Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sweetie Pie

I was feeling sad because I had just watched a horrifying video online. My James noticed that I was sad and said, "Mom, I'm going to make you cupcakes to cheer you up."

He settled on taking cupcakes out of the freezer and cooking them that way :) His Star Wars apron came out too.


Thank you, my Sweetie Pie!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012


We're having an indoor picnic!

It's too hot outside so we stayed indoors.

This Mom is a wimp! I melt in the heat...


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

We celebrated this day, just the three of us. A great day! James and I had a plan. He all of a sudden is NOT good at keeping secrets. He is very loud about keeping secrets- constant whispers and giving of clues. So we did the best we could.

We brought breakfast in bed.

Poor Dad. He had a hard time waking up to receive us ;)

James was very proud of his "bow" that he taped on the present.

Dad is pretending to be surprised. I know James pretty much told him what his gift was going to be!

On one of our homeschool days we filled out this little "quiz" about Dad. And we made a card.



James has encouraged his Dad to put together his Lego gift all day. It's a big project.

The biggest set we've ever seen!

The boys work on their projects. James calls it his "work".

Earlier in the morning we brought out the pool, before it rained.


And later I made Jim a special Father's Day drink- a Ginger Mojito!

We love Dad! I hope it was a good day for him :)

Summer Fun

I'm trying to be an active parent. James says Soccer and so we play Soccer.

He insisted on being a goalie.

We need to sign him up for lessons, yo!


I'm trying to get James used to "school" at home. The first day didn't go so great. He was uncooperative. I raised my voice slightly (really!) and he cried. He promised to do better the next time.

It really was frustrating to me. I knew he could do the work and was just not cooperating. Since then he's been great. He calls me "Ma'am" or "Teacher"! And he does the work very well. He likes to be independent and does not like me to hover over him. I've learned to give him a worksheet or instructions and do dishes or something, while I wait.

I'm very happy with this little dude!


Star Wars worksheets. Patterns, matching, etc.

I wanted to start with old school worksheets and lessons. There are so many apps on my iPad that we can use too. We'll slowly start to integrate those into our days :)


Swimming Update

James finished another level at Foss Swim School. He's doing so well! We started a new session on Friday, switching to mornings since I am home for the summer.

These two pictures are from the last session...

It took him a quick second to be coaxed into jumping, but he did it!


So at the new session it became clear very quickly that James was in the wrong class. The two other boys were beginners. I spoke to one of the Moms on the sideline and she told me that her son was big for his age (4 yrs old) and just starting classes. I explained this was James' third session at Foss. The other boy was very timid. James stunned the instructor by putting his face in the water for counts of 10, 12, and even 15!

He must have signalled one of the other instructors because someone came by and looked to be evaluating the kids. She must have decided about James because she came over and spoke with me about placing James in a different session. She said it was kind of a crap shoot when you jump up a level (James went from Littles to Middles) so quickly, because you're not sure which kids will be in your session. She guaranteed that if we move to Tuesdays James would be with kids at his same skill level.

It was nice to have my kid be too good at something :)

It was also nice to have the most well behaved kid in the pool! Some of the other kids were stinkers, and quite challenging to the instructors!

WJDN? Father's Day Edition

My Lego geeks are both putting together sets!


Jim (Dad) has a new set! James is putting together an old one.


Happy Father's Day to the best Dad a little boy could have! Xoxoxo!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Preschool Graduation

James graduated from his preschool on Friday afternoon. It was such an exciting day for all of us. I knew they'd be wearing caps and gowns so I was excited to see how grown up he'd look. I didn't think I'd be sad or cry (though my Mom warned me this could happen) because I am very excited for Kindergarten.

The preschoolers marched through the pavilion. Their teacher held a little boombox that played the processional song. So cute!

James sat in his seat so quietly. He was probably the most well-behaved kid, just sitting and not distracting his neighbors (like some other kids!)

Just cute waves every so often :)

They said this was their biggest class ever of graduating preschoolers.

The kids sang a few songs for all of us. Very cute! The second song was pretty long but impressive that they remembered all those words. The third song was so out of sync that it was funny. The teacher just threw up her hands in surrender...





And then it was time for the diplomas. Missy called each student to the front and gave them their drawing to hold. The kids had each drew a picture of their future and Missy announced their goals for when they grow up.

Russell gives James some encouragement as he walks up for his turn. Awwww.

James said he wants to be a Swimmer when he grows up, because he takes lessons and loves to swim :)


We were so proud :)

Grandma Rose was looking on proudly the entire time.


I don't think they told the kids that traditionally graduates throw up their hats, but several parents encouraged the kids to do it.



Grandma gets James ready for some pictures...






Of course we had to stick around for cake!


The real diploma. The rolled up paper that was given to the kids was blank! Ha.


And cupcakes at home... Chocolate with chocolate, James requested.


We are so proud of our little guy. He did a great job and is leaving New Horizon with so many new skills and friends. He's just an all around good kid!