mixing
well. When cool, mix with your hands.


Cross Color Puzzles – E liked these.

Color Matching (eggs with pompons) – We kind of just played with and counted pompons, but the girls loved it. They like to put them in a jar and dump them out.

Motor Skills: 

Plastic eggs in and out of carton – loved this

Cross Lacing – next year

Snack Ideas:

Lots of ideas from the Happy Home Fairy – oops! we didn’t do any special snacks this month!

Field Trip/Service Project: Hoping to start serving at the nursing home once a month – starting next month, I hope!


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13 Months for Fairley Anne

Posted: March 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
Oh my goodness! I don’t even know where to begin on recapping your thirteenth month! It’s been such a busy, joy-filled month with so many fun things happening and with your developing in so many new ways!
-This month, we got to celebrate your birthday with our family and NY friends. GiGi and Big Dad and Aunt Tonya came in for the occasion! You had a great first birthday party filled with fun company, sweet treats (you loved the cake and cupcakes), and lots of love. Then you got to spend the week enjoying the company of GiGi, Big Dad, and Aunt Tonya.
-So this month you started taking some steps. Your first official steps were taken at the children’s museum, and Mommy, GiGi and Big Dad were there to see! Then you took some more steps when you got home that evening, in front of a big crowd, which included Daddy and Gramma, too! Since then, you’ve built up more confidence, and I know you will be running everywhere soon!
-Here are some new sounds you’ve learned this month: rooooooar, baa, neigh, pig sound (not just oink, but the kind you try to do in the back of your throat because that’s how you heard Emma do it), whooo, squirrel (an interesting one your dad taught you), monkey, Keurig coffee machine (Aunt T’s favorite), mommy’s toothbrush, shhh, and I’m sure  a few more I’ve forgotten to mention.
-You’ve also learned new words: “eye,” night-night, “nay” which has now turned into a very adamant “no”, the beginnings of “my,” and very clearly – “Emma.” She was gone for a week visiting her grandparents while your grandparents visited you. You asked multiple times each day for Emma. We had to keep saying, “No, not today.” So eventually, you started saying, “Emma, no,” with a very sad sound in your voice. You were so glad when Emma came back this week!
-This month you learned the sign for “please.”
-Now you can give high fives, and you’ve started to blow some more kisses!
-Here’s a fun story from this month. Mommy and Daddy were on a date, and we were looking at pictures of you on my phone while we sat on the bus. The lady behind us quickly ended her phone conversation and said, “Show me more pictures of that cute baby!” She loved this one picture of you with a big bow in your hair (always) and your foot up in your high chair. She just kept going on and on about how cute you are. Then she had to call her friend back and explain why she hung up on her.
-Another fun story that displays how much receptive language you are learning is one night this week when you woke up in the middle of the night. You don’t usually wake, and if you do, you usually put yourself back to sleep. For some reason (maybe a cold), this night, you needed some extra rocking time with Mommy. So I brought you into the living room and sat down in the rocker. Daddy came in and was setting things up for us because I had a feeling we were going to end up sleeping on the couch. I asked Daddy to go look for your paci, and you popped up and stuck it in my face. I didn’t even know you had it with you the whole time, but you did! And you knew we were looking for it! Then when I thought you were asleep, I said, “Maybe we can try to lay her down,” but you shot up and cried, “No, no, no.” So sad! We kept rocking. Then we moved to the couch. I would think you were asleep, and then you would pop up and say, “Outside, no. Emma, no. Mama, Dada.” It was the cutest thing (even though it was 2 AM.) Finally, I fell asleep, and I’m assuming you did, too. Fun memories, my sweet girl!
-You went to the doctor this month and did a great job! You got some shots (one of which resulted in fever and non-itchy chicken pox), Dr. G. drew blood (and you did great), and we found out that you are continuing to grow and develop right along your growth curve! I think you weighed a little over 22 pounds. You were 75th percentile for height, weight, and head circumference.
I feel like there are were so many fun events and developments this month that surely I am forgetting something, but just know, sweet girl, that each moment with you is a moment filled with joy and an experience of God’s sweetest blessings in my life.
We love you!
Mommy and Daddy

February Tot School Recap

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Here’s what we did in Tot School this month!

Bible Verse:

 “Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart…” Matthew 22:37

Book:  Didn’t really get many from the library in time…

Who Loves You, Baby?

Where Is Baby’s Valentine?

Color Focus: Loved this!

Review red and (new) pink – You know that I’m excited about this one!

-We will mix red and white to make pink.

The heart is pink coloring page.

Letter Focus: Hh – We did lots of coloring. We’re not really focusing on the letters much yet. Fairley did get some alphabooks that are fun, so we work on initial sound with those a lot.

Coloring/Painting Sheet

Coloring/Painting Sheet 2

Simple Heart

Printable Valentine’s Day Coloring Sheets

Music: Grooveshark Playlist

“I’ve Got Joy Down in My Heart”

“If You’re Happy and You Know It”

“Jesus Loves Me”

“I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart”

Art Exploration/Dramatic Play:

Shredded Tissue Paper Heart Valentines – They loved this!

Heart scribbles art – Made great Valentine’s gifts!

Continuing with our felt snowman and maybe adding some felt hearts to decorate with – loved this!


Winter Sensory Bin – Still a big hit! And going to adapt it for use at Fairley’s birthday party next month. 🙂

We might add a red and pink sensory bin or maybe a valentine’s sensory bin. – The Valentine’s bin was a success! This kept their attention for a long time!


