Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
My happy boys, they loved showing each other the cool things they could see....
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I found our first family blog. This blog was started in 2006, the boys are so little.
Thomas is just a baby and Harry is about 3yrs the same as Thomas is now. Gosh how that time has flown.....Crazy!
Here is the link, check it out -
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Volunteering in Harry's Class!
As it was Harry's birthday yesterday I asked his teacher if it would be ok to volunteer in his class for the afternoon. After Thomas left for school I headed over to Bryn Mawr Elementary, what a great look of excitement on Harry's face as I opened the classroom door!
OK, so I am sure he was more excited about the tray of power ranger cupcakes I brought for his birthday, but I am sure he was still excited to see me too.
This was the first time I had volunteered in Harry's Kinder class, what a wonderful experience!
It was great to see Harry actively participating in class and having fun....phew, my fears were put to ease, he really does have fun at school! I enjoyed watching him interact with his teacher and friends, playing games I had only heard stories about.
I got to see where his desk is, who he sits next to, where he builds with blocks, where his art is proudly displayed on the wall, who his friends are, where he sits for circle time...etc. Its a very stimulating, organized and fun kindergarden environement, Mrs Wilson has done a great job of putting her brightly colored room together.
I think the most gratifying thing to see was how well he did in class. Harry followed the teachers direction well, he listened, he sat with his legs crossed, he raised his hand when he wanted to speak, he even sat quietly and paid attention to the story with out being distracted. I was so proud!
Today was gym day, I had the chance to see what they do in P.E. They played some relay games and were asked to pick teams, the captains were selected and then the teams were chosen.
Harry was picked first in gym today, what a proud mommy moment....hahaha!
His teacher Mrs. Wilson has a full day class of 24 kids...yikes! She handles it so beautifully and for only knowing the kids a few weeks you could feel the protectiveness and joy she has for her students already. You can really tell she loves what she does, what a sweet and fun class to be in!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Today is Saturday so this is not like a normal weekday, nor is it like a normal weekend as Dave is in Cali on business.
So honey this is for you, to see all the fun things we are up to today (I'm just trying to stay optimistic for our day....hahaha!)
6:30am - Its still relatively dark, as well as grey and rainy! BANG! BANG! BANG! Thomas is already up for the day and banging on his door...don't you know its a weekend? Sleep in!
I bring Thomas into my bed and he falls back to sleep, yay! Although I spend the next 10mins digging match box cars out from under me, total count 15! how did he carry that many into my bed with him, I'll never know!
7:30am - "Morning Mommy!" Harry comes running into my room and jumps on the bed, so happy and awake, wish I could say the same for me....lol! I get him to crawl under the covers too. So now I have both boys in bed, fingers crossed they sleep a little longer. prayers answered!
8:30am - we finally get out of bed! Head down stairs for breakfast. After making a bowl of oatmeal, mini wheat's and peanut butter toast....grrr nothing eaten! Come on boys EAT! its a battle every morning. Anyone have a trick to get them to eat, I'm about to resort to bribery or let them eat chicken nuggets, I know they will get eaten! Washing on, dishwasher stacked, kitchen clean and the lounge room, well we won't go there!
9:30am - Getting dressed. Ha another battle in this mommies life! Harry insisting on wearing his power ranger costume to the shops today, while chasing Thomas around with a diaper trying to change a stinky bottom....oh the fun! OK, so they are dressed and it went relatively smoothly =)
10:00am - Out the door, time to do the groceries! Fred Meyer here we come! OK so its 10:23 and we are still here. Anyone seen my car keys....ha! Harry get your shoes on, come on lets go! This is one of those times when wish I could wiggle my nose and magically have everyone ready and out the door.
3:00pm - Home again. We hit Fred Meyers for groceries, Thomas played in the kids club while Harry was my helper. We then stopped in at Target for some storage boxes. Also picked up Harry's birthday presents and few extra things, Halloween is just around the corner after all. Time to get organizing...knock on wood! Boys please play so mommy can get some work done....hahaha!
The groceries are away and dinner is planned for tonight. Harry has been asking for meatballs, so we are going to make some meatballs and pasta for dinner....yum!
Everyone ate dinner tonight...huge WOW! That is a rare thing in this house, I will have to make meatballs again, what a hit!
