May 25, 2009

Golf Tees, Styrofoam & Age Differences

I'm home today recovering. Yesterday I had the stomach flu so bad, that I thought being dead would be better than what I was going through. I actually slept on the bathroom floor at one point because it was easier than going back and forth to our bed. Chris, I'm sorry I didn't give you more sympathy when you were sick with the stomach flu at Thanksgiving. Whew. Let's just pray that my girls avoid this nasty bug. Aside from a splitting headache from all that throwing up, I'm doing much better today.

Today's blog post title is rather unusual and here's the explanation...

Josie’s daycare has been using this activity with their little ones and I think it’s brilliant. We recently purchased a new refrigerator and saved some of the Styrofoam packing. Using a bunch of Chris’s golf tees and her wooden toy mallet from her construction toys, Josie has been enjoying pounding golf tees into the Styrofoam.

Another variation of this same activity, you could use toothpicks instead of golf tees to make designs on the Styrofoam. I've saved back some thinner Styrofoam that came packed with our vegetables and I'm going to try this in the near future with Josie. We're still working with her fine motor skills on her right hand since her surgery and I think this might be another fun activity.

I've been thinking quite a bit lately about the age difference between Josie and Emma (8 years) and wishing it wasn't so far apart. Josie doesn't seem to mind and wants to do everything her big sister does, but I wish the girls were closer in age. Emma (God bless her) attempts to play with her sister for awhile, but their interests are so very different.

I commented to Chris a few weeks back how I wish we wouldn't have spent so much time working with fertility specialists and had just started the adoption journey sooner. He quickly reminded me that if we had started it sooner, Josie wouldn't be our daughter. Good point. God's timing does work in mysterious ways. Shanna - this is also a compliment to you too! Love ya, girlfriend!!


Shanna said...

Great idea with the styrofoam and golf tees! We have plenty of both around here.
God's timing is so perfect.... I totally agree :)

Nicole said...

Not our timing, but His... so so true!!!!

Hmmm... perhaps you need to go back for another child in between Josie and Emma's age... :o)


Nikki said...

I'm glad you were able to at least enjoy the long weekend before getting sick. I don't know what it is about this year, but the flu seems to be hanging on. Glad you're on the mend.

Yep, God's timing is perfect. I can't imagine having a baby at this stage of the game.
Be glad that Emma and Josie are at least both girls. Try an almost 6 year age difference between a brother and sister...not a whole lot in common. Well, except arguing!!

Hugs Kim!

Mike and Barb said...

See - one in between would be perfect, don't you think?? Don't you think, CHRIS?????????????
You know, I think Anya sometimes feels the same way, even though there is "only" a 5 year difference between them - it's still a lot. But as they grow, that difference will get smaller, and I'm sure Josie will always adore Emma, and Emma will always feel protective of her little sister!
Love, Barb
(seriously - you don't know where IN THE WORLD {hint} I took the picture on my blog????? Keep guessing!)

Lesa said...

I agree with the timing. We should have really started when my middle daughter was in 4th grade, but instead she was almost a junior in high school. If we had of done it any differently we wouldn't have our Wendy and I would be with a 13 year old instead of a 5 1/2 year old now.

It all happens for a reason. Love the photo of them playing in the sandbox. We must be alike in so many ways.... We have a photo of our two girls at the same sandbox when Wendy was 2 and Holly was a Senior in high school.