Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cast Difficulties and Slow Down ... Thankful for a Boca Beth Surprise

     Hi everyone - I have been meaning to post but we have been very busy with school and trying to get this house back in order after the holidays.  Just a little side note to let you know what we have been up to lately.  We were preparing for Alyssa's birthday party in November so that kept me busy for over a month beforehand ... well for people who know me ... it was actually longer than a month because I plan so far ahead.  Let's just say that I have already started planning for two birthday themes for her NEXT birthday.  This year we threw her a Wizard of Oz 4th birthday party.  I wish I had the time to blog about it and post pictures.  I LOVED planning for it and gathering ideas for every possible detail I could think of related to the story.  My favorite parts to plan were the games and goody bags.  Even though several things didn't turn out quite as planned ... the children still had loads of fun (as far as we know).  Unfortunately, Alyssa was in a cast for her birthday party.  What happened you say???    
     As you can see in the pictures below, Alyssa's arm was at first in a sling.  Right before her party ... during the last five minutes of gymnastics class ... she hurt her wrist badly.  The coach said that she fell into the ball pit and might have twisted it the wrong way.  Alyssa says that when a little girl tried to help her out of the pit ... she heard her wrist pop.  There is always the possibility that she hurt it on an activity before the ball pit.  We were watching from the loft above but we noticed that she was favoring her arm.  She started crying a lot and the crying got LOUDER and LOUDER so we immediately took her to the hospital for x-rays.  A cast was put on her arm after several days wearing a sling.  The first day she told me, "Mommy, I'm done with this thing." Then, she tried to take it off.  It was a very trying time for us all and it made school time a bit more difficult than usual.  She lost some confidence because she was unable to do things the same way as before the cast so we SLOWED school down quite a bit during this time.  There were days that school was not done especially in the beginning.  Then, of course Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays distracted us from our curriculum.  We were still doing school but it was more Christ-centered and seasonal activities.
     I plan on getting back into the blogging world very soon.  I am starting the year off with several product and curriculum reviews.  I am currently attempting to start up a blog carnival.  I REALLY want to get it up and going so I would appreciate any help (see previous post).  I have a lot to learn before it can actually launch.  I am super excited and I hope that I am able to figure things out.    
     One thing I wanted to do awhile back was say thank you to Boca Beth and Itsy Bitsy Learners.  Alyssa and I were VERY thankful back in November when our Boca Beth package arrived.  What GREAT timing! Alyssa kept herself busy with the package during her cast time.  We won a giveaway at Itsy Bisty Learners and our family was blessed with a Boca Beth backpack learning set.  Alyssa opened the items and started playing with them immediately.  The package included a Boca Beth puppet, pink maraca, "I Love Animals" DVD, My First Songs CD, and an activity book.  Alyssa asked me to put in the DVD as I was baking and freezing Thanksgiving and Christmas goodies.  Luckily, I had my camera close by and snapped a few pictures of her opening the package and watching the DVD.  We sang the songs on the CD several times the night it arrived and many times for days after its arrival. I am so glad that it arrived when it did.  Here are a few pictures of her - she was in a sling at this point.  The purple cast followed shortly after these photos were taken.
     Please take the time to check out the Boca Beth website and blog.  She has FREE bilingual resources and you can sign up for her newsletter which is full of tips for teaching Spanish. I receive it and we enjoy reading and trying the ideas presented in the newsletter titled, "Boca Beth Buzz."  Her website offers FREE shipping ALL the time!    

Hope to hear from you soon!

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