Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014.


Easter 2014

 We started easter off with a care package straight from New York, from my grandparents and aunt/uncle. Griffin was intrigued to get such a large box, and we opened it on Saturday to spread out the Easter wealth. There were two easter baskets inside, much to his surprise and joy. He dug right in, in true Griffin style.


Inside he found all sorts of great goodies. One of his favorites was a wooden steam roller. "Just what I've always wanted!" he exclaimed. It's true, too. He has been asking for one.
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Easter 2014There were also some fun easter "eggs" in the shape of carrots. He promptly reorganized them to have all his favorite candy (i.e., chocolate) organized inside for whatever reason. This kid and his chocolate! He'll never get tired of it. He is totally his father's son in the chocolate regard.

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The next morning, the easter bunny arrived bright and early. He pooped his jelly bean poop in the toilet ("Ewwww!" says Griffin, and then demands to know why he didn't poop in a more appropriate places so he could eat the jelly beans) and left an awesome basket of treats, including even more fun shaped easter eggs.


Then, we headed over to my parents for easter dinner. We quickly hid the eggs and started an egg hunt, with small interruptions for playing in the water, a picnic of appetizers, and playing. He found most of the eggs though.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Art!

For the past two weeks we've been in and out of our local tax place, which hasn't always been the smoothest of situations, particularly with an almost 4 year old in a pretty sterile environment.

All things considered, he did pretty well (with the assistance of a water machine and some Mister Rogers on my iPhone) and one of the things I did to entertain him was draw for him. At first I asked him to draw me pictures of people he loved, and he did - but they were still the "silly" (scribble) people that were impossible to recognize. He had the ability to draw shapes and specific things; he's been able to do quite a few letters and almost all shapes for quite some time now, but Griffin wasn't interested in putting them together. So instead he dictated to me what he wanted the people to look like: square heads, one hair, etc. It was fun.

This morning, he asked to draw again and told me he was going to draw a silly person. I figured it would be the same cute scribbly person as always. But instead, he surprised me with this:

This just in: in the last week, Griffin has suddenly learned how to draw PEOPLE! My heart was so happy to see this. ❤️

And my heart leaped with joy. His person was so very happy! I hope that's how happy he is inside, too.

Monday, April 14, 2014

I cursed the warm weather. Sorry.

Today's high was 70...at 5am. Then, in blew the wind that seriously felt like it was going to topple my classroom. It knocked out the power three times while knocking out the power to 3 of our other district  buildings. And when I left work, it was 59 degrees.

Tomorrow morning, it should be in the 20s or 30s. We are expecting another 1-3" of SNOW tomorrow!

The only thing I'm excited about is beating the previous snow record. We need 1.9" to tie it, so I'm hoping for that or more. Oh, and I'd take another snow day if it were offered to me...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring is finally here!

It's officially sleep-with-the-windows-open season, keeping our bedroom fresh and airy, one of my favorite times of year. The heat has been off for a few weeks now and the dogs aren't huddled in a heap to stay warm. The coats have mostly been ditched, sans a few cold mornings, and the sandbox has been opened for the season. The lawn chairs are coming out today, the playset is ready to go, and I can hear birds chirping in the wooded space behind our house almost constantly. Spring is here!

We've taken bike rides (Griffin has almost mastered the 2 wheel bike) and truck (Power Wheels) rides; we ate dinner outside the other day and followed it up with a nice leisurely walk around the block where Griffin inspected almost every manhole we came across with the same conclusion each time: "There's water down there!" And then he'd race off to the next one. He and Ryan did sprints around the block, Griffin calling the start and finish lines as he crossed them. It was lovely.

Bring on the green grass! Bring on the flowers!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Preschool.

The preschool packet came yesterday - the one I have been waiting so anxiously for. Our local elementary school (the one where Griffin will attend K-5 and is within walking distance) was the only school slotted for full day preschool, and although I wasn't super concerned with whether he'd be full day or not I *was* worried he'd be placed in another building and that would be just another transition for our family. He handles transitions really well, but that's also more work for us (i.e., it would require driving instead of it being optional for poor weather days, and we would eventually have 2 elementaries to get used to instead of just one...not to mention the fact that a placement at his Someday School would also mean he'd become a familiar face for the staff) so it was nice to hear that he was placed at the Someday School - Bentley Elementary.

I'd anxiously awaited news of the preschool assignment, so I was surprised at my response to it's arrival. Change is always hard on me, and this was one major change. I won't be dropping Griffin off at his beloved school (daycare) in the wee hours of the morning anymore. I won't be working full time. There will be another small being with us to accompany us on walks, another small being to take care of. It's strange to think that for the first time in ten years I won't be working full time, and for the first time in my life I'll have two little boys to take care of. A lot is about to change in our lives, that's for sure.

 I'm excited to have time to spend alone with Popsicle while Griffin gets some much needed school time (I don't think he'd enjoy being home with me full time - he needs the peer stimulation and change of environment) but I'm also sad that my sweet little buddy is old enough for public preschool and will be gone 4 full days a week while I'm mostly at home. I really feel like this is a great placement for him but man, I didn't expect to be so overwhelmed by emotions.