|Looks painful to me.|
Friday, November 22, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
We've had so much fun playing with the Ziggle we received to try out from House Party, that I just wanted to share some of our videos.
(I thought he was taking a picture, not video)
Here's the boys, getting clever on how to stop fighting over the Ziggle:
And here's what I thought of it in my review for Chatterbox:
We have predominantly used this inside the house on hardwood floors. The kids zoom through our open floor plan. They've tried it as singles (which usually results in arguing or a parent having to set a timer) or sometimes they work as a team to get the thing going in a totally wild manner.
Mom tried it out to serious giggles for all; it was so much fun that I can understand why the kids fight over the Ziggle.
It was pretty easy to put together, though one of the caps has fallen out a few times (perhaps because of the repeated banging on the door moulding it has taken as corners are taken too narrowly... serious fun sometimes requires makes some serious damage!).
I can't say enough good things about this toy. It makes me want to have a home with a flat outdoor surface; this would get so much use without the previously mentioned moulding damage! I love that this accomodates both our boys (it's listed for ages 3-8) and will do so for a really long time.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Last year, I asked A some questions. Heres the same questions, with a few diferent answers!
|Like a model; last day as a 5 year old!|
|Compare to last year's height!|
2. What is your favorite toy? My Transformers
3. What is your favorite fruit? strawberries
4. What is your favorite tv show? Octonauts
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? "Peanut Butter and Jelly; Shocker."
6. What is your favorite outfit? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shirt
7. What is your favorite game? Chess
8. What is your favorite snack? Munchkins
9. What is your favorite animal? Cheetah
10. What is your favorite song? Laurie (Berkner)
11. What is your favorite book? Captain Underpants
12. Who is your best friend? Brennan
13. What is your favorite cereal? Kix
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Practice Soccer
15. What is your favorite drink? Juice
16. What is your favorite holiday? Birthday
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Nothing. Oh yeah, I take books and kiki
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Pizza
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A Ninja
|Thought it would be a good idea to record his signature at this point; hope this doesn't result in privacy issues after so many years of calling him "A"!|
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Being horrible at keeping up with this has been hard for me. So, I took a note from Google's commercials and instead sent E a birthday email. Here's what I wrote:
Thursday, March 7, 2013
This weekend, old friends came over to hang out with the boys. They asked A what he likes to do. A swimmer, our friend asked him how he likes swimming, and he replied that he likes it a lot. I was flabbergasted, but he really is starting to come around to it. He does not jump into the pool still, but as he gets better and stronger with the actual swimming, he seems to enjoy it more.
He loves baseball, though. I can't even explain how I know that, but I'm certain he does. It's something he just gravitates to and enjoys.
But I was shocked when we were discussing his sports selections for the spring. He's already registered for baseball, so there wasn't a question there, but he was adamant that he wants to play basketball. I'm pretty sure this comes from outside forces; his teacher coaches basketball and one of his friends apparently "loooooves basketball! And football!" Poor kid, though, the basketball class does not work well with our family's schedule, so maybe next time kid.
When offered his choices, E chose yoga. Again, I was shocked. This would be his first alone without a parent class, and M and I are not sure how it will go. I believe this was A's first alone without a parent class (there are really few of these, for the kids of working parents at least, for three year olds) and it did not go well.
Next session, he will be going into a without Mom class in the pool as well. Although it's technically a 4-5 year old class, his current teacher is willing to take him in her class since he's doing so well. Last week, she took him away from me to see how he would do. He did OK, but was having a rough day of not feeling so well. Even with me, he did not really participate in the class, so I was pretty surprised he went with her at all.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
I have been in the process of re-organizing my Photobucket account, hoping to keep things in date order in some way. I'm also running out of space, so I've been deleting duplicates, and it looks as though I've deleted or moved stuff posted to this blog. Awesome.
So, to add to the very long list of projects to do, is to update all the photos that are now blank.
Which will probably never happen.
Sorry, future A and E, hoping to find great photos to go along with the stories.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Valentine's Day is a really big deal when you're in Elementary or Pre-School.
