Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy 7th Birthday Alan!!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Game Face

Alan pulled out his front tooth after school on Friday and insisted I take his picture with my phone so I could send it to Grandma.  I couldn't resist sharing it with you all.  It looks like he lost it in a hockey game :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Joey's First Day of "School"

It's finally here, Joey's first day of school!!  He has been trying to go to school since Alan's first day on Wednesday.  He even tried to get on the school bus with him!!  He kept telling me "I go school, I go school too. Hmm."    By the time I made a second trip to the classroom with his tricycle (they get to ride bikes every Monday) he was so into play he wouldn't even say good bye.

Joey and Lead Teacher Miss Isabella

After school today Joey was very excited to tell me he got to ride his bike, ate all his lunch, took a nap, sang songs, and had a snack!!  He was also very happy to see me :)

First Day of Kindergarten

Eddie started kindergarten on Friday!!  He was so excited and they got a teacher hired for his class.  She wasn't there first thing in the morning because she had new hire paperwork at the district office downtown.  They had a "Kiss and Cry" breakfast for parents in the library.  I wasn't so excited about this until I found out it was for parents only and the kids were to stay in class.  Thankfully we let Eddie eat breakfast at home.  The principal spoke briefly about the school, the nurse reminded us of the health center rules, and the PTA president filled us in on the fun we could have in PTA.  Joey was happy to get some mini muffins and juice and was then promptly ready to leave!!  I am very happy to report that both Alan and Eddie were on the bus when it pulled up to the stop on the afternoon.
Eddie on the playground before class started

Eddie's comment as he got off the bus was "Today was the BEST day ever.  It was AWESOME!!"  He is very happy to be back at school and Joey can't wait to start too!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

First Day of School Panic Attack

Okay so most of you know I'm not the emotional mom on the first day of school. Alan started First Grade today and today was DIFFERENT!! I don't know why it was so hard to hold back the tears as the school bus pulled away. I suspect it had something to do with the fact he was riding the bus and I wasn't leaving him in a classroom with a smiling teacher and lots of new friends. Another part of it was knowing he was going to a bare walled classroom with a SUBSTITUTE teacher until they hire a full time teacher for his class.
It's a good thing we were early to get to the bus stop. The bus came a full 10 minutes early!!
Waiting for the school bus
Waiting on the correct side of the street

The bus is here!!

Joey ran right for the doors trying to get on the bus and was quite upset he didn't get to ride.  He kept saying "I go school, I go school"

This is a picture of the school taken from our driveway!
A picture of the school close up
Our school only goes half day on EVERY Wednesday so the morning went incredibly fast. I had to take Eddie to Kindergarten for academic assessments which he did very well on according to his newly hired teacher. They hired her yesterday afternoon. This will be her first year teaching, but she is amazing prepared and has an AMAZING teacher assistant in the class!! We LOVE her already.
Eddie and Mrs. Martinez
When we finished at the school Eddie, Joey and I ran 2 errands and it was time to go home and walk to the bus stop to pick up Alan.  When the bus stopped the driver opened the door and told me she didn't know where is was and he didn't get on the bus.  (Pause here for stopped breathing)  I grabbed Joey's hand and told Eddie to Come on  as we power walked toward the house.  I grabbed my cell phone and called the school to see if he was waiting in the office.  They couldn't find him.  I told them I was on my way to the school.  Got the boys loaded in the van and as we were leaving the neighborhood the bus driver was coming back (she had a couple kids she had to drop off) to see if she could find him in case he got off at the wrong stop.  Then my cell phone rings and it was a very friendly neighbor explaining to me that Alan got off the bus with her children down the street and she was walking him to our house.  Praise the Lord I was prepared and had a note card with Alan's name, classroom number, bus number and correct bus stop, our address and phone numbers!!  I turned around and they were a block away from our house.  Alan got in the van explaining he knew the name of the street he lives on and got off on that stop knowing he could get himself home from there.  He didn't remember there was a bus stop much closer to our house on a different street and didn't realize he shouldn't get off the bus if I wasn't at the stop.  It's crystal clear that Mommy or Daddy will ALWAYS be at the stop and if there isn't a grown up he knows at the bus stop he is to stay on the bus and ride back to school!!!  I called the school to let them know he got off at the wrong stop and was safe at home.  The principal now totally knows my name between BOTH kids being in classes without hired teachers on meet the teacher day last week, Alan's class going from a 1st/2nd grade combo back to a regular 1st grade without a hired teacher yet, and a lost child on the first day of school we have talked SEVERAL times in the last couple days!!

Daniel made it home from a TDY in Salt Lake City this afternoon and after the day I had we decided we should go out for dinner to celebrate the first day of school!!  We took the kids to their new favorite, Red Robin because Wednesday is KIDS night!!  They have the Red Robbin mascot there, face painting, balloon animals, and FREE ice cream with every kids meal.  They were even kind enough to substitute apple crisp for Eddie's ice cream because of his dairy allergy :)  It was very nice to be able to end the day on a very relaxing and HAPPY note!!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Happy Birthday Joey!!

Happy 3rd Birthday Joey!! You had the world's LONGEST children's birthday party ever!! Started at 10:30am and went on until the wee hours of the next morning :)

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

A Great Visit from Uncle James and the Kiddos!!

I am way behind in blogging about the summer, but wanted to get this video clip of my niece up so you'll have to read about our summer endeavors another time. James, Thomas, and Lilly Bug arrived late last night. We have been chillin' out around the house and the kids have been playing all day!! Here is a fun video of Lilly playing peek a boo with Alan and Joey. Sorry about the streak of light down the middle. I so need to find a good solution to the sliding glass patio doors!