Urban Air in Pearland!

Yesterday we went to the Urban Air in Pearland! It was a cousin’s birthday and we were lovin the go karts!!!! The Sugar Land location does not have the go karts. We are hoping it will come our way! The cost when we went was $24.99 for 3 rides with an adult. The rides last 6 minutes each. You may have to verify this, but you can go solo when you are 48 inches tall. Here are some photos from the party and the go karts!

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Go carts here !!!

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Happy birthday Aria !!!! @candaceandrea

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October Lights and Halloween

My son loves the holidays that involve decorating with lights and inflatables! Here in America, that would be Halloween and Christmas time! I love watching him plan how he is going to set up. Luckily, my dad helps him a lot. My dad has his ways such as using wooden stakes to hold the inflatables down and covering electrical connections with plastic materials. It takes my son the whole day to decorate a front lawn. But he is always so happy with the results.

We have a variety of lights for Halloween that have caught his eyes. Mostly, they have been purchased at Wal-Mart. Here are some examples:

#lights #halloween

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Bring on the skulls, spiders, and jack-o-lanterns!

He says he's too busy decorating gma's place that he can't decorate ours

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Of course, the plain orange ones will do also!

His newest addition to the inflatables is the white ghost from Wal-Mart.

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Not sure if we are trick-or-treating this year. We may just be giving treats for the most part. They did pick out their costumes purchased from Wal-Mart also. One will be Lego Batman because we couldn’t find a scary enough clown. The other one will be Pikachu from Pokemon.

I will add the Amazon links for those costumes in case you are on the go and just need to buy them fast!

This price is for under $16.00 in a child’s size small.

The Lego Batman was definitely cheaper at Wal-Mart. However, if you have the Amazon gift cards, this may be better for you!

Hopefully, my son will get to decorate our lawn soon! We have our own inflatables to put up. The next project is to get some photos of Emma and Sophy using some Halloween background. It will be our first Halloween with the pets and I am looking at Pinterest for inspirations of course. Be on the lookout for costumed versions of Emma and Sophy on this space!

Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine Review


We spent the weekend with our worldwide traveling family https://www.facebook.com/DskiAdventures/ so all the cousins could be together at Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine! On our way from Sugar Land we definitely stopped by two Buccees to stretch our legs and refuel. So that broke the long road trip for us.

Since we lost our Jeep Commander to Hurricane Harvey, we took Andell’s 11 year old BMW 335i. It did well! To get the most out of your stay, you can start using the waterpark at 1 pm prior to check-in. So get the kids in their swimsuits already before entering. You will get white wristbands. The boys were amazed! They have been to MANY waterparks, but they still entered with awe and amazement. Your kids will have fun even if you won’t! But you will most likely have fun!

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There is an outdoor and indoor area. Know that the outdoor closes about 5 or 5:30 depending on the day. The indoor one closes later. You will need to go to the lower level to get to the entrance of the water park areas. There at the ground level you will see the arcades, pizza restaurant, little girl’s spa and all the other things to entertain your little guests.

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Since my boys love basketball, they obviously could not spend too much time in the water basketball section. The teens love that section too. So just keep an eye out. The teens were friendly when we went and entertained the boys. They even gladly shared the balls.

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There is a lot of seating in that section and about two handicapped tables. Grandma and Grandpa hung around there while waiting for the rooms to be ready. I will tell you that if you don’t wear your swimsuit, it will be hot for you indoor. You might as well take a dip! Or have plenty of cool drinks with you.

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It is a waterpark and there will be many steps to climb! What’s great is that you are not under the blazing sun and it is manageable!
You will definitely get your steps while being with the kids/having fun.

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We booked the rooms with the bunk beds, and I would do that again. It just makes it more fun for the kids. You are able to have 7 in each room.

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We did have to move out of our room, at GWL’s request because there was a maintenance issue affecting the room below us. But they absolutely more than made up for it! We enjoyed a great breakfast buffet for the 13 guests. If you have a large group and want to spend some time together, this is a great place to be.