Candy hearts – Sorting by color using candy hearts. We will also count each color set. – Skipped this until they are a little older. Had a feeling the choking hazard/fact that it’s candy would make that difficult to manage.

Felt hearts – discrimination of size, color, same/different, etc. – Did this with our snowman.

Motor Skills: Spooning Hearts  – Adapted this to better fit their age. We used a silicon baking sheet (heart shaped). Then I got BIG hearts that fit inside each heart. We practiced one-to-one correspondence with this activity. They liked it, but it wasn’t one that they wanted to do repeatedly.

SnackHeart-shaped strawberries – We ate lots of strawberries, but I never found a small enough heart-shaped cookie cutter…

Field Trip/Service Project: Passing out roses to nursing home residents – This was such fun!!!!

Extra notes: Ideas from this website were part of a tot pack that I purchased.


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E Is for Egg – March Tot School

Posted: February 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

March will be a condensed month since E will be with her grandparents in Texas while Fairley’s grandparents visit us in NY for one week. Either way, I want to make much of the upcoming holiday this month – Easter!! There are so many great activities to do to celebrate Easter (and the resurrection, not just the bunny side of things), but I also know that the girls are both still a little young for many of these things. If we don’t get to them all this year, we’ll have a wealth of ideas waiting for us for next year!

Bible Verse: “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said!” Matthew 28:6

Book: Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs?

Color Focus: Green

-Mixing blue and yellow to make green.

-Book – Little Blue and Little Yellow

Shape Focus: Oval – Stickers activity

Oval sheet

Letter Focus: Ee

Easter Coloring Page

Easter Coloring Page 2

E Is For Egg Coloring Page

Music: Grooveshark Playlist

Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Little Bunny Foo Foo

Art Exploration/Dramatic Play:

Do-a-Dot Art

Handprint Gift Ideas

Tissue Paper Cross

Felt Easter Basket – same as our Christmas tree/snowman


Easter Sensory Bin

Chocolate-Scented Playdoh…a little worried to make this since Fairley already loves eating playdoh…

taken from this blog

1 ¼ c. flour
½ c. cocoa powder
½ c. salt
½ T. cream of tartar
1 ½ T. cooking oil
1 c. boiling water
Mix the dry ingredients. Add the oil and boiling water. Stir quickly, mixing
well. When cool, mix with your hands.


Cross Color Puzzles

Color Matching (eggs with pompons)

Motor Skills: 

Plastic eggs in and out of carton

Cross Lacing

Snack Ideas:

Lots of ideas from the Happy Home Fairy

Field Trip/Service Project: Hoping to start serving at the nursing home once a month


Fairley’s Twelfth Month

Posted: February 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Fairley Anne,

Our precious girl – you are now a year old! I can’t even believe how quickly this past year has flown by! This has been a year full of fun, lots of memories and pure joy! Here is a recount of some of the major happenings from this past month:

  • I forgot to list this last month, but you love to pretend to talk on the phone. It’s so fun to see you grab your pretend cell phone (or anything really) and jabber away!
  • This month you have started standing on your own, and you’re attempting a few steps on your own these days! I think your time to start walking is quickly approaching!
  • You also love to climb. You can climb up the stairs, up on top of most furniture, into your walker stroller, basically anything. We have to really keep our eyes on you these days!
  • For about a week this month, you did something that really made Mommy’s heart full. We could ask you, “Who loves you?” and you would quickly answer, “Momma.” I loved this so much because it’s so true!!!
  • You can also identify both me and your dad, both in person and in pictures.
  • We’ve started something really fun this month – family dinners! We pull your high chair up to our table, and we eat together as a family almost every night now. We talk about our days’ happenings and things we can pray about as a family, we enjoy dinner, and then we read a Bible devotional and pray together as a family.  It’s one of my favorite times each day!
  • This month, we had a big snow here in the city. The day after, we were able to enjoy playing together in the aftermath. You absolutely loved sledding in Central Park!
  • You make lots of sounds these days including several animals sounds and two of my favorites – our Keurig coffee maker and the clock. What a fun personality you have!
  • Here are some new words you are able to say: banana, memma (for Emma), baba (bottle and baby), more (and the sign language for it), wawa (for water and also the sign langauge),  all gone/all done (and sign), help, fafa (for Fairley), and the /f/ sound. It’s so fun to hear you talk and to interact with you!!
  • Your birthday was a fun and special day of celebration including banana pancakes in the morning, gifts throughout the day, fun times playing with Emma throughout the day, a visit from Aunt Brooke, a trip down to the MNYBA office to visit, a play date with Kelcey and Hudson, Denise, and Haley and Addie, and then a dinner with Gramma, Papa Tay, Krista, and Owen including spaghetti pie and a banana cake with cream cheese icing and a Google+ hangout with GiGi and Big Dad!
  • Your birthday party is coming up in a few weeks where we will celebrate with all our NYC family and friends and also GiGi, Big Dad, and Aunt Tonya! It’s sure to be a fun time celebrating an amazing one year old girl!

We love you so much, Fairley Anne Field! Thanks for being a part of our family and for making every day so much fun! I love your passion for life and your curiosity and desire to explore. I’m excited to begin year #2!

“So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy.” Proverbs 23:25

You have made us so happy!! We love you!


Mommy and Daddy