For school, A was charged with decorating a heart for the class bulletin board. He chose to use this foam robot we made last Valentine's Day, crayons, and pom poms to decorate his heart, and was thrilled at Daddy's idea to make an arrow through the heart.
E brought home lots and lots of projects. Here's one of them, about which he said, "look what I made!"
For the classmates and E's teachers, we made Valentines:
..but SOMEONE played with and lost a bouncey ball, so we instead made Hogs and Kisses for A's teachers:
I tried to make them a special lunch...
but A didn't eat his, saying "I don't like peppers!"
Speaking of lunch, A told M he HAD to make me lunch for Valentine's Day, and he did. I didn't take a picture, but I had a heart shaped grilled cheese sandwich, grape tomatoes, babybel cheese, and yogurt. When A told me what he asked Daddy to do, he said the lunch was supposed to be a firetruck shooting water all over the sandwich.
I hope you had a wonderful and fun Valentine's Day too!
Saturday, December 8, 2012
As you no doubt know, Superstorm Sandy came to seriously mess up Nj and Ny at the end of October.
We have so much for which to be thankful in the storms wake-our home was undamaged, unlike many of our neighbors our power outtage was brief, and our parents and their homes are safe.
Of course the same is not true for many in our state; my hometown as well as much of the area I still call home has many uninhabitable homes (primary homes in most cases; while there was certainly damage to second homes and those of the rich, a lot of the devastation hit those with nowhere else to go) and the same is true in the town and area where M works.
We spoke with A about what happened; he now calls the red weather symbol for hurricane "Sandy" and seems to appreciate that there are kids like him who lost all their toys and books. He donated a small amount of things on my first donation trip to Manahawkin but more importantly took two trips with his Dad and me to help.
Our first trip was disappointing from a helping standpoint; we arrived at noon and after some organization and directions happened, folks got on buses to distribute donations. The problem for us was that we had to get E from school by 430 and the bus return time made that impossible. But, we'd brought another carload of donations and supported a small restaurant in Atlantic Highlands in the process.
Since the boys were out of school longer than me, they went to volunteer again, this time organizing supplies at M's school. A even got his picture on a school bulletin board! He made friends with two of M's students, one of whom is becoming a penpal to him!
I feel there is so much more we could be doing, but childcare for E creates issues. We plan to go to M's school again next week to help, and hopefully we can go down to the LBI area over winter break while E is in school.
Friday, December 7, 2012
I am so incredibly proud of A after meeting for a teacher conference last night! He seems to be the perfect student, and his teacher remarked that he wishes he had a class full of A's. He is proficiently reading "C" level books and is work on "D" level (the teacher said kindergarten starts at "A" level and 1st grade starts at "E" level) books. His behavior is top notch; he is always happy to help the teacher or classmates, he is incredibly polite, and is always trying to challenge himself.
When I mentioned to the teacher that we have been hearing a lot of "I don't want to go to school," he seemed flabbergasted and said he's not seeing it at all--A is smiley from start to finish and embraces learning. I'm hoping this is just an adjustment thing or that he picked it up from another kid and is using it in his morning tiredness.
He's excited about the Book It program, for which he has to read 16 books a month (piece-a-cake!) and draw a picture/write a sentence about one of the stories. Here's one he drew for November; the sentence was written without any help and says "Boot and Shoe sleep in the same bed."
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It has really been too long since I've posted! Working has been crazy combined with the breakfast and lunch planning.
The boys are back to swimming class (well, starting in Es case). A is doing well but is still hesitant but does well and says he's having fun. Meanwhile, E LOVES it. He is such a good listener on the way and gets so excited when he sees the gym. He loves to jump in and is so willing to try in the pool.
A has transitioned to kindergarten easily and takes pleasure and pride in doing his homework. His writing and drawing have gotten so much better in the past month.
E is also doing well in his new school. He was having stone aggression issues a few weeks ago but had been doing better and is now getting good reports.
Things here have been busy and hectic but lots of fun!
Posted by CRS at 8:26 PM
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Like so many other kids across the state, today was A's first day of school!
Backing up a day, though, yesterday was E's first day of school!