Some more photos of the trip!

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The kids had such a blast, they were really begging us to go return the following weekend! We will be back!


Halloween Decorating



Our youngest has an October birthday and big brother enjoys all the Halloween decor. We are pretty festive during the month of October. We have been going to Lowes to browse their current stock on inflatables. Most importantly, we are waiting for them to go on sale! Here are some of the ones we are wanting and they are all Minion themed.


Our youngest who turns 7 this year will be having a Pokemon themed party! Pictures from that party coming in about a month. But you can be sure the cake will be from Cake4Tay. This was the cake Angel made for David last year!

We haven’t decided on a Pokemon cake yet, but I know it will be one of a kind!




Gifts for 9 year old boys and a 6 year old little brother




My son saves items from Amazon to purchase later. Usually he will tell grandma to buy him a few things based on what he has saved in his shopping cart. How is that for delayed gratification? Here are some items on his list. First, he is into NBA basketball jerseys!

Because he is into basketball…

Little brother’s favorites




Weeknight Fun: Arcade Games



My youngest son really wanted to play some arcade games on a Tuesday night. We just returned to school and to our regular schedule after days off due to Hurricane Harvey. It was an easy first day back and because he was upset about losing the SUV due to Harvey, I decided a night out would be good for him. Andell and I decided to hit Regal Grand Parkway. We can give them a game card while we sit and sip coffee or eat. All this while watching the boys.

When we arrived it was obviously pretty quiet being a weeknight. We decided to join the boys in trying to get plushes from the claw machines. All four of us also played Pac-Man! The boys shot some baskets. All four of us also played air hockey. The boys had a great time!

They are into arcades #sons #follow

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#like #follow #sons

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There’s nothing like winning a plush from a claw machine!

Train your dragon #like4like #followforfollow #like4follow #likeforlikeback

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Working From Home Skills

Since our youngest was born, Andell has been working from home. Shortly after, my sister started to work from home also. There are more opportunities now to do that. I predict that many income earners when my kids are grown will be using their home as the primary site of employment. Or as many like to call it, working but be location independent. Basically, have a working laptop and internet access and you can work and earn income. Based on what I overhear from my husband while he’s working, there are definitely key skills that I have to think about for my sons and what they will need to develop.

1)Communication- working from home involves a lot of verbal communication. Conference calls with peers  and clients are heavy on Andell’s schedule. Like I tell many of the parents I have conferences with, make sure your child is having lengthy conversations with you. From a community and business stand point, I would definitely say that public speaking/communication type programs are needed. In addition to Kumon type businesses, schools to promote communication need to be developed.

2)Tech-Saavy- With this, I am talking about using all the right tools/media. If you haven’t been in  school or worked in a while, you need to experience online learning platforms such as Blackboard. Google VIPKIDS where kids in China are learning English from teachers online. Definitely practice using all forms of social media. If you aren’t on Pinterest, atleast create a secret board so you have a grasp on it. What this means as a parent is that eventually, your kids need to use social media because they will be using different platforms similar to them in the work place later, working from home or in traditional settings. When should you start this? As I roam the web and talk to parents, I have seen parents allowing their 12 year olds to start using social media with public settings. Many parents in the suburbs where I live get cell phones for their teens between the ages of 14-16.

3)Tunnel Vision- You do have to focus on your work goals at home.  There are still deadlines to be met.

4)Network- You still have to know how to mingle with people! Make sure you don’t lose that ability.

5)Education-  Definitely research what jobs are out there now. So many job titles are new.

 

What your kids could be doing at home:

1)Email people (family members)

2)Create digital presentations (it’s not just basic PPT)

3)Create blogs

4)Create movie files and upload to YouTube

Practicing to work from home #wah

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Board Games

My sons recently requested to play board games together! Miracle, right? Who asks to play board games these days? I was glad that they did. I have tried different ones and the one they are enjoying the most right now is the Monopoly Disney Cars version. My older son who has a fascination with everything related to Pixar enjoys this game with his little brother in first grade.

