Then Ada attached to this fuzzy pink blankie in her crib. Same scenario, different Lovey. Why am I surprised? Both of my brothers had Blankies until they were I-won't-say-how-old. (Drew had "Fruit Blankie" and Kyle had "London." Fruit Blankie even snuck off to college with Drew, I'm pretty sure! London eventually disintegrated in the washing machine.) So we have forced a new Lovey upon Ada- a more socially acceptable Lovey, one that is small enough to carry around, but still fluffy and soft enough to love on.
Everyone, meet Lovey Bunny. (The pink bunny next to Boy Toy in the picture.) So, the Lovey situation is solved and everyone is happy. And Boy Toy waits in the car for us all day to see his Ada Bug when I pick her up from daycare in the afternoon!
3 of my classes are Co-Teach class this year (I only had 1 last year)- that means that any student with a severe learning disability or has been placed in Special Education, but has the ability to succeed in a class as hard as Chemistry, is integrated into my standard classes. My co-teacher is a Special Ed certified teacher who is there to help modify and accomdate the material for their needs. It's draining at first, but once we get back into the swing of things, and know everyone's needs and disabilities, it won't be so much to handle. They are such sweet kids, and so eager to do well!
Here are some pictures of my room- I love being in it!
The teacher before me had this sign- it says "The Top 10 Reasons to Love Chem." I'm going to have my kids do something or another for this eventually- there's not a ton of free time in Chemistry, but maybe on a day I'm out or something....
Here's my desk- with daily folders for extras and make-up work. Yeah right- let's see if I do any better about keeping up with make-up work this year! I was just banking on none of my kids missing school. Ever...
And my "Expectations" and my weekly schedule.... gotta have both, so might as well make 'em cutesy! The kids freak out if I don't keep my week updated- so they are looking at it!
UPDATE: The car was recovered- in the ghetto of South Houston late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. We assumed it was just taken for a joy ride and dumped in a parking lot, but the friendly officer who called to tell us where it was being towed mentioned there was SOMEONE IN IT! Boo-yeah! That dude's in jail for Grand Theft Auto!! When we picked it up, everything was still in the car (except a $75 insurance reimbursement that was going towards HOA and Christmas savings, but whatever); but it was TRASHED. Any identification (A&M decal, dealership decals) were scratched off; the back windshield wiper was snapped off; there was beer EVERYWHERE (including Ada's carseat- we are just going to keep the new one Grandma and Grandpa bought for us, and they are going to take Ada's old one and get it cleaned off- I just get too irked knowing that thugs were sitting right next to my baby's safe haven with pink flowers on it!); and it reeks of smoke and "miscellaneous" substances. The cops were very interested to know if we kept any weapons in the car, so I'm convinced these were more than just kids who came upon a car with a hide-a-key- I think they were being very naughty in our Trailblazer. We're just so blessed they didn't use the garage door opener to open the garage and walk right into the hallway with Ada's room attached to it. Pray that there are no underlying mechanical problems- but it appears to be OK!! Whew!
Here's a quick vid of Ada eating a big girl dinner- not much made it into her mouth, but she had a blast! And she didn't dislike it, which is a start. She will usually tell us "all done" if you ask her, but she was a little overstimulated at the moment, I suppose. Love that baby!
This was our 2nd "real" table food experiment- quesadillas were last week, which she was pretty fond of.
P.S. Notice the red eye? A day after daycare started, the head/sinus congestion began again. Boooooooooooooooooooooo. Just waiting for the ear infection....
Well, yesterday at daycare there was an infant laying on the floor (why there was a non-mobile infant on that side of the baby room is beyond me), and Ada decided it looked lonely. And like it needed some loving. So she crawled on over to her little friend, layed on top of him/her (they won't tell me who her victim was), hugged the baby, and kissed it. Leaving a huge set of teeth marks on the baby's forehead.
I feel SO GUILTY, and TERRIBLE for that baby and his/her Mommy.... I'm not making excuses for Ada, but I know she was just trying to be a good, loving friend. So now we have to pay close attention and intervene when she is loving on her animals- which breaks my heart! No one should be told they are being "bad" when they are just trying to be nice! That sweet girl- I know we will look back on this and laugh someday... but for now it's no fun! Say a little prayer that we can nip this in the butt soon so she doesn't have to get in trouble again at daycare, and no more innocent babies (that look like toys) get hurt!
On a lighter note, we decided to spend our last hours of vacation at the Houston Aquarium- and wish we'd have been going all summer!! All 3 of us had a blast- and will definitely be visiting again soon. We must, actually- Ada needs more exposure to fish. She kept calling them birds ("dids") as they darted about in their aquariums!
We began our day trip with a quick ride on a crocodile. This carousel is the real deal- I got a little motion sickness!
Not quite sure what we think of these snaggle toothed things.....
Gotta have some good animatronics to wrap up the trainride! This scared me more than anyone- Ada was, of course, more interested in the inner workings of the technology.
Hanging with Daddy at the sunken Mayan temple exhibit...
Exploring a coral reef with Mommy- the Clown Fish were our faves.
We have a very advanced 10 month old- she's already scuba diving through shipwrecks! Teachable moment: no looting!
An aquarium wouldn't be complete without a lifesized statue of an endangered Indian white tiger! Ada is perplexed- since when are tigers aquatic animals!?
And NO Dowell family vacay would be complete without an extended stay in the gift shop, playing with the stuffed animals! My little Snake Charmer....
So, when Ada was born, I dedicated myself to giving her only Nature's Best. Which inadvertently led to all homemade, organic babyfood. Which has ultimately to led to this: homemade household cleaners. After doing some research (actually instigated by an initial desire to save a few $$$- stupid economy), I was disgusted to realize how harmful the typical cleaners we use in our homes are. Fertility and reproductive problems, cancer, and environmental issues (duh) are just a few. Then, on top of the benefits to our health and earth, these homemade products benefit our pocketbooks as well. Here are the few I've begun with- as a novice tree hugger, there are still quite a few things I'd like to try!
This is Casey's favorite- I'm not particularly fond of it, but he likes it so it stays on display! The newspaper behind the red paint is about the superpower of vegetables- needless to say this is hanging in our kitchen. :)