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And Then There Were Two.

Two

Back-to-school is in full swing around here. 

Now instead of one kid at the table there are two. Instead of one kid's reflection in the table during homework-time there are two. 

There's the boy, diligently working on his homework: 

Boy

And seriously, someone forgot to warn me about the jump in homework from first to second grade. It seems like there is a lot more to do compared to last year. 

And the there's the girl, taking it all in:

Her

For her right now she is literally taking it all in. Everything goes right in her mouth. 

Another thing I am loving with her right now is her fascination and delight with all the photos we have up around the house. Her favorite is one that is hanging in her room of her and her cousin Gabrielle. She totally smiles and wants to stop there each time we walk by. It's been fun to see her reacting with such joy to the images. 

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After Simon finishes his homework, or as we take a little break between subjects, he usually likes to check out whatever has been entertaining her for the last few minutes. On this day it was some felt food. I think she is asking politely for her hamburger back. 

And then there were two. 

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Just one more reminder that Yesterday & Today - my online workshop with Big Picture Scrapbooking - begins tomorrow. I can't believe it is finally here! I am nervous and excited and am looking forward to getting started. Registration will remain open until October 7. 

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  1. christina says…
    09/30/2009

    I'm feeling this same shift...with my two. Bean is just dying for Sprout to be big enough to really roll around with--and with Sprout's ENORMOUS size (he's wearing 12-18month clothing) he's almost there... scooting everywhere, and yes, like Anna, putting EVERYTHING in his mouth. And then there were two... I loved this set of photos too!

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  2. Nicky from Canada says…
    09/30/2009

    Love the photos - thanks for sharing.
    So looking forward to your class tomorrow.

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  3. Debbie Hodge says…
    09/30/2009

    oh, Ali, what AWESOME photos and everyday details.

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  4. Kim Bolyard says…
    09/30/2009

    great photo...I would love to know how you keep the table looking so good....my girls would do their homework at our dinning room table and it never looked that good....lol
    peace
    kim

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  5. Kristyn G says…
    09/30/2009

    Such fun photos Ali! I am looking forward to the miracle of having 2 little munchkins sitting around our table some day.
    And I am super excited about class starting tomorrow! Hubby is away on business for the next week, so this will be a much needed and appreciated distraction!
    "See" you in class tomorrow!

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  6. Sarah Mullanix says…
    09/30/2009

    I love seeing the photos of your adorable two. We just added our third one year ago, and it's amazing how such a little one can completely change the dynamics of every day life. Thanks for sharing yours.
    -Sarah

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  7. Cameron H says…
    09/30/2009

    I just have to exclaim over how clean your table is. I'm so impressed! :) If I tried to take that picture, there would be lots of gunky milk rings and Cheerios crumbs in the way. Lovely photos!!!

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  8. Tanya says…
    09/30/2009

    I totally love the reflections picture! Great catch!

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  9. SusanD says…
    09/30/2009

    I am so anxious and excited for class to begin tomorrow!

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  10. Oma says…
    09/30/2009

    We have a granddaughter (2 years) who loves to look at photos too....framed on the wall, on the computer....and wants to identify all the people. She also loves dolls and stuffed animals. We have finally concluded that she likes things with faces, something that didn't interest her older brother. These personality/gender/individual things are so interesting to observe.
    Great photos. Looks like they are becoming great friends. Simon must be Anna's favorite toy.

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  11. rhonda says…
    09/30/2009

    I completly agree about the homework jump from grade 1 to 2! Lot's of work!

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  12. arrica says…
    09/30/2009

    Silly question- What are the colors on the walls behind Simon? (the small wall and the larger one, from pictures one and two)

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  13. Lisa Day says…
    09/30/2009

    Watch out! Third grade is even crazier. I can't believe the amount of stuff this year. And not just the amount, but the level of the work. Big step up for sure. I'm so excited for your class to start tomorrow! I'm really looking forward to it!

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  14. Katie says…
    09/30/2009

    So adorable! In my house growing up, there were two...and it was a good, good thing. :)

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  15. Lisa says…
    09/30/2009

    I agree about the jump in homework from 1st to 2nd grade. My oldest daughter is in 2nd grade and she has a month-long project to observe the moon every day, along with a ton of other stuff. We just added our third daughter to our family, so it's & then there were three here! I can't wait for tomorrow!

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  16. Fletch says…
    09/30/2009

    Great expressions and love the layout. Simple yet impactful. Anna's polite "request" for the felt hamburger is priceless and so is Simon's expression as well. Excited for tomorrow's class.

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  17. ali @ gimmesomeoven says…
    09/30/2009

    What beautiful pictures! Love the lighting and table reflections - beautiful!

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  18. Jeni says…
    09/30/2009

    I am so excited about class tomorrow!
    Great pictures and words today.

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  19. con-tain-it says…
    09/30/2009

    Hey Ali...sorry should have mentioned the second grade homework thang...I remember those days...I was a Teachers Aide for special ed in Italy way back when. Anyhow...there is a reason for the increase in homework...by the time they reach 2nd grade their motor skills have caught up with their intellectual skills and it's a known fact that we learn "intellectually" in several ways...that is, visually (seeing), auditorial (hearing)and tactile (touch) and the biggest is repetition of all three ways. That's where homework comes in...so in the classroom the kids are seeing and hearing it. Then with homework they are writing and repeating it and the children's motor skills are usually mature enough for this process by 2nd grade so that they can sit still long enough to "repeat" their lessons. For kids who don't like to "sit" hopefully the teachers are able to provide engaging "game" play like puzzels and journals or picture drawing so that the kids will enjoy the "repeat" process and will stay engaged. Hope this helps Ali...for my son, Timothy...who had trouble sitting still and staying focused when he was Simon's age...I'd take him to the library and help him find books on his subjects that I read to him at night to make this process interesting. You know it's odd now that I remember...my oldest son, Mitchell was in 2nd grade in Italy when we were living there and I was a Teachers Aide. Mitchell had no learning issues and Tim was actually born in Italy, there is 8 years between them because I wanted to make sure Mitchell was established before having any more kids. So by the time that Timothy was in 2nd grade we were stateside...so oddly enough...I had aquired the "skills" to help him with his learning issues...goes to show you that things happen for a reason. Sorry to go on so...just had to share. Hope this helps, fondly, Roberta

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  20. Karen says…
    09/30/2009

    Just love the concentration on Simon's face, and of course, I think Anna always has the most expressive face every time I see a picture of her. Also like how they're reflected in the table. Cool shot--whether you intended to or not! One of my favorite photos from last year (taken during the Week in the Life) was the reflection in my rear mirror of a long line of cars behind us during after school pick-up. It was unintentional, but totally captured the moment in a way I would not even have thought of at the time.

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  21. amber says…
    09/30/2009

    I'm curious as to where you bought your felt food?

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  22. Angie in Japan says…
    09/30/2009

    Glad to see that you and your family are in the swing of things...back to school is always a fun time. Especially for a 2nd grader! They usually love their teachers and can't wait to see their friends. Have a great autumn!

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  23. Lydia says…
    09/30/2009

    Love your posts about Simon & Anna's relationship. You capture the details so well. I'm nervous and excited for tomorrow too!
    My oldest is in Grade 1 now. Thanks for the warning about the jump in homework.

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  24. Ali Edwards says…
    09/30/2009

    Hi Amber - a wonderful student in one of my classes a few years back made that for Simon. Maybe she reads here and will post if she has a shop.

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  25. Shara says…
    09/30/2009

    I cannot wait for tomorrow, I am so excited. It feels like Christmas Eve and tomorrow is Christmas for me.

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