#cars #monopoly #games #unplugged

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On our recent trip to Toys R Us we also bought Pie Face. We haven’t played it yet. I am just still surprised that they are asking to play something that is not anything related to a smart phone or a tablet! The great thing about Toys R Us is that they price match from Amazon. For this shopping trip, I did request a price match and I saved quite a bit! I am thankful that there is internet while in Toys R Us to look for those deals! So stores do make it hard to get reception preventing you from price matching.

Here are the direct links from Amazon!

Monopology!

Pie Face!

 

A game that we played a while back when my older son was in Kinder was Sequence. I should pull that out again soon. He did enjoy it at that time. This game was really enjoyed by my second graders also as part of a station.

There is a kids version.

We might have to be unplugged for a couple of days as a tropical storm is heading our way. Wish us luck!

 


Noise Sensitivity At Age 3

When my son was three years old, he developed noise sensitivity. Noises that didn’t bother him at the age of 2 and younger, bothered him at the age of 3. The sudden onset of laughter would make him panick. Whenever his father and I had conversations where our volumes went up, he would have a very negative reaction. In front of him, we had to make sure our tone would not cause him to get frantic.

At age 4 we tried auditory integration therapy. At that time it was one week’s worth of different sound frequencies delivered through headphones. If you called audiologists, they did not do anything for hyperacusis till the age of atleast 8. I found someone who did AIT whose own twin sons had Autism. Many occupational therapists are the ones to provide this therapy now. The cost of one week of therapy was about one thousand dollars.

At the age of 5 years old, since he loved basketball, we registered him to play basketball. He could not stand the buzzers and whistles. He would play in court covering one ear and then handling the ball with the other hand. After one season we stopped. The problem with noise could be found in the school setting. When he entered Kinder, you bet it was hard for him to hear that fire alarm! He wanted to stop going to school because of that. Then he memorized that the principal would have them before the 15th of the month. His anxiety was so high that he wasted brain power to memorize that schedule. It did take a village to help him. My sister was busy googling and got him headphones.

Sometimes he wore the noise cancelling headphones, other times he didn’t. But it was always in his backpack. This summer at the age of 9, he asked us to sign him up again for basketball. He felt he could handle the noise. Guess what?! He did! His love for basketball was even greater than his anxiety about all the noise! Thanks to http://www.quilliancenter.org/ for having such a great basketball program!  This was the program we signed him up with  when he was 5 and now at the age of 9.

 

 

We are so proud of him!

Books To Read Out Loud To 2nd Graders

From my experience as a second grade teacher, students will need to compare and contrast fairy tales and folk tales in this grade level. So apart from reading the traditional stories, it is also important to read other versions to make the text comparisons. Here are some books that your child will most likely get exposed to at a public school in America:

Cinderella Versions

 

 

The Three Little Pigs

 

Little Red Riding Hood Versions

I would read these stories out loud and discuss the setting, problem, events that lead to the solution and the solution of the story. Discuss the similarities and differences between them such as the characters and the setting. During this stage students are introduced to the term theme or the message/lesson that the author is trying to convey. In the classroom, your child will be creating charts to compare several texts. If you have a child that needs support, you might have to list each story and then make a list of themes on the next column.

At home discuss various connections to the texts. In school the teacher might ask them personal connections (this reminds me of). They might also ask what text to media connections they made. Kids make these connections easily. Finally, relate the stories to what is happening in the news.

Different versions are called fractured fairy tales or adaptations. My favorite author is Leo Lionni. He creates his own fables but students can easily make connections to other traditional fables. If you were going to gift a friend, niece, or nephew a set of books, I would definitely recommend a set of his books.

This is my favorite. His stories are easy to understand but students at the second grade level can analyze them easily independently. Connections can be pulled and themes can be formulated.

When I was a child my mom made sure I had Aesop’s Fables. This is another book I suggest your child have for his or her collection!

Happy reading and don’t forget to buy your child a dictionary for this coming school year!