The boys are now in bed, teeth brushed with their new power ranger tooth brushes, books read and lights out. Now its time for some mommy time, why is it that all I can think about is the hundred things that need doing, feeling so overwhelmed that I don't do any of them and go to be instead....lol!
Is 7:30pm to early for bed on a Saturday night? so sad! I think I might tackle a home improvement project tonight, second thoughts maybe I will clean my bedroom instead.....but bed is sounding so good on this wet and rainy night!
Well that is our day today, nothing too exciting but all in all fun! I love my guys and having time with them is always (mostly) a fun adventure!
Honey I hope you are doing well in Burbank, we miss you =)
Monday, September 15, 2008
Tonight was curriculum night at Hillcrest Preschool. My first official school night as PTA President as well as my first official presentation to the staff and parents....agh!
All I can say is, thank god that its over! I have not slept well these last few nights....Its funny, its not really that big of a deal, I have addressed larger and more influential crowds before. Honestly, I think it's more because its school....lol! Brings back all those horrible memories of presenting homework to the class or standing up at assembly.
Anyway, I fell like the night went really well. We had a number of parents take membership forms and sign up for PTA and I had the chance to meet a lot of new parents, yay!
I am excited for the school year and all the opportunities it will bring!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
We survived the first full week of school....Phew!
What a HUGE week!
Its Friday and man are we all looking forward to the weekend!
Early starts and long days are really taking a bit of getting used too.
But here are some of the boys funnies and highlights from this week....
Harry reminding me every morning that he is finished with school because he has learnt everything! Really Harry? and off he goes for the day...
Thomas calling one of his teachers at school "Teacher Chicky" Its hilarious!!! Her name is Jackie and he can not say it correctly and it comes out as Chicky.
Harry's addiction with Power Rangers is growing more and more...agh! HELP!!! From the minute he wakes up to the time he goes to bed, if he's not at school he is wearing his blue Power Ranger costume. "Mommy am I a real Power Ranger?" He's totally convinced he is...lol!
Thomas calls the girls at the gym....Gym! Hi Gym, he says to the kids club coordinator's. Apparently he would go up to them and ask them for something and address them as "Gym" such a goose! Thomas is having such a funny week with names.
Thomas has two new phrases this week....
"AGHHH Its Scary!" He says that to just about everything! with his hands over his face, he must have seen someone else do that.
And the other one, we know he picked up from his brother is "What the?" I know what your thinking, and no we do not encourage this one, but it does make Dave and I laugh (quietly) Harry picked this one up from school and Thomas picked it up, luckily not the complete version of it though!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Between Kindergarten, Preschool, School buses, working out, PTA, Moms Group, Friends, Soccer, Karate.....my head is spinning!
But amongst all the chaos there is the "eye of the hurricane" that small window of time that I get to myself with out the whirlwind of craziness and demands. Four afternoons a week I get the freedom and flexibility to do anything (well almost anything...lol!) for three hours.
Soon my free time in the afternoons will be taken up with volunteering at the boys schools and doing PTA stuff. But in the meantime I have been enjoying strolls through local nurseries, time in my garden, even had a date with Dave...OMG!
Dave worked from home on Tuesday, the boys were both off to school, it was time for Dave to take a break surely.....what to do? So we went out for coffee at Vince's my favorite local coffee shop, no chocolate milk or toy cars, no interruptions or distractions, instead adult conversation and coffee! Love it!! We are going to try and do this once a month, sooooo special! We talked about what we want to do together, funny memories of our dating life, trips we want to take, the kids! And so much more. It was a wonderful way to spend a sunny, kid free afternoon.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
What a huge week for both boys! Harry having full days at Elementary and Thomas missing his afternoon naps to attend preschool....
I think this pic sums up how the boys feel after their first week at school. We were still in the car park at preschool when I took this. Thomas was so tired he fell asleep while I buckled him in.
We bought a banged up, pre-loved, old wooden desk from the local thrift store...
I really wanted Harry to have a space where he could work and not be distracted. So Dave and I decided to buy him a big boy desk for his bedroom.
He can work, in peace and quiet. He can close the door and have his own space away from toys, tv and one distracting little brother....fingers crossed my optimism for homework being done pays off!
We sanded the top down and painted the bottom part and draws, BLUE...Harry's choice! It is going to look great in his room. Harry is taking so much pride in his stuff especially when he helps make/fix it! I will upload more pics of it in his room when its dry.
Harry and Daddy working together!
One Happy School Boy!