I was super nervous, since this was his first time in a new school but also because it was his first time being in school without A. I was nervous for pretty much no reason! He gets dropped off in a multipurpose room and has a blast playing with the toys for a few minutes with A while I drop off his things and then does his thing after we leave.
A went back to his old daycare center and had a good time being the big guy there.
Today, we dropped off E at his school successfully and then headed over to A's friend's house. For some strange reason, the elementary school doesn't have before care for the first week of school and we had to find alternate arrangements. It seems to have worked really well; A went to school with his buddy and they transitioned easily.
|Showing off his mohawk.|
|Showing off his rocket booster shirt.|
|Thumbs up for Kindergarten!|
|Since A did thumbs up, E had to do something too.|
|My budding shutterbug had to take my picture.|
We usually have a hard time getting out of A what he did during the day. On the drive home, though, I asked all kinds of questions and found out that:
- he sat on chairs and on the floor.
- his teacher read a story, something about "I'm ready to be in kindergarten"
- the classroom isn't very colorful, but the alphabet is across the top of the wall with animals that go along with the letters.
- he only remembered one kid's name
- he met the principal, but doesn't remember her name
- he went to the gym and has 2 male gym teachers
- he practiced fire drills (which was good because there was a real fire alarm with real firetrucks!)
- he saw his buddy in the hall and gave him a high five
- his buddy has a booster seat without a back
- he ate his lunch but didn't drink his water (it was in his backpack so he didn't realize to take it to the cafeteria)
- he ate lunch in the cafeteria
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Our plan was to do Toronto on Monday, so, uh, we did Toronto on Monday. Sick of big breakfasts, we went to the little grocery store across the street and picked up some danishes and drank the milk I had the foresight to bring from home. In need of coffee (and not really wanting to go through the effort of brewing it in the house and then having to clean it), I went to a little coffee shop down the street for some.
We breezed across the border this time, which allowed the border agent to ask us more questions (though at least she did it with a smile; I still think the second agent we met the other day was a word that rhymes with stick).
|Patrick Roy in the same case as Bernie Parent of the Flyers? They knew I was coming.|
I thought the blend of architecture was amazing. Here's an example of the very modern architecture, but there's lots of examples of some very old stuff in the city too (old, of course, being subjective; I believe they were from the mid 19th century).
As I said, we trekked a lot on the way to and from our three destinations. We got to see some interesting things, like this sculpture, Immigrant Family. Of course, A wanted to have his picture taken.
I noticed several street signs like this one on our walk around town; I don't know if it was promotion for the movie or something else, but it sure was neato. (Yes, I just said neato. I didn't say nifty, which came to mind as an alternative).
|There's construction all over at the base of the CN Tower; they are building an aquarium for future visitors.|
|We only saw one Mountie on our trip; he was nice enough to take a photo with the boyos.|
|Waiting in line is boring; looking out a window at weeds is exciting, especially when you're parents have said you'll be seeing cool stuff out of windows.|
I am not a nearly skilled enough photographer to make this work, but that's our feet on the glass floor of the CN Tower. My leg is at 6 o'clock, M is to my left, E's two feet are at noon, and A's foot is between E's foot and mine.
I had a mixed review of the Tower. I really wasn't all that impressed, probably because I was so put off by the long long line but really, while it was cool, it was expensive and not all that impressive. The elevator ride (super fast up something like 150 floors) was cool, and the boys enjoyed looking out the windows and the floor window! I had a minor panic attack when we reached the top, totally expecting a Tower of Terror elevator moment (yes, I realize I was not strapped in and that I was not at an amusement park, but I almost screamed as I waited a second for the drop).
In short, we had a great time (though frustrating with the lack of directions) in Toronto, but one day is definitely not enough time. I am bummed we didn't make it to the Royal Ontario Museum or the Ontario Science Centre, not only because I would have enjoyed it, but also because I know the kids would have as well and they might not enjoy it as much at an older age. M was also disappointed we didn't make it to a ball game (crossing a field off our list of baseball field visiting); I vetoed the idea because there was so little time to explore the city and so many things we wanted to do. So, next time we go to Toronto, we'll need to go for TWO days and see everything we want to see!
Surprisingly, not sleeping boys photo from this day. What was I thinking????
One more day, and it's a travel day....